Banana-Date Smoothie

According to Greenfield family lore, my grandparents met at a party where my grandma, holding a platter of assorted dried fruits, offered my grandpa a date. “How’s Friday?” he asked. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Although I’ve always been grateful that my grandma didn’t offer my grandpa a prune instead, I’ve never been a big fan of the fruit that introduced my grandparents. Until now. This smoothie is unbelievable. It’s light, refreshing, and perfectly sweet. And if you have texture issues with dates (guilty!) they’re not a problem here because they completely break down in the blender * and combine with the other ingredients. The health writer in me wants to let you know that this smoothie would make an ideal post-workout drink because it offers a great balance of protein and carbs, which is important for muscle recovery. It would also be a fantastic option if you’re trying to go easy on dessert since it’s sweet enough to satisfy a sugar craving, but contains all good-for-you ingredients. (I imagine you could add some raw cacao for a chocolatey hit, too.)

No matter when you enjoy it, go ahead and drink up–guilt-free.

Date Shake
Serves 2

Ingredients
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 cup almond milk
6 whole pitted dates
3-5 handfuls of ice

Preparation
Place all ingredients in the blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Adjust ice to obtain desired consistency (less ice = more shake, more ice = more smoothie.)

*I highly recommend a high-tech blender such as a VitaMix. Standard blenders may not be powerful enough to break down the dates and ice completely and I’d feel really bad if I broke your blender.

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