Happy Saturday and wow, am I glad it’s here and I’m not on call for work this weekend! :-P Yesterday I had a great smoothie for breakfast.
I needed to catch up on shopping for the weekend and decided to use my lunch break for a trip to Target and packed another smoothie for it.
Yes, I carry a purse big enough for a 27 oz. Kleen Kanteen – proceed with granny purse jokes if you like. :-P In this heat, it’s a lifesaver to have big water bottles on hand. I love Harveys Seatbelt Bags, one of the few stylish vegan purses made here in CA and I’m thinking of splurging on another one for my birthday. Anyway, this smoothie had hemp protein powder, stevia, kale, carrot, banana, cauliflower, flax seed and carob powder – it tasted a lot better than it sounds, like a sweet, chocolaty banana shake. Because there’s a Jamba Juice right near Target, I might have picked up a smoothie there in the past before shopping. But that’s expensive and it seems every time I go, I wait 15 minutes of so for a smoothie which really eats into my lunch break. Frustrating because I know I could create it much faster using my Vita-Mix at home! :-P
I also packed an afternoon snack for work, something I impulsed bought at Whole Foods last weekend after sampling.
Easy Living Foods Ginger Orange Biscotti. These were delightful, though I wouldn’t call them biscotti so much as crunchy cookie thins. The orange ginger flavor was a great blend of sweetness with a kick and not being overly, phony sweet. I would definitely try another flavor and this makes a great emergency smack for kids and adults that will keep in a purse or desk for awhile.
After such a crazy week, we got to start our weekend early yesterday and I utilized the extra time to stock up at Trader Joe’s for the weekend instead of Costco, a great choice because it was hardly crazy at all. I used to not enjoy going to our Trader Joe’s as much because it was in a cramped location in the old part of town that was always way too crowded. But a Whole Foods opened up a few blocks away and they remodeled since. So I stocked up – pineapple, watermelon, apples, blueberries, spinach, tomatoes, fresh ginger, onions, cauliflower, avocados, broccoli, frozen edamame, artichoke hearts, wine – a huge list of goodies and somehow the total bill was under $100 even after buying so much organic produce. My love of Trader Joe’s was renewed. :-) I was also happy to find Trader Joe’s brand tempeh that was considerably cheaper than the LightLife stuff I usually get from Whole Foods, so I’ll be trying and reviewing that later this week.
When I got home, FedEx made a delivery shortly after.
An awesome prize box thanks to Averie and Bora Bora Organic Foods – 9 Bora Bora bars, all different flavors, a cute t-shirt, tasty coconut lip balm, a cute letter, temporary tattoos (I’ll probably stick those on my nieces to freak my sister out) and adorable coffee mug that I’m madly in love with because it’s huge and goes with my collection of tropical souvenirs from past vacations. I’m looking forward to trying all the bars, they look amazing with whole nuts and seeds and divine flavors like Pacific Mango Macadamia and Wild Pomegranate Pecan – yum!
And Averie is doing another giveaway for 18 Rabbits Bars! She’s on a giveaway roll!
Hubby and I wrapped up our week of insanity by having a nice, quiet dinner at Paul Martin’s American Bistro – one of our favorite restaurants where my current favorite meat-free dish is the three mushroom patty with vinaigrette side salad.
Okay – mood lighting and the iPhone camera do not go together so well, but you can still kind of see the mushrooms. I’ve gotten this three times now and it has a slightly different personality each time depending on the blend of mushrooms, but amazing every time.
Anyway we have a pretty laid back weekend ahead with no specific plans for the 4th. Kind of nice for a change, last year we spent a few days in Santa Cruz – a fun weekend of riding rides on the Boardwalk, seeing fireworks on the beach, trying a new vegan restaurant and visiting several national parks. This year is more laid back. What are your plans for the 4th?
My comment system has been sucking lately at separating out good comments from spam and vice-versa, so I’m trying a new system this weekend – Akismet. If your comment goes into spam or doesn’t show up, I will be on top of it soon. Aw, the never-ending game of dealing with comment spam.