It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in WIAW and shown you guys what I’ve been putting down lately.
As I’ve said before, I could never make Life of bLyss a food diary. You all would punch your computer screen with every repeated meal.
Get ready for the longest What I Ate Wednesday of all time.
It’s been said. And it deserves to be said over and over again: Our sponsors were unreal. I’m still so upset I didn’t make it home with a lot of my swag (ugh, how I wanted to try that coconut peanut butter and make the Xagave-based jam at home), but the food and drink they provided at the actual retreat was out of this world.
We had Chobani, Fitmixer, Xagave, The Simply Bar, Bob’s Red Mill, Larabar, Green Mountain Coffee, Pure Bliss Eats, Core Power, Cheribundi, Probar, mix1, Love Grown Foods. Cascadian Farms, Pangea Organics, Attune Foods, Nuts About Granola, NuNaturals, Lush Nuts, Optimum Nutrition, Twin Cakes Bakery, Colorado Fudge Maker, PopChips, Beanitos, Dry Soda, Bobo’s Oat Bars, Hanna’s Herb Shop, Healthy Bites, KIND Bar, and NatureBox products.
So, I’ll start with the Denver airport and Courtney and my matching “goat cheese” salads.
Not fantastic, but not terrible for airport food. The fantastic part came afterwards…
This was my first time trying Greek Yogurt fro yo, and TCBY’s honey vanilla is delicious. That’s coming from a serious chocolate-lover who never, ever chooses vanilla.
Courtney and I were pretty pressed for time, so after a quick washcloth shower and change, we headed to dinner/cocktail hour.
Hello, spinach dip. Hello, Chardonnay (did you like that, Court?).
And for my entree, I selected the chicken with carmelized onion and broccoli atop a bed of quinoa.
Dessert, as usual, stole the show.
How cute are these mini cupcakes? I love the portion control.
…And then I had four (unpictured, “junkyard,” which was a play on carrot cake and the best of the lot).
Sigh. I’m such a sucker for any salty/sweet combo. The texture of the peanut butter pretzel cupcakes wasn’t as perfect as the junkyard cupcake, but the taste was spot on.
After boot camp on Saturday (more on that later… I just can’t squeeze all this into one post), we had our Fitmixer aminos before heading to breakfast.
Saturday’s breakfast provided by Xagave. It was definitely a highlight meal of the weekend.
See that jam? It was best I’ve ever had in my life. I’m not kidding. I’m so distraught I don’t have my Xagave to recreate it at home.
I was a hungry girl.
And the Keurig-brewed caramel vanilla Green Mountain Coffee was so perfect.
As was our breakfast company.
See those two in the back? They’re the wonderful people at Fitmixer. You’ll be seeing some more of them on the blog soon!
Lunch was a lot of breakfast leftovers. After boot camp and our long hike, I was way too lazy to take photos. Sorry ’bout it.
I did snack on some of our swag throughout the day, though…
Trail mix made from Xagave-sweetened granola with dried fruit. The granola was lemon-blueberry flavored. Swoon.
Has anyone else tried the Uber Larabars? They’re so delicious. Gooey, crunchy, and chewy at the same time.
Once we had enough of laying around in our sweat for a few hours, we showered up and headed to Avery Brewery for drinks and dinner.
Let me tell you something you may not know about me. I’m rarely the type to choose beer over wine or liquor. I really have to be in the mood for a beer. And thankfully, I was in the mood on Saturday night.
I’m cracking up at how huge these look in the photos. I swear, I didn’t have four pints. All of these equal one pint of beer. And as I’m a bigger fan of light beer, I was surprised the coffee-based dark beer all the way to the right was my favorite. My dad would have gone nuts over the stuff.
Yeah. Told ya. And my mediterranean chicken wrap did not disappoint, either.
The table at Avery… photo stolen from Tinababes
We met up with everybody at Rio afterwards for a little Cinco de Mayo celebraciones. Where we had a few (cough cough STRONG) margs.
And, ya know, a quick “cheers” to blend.. preceded by salt, followed by a lime.
It was delicious. I’m not kidding; it was probably the smoothest tequila shot of all time.
…it may have something to do with the fact that my college days have my palette used to “Juarez” tequila. You know, the kind that comes with a little sombrero on top. Patron silver tastes a just a bit different.
After our cinco de mayo fun, we strolled Pearl Street in a quest for fro yo with Julie and her patient husband, Terry. It may or may not have taken us four stops before we came out victorious with some sweet gelato.
I got a mixture of malt ball and something else that was so delicious I’ve forgotten its name. It did make me reclaim my love for gelato.
Then, after Sunday morning’s boot camp with the adorable girls of Chobani, we stuffed our faces all over again.
I spy with my little eye…. some Love Grown Foods! Which I promptly added to my vanilla Chobani. Also, sorry I couldn’t wait to eat my hard boiled egg white before snapping the above photo.
So much LOVE for this company and their granola. Just wait till you see all we got to do with Love Grown Foods once we arrived in the Denver aiport (coming tomorrow, I swear).
The last little bits of my weekend food include our airport lunch.
Which was somewhat predictable and a super balanced meal.