If you want a delicious, beautiful, colorful, juicy, sweet-tasting fruit, then plums are just what you are looking for! And the best part is, they can help you speed up meeting your weight loss goal. Plums are low calorie, very low in saturated fat and cholesterol and you can combine them with our other power foods for even more nutritional benefits and faster,
Healthier weight loss.
There are many different varieties of plums available in your grocery stores, generally from May through late October. Just so you know, I buy a large number of plums before they go out of season so I can freeze them for my enjoyment in the off-season months. More on that later…
You can keep your plums at room temperature until they are fully ripe, then they can be placed in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Make sure they are free of any bruises, holes or wounds when purchasing. This fruit also makes bright colorful decorations for any table setting or meal.
Some of the nutritional benefits of eating this tasty fruit are the high content of vitamin C, vitamin A, and beta carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A is essential for your vision and beta carotene can help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. Keep in mind, this is just mentioning a few of the many nutritional benefits in plums.
Although I am referring to plums, in this report, I’m sure you are familiar with prunes, which are dries out plums! Prunes can be enjoyed in many ways and they make a great snack.
Now, lets talk about some of the ways we can enjoy eating our plums. Like I mentioned above, how about freezing them for later enjoyment. This is easy…after washing, pat dry and place in freezer bags, or after washing, slice into pieces, and then place in freezer bags! Now you will have plums easily available all year round for any time and any occasion!
Plums can be eaten raw, baked, stewed, frozen, poached and made into jelly and jam! Wow – now that’s a lot of choices! Of course raw is the perfect way to enjoy while on the go. Just grab one, and off you go!
If you want to have your home smelling fantastic, bake some plums! Now get ready for this one, your mouth will be watering soon….just cut in half and remove the seed. Mix ground almonds, plain low fat yogurt, one egg, and fill in the hole! Drip a small amount of honey on top and bake until filling is just slightly brown. Your guests will love this, and so will the kids!
Try poaching, be adventurous! Again, cut in half and remove the seed. Mix one vanilla bean, vanilla low fat yogurt, lemon juice in baking dish, then fold in your plums. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes and there you go! Another warm, great smelling dish!
Now, lets have a smoothie. This is a great way to enjoy several of our power food fruits all together for a great burst of nutrition and energy. How about a side dish with oatmeal? Or toss some chunks in your oatmeal. Add some slices to your salad, or toss into a mixed fruit salad.
Make a tasty low calorie plum sauce to spread on top of chicken or turkey for extra color and flavor. Remember, you can have a lot of fun experimenting and trying new ways to enjoy our nutritional power foods.
Now, I am going back to the grocery store to pick up some plums. I am plum crazy! I know you will enjoy the many benefits of plums also!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one raw plum 30 calories
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 7 g
Vitamin C: 6.3 mg
Calcium: 4 mg
Potassium: 104 mg
Saturated Fat: 0
Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!