Chinese Red Dates
When it comes to snacks, fruits are at the top of the list. Many people can’t get enough of fruits and will often get frustrated when a fruit isn’t readily available. Fruit is a delicious snack but many don’t think about the other benefits that they offer. Here is information on a number of great uses for fruits and how eating dates can improve your health.
Their are chewy, with a slightly sweet taste. They have a number of uses and are high in minerals, especially calcium and potassium. They are easy to store and last a very long time. This makes them a popular choice in storing foods that are good for long term storage, like raisins. This article is going to discuss eight health benefits of Eating dates and how to integrate them into a regular diet.
Another surprising fact about dates is that they do not have very many calories in comparison to other fruits. When dates are dried, they become very tender and are considered low in calorie, making them great to snack on during the day. Dried dates contain up to 40% less calories than the same amount of the fresh ones.
dates are high in potassium, an important mineral that helps maintain healthy fluid levels in the body. This makes them great to eat on their own, in smoothies, in juices, or in baking recipes. They have almost no sugar and are rich in essential nutrients like potassium and magnesium, which are important for keeping a person’s nerve and muscle systems well nourished. They can also be used as a sports drink for maintaining electrolyte balance and even to flavor beverages like orange juice.
Chinese red dates 红枣 (jujube) are one of the most popular Chinese foods used as a health tonic and traditional herb, especially to improve qi (energy) and blood for the body. It is too bad that the western world does not know about the health benefits of red dates because red dates also strengthen the spleen and stomach qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood and relax the mind. When you have good overall qi, it is reflected through your healthy rosy cheeks (that’s our natural blusher 🙂 )
I grew up with food cooked with the red ones almost every week and drinking red dates tea after menstruation. This tea is also highly recommended after delivery of a baby (during the postnatal ‘confinement period’ in the Chinese customs) to replenish back the blood and qi. During the colder months especially in winter, I notice that regularly drinking red dates tea this year improves my energy and in turn helped to keep my body warmer.
It can be eaten fresh or dried. For this recipe, dried ingredients are used and that can be found at Chinese Medicine shops or Asian shops. Black date 黑枣 and blue date 藍枣 are different variaties of the Chinese ones. If you are not able to get hold of black and blue dates, just use red dates and gojiberries. Sometimes I like to add in dried logan or ginger slices.
After boiling the ingredients, enjoy the drink throughout the whole day, preferably to be consumed the same day. I prefer the 2nd method of blending the concoction and drink up all the fibre as well, as I find the blended tea is more flavourful. It’s all shown in the video.