by Lauren on May 7, 2010

WOW! What a day. And I thought working from home would be a breeze. On the contrary. It was a day filled with phone calls, emails, and driving to businesses around town. I’m SPENT!

But on the flip side of things, I had some delightful eats today. So delightful that I cared to share with you all.

The morning started out bright and early with some “blood pumpin” exercises. I still can’t do much with my lower half according to the Physical Therapist, but he said just give it a couple more weeks. In the mean time I’ll stick to abs, arms, and leg lifts. Does anyone else do side leg lifts or is just me? I’ve been doing these since I was little- before bed, and right when I get up. I love how it stretches your legs. It feels so good afterwords.

Anyways…back to the food.

For breakfast I threw together some Fage Greek Yogurt (about 1/2 C or so), 2 Tbs Sunland All Natural Banana Peanut Butter, 1 C fresh strawberries, and a sprinkle of hemp seed. I’ve never really liked Fage, but I decided to give it another try.

All mixed up in a mess.

It was ok, but not the best thing I ever ate. I think I need to do less yogurt next time so I can actually taste the delicious peanut butter that is Sunland banana peanut butter. Instead it was just blah.

Lunch was an awesome snack plate. 1 Ezekial Tortilla toasted into little chips, broccoli and carrots, and 2 Tbs black bean hummus mixed with lots o’ salsa. Heaven I tell you…Heaven. Food for Life should really come out with an Ezekial chip-I bet they would be great!

I love unsweetened tea, so I am a big fan of Honest JUST Tea. This green tea was extremely refreshing on this hot summer-like day.

I also had some swiss chard on the side. I picked up 2 huge gorgeous bunches of organic swiss chard a few weeks back because 1. I’ve never had swiss chard 2. I consider it the King of the greens and 3. I know how good it is for you so I wanted to try it. Yesterday I washed the leaves so well, took off the stems and ribs?, and steamed them for a while till they were just wilting. I brought some to work for lunch and jazzed it up with some dried currants, sliced almonds, and fat free feta. Very similar to this recipe made with spinach. However, it did not taste the same. I couldn’t even finish this because it was so earthy and rustic tasting-and that is putting it nicely. Maybe if I sauté the chard it will taste better? I am not sure, but I don’t want to waste all of the leafy greens that are sitting in my fridge right now. That just would not be right.

As I was driving around to businesses today I had a BAD craving for some fro yo. I remembered seeing a sign a while back at Chicken Out about banana soft serve. I thought to myself..this can’t be what I think it is. So today I decided to find out what this was all about.

And what I thought couldnt be…COULD! They were serving up Gena’s FAMOUS banana fro yo! They were making it with a juicer (which I have heard about, but never seen nor tried), and it came out literally with the consistency of Frozen Yogurt. I got mine with blueberries.

The overall consistency was awesome, but it was a little too much banana for me. I usually make my banana fro yo with a little almond milk or regular milk to break up the banana, so I wasn’t as big of a fan of this as I am mine. But it sufficed the craving.

For dinner I did something a little different. I sauteed some veggies, Mann’s of course, with some Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry. I added some chick peas for protein, and ate it on top of some quinoa. I had originally planned to eat it inside a sweet potato, which would have been fab, but my sweet potatoes were all brown inside, and I had to throw them away. TOTAL BUMMER! :-( The curry and veggies and chick peas rocked though!

That is it for the eats. Now onto the Giveaway I’ve been talking about. A while back Swanson Vitamins contacted me about reviewing their website and products. I was a little hesitant at first because I had never heard about them, and I was not sure if it was legitimate or not. Sure enough…it was, and I have enjoyed not only their website, and products, but their customer service. I chose a package to sample that included Chia Seeds, organic nutmeg, organic raw honey, and a Swanson Vitamins cookbook. I don’t know why I forgot to mention the Chia Seeds, but I have used them in Anne’s Granola bars, to make chia pudding, and even in my smoothies. I’ve used the cumin (which smells amazing by the way) in my couscous dishes, and well as my cauliflower rice dishes. The cookbook has so many great healthy recipes, and the honey is good with everything. I love that it’s raw too.

