Me Time

by Holly on June 28, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,recipes,reviews

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Here is where I parked my buns today…but more on that in a bit ;).

Yesterday, after the big 9-mile run, I showered, purtied myself up then headed off to a food blogger’s mecca…WHOLE FOODS!!! While I was shopping around for the goods, one of my best friends Ashley called me.  I answered my obnoxious ring, then  the conversation went something like this:

“Hey Ash,” I said.

“Hi Hol,” Ashley replied.

“What’s up?”  I asked.

“I’m engaged!!!” she shrieked.

Crash as my green Whole Foods basket dropped to the ground.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..shut up, are you serious?” I asked.

“Yes,”  she said.  “He asked me this morning.”

“Shut up.  Oh my gosh.  Shut up!  Oh my God – congratulations!  I am soooo happy for you!”

That was a shortened version of the obnoxious convo (lots of screaming in Whole Foods went on).  Since Ash only lives about 5 minutes from Whole Foods, I did a quick shop, hit up the hot bar (because I needed a lil’ afternoon sustinence) and raced over to Ashley’s place!

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That would be about 1 cup each Curried Tofu + Balsamic Roasted Veggies.  Yum and yum.

I couldn’t arrive over to Ashley’s without some kind of congratulations gift, so naturally I headed to the Whole Foods bakery before I left and brought over a piece of Chocolate Lava Cake (my girl Ash loves her chocolate!) to congratulate the adorable couple.  Emphasis on adorable.  The three of us chatted for a good hour or two, split the cake between us and honestly – they look soooo happy.  It made me tear up a bit :).

I skedaddled to let the fiancees revel in their love and headed home to make some dinner.  Taking the rest of last night’s unused rice, I made a lovely Fried Rice with Eggs.  Fried rice is super simple and can be really healthy as long as you take a couple precautions, most of all not overdoing it on the oil or the soy sauce.

I sauteed onion, carrot, tomato, asparagus & spinach in 2 tsp. of canola oil with about 1/2 tbsp. garlic.  While this was cooking, I started the eggs by frying two of them in about 1 tsp. canola oil.  Then, I added about 3/4 cup rice to the veggie mix, added 1 tbsp. soy sauce and a pinch of ground ginger and stirred it all together.  To plate, I took the rice & veggies, then layered them with the two fried eggs (slightly runny – yum!) and topped with green onion.  Voila!

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And for something sweet, the BEST lollipops there are – Yummy Earth!

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After dinner, I accomplished one of my weekend want-tos: seeing Food, Inc.!

After having read both “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by my semi-crush Michael Pollan and “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  And I was right.  The movie followed a lot of the same themes/people/scandals that both books did; however, this movie is really a testament to the power of visual imagery.  You read about animal cruelty, mishandling of meat and food products, lack of regulation by the FDA, etc.,  but when you put them together with real life images, it’s really quite impossible to ignore the magnitude of the problem we face in the U.S.A. of food.  We no longer know what we are eating and what is healthy anymore.

I will have a larger review later on (in Holly Investigates) but you must see it: EVERYONE MUST SEE THIS MOVIE.

On a happier note, after the movie, I met up with my older sister for a drank, which she paid for.

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Yay for older sisters with real jobs!

Then we both headed home to hit the hay, and when I woke up this morning, I made one of my all-time fave blogger recipes…Oaty Cakes from Miss Polly!

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Look at that oaty goodness lovingly slathered with peanut butter and garnished with raspberries :).

After breakfast, my sister and I headed over to my aunt’s house to see my cousin’s new baby.  What a lil’ smiley girl that Julia is!  After visiting with the fam for awhile, I headed over to a late brunch with  my old college roomies Jess  and Jamie (+ their significant others).  I didn’t eat anything because I had eaten breakfast only a couple hours before, but it was so good to catch up with them after the wedding a couple weeks ago.

After brunch, it was finally beach time!

