Sunday, August 15, 2010

Healthy Living Summit

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the Healthy Living Summit here in Chicago. Friday afternoon we checked into our hotel, the Congress Plaza.

I couldn't wait to pick up my 'swag bag'!

They were so generous! Lots of goodies!

Hubby enjoyed some of the treats with me..

Friday night I attended the cocktail party at LaSalle Power Co and met a few of my favorite bloggers. It was so nice being surrounded by other women who share the same passion!

Gina and Sabrina

Heather, Alison, Kristie and Stacey

And Paige!

Saturday I was up bright and early ready for the summit to begin with breakfast at 8am. The spread of food was unbelievable. They had an oatmeal bar set up with all the fixings, tons of fresh berries, yogurt, bagel things, muffins, and more! Its safe to say I ate all day long. Just warning you.

I wish I had pictures of the actual summit, but my camera is filled with only food pictures!

Lunch was amaaaaazing. They had wonderful vegetarian options and I was like a kid in a candy store.

I can't wait to try to re-create the quinoa dish, it was so refreshing and delicious.

And moving onto snack time...

Gina generously brought her famous raw macaroons for the attendees and also handed out samples of Garlic Gold. Mmmmm....macaroons. They were perfectly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

Athenos sponsored our snack time. Holy vegetable!

Check out the cucumber roll stuffed with hummus! How creative, these would be perfect for a party.

After the summit, Andrea and I got some fresh air and walked Michigan Ave. We stopped at The Purple Pig for a glass of vino. I really loved this place - everything on the menu looked delicious and they had an extensive wine list.

We finished up at the Pig and took a cab to our next stop - Chicago Curry House.

Baigan Bharta

Chana Masala

This was our first Indian feast and I am in love!!!!! Indian food = delicious.

Right now I'm enjoying a 100% organic farmer's market dinner. I wasn't too hungry from all the treats this weekend so I threw heirloom tomatoes, green pepper, and raw corn together with a dash of salt and pepper.

Its safe to say I am exhausted and am looking forward to going to bed early tonight. Monday tomorrow! Boo!

How was your weekend?

Have you ever had Indian food?

Check out this article I found on great sources of vegetarian protein.



  1. looks like a wonderful weekend!

  2. This looks like it was really fun and I love your photo collection to go with it!

  3. It was so good to meet you! My Fruity Life is officially on the reader. :)

  4. whoo hoo! LOVED meeting you this weekend :) so happy you liked the roons and thank you again for joining us for the indian feast :D
    have a great week!

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful time love! I should of went!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the indian feast!! Yummy!!!!!!!!!

    The walden farms products I always just find at my local grocery store, I doubt whole foods has it, and the parfait I made is DELISH as EVER!

    Love you and I am sad he is growing up soooooooo fast, kids do!


  6. It was so great to meet you! I have added you to the long lists of blogs that I stalk ;) Thank you for inspiring me to pursue starting my own blog!! I hope to see/talk with you in the future :)

  7. Yay! You found me Stacey!! I hope we can get together in the future, and I want to be the first one you tell about your new blog!! :)

  8. I totally wish I was there too! :)

    I had indian food for the very first time at Veggie Fest a couple of weeks ago. Uh. May. Zing.

    I am now obsessed.

  9. you are fab fab FABULOUS! I loved meeting you this weekend! (I want to recreate that quinoa dish too. I have dreams about it!)

    You are officially on my google reader :) cant wait to read more!


  10. I'm so glad I got to meet you over the weekend! I just added you to my reader too! :)

  11. Lots of delish looking food!!
    I can honestly say I have never tried Indian food before! Long time veggie here and have never even tried it, maybe soon I will I just dont know what to get!!

  12. I am so jealous of your macaroons!

    It was great meeting you!