snack attack! almonds + dates

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Sometimes you just need a little something sweet, you know? That’s why this week’s snack suggestion includes the mighty medjool date – their sticky, caramelly sweetness is sure to satisfy an afternoon sugar craving. And while dates are packed with naturally occurring sugars (glucose and fructose), they are also an excellent source of dietary fiber (about 7g per 100g serving), and dates are especially rich in soluble fiber, which is the kind that helps maintain healthy blood cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels. They’re also rich in antioxidant polyphenols, dietary fiber, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Pairing the dates with a small handful of almonds (don’t forget what a portion of nuts looks like!) is a great combination. The almonds bring healthy fats and a bit of protein to the table, which helps to satiate us, and moderates the passage of sugar through our digestive systems and into the bloodstream. If you like to play with your food, you could even stuff the almonds into the dates, creating sweet, caramelly, nutty, crunchy bites.

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Comments

  1. Almond-stuffed medjool dates are one of my favorite quick-energy snacks for running and biking. I split the dates open, lay on a couple of almonds, add a little sprinkle of salt, close the dates up, and wrap them in foil. Tasty, natural, inexpensive. (And thanks for the steady supply of good ideas and sanity; I’ve been reading for several yeas but haven’t written til now.)

    • Ooooh, that’s a great idea, Solveig! I love the salty and sweet combo, and I bet with the almonds in there and just a sprinkle of salt it’s a perfect combination. Great for snacks on the go! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. Dates are fun to eat, especially with something stuffed inside them! Sometimes I sprinkle a little cocoa powder in them. I think adding the almonds would be fun too. Normally when I eat cocoa powder I require sugar too, but the dates are so sweet there’s no need for the sugar. Thanks for the good snack ideas & nutrition info.

      • I have never tried cocoa nibs. Do they keep very long? Should they be stored in the fridge for long-term storage?
        Thanks!

        • I think they keep for quite a while! I keep mine in a dark cupboard in an airtight container. You could also keep them in the freezer (which is where I store my nuts). They’re great for all kinds of things, like adding to smoothies, in with granola, etc. Sometimes I just munch on a small handful to satisfy a chocolate craving. Give them a try sometime!

          • Cocoa nibs sure sound easy to store & enjoy. I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the quick reply!

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