Saturday, 25 October 2014

Rule 56.
The fruit kind, not the blind kind….

Anyway, most of you know the dehydrate kind but you can enjoy the fruit even if it’s not been dried out of water and vitamins in order to free room for processed sugar.  Of course not all dates are full of sugar, but when big companies dehydrate food, that’s what usually happens. Can you find “no sugar added”?  You sure can! It will cost you more and your children (or yourself) might not like it as much as the sweeter version but it’s possible. You just have to look for it.
Farms market or organic stores are usually pretty good for that.
And if you don’t want to pay more just remember: fat people die sooner…
And who knows, maybe one day “no sugar added” will be cheaper because you don’t add anything to it, and who knows, maybe one day those big food companies would actually give a sh*t about us and not just about money and they’ll do only few billions a year. Who knows?

Now, where were we? Dates! You can enjoy just the fresh fruit. It’s yellow and it’s super sweet! I love it! It’s so filling you only need 1 or 2 and you feel like you just had a light meal. It’s natural whole fruit and way better choice than a cupcake.
You can also have the medjool date. You buy them already dehydrate but it’s the good kind of dates so make sure! Why the good kind? Tastes better.
It’s a great cure for constipation and some even say it helps to cure abdominal cancer!

The nutrition value of the medjool date is so good (it’s even better for the fresh dates but it’s hard to get them if you’re not living in the middle east)
100 grams contain: 277 calories, over 600mg potassium, rich in both soluble fiber and in soluble fiber (and that’s why it helps cure your belly area from tons of unwanted diesis), 6% of your daily calcium intake, 13% of your daily magnesium, 10% of your daily vitamin b6 and 4% of your daily iron.
And the best thing about it? You can use it for baking to replace sugar and to help stuff to stick around to create gluten free and vegan food.

Dana’s savoury dates:
Sautee about 15 medjool dates for 3 min max. Make a cut in one side and pitted it. put goat chess inside. Serve with clementine on the side.

Salted Raw Caramel Dip:

·         1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted
·         1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
·         1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
·         1/4 cup almond milk, plus extra for desired texture
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         1 Tablespoon coconut oil

If you’re using a standard blender or food processor, I recommend soaking the dates in filtered water for 2 to 3 hours, until soft!
Combine all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding extra almond milk if necessary to facilitate blending

Chocolate orange fudgy balls with macadamia and medjool dates:

·         1 cup macadamia nuts (or cashews if you can’t get macadamias)
·         1 cup almonds
·         1/2 cup coconut shreds
·         6 TBSP cacao powder
·         7 Medjool dates
·         1 tsp cinnamon
·         4 TBSP solid coconut oil
·         1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
·         2 TBSP sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup)
·         zest of 1 orange
·         Optional: 2 TBSP cacao nibs (or crushed almonds if you can’t get cacao nibs)
·         To coat: almond meal (make it yourself in the blender) and cacao powder

·         Add all the macadamia nuts and the almonds to a blender and blitz until you get them finely ground. Don’t overdo it as they’ll quickly start turning into butter.
·         Scoop out into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
·         Mix all by hand until you get a soft, gooey consistency.
·         Make small balls and place them in the fridge to firm up.
·         After about 30 mins, coat them in almond meal and cacao powder and serve.
And that’s it for now. I hope you learned the nature has great thing to offer you and it why better than any process crap you can get in the store.
Keep it simple.

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Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2014

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