June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, and as a Registered Dietitian, I’m all about fresh produce. However, it is important to recognize that all forms of fruits and vegetables matter. That’s right – canned, dried, frozen, and fresh have similar nutritional values. All forms can count towards your daily recommendations for fruits and veggies! To emphasize the “all forms matter” concept, I want to talk about one of my favorite dried fruits, Dole California Chopped Dates. So, what makes them great? For starters, they make a delicious, and are super tasty in baked goods, trail mixes, or sprinkled on cereal. Dates are a good source of fiber – providing 12% of the daily value for fiber in one ¼ cup serving! Dates are also higher in polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) than any of the most commonly eaten fruits and veggies. Furthermore, dates have a natural balance of minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and potassium, which work in harmony to lower blood pressure. In short, they are one of the best dried fruits out there! Clearly, I’m a big date fan, but don’t just take my word for it! Try Dole California Chopped Dates in this recipe below from Festival’s Dietitians!
Nutritional Information Serving Size: ¼ cup Calories 120 Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g) Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 0mg Potassium 240mg Total Carbohydrate 31g Dietary Fiber 3g Sugar 26g Protein 1g Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 2% Iron 2% Ingredients Dates, dextrose Disclaimer: We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. Not all products available at all Festival Foods locations.
Brittany Nikolich is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the State of WI.