The Super Fruit You Need Now

Originating from the Middle East, the Date comes to the United States as a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants.
One of the benefits of the date is its’ high fiber content. While fiber is good for you, the fiber of a date is different. Meg Campbell, working in the fitness and health industries, says this about the fiber in dates:
“This type of soluble fiber is particularly beneficial, as it promotes normal blood glucose levels, blocks the absorption of cholesterol and increases the size of stools. Beta-D-glucan also slows digestion in the stomach, thereby contributing to long-term satiety.”

Other benefits of the date include the incredible amount of minerals and vitamins. Here is a list of some of the minerals and vitamins of the date with their benefits for you.

Potassium: vital electrolyte which promotes healthy cell functions.

Manganese: contributes to healthy bones, assists in metabolism, formation of tissues, and assists in proper functions of glands and blood sugar and glucose levels.

Copper: important in healthy blood functions, aids in iron absorption, keeps muscles and nerves healthy.

Magnesium: is beneficial to many biochemical reactions including nerve and muscle function. Also contributes to a healthy immune system and heart. Magnesium also helps in production of protein and energy.

Calcium: important to bone growth and healthy muscle contraction.

Iron: vital to healthy blood and transporting oxygen throughout the body.

Vitamin K: vital to healthy blood clotting.

Vitamin B6: contributes to overall well being in the body, but specifically turns food into energy, and is important for healthy brain function.

Folate: needed for DNA creation and helps cells divide.

With all of the benefits of the date, what’s not to love? Well, some people aren’t a big fan of the taste/texture of the date.

Here are some fun popular ways to eat the date:

Check out The Blissful Balance, for this awesome peanut butter date cookie. It only has 4 ingredients so what’s not to love! Plus they are sugar and gluten free.

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Head on over to Six Sisters Stuff for their gluten free date brownies. There stuff is bound to be delicious.

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An easy way to snack on dates without baking is to remove the pit and insert a salted nut, my favorite is the macadamia nut! A perfect combination of sweet and salty and so easy!

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Any time I make a veggie smoothie, I always add dates. It makes for the perfect amount of subtle sweet that creates the perfect tasting smoothing, no matter how green my smoothie is!

Let me know how you like to enjoy the date, and I’ll throw your ideas up!

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5 Tricks to Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season

Avoid gaining holiday pounds this season with these simple, easy tips.

#1 Incorporate a morning run. Before all of the hustle and bustle of the day, take time for yourself and get out on a run. This will help you start your day, and holidays, off with a healthy boost. Burn extra calories, boost your mood, and get your day off to a healthy start.


#2 Eat slowly. This way when you try a fun treat or roll you will only need the one. So savor your food and really enjoy it! This trick will help you feel like you aren’t constantly watching your weight while still feeling included with the festivities.

Note: I learned this trick from my aunt. Someone had made homemade caramels and the whole family was snacking on them. I remember looking over and seeing that my aunt still had half of her very first caramel sitting next to her and I had already eaten four! She chose to savor each bite and it paid off! We each had the flavor in our mouth, but who had four times more calories? I did.


#3 Put your food down with each bite. You will eat less if you are slowing yourself down by putting your food down each time.


#4 Maintain a positive attitude. Instead of getting discouraged when you eat, try thinking positively. Note the differences in these thought processes:

“Ugh, I ate another piece of pie. I have eaten too many calories today! I am definitely over my limit.”

versus…

“That was such a delicious and perfect piece of pie. I enjoyed it so much and am so satisfied.”

Which thought is likely to lead you to giving up on your healthy eating goals? Which thought will help you stay with your diet in the long run? Either way, you ate the piece of pie. But with the second you train your brain to feel satisfied. You are then less likely to over eat because you messed up anyway.


#5 Get involved. Instead of sitting at the counter in front of a smorgasbord of appetizers, go for a walk with relatives, start a fun game with cousins, or offer your help setting the table!

If you follow these tips you will be less likely to over eat, but more importantly more likely to have a good time this holiday season. Enjoy!!

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Chicken Noodle Soup (so good for you that your flu might walk out the door)

We have all had the so called “chicken noodle soup” that consists of some broth with a few worm-like noodles, carrots, and little chicken pieces. Seriously, that stuff is beyond mediocre. Once you try this soup, you will NEVER desire the canned stuff again and you will NEVER even call that stuff chicken noodle soup! This recipe that I am about to share with you is ‘knock your socks off’ kind of good. Continue reading Chicken Noodle Soup (so good for you that your flu might walk out the door)