I don’t know how we became a “desserts house.” I’ve never considered dessert an essential part of any meal, but somehow, Kiddo latched onto the idea that dessert is the necessary conclusion to every day. Plain fruit, the obvious alternative to a white sugar-laden treat can get a little boring after a while, but lately we have all been enjoying the under appreciated date.
Dates are not a commonly served treat here in the States, but I remember the huge tins of date sugar that we used to have in the cupboard when I was growing up. Admittedly, we were certainly in the minority with our use of date sugar in the 1970s!
I am happy that Kiddo loves dates because, as you might not realize, dates are quite healthful. Personally I love the sticky honey sweetness of the Medjool date, but I am content that Kiddo prefers the drier texture of the less expensive Deglet.
Also, on another, more personal note (if you’ve decided to read such a long post), dates are a great treat for those of us (including me) who have given up sugar. And yes, I did give it up even before I read the now famous NY Times article. Okay, so I still have a spoon of honey in my morning tea, but I have resisted all purchases or making batches of sweet baked goods. Well, I did have the toffee and chocolate covered matzo that my husband brought home during Passover…
Not eating so much sugar has definitely increased my energy levels and even though in no way did I give it up as a weight loss measure (in fact, I’m sure my calorie intake has increased, due in no small part to my high level of date consumption), my pants are noticeably loser. Sure enough, 5 pounds are mysteriously missing.
So what about you? Do you serve dessert? Do you like dates? Have you ever given up sugar?