I am also a date lover. I buy them 15 pounds at a time. My kids will take 2 or 3 in their lunches for school. I make homemade Lara Bars with them. I admit that I have had date binges. They are one of the very few sweet things I eat, and they are like candy to me! I take a few in my bag to the gym to snack on if I'm planning to be there longer than usual.
The downside is that if you eat too many, well, you know.
I have *seriously* considered becoming a low-fat raw vegan in order to eat unlimited dates. I'm still thinking about it. I'm kind of 60/40 against it right now just because my husband wouldn't do it with me.
Since I don't use many sweetners (no refined sugar), I use dates and raisins a lot to sweeten. I also make date rolls. I soak them for several hours then drain and put them in the food processor until they are a paste. I roll in into a log and roll in nuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds or whatever else i have. They are great. I can only manage one roll and it takes care of my need for sweet.
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Oh ya...second the dates, figs and nuts! These are great snacks on their own, or chopped up in salads.
Dates (the fresh, medjool type like what you bought) are actually my #1 favorite food. I absolutely swoon over them!
I only eat one at a time, and I weigh it in grams and track it because they are calorie bombs. One date is usually around 55 calories. I don't put anything in them or on them or eat them in combination with any other food. Just pure date heaven for me.
If I could magically make any single food calorie-free it would be these damn dates. Luckily they're expensive so that helps keep me in check!
I use my food scale and a custard cup. When I want some, I measure them out in the bowl. Usually dates are a snack with other things (like nuts). Portioning them makes it easier for me only to have a few at a time. And chewing properly, etc.
I love these things, but I swear they will be the death of me. I decided to buy some the other day. Fresh and refrigerated. Well, I can't keep out of the refrigerator now! Every time I go in there, my hand migrates to the container and I keep noshing on them. It must be since I cut out refined sugar from my diet...I am craving it. I also love the gummy texture...Like I am eating some kind of gummy candy, but even better...lol...I wish these weren't so calorie-concentrated! Yum Yum. Anyone else in love with these things as much as I am??
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