Don’t you love it when something just comes together so effortlessly?  You know – serendipity? That magical happy accident?  That vortex where the stars align to create a fortunate mistake? I think I will apply that to this food combination that happened to me quite by desperation, quite by careless abandon. And I deserve no credit what-so-ever for its success.  These ingredients came together in seconds when trying to create a healthy breakfast for my daughter on the fly. My cupboards were bare and I literally threw what I could find in a blender and sheepishly handed the concoction to her as she was leaving for school.  I admit I didn’t even have time to taste it.  But, if I had, I may not have given her any.


Really, we should all include these in our diet more.  Here is why I threw them in the blender:
  • Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit the growth of unfriendly organisms in our digestive tract, thus, helping the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.  A healthier digestive tract means better absorption of other nutrients, too.
  • Dates are rich in minerals like calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, and copper — all support bone strength.
  • Fiber-rich they are in both soluble and insoluble fibers.  These are both a great aide to digestive health, intestinal disorders and act as an abdominal cancer preventative.
  • Dates are a good source of various vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
  • Dates have impressive levels of iron making them a great food to alleviate anemia.
  • Try dates to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a contributing factor to heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke.
  • They add a great amount of sweetness to a dish if that is what you are looking for with no refined ingredients.



I chose to call this a shake as it tastes like dessert.  But, no sugar here!  This smoothie/shake, whichever term you want to use, is dairy-free, sugar-free, vitamin and fiber-rich!
Serves 2 for a medium sized shake or 1 larger one


  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • splash of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut – optional
  • 3 large dates
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup filtered water-optional

Now do this:

  • Throw it all in a blender and whirl until smooth.
  • Adjust seasonings and add more water if it is too thick.

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I bet they would do beautifully in brownies, Pamela! And using that sub is a great way to cut down on refined sugar.

Thanks for this post, Lori. I use date all the time in smoothies, almond milk, brownies, even pureed for baked goods. I had no idea they have so many benefits!