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.
· 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.
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.
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
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
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup Sunsweet Plum Amazins™
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp water
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.