whole foods friday.

by Janetha on March 25, 2011

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today has been lonnnng already and it is only 4 o’clock! you see, my mom had to stay up ‘til midnight last night (and wake up at 4 this morning) because she had to be “sleep deprived” for the testing she went in for today.

so, i did what any good daughter would do, i stayed up with her playing rummikub. my sister, marisa, is a sore loser.

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i kid!

this morning was rough.. i was suuuper sleepy yet i somehow remembered to take some photos of my breakfast. this is what i have had EVERY day this week and figured i could show you at least once. i get in breakfast ruts and am perfectly fine with that.

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1/2 serving kashi puffs, 1/2 serving TJ’s high fiber cereal, container of chobani 2% greek yogurt, a small banana and 1/2 cup of almond breeze.IMG_9855

everything is better when eaten with an owl spoon.

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as i have mentioned before, this breakfast combo really keeps me full for hours, even though it only clocks in at 300 calories.

after a couple hours at the office getting things wrapped up for the week, i went to the neurology center with my mom. she had to get a few different tests done and i waited in the waiting room and played on twitter the whole time. thanks for those of you who kept me occupied! i had a simply bar to tide me over until our late lunch.

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when all the tests were done, we headed to the new whole foods at trolley square—also known as 42,000 square feet of foodie heaven!

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you can imagine my excitement—happier than a kid in a candy store.

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we were incredibly hungry and momma b was already sleep deprived as it was, so first things first: the café section of the store. which was roughly three times the size of my whole house.

kombucha ON TAP!

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marisa seriously considered eating gelato for lunch.. IMG_9867

i don’t blame her since there was VANILLA BEAN (top right corner).

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but we decided to explore our options. they were practically endless..

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i am so indecisive, so i picked the salad & hot bar—a little of everything!

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it was even hard to decide which items to pick from the bars. i eventually ended up with a bowl of amazing:

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up top is a green salad with spinach, edamame, beets, mushrooms, bell pepper, tofu and cottage cheese. down below i have a vegan enchilada, some cracklin’ cauliflower, steamed veggies, channa masala and some other indian spiced veggie dish (totally spaced the name).

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i can’t believe how many options the hot bar and salad bar had. if you live in utah, you NEED to get your butt to the trolley square whole foods right now!

marisa decided to order from the taqueria and had fried avocado tacos + chips & guac.

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momma b ordered from the sandwich shop and got a turkey flatbread sandwich with the most amazing caramelized onions.

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we all loved our lunches! can’t wait to go back. i think it needs to be a friday tradition.

we had a few items on our list for dinner tonight, so we hit the aisles of the grocery store part of the store, starting with the produce section.IMG_9909IMG_9910IMG_9911

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pre-sliced veggies for those lazy folks! IMG_9915

i have never seen such a huge selection of ‘shrooms.

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edible flowers, anyone?

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bulk bin heaven on your right.

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pretty sure there was every type of nut butter available for fresh ground perfection.IMG_9918

including CHOCOLATE peanut butter.

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we helped ourselves to that goodness.

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whole foods has a step rating system for their meat—it goes from no rating—which means it is not allowed in whole foods—all the way up to a 5+, which is the very best.

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i think this is a clever and simple way to educate people about the meat they buy.

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we did some more wandering and shopping..

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totally random and totally awesome—we ended up bumping into an xagave booth where stevie was giving out samples! you may remember i met with amy from xagave last friday—maybe i should change the this post title to xagave friday?

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it was great to meet you, stevie, sorry we couldn’t stay and chat—we were kinda in a hurry.

momma b was fading fast, so we quickly checked out and she headed home to hit the sack. right now she is snoozing and i am about to do a bodyrock.tv workout before heading up to her house to make dinner. on the menu? scratch-made chicken & artichoke calzones! it’s a first for me and i don’t like the idea of yeast.. so wish me luck. if all else fails, we will just eat homemade vanilla bean ice cream for dinner AND for dessert.

this post was long, good job for making it this far. i will be back tomorrow. or the next day.

oh! the winner of the creaclip! i almost forgot. drumroll…

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congrats! email me your mailing address. thanks to everyone who entered.

OKAY, i am leaving now. have a great weekend! love, love, love.

Qs~

1. do you love or do you loathe grocery stores? me=love. i would rather grocery shop than shop for clothes any day of the week.

2. how important is the origination of your groceries to you? this is something that has become a lot more important to me lately—the more i learn, the more i want to make a change. i am really trying to be more conscious about all the groceries i buy. i try to get local when i can and always go for organic where possible. i also always make sure my meat, poultry and eggs came from humane sources. i am also focusing on making more things from scratch and using fresh ingredients as much as i can.

xo. janetha g.

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Amanda March 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

That Whole Foods! I am in awe. Andy and I need to come to Utah, we’ve been meaning too forever. It’s not THAT far of a drive or flight. I want to go to that Whole Foods with you when we come!

fittingbackin March 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

I LOVE grocery stores! I can spend SO much time in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s – it’s amazing. I don’t LOVE the Krogers/Publixes but have to do it sometimes – I prefer it to clothing shopping, too!

Julia March 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I think I’m coming to UT right this minute just to visit that WF :)
I’d say a friday tradition is definitely in order.
Hope Momma B got plenty of rest and that your dinner turned out.
<3

Naomi(onefitfoodie) March 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

HOLY WHOLE FOODS! that is one amazing place! wowza…even the biggest one near me isnt that big LOL…gotta love it!

the gelato is right by the front door of my WF and it always sticks out at me and calls my name! the key lime pie is the way I would roll ;)

YES I love grocery stores…a bit too much because I can spend HOURS there…and loads of money!

homemade calzones?! cant wait to hear and see!

jackie March 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

went there and the new sunflower market last week. it was so huge! we got a ton of stuff at sunflower first, by the time we got to whole foods my kids were hungry and grumpy. they got pizza and i got the same taco your sister got+ a shredded beef one. they were super tasty!

love grocery stores, it’s hard to shop with 3 boys ages 5 and under though. it is great when i get to go by myself. i love winco too. their bulk section is crazy!

katshealthcorner March 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I LOVE Rummykub!!! :D

Haley Greenwell March 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

On the very rare occassions of my going home I try to go by Whole Foods! I love that place. Too bad it is so expensive, ha!
And I love grocery shopping, too :) Much better than clothes, fasho!

I’m also trying to be cognizant of where my food’s coming from. It’s crazy how nasty the food industry has become these past few decades :/ Trying to stay as local, organic, and made-from-scratch as possible is the way to go!
<3

Taylor March 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Komboucha on tap?!! I just died.

Heather March 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The origin of my food is really important to me (thaks for sharing the meat rating). I like to know that what I am eating is good for me and the planet. However, that often makes it more expensive! Veggies costing more that candy bars…so confusing!

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