I *heart* Dates!

I’ve been having fun adding fruit back into my diet – didn’t realize how much I missed bananas…and berries…and apples…and clementines!!  But with only one (sometimes 2) servings per day, it’s taken me a while to get to all the fruit I’ve been missing out on over the last several months!

This last week I rediscovered DATES!  And I HEART dates!!  They are sweet like candy but for those of you watching your caloric intake like me – they are a whopping 66 calories EACH – yikes!  But I think they are so worth it.  So I have 2 quickie recipes for ya, if you too would like to enjoy some dates this weekend:

DATE SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana
  • 1 date (remember to pit it!)
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla – but any kind will work or coconut milk or soy milk or milk milk!)
  • 1 handful of spinach (optional – I’ve been trying to get more veggies in and this was a quick and easy way to do it and I swear to you I did not taste the spinach!)

Directions

Put all of your ingredients in a blender/vitamix and blend to your heart’s content.  Makes one yummy (and green if you use spinach) date shake.  (sorry no pic…it wasn’t that pretty – but very yummy)

Calories – 250, serves 1

DATE ROLL

Ingredients

  • 12 dates (again – remember to pit them…can you tell I had an incident where I did NOT pit them…it was loud in my vitamix).
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

Directions

  1. Put the dates in your blender/vitamix and crush them up into a paste.
  2. Add the walnuts and half of the coconut and mix in with the date paste.
  3. Remove from the blender and roll into balls.
  4. Coat in the remaining coconut.
  5. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Calories – I made 10 date rolls but had excess coconut leftover so I figure they were about 150 calories each.

Knowing that each date roll was the equivalent and then some of a Medifast meal, really helped me savor each and every one of them.  If I didn’t know how many calories were in each, I probably would’ve eaten the whole batch in one sitting, which I don’t suggest you do.  But they are that good – and worth the splurge!

Enjoy!

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