Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Date Anyone?

This is what looks like a small spider and he has a little worm he is feasting on.
For some reason the camera could not make an enlargement of him.
The worm  was squirming every time he touched it. We watched him go back and forth
trying to figure out how to deal with it.
I don't think this date is going well for the worm lol

Quinoa is the new craze today with the kids in sports, along with Acai juice.
Here is a recipe.

Quinoa/Date health bars
Prep time:  1 hour 10 mins
Total time:  1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 8
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • 6 dates
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almonds
  1. Puree the dates, almonds and quinoa in a food processor, pressing several times until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, and add coconut oil, and tahini. Mix well with a spoon or clean hands until everything is completely incorporated.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Wet your hands, take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, and form a bar. Place on a dish, and repeat with the rest.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 more hours, and eat as desired. You can also put them in the freezer 2 hours before eating, for a firmer bar.
  6. If you would like a more chocolatey taste, add as much cacao powder to the mixture, as you like.

Dates contain:
Fructose, dextrose dietary fibre,Tannins which are anti inflammatory, anti infective, Vit A for lungs skin and oral cavities.
B carotene protection against breast colon and prostate,pancreas lung cancers and eye degeneration
Iron for oxygen in blood
Potassium for heart blood pressure stroke coronary disease
Calcium for bones and teeth blood clotting, nerve impulses

Magnesium - bone growth
B complex vitamins and Vit K

ce: USDA National Nutrient data base)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy277 Kcal14%
Carbohydrates74.97 g58%
Total Fat0.15 g<1 td="">
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber6.7 g18%
Folates15 µg 4%
Niacin1.610 mg10%
Pantothenic acid0.805 mg16%
Pyridoxine0.249 mg19%
Riboflavin0.060 mg4.5%
Thiamin0.050 mg4%
Vitamin A149 IU5%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin K2.7 µg 2%
Sodium1 mg0%
Potassium696 mg16%
Calcium64 mg6.5%
Copper0.362 mg40%
Iron0.90 mg11%
Magnesium54 mg13%
Manganese0.296 mg13%
Phosphorus62 mg9%
Zinc0.44 mg4%
Carotene-ß89 µg --
Crypto-xanthin-ß0 µg --
Lutein-zeaxanthin23 µg --

I think a date  has everything to keep you going for a long long time. lol


Anji Knutsen said...

I wondered what kind of date it was going to be - as Judy Garland sang:

"I’ll be glad to have a date that doesn’t grow on a tree
A date that’s not history..."

I haven't eaten dates for such a long time.

Was it a worm or some poor insect wrapped all up and ready to carry out?

A Lady's Life said...

Anji It looked like a little green worm or larvae of sorts.It wasn't wrapped up . The spider kept going to it and sucking on it and then letting go. It's not like it can run away. lol
Dates are good for you .I think if people kept them in knap sacs getting lost, wouldn't be so bad cause they'd keep you going for a while.

Lorna said...

Decades ago on a trip south past Palm Springs we stopped at a little roadside stand and bought a date shake. It was so, so delicious. You've reminded me of a very tasty fruit and I might buy some at the market if I see them.

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

Thanks for sharing the pic and the recipe!


Mama Zen said...

I might have to give these a try!

A Lady's Life said...

Lorna - I have heard about them and I will have to try making one as well.
It sounds delicious.!

A Lady's Life said...

Welcome Memoirs

A Lady's Life said...

Mama Zen - It's food from the gods lol as are bananas.

Gattina said...

I am glad that the picture is not bigger ! I find spiders disgusting and run away when I see one. My cat Pookie takes care of them, when I see one, I put her in the same room with the spider, listen to some rumbling around and after a while the room is clean and Pookie leaks her whiskers ! Problem solved !

A Lady's Life said...

Gattina -Cats are great for catching rats, spiders, rabbits, birds and moles
When I had them, everything both bad and nice disappeared.
Now I have no cats and my yard is full of birds and bunnies. I find spiders fascinating.This spider was tiny, ant size. I am sure you wouldn't be afraid of it.

Akelamalu said...

I love dates. Yummy.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu dates and walnuts too:)