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HLS 2013: Sponsors and swag

I’m sure you guys thought I was done with Healthy Living Summit recap posts, right? Well just bear with me through this last one! Today I want to briefly mention some of the awesome Healthy Living Summit sponsors this year. There were some old favourites there as well as some fun new finds.

Driscoll’s Berries – I loved this booth because they had big bowls of berries all day long, so I filled up on them multiple times. I am so sad that I can no longer get local berries, but I’ve got to admit, the berries Driscoll’s provided were pretty darn good! Also, they have some seriously delicious looking recipes on their website. I know where to look next time I want to make cheesecake or pie!

Driscoll's berries HLS 13

Blue Diamond – since almonds are the only nut I’m not allergic to, I eat copious amounts of them. Usually I eat them plain, but a few years ago I discovered some of Blue Diamond’s flavoured kinds and got hooked. The honey roasted ones are the best! Now they have a bunch of new flavours, many of which are only available in the US. Darn! But luckily at the Healthy Living Summit I was able to stock up on some great new to me flavours like caramel macchiato, toasted coconut, strawberry, and blueberry.

Blue Diamond almonds at HLS 13

Ninja Kitchen – I’d never heard of these blenders before, but I was pretty impressed. The smoothies they provided on Saturday morning at breakfast were amazing!

HLS 2013 green smoothie

My green banana smoothie was seriously smooth and creamy, with no chunks of greens in it at all. That’s more than I can say about my current blender… my green smoothies are more like green chunkies. Gross. I think it’s about time for a blender upgrade?

Ninja Blender - Healthy Living Summit sponsors 2013

Wild Harvest – Big shout out to Wild Harvest for being the gold sponsor of the Healthy Living Summit and for generously mailing us some snacks the week before!

Wild Harvest - Healthy Living Summit sponsors 2013

They also had tons more of their products at the actual event. My favourite was their lightly salted popcorn – I love the idea of setting up a seasonings & toppings bar for it! I want to do that for my next girls night in.

Wild Harvest Healthy Living Summit sponsors 2013

Not only did we get to try products at the sponsor booths, but we also got sent home with a seriously huge bag of swag from the Healthy Living Summit sponsors! I’m shocked I managed to fit it all in my suitcase:

Healthy Living Summit sponsors 2013 swag bag

Unfortunately for me (but lucky for you), I’m allergic to a lot of the products. So I thought, why not do a giveaway? Who doesn’t love a giveaway?

The winner will receive: 2 NuGo bars, 6 Balance Bars, 1 Larabar, 1 Rise protein bar, Just Good Chocolate zante currant pecan cacao superfood candy, 1 Cascadian Farms oat & honey bar, a pack of Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams, a pack of Justin’s almond butter, and 2 packs of Blue Diamond almonds that I’m throwing in because I seriously picked up like a hundred of them.

HLS 2013 swag giveaway

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is: Leave me a comment telling me the best swag item you’ve ever received (from a conference, race, etc). Or if you’ve never received swag before, tell me the best free thing you’ve ever received!

You can get additional entries by doing any of the following and leaving me a comment for each additional entry:

  1. Following me on Twitter
  2. Following me on Pinterest
  3. Tweeting about this giveaway on Twitter “I want to win some #HLS13 swag from @healthychels here: wp.me/p3QHsK-38h”
  4. Following my blog via email, your reader, or RSS feed

You have until Sunday, September 29 at 8:00 pm to enter. Good luck!

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Healthy Living Summit 2013: Sunday

So when I left off Saturday’s recap of the Healthy Living Summit, I had just crashed into bed after a crazy long day of sessions and activities. I slept like a baby and woke up ready to tackle Sunday. But unfortunately the day had a sad start because we had to say goodbye to Amanda who had an early flight. But on a more positive note, I think there are some plans in the works for her to visit Sam and I in Ontario in the nearish future!

Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen and Running with Spoons

After our goodbyes, Sam, Gina and I met everyone else in the lobby for the 5K run/walk. I was hoping to just slowly jog or walk most of it, but I somehow ended up running with the front of the pack. I blame Sam! But we actually only ended up running about a mile, then stopped at a park where we took some pictures and then walked back to the hotel for breakfast.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - run/walk

Breakfast was a buffet similar to Saturday morning’s, but without the really good egg scramble… darn! They did have some awesome hash browns though, so those made up for it.

Healthy Living Summit - Sunday breakfast

Following breakfast, everything started to wind down since lots of bloggers were catching their flights soon. So after packing up (and somehow fitting all my new swag in my suitcase!), I headed out to explore with Sam and Gina. I was excited because I love to explore new cities, but this was my first time being out in Minneapolis on foot all weekend! We bumped into Katie and Ashley, so the 5 of us grabbed lunch at Mason’s, a casual restaurant and bar in the downtown.

