I like to think that my Husband’s food experiences were greatly improved after he met me. I don’t think he knew what asparagus or pancetta was and he’d never had homemade pesto.  To his credit however, he did introduce me to a few new culinary delights – care asada fries, California burritos and date shakes.  Before I met him I thought dates only belonged wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese. I had never heard of a date shake or ever fathomed putting dates in a smoothie. But guess what? Its delicious! Dates are sweet without being overpowering and provide a little substance to smoothies to help make them more filling.  And the combination of dates with bananas is something magical.  Here’s another healthy and delicious star from none other than Ms. Giada. Add it to your list of guilt free New Year’s recipes ASAP! 


Makes 2 large Smoothies or 4 small

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 banana
  • 4 large dates, chopped


Mix all ingredients in a blender until well combined. Serve immediately



Source: Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis