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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 🙂

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 🙂

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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. 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. 😉 ). 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?

What I Ate Wednesday (Protein Powder Edition)

If you cannot tell from my title…

1. You all are really bad at reading.

2. I got my protein powder today!

I was actually supposed to get the package on Friday, but because it came all the way from California, there was a lot of time lost. At least it was all there… They’re forgiven!

Too much?! Eh, never. It’s protein powder after all!

The people at the front desk probably thought I was C-R-A-Z-Y because I checked my mailbox literally every two hours for the past four days (and they don’t even have USPS service on Saturdays and Sundays!). I was so excited that I completely skipped lunch and made a large, single-serving banana bread in my microwave.

And… I obviously ate it too fast, because I forgot to take a picture. No worries. There WILL be a next time, I promise.

I do have some an awesome protein powder recipe for you all however. So easy and versatile. You can make it taste like whatever you want!

This WIAW’s staple is protein powder. Obviously. Check out my last two WIAW posts for my staples of green beans and pumpkin. And for those of you who need some ideas with how to eat at college with food allergies, click over here for allergy-dining tips!

Be kind and check out all of the other wonderful bloggers who linked up at Peas and Crayons for WIAW. Including the lovely Jenn!

Breakfast:

A lot of fruit.

Lunch:

For lunch I had my regular salad to start and grilled chicken for my main meal. The chicken I had though wasn’t actually grilled today, it was baked. And it tasted like rubber.

YUK. Well, you lose some and you win some. I just hope I’m better than batting a 500…

Recycled picture of grapes, lettuce an cucumbers.

Two huge pieces of grilled chicken, onion and zucchini.

Snack #1:

I was still hungry after lunch, but I knew that I was going to have a long time of non-stop classes, so I made this little guy to give me a boost of energy in between.

I used 2 serving of protein powder, water and stevia.

Cookie Dough Energy Ball

High in protein, low in carbohydrates and sugar.

112 calories with 2 servings of protein power, water and stevia

Ingredients:

Protein powder

Water (or milk)

*Optional: stevia, salt, baking powder/soda (for authenticity), extract (vanilla, almond, butter…), cinnamon, cocoa powder, shredded carrot/zucchini, dried fruit, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree, agave, carob chips, nuts, berries, whatever you want!

Directions:

Mix protein powder and other ingredients until it gets hard to stir. Add more protein powder or water if necessary to get desired texture. Then, roll into a ball. Eat or store for later. (These would be really good frozen!)

Dinner:

For dinner I went to the same dining hall and thankfully the actual chef was there (and not some newbie who makes my chicken taste like rubber!).

I also had an unpictured bowl of brown and white rice.

Salad of iceberg lettuce, romaine mix, cucumbers and shredded carrots.

Grilled yellow squash and onion. Two even “huger” pieces of grilled chicken. Awesomeness.

Snack #2:

Banana bread batter featuring PROTEIN POWDER!

YUM. YUM. IN. MY. TUM. TUM. TUM.

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What food can you not live without? I thought it was obvious. Protein powder!

Do you have to buy some of your food online because you can’t find it in stores near you?

What tv show have you been obsessed with lately? Ally MeBeal. In the past few days I have watched the entire first season on netflix.

Some of my favorite quotes so far:

Ally McBeal: Sometimes I’m more persuasive when I lack conviction.

Richard Fish: Let me tell you something, I didn’t become a lawyer because I like the law; the law sucks. It’s boring, but it can also bec used as a weapon You want to bankrupt somebody? Cost him everything he’s worked for? Make his wife leave him, even make his kids cry? Yeah, we can do that.