Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eat Local - WIAW

Good Morning Wednesday!

If you haven't noticed a trend... Wednesdays = WIAW {What I ate Wednesday} started by Jen at Peas and Crayons. Here is what I have been eating lately!

a big mug full of strawberries and blueberries for todays breakfast. which came from Whole Foods via a huge 4 pound bin of strawberries... i told you they were like my chocolate! 

i also made oatmeal with blueberries and chia seeds for breakfast on Monday and a big batch of protein waffles to freeze for quick breakfasts on the go!

Sunday me and CL slept in {which I rarely get to do} then headed over to Downtown Annapolis because it was finally sunny out!! 

We love Pussers... maybe a little bit too much. These nachos are always how we start off a meal. Followed by sharing some fish tacos ... because I never lie and I really always order them everywhere we go. Make your own with my recipe here {mine are better}!

We also discussed our game plan of buying a house on the water. I would work 39452 jobs to wake up to this every morning.

Next, we headed over to Whole Foods where I finally picked up some Kombucha, chia seeds and another $100 dollars worth of groceries.

Which leads me to my next point.

buy local!!!!

No, really. I used to never think twice about where my food came. Where the meat I was putting into my body used to live. Were they happy and healthy and not crowded or fed chemicals and steroids?

The great thing about stores like Whole Foods is they really support local farmers. Buy the local ground beef and roast from the butcher. Pay the extra 2 dollars for the local milk ... you get the deposit back when you return the glass container. Stop at your local farmer's market to pick up some fresh veggies and go pick your own strawberries if you have time on the weekend.

It all adds up.

Doesn't it make you feel better about what you are putting in your belly? To know you are helping a farmer and his family keep his job by giving you healthy and fresh food for your family.

Fresh really does taste better!

Did you know? {source}
  • Hawaii imports 90% of its food.
  • In 1866, 1,186 varieties of fruits and vegetables were produced in California. Today, California's farms produce only 350 commercial crops.
  • Communities reap more economic benefits from the presence of small farms than they do from large ones. Studies have shown that small farms re-invest more money into local economies by purchasing feed, seed and other materials from local businesses, whereas large farms often order in bulk from distant companies. 
  • Large factory livestock farms also degrade local property values because of the intense odors they emit and other environmental problems they cause.
  • A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.
  • In the U.S., a wheat farmer can expect to receive about six cents of each dollar spent on a loaf of bread—approximately the cost of the wrapping.
  • Farmers' markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
  • About 1/3 of all U.S. farms are located within metropolitan areas, comprising 18% of total U.S. farmland.

Freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter. mmmmm :-)

After our Whole Foods stop, I accidentally shook my Kombucha a little too hard and it spilt all over my crotch. Right before we were going to get Menchies Frozen Yogurt. REALLY?!

Thankfully my prince charming had a huge jacket in the car that I threw on and looked like i was wearing no shorts. Just so I could get some of this.

Heaven in a cup.

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  1. haha I love that you shook your kombucha bc I have totally done that before and it exploded everywhere :)

  2. Love the blooby oats, they looks so yummy as do those waffles! You are set for the week ;)
    Those nachos and tacos look delicious! I love how it's outdoors and yay for Menchies!! It is heaven in a cup but you went so modest on the fro-yo. Mine like towers over the cup haha

  3. Yummy! Lots of great meals, girl! And the pic of you guys on the dock is gorgeous! I need to get myself to a farmer's market this summer for some local food shopping!

  4. How lucky to live on the water! I have always wanted that :) Good luck with your dreams!! I just visited a local farmer for farm fresh eggs, got to see the chicken running around eating from the farm - can't wait to try the eggs I bet they are fantastic!

  5. @NicholeEvery summer me and CL watch my mom's friends farm while she is on vacation and every morning we get to grab the fresh eggs from her chickens. nothing better than seeing the cycle!!

  6. My eyes just won't stop staring at the delicious fro yo pic you got there. I haven't had this for quite some time now. I love them with fruits and at times, chocolate. :)

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  7. i cannot believe how small your cup of menchies is.. i mean, i was gonna suggest we get some or go to tasti before my move BUT i would feel like a fat @$$ haha

  8. @fashionfitnessfoodieit was after i ate that entire plate of nachos and tacos!!! haha plus nibbling at Whole Foods... obv my priorities are backwards and I'll pack it in there when we go!

  9. How did you like your Kombuncha? I actually think I'm going to buy more today. I haven't tried those flavors yet, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Strawberry and Trilogy. Guava was good, but I probably won't buy it again. It was good, but not $4 good, ha! :)

  10. @KatyBotanic No 9 was good, Multi-Green was not good at all.

    It tasted like leftover beer...

  11. I JUST wrote about Kombucha today! It exploded on me too but I turned it upside down...I don't read directions often! Great pictures. I always end up spending soo much money in whole foods.

  12. Love your stance on eating can be challenging, but so worth it!

  13. I love Annapolis! It's such a beautiful town.

    A Menchies is opening just a mile away from me! I can't wait to try it.

  14. I have those same chia seeds!! I put them in my overnight oat bran this morning/last night. so yummy!

  15. loved all the foodie facts! I'm working on getting into farmers markets around here so I can eat local! and the meat I buy for the hubs comes from local farms and is grass and pasture raised with no grains and no shenanigans! phew!

    I bet your nachos are better - must make them soon! CAH-raving them at all times + they are totally my comfort food =)

    Happy WIAW!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  16. you had me at kombucha! i love mine GT! mmm, good!
    And yes, local is the best. If you buy a place on the water, I just might be inviting myself over.

  17. Oh my word. Those waffle stacks... I think my heart just skipped a beat. I'll take those and the frozen yogurt, please :)

    I do my best to buy locally, but it's kind of tough around here unless you like carrots, beets, and potatoes. But I do hit up the farmers market every weekend to see what I can scrounge up. I'd love to live somewhere warmer where fresh produce (and sunshine!) is around all year long. Maybe one day :)

  18. Strawberries + blueberries + froyo = best. summer. food. day. ever. :D

  19. My husband and I went to Annapolis in September when we visited my Brother-in-law and Pussers is A-MAZE-ING!!! We had the crab dip and I had a crab cake sandwich. We are from Kansas and naturally we don't get fresh seafood so I look forward to going again!! Love your blog!

  20. Cory and I want to end up living on the water somewhere, too! It's just so perfect, isn't it?!
    What's not so perfect? How I can spend all my earnings in one trip to Whole Foods ;)
    Have a great day, girl!

  21. @WillJogForFoodit's so good! it was our first time going there but i am going again tonight... for dinner haha!

  22. Seriously Colleen! And you could spend a whole day in there walking around reading labels and trying new things!

  23. I'm not sure if your wholefoods has a bin department but try shopping there to save $$$! (I was thinking about doing a post on this) I buy chia seeds in bulk bins and they are almost 1/2 price...same with oats and beans...even carob and chocolate chips!