Health Blogger Playdate Part I

by Rachel on April 18, 2010

Ever wonder what two people who are passionate about healthy food and fitness do when they’ve got a weekend to play?

When it’s me and Leah, it’s a pretty healthy and delicious series of events!

To start things off, Leah came up to my house Friday night and we made a delicious dinner: grilled flank steak, grilled kale, and sweet potatoes.

Holy hell. This is the way to do meat and potatoes. The steak was lean and spicy and the grilled kale is so delicious; I will definitely post this recipe soon because everyone should try grilling greens. It’s great!

After a good amount of girl talk, blog talk, health talk, gossip, music sharing, and nail painting while we digested, we called it an early night because Saturday morning we had to get up before 7 AM to make it to my 8 AM spin class. We had a small pre-breakfast and coffee and then headed out. It was a small class but that was fine. Leah did great losing her virspinity; I was very proud of her for keeping up with the fast jumps! She also managed to snag a shot of me in action (let’s hope this was the warm-up; otherwise I was probably not working her hard enough).

After class we headed back to my house to make a real breakfast. We did a little make-your-own omelet breakfast. We each worked a pan on the stove with our eggs and veggies.

After the eggs, we both showered and then headed back to Ann Arbor for what was truly my idea of a perfect Saturday: Target, Sephora, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and a local grocery store, Arbor Farms. Luckily, Leah and I didn’t enable each other too badly at Target and Sephora (it wasn’t easy; I had to be talked down from Giada’s Dutch oven…it was ON SALE). Then it was time for my real true love…the grocery stores! Or, as I like to call it, Tour de Groceries ’10.

We had lunch at the Whole Foods hot bar and then got down to the serious business of food shopping. All the stores were like zoos since it was a Saturday afternoon but the thing is, each grocery store had something we wanted, so we couldn’t skip any of them. Plus, I really couldn’t turn down a chance to grocery shop. I stocked up green goodies at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

I had been really excited to go to Arbor Farms for the past few weeks because they have local meat and grass-fed beef which is so exciting. I’ve really wanted to switch to local, organic, and grass-fed meat, but it’s impossible to find anywhere near me. I really stocked up because I can freeze it, and then I don’t have to worry about coming back to Ann Arbor to buy more on a weekly basis.

What’s so great, though, is that the grass-fed local flank steak is cheap. It was $11 for an amount of meat that I’ll get four or five meals out of. I got flank steak, local sausage, and nitrate-free local bacon. I should be set for a very long time!

In the end, I stuck to my budget perfectly — a feat for me — and got a great variety of groceries for the next few weeks. I’m pretty excited about some of the new items, vegetables, and brands I’m going to be trying out! I can’t resist new goodies.

By the time we got back to her apartment, I was wiped out! I had to take a little break before getting ready for the evening’s festivities.

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1 Bridget@PavementandPlants April 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

So sorry I missed you in Ann Arbor! The Spring Game was sad (I don’t have high hopes for the Wolverines this year….) and cold. So cold, in fact, we didn’t go to Dominicks. I will be back July 17th-ish!


2 MelissaNibbles April 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

You scored on all that meat! I wish I had something like that near me. Grass-fed is so hard to find!


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