Double Date

April 29, 2010

Over lunch yesterday we were discussing dried fruits. Several of my colleagues had not had a date! So I’m bringing some in to try for our PM lunch date!

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And since I only  had 4 in stock, I’ve got some Megafruit Lychee to try as well!

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The heart of my lunch is leftover mexican scoop from last night over a simple bed of spinach

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Served with a side of ‘loupe

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And 3 mini slices of Great Harvest Cranberry Orange

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Date for dessert!

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Tonight I’m meeting Emily for a walk and then YOGA!

Super food for a super evening date:

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See y’all for a late dinner!

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1 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie April 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

I have to confess, I have never eaten a date before and I hear they’re amazing! Maybe that should be on my grocery list for tomorrow too. And I do love me some cantaloupe!! So fresh, cool and tasty.

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2 Sarah (OC2Seattle) April 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

Never had a date? Scandalous! Or maybe that’s just b/c I’m a So. Cal girl and they proliferate in Cali. Favorite, sinful way too eat is sliced in half and filled with blue cheese with a drizzle of honey on top. SOOOOOOO GOOD!

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3 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

YUMMMMMM…that dried fruit looks like candy! love your salad too…i’m totally in a mexican mood today!

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4 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

People who haven’t had dates are SERIOUSLY missing out – they’re one of my favourite foods! I always chop them up and put them on my Breakfast Green Monsters :p

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5 Camille April 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

What!?
Dates are sooo good!
I hope everyone enjoyed their date date :)

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6 jen trinque @ recipes for creativity April 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

Oooh, you’re so nice to share! I’ve never had the lychee fruit, but I’ve definitely had a date! I also have a love affair with prunes, contemporarily known as “dried plums”. I pretty much love all dried fruit.

Have fun with Emily!

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7 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

Dried Lychee? You have to tell how that is!

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8 Jessica @ How Sweet April 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

Never had a date?! Crazy!

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9 Wei-Wei April 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’ve only had Chinese dates before… are they similar? I love prunes, though – they are my favorite dried fruit! They’re like nature’s candy to me… :D

Hope the rest of your day is awesome! :)

Wei-Wei

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10 Sarah April 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

Yum, yum, YUM! I love fresh dates- they’re great on their own, stuffed with nut butter, or as part of a raw dessert. I find, though, that for a lot of people who’ve never tried them, they’re an acquired taste.

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11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

No dates?!? They’re missing out!

Yummy lunch! I love serving hot things like soup or pasta over spinach– such an easy way to get in more veggies!

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12 Diana April 29, 2010 at 11:45 am

I’m actually not sure if I’ve eaten a date before! :x And I’m curious about the dried lychee as well! :)

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13 E April 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

I totally drove an hour to a Great Harvest because of how amazing your bread always looks. SO GOOD. The honey whole wheat is magical! I am so excited for you!

Long time reader; first time commenter. You are amazing!

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14 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thanks for your comment!

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15 Ameena April 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love dates…I just had to get past their cockroach-esque appearance! Your friend is going to love them.

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16 Clearly Composed April 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

I had never tried dates till a trip to Palm Springs, California where date shakes are a very big deal and I was told I must try one. One sip and I was hooked. :)

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17 Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

wonderful, healthy lunch with much colour! Love it!

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18 Marina April 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I adore dates, but people look at me with a really funny face when I eat them. I guess they don’t look really yummy, but they are amazing

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19 Trysha April 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’ve never had Dates before but my husband likes the mexican ones that are salted and sour…I forget what they’re called but he gets them from the gas station.

Mexicon leftovers work so well over spinach! I love pico de gallo on my spinach salads.

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20 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I love dates! They are SO good stuffed with almond butter! Have a wonderful afternoon!

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21 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I hadn’t tried dates until my mom brought them and now I can’t get enough. I eat them with a smidge of almond butter.

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22 jill April 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

what are the benefits of dates? good for pre race meal?

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23 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Benefit: deliciousness!!

And yes, they’re good preworkout.

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24 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies April 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Man – I am sooo jealous of your Great Harvest bread. :) Love dates – so sweet! and so fiber-filled!

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25 Mastering Public Health April 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Love Amazing Grass bars. The new Peanut Butter Protein flavor (which, I guess was made by popular demand for a higher-protein option) is delicious, if a little on the chewy side. Just would have preferred if it wasn’t made with whey protein. Try it out if you spot it!

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26 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Now that is my kind of lunch!!! Love the mexican mix in a bowl over spinach…HEAVEN! Dates are amazing. I am thinking the people that don’t eat them…it is only due to how they look! They are so tasty. Enjoy your walk and yoga tonight. It must be nice to have a buddy to do that with!

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27 chef charles April 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm
28 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I just discovered dates recently but can’t call myself a huge fan. The flavor reminds me of something else that I can’t place…

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29 runnerforever April 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

That great harvest bread looks super good! You get to sample fabulous foods!

