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Hello, weekend, again we meet. You want to know what is making me excited about this weekend?

Well, doesn’t matter, I’m going to tell you regardless. And you you are just going to have to DEAL WITH IT. Linking up with Jill and Heather to share some favorites!

 

First things first, if you see this, buy it.

green tea chobani

I posted the concord grape flavor that I found on my Instagram a few weeks ago, and someone said I should look out for the green tea. Now, I quite like green tea, but as a whole, I don’t care for green tea flavored things (I don’t like matcha). But this is soooo good. More slightly tart than anything, and so smooth (and I’m not usually into the 2% ones either!).  I had it with chocolate peanut butter drizzle, dried cranberries, and granola. And sprinkles because obviously.

As I said yesterday, I able to infiltrate the exclusive world of my new neighborhood Whole Foods Streeterville. The reveal:

whole foods meringue

oh, my b. That’s a meringue the size of my fist. No lie.

My take on the new store: This is a store that very much is focused on the service and contact side of things, as well as the more individualized approach to shopping. Think less mainstream, more fresh/local/you choose. The focus really is on the “perimeter items” and on made-to-order products. So while they may not have the largest cereal, nutbutter or yogurt selection that you have ever seen, or even the most exciting salad/hot bar, this is a store that has your ready-to-eat meal components taken care of, from to a HUGE bulk foods area.

Cue choirs of angels...

Cue choirs of angels

In an neighborhood that is both heavily residential as well as commercial, they appear to be catering to the lunchtime professional and the evening entertainer: gourmet, made-to-order as well as ready-made meals (sandwich bar to pizza bar to ramen/bowl bar) as well as wine bar, beer bar, demonstration bar, fancy and fun bulk candies and even a cheese and honey tasting area!

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This is a place that accommodates lunch and happy hour, if you know what I mean.

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For the mornings–freshly pressed juices, a RAW bar (not just in caps to be annoying, this is actually a mini of a real store in Chicago), and a glorious bulk area for the foodies that also inhabit the area.

A lovely store, a nice array of products, and even a specially made local brew collaboration just for us (though I wish it wasn’t a pale ale).

Erin and I did not end up going yesterday–we were afraid of the chaos and were necessarily hungry. But we kept it healthy and both got HUGE Maui Tuna Crunch salads from Seasons 52!

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Oh, and hung out for nearly 2 hours. It’s a good thing that my work yesterday was flexible, haha. But so worth it. I have a feeling that we will be checking out the Whole Foods together in the near future, once the novelty of it wears off (though I doubt it will ever not be busy). I want to try out that ramen bar! Who else is in?

I’ve had some great lunch dates of late–I met with Austin (who I met at Sweatworking) of Daily Serving, a new company that I am excited to tell you all about, on Wednesday (where I had that delicious Southwestern salad), Erin yesterday, today is on me (but I get to go to Athleta’s grand opening party for their new Gold Coast store tonight), and tomorrow Sara and I are going to River Roast (remember the last time I went there? FAT ELVIS GUYS FAT ELVIS) tomorrow for restaurant week!

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Good think that I have a long run tomorrow morning to prep for it!

Otherwise, it’s going to be a bit of a working weekend, but filled with good stuff:

  • dreaming up new ways to torture my lovely clients and my two new ladies!
  • taking videos for a new yoga project that I am embarking on next week.

You might have seen Mama Salt’s post yesterday on the prAna and Sweat Pink #taketheleap challenge. In short, prAna is encouraging us all to #taketheleap and engage in yoga and meditation for the month of February as way of discovering new ways to accomplish our intentions that we have set (for the long or short term).

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As I discussed both on Tuesday and earlier this month, I often have issues with “challenges” because I don’t feel that they really lead you anywhere or provide you with anything beyond their express time period. So my goal is to make this educational as well as informative–how to improve your yoga practice -> your posture -> your fitness -> mental outlook -> putting your intentions into practice.

Well, that is my intention. Now to #taketheleap and try to get it out there! But I encourage you to do this with me–try to incorporate some aspect of my postings (largely on Instagram–make sure that you are following me!) into your daily life and see how they might help you in the office, on the trail, or trying to get deeper into your poses.

And with that? I have about 3 guest posts to write, 4 new workouts to dream up, some research to do, and tons of pictures and videos to create! I guess I’ll do that after River Roast?

Food first!

