VLOG #5, part three

by Holly on April 7, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,reviews,VLOG

In case you are sick of my big ol’ curly-haired head popping up on your computer screen (p.s. notice the new, darker do?), I can assure you this is the last part of the three-series VLOG. Thank you again to Brendon and everyone at the Willy Street Co-op for letting me take this blog on location – y’all are the best!

If you need to catch-up on the first two parts, do it now before you reach the end of this post…

Anyways…these past couple days, Wisconsin suddenly decided rain + wind is cool. I happen to disagree. However, in order to deal with what the weather gods have dealt us in the Midwest, I have been waking up in the A.M. with a mondo hankering for warm oats.  Specifically, SSB+J Oats

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup organic skim milk
pinch of salt
1 smashed naner
vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops
1 T blackberry jam
1 T sunflower seed buttah

Never, ever lets me down. Unlike lipstick, large hoop earrings, David O. Russell movies, grapefruit, horoscopes and tube tops – all of which I continually try over and over (convincing myself this is going to be the day I like it) – which always let me down.

There have been several yog messes over the past couple days…

Blackberry jam + ground flaxseed make great yog mess add-ins, FYI.

On my usual weekly grocery shop this weekend, I made a new, locally-produced foodie discovery. Browsing my co-op’s rather sad hummus selection (one of its only downfalls), I spotted this tub and immediately purchased it with Elise in mind…

The verdict? Very enjoyable!  I can’t say it’s my fave hummus ever (hello, Sabra?!?!), but I love the fact it’s got some tofu, tamari + parsley in it.  A lil’ extra protein + bit of a kick gets two thumbs up in my book. Word to the garbanzo bean. It really truly is the best bean.

While I have enjoyed this hummus dipped in carrots, on a lovely veggie sammie and licked right out the container with my short n’ stubby fingers, my absolute FAVORITE way I have enjoyed this newfound product is in this…

3 cups baby spring mix
1 Sunshine falafel patty, crumbled
1 grated carrot
huge dollop o’ hummus
2 T crushed walnuts
hefty pinch of red pepper flakes
drizzle of light Hidden Valley ranch dressing


Devoured in roughly four minutes and 28 seconds.

To keep this post from becoming ginormously + obnoxiously long, I am going to save my new April goals for another post.  So, without further ado, I present to you the final installment of The Healthy Everythingtarian’s VLOG #5 shot live at the lovely Willy Street Co-op


P.S. Many of you wondered if there was a natural foods co-op where you live…click here for a national directory of co-ops, and find one in your area!


janetha April 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

good lord. my laptop is a piece of shit and wont play the videos without making you sound like a stuttering robot. i have THREE HOLLY VLOGS TO WATCH. hopefully i can get some alone time at the office tomorrow…

glidingcalm April 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

AHAHAHA how are you ALWAYS the one to manage to distract me the MOST hardcore when i am studying?!

i just watched your whole video while “studying” the tegmentum and tectum in the mesecephalon

that raspberry cheddar parm cheese sounds like something i want to try RIGHT NOW.

jperonto April 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

love ittttt! :)

maria April 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

LOVED seeing your VLOGS and your Coop. So awesome. I’d enjoy seeing more VLOGS like this in the future. :)

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) April 7, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Nice! I agree, Sabra rocks.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 7, 2010 at 11:46 pm

You make me miss the co-op I grew up with and you better believe I LOVE seeing your lovely mug on your vlogs!

Erica D April 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

What!! Olives are the one food I CANNOT STAND! I’m so glad you agree!

toni April 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

hey there! i’ve recently found your blog and love it! i’ve really enjoyed your piece on co-ops and actually used your link to find one in my town! do you think its worth it to join the co-op? i saw on my website that it was $5 a year to join. do you have to join the co-op to shop there? i currently do most of my shopping at trader joes and/or whole foods. do you think shopping at a co-op would cut down on costs? sorry for all the questions i’m just really starting to get into this “whole foods” approach to my diet and very interested and also trying to live on a budget!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 8, 2010 at 5:08 am

I love you and your Vlogs. They always make my day. :D

And you’re so right…hummus *belongs* in a salad. So yummy! :D

Erica April 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

I love how natural you are in front of the camera! Nut butter aisle= love! Oatmeal bar- how cool is that!! I hate olives too- ick! If they touch anything I’m going to eat…I freak out ;) Gardein products are very good (as far as meat replacements go). So wish I had a coop!!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

Just got some Sabra Tuesday night…it was gone by yesterday, Ooops,

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

That junk salad looks epic! So does that selection of extracts at your co-op. Coconut? Yes, please.

rebecca lustig April 8, 2010 at 6:45 am

‘junk salad’– lovin it.

hope youre taking care, lovely <3

Matt April 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

Sadly there are NO COOPS in Alabama :( I guess I am stuck with WF ;)

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes April 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

Um I um agree um that um saying um um um after um every um word um is um going um to um prevent um you um from um getting um onto um the um travel um channel um.