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30 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) April 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

That salad looks delish. That bread looks sooo good, too! Yum :)

Jenn

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31 Jenny April 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

What a great date!;)

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32 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

never had a date before?!?! that is very sweet (ha ha) of you to intro them. i use them in everything now – avocado puddings, shakes, straight up…luckily there are a lot of date farms in socal so we have them everywhere!

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33 Window On The Prairie April 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Dates are one of my favorites. I eat them straight out of the package, and of course cook with them.
Suzanne

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34 Kari April 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I love this blog so much…I was actually eating a dried medjool as I read the comments and saw the notes on the ab + date combo, and dashed to the fridge to grab a jar and try it out. REVELATION!!! You guys and gals are the best, and Kath, you are an inspiration to us all :)

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35 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Kari!!

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36 Patti April 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Dates rock! I’ve been making my own LARA bars – from the website I got the recipe a great synopsis of the wonders of dates for the previous commenter.

I love dates because I love brown sugar, and dates taste like brown sugar candy–hence they are a delicious and healthy way to curb my sweet tooth. One date has a mere 23 calories and is loaded with nutrition. Dates are an excellent source of carbohydrates (great for pre- or post-workout), contain no cholesterol, are high in fiber, and boast a wide range of nutrients, including calcium (32 mg per serving), Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese.

Dates also contain vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3, B5, C and more than 20 different amino acids; they help in the digestion and assimilation of carbohydrates, and help to regulate blood sugar levels and fatty acids content in our bodies.

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37 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Good info!

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38 M April 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

Medjool dates are a bit higher in calories (I think, 65 as opposed to 25), but they are SO much better than the little dates. Once I tried a medjool, i could not go back.

Medjools are the big dates that are usually available in the produce section.
Shove some almond butter and a few chocolate chips in there, and it is heaven.

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39 Lisa C. April 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

The bread looks amazing!! And I love introducing people to new foods! Its an added bonus if they like them :-D

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40 Kellie April 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I confess, I have never had a date. Maybe I should go buy some to see what all the hype is about.

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41 Annie@stronghealthyfit April 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I love dates! Such a great snack or healthy treat.

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42 Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food April 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Mm! I love dates and Greens bars! Great pictures! I always enjoy looking at your blog!

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43 Cait (Cait's Plate) April 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I LOOOOVE dates. They’re so sweet and delicious – especially when dunked in peanut butter! Taste just like a LARABAR :D

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44 emily April 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm

i wanted to comment that not all dates are dried. if you purchase bulk or packaged dates that are in a refrigerated section, they are fresh. fresh is much better than dry.
i love dates as well!

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45 Claire April 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

love love dates…esp with some nut butter on top! have fun @ yoga!

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46 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Mmmmm…I LOVE cranberry orange bread! :-P

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47 jaclyn@todayslady April 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Dates are the best!!! I think it’s crazy when people dont like them…. oh well, that just leaves more for me :)

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48 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I made Mexican and the next day I took it and put it on top of lettuce. I agree it was so simple and so good.

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49 Lisa April 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of lychee…

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50 Heather April 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just discovered dates! They are great for travel! I say this as I am sitting on the runway at RDU waiting to go home and just snacked on a larabar! I want to try and make my own, has anyone ever done so and if yes what are your methods?

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51 Jenn April 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

We have awesome dates out here in CA. I LOVE them!! A little too much. ;-)

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52 Liz, RD April 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I love,, love, love Deglet Dates!

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53 Lynna April 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I grew up in Hemet, CA, which is out in the upper desert, on the opposite side of the mountain from Palm Springs. Dates, figs and dried apricots were as common for us as apples and oranges are to others. Date balls were a Christmas tradition.

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54 Lisa @bakebikeblog April 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Dried lychees? I am intrigued – but I bet they are DELICIOUS!!!

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55 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 29, 2010 at 6:31 pm

That bread looks to DIE FOR!!!
I’ve only had a date once and I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe I picked up a bad one?

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56 Abby April 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I have been obsessed with dates the past few weeks! Kinda good, kinda bad. I’m on fiber overload. I need to stop right now until after my marathon on Sunday. Bad things might happen!!!

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57 Hannah April 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Wow, I’m always amazed when people have never eaten something that’s been a part of my life for so long, but I guess it’s a lot about cultural differences. What did they think of the dates?

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58 Erica April 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Hope yoga is/was fun! What a great lunch- that salad mix looks jammin. Our great harvest opens tomorrow!

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59 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Oh how fun!!! Go get a taste!

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60 Kath April 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

The lychee was good!! It tasted like herbal tea in a chewy dried fruit form. Loved all the chew!

My friend also seemed to like the dates :)

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61 Amber K April 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I have never tried a date before, I didn’t even know what it looked like!

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62 Alissa @ Not Just Apples April 30, 2010 at 2:54 am

That’s literally my dream lunch! Mexican salad followed by some delicious dates…delightful!

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