MMMmmmmm Datorade, lovely, creamy, sweet, intoxicating drink, you… people want to know you and I can’t keep our secret any longer…
I’ve been getting lots of search results on how to make datorade. I think there are basically 2 ways to make it and it really depends on your preferences. First you need some good dates… get dates that have no preservatives in them. They should be soft and juicy. If your dates are dry you will need to soak them in water, perhaps overnight. The best dates are organic and naturally grown dates.
Update: This post is now not just about making a great datorade, but using datorade daily, for a period of time to achieve a higher level of health, happiness and simplicity in your life.
My favorite varieties are medjool and khadrawy, two of the juiciest types of dates. Deglet noors are the driest dates I’ve ever had. I prefer to get dates from the date farms, but sometimes I’ll get the bulk variety from grocery stores, or very carefully picked packaged dates from the store. Pitted dates are not raw and contain sulfites. There are several companies that mail in dates, but the most well-known are www.thedatepeople.net and www.7hotdates.com
Best Datorade Quality Dates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Quantity of dates.
Purchasing: If you’re trying dates for the first time or for the purpose of this recipe a pound is alright, I’d go with 3-5lbs. if you’re not convinced you will like them. Otherwise get as many pounds as you can handle. I usually get at least 20 lbs. when I order them.
Creating: I think it’s a really good idea to make a blender full, even if you have to store what you don’t drink right away because it makes it easier to blend and datorade a day later is all the better. For smaller dates I put in 20-30 dates. For medjool dates I put in 10-20 dates depending on the size. It looks like the blender is about 1/4th to 1/5th full of dates.
Water. Do you want your datorade to be thick like a milkshake or thin like a latte? If you want it thick you might put a few less dates in and fill the blender up with water until it’s half full for a 48 oz blender. If you want it more latte-like, fill it up 3/4 with water. You could also add in ice.
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What you get… Depending on your blender and your dates, it might be difficult to get the dates to blend up completely. You might want to start with a few at a time, and continuously add more. Sometimes I blend in batches. I might start with all my dates and water in and then pour some off, adding it back in when I’ve got a batch completely blended and stored in a container.
If your datorade is thick you’re going to end up with a drink that looks like caramel and basically tastes like it as well. The thicker drink is sweeter, drink it like a dessert drink. If you go with the latter expect your drink to look more creamy, with a white foam at the top and taste sweet, but palatable enough to drink a gallon’s worth. It will look more like the smoothie to the right. Now once you get the hang of it, you’re probably going to experiment and pick a ratio you prefer which is why I haven’t given any direct measurements. Datorade is pretty flexible, but it can be a disaster until you get accustomed (addicted) to the taste and texture.
What I mean is that your comfort level will increase when you’re more confident that you know what you’re doing when you make it. I have seen others afraid of datorade, it may not mix well with other foods, especially if you’re drinking the thicker, sweeter blend in large quantities. I usually eat datorade as a meal. Being hydrated is also important with dates or any dry fruit. For this reason the more watery variety is better as a meal and if it’s not sweet enough for you add a few more dates to it and more water to decrease the sweet.
Datorade is a great food for energy and extremely filling. You can also add other fruits to it such as bananas, strawberries, or apples. You could also pour datorade over sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers or whatever other fruits you want to try. This is a great staple for a fruit cleanse, eating a raw diet or eating fruit for breakfast.
Troubleshooting: There are no exact measurements here, because it’s all about personal choice and being intuitive in your eating. If your datorade is too sweet, add more water. Datorade is not like your everyday smoothie, that’s why it’s not typically called a date smoothie. Most people prefer it to have the consistency of Gatorade or just slightly thicker. That’s why it has it’s name, it’s a nice Gatorade alternative, that’s a lot more natural and tastier.
If your datorade is not sweet enough there’s many things you can do. You can definitely add more dates if you have good quality dates. In the U.S. you can order fresh dates from September until approximately March. If you order a large quantity you can keep them in your refrigerator throughout the summer. If you don’t have fresh dates you will probably need to soak your dates. The taste may not be satisfying with store bought dates, it might be a good idea to add other fruits to your datorade.
Recommended ripe fruits are: apples (if in season), pineapple, bananas, mango, pineapple, raspberries, peaches, cherries and nectarines. I recommend learning how to guage and encourage ripeness in fruit.
You can also add vanilla, mint, coconut water, coconut, cucumber or tomato to create a different flavor, if you don’t want it sweet or can’t get it sweet enough. Another issue might be your blender. If your datorade is chunky, try blending it for longer, on pulse, starting and stopping. You might also want to try a stick blender or food processor. The best blenders for meal quality blends though are high-speed, heavy duty blenders like the Vitamix, Ninja, Omni, Cuisinart, Healthmaster, etc.
As mentioned earlier, Datorade is a natural Gatorade alternative. Go for datorade if you’re looking for a post work-out drink. You can also use it as a meal if you have enough dates and I often have it for breakfast because it gets me going for the day much better than most breakfast foods.
Dates are full of many nutrients but the most important part to me is that they are easy to eat and very filling. I don’t believe in calorie-restrictive dieting. I think it’s more important to get most of your calories from healthy foods, so eating a lot of fruit, with low-fat and high value will be beneficial to those with a sweet-tooth or who have trouble overeating. Dates are high in fiber, good sugars, potassium and many more nutrients including iron.
Datorade Island makes a great cleanse. Any fruit island is great for digestion and sensitizing taste buds. Datorade Island also helps if you need to recover from any previous or current illness. It is super easy, simple, tasty, filling and rich in nutrients. Datorade is often used as a replacement for energy drinks and coffee in the morning, because it will fill you up with energy. It will not cause a crash later because of the high fiber and high level of minerals. Start a datorade cleanse if you’re ready to refresh your taste buds and your sense of health, energy and nutrition as a whole. If you’re ready to be fulfilled and excited by a simple eating process go for the Datorade Island Cleanse.
Secure the best quality of dates you can find.
Decide how long you’re going to do the cleanse 3 days to 14 days is recommended.
Make sure you have plenty of dates to get you through your cleanse and a good blender.
Get goaling. Don’t worry about weight loss or weight gain, you’re doing this to improve your digestion and increase your nutrient uptake.
Make sure you have extra ingredients to add to your datorade, in case you get bored.
Prepare ahead if you’re taking Datorade to work, school or anywhere like that. (Get containers)
Plan your meals. Calculate how many calories you will need and be generous, make a little more than you think you’ll need.
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