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texture love

It was really hard to crawl out of bed this AM.  I was beet from a full day on my feet at Whole Foods.  I wanted something other than oats this AM…shocker!!  I ate one of my Hemp bagels that I posted about awhile ago

Helllooooo 13g of fiber + 18g of protein…ahhhmazing!! 

Ingredient list:

Filtered water, organic wheat flour, organic vital wheat gluten, organic whole wheat flour, hempseed flour, organic flax meal, organic poppy seeds, dates, organic oat fiber, organic pumpkin seeds, organic millet, contains less than 2% of the following: hemp seeds, organic cracked wheat, organic sprouted Kamut® Khorasan wheat berries, organic sprouted spelt berries (wheat), organic sunflower seeds, sea salt, organic sprouted barley, organic sesame seeds, organic sprouted amaranth berries, organic sprouted quinoa. [source]

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Toasted + delicious.  I love all of the seeds.  I think the texture of these is great and it has a very nutty flavor to it.  Definitely love these, but they are probably not for everyone ;)

Topped with:  pnut butter + heather’s jam and pnut butter + Artisana cacao bliss  - Melted pnut butter on a bagel is one of the best things ever!

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I took this Boomi Bar with me today for a work snack.  I ate it around 12:30 and completely LOVED it.  Texture heaven.  It was gooey from the dates but had amazing crunchy from puffed rice and amaranth.  Wowza.  The flavor was deelicious as well.

Awesome ingredient list:

Dates, Walnuts, Raisins, Honey, Crisp Rice, Amaranth, Salt [source]

They have a lot of flavors…I may have had one of these before but can’t remember.  I definitely want to find the Maple Pecan.  That sounds sinful!

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For a late lunch [~3pm] I perused the lovely buffets at Whole Foods.  The store I work at is GInormous.  There is a whole Indian buffet as well as a huuge salad bar, and about 3 other buffets filled with a million different things. 

On today’s plate: 

  • 1 small scoop of rice pudding – insanely delicious
  • Asian cabbage salad with black sesame seeds and a light dressing – MUST make this at home

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  • small scoop of veggie fried rice
  • equally small scoop of Israeli couscous with squash + asparagus

Both are fabulous.  I can’t get over the awesome texture of Israeli couscous.

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  • side salad with: romaine + kale + peppers + tamari roasted pepitas + few raisins + chickpeas + egg +cucumber

Dressing:  balsamic vinegar + apple cider vinegar + lemon juice + olive oil

A huge plus of working at WF is the amazing fresh + healthy food selections.  I’m definitely loving it but should probably start packing my lunch to save money…we’ll see ;)

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Another plus?  Shopping after your shift..I mean you’re already at the store, so why not?

I steamed abunch of brussel sprouts for dinner along with 1 beet and a little side of whole wheat pasta with nutritional yeast cheesy sauce.  The b. sprouts were a little bitter.  Probably out of season…oops.  All in all, quite yummy.  I didn’t eat dinner until late [9pm] 3pm lunch held me over!  Or maybe it was the cake they had in the break room…hehe..Can I just say that WF’s carrot cake is insanely delicious.  I tried a tiny piece [~3 bites worth] along with a piece of white berry cake.  Both also had amazing frostings…and I’m usually not the biggest fan of frosting.

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Champagne mangos were on sale!  Yessssssss

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Like little ducks…

I’m in luuuuurve with these!  If you missed my first review, they taste like your typical mango but I like the texture of these much better.  They are a bit sweeter, and have a buttery texture without the stringiness found in regular mangos.  They can be a pain to cut though!

Check out this tutorial on how to cut one of these cute fruits!  Su-weet!  Ripening guide?  Here you go!

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Spices were on sale!  They were at least a dollar off a piece.  I couldn’t pass these up!  The three on the left I have been buying when I need them in the bulk spice area.  I thought it was finally thyme [ha ha ha] to invest in full sized jars!  And well..the garlic pepper [garlic, pepper, parsley, salt, 1-2 other things] just sounded awesome.  I love our garlic salt mix and I thought this might be a fun alternative.

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I am realllly excited for tomorrow’s breakfast.  I am trying out Vegan Overnight Oats that I saw Angela talking about the other day.  I made mine with coconut milk and cannot wait to top them in the AM!  They are looking thick + delicious as of right now :)         

I work again tomorrow but not until 3:30.  I’m hoping to go for a swim and who knows what else.  I need to also find some time to update my recipe page + FAQ’s.  I also seriously want to write my post on protein powders…gaaah!!  After tomorrow, I don’t work again until Saturday, so I definitely want to get that written this week. 

After all that champagne mango talk…I think I’m headed to the kitchen!

Hope you all have a great Monday!


Reader Comments (48)

I noticed that my brussle sprouts were pretty lame tasting as well. They have to be going out of season! So sad! :(

The hemp bagels look and sound awesome! I hope I can find them in my market.

Have a great day!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I wish my store had those champagne mangos!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Champagne mangos! I've never seen then, but what a BEAUTIFUL name! So fancy sounding :)
Those bagels have fab nutritional stats too....I'm going to add them to my Hit List of Crap to Buy When I Visit America!!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

Hey! I was just stopping by to catch up and saw that you're working at whole foods! That's awesome! Which location? Andrew worked at the one in Nashville for a year before we moved out here. Hope it's going well!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkaneil

Those mangoes are the best. I always call them ataulfo mangoes, I've never heard of them as "champagne" mangoes. Champagne sounds so much better.

i tried bsprouts the other day too...not so great. they're normally really buttery when they're roasted but mine were pretty bitter. i keep seeing those champagne mangoes at WF and want to try them!

