1. As a Syrup in Your Coffee
Coffee’s supposed to give you energy, right? Well, if you’re loading your joe up with table sugar or processed syrups from the coffee shop counter, crashes are in your future.
“Medjool dates are a good source of fiber and a natural source of sugar with a lower glycemic index [a measure of how quickly a food impacts blood sugar levels] than table sugar most often used to sweeten coffee,” says Beth Warren, R.D.N., author of Living a Real Life with Real Food. “When you opt for date sugar as opposed to white sugar, you are also getting a load of antioxidants and a slower release of sugar into the blood.”
You can also swap out honey, maple, or agave for Medjool date syrup. “It’s a very versatile sweetener made from a whole food; thus, you pack in the nutrients of dates along with the sweetening power,” says Sharon Palmer, R.D., author of The Plant-Powered Diet.
By the way, here’s a primer on making your own date syrup.
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