Treegan

August 28, 2010

Ride, baby, riddddde.

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Matt took me on my first countryside ride this morning, although we didn’t quite make it to the country. I’ve been warming up to riding as a vehicle, and riding here in Cville is SO much better than the fierce drivers in Charlotte.

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Before we got countrified, we stopped by the farmer’s market to pick up just a few things..

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Local grass fed beef (I hardly think $5 / lb is expensive for such a prized product that will last us 2 meals)

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Twin Oaks Herbed Tofu!!! $2.25 is a STEAL for this amazing stuff.

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A $2 bunch of collards. Me love.

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We dropped off the groceries and then continued our bike ride for a total of about an hour covering about 11 miles. Some of the hills were really touch, but overall, I didn’t feel that tired….until I got off the bike!! My legs were a bit mushy :)

Lunch!

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I made a big salad with spring mix, carrots, cuc, avocado and hummus dressed in this:

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A mix of lemon, olive oil, dried Italian herbs, maple syrup, salt and pepper.

Plus…mulberries!?

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Treegan = food made from ingredients exclusively grown on trees. Heh heh!

Also from a sample pack that Rejuvenative Foods sent me a while ago for OpenSky potential, I tried this Sweet Mulberry Treegan Butter made with organic mulberries, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts.

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It was perhaps the weirdest (not in a bad way!) food I’ve ever tried!! It was crunchy, chewy, sweet, salty all at once. Very very interesting. I guess the nuts made it crunchy, the mulberries sweet. It was kind of like a nut butter with extra large chunks!? I really liked it though and just didn’t know WHAT to think about the texture! Reminded me of the mulberries I used to eat off my neighbor’s backyard tree! [FYI, it’s $19 for an 8 oz jar so weird = expensive!]

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A literal side of toast

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Lemony bubbles

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Afternoon will be a yo-yo: Yogurt + Yoga!

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1 Veggielady4life August 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

You had me with Treegan…. wasn’t sure what that was about. :-) The “nut-butter” definitely looks interesting! Glad to know you liked it. Enjoy your yo-yo afternoon!

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2 Nicole - yuppie yogini August 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Love the bike/running paths by the road. Biking is much more enjoyable without worrying you’ll be mowed down by crazy drivers!

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3 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Yum! I love collards. Have a wonderful weekend!

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4 Penny August 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I think the treegan looks pretty interesting. I would definitely try it.

I gotta say…….I’m a little envious of all the quality time you get with your Hub. :-) Two kids can put a crimp in the quality time. :-) But, hey, the little rugrats are worth it. Most of the time. :-)

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5 Clare August 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Me too, Penny. Kath; totally treasure this time with your hubby. I miss having my husband as my workout buddy. When you have kids you have to take it in turns to exercise. Kids are totally worth it, of course, but sometimes I think it would be lovely to just pop out the door for a bike ride or run together. Enjoy :)

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6 Mandy A August 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I really wish we had places to ride to that were accessible like that! We’d have to hit major interstates and it would take hours to get there! Not that we live far out…. just far from Nashville, where things like that are happening! It’s awesome you can do that!

Love your afternoon plans… we may do some fro yo ourselves today!

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7 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm

That nut butter definitely sounds very weird. I love trying new flavors, but that sounds a bit extreme for me!! Sounds like a great bike ride!

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8 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm

huh… that treegan nut butter is certainly interesting! i’d have a hard time justifying the price though :)

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9 Evan Thomas August 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I would LOVE IT if my farmers’ market sold grass-fed beef. It doesn’t :-/ This Friday, Whole Foods is selling grass-fed beef for 3.99/lb in all it stores for one day. I definitely plan on taking advantage of that.

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10 christina cadden August 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

That mix sounds weird! Your ride looks like fun though!

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11 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I like that your farmers market has good deals…..ours in northern CA seem to have more expensive produce than what you would find in the store. your lunch looked great:)

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12 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The texture of the Mulberry Treegan Butter looks interesting. Fun, but interesting! I’m gonna’ have to try some! Beautiful salad, by the way! I love salads in the summer. They are a match made in heaven!

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13 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) August 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I finally visited my local great harvest today! The best part was the über thick sample slices that they gave me. I hope you’ll do that at your location as well. I pick up granola, a raisin bran muffin, and a Savannah bar. :)

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14 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

:)

We will sample!

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15 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I’ve never heard of mulberry butter! It looks a little odd, but I love your description of it. I’ll have to give it a try if I ever happen to spot it around me. :D

Oh, and $5 is totally worth it for a pound of grass fed, local beef!! What a find. :D

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16 katie August 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

is that not a bike path in the first two photos, or were you guys just choosig to ride on the road? my town has no dedicated bike paths and very few bike lanes (at least in the city itself), so we’re stuck riding on the road and I hate it!

