Nutrition Quick Tip: Add Dates to Your Weight-Loss Diet

Your weight-loss diet pillages the pounds, but what about your sweet tooth? That pesky premolar doesn't let up. When it strikes, steer clear of processed sugars and reach for dates.

Although dates are high in natural sugar, they're low-glycemic-index foods, meaning they won't spike your blood sugar. According to Discovery Health, because they're packed with soluble and insoluble fiber, dates fill you up, give you energy and help regulate your bowel movements, which are all helpful things when you're on a weight-loss diet.

Dates are also a rich source of potassium, according to Natural Society. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps delay muscle fatigue during workouts. Because adequate exercise is an important part of any weight-loss plan, it's critical to get enough potassium.

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Deglet Noor and Medjool dates are the most commonly available dates. You may be able to find other varieties at your local farmer's market. Fresh dates are sometimes wrinkled, but they shouldn't be hard. Look for dates that are plump and free of crystallized sugar on the skins.

Try adding your favorite dates to smoothies or salads. Stuff them with blue or gorgonzola cheese and serve them as an appetizer. Use them to sweeten up roast chicken. Or, eat them by themselves. Just be sure to remove the pits.

Store fresh or dried dates in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and they'll last for up to two months.

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