The Ideal Nutritious and Nut-Free Alternative to PB&J

The Ideal Nutritious and Nut-Free Alternative to PB&J

Before I created Datehini, I was actively training for the Ironman Triathlon in Los Angeles. My nutrition was as important as my daily training to achieve the peak performance needed to race 140.6 miles. At the same time, I wanted to influence my young daughter’s eating habits by providing her nutritious options. Being a full-time working mom, I’m often looking for quick and simple snack and meal options and we all know “quick” and “nutritious” can be a hard combination to achieve.

I grew up in the Mediterranean eating dates and tahini and decided to take a swirl at combining them to create a delicious, versatile superfood that would help me meet both my athletic ambitions and nutritional goals for my daughter. The result was Datehini, a combination of untapped nutritional A-listers.

Today, Datehini is enjoyed by athletes around the country and a favored go-to for busy moms. It’s often described as the adult PB&J – but without the added sugars and other preservatives. In fact, I recently learned that the simple PB&J sandwich is the most popular pre-game snack for professional athletes. The “Datehini Sandwich” gives your body the same energy as the traditional combination, while also fueling you with numerous vitamins and antioxidants. As a bonus, Datehini is also nut, gluten, dairy and soy free.

Let me tell you more about the extraordinary nutritional benefits of this special blend…

Dates are long and well known for improving the digestive system. However, more recently, they’ve also been linked to many heart-health benefits. Eating dates removes fat without creating blood sugar spikes and has been found to reduce cholesterol buildup by 28%, as well as lower oxidative stress by 33%. (Source: Food & Function) Additionally, this delightfully sweet fruit is
rich in protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamin B6, as well as inflammation and other disease-fighting antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid.

Tahini – probably best known in the U.S. as a key ingredient in hummus – is a widely used ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. Tahini is made from tiny sesame seeds that are hulled, toasted, and ground to an exact consistency to create a creamy texture with enormous nutritional benefits. One tablespoon of this savory ingredient boasts more than 10% of the Daily Value (DV) for some nutrients, such as thiamine, vitamin B6, phosphorus and manganese, as well as provides a good source of protein, healthy fats and fiber. Tahini is also rich in
antioxidants containing anti-inflammatory compounds and may also help protect liver and kidney function.

Datehini and many of your favorite foods are made for each other. In addition to using it as a nutritious spin on the nostalgic PB&J, dip it, add it, spread it, blend it. Dip in with your favorite fruits and veggies, spread it over toast, crepes or pancakes, add it as a natural sweetener to dessert recipes and blend it into your favorite smoothie recipe. Or, if you really want to get adventurous, simply eat it straight out of the jar for a decadent Mediterranean-influenced

Learn more ways to incorporate the tasty and nutritious benefits of Datehini into your diet by subscribing to our monthly newsletter: If you’re already enjoying Datehini, we’d like to share all the ways you’re “swirling” by posting your recipes, photos of dining with Datehini or love at first taste testimonials. To participate, please send your content to with “PB&J” in the subject line and we’ll send you a “health felt” thank
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