Sweet Date-orade – A Cup of Health

This nutritious, easy to make drink I am about to share with you is literally a cup of health! Sweet, creamy, almost sinful Date-orade is a super easy way to add something new (and delicious) to your diet.  This drink will help give you energy, get your digestive system moving, and it packs plenty of nutrients.  All you need to make Date-orade is dates! I told you, its very simple! ( I use organic Medjool dates.)

Primary Nutrients

A 3.5-ounce serving of Medjool dates, or about four pitted fruits, has 277
calories, 75 grams of carbohydrates, 1.8 grams of protein and almost no fat.
Almost 90 percent of the carbohydrates in a serving of Medjools, or
approximately 66.5 grams, are sugar. This means that 266 of the 277 calories in
a standard serving of Medjools come from sugar. Nearly all of this sugar is in
the form of glucose and fructose, but Medjools also contain trace amounts of
sucrose and maltose.

Dietary Fiber

With about 1.6 grams per date, Medjools are an excellent source of dietary
fiber. A 3.5-ounce serving of the fruit provides 6.7 grams of fiber, or 27
percent of the daily value. All dates are especially high in soluble fiber, the
type that promotes and helps maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol
levels. Dates contain a particularly beneficial type of soluble fiber known as
beta-D-glucan. In addition to its usual function as a soluble fiber,
beta-D-glucan can also absorb and hold water, giving it the ability to add bulk
and softness to stools — a quality predominantly associated with insoluble
fiber.

Potassium

Medjool dates are rich in potassium, a mineral essential to a range of basic
physiological processes. According to “The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book,” body
cells contain more potassium than any other mineral. It helps regulate blood pH,
is required to maintain intracellular fluid balance and is used to convert
glucose into usable energy. Potassium also maintains intracellular fluid balance
and is involved in hormone secretion, muscle contraction and nerve transmission.
Low potassium levels are linked to high blood pressure. Medjool dates are higher
in potassium than oranges, bananas and spinach, providing 20 percent of the
nutrient’s daily value per 3.5-ounce serving.

Copper

Medjool dates supply 18 percent of the daily value for copper in a 3.5-ounce
serving. Copper is an essential trace mineral that helps your body both absorb
and use iron to form red blood cells. It’s needed to maintain healthy nerves and
is also an important component of several of the enzymes that facilitate the
production of energy. Copper is used to form collagen, a fundamental component
of skin, bone, cartilage and connective tissue. It’s also a critical element of
an important antioxidant known as superoxide dismutase, which is manufactured by
the body to prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals.

Other Nutrients

Medjools contain significant amounts of several other essential nutrients.
Per 3.5-ounce serving, the fruit provides 15 percent, 13.5 percent and 12
percent of the daily values for manganese, magnesium and vitamin B-6,
respectively. The same serving also supplies 8 percent each of the daily values
for niacin and pantothenic acid, 6 percent each of the daily values for calcium
and phosphorus and 5 percent of the daily value for iron. The dates also provide
lesser amounts of folate, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamin K. A 2009 study
published in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” found Medjool dates to be high in antioxidant phenols. According to the study, these compounds may help reduce high blood triglyceride levels.

To Make Date-orade:

2 cups of filtered or distilled water

5-7 dates

All you have to do is blend until the dates have pulped. I like to add cinnamon, and a sprinkle of Himalayan salt. Sometimes I add a stalk of celery for a salty and sweet flavor.

Enjoy!



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