Remember how I told you I’d be taking a trip to the Farmer’s Market this week? Well, today it happened! Hooray!
Because of various errands and such, we didn’t get there till about 20 minutes till close. I was pretty disappointed, cause I’d been looking forward to it for over two weeks, but oh well. I guess it happens and I can always go next week. 🙂
I did manage to get a few pictures before the vendors packed away, and we also got to try a few samples. Here’s a few of the food vendors as you walk in.
In the top picture, that first booth to the left was selling some amazing spreads! They had a pesto, a tapenade, a sun-dried tomato spread and hummus. I tried them all except the pesto (I guessed there would be dairy) and they were wonderful.
The booth directly across from it was selling incredible homemade lavender soaps. I could’ve sniffed there all day, no lie.
Another booth a little ways down was selling candied nuts. The guy practically shoved a sample in my face, and I ate it without even realizing it.
I definitely realized it afterwards. Those things were SWEET, and not necessarily in a good way. I was intrigued by both the Lavender and Coconut flavors though, so I tried a sample of each. I should’ve known the coconut would be even sweeter than the first (cinnamon vanilla), but the lavender flavor was kind of muted. Interesting.
We headed down past some other vendors and into the produce area.
Like I said before, most everyone was packing up and/or sold out, but we did manage to get a few cucumbers. Hopefully next week will be better. 🙂
Lunch was an interesting “salad.”
I sauteed black beans, tomatoes and spices in a little pan, then added lemon juice and a whole bunch of spinach. Once the spinach had wilted, I put it all on top a bed of romaine. It sounds pretty good, but the spinach + romaine was a little too much. It needed a little variety. If it had been a veggie mix (broccoli, peppers, zucchini, squash, carrots, etc.) it would’ve been better, but there were just a tad too many leafy greens in this bowl. Pretty odd for a girl that likes HUGE salads.
Dinner was something I just randomly whipped up. I got out my little rice cooker and tossed in:
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup frozen corn (didn’t measure, just poured :D)
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- chili powder
- onion powder
- Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle mix
- Vita-Mix Tortilla Soup seasoning
- sea salt
and let it cook for about 5 hours! When I got home from running errands, dinner was ready. Yum. 🙂
Along with our dinner, I added a little veggie-love.
Roasted zucchini and broccoli. I should’ve made more.. almost a head of broccoli and a whole zucchini is not enough for the two of us!
My mom’s bowl of soup/stew. Notice the pile of ground beef underneath. When I told her I’d made the soup for both of us, she said “Oh, how nice! Would you be offended if I cooked up some meat and added it to your soup?” Lol. No Mom, no I would not be offended. I appreciate you being thoughtful though. 🙂
My bowl, sans meat, topped with nutritional yeast. 🙂
Aaand my plate of veggies.
I repeat: not enough for this veggie-lovin’ girl.
I’ve been kinda lazy with picture-taking, so that’s all the food pics I have for ya. However, I DO have some pictures of a few samples I was sent to test. 🙂
A little while back, the kind people at Raw Revolution sent me an incredible package of bars to sample and review!
All of Raw Revolutions bars are raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and wheat, corn, soy, trans-fat, cholesterol and refined sugar free. That’s quite an awesome list of credentials!
“Raw, living foods are clean, and have higher nutrient content than cooked food. Processed foods such as protein isolates and grain based fillers are acidic and cause fermentation in the body. Raw Organic foods are closest to their natural state, bringing us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology.”
Raw, alive, natural, organic and tasty! How wonderful. 🙂
Just look at all that! I received..
- Coconut & Agave Nectar
- Spirulina & Cashew
- Chocolate & Cashew
- Hazelnut & Chocolate
- Raspberry & Chocolate
- Cashew & Agave Nectar
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Tropical Mango
- Chocolate & Coconut
Plus THREE of each of their new Green Superfood bars!
- Tropical Banana
- Apple Cinnamon
- Lemon Dew
Wow! Thank you, Raw Revolution.
The first bar I tried was the Raspberry Chocolate, which you saw here.
Ingredients: CASHEW, DATES, AGAVE NECTAR, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, ALMONDS, RASPBERRY POWDER, SPROUTED FLAX SEED
My thoughts: This bar was delicious! The raspberry flavor was a little muted and not as strong as I anticipated, but it was totally fine. The bar was delicious anyway and I really, really enjoyed it.
