6 Interesting Ways to Include Dates (Khajur) in Your Diet

They are sticky, chewy, sweet and are considered as superfoods; dates are power-packed with health promoting nutrients.

Sarika Rana  |  Updated: December 08, 2017 18:11 IST

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6 Interesting Ways to Include Dates (Khajur) in Your Diet
Highlights
  • They are sticky, chewy, sweet and are considered as superfoods
  • The natural sweetness of dates makes for an excellent shake
  • You can add its goodness in cakes, breads, cookies, pies and cupcakes too
They are sticky, chewy, sweet and are considered as superfoods; dates are power-packed with health promoting nutrients. They may have a significant role to play during Ramadan and Eid, but you can load up on these delights anytime of the day. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, the date palm, one of the oldest trees cultivated, has its origin in the desert around the Persian Gulf. Immunity boosting dates are high in potassium; supply slow-release sugars, and provide a range of other essential nutrients. Its unending health benefits are the reasons to add more of them in your daily diet; added bonus, they are super tasty.

If you haven't been able to figure out how to add dates or khajur in your daily diet, then, we list down some interesting ways other than just consuming them as it is.



1. Date Shake



The natural sweetness of dates makes for an excellent shake that will be hard to resist. All you need to do is to toss them in the blender along with yogurt or milk and blend it to make an amazing shake. Remember to not add sugar as dates will add up to the sweetness required. This way you wouldn't be adding on to extra calories. If you want, you can add flavoured milk or flavoured yogurt too.

(Note: Don't forget to remove the seeds from the dates or khajur)
 

protein shakeThe natural sweetness of dates makes for an excellent shake that will be hard to resist​


2. Bake them



You can add its goodness in cakes, breads, cookies, pies and cupcakes too. Chop them and put them in the delights that you would bake and the enhanced flavour of these baked goods will leave you asking for more.
 

brown breadYou can add its goodness in cakes, breads, cookies, pies and cupcakes too​
 
3. Toss them in a Salad

One of the best ways to add these delights in your diet is to toss them in your favourite salads only to enhance the flavour.
 

salad dressingOne of the best ways to add these delights in your diet is to toss them in your favourite salads​

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4. Healthy Date Dessert

Not just for garnishing, you can make so many desserts with khajur that will have your guests ask for more. Some of the amazing date desserts that you can prepare at home may include Whole Wheat Date Cake, Date and Prune Brownies and Date and Walnut Pie. Mouth-watering, isn't it!
 

cakeNot just for garnishing, you can make so many desserts with khajur​
 

5. Add them in Trail Mix

Take a handful of dry fruit assortment along with chopped dates, mix them and just savour them. That's how simple it is! You daily requirement of important nutrients with all the dry fruits and dates will be fulfilled.
 

dry fruitsMix a handful of dry fruit assortment along with chopped dates​
 
6. Use them in Cereals

The book Healing Foods says, adding chopped dates to granola makes for a healthy breakfast option. So pick your favourite cereal for the morning breakfast and sprinkle chopped dates to make it taste even better.
 

cerealPick your favourite cereal for the morning breakfast and sprinkle chopped dates
 
Do let us know if you know of any other interesting ways to add khajur or dates in your daily diet! Stay Healthy!
 

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