Made from whole foods—including dates, garlic and chia seeds—this homemade teriyaki sauce is quick and easy to prepare.
In this recipe, I use dates to add fiber and a touch of sweetness. According to NutritionFacts.org, dates are good for you! In spite of their high sugar content, they do not impact blood sugar and they provide a wide range of essential nutrients.
Smaller sweeter Hallawi dates appear to be healthier than Medjool dates.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a well planned vegan diet that contains ALA, antioxidants, and polyphenols from fruits and vegetables supports mental health.
Chia seeds bind and thicken the sauce and serve as a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Our bodies can convert ALA into EPA and DHA, so you don't need to eat fish to get the health benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
The Cleveland Clinic shares six surprising ways garlic boosts your health, including:
- Improved immunity
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Clearer skin
- Reduced risk of food poisoning
- Treat athlete's foot
Raw garlic provides the most health benefits.
Ways to Use
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup gluten free low sodium tamari
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- ½ tsp. ground ginger (or 2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger)
- 1 clove garlic (small)
- 6 pitted Medjool dates
- Add the ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed.
- Begin blending at the lowest speed and increase to the highest speed.
- Mix on high for approximately 1 minute.
- Use immediately or store in a glass container for up to one week in the refrigerator.