Next up, Spirulina & Cashew.
My thoughts: This bar was wonderful! At first all I could taste was the cashews, but as I kept going it changed. I was able to taste every wonderful flavor in the bar and it was really great. My favorite part was that it wasn’t too sweet–some bars send your blood sugar skyrocketing, and I really feel like this one didn’t. It was a very neutral, natural sweetness that I really enjoyed. I was also a huge fan of the amount of spirulina it packed.
The next three I tried were of the new Organic Green Superfood line. Each bar boasts hemp protein, sprouted flax seeds (whoa, cool!), sunflower seeds and eight super green foods.
Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Lemon Powder, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed Powder, Organic Lemon Extract, Organic Wheat Grass Powder, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Oat Grass Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Organic Broccoli Powder, Organic Barley Grass Powder, Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella Powder.
My thoughts: This flavor was very interesting, and at first I wasn’t entirely sold. It took a few bites for me to understand the flavor, then a few more for me to decide whether or not I liked it. Rest assured the verdict was a positive one, but I can see how it may not be for everyone.
Ingredients: Organic Dried Bananas, Organic Dates, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed Powder, Organic Wheat Grass Powder, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Oat Grass Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Organic Broccoli Powder, Organic Barley Grass Powder, Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella Powder.
My thoughts: This bar was yummy and tasted a lot like banana bread, but it was just a little on the sweet side. In my opinion bananas, dates AND agave nectar (three natural sweeteners) is a little much. But what do I know? 🙂 This bar was still delicious and I would certainly buy it–I would just probably eat it as dessert next time. 🙂
Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Dried Apples, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed Powder, Organic Wheat Grass Powder, Organic Spirulina Powder, Organic Spinach Powder, Organic Oat Grass Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Organic Broccoli Powder, Organic Barley Grass Powder, Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella Powder.
My thoughts: I liked this one. The cinnamon flavor was strong, but it was really enjoyable. There were little apple chunks throughout the bar which made it a very pleasant chewing experience. 🙂 Pretty good.
Well, those are all the Raw Rev bars I have sampled thus far. I will be back with more flavor reviews as I try them! 🙂
“Chock full of delicious bananas and chunky walnuts, the aroma and taste will remind you of fresh, home-baked banana bread.”
Ingredients: Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, apples, canola oil, walnuts, rice, plums, bananas, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.
Topped with almond butter. Oh, this bar was truly wonderful. It reminded me of banana bread initially, but then the walnuts added a completely different dimension. The almond butter on top was also fab. 🙂
Ingredients: Gnu High Fiber Blend™ (whole rolled oats, organic whole wheat flour, wheat bran, organic kamut, psyllium, flax, millet), chicory root inulin, fruit juices, rice dextrins, dark chocolate chips (chocolate, cane sugar, lecithin, vanilla), cocoa powder, canola oil, plums, rice, wheat protein isolate, natural flavors, baking powder.
The description above is absolutely perfect. It does, indeed, taste like a decadent fudge brownie, but it is isn’t overpoweringly sweet. It’s the best of both worlds and I really enjoyed it. I was actually at a birthday party when I ate it and it was the perfect substitute for a piece of chocolate cake. The only thing missing was a tablespoon of peanut butter. 😉
This tired girl is off to bed! I will try to get one more post up tomorrow (Sunday) and then I will be gone for the WHOLE week. Yup. Monday-Saturday, no internet access whatsoever. I will still be reading your blogs from my phone, but I won’t be able to post again till at least next Sunday. Sad day. 😦
Question of the Day 1: What’s the longest you’ve had to go without internet? What did you miss the most?
Question of the Day 2: What’s your favorite on-the-go snack? My favorite thing to quickly grab is a bar (I’ve been switching off between the above brands and Bora Bora) and a baggie of dry-roasted edamame. Portable carbs, protein and fat. Perfect!
Question of the Day 3: Have you ever been looking forward to something for a while, only to be a bit disappointed with the outcome? It definitely happens and we just gotta deal with it. 🙂 What was your situation? What are you looking forward to right now?
Thanks for reading!