The second day of the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit kicked-off with an early morning run around the Westlake area. A small group of us met in the lobby just before sunrise to head out for a chilly 4.5 mile run. I only say “chilly” because I wore a tank top this morning. I thought California was a lot warmer!
After our run, I returned to my hotel room, quickly showered, and got ready for the day. My stomach was on East coast time, so I really boogied to get myself to breakfast, which was held at the nearby Dole facilities.
For breakfast, we had our choice of healthy options from the Dole cafeteria, including oatmeal, bagels, omelets, fruit salad, yogurt”¦
And Dole bananas, my favorite!
I was really excited about the bananas.
What I picked for breakfast: sesame bagel, peanut butter, banana, pineapple, and iced coffee.
After breakfast, we visited the Dole Test Kitchen for a hands-on product demo of some of Dole’s newer products.
Who new it would be so fun!?!
Product highlights for me:
Dole Salad Kits
I don’t usually buy packaged salad mixes (I’d much rather save my money and make my own), but Dole’s Endless Summer Kit knocked my socks off. It’s made with Dole’s own Summer Vinaigrette (<— wicked yum), Swiss and Gruyere cheeses, roasted sunflower kernels, croutons, pepper and herb Seasoning.
The Dole Salad Kits usually run about $4 each, so I’d definitely buy them when I’m short on time, traveling somewhere or when they are on sale at the grocery store. Four bucks is still quite a bit cheaper than getting take out or buying a meal out somewhere.
Dole Fruit Crisps
Dole Fruit Crisps are bowls of fruit in a sauce with a crispy, crumbly topping made with whole grain oats and brown sugar. When you microwave them”¦ holy yum! Instant apple crisp!
As a dessert, these Fruit Crisps are the perfect treat””just 160 calories per serving and, oh, so convenient.
Portobello Mushroom Powder
You probably know that much of the US population is deficient in vitamin D, right? Did you know that most commercially-produced vitamin D pills are made from wool grease, yeast or fish livers? Yuck, right? Well, the Dole Nutrition Institute developed a plant-based vitamin D source, which they call Portobello Mushroom Powder. Just one teaspoon of Mushroom Powder provides 150% of your daily value. The powder has a very subtle, slightly bitter flavor that blends right in with most food flavors, so you can add it to just about anything– soups, sauces, dressings, casseroles, entrees, pasta, rice, smoothies, oatmeal, even desserts.
Our lunch this afternoon featured recipes that incorporated the Portobello Mushroom Powder. I couldn’t taste it at all in any of the dishes.
The Mushroom Powder was even added to the dark chocolate on the pineapple. I honestly wouldn’t have known unless someone told me. Now, isn’t that an easy way to get some vitamin D in your diet?
My plate included a little bit of everything from the lunch buffet: veggie lasagna, Greek salad, roasted veggies, ginger sweet potatoes, and a piece of dark chocolate dipped pineapple””all of which included Mushroom Powder.
Acupuncture and massage are next on the agenda for me! Wahoo!