My Sunflower Date Recipe!

This has become my go to snack lately.  It is so incredibly yummy and gives me an amazing energy boost.  It is, of course, all whole food and full of nutrition to power you through your day or workout. In fact, some studies show that 1 mg of dates gives the body the energy equal to 3400+ calories! Now that’s some crazy energy and it’s quick energy as well.  The best part is that these couldn’t be faster or easier to make. Check it out.

Here’s how to throw together some Sunflower Dates.  Take your Medjool Dates and split them length-wise and remove the pit. Open them up slightly & fill the hole with Sunflower Seed butter. Boom! You’re Finished!  How easy is that?

The beauty is it’s sweet, it’s salty and it has good fats & fiber to keep you full. A Healthy on the go snack. Plus, like I said, it is a great power up food for a workout.  I see so many people eating “fake” bars and gooey type products to power through a tough workout.  If you feel like you need an extra energy boost, this whole food snack will do a much better job of fueling your body with REAL NUTRITON!

Here is a nutritional breakdown of Medjool dates for you. They are remarkable to say the least. They contain vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, and Choline. They also contain good amounts of minerals including Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese. Plus they are loaded with fiber. I especially like that dates are an excellent source of potassium as I see so many people are deficient. Potassium is essential to the proper functioning of muscles, including the heart muscle.

Sunflower seed butter packs great nutrition and energy as well. Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative to other nut butters because it’s actually a seed and not a nut for those that are allergic or sensitive to nuts. Sunflower seed butter contains protein, healthy fats and fiber to fuel you as well as keep you satisfied.  Nutritionally it has significant amounts of magnesium, vitamin E and iron.

When you combine these two together you get a snack to power you through your day or your workout and bonus it satisfies that craving for sweet & salty. What could be better?  Try it and let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday July 30 2013at 02:07 pm , filed under Health News, Recipes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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