I had a friend in Lima (back in the 80’s) who said um a lot. I claimed that saying “um” was dumb but he always argued that saying “um” was smart. Of course I disagreed but his claim was “um” was a “thinking” pause. And by showing people you were thinking about what you wanted to say was making what you did say more relevent and respectful to the person whom you were in dialogue with. So it depends on your perspective but I still believe “Um is dumb” but much more palatible when it is coming from a cutie patutie like you.

lov yer hair

angharad April 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

I can’t watch videos at work… :(

Lipstick and large hoop earrings are something that I am defo into rocking. Grapefruit though? Not so much.
Email me your life lady! xx

elise April 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

haha…tube tops…oh man, theyre just too much work to constantly be pulling up and fixing. oats def have a no muss no fuss perfection about them. and nunaturals stevia seals the deal.

oh hummus how i love thee…we currently only have 2 kinds in the fridge, neither of which is plain, so i have to remedy that today fasho. sabra is pretty hard to top, but the cedars OG tahini hummus is legit. chickpea = numero uno bean

i adore your hair btw, just in case you had any doubts ;)

samantha April 8, 2010 at 10:28 am

your lattice ranch work is truly impressive.

Kailey (SnackFace) April 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Dammit, I wish I weren’t in the library now! I want to watch part three!

Every single time I try a tube top or something strapless, I think, “Ick!”

I’m adoring ranch dressings right now. They sound so trashy (or maybe I only think that because MamaJ despises ranch anything), but ranch is SO yum.

Cannot wait to catch up!! Good things poppin. Love you! xoxoxoxo

Whit April 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

awww, I’m sad the vlogs are over. I feel a sense of loss. I do.

Charlotte April 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

When you got excited about the cheese, I thought I was going to die laughing! That was such a Holly moment!

Gabriela (froyolover) April 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Gotta LOVE yog messes!
Delicious-looking meals, as usual ;)
I´m sure that hummus tasted like heaven!
Have a great Thursday, girl!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Naomi(onefitfoodie) April 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

LOVE THE VIDEO!!!! omg cranberry chipotle cheese?!?! i wish cheese could ship because I would pay you BIG bucks to send me some!!

where I went to college in ithaca, NY we had the BEST co-op i always went there and spent hourrss I miss it so much! I know there are a few in boston, I just havent had a chance to visit them!

thanks fro the vlog and aaaaamzing meals as always!

sophia April 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

You and me. We should have a whole hyperventilating discussion about cheese. :-)
I could NEVER get tired of you big ol’ curly-haired head!

Michal April 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Can I just pleeeeeeeaaaaassssseeee come stay with you girl?
And we can eat coconut bliss for everymeal? ;)

Kacy April 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I can’t wait to curl up and watch these videos this weekend. You have no idea.

Tube tops always let me down too. Damn gravity. And my skeeter bite chesticles don’t help either.

Evan Thomas April 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I like how you say “agav”
I’m entirely adding spicy thai kettle chips to my shopping list. Have you had buffalo bleu? amaaazing

Evan Thomas April 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Oh, and I need to say YOU’RE AWESOME for loving cheese as much as you do. So many bloggers want to throw cheese under the bus when they go on a “clean diet”, but good cheese is the cleanest, purest thing known to earth(right behind maple syrup because I’m a New Englander”

Faith April 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Love the VLOG, lol! I’m glad you love cheese — I actually think I might be addicted. ;) That salad with falafel looks amazing!

Kiley from Coconut Bliss April 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

What a wonderful idea, I love seeing other coops and how people shop! I’m thrilled to see the Willy Street Coop-I just shipped them the first of our food service tubs so they will soon be serving Bliss by the scoop!

Thanks for the Coconut Bliss shout out, and you’re right the Spicy Thai chips are amazing!

amanda April 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

ahh, LOVE you for giving that link to different coop’s in all different areas. i’m checking it out PRONTO. your vlogs deserve a rockstar medal.

Julie @SavvyEats April 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I even saw a few snowflakes today. Horrors.

Luckily, I believe it is supposed to warm up this weekend. Thankfully.

dorothy April 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

i loved your videos and am now majorly jealous of these co-ops. YO TENGO.

youre such a natural, honestly! and great food recommendations that i’ll try out this weekend. thanks girl ;)

Erin April 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

My 2 closest coops are both 1+ hours away. :-(

Susan April 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

Ahhh Holly, I luuurve you!! I loved every second of the vlogs! You are too cute with the cheeses – all of those sounded amaaazing. And those extracts! There’s so many of them! I’d be like a kid in a candy store in that place :)

Hmm…tofu hummus… must try :)

Heather April 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm

ive been LOVING the videos of willy street co-op. makes me long for madison even more. which is exciting – because I WILL BE IN TOWN FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND :) will you?

Allie April 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

You may have a convert right here. I checked out that website and found a co-op near me (super surprised there’s only one near Los Angeles, I thought they’d be all over that here) and will definitely be checking it out this weekend. Bulk granola? Um, yes, please.

I am curious, though – how do the prices compare to your run of the mill pick-n-save? (Do they have those in Madison? That’s where I got groceries when I went to school in Milwaukee).

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