So I may have spent three hours of my day off on a bus…just to go to Whole Foods….and it was completely worth it I took in my book, took in the sights (Welcome to Tempe!), and happily parted with a chunk of my paycheck when I got there.
The juice bar served beautifully massive veggie juices that I sucked down while meandering the aisles looking for new treats. I like to hunt for things I can’t find at MY local health food store, here is what I discovered and what I did with of my new items.
Black garlic!! Oh my god, this stuff was amazing. The cloves looked just like regular garlic cloves but they were (obviously) black. Not only that, they were soft and creamy, I squeezed them out of their little shells and ate them as is with some raw carrots!
I wouldn’t call these noodles an every day menu item as they seem to me to be heavily processed but the ingredient list was simple: yam flour and lime. They were very tasty and I consumed them with organic marinara and avocado chunks.
Ahhh the local salsa. Pretty much everywhere I go has a salsa made in-state and I always have to try it. This one was pretty good, a little milder than I’m usually like but tasty tossed into salad and as a dip for carrots.
Smoked. Raw. Goat. Cheddar. I can hardly hope for anything more wonderful. I shredded this, added it to baby greens and sun-dried tomatoes and was a happy camper…or whatever you call someone hanging out in a hotel
Flavored Seasnax goodness! These are toasted with a teeny bit of olive oil but I’d never seen this flavor before and was anxious to sample. I made simple avocado wraps and was very pleased with the outcome.
Oh sweet, wonderful, raw chocolate goodness. I wasn’t always a big fan of raw chocolates but lately I’ve been so pleasantly surprised I’ve had to change my opinion! This Lulu’s Chocoalte was truly amazing and made somewhat locally in Sedona (a place that I can’t wait to road trip down to!). There were multiple flavors but I went with the Sedona Sunrise, the hint of spice was absolutely perfect.
I am not recommending this next product, in fact I am warning: stay far, far away! I really don’t know what I was thinking…a calorie-free, fat-free, sugar-free, seemingly everything-but-chemical-free marinara sauce? I should have known better, I was just so curious! In case you’re curious as well, I’ll save you the trouble…it tasted like paint and was the most horrifically orange-ish color, I wish I would have stopped before dousing my beautiful salad with it. I choked it down whilst apologizing to my body for the mass of chemicals I was consuming. Never again.
On another note – the Vegus Juice Giveaway was a huge hit and is continuing for 3 more weeks. This means 3 more winners! If you’ve entered once, you’re still in the running. If you’d like to enter again, just leave another comment on the same post! You can leave as many as you like and I’ll announce the winner every Friday! Also, please be sure to leave your name and e-mail so I can get ahold of you if you win!