A “Whole” Lotta Fun!

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 29, 2008

I was in food blog heaven yesterday. I decided to take a special trip to the giant Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s that are roughly 20 minutes away from where I live. Oh man, it was SO worth it!

I slept in a little bit Saturday morning, which felt great! I woke up and made myself a cup of Coffee Cocoa while checking emails.

A little later on, I was hungry for something more substantial, so I had a bowl of Nature’s Path Puffs and TJ’s High Fiber sticks, topped with some blueberry granola and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

After breakfast, I went to the gym and had a great workout: 45 minutes on the elliptical and an arm machine workout. I moved up in weights – and I’m feeling it on Sunday morning :)

When I got back from the gym, it was off to Whole Foods! I was absolutely amazed by all the samples they had! I guess I’ve been going to the Whole Foods near me at the wrong time of day, because I’ve never seen so many things to try! I took a few pictures – but they don’t quite capture it all!

There was fresh fruit:

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Some not so fresh fruit – in the form of cherry pie!

There was also a lot of bread, blueberry scones, turkey, chicken sausage, cheese…the list could go on and on! It was such a treat! I also had to get a picture of some awesome looking cupcakes in the bakery section:

How cute are the burgers and carrots on top of these?!

So then, of course, I couldn’t pass up the Whole Foods hot bar. It was the first time I’ve ever had it, and believe me, it did not disappoint!!

I really can’t remember everything I put into this bowl of deliciousness, but I do have some pictures to jog my memory a bit. I know, for example, that there were definitely sweet potatoes!

I haven’t had them in forever! I really need to start buying them because I love them so much! There were also several different types of quinoa.

My first time trying quinoa. It was pretty good, but I think I like rice and couscous better!!

There were also some mushrooms, eggplant, artichokes, and tofu in there – curry flavored, kung pao, Greek…I think pretty much every cuisine you can think of was in this little bowl!

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So that was pretty much the best. meal. ever! To top it off, I bought these amazing little fruit pieces that I had on my way home – a strawberry and pineapple flavored delight!

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While I was shopping, I stopped in my tracks when I saw this:

I can’t wait to try them, especially after the rave reviews they’ve been getting!

I also stopped by Trader Joe’s and got some goodies!

Cereal, trail mix, multi-grain oats, alternative peanut butter, and figs! These are all NEW for me (except for the trail mix) so it was a very exciting shopping trip, to say the least!

I was super stuffed after that meal, and I ate it pretty late in the day, so I didn’t want much for dinner. Later on that evening, Bobby said he wanted Panera, and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity, so I just went and got a Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with a whole grain baguette. But I definitely couldn’t finish it all! I had about half – mostly focusing on the fruit!

I finished the whole grain baguette later though 😉

We spent the rest of the night watching Lost – the first season! Yes, I know – I’m behind. It took a few episodes for us to get into it, but now it’s starting to get addictive!

Good food, good time, good Saturday :mrgreen:

1 VeggieGirl June 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm

You definitely were in heaven!! My heaven as well :0D

I HIGHLY recommend the TJ’s high fiber O’s cereal (heated up for about 20 seconds, with hempmilk – divine!!)

2 glidingcalm June 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

wow! your hot bar looks so good! I stopped by WF this weekend too, and got the hot bar also! We are twins!! How were your candies?!

3 Aly June 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Ahhh, I wish we had Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in Canada. We have some good health food stores, but nothing like them (from the looks of those pictures!).
BTW, I just started watching Lost too! I hadn’t watched TV in 5 years (poor student) and finally I’m like, screw it, I need something to be fanatical about! I’m only halfway through the first season, I agree it’s so exciting!

4 Kristie June 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I’m so jealous of your shopping trips, everything looks soooo good. Especially that hot bar salad, holy crap. And I LOVE those cupcakes, they are way too cute!

5 Caroline June 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Look at all that good food! I am so envious of your proximity to Trader Joe’s…send me some of that goodness!

6 lindzakins921 June 30, 2008 at 4:46 am

i so want to try those yummy desserts! what pretty displays! enjoy the planks :)

7 annaalstondonnelly June 30, 2008 at 9:24 am

Omg- my WF never has many samples in the produce section b/c they run out so quickly (of the joys of living in Washington). Such wonderful meals today- so glad you enjoyed your Saturday!

8 Jenn June 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

VeggieGirl ~ I tried the O’s with heated almond milk – you were right, divine is a great way to describe it!

Em ~
That’s great! The candies were really good – definitely not in short supply of sugar 😉

Aly ~
I’m halfway through too – it’s starting to become an obsession, ahh!

Kristie ~
I know! I definitely wish I would have gotten a cupcake…

Caroline ~
I wish I could send some TJ’s your way!

Lindz ~ Thanks – I can’t wait to try ’em!

Anna ~ Aw, no produce samples? That’s no fun, haha – you should protest :)

9 Tom Aarons August 10, 2008 at 9:11 pm

What a fantastic spread of fresh fruit. That’d be my idea of heaven too! :)

10 Comfortcook October 26, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I really enjoyed the pictures from your trip to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Chicago is my favorite “eating” city! I am originally from IL but live in Nashville, Tn now. I took my 1st trip to Whole Foods here in the spring. It was GREAT! Also, we are getting a Trader Joe’s soon. Nashville is really turning into quite a little culinary mecca. Thanks again for your fun blog….Comfortcook

11 eatmyfood December 30, 2008 at 6:38 am

That was like a dream day for me – all except the workout. I love going to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and spending time just walking the aisles.

12 never have to get off your butt to get fit January 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I use part of your post in my blog too?

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