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Healthy Living Summit Day 1

Posted Aug 14 2010 8:43am

After a quick and easy flight on Thursday afternoon I made it to Chicago! IMG_4738 Look at those blue, blue skies.

The Healthy Living Summit is being held at the Congress Hotel on Michigan Ave. IMG_4742 The hotel has tons of old world charm! Some even say it’s haunted :)

And is right down the street from Millennium Park. IMG_4728 Such a great location!

Once I arrived at the hotel I met up with Allie and Sarah for a walk around Millennium Park and a hunt for frozen yogurt. IMG_5378 It was toasty out!

We would have loved to been able to frolic around in the fountains to cool off.IMG_4730 Unfortunately our quest for frozen yogurt was a huge fail, so we decided to grab a snack at Argo Tea instead. IMG_4719 I was absolutely famished at this point and couldn’t take my eye off the spinach & pinenut quiche! IMG_4720 Very cool that they include the calorie count on their items.

I inhaled the delicious quiche in about one minute! IMG_4725 Yay for getting some vegetables in! IMG_4726 Perhaps my aversion to them is beginning to wane?

I also enjoyed a sample of tea. IMG_4724 I think it had hibiscus in it?

And a muffin sample. IMG_4722 Free samples rock.

After relaxing in the hotel room for a bit, a big crew of us made our way to RAW for some raw food (clearly). IMG_5251 This was my first experience with eating raw food and I was very excited!

Diana kindly organized this dinner for all of us. IMG_5265 Thanks Diana!

The owners of RAW were awesome and brought out tons of samples for us to try. IMG_5259 IMG_5260 IMG_5262 I’ll admit that I was surprised at how tasty everything was! The samples included:

  • Lasagna
  • Falafel
  • Hummus
  • Biscotti
  • Lemon squares

There were several prepackaged meals that I could have gotten for dinner. IMG_5263 But the samples were actually very filling!

So I ordered an almond breeze smoothie instead. IMG_5267 This delicious but also very filling. It’s hard to believe a few raw samples and a smoothie filled me up so much!

Overall I had a really great experience at RAW. IMG_5418 Here’s the crew!

And 3/4 of my roommates. IMG_5409 Just missing Diana !

Following dinner at RAW we went to the YumUniverse launch party. IMG_5269 At the event there were several raw and vegan food samples as well as cocktails. IMG_5270 Because I was so full from dinner I didn’t help myself to any of the samples, but you can check out all the yummy treats that were offered on Allie’s blog !

I was pooped from traveling, walking around the city, and meeting so many new people so I didn’t last very long at the event!

Day 1 was definitely a success! I am loving Chicago.

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