Food, Inc. and the Farmers Market

So far, my favorite part of having my own place is—no surprise here—I always get to choose what food I’m going to eat. For instance, if it’s lunchtime and I want a veggie burger*, then I can have a veggie burger! (*provided it’s in my freezer)

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That’s one of the Gardenburger Veggie Medley burgers. It was my first time trying these particular ones, and I loved them. Carrots were popping out of the patty! I stuck it between a hummus-covered sammie thin and gobbled it down.

For dinner last night, I finally used some of the lettuce I bought and made a salad with nuts, grapes, raisins and bits of turkey.

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I love the flavor nuts bring to a salad, especially when I use a balsamic dressing, or in this case a raspberry one. I also cut up and baked a sweet potato with cinnamon…finally! I’ve been craving these little guys ever since I moved in.

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I also made some white chocolate coconut covered pretzels for the boyfriend, as a sort of thank-you for his amazingness in bringing me flowers and buying me baking/cooking tools at World Market.

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I think he ate them all the next day, so I guess they were pretty good!

I got a treat too! My Holey Donuts! that I won in Erika’s giveaway came in the mail. I have wanted to try these things ever since they first popped up in the blog world months ago.

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I got the Boston Cream Oreo Cookie, Low Fat Chocolate Crumb, Low Fat Original Glazed and the Coconut Cream Pie donuts. I stuck to the most basic donut to start: the LF Original Glazed.

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I was so happy that this lived up to my expectations. It kind of tasted like my grandma’s stollen, but with a lot more sweetness. The best part was that it didn’t make my stomach feel gross afterwards, which is one of the reasons I normally don’t eat donuts. If I’m going to eat a donut, I definitely want a Holey Donut!

There was a coupon in my order letting me know you can get free 30 Low Fat Cinnamon Glazed Donut Holes with any online order. Just enter the promo code AWNY when you checkout. Thought I would share!

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The boyfriend and I went to see Food, Inc. last night. How much of a geek am I that I dragged us both there on opening day? It was definitely more of a propaganda documentary than an unbiased documentary, but I didn’t mind because I agreed with the message. Plus, all of the multinational food companies discussed in the movie refused to be interviewed.

The boyfriend liked it too. We were both happy that it wasn’t extremely political, as it brought up the failures in Republican and Democratic administrations in monitoring the food industry. Also, it wasn’t completely knocking big business. Stonyfield Farm was a good example in the movie of an organic brand successfully being sold in Walmart, a multinational retail chain.

All in all, the movie did a great job of stirring up the audience’s emotions and explaining things in a way that was interesting and understandable. I think it’s an important film for people to see. But that’s just me. 😛 Click here to see what other people think about the movie.

Today, I woke up very excited because I had plans to go the local farmers market. It’s been open for about a month, and I was finally free this morning to go over and check it out.

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The boyfriend joined me and ended up buying a loaf of nine-grain bread from Great Harvest’s stand (which by the way was handing out free slices of their bread :-)) and Key Lime Mango salsa. I bought some strawberries. Best $6 I spent all day.

We walked back to my apartment to make lunch and both had turkey and hummus on a TJ’s Whole Wheat Bagel with some of the strawberries I bought. I need to try to eat them fast before they go bad! I’m always wary of buying berries for just myself because I can never seem to eat them before they perish.

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As for the Diana’s Banana Babies featured in my last post, I researched where they’re sold and found out you should be able to find them at Dominick’s, Jewel and Whole Foods. In doing this, I discovered there are Dark Chocolate ones too! I’m totally trying those out when I finish the Milk Chocolate ones.

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26 responses to “Food, Inc. and the Farmers Market

  1. Those doughnuts look awesome! What are their ingredients?

  2. The Oreo one is TO. DIE. FOR.

    Those pretzels look delish!

    I can’t wait to see Food Inc! 😀

  3. I can’t wait to see Food Inc- sounds really interesting!

    Glad you are enjoying your weekend and apartment- it’s so great to be able to eat what you want when you want (provided your freezer is stocked 😛 )

    I always worry about berries going bad too- you can always freeze some to then throw in a smoothie or oatmeal 🙂

  4. mmm white chocolate coconut pretzels sound like a great idea!

