Although my friend Stephanie and I attended the Green Festival in NYC, Saturday April 20th, I still wanted to tell you about my day 🙂 As you can tell, I am a big fan of going to events in the city and usually if I go with my friend Steph whom I don’t see too often… it usually ends in happy hour!
Upon entering the Javits Center, the first stand we approached was Clif Bar. I normally don’t go for Clif Bars when I am shopping for a power bars, but today they were showcasing three different kinds of Clif Bars.
1) Kit’s Organic, which was a fruit and nut bar (reminded me to my latest obsession –Larabars). It is gluten- free and has 4-7 ingredients at most (CLEAN SNACK alert!)
2) Clif Mojo– A sweet and salty trail mix type of bar with nuts, raisins, chocolate etc.
3) Clif Bars– the original bar made with 70% organic ingredients
Next, we tried a variety of kale chips from Alive & Radiant. My favorite flavors were the tarragon dijon and chockalet chip. We even spoke to the founder of this company, Penny, who said that what inspired her to make these healthy snacks was “a calling.”
One of my favorite companies (with AMAZING chocolate) was Equal Exchange Fair Trade. This company supports small-scale farmers around the world. With the income from Fair Trade, farmers are able to support their families, invest in education and social services for their community.
Steph and I visited numerous stands which had everything from soy candles, body lotions, mouth wash, coconut ice cream, nuts, vegan cookies, jewelry, pillow cases, paper made from elephant poop, etc. We even got our downward dog on for a bit before sampling some organic wine 🙂
Joulebody is a company neither of us had ever heard of. They offer cleanse programs and services as well as delicious meal replacement bars, which contain detox and weight loss ingredients. They even had a demonstration of how to make one of their favorite recipes, which was made right in front of us and was 100% natural. Step-by-step they showed us how to make swiss chard wraps filled with a sunflower seed patay and cole slaw… ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! (We even got to sample it.)
I made two great purchases during this excursion. One of them is the Raw Reserve superfood powder made by the company Amazing Grass. I put a tablespoon of this in my smoothies every morning. It contains tons of great superfoods such as wheatgrass, chia seeds, flax seeds, spirulina, cholorella and 25 billion probiotics per serving.
The other purchase I made was coconut oil from Nutiva. Besides using it when making omelets in the morning and it being a healthy cooking staple, the best part was the price. It cost me $1.00 (YES… ONE DOLLAR!!!) It was being sold for $6.00 at the festival, but because I took a picture holding the coconut oil and posted it on their Facebook page, I was able to participate in this great deal!
After the Green Festival, Steph and I decided to go shopping for a bit. It was a gorgeous day so we walked quite a bit. Naturally around 5pm, we were ready for some cocktails. We were craving sangria so we decided to go to one of my favorite places Redemption. We started off with a glass of sangria (it was 2 for 1 Saturday), ordered some nachos, followed by another round of sangria.
Stephanie’s friend, Lauren (her co-worker) met us and we went to another bar on the same block called Session House. We shared a pitcher of red sangria and took shots of Fireball whiskey with the friendly bartender.
Lastly, we met up with Lauren and Steph’s work friends at another bar. We indulged in mojitos, sliders, spinach and artichoke dip and dessert before heading home.
Once again, it was a GREAT Saturday!!! 🙂