Nature’s Hot Yoga and Vegan Meet-up Fun!


I really wanted a green juice or smoothie for breakfast yesterday, but everyone was asleep and I’m always nervous that my appliances will wake them up! I opted for a bunch of strawberries instead.

quiet breakfast of berries in the backyard!
quiet breakfast of berries in the backyard!

I was running some fun errands yesterday morning, and hit up Whole Foods for my at-least-once-a-week stop. I was hungry, so I made a stop at the salad bar before actually shopping around 1030 or so.

no place like WF to pick up a BAS on the run!  Oh, and some Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha too!
no place like WF to pick up a BAS on the run! Oh, and some Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha too!

I wasn’t hungry again until about 3pm, so I whipped up a grilled tofu sammy (trying out a new GF bread – the last one I tried was nasty) and some mac n teeze. I can’t seem to get enough of that! I used the GF quinoa shell noodles (my fav) and a little of the Cheddar Teeze. Still kills me that the Teeze is only 50 cal per service. Take that, cheese!

Italian marinated tofu
Italian marinated tofu
most recent GF bread I'm checking out
most recent GF bread I’m checking out
tofu sammich with mac n teese
tofu sammich with mac n teese

Then it was off to our vegan meet up! The theme was a Wine and Cheeze Garden Party. The goal was to attempt to make a vegan cheeze for the party. Since most vegan cheezes are nut based (the Teeze’s aren’t), I decided to go with an accompaniment instead of a cheeze. I made a Save-The-Tuna pate that seems to have gone over well. It’s from Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Kitchen, and is one of my favorites for snacks or even stuffing into a collard leaf for a big-ole wrap.

There were cheezes, crackers, cookies, cake, and a whole spread of food. Because of my GFness and my unwillingness to eat anything with nuts, I munched on a few crackers and the pate, but otherwise was really just focused on enjoying the company (and a couple of classes of vino, of course!).

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Yesterday was hot. Really hot…and I loved it. So I figured, why pay $20 for a drop in to a hot yoga class, when I can just take my mat into my backyard and get my sweat on? So that’s what I did! I’m sure my neighbors had an interesting show as I vinyasa’d in the middle of my lawn, but that’s okay. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try yoga! Or perhaps I’ve just earned another reason to be called their “hippie neighbor”.


I was up early, and spent several hours just chilling out on the back deck. I eventually got restless around 9, and since my volunteer efforts were a total loss, I decided to hit up a farmer’s market I’d never been to. It’s called the Old Beach Market, and it was not at all what I expected. First of all, it was really tiny. Not that the size is a complaint – I applaud any gathering of people selling their organic wares – I was just surprised at how very small it was. It was there were only a few tables selling their fruits and veggies, and more restaurants selling guacamole or local companies selling their coffee, muffins, and crafts. I have absolutely no problem with that at all…it’s just not what I was expecting.

they had live music too!  Two kids jamming on a Mumford and Son's song.  Loved it.
they had live music too! Two kids jamming on a Mumford and Son’s song. Loved it.

Then it was WF, yoga, kitchen fun, then getting cleaned up for our meet up!

N is our organizer/skipper/and host of this one. Due to the heat, our evening began inside, but we migrated outside after an hour or so. The temps were dropping, the breeze picking up, and it was a very lovely atmosphere.

There was a good blend of veterans from the group as well as some really awesome new people (C, K, N, J, M, S….I’m looking at you!). We sat around and chatted all night, and even made some loose plans to hit up both the Richmond and DC Veg Fests and to go camping! I’m very excited about all of those possibilities.

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N about to have his chocolate cake snatched by MK (mama kitty).
N about to have his chocolate cake snatched by MK (mama kitty).

I’ll be hosting on in mid-July, and we’re thinking of some type of movie theme. Maybe Vegas….or 80’s. Who knows, but I have a bit to figure it out.  I’m just happy to have a vegan community in my neck of the woods!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Nature’s Hot Yoga and Vegan Meet-up Fun!

  1. Crissie, The meet-up looks like fun. One of the goals I have since VVC is to make more vegan friends in my area, and attend more events.

    And, I am also a huge fan of vegan mac n cheeze made with quinoa pasta. So good!

    1. Getting more involved is a goal of mine too. We have the meet up group, which has been great. I’d like to get involved, and have found my region seriously lacking in any organized efforts for animal activism, social justice, or environmental issues. What I’d really like to do is organize, but am very intimidated by the thought.

      You can never go wrong with mac n cheeze and quinoa noodles! Talk about comfort food!

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