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
Entering the spleen and stomach channels
Shortness of breath
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!