Have a great weekend my dears! Happy end of January, beginning of February!

How does your local grocery store cater to it’s perceived crowd? 

Who is excited (or at the very least curious) to participate in my #taketheleap challenge?

Anyone else have a busy (working) weekend ahead?

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67 Comments

  • Reply Suzy

    I love how you had chocolate peanut butter drizzle, cranberries, granola and sprinkles on your green tea yogurt. Was there any yogurt peaking through all the topping? LOVE IT. You made me giggle with your “cue choirs of angels” comment. You’re hilar! Your weekend sounds SO BUSY! Mine is too, but it looks a lot different than yours. We have 5 kids’ soccer games to go to, guitar lesson, and two swimming lessons. I’ll fit in a long run at one point, or I’ll go insane. Happy weekend, Suz!
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    January 30, 2015 at 5:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good lord. That’s a “bit” of a weekend, but definitely different. I hope my future kids will understand when I blow them off for Whole Foods and long run.
      And what can I say? I’m an artiste.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Where do you find these fun Chobani flavors? The grocery stores I go to just always have the same boring flavors : (
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    January 30, 2015 at 6:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, luckily I refuse to settle haha

      February 2, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I feel like since I’ve been falling kind of being on blogging stuff I’l be spending a good amount of time this weekend doing that. I spent a few hours last night writing a training plan for a coaching client and while I find it really enjoyable it does take some time, so I hear ya on that…and I’m grateful that you are willing to devote some of your time off to helping me:)
    That Whole Foods reminds me alot of the one I’ve been visiting around here lately. I don’t think it serves alcohol though…that would just take it to a whole new level!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Being A “Tough Runner” VS A “Smart Runner”+ RunfessionsMy Profile

    January 30, 2015 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know what I would think if I went to a Whole Foods without Alcohol. I would just be at a loss. Good luck with your training plan writing! And you know that I am always in your corner my dear 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I saw your IG about the green tea yogurt yesterday-it seems like it was life changing! I need to find that one this weekend. Happy Friday!
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    January 30, 2015 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO GOOD

      February 2, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Salt

    Can I make that meringue picture my desktop background? Meringues are my favorite cookie and that one is beautiful as is that tuna salad.

    I generally do not like green tea so I’m not sure how I would feel about that yogurt, but I’ve never been disappointed by a chobani flavor before so maybe this will change my mind?
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    January 30, 2015 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Try it. It really doesn’t taste like green tea! And you’ll just have to come visit me and we will shove meringues into our faces. It will be a party.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh that salad! Yum! We just got a Whole Foods and it is on the other side of town 🙁
    Small city life!
    Looking forward to your yoga stuff! Happy Friday!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…6 Month Post WLOS UpdateMy Profile

    January 30, 2015 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you still live in Ashville, which is just awesome 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    I am definitely curious about the #taketheleap challenge but not sure if I will participate as I am NOT a yogi. I want to learn and though I am disciplined, yoga is just one of those things I can’t get into, or haven’t been able to. I am excited to follow along and see if anything sparks my interest!
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    January 30, 2015 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why I’m doing mine a slightly different way–I hope that it helps yoU!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I always meant to try Seasons 52 when it opened here but that was a couple of years ago and I still haven’t gone! I need to remember to check it out.
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    January 30, 2015 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Every time Alex and I go there we ask ourselves why we don’t go more! However, I think that the desserts might be a little small for your taste 😉

      February 2, 2015 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    My grocery store, or rather the nearest one to our lake house is 23 miles away. It caters to the retired-at-the-lake, cropped Chico’s and Velcro-ed sandals types. Everything is prepackaged and that is fine. However, I don’t need 2 large pork chops with stuffing all the time.
    It is full of nice produce and fruit, but not much variety–as in 400 apples to select from, but only 3 types of apples–Gala, green and something extremely large and red that would feed a crowd.
    I miss the varieties of options at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Trader Joes, however, we make do with what we have access to!
    Enjoy the choices and the delicious scents that pervade those wonderful stores close to you! Our local store has a fragrance that is reminiscent of Mentholatum and Tylenol, with a side of Icy-Hot!

