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Top 10 Reasons You Need a DATE (Hint: it’s Not What You Think)

Dates are… high in minerals, and an excellent alternative to curb cravings in a healthier way!

We’re sure there are benefits to the other kinds of date too, but for this article, we’re focusing on the yummy snack kind. ;)

Fun facts about dates - plus a few health reasons to incorporate them into your diet:

  • Dates are very low in fat, and free from cholesterol

  • There are at least 30 different kinds of dates around the world

  • Dates fall into one of three categories: soft, dry, and semi-dry

  • Dates are a good source of vitamins A1, C, B1, B2, B3, and B5

  • Dates contain zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus

  • Dates also contain many nutrients associated with improved bone health, including selenium, copper, magnesium, and manganese

  • Because they’re high in fiber, dates slow down digestion to help prevent blood sugar spikes

  • Dates make an excellent alternative to sugar for many recipes and snacks - or just enjoy them alone

In Chinese medicine, red dates in particular are indicated for a variety of ailments and actions, such as:

  • Spleen - Qi deficiency

  • Calming the spirit

  • Tonifying qi

  • Augmenting blood

  • Entering the spleen and stomach channels

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Poor appetite

  • Restlessness

  • Diarrhea

  • Irritability

Ready to enjoy some dates for yourself? Try this yummy recipe for Coconut Date Balls:


  • 2 cups pecans

  • 10-12 medjool dates, pitted

  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

  • ¼ cup shredded coconut

  • Optional: sesame seeds


  • Soak the dates in warm water for 10 minutes until they soften

  • Put the pecans and dates into the bowl of a food processor.

  • Blend on high until a thick “dough” is formed, the mixture should feel sticky.

  • Scoop roughly 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it into a ball.

  • Roll the balls bites into the shredded coconut, pressing gently so they stick.

  • Enjoy a yummy boost of energy with this easy on-the-go treat!

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