For a long time, I had no clue!
They kept popping up in all sorts of new recipes I would look through when I made the switch to a plant-strong diet. But, truth be told, they scared me!
I didn’t know how to buy them, store them, or even eat them.
Asking around, I found many people also did not have an idea on how to use them.
By far, the most popular dates in healthy recipes I have found are medjool dates. They are considered the “king of dates” and the “crown jewel of dates”. They are dried before you eat them. Due to their size, amount of meaty fruit, and how moist, sweet tasting, and sticky they are, they are great for desserts, smoothies, dips, and so much more.
They really have been easy to add to my healthy lifestyle. I love just eating them plain. Freezing them and then eating on a hot summer day is great too!
- Only 70 calories!
- High in Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Phosphorus.
- They are high in natural sugar, but because it is from a whole food and paired with fiber, they are a great alternative to regular desserts.
- They are a VERY good energy source!
How to Buy:
In most grocery stores around the U.S., they are available from mid-summer to mid-fall, but can be stored at home all year long. When buying medjool dates, be sure to choose dates that are plump and have a shiny look to their skin. You do not want dates that have sugar crystals forming on them or have a shriveled look.
How to Store:
You can store your dates in an air-tight container for one week on your counter, up to 6 months in the fridge, and up to a year in your freezer.
Medjool Date Recipes:
- Cereal topping
- Eat plain
- Or take out the pit and fill that area with crushed nuts or nut butter for a quick, high energy snack!
- Date Shakes are very popular in southern California and Arizona with all the date farms around. But most date shakes use dairy products which is not plant-strong/vegan. I found 2 yummy plant-based date shake recipes. Test them out and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment at the bottom of the page!
Cinnamon-Vanilla Date Shake
1 cup vanilla soymilk
½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 frozen bananas
4 pitted medjool dates
Plain Vanilla Date Shake
2 frozen bananas
1 ½ cup vanilla soymilk
5 pitted medjool dates
You can take the plain vanilla date shake recipe and make any flavor you would like! For a chocolate date shake, just add cocoa powder and for a strawberry date shake, just add 3-5 strawberries.
What do you think? Do you use dates? Leave me a comment below…