One of the best gifts of running to me is that it taught me how to adopt a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. Through the years, I learned about the importance of exercise, but, beyond that, I also learned about eating well not just to improve my performance, but to take care of my body and the rest of the family’s.
So, when Dole invited me to the launch of a new product that could make healthy desserts, I was curious. After all, isn’t “healthy dessert” an oxymoron?
As I entered the Dole kitchen, I spotted the sleek machine on their kitchen counter, but I had no clue what it was capable of. Was it a blender? A yogurt maker? Ice cream machine? It was called Yonanas. (I shall resist the urge to use the line “Yes Yes Yo!” Gawd, that is so 80s!)
WHAT IS YONANAS?
Dole Yonanas is a first-of-its-kind kitchen appliance that can transform frozen fruit into a dessert that looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream.
With no addition of milk, cream, sugar, soy, yogurt or artificial sweeteners, yonanas can create healthy treats with zero fat and zero cholesterol and with lots of fiber, and minerals. It’s a great option for those who are lactose intolerant, diabetic, or those who are trying to lose weight or trying to eat healthy.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Dole Yonanas is easy to use. All you need are frozen overripe fruits (frozen for over 24 hours), turn on the yonanas maker, drop it into the machine, and you get a healthy indulgent dessert. Seriously, that’s it!
As for the machine, it is as big as blender. The upper portion is removable so it can be stored easily. The components are easy to wash. And, best of all, it’s safe for even kids to use.
– Demo of how easy it was to use Yonanas to make healthy desserts –
Dole taught us how to use the machine and I can’t count how many times I exclaimed “I want one!” After the quick demo, we donned our own aprons and created our own Yonanas desserts! I made Yonanas Cookies & Cream, Yonanas Choco Chip Ice Cream Sandwich, and more.
Yonanas was so simple and easy to use. Best of all, we used nothing but bananas as our base and other fruits or treats (for the more indulgent recipes) for variety. The consistency of the dessert was a pleasant surprise; it truly was like a creamy ice cream with a healthy twist.
The machine comes with a recipe book. There’s so many desserts to try! Here’s just some of them:
– L to R: Mixed Berries Martini, Yonanas Strawberry, and Yonanas Tiramisu –
Before we left, we were treated to a special surprise: our own Dole Yonanas! Yes yes YO! (Gaaah, sorry, I couldn’t help it. Too happy I guess)
– Thanks Dole! –
Nia and I spent almost every week of summer making desserts. She was able to make her own desserts with little supervision. That’s how safe it is for kids. What I loved most about this? She got her dessert. And, I got to give her healthy food that nourished her. We both got to have our “cake” and eat it, too!
MY TIPS ON USING YONANAS
1. Use very ripe bananas. I wait until they turn black, slice them into two, then store them in the freezer so the kids can just get them at their convenience.
2. Have other fruits like frozen strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, and mangoes on hand for variety.
3. Yes, Oreos and Chocolate Chip cookies come in handy too when the kids want some treats with their bananas.
4. Teach the kids once and allow them to do it on their own. Get creative.
5. Serve this for dessert or as a mid-day snack. It’s very filling so it can spoil your or your kids’ appetite if you have it close to mealtime.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
Retail price: P 2,950. There’s a 1-year limited warranty from date of purchase. Call 810-2601.
WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE?
Cash & Carry
SM & Robinsons (Davao)
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