Volume 10 • January 2012

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and there is a great alternative to traditional chocolates in a heart-shaped box that you can feel good about recommending to your patients and clients -Sunsweet's PlumSweets™ that is truly from and for the heart! Sweet and delicious decadence of dark chocolate pairs up with scrumptious, bite-sized pieces of Sunsweet dried plums. Creamy on the outside, chewy on the inside, this delicious treat is a nutritional powerhouse. Boy has love never tasted so sweet!

Dozens of food and health authorities have announced their predictions for what will be "hot" in 2012. Here are some of our favorite predictions for food trends:

· The James Beard Foundation thinks "single 'bite' servings are the new big...um...small thing." We agree, and think Sunsweet Ones™ are the perfect representation of this trend.

· Epicurious.com is excited about "The Happiness Diet," which focuses on foods designed to boost your mood, and keep you healthy.

· The Daily Meal predicts Moroccan food "has a shot at becoming a (if not the) next big thing." We hope our delicious recipe for Moroccan Spiced Rice with Prunes is the next big thing too.

· We couldn't agree more with The Food Channel's observation that people will be able to taste ingredients as they were meant to be now that there is more of a focus on less sodium and fresher foods.

· AllRecipes.com notes that people are increasingly looking for inspiration for recipes to cook for their families, with 68 percent being inspired by websites and 40 percent being inspired by email newsletters.

We hope this newsletter inspires you to visit www.sunsweet.com/recipes and tell your patients and clients about our delicious recipes.

Our Health Professionals Website is a Hit!

At ADA's Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo back in September, we launched a website especially for you, healthprofessionals.sunsweet.com.

We are thrilled by the positive response to the site and excited to report that survey results indicated nearly two-thirds of the respondents found the website to be very valuable. Favorite sections include the Client Education Materials, The Recipe Center, Healthy Living News and Product Info. Be sure to check it out. You can download client education materials, fact sheets on important health topics and ready-to-print articles. The research center includes abstracts about the health benefits of prunes and plum juice.

If you have any feedback about the site or would like to share your experience with it, please contact us at sunsweetnutrition@ketchum.com.

SPEAKING OF STARTING
THE DAY SMART, HERE IS
AN EASY-TO-MAKE
RECIPE THAT CAN HELP
YOUR PATIENTS AND
CLIENTS KICK-START
THEIR MORNING.

Plum Amazin
Breakfast Bars

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup uncooked rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup applesauce

1/4 cup canola oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup Sunsweet Plum Amazins™

Glaze

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp water

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil and eggs until well blended. Add brown sugar and continue whisking until smooth. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in Plum Amazins. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes, drizzle with glaze and cut into 24 bars. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in airtight container or freeze.

To make glaze, mix together powdered sugar, almond extract and water.

Makes 24 bars

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories: 101, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g,
Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 15.5mg,
Sodium: 77mg, Carbohydrates: 16g,
Fiber: 0.8g, Sugar: 6.8g, Protein: 2g

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