    January 30, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well at least there is Menthol involved. Otherwise it would just be tylenol. Which I am scared to think of what that mean…
      Remember how I used to go to the grocery store every day? I have a feeling there will be a revival of it!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I LOVE Whole Foods, we used to have one right down the street from where we lived in Boston and it was glorious and terrible at the same time because it got expensive fast but it was SO YUMMY! I am curious about the #taketheleap challenge. I love yoga, but I have be focusing a lot of my cross training lately on lifting so yoga has taken a back seat for the past few weeks. I look forward to hearing more about it. Have a great weekend lady!

    January 30, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am slightly (slash very) terrified of my bank account. It seriously can be hard to balance all of our different passions and pursuits. So find what you can and make it count!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:21 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    I need to try that cho flavor! VERY intrigued 😉 I feel the same way about challenges! But I think its great to make up your own and do what works for you 🙂
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    January 30, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know me–I can’t be put in a corner 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    green tea yogurt? I will keep an eye out, but geez I have grocery store envy! I would do the grocery shopping if our store looked like that! Sounds like a wonderful busy weekend for you! I am just one week post surgery but I am getting out tomorrow and headed to downtown Lakeland for Pigfest! That is right, all the bar b q a southern can stand! Have a great one!
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    January 30, 2015 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I blacked out about PigFest. I MISS THE SOUTH

      February 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Jen

    I wish I had a local Whole Foods! The selection is amazing there…. 🙁

    I’m in for the yoga challenge starting Monday! Cannot wait. Have a great weekend!
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    January 30, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Excellent! I can’t wait to see how everyone does it in their own way!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Jill

    That Whole Foods is light years beyond the offerings in Baltimore!
    Only one work commitment this weekend. Going to take it easy and do some reflecting and relaxing. And maybe go to a movie while everyone else is at home watching the Super Bowl! Happy Friday to you Susie 🙂
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    January 30, 2015 at 9:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy friday and now Monday Jill! I got as much done as I could, and now I’m trying to catch on my life.
      Which we all know will never happen.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Holy Tuna salad, send me one please!! Your weekend sounds like mine – busy! I just signed up for NASM and got my books (thanks for all your support xoxoxo) so I’ll be studying. And I”m also making a ton of protein cookies to share on the blog i’m so excited. Hope you have a great weekend chick!
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    January 30, 2015 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Make sure to let me know if you have any questions! And did you get the discount? Whooo whooooo NASM!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I am so excited about our lunch date tomorrow! I have already check out the menu one too many times 🙂
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    January 30, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahaha and then you got robbed of your anticipation….

      February 2, 2015 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Im so pumped to go to that Whole Foods. The bulk section looks amazing. I just realized that I haven’t made any almond butter in like 2 weeks. I need to get back into selling it so that I am not just diddling around in my free time and have some actual income. All the almonds will be mine.

    Great lunch yesterday! Looking forward to more!
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    January 30, 2015 at 11:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Most definitely more lunches will be on tap. And income? I feel like that just bleeds into my food budget. WORTH IT

      February 2, 2015 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Haha that Dominick’s was always crowded so I can’t even imagine how crowded a Whole Foods is there! I’m glad you’ll be sharing something that you’re passionate about — aka making sure the rest of us newbies aren’t totally f***ing up our bodies by doing yoga poses wrong. Thanks in advance 😉
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    January 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bhahahahahaha anything that I can do to help 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Kay @ Kay Bueno

    Yum. Please send large meringues my way. Best dessert ever.

    I can’t wait to see how you like the prAna challenge. Maybe I’ll try it. I think more yoga, or leaping into things sounds great.
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    January 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What is great about yoga is that you can make it your own, find what you need to work on. But the most important thing is to make sure that you are doing it correctly! Even the smallest fixes make a huge difference.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    Obviously we’re both awesome because we’re both doing the Prana challenge! I tagged you to participate in mine lol, but I see you’re already doing it 🙂 I’m super excited!!

    Surprisingly I’ve been doing good with my challenge so far- 50 days in and still going strong. Normally, I’m more like you- I hate putting a time limit or # of days on something because then I feel forced to do it and usually get bored with it before I’m finished. So far, so good though. Why not add another?

