There’s a reason we go gagga over sweets.
Along with salty, it’s the primary, first presented taste on our tongues.
No wonder starches, fruits, and other natural carbohydrates bring us comfort. For friggin’s sake, we’re designed to eat them!
It’s also the reason we’re so easily hooked on sugars and candies. We’re drawn irresistibly. Yet we know something’s missing…
Real sweet to the rescue
First and foremost, eating enough quality carbohydrate in our daily diet satisfies this urge tremendously.
And rather than fight the urge for sweets, we can satisfy our desire for them – and still stay trim. We just may need to get creative about it.
In the spirit of sweets for the season, here’s a quick and easy alternative to sugary jams and syrups that may bring you too much of a blood sugar rebound.
I also call this “whipped dates” because that’s what it is.
Easy to make, even easier to spread on bread, waffles, mochi (more about mochi here) hotcakes, or plop onto a bowl of steamy hot cereal at breakfast.
Step One: Take a half-dozen dates, or more if you are adventurous, and put them in the bottom of a glass bowl.
Step Two: cover with water
Step Three: soak overnight
Step Four: slip the pits from the dates
The dates should be mushy enough that it is easy to do
Step Five: whip the dates and water with a fork.
That’s all there is too it! You’ll quickly learn what consistency you like best. Add less water for thicker consistency next time.
I can’t remember where I came up with this idea. Probably spilled some water on some dates and had to figure out how to salvage them.
Give it a try. You may find that with the natural sugars and high fiber content, the sweet rush you get will only be in the taste and not in your blood sugar. And a great alternative to high fat spreads that can, to put it delicately, make us spread and fat.
Did I really just say that? 😯
Enjoy what you eat!
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Thanks for sharing your recipe.Sounds great and couldn’t get any easier. I just bought some dates to make my family date filled cookies for Christmas. It is their all time favorite. I just might have to try this instead and get more dates for them.
@Maggie Chilcote: Maggie, that sounds like a great idea! Let me know how it works out.
Ok, I missed this somewhere. What is a “mochi”. It looks a little like a waffle, but is a ??????? Thanks.
The date spread looks great but I try not to eat any flour and I’m guessing the mochi has no flour?
@Nita: here’s the mochi post: http://thetruthaboutfatlossforwomen.com/2009/11/17/3-favorite-energizing-fat-busting-breakfasts/
and NO flour, it is pounded rice!
So glad to find this snapshot again!