NATURE'S FUDGE (ALMOND BUTTER STUFFED DATES)
Reported by Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC
How to Make Nature's Fudge (Almond Butter Stuffed Dates)
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Slice open a date. Using a spoon, fill the pocket with a teaspoon of almond butter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Smooth almond butter and sweet dates combine in "Nature's Fudge" to satisfy your belly and your soul. Rich & creamy, almond butter adds heartiness and satisfaction to this simple snack. Cinnamon's warmth is sprinkled in to delight you with the flavors of the middle east. This bite sized and dainty confection is ready in seconds and sure to bring a smile. Enjoy your life!
Ever dive into a bag of potato chips only to feel slightly nauseous a half hour later? Live it up with Nature's Fudge instead! These hearty treats are an ideal healthy dessert and nourishing snack for that 4pm lull in your day. Potato chips are a highly processed food. The oils are often rancid even before you pop open the bag, making you feel sick. However, the quick prep time of Nature's Fudge is ideal when you have the munchies. High in protein and complex natural sugars, Nature's Fudge is a whole food that appeases your sweet tooth without spiking blood sugar.
With minimal planning, this healthy snack is always available, always delicious. For easy access, stash some dates and a jar of almond butter in a drawer at work, and make this snack on the fly. Or, make them as soon as you hear your kids get off the bus for an exciting after school snack. Friends coming over? This nutritionally balanced snack will be a hit at your next party!
Calm Your Mind
Are you feeling a little frazzled these days? We live demanding lives, we're on the go, and many of us struggle with an over-stimulated nervous system. Almonds are a snack that restores your sense of calm by nourishing your frazzled nerves. Here's how: Every nerve in your body is coated by a protective layer of fats, called the myelin sheath. This natural barrier insulates, protects, and guides the electric impulses of your neurons. Without this protective layer, your nerve signals go haywire and scatter causing nervousness, anxiety, racing thoughts, muscle twitching, and even pain. Nourishing this fatty layer of the nervous system is the key to settling your mind. Almond also contains minerals like magnesium that support muscle relaxation. You'll experience immediately relief as your body absorbs readily available sugars from dates, and your nervous system will benefit in the long run. Dates are also oxytocic, the 'tend and befriend' hormone that makes you more affectionate.
Strengthen Your Body
Both dates and almonds are natural ways to build ojas
, (immunity and a strong healthy glow), contributing to your happiness, productivity, and enthusiasm. Almonds are rich in natural oils and fatty acids, from 36 to 60% by weight. The sweet temptation of Almond Butter Stuffed Dates should not go unsatisfied, so dig in!
Cinnamon's digestive stimulating qualities improve your ability to absorb the hearty nutrition available in Almond Butter Stuffed Dates. Yet, these rich treats can be a bit too decadent for you if your digestive system is weak. Dried fruits can make you gasey when under chewed. As with all dense, dried fruits, sip water when consuming so these morsels won't dry out your GI. Chew thoroughly to thin this dense mixture for easy penetration by stomach acids.
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Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
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|Moves Energy: |Downward
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Nature's Fudge (Almond Butter Stuffed Dates)
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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My mother use to make these sometimes stuffed with peanut butter and nuts for special occasions...like Christmas. yummy yum yum.
- Rose Aldrow, Buffalo, NY 03-01-15
I used fresh dates with almond butter. Delicious. Thank you.
Great question - dried fruits are considered ok to combine with other foods.