Please excuse my lovely iPhone photos – today is one of those "rush, rush, study, test" type days 🙂
We got in some good EarthFare studying and broke for lunch at 12:45. I couldn’t decide between soup and salad bar. I wanted the warmth of soup and the filling chew of a salad. So I compromised with some selections from the hot bar!
One side of my plate is a salad with sprouts, peppers, spinach, broccoli, carrots, tofu, butternut squash, tortellini and a few noodles. The other quadrants are filled with about 1/4 a cup of baked beans and hot collard greens and green beans! Everything tasted great – except the green beans were awfully buttery 😉 The apple cider collards were awesome.
Also got some Gypsy Coconut Chai tea in honor of the rainy day. It’s scrumptious.
Lauri has a bite of pumpkin bread for us to share for dessert 😉
If you’re interested, the Open Sky guys got the Nuttzo up in my shop super fast. 2 jars for $21. I know it’s a bit pricy, so only get it if you’re a big fan of super duper crunch! But don’t forget you also get 10% off with the KATH code. That helps a little
That tea sounds perfect for a day like today!
I have been craaaaaving hot tea all day long! This rainy weather makes me want to curl up and read a book, boo for school haha 🙂 Your eats look delicious! Glad you mentioned soup because now I know what I am having for dinner! Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂
Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) says
That looks like such a hearty, healthy lunch to warm your tummy on a day like today. I’m starting to crave more warm food than cold- so interesting how quickly the weather effects our food choices, energy, sleep, etc.
And now I want some collard greens!
Estela @ weekly bite says
I have to agree with the other readers! It is definitely a hot tea day! Good luck with studying!
kay (eating machine) says
mmm i’ve been promising myself some nice warm tea if i get out of the house and get some stuff done 🙂
Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries says
Apple cider collards!! I’ve never had collards (!!) but that made me really want them!
Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers says
your iphone photos look better than my camera pics! 🙂 i love hodge-podge lunches like that. they’re always so filling and delicious.
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says
Coconut Chai! Yum!
Daria @ Daria Can Cook says
Now I want apple cider collards and coconut chai. 🙂
Good luck with studying!
good luck Kath!
The cocount chai is my favorite of the gypsy teas! So good!
Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) says
Love the sampling bowl! Salad bars and hot food bars rock, especially when the food is wholesome. 🙂
That lunch looks great 🙂
can’t wait to try out nutzo on your page! sounds like a great discount!
Karina (Like Some Cat from Japan) says
Coconut chai…. my mouth is watering!
good luck on the test!
I love the hot bar food, I wish I had an EarthFare here! It’s awfully rainy on my end too…perfect day for some nice hot tea 🙂
Good luck on your exam!
Hallie (Healthy Twists) says
Looks like a great salad bad photo to me 😀 good luck on the exam.
Oh man, I can see the butter on those beans from here! Meh!
Great compromise on the salad and soup dilemma though!
Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life says
Salad bars are so much fun!
I really need to find some of that coconut chia tea! it sounds so yummy
lynn (The Actors Diet) says
even your iphone pix are pretty!
I’m amazed at how you can remember eveything you put in your salads. When I go to WF salad bar, I just chuck it all in! I’m so tempted to buy some nutzo…good thing I’m broke or else I’d be buying more than just 2…I love some chew and crunch!
Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance says
I love salad bar lunches as you get so much variety!
I went to check out your OpenSky market and liked how there were exactly *26* different items for sale ; )
All the flavors sound so good! I think I would have to go with Bavarian Chocolate though…yum!
I never thought to ask you this before. I know you and Matt went to Davidson…did either of you have Dr. Bivens? He is my uncle and a math professor there!
Good luck on the exam! I have a killer Accounting for Derivatives exam tonight myself!
Marisa (Trim The Fat) says
I’ll have to try that Gypsy Coconut Chai – sounds great!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope says
I’m always so jealous of your EarthFare eats. Definitely a delicious mixture today!
Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) says
That lunch looks delish…..
UM 21$ for nut butter? Wow, that is a bit much.
Food Makes Fun Fuel says
I find it oddly fun to see people “go nuts” at salad bars. Best yet, I love watching my grandmother and great aunts at all you can eat casinos. They really know how to eat like there’s no tomorrow!
Whitney @ Lettuce Love says
Good luck studying!
Sarah Jayne says
I love the pics my iPhone takes! Such decent quality and so discreet when need be 😉
Love your mish-mosh plate lunch. Sounds YUM! I hope your test went well!!
a hot bar buffet and tea sounds so perfect for today’s weather! hope the test went well!
Hi, Kath. I’ve been following your blog now for a few months and you’ve inspired me to have a greater appreciation for food and the endless possibilities. Keep up the good work !
-Wendy in Ottawa, Canada
Deva (Voracious Vorilee) says
Your iPhone has awesome photo taking abilities – the photos are really clear 🙂
Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) says
Holy EXPENSIVE nut butter! That stuff better be pretty amazing!
[email protected] says
Mmmm cider collards. . . will have to find a recipe that sounds awesome!
I would like something roasty as we move into fall. I call hazelnut.
Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now says
Hope your test went GREAT!
It was so hot and humid here today! I’m jealous of all you who get to have cold weather already. That hot bar selection looks perfect for a cold day.
The nuttzo sounds good, too.
Looks like a fabulous lunch! And the coconut chai sounds awesome. I’m sipping on some peppermint tea right now to soothe my sore throat 🙂
Morgan @ Life After Bagels says
Good luck with your test, although I bet you’ve written it by now. Also, coconut tea, hmmmm . . . I’ve never had it!
Good luck on your exam Kath!
ellen eats beets says
Coconut Chai might be my favorite flavor of tea!
I’m sure you killed that exam homegirl!
apple cider collards? yum!
It’s so funny, I wouldn’t describe salad as having “chew” so much as light volume. But I guess it does compared to soup. I SO love soup though. Looks like you made an excellent compromise. 🙂
I never get (already prepared) food from EarthFare, but I’m thinking of trying it out tomorrow. I can see myself doing a little work in there. 🙂
hee hee – me too!
YES! I knew of him but I don’t think either of us had him as a prof.
It’s $21 for TWO, but yes, it is rather pricey.
Cynthia (It All Changes) says
I love the Salad Bar at Whole Foods. My salad bowl with all the extra trimmings 🙂 weighs around 2 pounds. It keeps me full most of the day. It better for the price. Good thing I only go about 2x a month.