Health Professional Edition • Volume 6 • April 2011

  During the holiday season, it's easy for clients to indulge and forget their healthy habits. That's why we've developed absolutely delicious AND nutritious recipes for you and your clients to indulge in this Easter and Passover. Check out a few of our
favorite holiday recipes below and find even
more here
.
 

Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple slices in juice
1 (5 ounce) bag Sunsweet Philippine Grown Mangoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup mango nectar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Instructions
Drain pineapple juice into a small saucepan. Dice pineapple and add to saucepan with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Serve warm with ham, roasted pork, poultry or seafood. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories: 110, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g,
Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 130mg, Potassium: 180mg, Carbohydrates: 27g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 30%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 2%

Ingredients
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup blanched, slivered almonds
12 large dried apricots, cut into slices or pieces
12 pitted dates, cut into slices or pieces
10 large, pitted prunes, cut into slices or pieces
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup prune juice

Instructions
Chop nuts and fruit in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Slowly add prune juice, processing until mixture holds together and can be formed into balls.Using your hands, pinch off enough mixture to roll into a 1-inch ball. Repeat until all the mixture has been used. Place balls in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with matzah crackers. Mixture will keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator.
Makes about 36 balls.

 

Think a prune is just a prune? Then you need to try new D'Noir Prunes to taste the difference! After nearly 100 years of working hand-in-hand with nature, Sunsweet introduces what many are calling the juiciest and best-tasting prune ever made—the preservative free D'Noir Prunes. New D'Lightful, D'Licious, D'Noir Prunes from Sunsweet are now available nationwide.

Haven't tried a prune in a while? Or, are you a prune lover and want to share the glory of this Super Fruit with others, including your clients? Then Dare to D'Noir!

Starting April 12, visit our Facebook page and upload a video of you or your clients trying D'Noir for the first time. In other words, dare them to D'Noir and catch it on video. Upload your video to our contest tab and you're entered, it's that easy! On July 5th five finalist videos will be announced and the finalist whose video receives the most "likes" by July 15 will win $5,000!

Super foods don't need to be exotic or expensive in order to be super. Prunes are packed with whole fruit antioxidants that play a role in disease prevention and may slow the aging process, all-natural fiber that promotes healthy digestion and helps keep hunger at bay, and all-natural potassium that improves heart health and increases energy levels. This powerful combination of nutritional benefits is why prunes are often considered the most super of the super fruits.

*See our Facebook page for official contest rules.


Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped Sunsweet prunes
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt onto a piece of waxed paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.In a large bowl, beat the oil and sugar until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the egg whites and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the prunes, walnuts, and morsels. Spread the batter in the pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist-looking crumbs. Cool 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 12 pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 piece):
169 calories, 2g protein, 25g carbohydrates, 7.2g fat
(1 g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 1g fiber,
81mg sodium.

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Iserloh, Skinny Chef

 
 

April is National Stress Awareness Month and we all know staying well-rested helps relieve stress. Sleep is absolutely critical to good health and well-being. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to physical and emotional crises like heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity and feeling cranky. So if your clients find that eight hours of shut-eye seems like a dream, suggest these three tips to help them achieve renewing sleep and feel the stress slip away!

Eat RIGHT, sleep tight: Start the day with a hearty breakfast, don’t skip lunch, and enjoy a light, satisfying dinner at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.

Create comfort: Beautiful bedtime requires a dark, quiet, comfortable and cool environment. Clean, soft sheets, a comfortably cool room temperature and light-blocking shades will make the bedroom inviting for good rest.

Nix the nightcap: Whether it’s diet cola or a glass of wine, both caffeine and alcohol disturb sleeping the night through. If your client wants to sip something, make it a cup of hot herbal (no caffeine) tea or enjoy hot milk with a touch of vanilla and nutmeg.

Source: Robin Kline, MS, RD, CCP

 
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