It's a little known secret that your morning coffee, tea, baking, and especially your smoothies can be sweetened with something much more nourishing than toxic artificial sweeteners or immuno-depressive refined sugar. In fact, Starbucks could learn a thing or two from this ingredient's sweet, natural caramel and toffee flavor. What is it? It's a nourishing little powerhouse of nutrition called Dates. Healthful, delicious, and alkaline dates could balance your acidic morning coffee while adding a caramel toffee flavor for a fraction of the cost!
Terrifically, date paste can replace artificial sweeteners and sugar in everything you eat. In this post I'm going to tell you how to make a luscious and incredibly easy date paste that's nourishing and will help to kick up your nutritional intake in one fell swoop!
Unlike refined sugar, dates are health promoting! In a recent study dates were found to lower oxidative stress levels by “reducing blood triglycerides,” which “improves the quality” of blood cholesterol by reducing its oxidation.” It was also discovered that dates attach themselves to harmful, oxygen-free radicals and remove them from the body. Researchers concluded that the benefits of the above findings translate into a reduced risk for heart attacks, strokes, and thanks to date's copper content, vascular disease. The date study found that dates can even reverse “atherosclerosis [accumulation of fatty plaque] in the coronary arteries.”
The sugar in dates works with your body, not against it, thanks to date's high fiber content, which provides a slow and steady release of sugar as well as essential trace minerals and vitamins into the blood system. The following nutritional data outlines some of the key nutrients found in dates, based on a 100g serving.
- Fiber – 6.7 grams.
- Potassium – 696 milligrams.
- Copper – 0.40 milligrams.
- Calcium - 64 milligrams.
- Iron - 0.90 milligrams.
- Manganese – 0.3 milligrams.
- Magnesium – 54 milligrams.
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 milligrams.
- Vitamin K - 2%
- Vitamin A - 5%
Impressive huh? Here's how to make date paste a permanent part of your dietary repertoire. Use date paste by the heaping spoonful in recipes, beverages or anytime you want to replace refined or artificial sugar in your diet.
- Organic dates
- Pure Water (distilled preferred)
- Organic vanilla extract
- Dash of himalayan pink salt.
Method: Soak dates in warm water for 30 minutes Remove pits and set some soaking water aside. Put dates and a small amount of soaking water in a food processor or high speed blender. Mix on high until you achieve a buttery consistency. Add a dash of vanilla extract, or you may flavor with cinnamon. Refrigerate and use as needed. Lasts about a week!