It’s true that the best things often come in the smallest of packages.
We were reminded of the idea last winter when a small package showed up at our front door. Looking at the label, we found no name but could see that the box was sent to us from Mexico.
We opened it and were surprised by the contents.
Dates. Several pounds of them.
With some sleuthing, we determined the package was sent to us by some friends touring America’s southern neighbor. They came across a date farm, and, after touring it, they knew they had to share their discovery with us.
We’re sure glad they did.
Despite being virtually ignored by the mainstream press and even many health experts, dates are a wonderful food.
Since they were first eaten by humans thousands of years ago, dates have long been thought to have immense health effects. In some cultures, the fruits have a nearly mystical following.
But modern science eliminates any doubt as to their power.
Dates are incredibly healthy.
As one of nature’s rare foods that contain no cholesterol, dates are a smart way to keep a check on one of the leading forms of heart disease.
But aside from merely containing no cholesterol, dates have another artery-clearing ingredient… potassium – which actually helps our bodies eliminate cholesterol.
The fruit is also quite good for our digestive system. Many experts say to soak a few dates in water and eat them. The high fiber content helps to ensure everything works as it’s supposed to.
And, finally, dates are high in iron – an essential mineral. If you’ve been feeling tired, sluggish or just plain worn out, it may be because of an iron deficiency. If your body doesn’t have enough iron, it can’t make enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A few dates each day may help put some spring in your step.
Eat This… Live Longer
Of course, there are lots of ways to eat dates – everything from eating them plain (they’re delicious) to wrapping them in bacon. But my favorite way to eat them turns this nutritious snack into a delicious and incredibly healthy dessert.
Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you… There’s nothing “fudgy” about these fudge balls.
The recipe, of course, starts with dates. You’ll need about seven to 10 of them pitted.
From there, the healthiness continues with half a cup of cashews or walnuts – both are considered highly heart-healthy foods. Before mixing with the other ingredients, soak them in water overnight to soften them up.
After that, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of raw cacao.
If you’re not familiar with this ingredient, you should be. It’s considered an “Amazonian superfood.” It boasts 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries (which is incredible). It’s packed full of iron (the highest levels of any plant) and magnesium. Plus, it’s thought to be one of nature’s best antidepressants.
Next, you’ll need half a teaspoon each of cinnamon (great for the heart) and vanilla extract (another great source of antioxidants).
Finally, you’ll need a pinch of salt – we recommend Himalayan or sea salt – and 7 tablespoons of date water. The latter is just what it sounds like. It’s made by simply soaking your dates in water for 30 minutes or so.
Once the dates and nuts are soaked properly, put all the ingredients in a food processor, and blend them until they’re the consistency of thick dough.
From there, roll them into something that resembles the size of a golf ball… and toss ‘em in the freezer.
Once frozen, they make a delicious and incredibly healthy dessert.
After one bite, you’ll be convinced that good things absolutely do come in small packages.
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