a day of whole foods

December 28, 2011

No, I didn’t spend my entire day at Whole Foods yesterday — while that would have been quite nice. And I won’t lie to you — if you’re reading this before 7:00 in the morning, I’m probably still sleeping (fingers crossed). The best part about winter break is breaking out of my normal wake up time and beginning to get up a little later. Although, I may be setting myself up for disappointment if I wake up early in the morning!

Peas and Crayons

Is it seriously already Wednesday? This week is flying by — if only time would slow down for vacation time. Let’s talk about yesterday, shall we?

Breakfast — 8:00 AM

8:00!!!! Can you believe that? I didn’t even roll out of bed until 7:30 (!!!!! excitement folks). By the time I ran out to Starbuck’s, got home, and made my breakfast, it was 8:00 before I even took my first bite. It felt wonderful to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Breakfast included chocolate protein oatmeal topped with cinnamon, leftover cranberry sauce, a piece of crumbled cinnamon roll (I had to), and peanut butter. You better believe it was scraped clean.

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After breakfast, I went on a mad cleaning frenzy after I blogged for the first time in four days. The house was in such a disarray after running around for three days non-stop. It took me over an hour to clean the kitchen alone. Then about another hour to sort through Christmas presents and put them away where they were supposed to go. I finally had it around 11 and went to the gym to get my run on. I figured a break would do me some good.

I don’t know what it was, but either my extra Christmastime fuel or my new magical wunder unders gave me the power to run 5.25 miles in around 45 minutes. My legs felt awesome and rested, and I just felt strong. I wish every run felt as good as it did. After my run, I went to the grocery store to pick up some produce for the week and was starving by the time I got home. Lunchtime it was!

Lunch — 1:15 PM

All I wanted was some fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch today — so, that was what was on the menu!

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My salad included a mix that my mom let me take home from my aunt’s leftover night last night — romaine, tomatoes, carrots, and red onion. I added about 1/2 of an avocado, hummus, and balsamic to the mix. I honestly did not know vegetables could taste as good as they did today.

With the salad, I also made a smoothie — got to get those fruits in! We have so many oranges in our fridge right now, so I made a banana orange smoothie with a scoop of Sun Warrior and some chia seeds in it as well.

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It. Was. So. Good.

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My afternoon consisted of me continuing and finishing my cleaning escapade, as well as rescuing my mischievous dog from our creek out back. Apparently he wanted to go exploring when the wind pushed the gate open. And unfortunately I got caught against a bush that is full of thistles — and my wunder unders were FULL of them. At least 100 of these tiny little thistles had to be hand picked off of my pants, which took over half an hour. Charlie was banished to his cage for the afternoon for being a naughty dog.

Dinner — 5:30 PM

A fairly early dinner for my late lunch, but I was quite hungry already as I didn’t have an afternoon snack! My mom had an appointment in my town at 7:00 (she’s a realtor), so we met at the Vegan Cafe for some dinner. She had bought a Groupon a while ago, so we put it to good use!

We started off with the stuffed mushrooms as our appetizer — these are so delicious. They are marinated Portobellos and the stuffing is a nut and pesto filling. Don’t be deceived by the picture — the mushroom was quite large!

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For my dinner, I ordered the Taco Salad. The taco salad is a bed of mixed organic greens, topped with guacamole and “taco meat”. Their taco meat is a combination of almonds, carrots, sundried tomatoes, and spicy seasoning. It is all drizzled with their version of “sour cream”, which is cashew based. On the side, they usually serve their corn chips, but since I can’t have the corn chips, Laurie substituted the Italian Crisps for me.

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This salad never gets old — and it is SO filling. Since the majority of their products are flax and nut based, I always leave with a full stomach. My mom and I also ordered dessert but I only had a small portion of the brownie and brought the rest home to snack on later tonight.

I also signed up for a shift this week to volunteer! I haven’t been in to volunteer in such a long time because of school, so I can’t wait to get back in there on Thursday.

My brownie will be calling my name later on tonight to end out the day of eats, and I have to say it feels so good to eat whole fresh foods once again.

Question: What is the best thing you have eaten in the last day or so?

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

Your smoothie looks awesome and I just got home from Aruba where I spent a month living on smoothies, I swear. They are just sooo good when it’s hot out! Right now, I am freezing my butt off and can’t imagine anything other than hot coffee.

