Dates: The Edible Kind

date fruit

Have you ever eaten a date?

I always thought they were some kind of raisin-y, olden time, snacking only type of dried fruit (read, I’d never try them). But recently, I did some research about the health benefits of dates and decided that I needed to give them a fair shot.

I’ve been trying to cut back, even eliminate, sugar from my diet. Dates are naturally very sweet. So, I tried one.

And then I ate two more.

And then I made some little cookie-balls using dates, coconuts, and a dab of all natural peanut butter.

Dates are wonderful! If you have a sweet tooth, give them a try. They are deliciously sweet and rich, just like a good dessert should be. You can eat them in place of a cookie (I do have a good chocolate cookie recipe if dates aren’t your thing) and not feel guilty about it!

Here are some health benefits of dates:

  • while very sweet, the sugars are natural
  • they are high in fiber
  • they are rich in potassium

Dates also have some protein and will help you stay fuller, longer. You can find all kinds of recipes and ideas online about how to cook with them and prepare them. They are not expensive, either. That’s a win!

If you have been searching for a healthy alternative to your favorite sweet treat, set up a date with a date! 😉

 

All Natural, Safe, Effective Laxative for Pregnant and Nursing Moms

Constipation stinks. (At least, it does once the blockage is finally released). Pregnant women and moms get blocked up once in a while. Sometimes, pre-natal vitamins can slow down your bowel movements due to the amounts of iron in each pill. Other factors that may increase the likelihood of constipation are diet and hormones.

There are a plethora of laxative options out there and if you’re like me, you’ve tried a handful of them. Recently, however, I tried one I’d never used before: chipotle peppers.

You can purchase a jar or can of these helpful hot peppers at just about any grocery store, and they won’t cost you more than a couple of dollars. When your system needs some assistance, simply spread a tablespoon or two of chipotles on your next meal and chow down. Some chipotles are sold whole; if that is the case, I recommend trying a half of one with your meal. (If you’re not a fan of spicy food, have some milk ready to ease the burn). They really aren’t terribly spicy and you won’t need to consume much in order to achieve the desired effect.

The first time I ate some chipotle peppers was at the supper hour and I was sitting on the toilet the very next morning, all cleared out. It was great! I never even had stomach or gas pains.

Eating chipotle peppers is a great way to beat being bound up. It’s a simple, natural alternative to pills and powdered drinks. The next time you’re feeling blocked up, give these a try!