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Snacks I nibbled on throughout my 2 hours…

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Ahhh…nothing beats a solo day at the beach, except a Vegan Mixed Berry Muffin from Whole Foods obv!

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Let’s be real – just because this muffin was “vegan” does not mean it was that healthy.

Pros

  • No eggs/butter/shortening
  • Lotsa big hunks of berries

Cons

  • White flour
  • Vegetable oil

A.k.a. the moral of the story is, just because something says “vegan” or “organic” or “all-natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy for you.  Be smart.  Become a label reader.  Then eat it anyways :).

Now I am back home, gettin’ things done: laundry, cleaning, watering flowers, freelance writing and job applications – all on the agenda this afternoon.  Then it’s dindin time and some yoga/pilates with a sub teacher (she better be good!) – hopefully I will see ya later tonight otherwise catch ya bright and early in the morn!

Enjoy your Sunday!

{ 15 comments }

Angharad June 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Is it just me or is Whole Foods the most dangerous place on the planet?! I am officially not allowed to shop there while on a budget! I did our bi-weekly shop there recently and actually spent a small fortune on a bunch of stuff that 100% was NOT on my list….maybe I just have no self control!

Congrats to your friend – happy happy news!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm

That’s so cool that your friend is getting married!! Too exciting!! :-D

And that muffin looks mighty delicious! I love whole foods muffins for special treats. I think I need to make a trip there very soon. :D

prettyladycmu June 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I agree – while no food should be off limits within your diet, just because something is vegan, or organic, or gluten free doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest thing for you to eat. That said, just because it isn’t full of wonderfully healthy nutrients doesn’t mean it can’t be good for you (or at least your soul! :)

Jenny June 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

buahah talk about obnoxious rings.. i’m cuttently rockin “born to be wild” after months of my ringtone being “bad to the bone” love it!!

gkad you were able to enjoy some WF and Holly time :) i wish i could enjoy some holly time!

“be smart. be a label reader. then eat it anyways” buahahah you make me laugh, girl! right onnnn

lovelovelove,
Jenny

lowandbhold June 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I love your philosophy!! The muffin looks delicious and the beach looks beautiful!

Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I’ve never been to the beach alone, which is silly, because I live about 20 minutes away from one…..

ksgoodeats June 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Oh my gosh!! How exciting! Congrats to your friend!!

That looks like one mighty fine WFs salad bar selection! Free Leine?! Niiiiiiice :)

Glad you got some beach time AND packed the best Lara flavor there is!

Alison June 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

OK I could totally picture you dropping your basket in whole foods like that, what a riot! Congrats to Ash!

I’m anxious to go see Food, Inc!! Can’t wait to read more in Holly Investigates.

april June 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Congratulations to your friend! That funny is too story I could totally picture the scene in my mind! lol.

Those muffins look good!!

Katharina June 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I think me and my mom are going to go to Whole Foods for a nice breakfast next weekend :D Ever since my friend told me that she would go to the one in Union Square (which is AMAZINGGGG) and how’d she get smoothies and baked goods all the time, I’ve been wanting to check it out in AM hours.

I totally love “Become a label reader. Then eat it anyways.” Bahaha!

jenngirl June 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Aw congrats to your friend, that’s so exciting!!

All of your eats look absolutely delicious, and I love your “healthified” fried rice! :)

Katharina June 29, 2009 at 3:39 am

Going to the beach alone is nice and so soothing – especially if there are a nice set of waves to watch and listen too. Or some crazy kid kicking them. Better yet, some eye candy :D

Holly June 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

haha…LOVE the born to be wild ring tone. ohhh holly + jenny time would be amazing…some day it will happen!!!

Holly June 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

soooo jealous…go enjoy that beach girl!

Holly June 29, 2009 at 8:05 am

ohhh have fun with the mom and breakfast – that sounds amazing. i bet the whole foods in union square is absolutely ridic – enjoy!

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