Are sweet treats prohibited from your diet because you tend to have high blood sugar and don’t feel well after eating them? There are ways to go about eating sweets that won’t wreak havoc on your blood sugar and make you feel poorly.
Just as there are incompatible foods, there are also foods that are compatible and work together synergistically. Not only do certain foods digest well together, but their compatibility also increases the bioavailability of their nutrients and mitigates undesirable effects they might otherwise have.
Great examples of this are dates, cinnamon, and nuts.
Dates are categorized under the earth element, yet their earthy quality doesn’t create feelings of heaviness or lethargy due to their sattvic nature. When a substance is sattvic, it promotes peacefulness, clarity, and awareness.
Dates are also high in ojas. Ojas, the refined essence of our bodily tissues, pertains to strength, immunity, and stable energy. Substances high in ojas are recommended when someone needs rejuvenation—perhaps after an illness, postpartum, or if one is elderly and in need of a boost.
Even though dates are seriously sweet, their glycemic index is not as high as many other foods—around 42. This chart lists the glycemic index of dates along with some other common foods.
Nutrient profile: potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, B vitamins, soluble fiber
The delectableness of dates is diverse! You can find out which type you fancy from this descriptive list.
Cinnamon is well known for regulating blood sugar. As it warms and stimulates, it helps digest sweet foods. Cinnamon’s ability to regulate fat and sugar metabolism makes it a perfect match for dates. With the help of cinnamon, those with type II diabetes or insulin resistance can enjoy dates too.
But cinnamon’s superpowers do not stop there! Cinnamon can also burn toxins, stimulate energy, decongest, and expectorate. It also has an affinity for the immune system as it is antibacterial, anti-microbial, and antifungal.
In general, when we eat protein and fat with a sweet, the protein and fat help to slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream and prevent glucose spikes.
Hazelnuts “fall” into the seasonal category for autumn. Their nutrient density, fat, and protein help hazelnuts nourish the fat tissue, lymph, and blood plasma.
Now, let’s put them all together for a treat you can feel good about eating!
RECIPE: HAZELNUT STUFFED DATES ROLLED IN CINNAMON
*Use a ratio of approximately three hazelnuts to one date
- Dates: Medjool dates are moist, delicious and a good size for stuffing.
- Hazelnuts: Toast the nuts and allow them to cool before stuffing.
- Cinnamon powder: Use high-quality cinnamon, such as organic Ceylon cinnamon.
- Optional: Coconut flakes
- Stuff each date with three hazelnuts then roll in cinnamon. The dates should be moist enough that the cinnamon sticks to them easily.
- Roll in coconut flakes if desired.
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