My Healthy Saturday with Kitchfix + Good Food Festival

After a few busy weekends away, I was excited to have a quiet weekend this weekend. Of course, I realized that I had signed up for a food prep class/brunch with A Sweat Life at Kitchfix and got passes to the Good Food Festival in Chicago.Β  This was going to be one healthy Saturday afternoon. I added in an 8 mile run, a large cup of coffee, a few friends and went for it. And boy, I’m glad I did! It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

FtLCqgxQ_400x400A Sweat Life hosts monthly “Sweat Working” events (like networking but active). This was the second No “Sweat Working” food related event. I enjoyed the last one at Mariano’s and was excited to check out a meal prep/cooking demo and brunch at Kitchfix. Kitchfix is “the solution for when you’re too busy to make a meal, in need of a healthy option, craving something scrumptious, or all of the above.” They create meals that are chef-crafted, made from scratch, sourced as locally as possible, dietitian approved and delivered. They also sell at a retail location, local gyms and some items at Whole Foods.

Kitchfix fun!

Kitchfix fun!

Amanda and Allison joined me at Kitchfix. After being greeted by Jeana, we got some coffee and dug in to fruit, paleo muffins, nuts, a quinoa bowl and some chicken salad. Then Chef Joe and the house dietician, Katie, showed us how to make the Quinoa Greens Bowl, California Chicken Salad and spicy and sweet roasted nuts. They did a great job of explaining the best ways to cook all of the ingredients, ways to prep in advance and answered a ton of questions. We got all of the recipes, some to-go food and an awesome goodie bag. This session was informative, delicious and fun.

You can keep up with A Sweat Life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Kitchfix on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Chicago friends, try Kitchfix and get $30 off your first purchase of $35 or more with this link. Sign up, place an order over $35 and click “Apply Discount for Referred Friends.” You’re welcome!

celVxgqzThen, Amanda and I headed over to meet Wendy for the Good Food Festival. The Good Food Festival gives people the opportunity meet experienced farmers and gardeners, watch chef demos highlighting local food and check out more than 100 farmer, food business and non-profit exhibitors at the Good Food Marketplace. I went last year with Susie so I had some expectations. This year did not disappoint. There were lots of great local businesses to meet and delicious foods to try.

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We tried ALL the foods and chatted with some local businesses that were new to me. The highlights for me included delicious GF crackers from Simple Mills, confections from Katherine Anne, amazing cookies from The Paleo Cookie, Phyter Bar [real food bars – in preview. My fave was butternut squash/peanut butter! Yum! