Morning friends! Did ya miss miss me?! I know, I missed you to. But you can’t miss someone if they don’t leave right?!
As if I don’t talk your ear off about the Healthy Living Summit enough, you’ll be getting a full week of recaps from the flight, the food, and the friends. Oh and almonds. LOTS of almonds.
Instead of going through the entire trip step by step, (day by day. Fresh start ove- ok I’m done) Imma break it down for you by the categories Sinful Nutrition is divided into. Meals, workouts, and all other things awesome and fantabulous. Well today’s Monday so you know what that means…
FOOD! As if you we’re actually surprised this is the first topic I would cover. It all started a long, long time ago, in a far away land called Minneapolis…(cue foggy flashback montage meow).
Upon arriving in the twin cities around noon and first meeting the roomies, followed by claiming one of the many swag bags of the weekend, we wasted no time getting down with lunch. One of my roomies, Katie was from around the area and knew of a sweet spot along the water which is far more interesting and adventurous than the Subway Sammie that I probably would have eaten otherwise.
It was a little spot called Sandcastle that reminded me of a surf shack but more foodie items like fry bread, fish tacos, and my choice of a sweet pea falafel wrap with sprouts and dill yogurt dressing. A bit of an upgrade from tuna on rye I’d say.
After wrapping up my roundtable discussion with Laura, it was off to host our mini mingle at the restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen which was full of quirky and creepy decorations to suit it’s name. They had a really impressive drink menu with house infused flavored vodkas, and vanilla cinnamon whiskey. I sampled one of Laura’s rosemary and mint vodkas which was smooth and sophisticated, and oh so good.
For dinner I settled on the grilled veggie sandwich chock full of goat cheese and sweet tater fries. You could seriously put goat cheese on a cement brick and I’d eat it…
The next morn included a breakfast hosted by the folks at Ninja Kitchen, with a gorgeous spread of your usual eggs, sausage, and toast, but also a display of house made smoothies to sip. I went for a run around downtown that morning so you can bet your doodle dandy I was ready to eat. I chowed down on some awesome scrambled eggs, pb toast, fruit, and a few bites of greek yogurt topped with strawberries and granola.
The roomies and I all shared each smoothie flavor, and agreed that the green and the chocolate banana were delish winners, but the mango ginger was a bit too heavy on the ginger. As good for you as it is, that stuff can get pretty potent, so word of caution: USE WISELY.
Just when I thought we ended breakfast, we were greeted with a snack break from Blue Diamond which included one if my favorite snacks, Nut Thins with a pesto queso and green salsa for dippage. Friggen delicious. Obviously if you put food in front of me, I’m gunna eat it. It just helps that I’m already in love with it.
Lunch was by far the biggest spread I may have seen outside of a china buffet. The main line included different pasta and green salads, followed by a build your own fajita selection. Since I lacked some real greenage upon my arrival, I topped a bed of greens with grilled peppers and onions and a spicy baked tofu followed by mounds of salsa. I never bake tofu as much as I want to, but this may have been a game changer to replicate.
As if that wasn’t enough, they also had a build your own soup bar, which I had never even heard of before. You just picked what you wanted in it, such as grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, tofu, veggies, then picked either a cream-based or veggie broth that’s poured over all your fillings for a piping hot bowl of soup for you. Brilliant! I already loaded up my plate so I skipped out on the soup, but it’s such a great idea!
I spent the rest if the day munching in goodies from all the vendors there, such as fresh berries from Driscolls and a chocolately nut dip with strawberries made with the Ninja blender.Watch out Nutella, this gal has a Ninja and she (doesn’t) know how to use it…But will find out and get the recipe so I can make a pretty awesome hazelnut dip too.
Wild Harvest had the most amazing table with not only a boat load of their products, but also a build your own parfait AND spiced popcorn station! As obsessed with the popped stuff that I am, I was to eager to mix up my own spice blend. I went with a sweet and spicy combo of cinnamon and cayenne which is definitely on my to do list for the next batch of popcorn I make at home.
Our last dinner out was at a place downtown called Crave. They had a bit of everything which was great for the cozy 20 people we had in our party. We started off with some cocktails and an appetizer of edamame cream cheese wontons. It was interesting since they puréed the edmame for the filling which I was expecting to be full of whole soybeans. A pleasant surprise!
I got a little adventurous and tried an angry dragon martini which was soon known at our table as adult kool-aid. A bit more juice-y than my liking, but all the while delicious.
For dinner I got the grilled salmon salad with toasted pistachios and… You guessed it. Goat cheese. Perfectly cooked and just enough to not make me feel overstuffed. Which is usually the case when I go out to eat, leaving no fry or crust of bread mercy. Full on food baby mode.
Now I’m sitting on a plane eating one of the many packages of almonds I have and an apple, wishing I was still in Minneapolis. Pity, I know. Can’t wait for next year already! Now back to real life..(snap back to reality montgage and 80’s theme music starts now)
What was the best thing you ate this weekend?
Did you try any new foods?