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HLS 2012: Dining with Chobani

During the Healthy Living Summit, Chobani invited a group of bloggers to take part in a special dinner at EVOO in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA. I was honored to be invited and obviously excited to attend. Each item on the menu would be inspired by Chobani yogurt.

Side note: I never knew that creating this blog would allow me to participate in wonderful events with amazing companies. Chobani is one of those companies that supports and works closely with bloggers. They always seem to go above and beyond to make us feel appreciated. And I appreciate them in return!

Anyway, when we got to the restaurant, we were greeted by our wonderful hosts, Emily, Amy and Ashley (the lovely ladies of the Chobani community team). I previously met Emily and Amy at the Chobani Soho opening so I was happy to see them again! We grabbed a seat at the table, which was already set with delicious cheese and pickled pepper platters! There were also “icebreaker cards” placed on our tables which had many different questions that got us chatting even more.

The drink menu at EVOO was amazing. I decided on “My Blue Heaven,” which had Blueberry Vodka, Organic Lemonade and fresh blueberries. It was freaking delicious. Other people thought so too…

The staff at EVOO was very accommodating to any dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian)! Awesome.

The first course: Heirloom tomato salad with a yogurt gelee, spearmint, basil and EVOO. Mine was minus the gelatin and just the yogurt and it was amazing. I have never in my life had tomatoes that tasted so ripe!

The second course: lobster-vanilla yogurt succotash! Of course mine was minus the lobster! The succotash looked great and the I could immediately smell the vanilla Cho! I had never had this type of meal before and after going home and looking up what is actually was, I hope to make it on my own often!

The third (and main) course: Seared Yogurt & Spice Sous Vide Lamb Loin with Crisp Eggplant and Raita. I was served the dish sans Lamb with an extra eggplant. The yogurt sauce everything I’d hoped for, and the fried eggplant was coated just enough where the breading did not come close to over overpowering the vegetable’s taste.

While waiting for our final (and most anticipated course, dessert), we learned more from Emily about Chobani’s appreciation for bloggers and their network (and of course their love for Chobani). We learned that due to this type of networking, Chobani only recently incorporated traditional advertising methods (magazines and commercials). That is amazing.

Then it came. Dessert: Nectarine-Basil Crisp with Frozen Berry Yogurt. The frozen yogurt was Strawberry Chobani mixed with fresh blueberries. My favorite thing about this dessert was the contrasting temperatures. The cold frozen yogurt went so well with the warm topping and warm nectarines. I wish I could eat this every day.

During dessert, Chef Peter McCarthy came into our (private) dining room for a chance to chat about the experience of making the meals with Chobani. He let us know that the restaurant does use yogurt in some of the dishes on the menu so it as not too much of a stretch, but some of the concepts were definitely new to him (ahem, the vegetarian options for some of the girls were a last-minute loop). It was great to hear from him and we were able to ask him questions and most importantly, THANK HIM and COMPLIMENT HIM for the delicious dinner.

It was amazing to chat with new friends over delicious food. We ALL left feeling inspired (and probably somewhat drunk). THANK YOU to Chobani for continuously providing amazing experiences. Much love 🙂

Emily (Cho), Melissa, Me & Kristin

Photo Courtesy of Ashley

Healthy Living Summit Highlights

The Healthy Living Summit took place at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. HLS is an annual conference which unites bloggers, readers and brands that all share a passion for healthy living, whether it is cooking healthy, fitness or both! This was my first time at a conference of this type (my blog is still fairly new) and I did not really know what to expect.

Well, the weekend was amazing (and slightly exhausting). I had so much fun, learned a lot about blogging and social media, met amazing people, ate delicious healthy food, spoke with brand representatives and owners, worked out (sort of), drank wine (actually, a lot of wine), and got a serious amount of SWAG (it is still all over my kitchen and my house).

I could never post about everything that was discussed and learned at HLS, I would have to quit my job. Hmmm. I want to write about what I took away from attending HLS. When I signed up for the conference, I was stoked and wrote a post listing why I wanted to be a part of it and what I wanted to learn.

From my post on 6/14/12: I started this blog because I was inspired by the healthy living community.  I want to:

  • learn how to blog more efficiently (how to post more than a couple of times a week, how to people have the time?)
  • learn about showcasing fitness on social media platforms
  • learn how to take better pictures for the blog (pictures = better reading experience, everyone likes pictures, just not bad pictures!)
  • listen to other’s experiences and goals about life/fitness
  • hopefully learn about new workout moves or classes
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Did I accomplish all of this? Absolutely. The blogging sessions were amazing and helpful, better pictures will be displayed thanks to Gretchen and her photography session (although not displayed here because I am a shitty blogger and forgot my camera for HLS), new workout and new moves were done at CrossFit and I absolutely made new friends (whether they like it or not).

What did I take away from HLS? There is inspiration everywhere in this community! BOOM.

But from where?!

  • The Bloggers of course. I met so many amazing bloggers! Each woman had her own story voice. During the sessions, the one constant that was heard all weekend was to stay true to yourself and to be authentic. As a blogger, you want to build relationships with your readers and the best way to do this is to let go of the idea that you need to write certain things at specific times and to let your personality shine and share yourself through your writing! It is amazing to be surrounded by so many people who just “get it” and who are all reaching toward healthy goals! The positive energy is completely contagious!

What were my favorite parts of HLS?

I am happy you asked!

  • The Bloggers (again). I formed so many new and wonderful friendships at HLS! I love that we don’t think it is weird that we met online 🙂

HLS Roomies – Melissa, Shannon & Jamie

  • The SWAG!

