We all know by now that sugar (the refined, processed kind) isn’t great for us. In fact, it’s not only just not great, it’s doing us harm. Luckily, we have a healthy, natural alternative that you’ll find tastes even better than the fake stuff. Yep, I’m talking about Medjool dates. This easy swap is full of health benefits that you’re missing out on by not kicking the sugar habit. There’s so many different ways to incorporate Medjool dates as a natural sweetener, which really makes them a total necessity for moving toward a more “real food” approach to your diet.
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First, Let’s Talk Health:
What makes this an even healthier choice for me personally is knowing that Natural Delights Medjool dates were grown using sustainable farming practices.
Add them to veggie side dishes for a hint of sweetness! Think roasted or sautéed veggies and get creative. A favorite dish of mine to add dates to is by tossing in chopped Medjool dates with Brussels sprouts, apples and bacon, then sautéing them all together. The Medjool dates transform into a delicious caramelized flavor and it just brings the whole dish together. There’s a reason they’re called nature’s candy, after all.
Reader Reviews & Comments
Maya Rapp says
Thanks for the article. I just went through a 4 week SOS, just to see what would happen. I had no idea that I was so addicted to sugar. The withdrawal was zero fun. Now I mostly use dates or date sugar for sweetening, although I do have my own honeybees, but they’re mostly for pollination, so I don’t take much. Also bought a couple bags of sucanat. I don’t know what’s up with Big Ag trying to poison everyone by putting sugar and salt in everything.
When I really get a craving for sweets, I just reach for the dates and a handful of nuts. I’m baking bread over the weekend…hope yeast likes date sugar!
I made homemade granola with dates mixed in and then had the idea to pour almond milk over it to make cereal. I feel so creative! 🙂
Love your article on dates. I use dates in my protein drinks which I make after a workout at the gym. I put two in and it sweetens my drink very nicely. I don’t use any other sweeteners. Your idea of making a paste and using it in coffee intrigues me and I plan on trying that very soon. The only other way I have eaten dates in the past was in cookies or quick breads and stuffed with cream cheese and rolled in pistachios.
This is a great article! Thanks for sharing!
Carrie Fenner says
Love this. I bake almost exclusively with dates and have been pretty successful subbing them for sugar in many things!
That’s awesome to hear! I love cooking and baking with dates too – such a simple swap! 🙂