HEALTH BENEFITS: THE 411 ON DATES!
Not only are dates wonderfully delicious, but they are also packed with nutrition! Here are some of the facts:
– Three times higher in potassium than bananas
– Contains fiber, and trace amounts of iron, calcium, and protein
– Fast-acting carbohydrates to boost energy
CULINARY TWIST: FROM STUFFING TO SMOOTHIES!
Pitted dates are convenient to stuff with nuts or hard cheeses for a unique appetizer or as part of a dessert table! From almonds to pistachios and parmesan to Asiago, stuffing dates is a delicious way to enjoy these sweet treats! Want to add sweetness to fruit smoothies or green juices? Add a whole pitted date (or two) to your blender! Dates provide natural sweetness without the addition of sugars.
Dates can also be added to baked goods, such as cookies, bars, muffins, granola, and more! For a savory twist, add dates to stuffings, curries, couscous and other grain dishes, and even salads!
ABOUT DATES: DID YOU KNOW?
Representing growth and vitality, the date palm is the national symbol of Israel and Saudi Arabia!