Dates As A Super Food

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 4, 2012

As you enter your senior years, you know now is a great time to make sure you're eating right and getting the proper nutrition to maintain healthy senior living. Of course, it doesn't mean you have to radically adjust your diet. You may not realize that some of your favorite recipes include an ingredient that packs a lot of nutritional value.

Take the classic appetizer - dates wrapped in bacon. Sure, bacon isn't the healthiest of meats, but indulging every once and a while is a treat. According to Organic Facts, dates hold a number of health benefits that people may not be aware of.

The fruit contains calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium, all nutrients that are essential in senior living. Additionally, dates have been found to help fight weight gain, heart problems and abdominal cancer.

Sunrise of Wayne, New Jersey, has been impressing residents and guests alike with this recipe, and now you can enjoy the benefits of dates as well. For an extra twist, try serving the dates on a bed of gorgonzola cheese, arugula or crushed almonds.

Dates Wrapped in Bacon
Sunrise of Wayne

2 Pounds of Dates
1 pound of Applewood Smoked Bacon

Simply wrap individual date with 1 slice of bacon.
Place date with the folded end on bottom of greased pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
Serve on platter with Fancy Toothpicks stuck in each date.