You might remember that I went on the Dole Salad tour a few years ago. And that I participated in their Healthy Banana Split contest last year. I am a fan of Dole and their mission to get people to eat more fruits and vegetables, and I love their organic bananas for making smoothies and one-minute ice cream. When they contacted me to be a Blogger Ambassador and help spread the word about their Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tour, it was an easy yes.
Look for the fun Peel the Love Jeep, Airstream, and “Banana Cabana” making stops throughout the San Diego area July 23-26, offering banana recipes, recipe booklets, product samples, banana-themed kid’s activity sheets and other free giveaways. Show up with a grocery receipt showing a qualifying DOLE® Bananas purchase and they’ll give you a free DOLE® hat or T-shirt. Some Tour stops will also demo how to peel and cut fresh Dole pineapples. Find them here:
7/23 – Albertsons (10633 Tierra Santa Blvd., San Diego) 11am-2pm
7/24 – Albertsons (720 3rd Ave., Chula Vista) 10:30am-12pm
7/24 – WalMart (1360 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista) 3-6pm
7/25 – Albertsons (5950 Balboa Ave., San Diego) 10am-1pm
7/25 – Albertsons (150 B. Ave., Coronado) 3-6pm
7/26 – Comic-Con (time TBD)
You’ll be able to sample some of their new recipes: Caribbean Jerk Shrimp and Banana Kabobs, Banana Pudding Pops, Banana S’mores, Grilled Bananas, Banana Cabana Smoothie, Sticky Banana Spread, Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie and Chocolate Monkey.
While I have been on a banana break (due to the migraine diet), I’ve been testing them for myself this week and they seem to be okay for me. That’s a big yay, as they are really high in potassium. Potassium is important for all of us (the American diet is way low in this crucial nutrient), but it’s especially important for me since I take a diuretic for Meniere’s Disease. The diuretic pulls the potassium out of my body as well as the sodium. If your levels of potassium are too low, you can have cardiac issues.
Here are some of my favorite recipes using Dole organic bananas (the only kind I buy):
Healthy banana splits (banana rum ice cream, sour cherry sauce, and chocolate dipped banana slices, which are THE BOMB)
Roasted banana mochi cupcakes
Exotic fresh fruit salad with coconut yogurt sauce
Banana-walnut chocolate chunk muffins
Have fun and tell the cabana boy I sent you.
Required FTC disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dole.