I also took extra Granola and Supergrains because Shannon eats Paleo. I win.

Thank you Melissa for the picture. Thank you HLS and sponsors for making me an extreme couponer.

Note: These are Caroline’s feet, I did not take a picture until I got home.

My feet currently look like this:

  • The Sponsors. I am really excited to have been introduced to Wild Harvest (they only create food with ingredients they can pronounce, fabulous). I had been looking forward to trying EnergyBits so I was pumped to get a sample and to meet the founder of the company! I also really love Reebok for introducing me to my new shoes and CrossFit:

Photo of me “CrossFitting” courtesy of Jen

      and these guys:

  • Information Session about working with brands (here is an amazing and informational recap of the session and discussion from Anne, one of the bloggers on the panel)
  • Chobani Dinner at EVOO (which deserves its own post, coming soon!)

Some additional thoughts:

  • Aside from the keynote presentation from Wild Harvest, there were practically no sessions or information on healthy living. As a new blogger, I am appreciative of all of the blogging information during the sessions but I do wish there was more information about general health and well-being.
  • Some of the “healthy food” we received contained ingredients that I wouldn’t consider particularly healthy (i.e. sugar substitutes).  It seems like some of the brands are promoting an active lifestyle with a processed product. It seemed a bit counterintuitive to have the keynote speakers discuss the importance of whole ingredients and then give sugary, processed food as well. This is my personal opinion only.

HLS absolutely surpassed my expectations. I literally checked off every single goal that I wrote about when I had signed up. The weekend was one of the best experiences I have had. When I created my blog I had no idea how happy it would make me. Opportunities such as HLS help teach me successful ways to reach others while exploring my passion of fitness and healthy living! 

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend HLS and thankful for Meghann, Julie and Heather (as well as the volunteers) for working their asses off to set it up!  I will definitely be attending in 2013!

Weekly Workout (8/20/12-8/26/12)

Monday 8/20:

  • Travel back from HLS. No workout. Shocker!

Tuesday 8/21:

  • Yoga
  • Strength

Wednesday 8/22:

  • Spin Class/Stationary Spin Bike

Thursday 8/23:

  • Yoga

Friday 8/24:

  • Spin Class/Stationary Bike
  • Strength
  • Core

Saturday 8/25:

  • Core
  • Strength

Sunday 8/26:

  • This is the first race (of a couple) I am missing due to my injury. My friends and sister are running the Wild Half Marathon in Wildwood, NJ. I decided I am going to rent a bike and ride along side of everyone!

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 7 hours 45 min (includes the 2+ hours I plan on spending on a bike on Sunday)

(sort of) NYCM Training – Week 6 Recap

I am a bad (example of a) healthy living blogger. I am a bad exerciser when I am injured. This week a lame attempt of a workout (after my I WILL NOT LESS THIS INJURY DEFEAT ME post, yikes).

Monday 8/13:

Tuesday 8/14:

  • Stationary Spinning Bike – 45 min – 13.1 miles. I biked a half marathon using the aerobic workout setting. It was pretty tough, it had you adjust the resistance every so often to simulate some hill work. I started reading Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run” (which I already love) on the bike and this will probably be the time I use to read until I heal up!

Wednesday 8/15:

  • No workout. My car broke down 100 feet from the gym entrance and had to be towed. That was a fun night. No gym and lots of tears.

Thursday 8/16:

During my lunch hour (and after buying a pair of shorts at NikeTown because I forgot my own), I did the following workouts:

  • NTC Core Crunch – 15 min – I cannot do some of the moves (planks mainly) so I modified the workout a bit. I used the Bosu for many of the exercises on the ground (v-ups, extensions) and I did squats with a weight and arm exercises when the workout called for any type of plank movement.
  • Stationary Bike – 12 min – 2 miles. Rode the sit down bike for 2 miles, because it was the only one available. I don’t really like this bike (I like the spin bikes much better, and even the bikes where you are in an upright position) but happy I got some (slow) time in.

Friday 8/17:

Saturday 8/18:

  • During HLS, there were so many great workouts offered. The only session I could join was the Reebok CrossFit Workout. After we learned the correct form for air squats from the trainers/models, we did the WOD. Today’s heart-rate increaser included a 5 minute AMRAP: 7 air squats and 15 jumps. Do you like my new lingo? I could only jump on one leg, so my right leg was sore as crap for the remainder of the weekend.

Sunday 8/19:

  • HLS set up a 5k for the attendees to run and/or walk. Jamie (my hysterical roommate) was kind enough to get out of bed to take a walk with me. We strolled along the Charles River for about 40 minutes and 2 miles. I experienced jealousy and anger towards strangers running near me, I can’t help it (not the HLS runners, I was happy for them, I swear).

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 6 hours

Actual Workout Minutes: 2 hours 2 minutes (whoops, pretty large variance there).

Weekly Workout (8/13/12-8/19/12)

Monday 8/13:

Tuesday 8/14:

  • Spin
  • Strength – Upper Body
  • Core

Wednesday 8/15:

  • Spin
  • Yoga

Thursday 8/16:

  • Spin
  • Strength

Friday 8/17:

Saturday 8/18:

  • HLS – Reebok Crossfit Workout (any moves I can possibly do, even if just one)

Sunday 8/19:

  • HLS 5k – I will be doing the walk portion of the 5k, if I can make it that far, is anyone else walking and not running it, anyone? Bueller?

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 6 hours