08 June 2010

Alter Eco

Chelsea at One Healthy Munchkin has been inspiring me like crazy with her
 breakfast parfaits. In an attempt to make her proud, I served up one for myself

 Sliced Bananas, Blueberries, Plain Yogurt, and 
Cinnamon, topped with Nature's Path FlaxPlus Granola

After enjoying breakfast, I opened up a book to get some reading 
done. It just occured to me that I used to HATE reading! Now I find 
there's nothing like laying out in the sun and enjoying a good book!

Lunchtime Chicken Stir-fry with Garbanzo Beans

The best part of a muffin, as you know, is the top! So I snacked 
on a Raisin Bran Muffin while catching up on some blog reading :)

I continued my snacking with Crackers with Spinach Hummus
...as if Mary's needed to put "Tastes Great!" on the box...

I thought I would change things up a tad... I'd like to take you 
on a mini tour of my favorite health food store, Lifestyle Markets!

Mmm Carob Energy Balls and Sesame Energy Balls! They
 have the best treats; muffins, buns, cookies, squares, rolls,
 bars, loaves, cupcakes, macaroons, chocolate, tarts, pies, etc.

Top Left Counterclockwise: Cookies, Rheinland Bakery Gluten Free
 Pumpkin and Banana Muffins, Bubby Rose's Banana Rice Bread, Wildfire 
 Bakery Pumpkin Seed Anise Cookie, Single-Serving Carrot Cake with Frosting, 
Bubby Rose's Lemon Pound Loaf, Cascadia Bakery Chocolate Macaroon, 
and Cascadia Bakery Belgian Chocolate and Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Brownie or Belgian Brownie or both?

Cascadia Bakery Blueberry Danish Bars, 
Apple Danish Bars, and Raspberry Oat Squares

Cascadia Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins and Apricot Oat Muffins

And also from Cascadia, Pumpkin Millet Muffins,
 Vegan Bran Muffins, and Blueberry Wheatgerm Muffins

Large display of Natural, Organic, Local, and/or Fair Trade Chocolate Bars

Every variety and flavour imaginable :)

I'm intrigued with the concept of chocolate and quinoa crisps
...Hehe it's called Midnight Crunch by Alter Eco, very clever!

Lifestyle Markets on Urbanspoon

Thank you for the well wishes on my neck pain. Luckily after some resting 
 and massaging i'm pretty much back to my chipper self. The moral of  this
post is that any ailment can be healed with chocolate! Don't believe me? Try it :)

Question: If you were allowed to choose anything
from the health store pictures, what would you grab?


Samantha said... [reply]

Your stir fry's always look sooo good! I think I'd pick the chocolate espresso muffins!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love reading...I always have. I was the nerdy 3 year old who would rather read a book than play with toys. I love getting lost in a really good one.

I used to love that granola. I think it's definitely one of the best tasting ones out there. I haven't had it in so long. And Mary's crackers are so good.

The chocolate quinoa bar sounds really good to me...I can't actually see the inside, but I love when things are crunchy and I love chocolate, so what could be bad about that combination?

Ameena said... [reply]

I can't tell if any of the gluten-free muffins you eat are pictured but I would LOVE to try one of those! Otherwise the dark chocolate quinoa bar sounds pretty flippin amazing to me too! You are lucky to have all that great stuff at your fingertips!

runnerforever said... [reply]

I would totally claim that whole stand of chocolate. :-)

Anonymous said... [reply]

1. Thank you for your super sweet comment on my blog

2. OFCOURSE any aliment can be healed my chocolate!

3. CRAZY, but I just bought some of Mary's crackers TODAY!!! LOVE those suckers!

4. Holler for parfait time! Yum and yum - you made yours like a total pro.

Annie :D said... [reply]

I want that parfait!!!!!!!!! nommmm

I would definitely pick a dark chocolate quinoa!!
eeep I love your bloggie...you always post the most delicious things that I have never heard of lol

Chef Dennis Littley said... [reply]

my girls love parfaits!! I love the idea of chocolate with Quinoa I will have to look for that!
your photos are really great thanks so much for sharing!

Gina; The Candid RD said... [reply]

I'd love to try that quinoa dark chocolate!! I love quinoa, I love dark chocolate, it must be good!

I used to hate reading too, with a passion. I started reading books 2 summers ago and since then I haven't been able to stop. I've read over 20 in about two years! When I read for school it was more like a chore. Now it's more a hobby :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love parfaits but... I don't like the fact that the spoon gets dirty and then also my fingers get sticky and I hate this....oh my God I m totally not a normal person :)

My favourite dessert was the cascadia brownie.

I m so glad that you spend your time reading. Books travel us in different worlds and the feeling is amazing!

Simply Life said... [reply]

wow, all the food you eat is always so pretty! :)

Amanda @ . seek . said... [reply]

The only thing better than enjoying a good book out in the sun is browsing the aisles of your favorite health food store. I'd definitely be all over those Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins. Pairing coffee with chocolate can do no wrong in my eyes.

Glad your neck is feeling better :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

Dark Chocolate, hands down haha :) or id they have 100% choco-caco chips i cant find them anywhere! i wish we had these cool stores. your so blessed to live where you do!

alex said... [reply]

mmm chocolate - although I love white chocolate more than any other type of chocolate...I'd taken anything in that store that involved chocolate.

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said... [reply]

I'm totally coming to visit! Love the looks of that store...

That bar in the last picture would definitely pique my interest...but I think I'd choose the espresso muffin! Yum!

