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Date and Banana Smoothie and a New Series: Healthy Snacks

 

banana date smoothie

Snacking is everything.

It’s the thing we associate with socializing and movie-watching.  It keeps us going until the next meal.  It sustains us on road trips, airplanes, and really looooong days at work.

I had a conversation with a coworker about healthy snacking the other day.  She admitted to being stumped sometimes as to what to give her kids.  She wanted options that are easy, filling, lower in sugar, easy for small hands to hold, and lunch-packable….pretty much what most grown-ups want, too (except for maybe the small hands part).  I had several posts planned ahead and realized that they fit into the category of healthy snacks.  A series is born.  For the next few weeks, I will be featuring snacks than can be thrown together quickly (some might even pass for a meal in a bind).

Dates are something I usually have on hand in my pantry.  They can be chopped up to make granola barsthese date nut bites, or this brussel sprout salad.  The trick to making this smoothie, well…smooth is to use really fresh dates (which can usually be found in the produce section or dried fruit section of your grocery store).  If your dates are a bit old, you can revive them by placing them in a shallow bowl and covering them with water for 30 minutes.

 

 

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Banana Date Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. If too thick, add milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.

Makes 2 shakes.

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Date Nut Bites

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  Hello Fiercely Fresh readers! My name is Lauren and it’s awesome to be back guest posting for my mom. When my mom asked me if I wanted to share a recipe while she was away, she left specific instructions for me to do something healthy. This month is the time for healthy eating (you know, New Years resolutions and all.) Originally I was going to rebel and post some outrageous cake from the amazing vintage cakes cookbook I got for Christmas this year, but I decided to be a good daughter. 

  Let me share a little something about my kids. More specifically my son. They eat three meals a day and snack like I starve them. This boy eats more food than me and sleeps 13 hours a night. I swear he wakes up every day a half and inch taller. I’m always on the look out for quick, healthy snacks that will fill them up. Thats why these date nut bites are perfect.

  As an added bonus there are only three ingredients and this might be the easiest recipe you ever make. The end result is a delicious, sweet snack that leaves you satisfied.

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 Ingredients:

1 pound pitted dates 

1/2 cup walnuts

1 cup coconut, preferably unsweetened

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  Place pitted dates and walnuts in a food processor and puree until smooth.

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  Take 1 tsp of the date/walnut mixture and roll into balls.

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  Place the coconut on a plate. Roll the balls in the coconut to cover the entire outside of the balls.

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  Enjoy! 

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