I have four different celebrations to share with you today – a bit random from each other – but at least they all have to do with eating!
I’m officially back from my trip to Expo West and I haven’t quite recovered yet. Being 3 hours behind on west coast time + the additional day light savings time has really thrown me off. Tonight, my goal is to be in the bed by 10:30pm…we will see how that goes considering the amount of work I need to get done.
I’d like to announce the Earth Fare Give Away winner from last week….It’s Kelly Duke! Yeah Kelly! Congratulations!
She’s been notified and will be receiving the bag of travel goodies from Earth Fare this week! And I have another delicious Easter themed give away to announce in just a moment…
But first… Usually the day after a trip I try to get back on my eating schedule ASAP – but this just didn’t happen yesterday.
Started the morning off right. You know the drill – Habit #1, Green Vibrance, Tea, a quick workout… (thought about not working out however, but dragged my tired a$$ to the gym – so glad after all the eats from yesterday!)
I was so happy my husband left me a few collard leaves for my protein shake that I consumed on the way to work… I couldn’t believe it, but he didn’t eat out once while I was gone…he didn’t order pizza or anything – cooked every meal himself… I loved hearing this and about the crazy new things he’s cooking up now like Pad Thai and Crispy Collards.
Celebration #2 – Dined at Luce for lunch to celebrate my brother’s 40th birthday. I order the “Organico” salad to start (forgot to take a picture), and this fabulous stuffed pepper with quinoa risotto….This is the best vegetarian dish hands down in Uptown Charlotte – it’s to DIE for.
For dessert – I stole the large strawberry, raspberry and blackberry on top of my brother’s birthday tiramisu.
After work I hit up Smoothie King for 4 ounces of wheatgrass since there was no way I was going to be able to make juice tonight. (Fridge now empty) There should be signs on the side walk for wheatgrass not coke, I tell ya!
Celebration #3 – I was the featured speaker and guest for Elle Palmer’s 3 Weeks to Wellness, a 21 day cleanse program that is a must try if you are trying to clean up your diet and live in the area. The last event of every cleanse is a multi course celebration meal. On the menu – A “Tropical Fiesta” prepared by the fabulous Chef Julia from No Face Plate.
Check out all the delicious gluten free, vegan, no refined sugar eats. I can’t believe this food was “cleanse” approved… it was so decadent and filling… someone could have rolled me out of there at the end of the night.
For the appetizer, Nachos Nirvana – Curry dusted corn chips, peanut-lentil masala mash, cucumber – cilantro guacamole
Here’s a close up. I wish you could smell and taste these from your computer screen. No one would have ever known these were made with nacho cheese sauce made from nutritional yeast and pimentos! After this appetizer I spoke about some tips and tricks about continuing to live a nutritionally clean food life after the cleanse is over. I also shared what a typical day of eating entails for me – this spawned on all sorts of questions like “Where do I get those goji berries!?!”
First Course – Spiced Tomato Bisque with Roasted Corn Granita
Main Course – Samosa Poblanos and Black Bean Tempeh 2 ways, Banana Leaf Tamale, Ranchero Sauce, and Coconut Greens
Dessert – Horchata Pudding and Mango Sauce, this was really really good, but after the above consumption, I only ate a couple of bites – I noticed everyone else at my table cleaned their plate though.
Celebration #4 – Announcing a give away from Yummy Earth! Easter is right around the corner… Forget the conventional jelly beans packed with artificial coloring, preservatives and crazy chemicals this year and choose these “Sour Beans” for the little one in your life (or for yourself) to celebrate! I’ll be using little snack packs of these to fill my nephew’s easter baskets this year – I can’t wait.
As you know Yummy Earth products are featured on the Food Babe Shop and are a staple in my pantry for when I am having a good old fashioned candy attack. Cheers to Yummy Earth for producing a line of gummies, hard candies, pops and now these sour beans for kids and adults to enjoy as a special occasion treat without having to worry about harsh chemicals.
If you win, you’ll get a big family pack of the Yummy Earth Sour Beans as pictured below.
To enter the give away – all you need to do is subscribe here (if you aren’t already) and leave a comment below by 3/20/2011. I would love to know one healthy decision you made today to avoid chemicals in your life – whether it be something you ate, a cosmetic product you used or a lifestyle habit you follow! I’m sure other readers of this community would love to know too. Sharing is caring!
Ok, now I’m off to find some more wheatgrass…getting back on track today.