Those champagne mangos remind me of the Peeps I bought you for Easter. Cute and packaged nicely too.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

OMG. I die over your pictures. Seriously. ;)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I bought some champagne mangos this weekend they are awesome! I made a black bean salad with mango, roasted corn, red peppers, roasted red onion, cilantro, lime, cumin, splash of olive oil, S+P.... soooooo good!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ashley! So glad WF is going great! I am a huge brussels fan, especially with toasted sesame oil! :). I totally don't dislike the vibrams:)...we sell them at the store! This guy yesterday was wearing a huge weighted back pack and there's lots of metal and a mile of railroad tie steps to the top of this thing! Hope your day is grand!!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillian

Those Boomi Bars and Hemp Bagels sound awesome. I've never seen the bars at my whole foods, but I'm sure I accidentally missed the bagels..definitely want to give those a try.

Have you heard of Penzey's to order spices from??? I wrote a post about it, its awesome.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

hi Ashley!! It's great to hear you're doing well at WF!! I'm very jealous as well because we don't have many in Vancouver and I have to go all the way out to downtown to get there..,almost an he and half! Craziness!! I'm so bummed about nowadays cuz I just finished my two bottles of kombucha I got in Seattle...I'm craving them! People in the states are so lucky they don't even know it!!
Your salad looks great.I was mesmeried by the salad bar at WF.
speaking of mangoes, my mom bought a case for me and it lasted just a couple days..seriously god stuff! I've syarted peeling them with a super super veg peeler so it ends up in my mouth faster!! LOL works like a charm! :)
I hope u have a great day and can't wait for your protein post!!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJin

Pardon my spelling errors-I'm eating my morning oats while I'm at it:)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJin

Everything looks so good!!

Those bagels look delish! I miss eating breads like that! Isn't there something so great about nut butter melting on warm toast- heaven ;-)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Those mangos look SO good, I haven't seen them around....

Yeah...I'll have to do something more creative with the ones that are left!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They are in the freezer section if you are looking for them when you come you have a trip planned?

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I work in one of the Denver stores. Where are you at in CO? I need to organize another blogger meetup!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoa. I have never heard that name for them!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you do!!! So yummy especially in yogurt!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

haha, yah they do...slightly healthier though?

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are tooooo kind!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

1 word - YUM

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

haha, well that is quite ridiculous sounding!! :) Running on metal pieces with vff's does not sound like fun!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The bagels are in the freezer section with frozen millet bread and things like that! I've heard of Penzey's but haven't tried anything from them yet!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ugh, that would be terrible to not live close to WF. We didnt' have any in Charlotte but there was a really similar store called Earthfare.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

haha no worries

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Everyone seems to be trying the Boomi bars and loving them, I really need to get my hands on one. Your eats look great!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrunnerforever

I do!! I'm running my first marathon (The Marine Corps, Oct 31st, Washington DC)!! All the way from England...I'm going to get nut butters galore and go to Trader Joe's lol :P

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

omg peanut butter melted on bagel...
especially if the bagel's a whole wheat
with lots of crunchy seeds...
mmmmmm soooooooooo good.
i wish i could find the cacao bliss
at a better price;
everywhere i've seen it around here
it's priced at like $17!!!
do you know of any good places to buy it for less?
lol champagne mangoes are defs
a little more difficult to cut,
but SO worth the challenge!
we had some this morning and
one of my friends was completely stumped.
i knew the whole thing was doomed from the beginning tho
when he called it a papaya... ;)

omg i know,
it's crazy how far we have to go
to find a whole foods in vancouver!!!
at least there's one in westvan,
it only takes me about 20mins to get there,
but it's not that big.
they opened an amazing one on cambie tho;
have you been to that one jin?
there's also capers downtown,
and choices is cool too,
but whole foods is by far the best for eye candy!

I drive 85 miles every 3 weeks just to enjoy WF. I have an unhealthy obsession with that place. At first they didn't have a bulk grains section so every time I was there, I found a comment card and voiced my opinion. Apparently I wasn't the only one. When I went last time, hello wall o' grain goodness!
WF is my back up plan after I get burned out on teaching. I would spend my whole check there. Well, actually I do spend a large chunk of my teaching check there, but nothing tastes as good as local produce.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Finally I can access your site again! So, expect a comment storm...! I've been wondering about champagne mangoes. I saw them at CostCo the other day and I was tempted, but I don't like stringy mangoes. Sounds like I would have been ok!

Pleaseeeeee make a homemade version of those bagels...then I'll de-gluten a version for myself ;-)

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

WOW your pics look amazing as always. you work at WF? THAT IS SO AWESOME! i would LOVE that!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Mmmm I would love to try those bagels!! I love hemp products!!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjaclyn@todayslady

Oh my gosh I love mangos! If you ever have any that are super ripe, just pop it in the food processor with a squirt of agave (not too much because the mango will already be crazy sweet) and boom! Instant syrup for banana pancakes!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Really? I haven't seen anyone else eating them yet...I'll keep my eye out! hehe..they are seriously so yummmmmy

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

haha that's awesome!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow that is crazy expensive...It's much cheaper at the Whole Foods by me. I would say to do a search online but I'm sure shipping to Canada is pricey!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow girl...that is commitment! I would probabaly do the same. That is awesome that they have a bulk aisle for you now too. I spend a lot on food, but it is SO worth it to me.

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I am loooooooving hemp lately...I might declare may hemp month!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

great idea!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] texture love « the edible perspective [...]

I am INSANELY jealous of your job at WF! Of course if I worked there, I'd probably end up poorer than I started out because I can't help spending money there.
I'd love to read a post on protein powders!! I've tried a few different brands that offer single servings but I really want to invest in a larger container so I'd like to know the pros and cons of whey vs. egg white powder, etc.

It is coming soon!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] ate this on one of my crazy protein + fiber filled hemp bagels.  [...]

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