When we think about the beloved Thanksgiving spread, we think juicy turkey, fluffy stuffing, sweet potato casserole with toasty marshmallows, and piles on piles of Medjool dates. Okay, okay— so maybe Medjool dates aren’t typical Turkey Day fare; but they most definitely should be. Aside from their delightfully chewy texture and natural sweetness, these little powerhouses are chock full of potassium, fiber, and energizing B vitamins to boot!
Sweeten up your Thanksgiving meal the natural way. Try swapping out a portion of added sugar for chopped medjool dates in sweet favorites like cranberry sauce. Digging the savory side? Why not put some date pep in your stuffing step? If your appetizer game needs sprucing, give bacon wrapped medjool dates a whirl. Get creative with nature’s candy this holiday season. For more date-spiration, check out these tasty sweet and savory options! We guarantee all mouths will leave happy.
Remember that leading a healthy life is a constant balancing act and the same goes for eating. What it really comes down to every day (and especially during the holiday season) is to do what makes you feel like your best self. If that means enjoying a brownie or three, than so be it! The holidays are a time to relax with family and friends and to revel in the things you love. Merry eating to all and to all a good bite!
Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, LD, is the whole foods enthusiast and registered dietitian behind the plant-based food blog Hummusapien. She is also the co-founder of Alchemy, an innovative cafe located in Columbus, OH that intersects health care and food.