Beat the Back to School Blues
It’s that time of year again where the kids make their merry way back to school and parents can breathe a sigh of relief! Whilst you begin to relax back into routine, it’s important to get into the habit of ensuring that your kids are eating healthily at school and providing them with the right snacks.
California prunes are a perfect snack as they are easy to carry around, require no preparation and provide your kids with the sweet-kick they crave. Instead of packing a chocolate bar into their lunchboxes, why not send your kids to class with a nutritious and delicious helping of California prunes? Just three provides one of their five a day helpings of fruit and veg.
Prunes are a great little fruit as they’re naturally free from fat, saturated fat and salt. Too much fat and saturated fat in your diet may lead to obesity and insulin resistance, and can also increase blood levels of the ‘bad’ cholesterol which can cause heart disease. Too much salt is linked to increased risk of high blood pressure and strokes. So replacing high fat, high salt snacks with California prunes is a great way to keep the fat and salt levels down.
There’s another good reason why California prunes make excellent snack foods. Prunes have a low Glycaemic Index (GI) of 29.
The Glycaemic Index ranks foods according to how quickly they release sugar (glucose) into the bloodstream when they are digested. Foods with a low GI, like prunes, release their sugars more gradually into the blood stream. Another way to measure the overall glycaemic effect of a portion of food is to look at the Glycaemic Load (GL), which is calculated from the GI and takes account of the carbohydrate content of the food too.