Dates are intensely sweet and rich, They are full of fiber and energy-rich carbohydrates so that your kids will be ready to get back into the game after eating them. They also have potassium and B vitamins. However since they are so sweet, the energy your kids get will be used up pretty quickly. If you fill them with a protein-rich food, then you will be giving your kids a snacks that has carbs for quick energy utilization and protein for long term reserves. Enter the pecan, which also just happens to fit nicely inside a halved, pitted date.
Pecans are the only native American tree nut. They have vitamin E, antioxidants, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins, zinc and fiber. That's a laundry list of good things for your kids, and an added bonus is that they taste great.
Another thing that I love about this recipe is that it takes about 30 seconds to make. This might be my quickest snack ever...
Pecan stuffed dates
Prep: Too quick to count
3 fancy medjool dates
6 pecan halves
Simply cut the dates in half and remove the pit. Then stuff the center with one pecan half. Repeat until all the date halves are filled. Enjoy!