Artificial and zero calorie sweeteners have proven to be dangerous and quite harmful for our health. Did you know that when you eat (or drink) something with a zero calorie sweetener in it, your brain anticipates that calories will follow? When they don’t, the brain is triggered to compensate for the perceived missing calories, by eating more.
A better and healthier option would be to fuel your body with natural, whole foods that the body can recognize and easily assimilate nutrients from.
- Dates are a source of good carbohydrates, Vitamin B6 and minerals Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium.
- When you need a sweetener, dates are a super option for you and can usually be found at the grocery stores or health food stores in your local area. Try to get organic as much as possible.
- You can use any types of dates to make a variety of your recipes sweet, naturally!
- Use dates with pecans or almonds to make a simple pie crust in your food processor.
- If you want to sweeten up a smoothie, add 1 or more pitted dates.
- Pit your dates, blend with a bit of water to make “date syrup” which can be used to bind or sweeten up raw dessert recipes in place of an alternative sweetener.
- Dates and Almond or Pecan butter are a great combo.
- Try putting a tiny spoonful of nut butter in a pitted date for a sweet and satisfying dessert or energy boost pre or post workout.
- Blend dates, vanilla, almond butter, salt and a maple syrup for a delicious and incredible tasting caramel dip.
- Bring a few dates along with you for a run. They’re great for re-fueling along the way.
- Dates taste amazing chopped in salads with pecans, blueberries or strawberries.
- You can use dates to sweeten up raw salad dressings.
- If you want to sweeten up your home-made nut milk, add 2-3 pitted dates while blending and strain the liquid as usual through a nut milk bag.