Don't you love it when something just comes together so effortlessly? You know - serendipity? That magical happy accident? That vortex where the stars align to create a fortunate mistake? I think I will apply that to this food combination that happened to me quite by desperation, quite by careless abandon. And I deserve no credit what-so-ever for its success. These ingredients came together in seconds when trying to create a healthy breakfast for my daughter on the fly. My cupboards were bare and I literally threw what I could find in a blender and sheepishly handed the concoction to her as she was leaving for school. I admit, I didn't even have time to taste it. But, if I had, I may not have given her any.
Make a Date with A Date
- Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit growth of unfriendly organisms in our digestive tract, thus, helping the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines. A healthier digestive tract means better absorption of other nutrients, too.
- Dates are rich in minerals like calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, and copper -- all support bone strength.
- Fiber rich they are in both soluble and insoluble fibers. These are both a great aide to digestive health, intestinal disorders and act as an abdominal cancer preventative.
- Dates are a good source of various vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
- Dates have impressive levels of iron making them a great food to alleviate anemia.
- Try dates to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a contributing factor for heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke.
- They add a great amount of sweetness to a dish if that is what you are looking for with no refined ingredients.
Strawberry Date Shake
- 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- splash of vanilla
- 2 teaspoons flax seed
- 2 tablespoons coconut - optional
- 3 large dates
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup filtered water-optional
Now do this:
- Throw it all in a blender and whirl until smooth.
- Adjust seasonings and add more water if it is too thick.
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