A Whole Summit About Medjool Dates

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hello from Yuma, Arizona!

I’m here for the Natural Delights Medjool Date Blogger Summit. That’s right. It’s an entire immersion trip related to those little bites of heaven, and I’ve already learned so much! Did you know that dates are not considered a dried fruit? They’re actually fresh fruit, which is why you sometimes see them next to the bananas in the produce section.


I’m here with a bunch of other food/healthy living/vegan/Registered Dietitian bloggers for the next couple of days and we’re going to learn all sorts of neat things about Medjool dates. On the agenda: A tour of some Date Gardens, a painting activity with dates (I’m so curious about this!), a tour of the Datepac (where the dates are packed up), and canoeing on the Colorado River. Fun, fun!


The Summit kicked-off last night with a cocktail reception, featuring all sorts of delicious appetizers made with Medjool dates.


I pretty much tried one of everything, but my favorites were blue cheese + bacon, chorizo + feta (spicy + cheesy+ sweet = incredible), and pumpkin + cream cheese.


I was in date heaven for sure!

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I also tried a Mojito made with date syrup. Yum! Loved it.


After the cocktail reception, we all hopped on a bus to drive to one of the date grower’s homes for a welcome dinner.


I chatted with Gus, another one of the growers, for quite awhile about all things dates. His family has been growing Medjool dates for more than 50 years, so he was a wealth of information.

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Before dinner, we enjoyed passed appetizers (made with Medjool dates, of course) and drinks.

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Dinner started with tossed salads made with mixed greens, red onion, cucumber, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, dates, and almonds tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.


The main course was beef tenderloin served with chimichurri sauce (so good!) and roasted veggies.


Dessert was a selection of mini baked goods made with Medjool dates (i.e. cookies, cupcakes). I forgot to snap a photo of them, but I did take a picture of the salted chocolate-covered Medjool date waiting for me in my hotel room after dinner. What a nice surprise!

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I can’t wait to tell you guys more about my trip! In the meantime, feel free to follow me (and the rest of the bloggers) on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #whyidate. More soon!

Question of the Day

If you could attend a summit for anything, what would it be? 

I’d love to attend a pug summit. For real. All of those pugs in one place = LOVE! And pug people are just the best, so I think a pug summit would be a ton of fun!



  1. Date balls are my favorite high-energy snack to make! I’m excited to hear more about this trip. And I would be all about a pizza summit – it would be the absolute best 🙂

  2. Would the organizers be willing to share their date appetizer recipes? The two you described sound INCREDIBLE (pumpkin cream cheese and chorizo/feta/etc.) Thanks!

  3. This looks so awesome! I’ve never been a big date fan but I think it’s time to expand my horizons 🙂

    As for a summit… I would want to go to a puppy summit (because DUH PUPPIES), a CrossFit summit and an international travel summit!

  4. Sounds weird, but stuff dates with goat cheese, wrap them in bacon, then sear them in a pan. Place the dates in a baking dish, cover with tomato sauce and bake until warmed. Serve as is with toothpicks or alongside a loaf of sliced French bread. They make a delicious app. Yum! Looks like you’re having a blast!

  5. A puppy summit with ALL THE PUPPIES. No joke, I requested a puppy party for my 24th birthday. Thankfully my bestie had just picked up his 8 wk old Bernese Mountain Dog and made my dreams come true.

    Or a bread summit. Better yet, puppies AND bread.

  6. ohhhh those apps look so tasty!! I want all of them hahah. I would definitely attend a pizza summit. or a nap summit. i tend to go to AA conventions, oh man those are a LOT of fun! There is this amazing thing, where they do a countdown for time. And they start at multiple decades of sobriety, everyone claps for each group that stands up, but oh man I can’t even explain how loud and boisterous the cheers are for the people with days of sobriety, or hours, so so much support in the room. its amazing.

  7. Just curious, did he explain why dates are considered fresh rather than dried? They are seriously one of my favorite foods and I eat them almost every day!

  8. Wine. A wine summit. But the date summit is looking pretty amazing–I have to say.

    And I hope it’snot lost on you that I am reading this at exactly 3:10. 3:10 to Yuma. It fate. 😉

  9. That looks like so much fun! I love dates! I saw this on my Feedly this morning and ended up getting dates at the market on the way to work. Ah, the power of suggestion.

    I’d love to go to either a chocolate summit or a wine summit – or a chocolate AND wine summit! 🙂

  10. I bet you will come home with a lot of dates, Mal will be jealous! (ha ha)

    Try these:
    1/2 Walnuts
    1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
    4ish Medjool Dates
    Throw in the food processor, voila brownies! You can add mint, orange, chia seeds, hemp seeds really whatever you like. So good, so quick and so yummy!

  11. Oh Tina you are killing me with this! Haha! This would be my ideal summit and that appetiser table is like a dream to me! My favourite way to stuff a date is with blue cheese and a pecan, so good!
    Literally cannot wait to find out more! I knew you were my favourite blogger for a reason 😉

  12. Those apps sound amazing. Hoping someone has a recipe or two or try to repeat them.

    A donut summit would be my favorite, but I really like Jennifer from Tri Stuff I like summit idea of Chocolate and Wine. Awesome.

  13. Ice cream summit haha.. all the way.
    And I’m super jealous of this date summit! Sounds amazing! You probably get inspired by all the exotic recipes at these events, don’t you? 😀

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