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Fresh Veggies Please!

by Meghann on May 18, 2009

After a week of eating out, I was in desperate need of some fresh veggies and almond butter. Actually I started craving Almond Butter on the plane ride back home last night and the urge to eat it just grew stronger today.

I considered making a nice fresh salad for lunch, but concluded the extra lettuce ‘bulk’ would just get in the way of the crisp, cool vegetables I really wanted to sing my teeth in to. So, instead I made up an assorted platter plate of all my favorites and ate in blissful happiness.


The star of this beautiful plate is the plain old Almond Butter that has had be drooling so.


Oh, Almond Butter, where would my life be without your almondy ways? You are so perfect for dipping any and everything my little mind can come up with.

Highest on top of the priority list for dipping would of course have to be the two large carrots I peeled and cut.


Next to the carrots are the Globe Red Grapes which I had bought without realizing they had seeds. Seeded grapes are no where near as fun to eat. 🙁

Next on the plate a handful of Marys Gone Crackers and the second half of the Red Pear I had in my cereal this morning.


Then Melissa’s Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Date Muffin, Cucumber & a Pickle.


This was my last muffin and I am sad to see them go! Very, Very Yummy!

For those of you who were curious Melissa finally posted the recipe to these lovely muffins on her website here. I highly recommend it and might make my own batch in the future.

Finally the last piece of my lunch consisted of Tomato Slices sprinkled with Blue Cheese.


I literally just picked up the tomato slices with my hand and ate them like a pizza. It was heaven.

My lunch was so great and so filling, but the salt water taffy I had missed so much was waiting for me on the counter and I could not resist a piece.


Yep, just as good as I remembered. On the drive back to work I was actually contemplating if it’s possible to stop in Savannah on the way back from North Carolina in June just to pick up more taffy!

And just so you don’t think I starved myself this morning, I did have one one of Ashley’s Homemade Granola Bars as my midmorning snack.


For those of you who ever wondered what its like to run in my shoes, I was featured in Andrea’s Feet on the Street series over at Off Her Cork. Andrea was a great interviewer who asked some pretty intriguing questions of me. Head over there and check it out! While you’re over there check out the rest of Andrea’s blog! She is a super talented and creative blogger herself. 🙂

1 Allison May 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Loved your feet on the street post 🙂

2 Jen May 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I love smorgasbord lunches! You get to have exactly what you feel like eating and keep things super interesting, but still light. Great plate today!

And I’ll definitely be looking into the muffin recipe. They look super good!! 🙂

3 Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Loved the interview. It was very inspiring for me as a new runner!

4 Marissa May 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I’ll have to try the AB+Carrot combo!

5 Run Sarah May 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Everything on your lunch plate looks delicious!

6 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I seriously cannot get enough almond butter – it’s like crack to me!!! Great lunch platter!

7 Sara May 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Yum, all those veggies look great. After I travel, I’m always craving fruit and veggies too.

8 Brandi May 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

i don’t know how I lived without almond butter either 🙂

glad you got home safely!

9 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 18, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I still need to try the carrott and PB combo! I just can’t see myself liking it — although I’m SURE I will 😉

10 Jo May 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Great lunch selection. Sometimes its just best to have whatever you fancy rather than try to creat a ‘meal’ from it

11 modhealth May 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Cool interview!

12 Melissa May 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm

haha! thanks for the mention. I love love love your tapas style lunches. I might do that for dinner. oh, and globe grapes are so lucious, I can’t seem to stop myself with them though! congrats on the two week countdown!

off to check out the interview…don’t tell my boss haha

13 Jess May 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

While I am SUPER jealous you get to eat lunch at home, I am really impressed with how well you make it work for you!! Now I have a HUGE craving for Almond Butter!!!

14 Julie May 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

salt water taffy is sooo good 🙂 If you have a Wegmans near you they have it in SERIOUS bulk! very danger but very awesome haha

15 HelpMeghanRun May 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm

That lunch looks amazing. I need to make more almond butter… 🙂 Good interview, too.

16 Erin May 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I just caught up on your time in SA and it looks AWESOME! If only you’d had the time to pop up to LBK – it’s six hours away and totally like going back in time 25 years! 🙂

17 strivingforbalance May 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

what a great variety for lunch!!!

ps. great interview!!

18 Caitlin May 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

fun! I love making lunch platters like that!

19 Andrea May 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm

After being out of town for only two days last week, I was craving AB too – I can only imagine what kind of withdrawl you were going through!

20 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I always love that first healthy meal after a long trip! Veggies never tasted so good. And Almond Butter…need I say anymore? SO delicious!

21 Matt May 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I ate out a ton this weekend as well! I am looking forward to some healthy eating this week! I went a whole weekend with PB!

22 luckytastebuds May 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

oooh i was craving almond butter today too so i got me some of that white chocolate cherry almond butter and slapped it on some banana. Now…i’m curious if you put the almond butter on the tomato…cuz…i can’t imagine that tasting good!! hahhaha It’s hard to imagine lots of combo’s i guess. 😛 I get cravings after many days of restaurants food toooo!!! Or even…1 whole day of restaurant food. 🙂

23 shelby May 18, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Love the snacky plate! It’s what I always have when I can’t decide what to eat =)

24 Danielle May 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Love that snack platter what a great way to get exactly what you want in one delicious meal!
By the way I’m having a giveaway you might be interested in.

25 carolinebee May 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm

San Antonio sounded like such a blastie! That is so awesome that your parents came…i loove traveling with parents, you can just revert back to childhood mode and they just take care of everything 😀 I’m sure Abbie and the Easter bunny are glad you’re back!

26 Meredith May 18, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I love the interview! I really appreciate the advice you give to new runners. It is so inspiring that you just started running in January 2008. I just started running in January. I have my first 5K this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

27 meg May 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Melissa’s muffins look so good! So do all your veggies!

28 Island Girl Eats May 18, 2009 at 7:40 pm

What a great looking lunch. I also looked at your interview and it was great. Cool picture!!

29 Kath May 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm

That tasting plate looks great!!

North Carolina in June!?

30 Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

LOVE Mary’s Gone Crackers!

31 Red Head, Yellow Dog May 19, 2009 at 8:17 am

yay NC! where in this lovely state are you going?

32 Nicole May 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

Seeded grapes make me so irrationally mad!!

33 Pearl May 20, 2009 at 3:33 am

ahh i’ve never tried taffy; i’ve only seen it featured on the food network shows.

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