Isn’t that how you start those awkward conversations after not hearing from someone in a long time? Just a short. Hi. Period.
I never really came out saying, hey I need a break this blog will suffer type post. Mostly because I had no idea that I would just not start back up. Sadly, this is far from my come back post. I doubt you will be hearing from me in some time.
Life’s been awesome. Between certified to be a body pump teacher (I have my gym evaluation this Wednesday!), interviewing for promotions at work, seeing friends more often, enjoying spring running weather… I have been having my fair share of busy yet fun adventures. Even the sucky parts, met a guy – dumped by a guy, I still seemed to see the good in it. I do miss family, it has been far too long since I have seen anyone but that will be fixed when I head to Charleston next weekend for my sister’s graduation.
I actually popped in to share some Whole Foods fun. You all know Allison, and if you don’t, I highly recommend getting to know this girl. For me, attending her event at her work was more than just supporting and learning more about the Go Meatless campaign and more about supporting someone doing what they love. Something that really inspires me about Allison is her passion for spreading her knowledge. When I was looking at internal jobs, there were so many ‘safe’ routes to go, and then there were those opportunities that made me push a little harder and go out on a limb. Allison taking this new job in the health field speaks so much to doing what you love and get others excited to follow in your footsteps.
Now I was familiar to this location, this is my Whole Foods location since I live maybe five minutes away. While I arrived a little late, I did get to catch the tail end of appetizer and of course the hot food bar. Guys, I love vegetables. It is true. But I swear Allison made the best cauliflower I have ever had. It was so simple yet so delicious. I snagged that recipe for sure. As for the hot food bar, I had no problem staying meatless. At certain Whole Foods locations, Meatless Monday nights last from 4-7 pm and for a flat rate of $8 customers can fill up a plate (staying meatless!) to promote this campaign. Despite its smaller size for a Whole Foods, it was stocked with plenty and I mean plenty of choices to choose from. Cinnamon roasted butternut squash. Balsamic tofu. Grilled pineapple. Garlicy kale salad. And so much more. You bet that plate was full.
My favorite part though (besides this amazing dessert I can’t even begin to explain made from avocado and unsweetened cocoa powder) was getting to talk to Allison and some of her other healthy food specialist coworkers. Each had such a love for what they do. Even hearing their funny customer stories was such a great chatting point.
What did I learn? I learned about their Healthy Starts Here brand. It is a way for Whole Foods to make healthy food accessible for all of its customers through helpful labels, signs and experts. With four pillars (using WHOLE FOODS, that are PLANT STRONG, contain HEALTHY FATS, and are NUTRIENT DENSE), the Healthy Starts Here brand equips their healthy food specialists with the expertise to help customers find those resources.
I am pretty sure you will be finding me there on Mondays to take advantage of that killer deal. Not going to lie, something that made the event even that much better was hanging with some amazing bloggers that I hope to spend a lot more time with. So Whole Foods, thanks, Allison and Healthy Food Specialists, thanks. What a great Monday.
As for you all, thanks. Obviously I have been quiet here. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up. Just means I need to find purpose to this blog and still sit on it.
Question: Have you taken advantage of a Meatless Monday at Whole Foods?