Hello friends!! Hope your weeks are off to a great start! I was all grumpy about returning to work yesterday, then I showed up and remembered how much I like it and had a pretty good Monday! :)
As promised, today’s post is all about the food. If you’re catching up, here are my other Chicago/Healthy Living Summit posts:
First off, I need to give props to my favourite treats provided during the conference. On Saturday, Athenos stepped it up for their sponsored break and had some delicious goodies.
All “my kind of food.” Tortilla chips with a feta dip (crazy delicious), hummus stuffed cucumber, chicken and feta skewers, watermelon/basil/feta skewers, legitimately tasty pita chips with more hummus. Thumbs up!
My favourite meal came on Sunday with the Bagel Thins sponsored breakfast.
They had a table set up where you could pick plain or low-fat cream cheese and choose all sorts of mix-ins for it. They then whipped up your speciality cheese on the spot. I thought it was a really neat idea.
This breakfast was already in line to be my favourite because I showed up starving after getting lost on the fun run. Any food at that point would have been scarfed down and claimed as the best meal ever! :P
Above photo credit goes to the amazing photog Arnold/Oroweat had around all weekend. Check out the photos here.
I was feeling something savoury after the hot and sweaty run. I called mine Upstream Cheese and added salmon, capers, cucumber, carrot, scallions, and a pinch of salt.
Taking pictures of taking pictures ;)
The bagel thins were just okay. I’m not a huge “thin bread” person. If I ate more bread it may be an issue, but I only have a couple slices a day, so I like to have the real hearty stuff when I do.
Where’s the rest of my bagel?? :P
I also jumped for joy when I saw Sunday’s breakfast had eggs + sausage. Saturday’s breakfast was all carbs and left me feeling icky after. This body needs some protein :)
A lot of bloggers were also handing out goodies over the course of the weekend. So happy I ran into Valerie! ;)
The only thing better than homemade business cards are business cards that come with chocolate…
After the satisfying breakfast on Sunday, Callie and I hit the road. But not without a very important stop first…
Sad fact: there are no Trader Joe’s in Canada. I’ve been reading about this store foreevveerrr on blogs and on the internets and was superduper pumped to finally check it out. For Canadians that have never heard of it, it’s just a healthy/organic store that carries a lot of neat products under the Trader Joe’s brand.
Happy shoppers!! (ps the above photo was taken with Callie’s camera!)
I got tons of great TJs suggestions from you guys, but I tried to keep my goodies to a minimum. First, because I already had two full bags of food to bring home with me. Secondly, it had to last the nine hours back home!
I picked this up to eat for lunch in the car.
The whole container was only 100 calories and 14g protein. The taste was a little off though, egg salad needs mayonnaise and egg yolk, this had neither.
Eaten on top of these crackers, which are quite tasty.
Callie and I then proceeded to snack on our Trader Joe’s goodies for the whole drive home. Me more so than her because I had both of my hands free and nothing better to do ;)
I had some of Callie’s peanut butter filled pretzels. I purposely did not buy these because I knew they would be a “danger food” to have in the house. They were beyond delicious, reminding me of a better version of peanut butter Ritz crackers.
I’m not crazy about these, but they make for a good quick chocolate fix, and the stats are a million times better than peanut M&Ms.
We have dried mango in Canada, but it’s always really hard to find dried fruit that isn’t sweetened. Why do they always add extra sugar to it??
The first time I saw this stuff on Paige’s blog, I freaked out. It looked amazing.
But the flavours weren’t quite right, so I added a little more AB and rolled it up.
Omgamazing. I can see this being the perfect pre-workout snack.
Callie and I also had a bunch of coupons in our swag bags that could only be used in the U.S. We stopped at a Krogers in Michigan to put them to use, but unfortunately they didn’t have a lot of what we were looking for. I decided to try out a Chobani for $1.19 (which is a crazy good price for Greek yogurt compared to Canada)
Topped with a Mix My Granola sample also from the Summit swag bag.
Loved the texture and flavour of the Chobani, plus it was super filling!! I wish we could get little tubs like this in Canada, it’s such a great way to get a little protein in.
Also bought at Trader Joe’s…
Suflower seed butter and corn salsa.
New blue cheese Laughing Cow flavour that hasn’t made its way up north yet.
I always wondered how the U.S. Laughing Cow slices are 35 calories a piece while the Canadian ones are 45 calories for two. Check it out!
American version on the left, Canadian on the right. Who knew??
I combined my new Laughing Cow and corn salsa for lunch yesterday.
On a sandwich with smoked tofurkey.
Maybe an odd flavour combo, but it was positively delicious.
Meanwhile, I tried out the sunflower seed butter for breakfast this morning – on top of a yogurt bowl mixed with protein powder, blueberries, oatmeal cinnamon and syrup.
I’ve had plain, natural sunflower seed butter before and found it to be good, but a touch bitter. The Trader Joe’s stuff is lightly sweetened and salted and so much better. My gosh, I really loved it.
Last but not least, I picked up some new gum flavours!!
It’s a well-kept secret that I am an obsessive gum chewer. Truth of the matter is, I really love gum. So finding these new-to-me flavours was really exciting. So far the Stride citrus mint is my favourite!
I still have a lot of leftover coupons from the Summit that I can’t use in Canada. Once I get them organized I’ll be giving them away on the blog as a little consolation prize for those of you who couldn’t make it to the Summit – so stay tuned!
Question of the Day: What would be in your specialty cream cheese? I wish they had maple syrup at the table, because maple salmon would be mine!