During Ramadan, dates are more than just fruits
Dates are traditionally consumed in the Middle East particularly during Ramadan and is considered to have a number of health benefits
Grown on date palm trees, dates have graced their presence in many homes since ancient times, and it is safe to say that this small wrinkly fruit's long reputation for being a heart-healthy snack has been a highly recommended food to eat after long hours of fasting.
Taking into account its long history as a part of Middle Eastern cultures, dates are mostly consumed particularly during the month of Ramadan.
According to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), if you are fasting, it is best to break your fast with dates and water. Considering this, dates are a staple food that is commonly eaten to break a fast as it has restoring properties which can help after a long day of fasting.
Dry or fresh, dates have a high natural sugar content, which is the kind of sugar that is good for you and will leave you with little to no regret after eating something sweet. As a result of this, consuming 2-3 pieces of this fruit along with a glass of water after fasting will give you the energy boost you need. Along with many other nutritional benefits, dates are rich in vitamin B-6 and contains a good amount of iron which can help in eliminating fatigue after long hours of fasting.
Additionally, this deliciously sweet goodness also contains a lot of fibre, therefore eating a few pieces before or after a fast will leave you feeling fuller for a longer period.
Furthermore, dates are high in potassium and consist of antioxidant properties that can reduce any risk of infections. Other than its history and long list of health benefits, dates are a sacred fruit particularly during the holy month of Ramadan as it plays an important role in rejuvenating one's strength after long hours of fasting.
Considering its number of health benefits and its naturally delicious sweet taste, this wonderful fruit can also be used as an ingredient for homemade healthy snacks that will help complete the taste of your healthy treats. Dates can be enjoyed as an ingredient for making smoothies mixed with other fruits like bananas and avocados, topped with crushed nuts of your choice.
Additionally, dates can also go well with making granola bars and energy balls paired with a fresh fruit drink of your choice - which are both very popular options if you want to enjoy a nice healthy and energising snack. On the other hand, you can turn the fruit into date juice, or simply eat them dry or fresh.
Dry or fresh, dates have a high natural sugar content, which is the kind of sugar that is good for you and will leave you with little to no regret after eating something sweet.
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