Thank you all SO MUCH for all your sweet comments yesterday and today. They really touched my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes! I know that we will get through this time and you all are the best support group a girl could ever ask for 🙂
I actually slept really well last night…woke up at 3 and headed downtairs for coffee + snack to bring in the car! Here’s the combo I came up with this morning—
These are seriously my new FAVORITE bars. I love that they are highly raw, I love that they taste amazing, I love that they have 10 grams of protein! So far I have tried the cinnamon raisin and the chocolate chip but surprisingly, I actually like the cinnamon raisin more! You can definitely taste the cinnamon and it is just so chewy and delicious. A great way to start my day! Coffee, however, has not been tasting very good to me lately. I go through weird phases with coffee. If I start drinking a lot of it it starts to not taste as good to me and I don’t feel good after drinking it. So, I think I’m going to switch to tea for a little while. Hopefully a strong cup of English Breakfast can fuel me through my work morning!
- 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein
- Scoop of Naturally More
- cinnamon and sea salt!
And then lunch was something light eaten in the car while driving over to St.Pete to visit Leafy Greens again! I packed boar’s head turkey + jalapenos + organic greens + light laughing cow on Ezekiel bread. And a pear in the background!
Now on to the exciting part of my day! Leafy Greens! I just LOVE this place—it is vibrating with good positive energy! Probably from all the fresh produce that constantly is coming through the door! While I shadowed Naomi, the head chef, I watched in awe as huge fresh mangos, avocados, tomatoes, beets, pineapples and lettuce was carted inside. Unfortunately I couldn’t take any pictures today because right as I walked in, they had a full house and I was thrust on the line, peeling mangoes and washing lettuce.
Naomi was busy, busy, busy cracking thai young coconuts to make raw coconut curry soup, spiraling zucchini into wondrous raw spaghetti with sundried tomato sauce, and chopping crisp and vibrant veggies for veggie plates with fresh guacamole. The whole thing was SO intriguing and exciting. I tried a little bit of everything…on her request of course! Keep in mind that this restaurant is 100% raw…they don’t even have any ovens! I tried little tastes of the cashew hummus, the living chili, the “tuna” salad and the tabbouli. My favorite being the “tuna” salad, which was made from almonds, sunflower seeds and seasonings. Remarkable!
I stayed for two hours, talking to Naomi about her experiences after culinary school and watching as she prepared raw masterpiece after raw masterpiece. I couldn’t help but take some food to go for dinner and ordered half of the Mediterranean Pizza on her recommendation. I also got two raw apple pie cookies (obviously) and THIS little baby!
Oh goodness, I am SO excited about this. I have heard through the grapevine that Artisana Nut Butters are the way to go and after Naomi gave me a taste of the coconut butter today, I was hooked.
So, naturally, on the drive home I ate one of the cookies and it was soooo good. Chewy and tart with dried pieces of apples and raisins and tons of cinnamon I NEED to make these asap :).
When I got home I was exhausted but felt the need for a run anyways to clear my head. I ran 3 miles outside in 26:20 but wasn’t really feeling it. The wind was in my face the whole time and I was tired, hungry and sore. I told myself I was running towards my dinner though since it was in the fridge waiting for me when I got home, and that made me finish strong.
Needless to say, I plunged right into my meal upon getting home. Just LOOK at this pizza!!!
Naomi was 100% correct in recommending this to me…..it was absolutely phenomenal!!!!!!!! The pizza crust was made from dehydrated pumpkin seeds and was flaky like a pie crust. On top, she layered raw cashew hummus, a drizzle of olive oil, fresh sliced olives, cucumbers, green onions, cherry tomatoes and probably more good stuff but I ate it too fast to recognize what it was exactly! Both my mom and my brother agreed it tasted amazing and both could not believe when I told them it was raw. My mom wanted more and I regretted not getting the full sized order!
On the side, I made a big salad with organic greens, broccoli slaw, cucumber slices and bell pepper topped with Annie’s Goddess Dressing—
Just as Naomi said, I felt very much energized after this meal even after a long day at work and run.
Dessert was the other apple pie cookie + a glass of vanilla almond milk to cap off my raw afternoon.
I am SO tired right now that I can’t even see straight. A big thank you to Lindsay who was the highest bidder on my Super Charge Me Cookies!!!!! Lindsay, I am baking a fresh batch just for you this Friday! Jessica, I am also baking YOU a batch as my Meatless in March winner!!!! I can’t wait for you guys to try them 🙂