Dates are my number one favorite fruit to use as a natural sweetener and binder in my sweet recipes. They are also delicious in pasta, cooked meals, cereals, granolas or porridges. Theyre perfect in savory dishes such as salads and buckwheat as well. I actually once started eating dates by filling them with nuts such as walnuts, almonds or with almond butter or tahini.

Tips

  • Dates are a good workout snack. As a pre – and post-workout snack, they’re perfect for the good carbs and good sugars that will give you instant energy.
  • You have a 4 pm energy dip? Eat a few dates and your dip is gone.
  • If your dates are a bit dry or hard, soak them for 10 minutes in water.
  • Before you eat a date, first cut or bite the date open a bit. Dates are not good anymore if there is a layer of black dust in it. So take a bite of your date to inspect the inside.
  • Dates are sticky and sometimes if they are not properly packed it may be easy for all kinds of things to stick to it. One tip is to wash them before you eat them. You can do this very easily under running water to make sure that they are clean.
  • Blend some dates with a tiny bit of water in a blender or food processor and you have a delicious sweet date paste.
  • Never buy the candied dates as they contain a lot of sugar. And rather not go for the pitted dates, the less processed the better.

Sweet, healthy, energy-rich, low-fat, vegan and a huge boost of vitamins and minerals, you can imagine why I’m crazy about dates. And of course dates are way healthier than any other form of refined sugar or sweetener.

Taken from thegreencreator.com/why-are-dates-healthy/