I didn’t fight the alarm clock this morning. I was so excited for the day because a friend and I planned on hiking Crowders mountain and grabbing lunch; basically two of my favorite things.
I packed up my backpack with healthy snacks, water, and my camera.
My hiking snacks: coconut water, water, Chia Bar (coconut is my favorite), and mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts).
The coconut chia bar is my favorite. It tastes like a healthy almond joy without the chocolate.
I choose nuts before a hike. I always feel energized after consuming healthy fats and protein.
We somehow took a different route to the top this time. It was a lot harder than the usual path I take up. It had us out of breath, excessively sweating, and sore. It was definitely a challenge.
I’m glad we kept the pups at home this time. We took them on the trail a couple weeks ago and they did a really good job, but the path we took today would have killed the both of us.
Getting to the top is the best reward. The view is magnificent.
I’ve hiked this trail so many times and it never gets old.
This is my ideal workout.
I’m in my element when I’m outside on the trails. It’s so much better than sweating it out in a smelly old gym with germs lingering all over the equipment.
After our hike, we headed to Luna’s Living kitchen for lunch. It’s one of my favorite places to grab healthy food in Charlotte. It’s located in Southend. They serve healthy raw vegan food that is absolutely delicious; even my meat monster boyfriend loves the place.
I needed some coffee. I didn’t drink coffee before hiking because I wanted to be extra hydrated.
I ordered their latte with coconut milk. I’ve never been a GIANT fan of coconut milk in my latte’s but theirs was freakin’ awesome. It was rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Someone behind that counter knew exactly how to make a latte.
I ordered the avocado and basil sandwich. It was filled with fresh organic slices of avocado, tomato, onion, sprouts, basil, homemade lemon parsley hummus and cashew sour cream wrapped up in a collard green. You have the choice of vegan multigrain bread or collard greens. I like the collard greens because they are thick and strong; they don’t fall apart like iceberg lettuce wraps.
For my side, I had their broccoli Waldorf salad. It consisted of diced broccoli, green apple, celery, walnuts, raisin, red onions, homemade chasew mayonnaise, and lemon juice. I don’t know how they do it because it didn’t taste vegan. I felt like I was eating a summer broccoli waldorf salad drenched in mayonnaise. I’m so impressed. I usually get the Arugula Harvest salad when I’m there, but felt like it was time to venture out.
They just opened up an Anthropolie right next to Luna’s. This is so exciting, yet so dangerous.
I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to grab some items so I can make fall crafts too. This was me wasting time before I had to crack down and study…
I spent the rest of the day studying and catching up on homework while it down poured. I think that was God’s way of keeping me on track and inside with my books. I didn’t get to take photos of the new dresses that arrived because it rained so hard when I got home, but it’s supposed to be sunny all day tomorrow 🙂
For dinner I had my leftover tortilla lasagna. I’ll post that recipe soon 🙂