Best thing I ate…was the cookie butter cookies I posted yesterday!


cleaneatingchelsey December 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

Glad you made it home safely!


Simply Life December 28, 2011 at 6:24 am

Don’t you love those days of “sleeping in”? I get SO excited when I open my eyes and see any time past 7am- I always feel like I’ve accomplished something big :)


Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

That looks like a DELICIOUS day. I want that oatmeal right now. And veggies never tasted so good to me either as the past couple of days.


cleaneatingchelsey December 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

:) Let’s eat oatmeal together and talk about our hopes and dreams. Isn’t that what friends do?


Holly December 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

Although we had some FANTASTIC cooking while we were home for thanksgiving, it felt SO GOOD to go back to eating normally :) I literally ate baby spinach out of the bag last night (dipped in hummus, of course), and then I chased it with a bourbon ball :)


cleaneatingchelsey December 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

Ha! All about balance!


kathleen @ the daily crumb December 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

that mushroom looks amazing! i am so jealous you have a yummy vegan restaurant in town… we have nothing of the sort around me.

the best thing i ate in the past two days was boatloads of veggies after neglecting them for the entire christmas week!


cleaneatingchelsey December 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

Well, then I suppose you’re going to have to make the hour or so trek down here so you can try it out!


Khushboo December 28, 2011 at 7:01 am

Man that taco delicious looks so delicious..as do the mushrooms! The best thing I have eaten recently are Barbara’s choc chip animal cookies- they are so addictive!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

Yum! All the eats look fab! I need to re-create that oatmeal bowl this morning :)


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 28, 2011 at 7:11 am

I wish I were home this week so that I could go on a cleaning frenzy. I never thought I’d say that, but the house needs it.

The best thing I’ve had so far this week was the gingerbread I made (not cookies, just soft, delicious bread.)


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

Everything looks so good here! I love trying out new restaurants esp. vegan and vegetarian ones. The best thing I’ve eaten was my monster salad with fruit in it. So good.


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

The dinner you had with your mom looks delicious! I love stuffed mushrooms and the one pictured would def be one to recreate!


Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

Mmmm a banana-orange smoothie sounds fantastic! Looks like you had a wonderful day of eats & have broken out of holiday-eating mode. Wish I could say the same ;-)


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

I made a giant salad yesterday for lunch. It was so nice to eat a bunch of green veggies!!!!


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

Best thing I’ve eaten…definitely a big salad yesterday too!! Needed some GREEN!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

What a full day, Chelsey; you knocked out soooo much! The taking the thistles out one by one does not sound like fun though, bummer. Reading this post makes me unbelievably excited for summer- gosh it is going to be great to have time to live, clean, and cook! Enjoy your time at home!


Kimberly December 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

sleeping in is the best, gotta love winter breaks.

The best thing I have eaten lately would have to be the grilled dijon salmon with balsamic vinaigrette veggies we had for dinner last night — soo good, my hubby is the grill mastah :) haha – I am clueless with the grill.


Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files December 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

All of the eats look delicious! Especially the smoothie. I love adding citrus to smoothies!


Sarah December 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

I had a rockin arugula and goat cheese salad last night. Sooo good! I have trouble sleeping late too so an 8am bfast sounds so nice!


Amanda December 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

I made kale chips last night and they have never tasted so good! I could have easily eaten an entire head (or two!) of kale had I not had to share with my husband.


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

love the looks of all of your eats! i, too, have been LOVING my veggies lately. they’ve never tasted so refreshing and delicious. i made some crockpot minestrone soup yesterday that was fantastic!


Linz December 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

i made chili last night with black beans, onion, corn, tomatoes, and carrots. i feel ya in needing to get veggies back in my life! i also feel ya in doing a happy dance when making it to 7am in bed on days off!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit December 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

Mm that bowl of oats looks superb! I love the days where all I’m craving is fresh vegetables and loads of hummus. Gotta love when you’re craving things that are easy to prepare :)
My favorite thing I ate yesterday was probably the gluten-free rum balls my mom made me for our late Christmas dinner. SO good!


Jamie December 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

That oatmeal looks fantastic! I am still working on putting all the Christmas gifts in their proper place. The grandparents like to spoil the kiddos a bit.


