Date Smoothie

Date Smoothie

Okay it may sound weird at first. Dates in a smoothie? Yes, it is true… Combine milk, pitted dates, almond butter, and cacao powder with ice, and you’ll have a breakfast or dessert smoothie that is so filing and good! Dates are sometimes overlooked but they provide energy and are great when you’re craving something sweet. They do have calories but also fiber so they are good to help regulate digestion and contain vitamins such as B 6 and niacin. Paired with milk, almond butter and cacao powder, this recipe can be a healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder, you can find it at specialty grocery stores. It’s healthy alternative to chocolate with great flavor but without sugar and any processing. It’s also raw, vegan and a source of antioxidants, iron and fiber. This only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so blend and enjoy!

Heart Healthy: No Bake Blueberry Bars

What is your favorite no bake recipe? I have been obsessed with “no bake” recipes this summer, especially desserts. These No Bake Blueberry Bars are so easy to make. I saw this Strawberry Oat Bar recipe in a recent Whole Living Magazine, and I had to try them with blueberries. Both the strawberry and blueberry versions are so good! I used almonds instead of macadamia nuts, but any nut would work. Dates and nuts are so healthy for you. Dates are a sweet fruit that grows on palm trees and contain B vitamins, Vitamin C and fiber. They are a good source of energy and low in fat. Almonds are a great protein source, heart healthy and help with cholesterol.

Date-Pecan Bread with Greek Yogurt

This Date-Pecan Bread with Greek yogurt is my newest favorite healthy, quick bread recipe. I used whole wheat and all-purpose flour, flaxseed and nonfat Greek yogurt to create a flavorful, moist bread. My kids were skeptical at first, but shortly after they tried it, they were gladly helping themselves to seconds. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, an afternoon snack or holiday gift, this recipe is a cinch to prepare (no mixer needed). I bought my dates at Costco, but you can find them at any local grocery store. Dates are filled with so may health benefits. They’re full of fiber, Vitamin B, Vitamin, A, Vitamin C, Iron and potassium. They are an excellence source of energy and work wonders for the digestive system.