We visited Good Morning Arizona at Channel 3 to show off some easy to make, all natural and healthy after school (or work) snacks everyone will enjoy. Swap out ingredients for your favorite nuts and dried fruits, or add some cacao powder for a chocolate treat. Start with recipes for PB&J Date Bars, Almond Date Energy Balls, Coconut Cashew Date Balls, Chocolate Nut Energy Bars, and Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars - experiment with the recipes to make your own!
Medjool dates are perhaps more en vogue than ever for not only their delicious taste but their nutritional benefits, too. (Health Benefits of Dates) If you’ve got the space and a knack for gardening, you can harvest your very own Medjool dates… but it’s going to take some time and more than just one date palm.
When trying to cut back on white refined sugar, there are options aplenty. But those little pink or yellow packets served with your iced tea aren't necessarily a better option. Call us biased, but we think Mother Nature got it right when she created the date as a perfectly natural sweetener! In addition to enjoying dried dates straight out of the bag as a healthy choice to satisfy a sugar craving and give your energy levels a much-needed boost to combat that afternoon slump, dates can actually be used in place of sugar in a variety of ways.
So we know that dates are tasty, but are they good for us? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
A Medjool Date that is pitted and of average size, has a calorie count is 66 per serving. They are fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free. Dates are rich in dietary fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, and copper. They are also full of tannins--great for preventing bleeding and are anti-inflammatory. Looking for a potassium fix without eating a banana? Try a date.