Katy @ A Shot of Life December 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

That smoothie looks amazing! I’ll have to whip one up later. :) My favorite food from yesterday- definitely the salad!! It felt so good to consume some green!


Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter December 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

Banana and orange smoothie! yum! I am getting some green in today myself. Yay on getting your cleaning frenzy finished! :)

Have a great day!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

Best thing I’ve eaten recently? A kale salad for lunch and dinner yesterday. Greens tasted amazing after all the sugar of the weekend!


Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee December 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

Mmmm I love pine nut hummus! Good job on your run, that’s fast! :) This morning for breakfast I had a cereal mix of cheerio, puffins, enjoy life cinnamon raisin granola, and walnuts, with milk. Last night I made baked macaroni and cheese, subbing gf flour, udi’s bread crumbs, and quinoa pasta for the regular versions. :) So good!


Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

That restaurant sounds like a total win! The taco salad looks amazing!

I had a huge salad for lunch yesterday – like you, I just needed. some. greens. I went down to a salad bar by my house and had the most bizarre mix of all kinds of weird and wonderful veggies thrown in together – it was perfection :) .


Katie December 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

My oats in a jar this morning! You seriously can never have enough…Sunflower Seed butter, apple, cinnamon, vanilla, and chia seeds. The jar is ridiculously clean. ;)


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

Mmm that stuffed mushroom looks AMAZING!!! As does the taco plate! I love when restaurants serve unique, healthy food like that!


Emily December 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

I order a similar taco salad from a vegan/raw food restaurant near me. It’s phenomenal!
Everything looks delicious. And congrats on having such an awesome run! I love those days where my legs could just keep running and running- it feels amazing.


Amber K December 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

That taco salad looks delicious!


Alyssa @ Life of bLyss December 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

oh my goodness gracious. I’m absolutely salivating over that stuffed mushroom.

now, teach me to make my food look really good with my DSLR. I’m going to have to start studying your blog in order to pretty my pictures up. ;)


nicole marie December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

i’ve been thinking about purchasing a fabulous blender for smoothie concocting, but i’m afraid that once i have it, i’ll never use it. do you recommend any particular recipe sites for fabulous smoothie recipes? tell charlie that my gwendolyn likes bad boys, so her heart, indeed, keeps growing with fondness for him. haha.


Michelle @ Blogitness December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Your smoothie looks delicious!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

It must have felt so good to eat all those fruits and veggies after the holidays! I’m not really back on track with normal eating yet because yesterday we had a 5 course dinner for my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. The best part was the pear tart and gingerbread ice cream… oh my gosh it was amazing but I totally stuffed myself! :P


Jen@FoodFamilyFitness December 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I have to say your smoothie and salad look so refreshing, I think I know what I’ll be having for dinner tonight!


Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

A honeycrisp apple (my fav) with lunch!


Sarah December 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

That mushroom looks so good! Mushrooms are my favorite thing ever.


Kristabel December 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

That taco meat sounds absolutely amazing, yum!


Mattie @ Comfy and Confident December 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Nice job sleeping in! I am always so surpirsed that you get up so early. I would never be able to function!
I need to eat more veggies, I am still pretty caught up in the Holiday treats and drinks. However I got up and made myself a protein rich breakfast which was amazing and helped me start the day off right. It was so necessary!


char @ char on a mission December 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I just had cookie dough coconut milk ice cream. The husband and I are in a hotel room with no freezer so we HAD to finish the tub…didn’t want it to go to waste :P


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes December 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Goodness your eats look absolutely amazing. The best thing I’ve eaten lately is greek yogurt with coconut flour, PB and cinnamon. I CAN NOT get enough.


Jodie December 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I didnt know celery could taste so good!!! Whole foods after Christmas are the best!


Lauren @ Fun, fit and Fabulous! December 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I had huge salad today for lunch too, and it did taste better than normal. I think my body is veggie deprived. I also had a blueberry muffin Larabar which was amazing!


Jess @JessCantCook December 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

This post has me seriously craving vegetables, which is sort of rare for me! You inspired me to hit the farmer’s market this weekend :)


Nicole December 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I made stuffed mushrooms for Christmas but they didn’t look as delicious as that one did! Woo wee!

That smoothy looks awesome. I need to get more comfortable with smoothies – I love them so much but can’t seem to make a good one consistently.


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