Well, the ice cream man sure did come for ME today!!!
Can you even believe it?? The folks over at Turtle Mountain were MORE than generous in sending me “samples” review for the blog. I absolutely cannot wait to delve into all this coconuty goodness and I’ll be reviewing each product as I try it. So far, I have previously tried the oh-so-cute coconut milk ice cream sammies, which I adore because they are SO delish, all natural and only have 100 calories each! THANK YOU, TURTLE MOUNTAIN!!!!! This totally made my day, obviously!
Now, to back-up, before work I had the same snack as yesterday because it just doesn’t let me down.
A fantastic slice of Ezekiel sesame bread with raw almond butter and raspberry preserves. And a big fuji!
And then for breakfast, I jumped on the oat groats bandwagon with Heather and Gina!
If you can recall, I made groats for breakfast earlier last month. This morning I tried again with the same approach. I soaked 1/4 cup oat groats in water overnight and then (early!) this morning I blended them with a banana, 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior, cinnamon and a splash of almond milk in the Vita Mix until they were creamy and delicious. Then, when it was time for breakfast, I slathered the concoction with nothing but raw almond butter. Obviously.
They were really yummy! You have to look past the ugly color, though. They are sort of the same color as the almond butter, which doesn’t make for most aesthetically pleasing bowl. I’m going to have to work on that somehow. This actually is a great breakfast for me to take to work because I can make it all beforehand and then don’t have to stand and wait at the microwave in the break room. The only problem was that it was cold 🙁 I also had my daily dose of greens! It wasn’t pretty enough for a picture though…
However, the groats proved once again to be very filling and I was set for the rest of my morning! On the way home, I snacked on two raw almond butter stuffed dates for a pre-bike snack:
The best snack ever. Hands down. Each bite is like heaven to me. Please try this combo if you haven’t already!
As for biking, I had a great ride! Rode a little over 10 miles and really pushed myself over some hills (aka bridges–gotta get my legs ready for San Fran!). It was hot and sunny and I made sure to sip from the Camel Bak every 10-15 minutes. When I got home I needed a serious snack to refuel!
I used half of a thai coconut, 1 mango, 1 scoop Sun Warrior, 1 cup water and a splash of almond milk. It turned out very very thick and creamy, sort of like a mango milk shake. I have to say though, it wasn’t my favorite combination. Maybe the mango was a little too ripe……or maybe I really expected the frozen coconut meat to make the shake super coconuty and amazing….it did not! I’ll have to try again later this week with the frozen coconut meat. I’m blaming the mango for right now!
Not even an hour later I was starving again! Biking and running are the two activities that reallyyyy rev up my metabolic engine, that’s for sure! So, I ate “dinner” at an ungodly early hour. I had this soup:
LOVE it. The thickest split pea I have found outside of my own and that’s why I love it so much. They don’t call it “country style” for nothin’!
And this salad that my mama made. It has spinach, romaine, avocado, red onion, bell pepper, cucumber, dried cranberries and goat cheese in it and I drizzled on some raspberry balsamic vinegar to finish it. On the side, a toasted Ezekiel english muffin to dip in the thick, thick soup.
Since I ate again, at an ungodly early hour, I had some extra time this evening. I am forever trying to perfect the art of whole wheat banana bread so tonight I gave it another round and here’s what I came up with:
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350. Peel bananas and mash them thoroughly in a medium sized bowl. Add the sugar, oil and molasses and stir well. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients then gently fold into the banana mixture. Pour into a prepared loaf pan (sprayed with non-stick spray) and bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
I wasn’t incredibly hungry for dessert tonight (gasp!) because my dinner was quite filling, but of course I HAD to try a thin end slice to see if it was edible 😉
MMmmmmm……I was pleasantly surprised at how well this came out! The bread is dense, yet not too dense, and sweet but not overly so. It has a great crumb and would be perfect for peanut butter toast! I like this the best out of the banana bread recipes that I have formulated and would definitely make it again…but add nuts or chocolate next time ’cause my brother and I both agreed it needed “something” more! I hope yall make it and let me know what you think! If you cut 15 thin slices (which is what I do), each slice is approximately 145 calories and full of fiber from that whole wheat! 🙂
If you haven’t heard, we are planning a party!