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17 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

It is and we were on it, but this photo was taken when we crossed the road to take a different direction

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18 lynn August 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I haven’t heard anything on the bakery lately. Is that still happening?

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19 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Yes, I updated at the bottom of a post recently, Friday, I think?

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20 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I think you need to run a marathon someday since you loveee the #26 sooo much ; )

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21 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I wish I could but I’m sure I’d ruin my running career with an injury.

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22 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I don’t really like salad dressings but that one sounds delish.

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23 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Treegan sounds very interesting!

Enjoy your yoga and yogurt!

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24 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

oh my, treegan sounds crazy! crazy awesome!

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25 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

$19/jar. Holy cow! Who can afford that?! It sounds cool, though. :)

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26 Rachael August 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I’m very intrigued by the mulberry nut butter.
What hikes or bike paths would you recommend most in the Charlottesville area? We’ll be in town in about a week and I’d love to take my cousins there out to explore their “backyard” a bit.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend?

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27 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I am new to town and have no idea where the best bike paths are!

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28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Its weird you didn’t feel tired until you got off your bike! Guess that means you picked a good one. :P

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29 Caitlin (EatFeats) August 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Were the chunks in the butter from the mulberries, the nuts, or both? I’ve never had a mulberry, but what an interesting idea to blend berries into nut butter (er…I think that is what’s going on). It might be worth the 19 dollars for the novelty alone!

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30 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The chunks are mulberries…and the nuts were smaller pieces that crunched

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31 Heather August 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm

wish i had places to go where I wouldnt get run over by crazy drivers, lol! looks like a nice afternoon.

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32 Ronda August 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

What were you drinking with your lunch? Those lemony bubbles looked good! I need a new refreshing drink. :)

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33 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Just seltzer with a lemon slice

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34 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Glad you are enjoying your bike and the farmers markets.

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35 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm

So jealous of your bike and your bike rides! And lots of good deals at the Farmers Market. That Treegan stuff sounds interesting, I don’t know if I have ever had a Mulberry before!

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36 Dynamics August 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Ever time I see your bike I think, OMG is she going to tip over. How come only one saddle bag? Farmer’s markets are the best!

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37 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Because they were expensive! It’s very lightweight

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38 Meagan August 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

WOW, $5 a pound is VERY expensive for grass fed beef. I’m glad you think it’s worth it though :) I would probably pay that much too, but this year my family bought a quarter of a cow (yeah, we’re THAT cool) so we have enough various cuts of meat to last a while (in the freezer of course).

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39 Laura (Starloz) August 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’m excited for summer & farmers markets, so excited!

Your dressing sounds incredible, I’m going to try it!

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40 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

$19!?! crap, that’s expensive. But it sounds so intriguing!

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41 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

i swear you come up with the funniest words…i was super intrigued by treegan!

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42 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle August 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Treegan….thats so clever!! haha what a great lunch!

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43 Theresa August 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

My husband and I are considering buying bicycles, what kind do you and your husband own?

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44 Kath August 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I just bought it yesterday and wrote about the specs!

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45 Chelsey August 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

That stuff does look weird – 19 dollars? that is EXPENSIVE!! Im sure it’s good though!

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46 Wei-Wei August 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

That nut butter certainly looks veeeeeery interesting… I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try it ;)

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47 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Wow, it seems like there is a farmer’s market everyday where you both live! Lucky ducks! In Minneapolis, we have two different farmer’s markets on two different days. And I haven’t seen grass fed local beef at either! Hopefully I will soon; MN is slowly, but surely becoming more focused on local food.

The nut butter looks pretty interesting. Not sure it would be my cup of tea, but if I ever come across it, I’ll give it a try!

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48 Hannah August 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Oh my god, that spread is CRAZYTOWN! I want it! Bollocks to Australia!

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49 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear August 29, 2010 at 3:25 am

Your dressing sounds so fresh! I also envy you for your awesome weather, it’s getting wet and grey in this part of the world.

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50 Simply Life August 29, 2010 at 5:37 am

hmmm…I’m now intrigued by that butter! Interesting!

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51 Jen August 29, 2010 at 7:31 am

Have you ever looked into a CSA for a weekly share? We are part of a CSA in the Washington DC area and absolutely love it!

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52 Kath August 29, 2010 at 7:37 am

Yeah, we did one for a summer. I wasn’t crazy about it because I would rather pick out our veggies than get bags of onions :(

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53 Heidi - apples under my bed August 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

ooh i LOVE mulberries. I would love to try that treegan butter!

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