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Dates are bite-sized nuggets of nutrient-dense sweetness. I think of them as “all-natural candy.” They are rich in bioactive compounds that help fight inflammation and are an excellent addition to a sports diet. Athletes want to make a date to buy some dates! (I buy them in bulk at BJs.)

Dates are a yummy addition to salads and a stisfying-snack when combined with a smidgen of peanut butter. I add diced dates to my daily bowl of cereal. Medjool dates (a specific variety of dates that you might have seen in a red box in your supermarket fruit section) are particularly moist and creamy. They’ll quickly re-energize you after a hard workout and bring you back to life.

Sandwiches made with date-nut bread + peanut butter create a sports food that sticks to your ribs! Perfect for long bike rides and hiking trips. Here’s a family-favorite recipe for Date-Nut Bread. It’s available (along with many other recipes for tasty sports foods) in the recipe section of my Sports Nutrition Guidebook. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Date-Nut Bread

8 ounces dates, chopped

1.5 cups boiling water

2 tablespoons oil

1 egg

½ cup sugar

½ cup walnuts, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2.5 cups flour, preferably half whole-wheat

  1. Put dates in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let stand until cool.
  2. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  3. Add oil, egg, sugar, salt, and walnuts to the dates. Beat well.
  4. Combine the baking soda and flour. Gently stir into the date mixture.
  5. Pour into a greased or wax-papered loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Enjoy with nut butter, lite cream cheese or just plain. It’s even better the second day (if it lasts that long).

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