Mason's Restasurant Minneapolis

It was described as a pub on Urbanspoon, but it was a lot more upscale inside. I loved the wooden tables and the drinks served in Mason jars.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - Mason's Minneapolis

I went for their flatbread appetizer with mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, basil, and balsamic drizzle. It was good, but not as big of a portion as I expected – luckily I had a bunch of swag bag snacks to fill up on later. Almost everyone else got the house made veggie patty on a salad, which they all raved about.

Mason's restaurant flatbread

Sadly I had to head to the airport right after that. I was bummed to leave, but I know I have next year’s Healthy Living Summit in Madison, Wisconsin to look forward to. Start following @HLSummit on Twitter and stalking their website to stay up to date on next year’s event – I expect to see you all there!

To wrap up this post, I want to say a big thank you to the Hilton Minneapolis, all the sponsors, and most of all the event organizers for making this weekend possible. It was a blast!

What’s your favourite thing to do in new cities?

Are you going to the Healthy Living Summit next year?

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Healthy Living Summit 2013: Friday & Saturday

Sometimes when I tell people I write a blog, I get kind of embarrassed. Actually, my old co-worker Brady used to make fun of me because I would turn bright red when he told other people about my blog (he also liked to point out when I turned red in the presence of attractive men… awkward). But this past weekend at the Healthy Living Summit 2013 made me proud to be a blogger.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - Whole Foods trip

This weekend I met some of the nicest, most genuine girls. Bloggers are truly some of the most down to earth people out there. There were no egos to be found in sight; just friendliness, sincerity, and lots of inspiration! I came out of the Healthy Living Summit sessions feeling motivated to step out of my blogging comfort zone, grow my blog, make new connections, and be more proud of who I am as a blogger and what I have to offer.

My only regret about the weekend is that I couldn’t be there longer – because of my internship, I couldn’t catch a flight until 8:30 pm on Friday night, meaning I missed all of Friday’s activities. I was just itching to get there already, but Kindfood take out and blog reading made the airport wait a bit more enjoyable.

Kindfood takeout

When I finally got to the hotel at 10:30 pm (… one $45 cab ride later), I met up with Gina from Health, Love, and Chocolate, Amanda from Running with Spoons, and Sam from Better with Sprinkles for a good late night gab session. It was my first time meeting Gina and Amanda in person, but we connected instantly. It’s not every day you find people who enjoy carrying on 10 minute conversations about kabocha squash!

The next morning started with a buffet breakfast that was actually much better than I was expecting. There was tons of fresh cut fruit, baked goods, one of the best egg scrambles I’ve ever had, bacon and sausages, oatmeal and yogurt with toppings, and smoothies provided by one of the sponsors, Ninja Blender.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 breakfast

After breakfast we had a chance to check out the sponsor tables – the hallway outside the conference room was filled with them! Some of my favourites were Driscoll’s Berries, Blue Diamond, Ninja Blender, and Wild Harvest.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 sponsors

360 PR was also there with some fun props for a photo shoot – of course we took advantage!

Healthy Living Summit 2013 goofy photoshoot

The rest of the day was devoted to the Healthy Living Summit sessions, which I plan on talking about in a later post. I took away a lot of good points from them – I’m actually really energized with motivation to do some work to improve my blog!

Healthy Living Summit 2013

In between the sessions though there was lunch, which was another buffet with some kind of creamy pasta salad, Greek salad, fajitas (I just got the veggies, chicken, and tofu without the tortilla to save room for cake!), rice, and refried beans. There was also a make your own soup bar, which I didn’t try, but it seemed like a cool idea.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - lunch

The highlight of the meal was by far this chocolate mousse cake! For minute after my first few bites I thought I was having an allergic reaction to it, but then I realized it was just in my head, so I was okay to keep eating. Phew!

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - cake

The formal blogging sessions were over by 5 pm, but afterwards there were some planned activities hosted by individual bloggers. Katie from Katie Looking Forward was putting on a yoga sculpt class, so Gina and I decided to go. It was definitely one of the most creative yoga classes I’ve attended, combining flows, cardio, and ab work – and I loved it! It was nice to get my heart rate up a bit after sitting all day.

Healthy Living Summit 2013 - yoga

Following the class we met up with Amanda and Sam to go to Whole Foods. There are only a few Whole Foods in Canada, and they don’t have as many cool products, so us Canadians are always so excited to check them out in the US! For the sake of ease, we also decided to grab dinner there. Unfortunately their hot bar and salad bar were seriously lacking and a lot of the dishes contained nuts, so I was pretty limited in what I could have. Enter my sad box of broccoli salad, sesame spinach salad some kind of grain salad, roasted beets, chickpeas, chopped hard boiled egg, and raw cauliflower and kale. Lamest Whole Foods dinner ever? I think so.

Whole Foods salad bar

The meal sucked, but browsing the shelves afterwards was fun! Then I pretty much crashed when we got back because I was running on just 4 hours of sleep – I always have such sucky sleeps in hotels. But luckily that night I slept like a rock and woke up super refreshed for Sunday… but that’s for another post!

Have you ever been to a blogger conference? Which one?

Do you ever feel embarrassed or awkward telling others you have a blog?

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