    So since we’re challenge buddies, we can keep each other motivated and accountable.
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    January 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well then aren’t we a match made in heaven 😀 You are doing incredible with your IG challenge! I look forward to them every day! I can’t wait to see what you do for this challenge!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    That looks like an awesome Whole Foods! We have a very small one close to me that I wish I got to more often. Love the tights you are wearing….are those from Athleta? I think I have the same pair 🙂 Have a great weekend!
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    January 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Athleta Plie pants are the way to go!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply lindsay

    been dying to try that chobani flavor. If you freeze it, you think it will taste like green tea ice cream? haha
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    January 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Even better, in my mind!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    My jaw hit the ground when I saw that picture of the bulk aisle. That would be so deadly for me. I would be not be able to control myself. The bins are my favorite place on earth!
    Mattie @ Comfy & Confident recently posted…Super Bowl FoodsMy Profile

    January 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I know. SO MANY TYPES OF RICE AND NUTS

      February 2, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Shawna

    i hope my weekend includes lots of sleepinggggg and runningggg. i’m staying at this sick apartment my friend is dog-sitting at all wknd, so it’s like being on a lil vacation right in NYC. it’s seriously so dope. ummm i was going to say something…oh yeah, the yogurt thing. so i’m obsessed with Chobani — the apple cinnamon and pumpkin are my two faves — and about a month ago, i accidentally bought the green tea thinking it was key lime or something akin to that – and i didn’t get the flavor at all. so then this led to a convo w/ the boyfriend a few wks ago at a Japanese restaurant when he ordered some green tea ice cream thing…and it tasted like some sort of plainer version of vanilla or just nothing at all to me?so we deduced that i just don’t have green tea tasting taste buds. weird.
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    January 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaaha that’s actually hilarious. I wish I didn’t get so hit over the head by matcha, but I do–thus why I was super happy that this one wasn’t overkill!
      I want sick apartment details 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    You Americans and the amazingness that is Whole Foods. I’m so jealous. (There ARE WF in Canada, just none anywhere close to me). Seriously, it looks so totally freaking amazing.
    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Ffffffffffriday!My Profile

    January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHEN ARE YOU VISITING so that we can go on a food tour?

      February 2, 2015 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    Love green tea, not a fan of yogurt but somehow I found myself looking for that at the store today. Came up empty naturally. My whole foods looks a lot like that one and has weekly beer or wine tastings and live music 😉
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    January 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously? They know where it is AT

      February 2, 2015 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Farrah

    WHAT. Green tea greek yogurt in buyable form from a grocery store!? I definitely need to check that out! *-* I love tart yogurts! 😀

    I’m glad you’re going with an educational approach for the yoga challenge! 😀 Looking forward to reading more!

    January 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will LOVE this. I think Big Slice Apples need to go in there 😀

      February 2, 2015 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill

    I’m a bit jealous of your super-close Whole Foods, but not having one near definitely saves on money! Lots of fabulous in this post! Enjoy your Weekend!
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    January 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know how nervous I am going to be about overspending there!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    Just picked up the concord grape and the green tea Chobani’s this week! I already tried the concord grape. Two thumbs up! Loved it! I need to try the green tea though, pretty excited about it after your review. Have a great weekend!
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    January 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So you recommend the grape? I’ll have to try it then…

      February 2, 2015 at 11:09 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    I always make challenges my own. It’s part of the fun. Whole Foods is my favorite grocery store and yes it seems to cater to a specific customer.
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    January 31, 2015 at 12:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that they do a great job of making this a “downtown person” Whole Foods. And I might just have to move in there.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    That Whole Foods looks awesome!! I’ll shop there every once in a while as a little treat to myself. I don’t understand how everything can look so beautifully buy-able in there…! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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    January 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is the lighting–like I always want to buy everything in Target, but Walmart totally turns me off…

      February 2, 2015 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Amber

    I love your FOOD first mentality, I am the same way…WELL you’re a way better blogger than I am…I am supposed to, I THINK be doing that whole prAna yoga Sweat Pink thing, but honestly, with teaching full time there isn’t much time for other things, and it’s no excuse cause GIRL YOU ARE WAY BUSIER THAN ME, but for now, I am doing more yoga on my own, to improve my shoulder flexibility. <3 keep hustling hard lady, you rock!
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    February 2, 2015 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t discount yourself! I have the opportunity to work on my blog and stuff at work–that makes a huge difference!

      February 2, 2015 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    So jealous you have a Whole Foods! The closes one to me is Toronto – 26 hour drive away. It was great when I lived 3 hours from Toronto but not any more! #novascotianproblems
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    February 2, 2015 at 9:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      EXCUSE ME? 26 hours? THat is, what, 2500-3000 miles or something? Seriously #novascotianproblems.

      February 2, 2015 at 11:06 am
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