Benefits of Eating Dates in The Morning – The Amazing Secrets
How do you feel about carbohydrates?
They’re good if you need energy, but a lot of carbs can lead to weight gain, right?
Which brings me to the next question...
Do you think there are any benefits of eating dates in the morning?
Okay… we’ll get back to that in just a minute.
And how do you feel about sugar?
It’s the devil, isn’t it?
Not only does it lead to weight gain, but it contributes to disease.
What if I told you that the best way to start your day is with a good serving of both?
And that by doing so, you might even lose weight and feel better?
How is that possible?
Let’s consider the date...
...it’s remarkably high in carbs and sugar.
However, the natural, unprocessed, plant-based form of these doesn’t have the ill effects we associate with carbs and sugar.
Today, when I tell you to load up on carbs and sugar, I’m not talking about pasta and candy.
Instead, we’ll go over the marvelous health benefits of eating dates in the morning.
Why are they great?
And another thing:
Why should you be eating more and more of them?
Stay with me and I will give you the answers to these questions...
A Brief History of Dates
It is said that dates are to the Middle East, what olives are to the Mediterranean.
It is also thought that the Epic of Gilgamesh originates in the Middle East, around 2100 B.C. It is, to be sure, one of the oldest stories we tell.
And here is our earliest proof that humans have been eating dates for thousands of years:
“And did you not love Ishullanu, the gardener of your father's palm-grove? He brought you baskets filled with dates without end; every day he loaded your table.”
The date palm is an enduring symbol in Middle Eastern culture.
Today... its fruit is still an important part of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.
When it is time to break the fast (breakfast, anyone?), many Muslims will turn to dates first.
However, those of us in the West have a much briefer history with dates.
It was 1898 when the USDA began dispatching Agricultural Explorers out into the world to bring new foods to us.
Many fruits we adore today, such as oranges and avocados, came here via these botanists and adventurers.
After some exploratory research, David Fairchild and Walter Swingle decided the time was nigh for Americans to meet dates.
Our first date palms came directly from Baghdad, Iraq, and found new life in the Coachella Valley of California.
Middle Eastern culture was trendy to Americans at the time, and we went nuts over dates.
In fact, we still have an annual date festival, a celebration which originates back from that first Iraqi crop.
So, while dates have been an important food to many for as long as we can tell, we’re just beginning.
What’s Inside of a Date
More than any other fruit, dates are actually as sweet as candy.
All told, they’re 70% sugar!
That, of course, only applies to the West’s favorite date - the Medjool.
Deglet Noors are less popular, and a little less sweet.
To be fair, there are thousands of varieties of dates.
Still, Medjools and Deglet Noors are what we most often grow in the West today.
Jujubes are more readily available on the west coast.
While one (the Medjool) may be softer and sweeter than the other, they have similar nutritional content.
The Health Benefits of Dates
In a lot of locations, dates are something stores sell chopped up and dusted in sugar.
Clearly, we mean to focus on the whole fruit (minus the pit).
Far from containing just the nutrients above, whole, unprocessed dates are a complex little package of antioxidant nutrition.
In fact, they have more polyphenols than other dried fruits.
If you truly want the benefits of eating dates in the morning, here’s what it all adds up to.
The Best Breakfast Recipes with Dates
Recently, someone asked me about how many dates to eat per day.
Honestly, the number of calories (66 in one Medjool) means you probably don’t want to veer into the dozens.
Unless, of course, you’re working out like crazy and want to put on some muscle.
Fiber will never be anything but helpful in losing weight.
This is especially true at breakfast, when it’s best for our blood sugar and metabolism.
And fiber is so filling!
Now, I want to share with you a roundup of my very favorite breakfasts including dates.
Try each of these recipes and wow yourself with the sweet, satiating, energy-boosting power of dates - click for price.
1. Banana Date Smoothie by The Kitchn.
The other morning, I went to make a smoothie, only to realize I didn’t have bananas in the freezer.
Fortunately, this recipe doesn’t call for you to freeze those bananas.
- 2 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup dates, pits removed
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- Juice of half of a lime
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- Ice cubes
- Sprinkle of cinnamon, sprinkle of salt
Just blend together and enjoy!
In my opinion, the cardamom is optional; you can just add more cinnamon, if you like.
2. Date Energy Balls by the Detoxinista.
Organic, whole food snack bites and bars are so good, but also really expensive.
You can make a few dozen of these energy bites for less than ten bucks!
All it takes is:
- 2 cups walnuts - click for price
- 1 cup shredded coconut, no extra sugar
- 2 cups dates
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
First, blend the walnuts and coconut together in a food processor.
Then, add the rest of the ingredients until it all comes together.
Roll into balls and freeze to set.
I like to roll mine in a ground-up mix of flax, chia, cacao, and cinnamon.
3. Date-Sweetened Apple Pie Oatmeal by the Minimalist Baker.
Here, we begin to see the date’s amazing talent as a natural sweetener.
Without so much as a single particle of the white stuff, this oatmeal really is as tasty as apple pie.
All it takes is:
- 2 apples
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup nut milk
- 4 dates, chopped up
- Sprinkle of salt
To begin, peel, slice, and core the apples; bake them for about 20 minutes with the cinnamon and lemon.
Meanwhile, you add the oats, water, and milk and start cooking as you normally would.
A few minutes before it’s nicely cooked, toss in the dates and stir well.
Dress the oats up with your baked apples, and add more toppings!
I like extra cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and especially almond butter - click for price.
4. Banana Chia Pudding with Date Caramel by Caroline’s Cooking.
Now we’re onto something.
Soak your dates for an hour or so before grinding them to a paste in the food processor.
Add almond milk a little at a time as you blend, until you get a consistency you like.
If you want it super smooth, blend in a spoonful of nut butter. I highly recommend it.
Voila, your very own caramel sauce.
Now you need some banana chia pudding:
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 to ½ cup coconut milk (depends on how thin the coconut milk is; if it’s thicker, go with the smaller measurement)
To make the pudding, begin by blending the banana and milk together.
I add the chai at the very end, just to incorporate.
From there, pour this into a container and give it time to congeal in the fridge.
You can leave them overnight, or just for an hour or two.
Once it’s set like a regular pudding, you can make a parfait by layering it with the date paste.
Or, you can swirl them together in a bowl. Either way, good luck not finishing this in one sitting.
5. Espresso Overnight Oats with Date Caramel by Fit Foodie Finds.
I hate feeling like I’m stuck with a boring breakfast, just because time’s short in the morning.
With this recipe, that’s never a concern.
Adding coffee to overnight oats was something I never thought of before, but now I’m all about it.
I think you will be, too.
To get going, you’ll need:
- A few tablespoons of your homemade date caramel
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¾ cup almond milk
- ½ cup cold brew or strong coffee, chilled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional if you’re mixing in enough date caramel!)
Making this couldn’t be easier.
I throw it all into a Mason jar, shake well, and leave it in the fridge the night before.
Come morning, I plop my date caramel on top, and I’m on my way.
Click video for Date Caramel preparation...
Well as they say, all good things must come to an end.
Here is my final word on the...
Benefits of Eating Dates in The Morning
Dates are proof that we shouldn’t treat all calories and macros the same.
Natural fruit sugar, delivered with fiber, can be great for health and weight loss.
After all, dates:
Humanity has been subsisting on the mineral-rich nutrition of dates for centuries.
But I still want to know how you feel about dates.
Do you believe there are benefits of eating dates in the morning?
How do you like to eat dates, and what’s your favorite variety?
Please share below, and I’ll be back with more secrets shortly.