Dates are popular in the health community because of their versatility as a natural sweetener. Their extraordinary sweetness and chewy texture pair well with vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. They are actually considered the oldest cultivated fruit in the world, and have been in existence for over 50,000 years.
Using dates in lieu of other sweeteners can provide several healthy benefits. Dates are not processed or refined and pack a slew of nutrients. They are very rich in dietary fiber (1/4 cup has 3g of fiber), antioxidants, and essential minerals including potassium and magnesium.
When experimenting with dates, treat them similarly to raisins and other dried fruit. You can add them to baked goods, nut mixes, oats, and a variety of other dishes. They also can add sweetness as toppers for your oatmeal, acai or smoothie bowl, or soup.
Since they have a bit more of an exotic flavor as opposed to typical dry fruit, test them out in your kitchen and find what works best for you.
Dates add the perfect sweetness to VivoGreens in our Deliciously Date Smoothie Recipe. Loaded with vitamins and nutrients, this Deliciously Date Smoothie is the perfect sweet snack to help you indulge without the guilt. This recipe is very adaptable as well; since dates are naturally very sweet, you can adjust the amount to fit your flavor preferences.
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