Bountiful Eatery Blogger Meet-Up

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Last night a bunch of the Chicago Healthy Living Bloggers met up at Bountiful Eatery in Lakeview for dinner. Bountiful Eatery is an entirely gluten free restaurant that also has great dairy free and vegan options. Katie and I had eaten their previously and my takeaway from that trip was that not only was everything delicious, fresh, and healthy but you couldn’t tell it was gluten free. I was excited to go back!

There was a great blogger turnout yesterday and it was so nice to catch up with familiar faces.

From left to right: Bethany, Christina, Erin, Katie, me, and Emily [photo via Kelsey]. Not pictured: Sierra, Alyssa, Cate, and Kelsey.

Last time I went to Bountiful Eatery, I tried a sandwich, side salad, and soup so last night I wanted to order something a little different. I decided on the 3 salad sampler that came with quinoa salad (fresh made quinoa, red bell pepper, tomato, parsley, mint, cucumber, scallions, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs), chickpea salad (chickpeas, carrots, raisins, mint and extra virgin olive oil), and black bean salad (black beans, tomato, scallions, chipotle and cilantro) over spinach.

They were all good but my favorite was the chickpea salad. I loved the raisins.

After dinner, the owner brought out two desserts for us to try. One was a brownie and the other was a tofutti bar.

I tried the tofutti bar last time I was there and the brownie had dairy in to so I couldn’t have one but everyone else seemed to enjoy the desserts.

Bountiful Eatery is definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the Lakeview area and craving a satisfying and healthy meal! Also, thanks to the owner for letting us bloggers take over half the restaurant and providing us with a food discount!

This morning I woke up and completed my first VO2 workout. I warmed up for two miles and then ran 800 m at 5k race pace followed by an 800 m jog (repeated 5x) with a 1 mile cool down (total 8 miles). It was really tough but I was able to get my 800 m at 5k pace in the 6:30-6:40 range. I was definitely tired and really sweaty by the end but it felt really good!

Time to head to work, happy Thursday!

Have you ever been to an all gluten free/all vegan/all veggie restaurant? Did you like it?
Do you do speed work?