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Healthy Sweet Treats You May Not Know About

I have recently encountered a couple under-the-radar fruits that actually taste like a treat. These treats actually include nutritional value not often associated with such a word.

Let’s check them out.

Subtle Sweetness – Dried Fig

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This bite-sized piece of fruit is one of the first plants cultivated by humans and was an endurance sports fuel source for early Ironman athletes. Nutritionally you will find included; Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Fiber, and natural sugars.

The taste is mild with a subtle sweetness that does not overpower. As with most dried fruit, the texture is chewy with an added crunch-crunch, as tiny edible seeds exist inside.

I recently found a nice big bag of Organic dried figs at Costco.

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BAM! Sweetness – Dried Medjool Date

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The dried Medjool date has been referred to as the “candy that grows on trees.” Once in your mouth, its sweet presence will be announced and is sure to satisfy most cravings. Nutritionally you will find included; Potassium, Magnesium, and fruit sugars.

This dried fruit has a smooth texture when eaten and will contain a single, long seed that must be discarded or else you may pay for it later.

The Medjool date has a much greater sweetness level as compared with the fig.

When only Chocolate will do

If chocolate is the only thing calling your name, consider a healthier chocolate. This could mean organic or a chocolate that leaves out the partially-hydrogenated oils, uses Vanilla (not Vanillin – artificial), and contains a short ingredient list of words you can pronounce.

Costco has a great assortment pack of French, Swiss, and Belgian chocolate squares that contain anywhere from 32-70% Cocoa.

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These bite-sized squares are extremely tasty. The challenge is not to eat more than one or two.

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Are there any uncommon healthier sweet treats stashed in your fridge or pantry?

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David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

3 Responses to “Healthy Sweet Treats You May Not Know About”

  1. on 30 Apr 2010 at 3:22 pm Bill Cox

    You might disagree on the sweetnest, but I like baked slices of sweet potatos with a bit of (olive oil spray) and Dash (non-salt).

    This is a great sweet & salty taste I frequently crave.

    http://www.TrailheadEndurance.blogspot.com

  2. on 01 May 2010 at 9:55 pm Julianne

    Dates are delicious! I used to live in London and travel to the Middle East quite a bit. In both cases, people eat dates all the time. Sort of like cashew here. Dates are just always around. I remember in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, dates being served constantly, often stuffed with something. Yum yum! Your article has reminded me to pick some up next time I am out.

  3. on 03 May 2010 at 4:38 pm David Hanenburg

    @Bill – I am a big fan of sweet potatoes…we usually just slice and steam. Do you bake them to be more like a chip?

    @Julianne – Stuffed dates? Interesting. What would they be stuffed with?