  5. rediscoveringlauren

    hi hun, im glad to hear you liked the movie!

    those holy dohnuts look so good, i wish they had them here in ireland! i would so be all over them lol.

    ooo a farmers market, awesome 🙂 and those strawberries look like a great buy!

    ohmygosh white coated pretzels? yum…they sound amazing 🙂

  6. I love living on my own for that reason too!

    I don’t think I’ll ever get to see Food Inc., it’s not coming to my area 😦

  7. That Holey Donut is delicious!! Glad you liked it!

    Is the Gardenburger meaty? As in does it try to be a real burger? I can’t stand fake meat that tries to be the same as real meat so I was wondering if you think I would like it or not? Thanks 🙂

  8. smallchangesaddup

    Those pretzels look so good! I’ve never thought to make them myself but now I’ve seen how easy it is I think I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://smallchangesaddup.wordpress.com

  9. mm the oreo one sounds really really good!

    love veggie burgers for lunch 😀

  10. That salad looks yum and double yum to the Holey Donuts, haha. I actually saw the book Food Inc. while walking through Barnes and Noble yesterday and was about to pick it up! Have a great day girl! ❤

  11. strivingforbalance

    congrats on winning the giveaway! Enjoy them 🙂

    http://strivingforbalance.wordpress.com/

  12. I love all of your food photos! I love Gardenburgers- they are by far my favourite veggie burgers! Good choice!

    Oh man- donut heaven!! Lucky lady!
    And that last photo–with the strawberries and the bagel—oh man 🙂

  13. you’re so lucky to win the holey donuts! They look awesome.
    I’ll have to find Food Inc. somewhere online or something. There is certainly such a buzz surrounding it…but I may not be able to eat ANYTHING from a grocery store after that!

  14. AHHH holey donuts! you make them look damn good girl, i want one right now! enjoy them all =)

    thanks for the interesting review on food, inc! i’m definitely going to have to see that at some point. maybe after the hangover though — ha!

    hope you had a faaabulous weekend! xo

  15. I love the farmer’s market. There are a few here in Michigan, and I really want to go with my sister and mom while I’m home.

    Thanks for the info on Banana Babies. I’m so excited that they come in dark chocolate, too, which is my absolute fave!

  16. hopeinpeanutbutterandoats

    HOLEY DONUTS is RIGHT! they look freakin delish!
    i luuurve farmers market’s for real, glad you were able to get out and about and experience that.
    xooo

  17. That movie sounds pretty interesting. I have never heard of it, but now I really wanna check it out. I love documentaries like that.

    The farmers market looks HUGE and like such a good time. I just love farmer’s markets in the summer time. I try to only get my produce from them when they are in full swing.

    Awesome eats, as usual girlie! Hope your having a great day! <333

  18. I love, love, loveee berries, but always stress about them going bad quickly too!! It’s ok, this just means we can eat more at a time (you know, to make sure we aren’t wasteful or anything…. 😉 ) !

    That holey donut, the veggie burg-sandwich and those pretzels look delicioussss! Glad you’re enjoying your summer so far!

  19. Your comment made me rethink my fav texture!haha i love doughy/carby yummy food. good pick.
    I want to buy some holy doughnuts soon! they look so good.

  20. i never knew you had this obsession with food. a whole new amanda comes to life through this blog!

  21. Ooo I’ll have to go find out where Food Inc. is playing closest to the South Loop! I love that stuff 🙂

  22. i need to get my hands on a holey donut!. where does everyone get them!?

  23. That movie does look really good 🙂 Hopefully I can find it online somewhere to watch.

    Those pretzels look AMAZING and congrats on the donuts giveaway!!! ❤

  24. peaceandpeanutbutter

    SO glad your donuts came in, and that you loved them!!!

    ~Erika

  25. I want to go and see Food Inc. too! It seems like such a good documentary. I don’t know if they’ll be showing it at the movies here though, might just be out on DVD eventually. I loove farmer’s markets. It’s so much fun to stroll around and look, taste and purchase lovely organic foods!

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