Fuel Your Performance with Dates
Love dates? We do too! Not only are they a natural source of sugar which is processed differently by the body than harmful processed sugars, but they are an amazing food for athletes. Fuel Your Performance with dates for:
1️⃣Quick energy. Dates are a fast absorbing and NATURAL source of sugar. Dates have a high glycemic index (GI) core of roughly 100. The higher the GI score, the more the food is likely to raise blood sugar (glucose) levels after eating. Because they’re so high, a few dates could be a great source for quick energy pregame or pre workout (depending on your metabolism) or after to replenish the energy used up. Try 1-3 at a time to keep insulin steady or up to 5 after a hard workout.
2️⃣Natural nutrients. Dates contain more than 15 minerals, including potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc (improving the body’s immune system). Not to mention they are loaded with antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and polyphenols, an anti-inflammatory. Dates even contain fluorine, protecting teeth from decay.
3️⃣Improving motility. Dates are packed with dietary fiber aiding digestion and even satiety (feeling full). Try not have too many (more than 3) preworkout because of the high fiber content. Try adding them to post-workout shakes and smoothies as a natural sweetener and to quickly replenish carbohydrate stores.
We love Trader Joe’s dates as they provide us with options. Deglet Noor dates contain 2.5 times less sugar than the Medjools Trader Joe’s brand, yet have the similar nutritional value. Medjools may be better a better option if you’re super depleted and need more sugar for replenishment.
Have a favorite date recipe? We’d love to hear about it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org