Kath, Caitlin, Meghann, Tina, Heather and I have been secretly plotting the ultimate blogger weekend for months now. Think late night phone calls, tons of emails, crunching numbers……….we really have high hopes for this and think it’ll be awesome! The idea is to have the weekend long event in a totally awesome city this summer and we are inviting everyone who wants to attend to come, hang out with all of us and eat some great food! More details to come soon! 😉
Now……time to read! Be sure to tune in right when you wake up tomorrow for something exciting!
RuneatrepeatApril 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm
That mango smoothie looks good, even if you didn’t like it that much 🙂
I’m excited to hear more about this blogger weekend!
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)April 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm
What a yummy day! I hear you on biking…really gets me hungry too! Let’s bike ride together soon =) I’ll be home in a week!!
P.S. LOVE medjool dates with AB. BEST SNACK EVER. Have a great night!
RuneatrepeatApril 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm
p.s. – I am super jealous of your ice cream stash!!!!!! I am an addict.
ChristineApril 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm
I have seen all those products in the store, but wasn’t sure how they would taste. I’m excited for your reviews!
Run SarahApril 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm
SO jealous of all the Turtle Mountain products…I think I have some of their ice cream almost every day!!
ShellyApril 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm
I want to try those coconut ice cream sandwiches so badly! Unfortunately (although I shouldn’t complain) I received a giant Easter basket this year that I’m working through a little piece of chocolate at a time. Its going to take a while before I need new dessert options!
BecApril 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm
so much ice cream
KatherineApril 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm
I am waiting … impatiently! … for those products to make their way to Canada. I have seen the cocounut ice cream, but nothing else yet…
also…trying to avoid sugar…unsuccessfully!
MarissaApril 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm
The banana bread looks great!
YasminApril 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm
Great loot you received! Can’t wait to hear more about these products.
SharonApril 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm
WHOA, jealous of ice cream!
LeanneApril 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm
All of those coconut products sound delicious!
Kailey (SnackFace)April 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Oh my goodness I’m so excited you get to try all that goodness!
I searched for groats today, but was unsuccessful. I think they look rather delicious!
Banana bread is my ultimate favorite! Yours sounds simple and divine. Chocolate chips or carob chips would totally make it dessert-y 🙂
Have a great night!
LaurenApril 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm
Mmm almond butter stuffed dates are one of my faves also 🙂
eliseApril 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm
i couldnt agree more – dates and nut butter is THE BEST!!!
MaggieApril 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm
The banana bread looks amazing! I love banana bread, it is one of my favorite deserts.
And I am really jealous of your so delicious products! I never tried them but I heard great things about them.
Sarah MApril 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm
The blogger summit sounds like sooo much fun!
I have never tried dates and for some reason, I am totally scared to! I have a phobia about them for some reason. “Coconut meat” is always freaking me out a little! Lol. I think today was the first time I have read your blog and been intimidated to copy your eats.
Enjoy the rest of your evening!
SnowKatApril 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Love all of all the coconut products ! 🙂
How are you liking your juicer? I have been eying it on Amazon since you posted about it… Is the company letting you try it out or do you get to keep it ? 😉
ashley (sweet & natural)April 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm
I really want to try the coconut milk ice cream! Excited for more news on this event!
ShellyApril 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Sarah M, Dates are AMAZING. They taste like brown sugar to me. 🙂 They do look a little bit like bugs though, so I can see why you’d be scared of them. And I agree, for some reason, the appearance of the coconut meat red as “gross” to me. I’m sure its quite tasty though!
ShawnaApril 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm
Yum, I can’t wait to hear your reviews of all the great products you received!
Also, I’m very excited to hear more about the blogger summit. You girls are sneaky!
