Dates are not only delicious, they are filled with healthy surprises. Abundant in the UAE, Egypt and parts of the Persian Gulf Region/Middle East, this highly nutritious, cholesterol-free fruit has so many varieties that are endowed with nature’s bounty of providing you with various health benefits, though it’s downside maybe it’s richness in sugar for diabetic patients.
The fructose that it contains is far better than the refined sugar that we consume these days and I am exploring using date syrup as my go to sweetener instead of sugar.
A quick look at the health benefits:
Contains vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C
- Boosts heart health.
- Anti-Inflammatory properties
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Promotes Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation
- Boosts Brain Health
- Bone Health and Strength
- Dietary supplement for anaemic people – increases energy
- Increases sexual stamina – when soaked overnight in goat milk and consumed the next morning.
- Helps reduction of night blindness
- A quick remedy for alcoholic intoxication.
- Great for hair and skin.
How to make date juice:
Contents: Water, Dates, Vanilla essence or lemon juice, (Almonds and ground Cardamon are optional).
Note that the quantity of dates that you use depends on how many people you are serving, but for 2 refreshing glasses, a handful of dates will suffice.
- Remove the seeds and soak a handful of dates in warm water for 3o mins to 1 hour to soften.
- Once the dates have soaked, drain the water then add the dates, One and a half cup of water, lemon juice or vanilla into the container of a high-speed blender and blend for 60 seconds or until smooth.
- If desired, you can add ground cardamom or almonds into the mix and blend.
- Serve slightly chilled.
- Enjoy and satisfy your sweet tooth 😉
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha