A date for your health

Happy Thursday you guys!  I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday!  Part of me feels like this week went by slowly, but the other part feels like it went by so quickly.  Does anyone else know what I mean?  Maybe I am just crazy.  🙂 

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I have probably told you before (at least 10 times) that I love to snack.  I just love tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I do try to make healthy choices most of the time so I don’t end up feeling guilty or icky from over-indulging on unhealthy snacks.  

Dates.  Dates are a great staple to have on hand at all times. Dates are a great source of fiber, which is great for keeping you full and regular. 😉 They are full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.  They also contain vitamins such thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K. (source)

I love dates plain, with a dab of peanut butter, or mixed into energy balls or bars.  Today, I have rounded up a bunch of my favorite date recipes that I have posted to Rayandtaynutrition (instagram) over the past couple years.  Enjoy! 

2 ingredient vegan energy bars

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Date balls 

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Date energy balls with lots of toppings!

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Energy balls

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Writing this post is making me super hungry!  I hope you give these a try because they are so good and good for you, which is definitely a win in my book! 

Questions:

  1. Do you like dates?
  2. What is your favorite date recipe?
  3. Are you a snacker?  What is your current favorite snack? 

3 ingredient chocolate truffles

Happy Friday everyone!!  How are you doing today? Ready for the weekend? Is there snow where you are?  No snow in Dallas today, but it is cold!!  

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If you are stuck inside this weekend and craving something sweet, I have the perfect treat for you!  I made these truffles the other day and they did not disappoint!  My husband loved them too! The best part is that they only require 3 ingredients, which means not much effort or mess to clean up! 

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Do you guys have snapchat?  I found this recipe on the tastemade story on snapchat and took a screen shot.  The original recipe calls for maple butter, but I replaced it with what I had on hand (peanut butter) and it worked just fine! 

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First step is to melt some dark chocolate (microwave for 30-60 seconds stirring occasionally).  

Then you spread the melted chocolate into molds (I had this tray on hand, but you could easily just use ice cube trays)

Just spoon a little chocolate into the mold and use the back of the spoon to push the chocolate up onto the sides of each mold.

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It doesn’t need to be perfect so don’t worry!  Pop the mold into the freezer for at least 10 minutes until the bottom layer of chocolate is frozen.

While the chocolate is setting up in the freezer, put a handful of dates in a bowl.  

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Then boil some water (amount does not matter, just enough so that it will cover the dates).

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Next, pour the boiling water over the dates and let them soak for at least an hour.

After at least an hour and the dates have plumped up a bit, strain the water and add the dates to the blender or food processor with a couple tablespoons of peanut butter (you can use any nut butter you want).  Blend. 

Using a teaspoon, spoon small amount of date/peanut butter mixture into the molds on top of the frozen chocolate mixture. 

Next, melt more dark chocolate and spoon onto the top of the molds to cover date mixture. 

Pop into freezer for a couple hours (I froze mine overnight).  Then flip over the tray and the truffles should come out with a little tap.  

These are seriously so good and will instantly satisfy any sweet tooth!  I like to keep mine in the freezer (I like them really cold), but you can store in the fridge or room temperature for a few days! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with some sweet treats and relaxation!

Questions:

  1. Do you like dark chocolate? 
  2. Are you getting hit by the winter storm?
  3. What are your weekend plans?