VeggieGirlApril 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm
RachelApril 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm
WOW! I hope you have a big freezer!
hkApril 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm
Woweeee what a post!! Turtle mountain, awesome bike rides, yummy banana bread, and blogger party weekend!! Count me in 🙂 can’t wait!!
sueApril 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm
so much goodness in this post! thanks for sharing the banana bread recipe- i’m bookmarking this so i remember to try it!
ErinApril 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Can’t wait to hear more about the products! Love that stuff.
ShelbyApril 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm
I love the look of that oat groat bowl!!! Sometimes beige is better =)
Help Meghan RunApril 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm
Whoa! What a great post…ice cream, banana bread (my *favorite*!) and more details on the summit! Can’t wait!
Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
www. HelpMeghanRun .com
SammieApril 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I had blended oat groats for the first time last Friday and they were the best fuel for my morning of cleaning. They were so creamy and good – yum!!!
AngelaApril 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm
whoa I would love to try all those coconut products!!! Lucky you 🙂
Wha? no juicing today? 🙂
Red Head, Yellow DogApril 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm
What an awesome day you’ve had!! that banana bread recipe sounds absolutely fantastic! It’s a good thing I have some overripe bananas in my freezer!
AnaisApril 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm
I always make my banana with whole wheat flour, and it always comes out amazingly moist! I think it’s because I use olive oil and a bit of milk too…:)
Michelle HisaeApril 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm
I think I might try out that bread…right now! I’m in a baking mood. 🙂
I also can’t wait to hear the details of the blogger event! I hope it’s close to me, so I can attend!
EatingRDApril 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm
mmmm . . . banana bread! that looks yummy, I’ll have to try it. My staple salad toppings always seem to be centered around dried cranberries, herbed goat cheese and walnuts. That is the best! The blogger summit sounds amazing 🙂
briannaApril 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm
I’m so excited to hear more about this blogger weekend to! And holy ice cream! I’m so jealous once again I’d be noshing on all those samples right now!
Kristin @ Iowa Girl EatsApril 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm
What a lucky girl you are to receive all that fab stuff!! That soup does look incredible…would be soooo good with some fresh crusty bread for dipping!
Mara @ What's For Dinner?April 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm
OMG I’m so jealous!!! I love all that Turtle Mountain coconut ice cream!
emilyApril 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm
Gah, that “sample” is amazing! I love those products! I am also super excited about a super blogger meet-up, that could be so much fun!
Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles)April 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Wow that is one impressive box(es) of loot! Yum!
It’s funny, right before I got to the part where you said if you haven’t tried the almond butter/dates you have to I was thinking – I really need to finally try those. hehe
Can’t wait for more details about the weekend getaway!
Shannon @ TheDailyBalanceApril 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm
yay ice cream!! such exciting news on the blogger get together! Can’t wait to hear the details 😉
Organic Girl aka AshleyHApril 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm
A. You are the freakin luckiest girl in the world with all the ridiculous free stuff you get!! I.am.so.jealous!!! grrrr…
B. I am totally all for that party idea. Sounds awesome! I already suggested to Kath that you should have it in LA or San Diego, Ca.
HaleighApril 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm
The blogger weekend sounds fabulous! I really hope that I can attend. You are one lucky girl to receive all of those delicious goodies to sample 🙂 Can’t wait for the product reviews!
BrianaApril 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Looks like you had a good day, I mean free stuff, good food and biking sound good to me. Can’t wait for more information about the par-tay!
Katrina (gluten free gidget)April 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm
Would you believe I have never had a date? It’s sad but true.
Oh, and BTW, I am sort of a banana baking fiend! My mom and mother-in-law both keep their freezers stocked with super ripe bananas in hopes I will drop by with the desire to bake! hahaha
I can’t wait to find out what you post tomorrow! Surprises are awesome!
kimApril 21, 2009 at 7:16 pm
Wow. what city are you thinking of?
brandiApril 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm
so many great samples, and your banana bread looks amazing.
can’t wait to hear the surprise AND all the stuff about the blogger summit!!!
RoseApril 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm
Wooo that is one crazy package of goods!
So excited about the summit 🙂
Kristi @ Sweet CheeksApril 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm
OH MY GOODNESS. Icecream!!! You are one lucky girl!
