What I Ate at Whole Foods

I come to you, reaching out of the depths of mountains of school papers and group projects. I literally just opened/closed over 15 office documents in the past 48 hours and about half as many excel spreadsheets. Also, to add even further to the stress that is my final exams next week, I currently am in the interviewing process of three…. THREE internships. I feel so blessed, but at the same time, I’d rather just apply, interview and be accepted at one. However, beggars can’t be choosers.

Yesterday I had an in-person interview where I had to drive 2 hours south for literally 10 minutes of talking. Then I drove 2 hours back. Not before stopping at a Whole Foods though which was just minutes away. There were actually two WF markets to choose from. Jealous.

I went to the salad bar and got a nice big box. There was kale salad on top, marinated mushrooms everywhere, and both grilled chicken and grilled pineapple beneath. I thought that the cold food would bother me a little (especially with the mushrooms), but I ended up loving all of it!

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And because I am so nice, I went around and found recipes for all of the food so that you can make the recipes at home and enjoy them too πŸ™‚

Garlicky Kale Salad from Eating Bird Food

I am going to make this recipe as soon as I can find some good, fresh Kale and I encourage you to do the same.

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Grilled Pineapple from Skinny Taste

This one isn’t exact, but pretty close and just as delicious I think πŸ™‚

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Marinated Mushrooms from The Vegan Tummy

I also had the mushrooms warmed up with some crock pot beef for breakfast this morning and they were still super tasty.

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Grilled Chicken How-To from Serious Eats

This one is basic, but I like how they only soak it in salt water. No celery/tomato/corn/gluten!

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I also purchased a few other items while at Whole Foods.

First was digestive enzymes and ginger pills. Both are supposed to help with digestion and bloating. I notice a slight difference when taking them. (Update as well: Another doctor’s appointment this Saturday so cross your fingers for me).

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Next up I bought some sea salt. It’s great that Whole Foods doesn’t use a ton of salt on their salad bar items, but I knew from past experience that I would need to add a little so I went to the bulk pins and purchased some pink sea salt to sprinkle on my food.

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Don’t you just love my nice red, swollen hands? Our A/C has not been working for the past two weeks despite maintenance “supposedly” fixing it. So it basically feels like a sauna in here, only amplified by my hot lap top on my lap.

I also bought two packs of gum while there. I haven’t chewed gum in probably three or four years so this was kind of a weird purchase for me. I stopped chewing gum because of the artificial sweeteners mainly so I like that this gum is made with natural sweeteners and no weird ingredients. It really helps me concentrate while driving too and I went through about 4 pieces in a (successful) attempt to stay awake on my long drive back.

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The drive was made even longer actually by an accident. When I passed by it looked like one car had rear-ended the other, and two ambulances were already on-scene so I think everyone was okay.

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Just for reference, I took this picture while stopped and waiting for the cars in the right hand lane to let me switch over.

I will be notified if I need to come in for a secon interview sometime this week. For the second intership I had a phone interview last week and should be contacted shortly as well (after I fill out a second employment application). The third internship is still in the beginning stages, but that is the one I probably want most because it is so close to home and I know someone who works there.

**Pardon the interruption. I was just interrupted in the middle of this post by another fire alarm.Β Suspiciously our hall didn’t smell like burnt popcorn until AFTER we came back in from the fire alarm. It’s a conspiracy!**

And now it’s seriously too late for me to be up. Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you.

I’m linking up this post with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday (but really Monday…. shh. πŸ˜‰ ). Make sure after you leave a comment below to check out the rest of the blogger contributions!

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Questions for you:

Do you have to travel a long ways to go shopping at your favorite stores or are they close by?

What is your favorite thing to get on the Whole Foods bar?

Have you ever recreated a restaurant recipe at home?

Do you chew gum? What kind?

11 Thoughts on “What I Ate at Whole Foods

  1. Good luck at the doctor on Saturday. I will keep my fingers and my toes crossed for you. I’ll also be rooting for you to get the third internship. I can’t believe finals are almost upon you. Good luck; I know you’ll do great.

    P.S. I’ve never grilled pineapple but I’ve always wanted to.

  2. Wow that’s a long drive for such a short interview. Hope it went OK! Whenever I had an interview that I’d drive to I’d always talk aloud my possible answers to my made up questions. It helped calm me down, though I must have seemed mad to other drivers!
    I never try to recreate restaurant meals because I know they’ll never be as good. There’s a Jamie Oliver meal I always have at his restaurant and I’ve been tempted but I just know it would take the ‘specialness’ away from the restaurant!

  3. I love that you provided recipes for all the parts of your salad from Whole Foods. What a great idea! I love marinated mushrooms, so I just might give that recipe a try.

    I don’t drive a long distance to get to the grocery store, and that’s not a coincidence. As for my favorite Whole Foods item, it doesn’t come from the hot or cold food bar, it comes from the dessert case: tiramisu cups!

  4. I generally only go to whole foods when I visit the states..it has been awhile! Do I ever chew gums….it’s an addiction. ..thus u get the cheapest one I can find!

  5. I would never have thought to grab some salt from the bulk bins before going to the hot foods bar. That’s genius and fancy to boot since you went with the pink variety πŸ˜‰ I’m lucky in that trader joes and whole foods are only 15 from our house and 5 from where I work so it’s easy enough to stop off if I need to. I don’t do it often now, but I think that will change slightly once I’m on my own for dinner again πŸ˜›

  6. Ugh what a bummer about the interview time – but at least there was a Whole Foods πŸ™‚ I actually went to Whole Foods for dinner last night too! I just ended up getting an apple and some of their handcrafted roasted red pepper hummus + a bag of carrots. Nothing too exciting – I just didn’t want to spend $8 on a salad. Don’t get me wrong, I will somedays but I just wasn’t feeling that last night!

  7. Best of luck at the interviews and doctor!

  8. Good luck with the interviews! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. πŸ™‚
    That salad looks and sounds so good. Oh my.. I haven’t tried grilled pineapple, but I heard it was delicious!

  9. Those mushrooms look diviiiiine. I don’t know why, but I’ve been craving them for like a week! Need to go to WF!

  10. Hope everything went well at the Doctor today (I’m a little late with my reading!) I know ginger is one of my go-to’s when my stomach is giving me issues so hopefully it brings you some relief.

  11. Sending lots of luck for your interviews (though you hardly need it!) And Whole Foods. YUM. I have a love affair with Whole Foods. I think it’s safe to say that they can (usually) do no wrong.

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