Monday, May 3, 2010

Feast with Fitness Guru

The Chef: Colleen

The Menu: A splendidly simple and satisfying classic Italian lunch. Colleen pulled out all the stops, with perfectly cooked gluten-free pasta mixed with mushrooms, spinach, and chickpeas all covered in spicy marinara sauce. Alongside our marvelous main was a light, fresh salad made with avocado and mixed greens, and a hearty slice of slightly warmed bread rounded out our delicious meal.

The Goods: It was a big day here at the VNHQ, as we were lucky enough to enjoy our al fresco Monday lunch with three wonderful guests! Eco Vegan Gal Whitney Lauritsen, author and renowned vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, and their close hometown friend Josh all joined us for a lovely afternoon of lunching and chatting—and okay, yes, maybe some marshmallow taste testing. We loved hearing all about Robert's fabulous new book, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet, and can't wait to read all about his inspiring journey to becoming one of the first vegan bodybuilders. It turns out that Robert loves us too, because he kindly gifted VN with a signed copy of his rockin' new book to give away to one lucky reader. Want to enter for your chance to win? Simply tell us in the comments: What springtime outdoor activity gets you the most pumped up?

The VN staff with Robert Cheeke and Whitney Lauritsen

23 comments:

Jessica said...

Hey All-

I definitely get excited about walking my commute when the weather gets warmer. I'm lucky enough to live just 2.5 miles from my office, and (though I try to hoof it all year round) I do a little dance when the sun comes out.

Jody from VegChic said...

My fav outdoor activity in the spring/summer is hiking, hiking and more hiking.

Quintessence Challis said...

I get excited about many o things in the spring, but I'll say hiking. Love it!

richard said...

My favorite summer activity has to be bike riding, followed by hiking. This year I plan to take it up a notch. For the first time in years, I am sticking to my new years resolution (usually I quit after two months). This year's resolution was to get in shape and quit smoking. Both are working.

Lynne said...

I love going to the beach with my family and working in our garden!

Lorien said...

I love to walk around looking at all of the wonderful blooming flowers in yards and parks, and then go home and garden, inspired by all the beauty I have seen in my walks!

Jodes said...

Well, right now it's surfing! But when I'm in Canada it's definitely being able to ride my bike to the farmer's market.

Kelsey said...

i'm excited to get outside and hike, run, bike....anything to be outside!!

birdfeed said...

Getting to relax with my windows open in my home!

Angela said...

Can't wait to go swimming outside.. hiking.. and just being out in the warm sun! ( with sunscreen of course :) )

Sally said...

Cycling, tennis and outdoor yoga are high on my list, but as the days get brighter... the beach is calling me!

radioactivegan said...

my favorite warm weather activity lately is definitely biking! i love riding to work or just riding around for fun.

Char said...

I lovelovelove walking or hiking in the sunshine! Last year I climbed my first mountain with a friend, and we're planning another trip up there this year!

Eco-Vegan Gal said...

Had a great time visiting VegNews! Great people and delicious food in beautiful San Francisco - doesn't get much better than that! ; )
Good luck everyone who is entering the contest for Robert's book - it's amazing!

Aleesha said...

There are so many warm-weather activities that I love! Hiking, kayaking, and running outdoors are just a few. :)

Trista Hill said...

Walking, biking and digging up weeds from the gardens!

PB and Jess said...

Outdoor running!! I miss it all through the cold months...

HeyitsBeth said...

I LOVE hiking in the summer! and then cooling off at the beach.. aaaahhhh....

jennifer said...

I am thrilled to see more of the migratory birds and the "youths" of the indigenous species appearing in canyons where I hike!

Jennifer said...

My favorite outdoor activity is exploring NYC by foot.

J Bretzman said...

I get pumped to go on Very Long Hiking Treks in the evenings. Also doing Qi Gong/ Tai Chi in the fresh air...

Juniper said...

Hiking early in the morning and enjoying the desert scenery before the temperature rises.

nia said...

MY BEST OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IS WALKING. I WALK EARLY IN THE MORNINGS IN THE SPRINGTIME AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD WITH MY CHILDREN. ANGIE