Little Black DressApril 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Omg your eats look luscious today. That salad especially looks divine!
I am so excited for more news about the summit I can hardly stand it.
ScoopApril 21, 2009 at 8:22 pm
The peanut butter stuffed dates looks divine. I just bought each of these items from TJ’s but wasn’t planning on combining the two. Now, I must give this a try!
megApril 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm
I am definitely jealous of all those creamy So Delicious treats! Can’t wait to see the exciting news in the morning.
bibixsApril 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm
En joy your ice cream jenna 🙂
marisaApril 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm
that banana bread looks AWESOME! I’m definitely going to give that recipie a whirl. Also, y’all should come to charleston for your blogger weekend!!!
BernadetteApril 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm
I am so jealous of your Turtle Mountain “samples”! I can’t wait to hear how it all tastes (now, if you could just convince them to do a giveaway of that coconut milk…!)
GadergirlApril 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm
I am dying to try those coconut “ice cream” products, but I can’t find them anywhere! Sad! The blog summit sounds like a really good time! Wouldn’t San Diego be the perfect city?! 😉
janethaApril 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm
thanks for the bread recipe! love your blog!
CarolineApril 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm
Turtle Mountain jackpot! I am SO jealous (sorry, bad pun).
ladylaraApril 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm
I hope the blogger weekend is in CHICAGO! The best summer city ever. 🙂
nicole r.April 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm
really interested in what you think of the coconut milks!
nicole r.April 21, 2009 at 11:33 pm
ps: add some of the coconut meat to the juicer net time you juice—i do it with “mature” (?) coconut meat. i thought it wouldn’t work, and that it would just shred it, but if you add enough (i add a good bit) it adds a really subtle coconut taste that is delicious!
Leah @ Simply FabulousApril 22, 2009 at 2:05 am
WOW on the ice cream! Amazing!
I will try out that bread & let you know!
Leah @ Simply FabulousApril 22, 2009 at 2:08 am
I meant to ask.. are those medjool dates or dried??
sarah (ghost world)April 22, 2009 at 4:13 am
i made your whole wheat banana bread last night and just had some for breakfast this AM — dense, doughy, and absolutely delicious! thanks for posting that . . . it inspired me to make a mini-loaf out of 1.5 lone brown bananas that were on their last legs.
pictures are on my blog 🙂
i did make one addition which was to add a splash of milk to the dough at the end because it looked a little dry (my bananas may have been smaller than yours were).
DebApril 22, 2009 at 5:03 am
Yummy, I haven’t been able to find any of those products in my area. I am so jealous !!
Question: I noticed you have a nice tan & I was wondering if you use sunscreen and how much you worry about the effects of the sun on your skin. I am a tanner myself & often feel guilty when people question me about my healthy lifestyle versus my tan. I am always stumped for an answer as I do not use sunscreen on a regular basis.
Love your blog !!
christinaApril 22, 2009 at 6:46 am
you should read your early posts-they’re quite entertaining. do you still count calories like you used to?
HollyKApril 22, 2009 at 7:17 am
Jenna, the blogger summit sounds amazing!!! I can’t wait to hear more about it. And I will definitely be trying your banana bread soon!!!
JenApril 22, 2009 at 9:00 am
Enjoy all of the coconut products! My son can’t have dairy or soy, so we love the coconut milk yogurt! I use the plain to sub for sour cream, too. I wish it weren’t so expensive, though.
JessApril 22, 2009 at 9:19 am
I use vanilla yogurt in banana bread and it works perfectly.
KelliApril 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm
I bought Turtle Mountain ice cream for the first time this weekend – its GOOD!!!
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)April 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Awesome samples! Can’t wait to read your reviews!
Thanks for the banana bread recipe!
Amandaaa.April 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm
What dolls at Turtle Mountain!
I heart banana bread.
CharlotteApril 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm
A lot of people are addicted to cheese!
There have been some interesting studies on whether or not it’s “addictive”. A lot of vegans push that idea, but I’m not so sure it’s true. It does sound plausible. Here’s an interesting article about it: