Dates are a natural way to sweeten smoothies and add fiber and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and copper. Dates do increase the sugar count, though, so start with two or three and add more as needed.
Skill level: Beginner
Start to finish: 5 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
4 pitted dates (depending on size)*
3 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup ice
1. Add 4 dates and the remaining ingredients to a blender.
2. Blend until smooth. Taste, and add more dates if you’d like the smoothie to be a bit sweeter.
3. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer, and discard the remains.
4. Serve cold.
*Chef’s note: Start by adding 3 or 4 dates to the mixture. You can add a few more if you’d like it on the sweeter side.
Nutrition information (per serving)
Calories: 259; Total Fat: 10 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 7 grams: Carbohydrates: 42 grams; Sugar: 33 grams; Fiber: 7 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 126 milligrams