Reading is the best. I was a Literature major, and it was so nice to have an excuse to sit and read for hours. Now, I can't say "I have homework!" anymore. I need to go back to school!

Yum Yucky said... [reply]

Mmmm! baked goods! ...oh wait. I will close my eyes and pretend I didn't see that. ugh.

Anonymous said... [reply]

i would grab any of the baked goods if they were gluten freeee! can you say muffin? :p
or a chocolate bar. you can never go wrong with goooood dark chocolate. mmm :)
glad to hear that your neck is better. that's always such a pain!! and your parfait looks diviiiine dahling ;)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love reading so much! Finding the time is a bit difficult but I love it.

I would so do a smash & grab on the baked goods! Cookies, breads, muffins . . . I'm not picky!

Christina said... [reply]

Parfaits are so pretty. Perfect for food blogging!

I think I'd go for a brownie!

alex (spoonful of sugar free) said... [reply]

Whoa! Quinoa Chocolate crisp bar? I have NEVEr heard of that before! Sounds very interesting....

Sana said... [reply]

Umm EVERYTHING! I love all things dessert related :)!

Kris | iheartwellness.com said... [reply]

The whole chocolate rack....doll...I would take it all!!!

I love trips to the health food store!!


Erica said... [reply]

oh my gosh- you know I am parfait obsessed! Yours looks gorgeous. Hooray for fruit, yogurt and topping! :) Your food store looks like the jam. I could go for an espresso chocolate muffin right now!

Natalie said... [reply]

Hey! Just found your blog and wanted to leave a comment saying I really enjoy it! Love the name too =) All those bakery goods are making me drool... i would totally try the dark chocolate with quinoa crisps!

Chelsea said... [reply]

For some reason your posts aren't showing up on my dashboard, so I keep on missing them! :(

Aw, thanks for the shout out girl! You totally out did me with that parfait. It looks fabulous!!

That health food store looks like it's full of good treats! I would probably go for that pumpkin millet muffin.

Anonymous said... [reply]

OH MY GOSH! That parfait looks awesome :D What a great way to start the day.

I love the baked goods you feature in your posts! Yum yum yum. And the chocolate carousel is awesome. I am in dire need of chocolate and I keep seeing signs from the higher powers that I need to get on that ASAP. Atleast I've got a jar of Cacao Bliss, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, and Chocolate Almond Butter to tide me over in the mean time lol.

Only one?? Oh my gosh lol. I can't read all of the signs, but out of the ones I can read.. I would choose the pumpkin millet muffin. Yum :D

XOXO I'm glad you're feeling better my love!

eatmovelove said... [reply]

Thank you so much for finding my blog!! I'm excited because now I found yours - and it's awesome!

Oh my God - I'd want it alllll :) Hmmm...probably one of those muffins in the display case...I'm such a sucker for going into bakeries and getting something ultra-rich and carby...and definitely not health-food ;)...oops.

Do come back! I'd appreciate any opinions on my current job situation...

Yuki said... [reply]

Oh man, I love grocery shopping haha.
i would definitely take the apple danish bar or the wildfire chocolate fudge cookie!!!
omg everything looks SO good though!!
thanks for the awesome post :D

Mary @ Bites and Bliss said... [reply]

Muffins tops definitely are the best part! I've been searching for a muffin top pan just so they're there whenever I want! haha and I'd snag a cookie, a macaroon, a brownie, and a muffin from that health food store. Probably a couple of each..cause after all, if they come from a health food store, they must be good for you ;)

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said... [reply]

LOVE that parfait!!!
oooh and I am intrigued by the dark chocolate quinoa - how yummy does that sound!!!

Ilana said... [reply]

Is it even a question?! I would grab that entire rack of chocolate!!!!

The stir fry looks delish, btw!

Jessica said... [reply]

That spinach hummus looks really good. If I could try anything in the health food store, I would try the dark chocolate quinoa - I really want to try it now after seeing those pictures!

And I totally agree that chocolate can heal anything :)

Laury@TheFitnessDish said... [reply]

Loooooooove parfaits....it's been a while since I have had one. You are inspiring me to bring them back into my life :-)

Glad your neck it feeling better! You are 100% right about chocolate ;-)

Oh, and if you figure out anything with crazy blogger, let me know...it's so not cool how it's been acting up lately!

Anonymous said... [reply]

good books are great! mhm with a side of chocolate too. I would grab the Mary's and RUN!

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

The apricot oat bran muffin...definitely, but can I have it with the parfait? I am so glad your neck is feeling better. I want to go to that store...I love going to food shops in different places!

Joanne said... [reply]

I've recently started reading again now that I can't run and stationary bike all the time. It's the only thing that keeps me going! What are you reading these days?

that parfait looks awesome. I think I want one for dessert!

Anonymous said... [reply]

That is such a hard question lady but definitely a muffin combo I've never had or that alter eco quinoa crunch chocolate...I want to hunt that down. Looks like a great store and happy to hear your neck is feeling better...chocolate is definitely the best medicine!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Apricot oat muffin. I love muffins, and apricot-flavored things, so I bet it would be tasty. Good tour!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love your blog!
I'd choose your parfait ;)

Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said... [reply]

i love seeing chelsea's parfaits, too! so pretty - and so is yours!! looks perfect :)
and what a great market!! i think i'd be all over those muffins, though the quinoa dark chocolate sounds really interesting!

Missy said... [reply]

Mary's Gone Crackers!!! Whoot! Whoot!
(I wish they would make a cereal....)
Love your blog.
You R adorable.

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