6 Ways to Eat 6 Dates a Day in Pregnancy and Why You Should

6 Ways to Eat 6 Dates a Day in Pregnancy and Why You Should

20160705_211508A study out of Jordan found that women who ate 6 dates a day in their last month of pregnancy had shorter, easier labors. Research has also found that dates have an oxytocin effect on the uterus to help tone it. Dates also have great nutritional benefits. Dates contain iron, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Dates are one of my favorite sweeteners for desserts due to their nutritional benefits, and their natural sugars provide great energy without spiking blood sugar in the same way as refined sugar.

1.Pair dates with chocolate

Ingredients:20160705_205051

  • 2 squares of dark chocolate (chose a chocolate sweetened with stevia)
  • 6 dates

Directions:

  1. Eat dates in their whole form with 2 squares of chocolate. OR
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for intervals of 30 seconds until it is fully melted.
  3. Dip your dates into the chocolate.
  4. Eat right away, while the dates are still warm, or refrigerate the dates

I like to keep the chocolate in the freezer or I would melt some and drizzle it over the dates.

2. Pair dates with nut butter

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • 2 tsp nut butter of choice (almond, cashew, sunflower seed, macadamia nut)

Directions:

  1. Cut a slit in one side of the date and open like a book.
  2. Use a knife to smear a very thin layer of nut butter onto each date.
  3. Sandwich the sides of the date back together.

3. Blend in a smoothie

blueberrysmoothie

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2-1 cup water or coconut milk
  • 2 TBSP grass-fed collagen (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place water and dates into a blender. Blend for one minute to break up the dates completely.
  2. Add the other fruit to the blender, and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour into your favorite glass!

4. Date Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • 2 TBSP grass-fed gelatin
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (separate 1 tsp for blending)

Directions:

  1. Place dates and 1 tsp coconut milk in a food processor. Blend until the dates are smooth.
  2. Add the gelatin to the rest of the coconut milk. Let bloom for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk gel to the food processor, and blend until incorporated.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls or squares.
  5. As a bonus step you can roll them in shredded coconut or dip them in melted chocolate.

5. Date Caramel over yogurt, sliced bananas, or sliced apples

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • coconut milk (1/2 tsp for a thick caramel, 2 TBSP for a thinner drizzle)

Directions:

  1. Blend the dates and coconut milk in the food processor.
  2. Move the mixture to a saucepan, and heat until warm and gooey.

6. Date and Nut Bars

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • 1/4 cup cashews

Directions:

  1. Add the dates and cashews to the food processor. Pulse until incorporated but you can still see chunks of dates and nuts.
  2. Press until cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.
  3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

For ideas of how to feed your child nutrient dense food, check out my E-Book, A Recipe for a Healthy Baby.

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