Tonight’s exciting adventure was to meet vegan athlete celebrity Brendan Brazier!
He stopped into Charlotte as part of his THRIVE book tour and I rounded up my friends and we went to hear him speak.
But first, an early dinner!
I wrapped up work and was able to get there only in time for a 15 minute walk with Amanda and Matt. Part of my half marathon taper! [FYI, weather forecast for Saturday looks great!!]
I skipped my snack and still wasn’t that hungry for dinner – but I managed to find some stomach space!
We gathered at the Healthy Home Market deli counter for a bite. They have mostly chilled salads and prepared foods and a tiny salad bar.
I took the opportunity to buy a juice!! The juices there are very reasonably priced! Just $2.99 for a 4-piece veggie juice.
Spinach, cucumber, carrot, apple.
Matt’s juice was brewed
For dinner I got a leafy salad topped with some beans, garbanzos, tofu, olives, a grapeleaf and feta. Greek salad, if you will!
Tried two of Matt’s curry turkey pieces – yum!
And Amanda shared an organic gummy worm for dessert! LOL.
Brendan’s talk – which started at 6PM – was great. I really like everything he had to say! I love how he said that he doesn’t really “believe” in the way he eats – he just does it because it makes him feel good and perform optimally! I believe in whole foods. I believe in plants. I just don’t eat them exclusively. Probably 75% of the time 🙂 I don’t see a need to restrict my diet to a certain genre but of course, no one can argue with nutrient-dense Real Food!
Cheers with Diana, who showed up after dinner concluded!
I tried the Vanilla Chai, which I remembered to be really good back when I first had the sample. Also the chocolate! I think I prefer Amazing Grass Chocolate Meal, but Vega‘s Berry + Vanilla. I compared both brands side by side and I do think Vega has Amazing Grass beat on the nutritionals. Brendan talked about WHY he put certain ingredients into his mix
Hemp, rice + pea protein for a complete amino acid profile. Chollera for B12. Maca for its superpowers. Flax + hemp for essential fatty acids. And more. This stuff IS very nutrient dense and would certainly enhance any diet. However, I don’t think it’s really necessary to have in your diet. If you are a vegan, perhaps this would be a great investment, but for someone who consumes meat, you probably wouldn’t need to rely on it for complete protein and nutrients.
Still I like the nutrition profile, taste, texture and now, the thought behind it enough to purchase some of the Vanilla Chai! I’ll be using it in smoothies and probably at 1/3 of the portion size recommended to make it laaaaast. $$!!
I joined the Dansko club!!
But before I had a chance to go test out some of my own, blog reader Samantha sent me an email that she convinced her husband to hook me up with a pair to try out because he sells them at Clogs Central!!!! They’ve got really good prices to begin with, and she worked it out so you guys all get 15% off through the rest of April too!! If you’ve been meaning to get a new pair, jump on it 😉 Coupon code = kerf.
Can’t wait to test these out on my long day tomorrow! They sure are stiff – hope my feet don’t get worse before they get better from the break-in phase!
I’m feeling a little hungry from my early + lighter dinner. Might go grab a date or something, but I’m ready for bed! I hate it when I get hungry right before bed.