The website is very easy to navigate, and is clear and concise. They carry just about everything. It’s not just vitamins and supplements, they have Coffee, protein powders, nut butters, himalayan salt, hair products, body products, and so much more. Check it out for yourself.

Well the wonderful people over at Swanson Vitamins have been so gracious and are willing to offer TWO (not one, but TWO) Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful readers a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to use on their site. That is AWESOME!

There are 3 ways to enter this time, so here you go:

1. ‘Like’ Swanson Vitamins on Facebook and share your favorite health tip on their wall, then comment letting me know.
2. Tweet “@LaurenEDBH is giving away TWO $25 @swansonvitamins gift certificates! http://wp.me/pRncG-1Lu ″ Then comment again letting me know.
3. ‘Like’ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on Facebook. Then comment again letting me know.

I will be picking a winner on Wednesday May 12th at 5pm EST, and please understand this giveaway is for US residents only.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

I’m off for another busy weekend, but I’ll be back on Sunday to recap. Have a great one!

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Lauren @ A Fit Foodie May 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

I tweeta-did-a-leed it!!! Yipee!!!


Lauren @ A Fit Foodie May 7, 2010 at 2:03 am

And I liked your page on facebook!


Lauren @ A Fit Foodie May 7, 2010 at 2:04 am

And… last but not least, I liked Swanson’s on FB and shared a tip!! Done and done!


janetha May 7, 2010 at 3:08 am

wow! i love your header! i usually read your blog in google reader and havent been clicking out to comment, but i did today for my entry. it is such a bright, inviting header!

anyway~ you know what? i dont think fage is the best either! it is almost TOO thick. oikos is my jam. and we are twins on the JUST tea! i hate sweetened teas.

anyway, i liked the swanson page and commented!


janetha May 7, 2010 at 3:09 am

liked you on FB! thanks for the giveaway, lady!


Amber K May 7, 2010 at 3:23 am

I felt the same way when I made banana soft-serve. it was just a bit too much banana taste for me. But I have made it with other fruits and loved the blended flavor. My last blog was actually about the different flavors of “soft-serve” I’ve made.


Rebecca May 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

liked your Facebook page!


Rebecca May 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

liked Swanson Health Products and left a fave health tip on their wall


Tiea May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I just tweeted about your give-away. I really like Swanson – they are great! They sell a couple of our ingredients in their products…Sensoril for stress, sleep, mood enhancment – that I love!


Ashley May 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I’ve “liked” EDBH since the beginning. That fro yo looks fab!


Lisa May 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Busy days like that are awesome! I always fall asleep instantly. :)



Scargosun May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

So love the Fage. I bought some for a recipe the other day and added honey to the last bit and gobbled it up. I got a yogurt maker last year so I usually make my own but have not done a batch yet this season as I am still in love with my oats.
Definitely saute the chard. It is great! I got TONS of chard, kale and tatsoi in my CSA last year so I looked at LOTS of recipes. In the end I started freezing it and tossing it in green smoothies (freezing greens is only good for this) and adding it to soups. Have you ever made kale chips. YUMMY! Let me know if you need a recipe. :)


Meg @ Be Fit Be Full May 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I tweeted!


Aurora May 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I tweeted! oh and your lunch looks delicious :-)


Aurora May 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm

oh, and i just “liked” you on facebook. I didn’t know you had a page on facebook. That’s awesome. Ok, enough for now. Have a fabulous weekend!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) May 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I tweeted!


Melinda May 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I “liked” Swanson vitamins on facebook and added my fave health tip as well! :)


Melinda May 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I also “liked” eat drink and be hopeful on facebook!


Melinda May 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

and I tweeted about the giveaway- I was already following you on twitter!


Lisa May 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

thanks for the giveaway! i tweeted and facebooked you too!


CourtandWhit May 11, 2010 at 1:12 am

We tweeted about this giveaway!


CourtandWhit May 12, 2010 at 4:18 am

We faved Swanson Vitamins on facebook, and told our fav health tip on their wall.


rapunzel210 May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I already like Swanson on FB so I tweeted about the giveaway!


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