happy, happy taste-buds

good morning! i had a great workout today and am feeling nice and refreshed. i hope all of your mornings are off to a good start too. hmm, what do i have to talk about today? yesterday my mom and i saw “500 days of summer.” it was a really good movie! we both loved it. so cute. if it’s playing at any theaters near you (it’s kind of indie) i highly recommend that you go and see it! i also did another yoga dvd yesterday, the weight loss session…even though that’s the exact opposite of what i’m supposed to be doing right now, haha. but i have to try all five sessions in the series! i’ve gotta say that this is my least favorite dvd so far. i prefer more of the calming and elongating sessions, rather than this one which consisted of more rapid breathing. but it’s good if you’re in the mood for a heavier twenty minutes of yoga. so with that review out of the way, let’s move onto some recent eats.

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cinnamon-strawberry groats (just groats blended with cinnamon and fresh strawbs), gena’s banana soft serve, coconut butter

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^ a necessary close-up, don’t you think? ^

what a combo! this breakfast was so delicious that i actually had it again today, but switched the cinnamon from the groats to the soft serve. i think it’s obvious how much i’m lovin’ up on artisana’s coconut butter. thank you again heather!

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this is an iced guru chai that i got at a vegan restaurant called “native foods” which i tried for the first time yesterday! my mom got one too. it’s their own homemade chai blend. why i had never been to this place before yesterday is beyond me. my mom and i ate there before seeing the movie. both of our meals were incredibly delicious, and the presentation was so artsy. everyone’s food around us looked amazing as well. i can’t wait to go back there again.

ze mommy ordered the scorpion burger with native fries.

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blackened tempeh, chipotle sauce, lettuce, carrots, and onion

i ordered the ghandi bowl. it comes with jasmine AND brown rice, but i got it with only brown.

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brown rice, steamed veggies, and blackened tempeh topped with cranberries and wild curry sauce

soooooooooo gooooooooood. and doesn’t it look like a work of art?! a lot of restaurants skimp on the good veggies, but not this place! it was filled with lots of perfectly steamed broccoli, cauliflower, greens, zucchini and carrots. ahh, this bowl was amazing. but the cranberries made it! the tart little bursts of sweetness went along so well with the blackened tempeh. there was even a slice of mango sitting on top. i thought it was squash, so that was a pleasant little surprise! my only complaint is that this should have been in a bigger bowl so that i could’ve moved everything around more easily!

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> massaged kale salad: kale, sea salt, grape tomatoes, avocado, homemade maple-mustard dressing
> panini: sprouted grains bread, my best basic hummus (recipe still a comin’), black pepper, fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, sauteed spinach, balsamic vinegar, and a side of marinara sauce for dipping

this was my dinner last night. um…YUM! i used to love caprese sandwiches before i went vegan. this panini would have been great with some freshly sliced tomato as well, but i didn’t have any. want to know what i do have? a brand new panini press sitting in a box in my closet, waiting to be taken up to my new apartment! thanks to my amazing grandma. maybe having a nice, new one will inspire me to use it more often. i seem to forget about this one a lot. but whenever i do use it, i realize all over again how much more tasty it can make a sandwich! my day was filled with such lovely food yesterday. now i’ve just got to figure out what to eat today! šŸ™‚

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11 Responses to “happy, happy taste-buds”

  1. veganfritz Says:

    real men have pink breakfasts. P;

  2. Mitri Says:

    I was going to write “those cinnamon-strawberry groats look like the best thing ever,” but then I saw the iced guru chai… and then the ghandi bowl… I die. That restaurant looks incredible!

  3. ohsoravenous Says:

    Oooh that restaurant looks awesomee! And your pink groats are adorb.!

  4. peanutbutterandjenny Says:

    aren’t panini’s the best things in the world?! there’s just something about how the flavors get nice and hot together and … okay, this comment is about to get X rated — better stop now šŸ™‚

  5. Shelby Says:

    Oh my gosh. I need that breakfast!!! It looks absolutely amazing!!!

    And so does the ghandi bowl, holy yum! I think this is the best post ever!

    PS. You might just be a mind-reader! The weight-loss is next to last on my list of favorites, the toning one being my least favorite. But hey, that could just be me since I hate working my arms! haha

  6. Katharina Says:

    EVERYTHING LOOKS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!! GAH. Yeah I’m being obnoxious and using all caps and lots of exclamation points. Gotta’ get my point across somehow over the internet šŸ™‚

    http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com

  7. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope Says:

    Girly, you have a way with food! šŸ˜‰ What a fabulous spread of meals!!! That soft serve/groat breakfast sounds amazing, and I’m so glad you are still loving the coconut butter. Put it to good use hun!

    What a neat restaurant. Definitely works of art! šŸ™‚

    xxoo
    Heather

  8. Emily Says:

    I really want to see 500 Days of Summer. My sister and I have been looking for it, but it’s not showing in theaters around here yet. šŸ˜¦

    Your groats are so beautiful, and the vegan restaurant you and your mom went to looks amazing! I love all the veggies.

    Panini presses are so fun! I use my waffle maker, but it has the same sort of effect. šŸ™‚

  9. broccolihut Says:

    YUM! Blackened tempeh sounds phenomenal!

  10. Neela Marijana Says:

    oh my god your dish looks so good at that veagn place. it really does look like an art piece. i am so tempted to try that blackened tempeh now. i have never had it before
    xxx

  11. Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) Says:

    you seriously inspire to keep eating healthier – this week has been crazy too, so the panini, salads and breakfast look like the perfect way to get back on track.

    can’t wait to see 500 days…it’s playing at an indie theater here and i hope to see it this weekend!

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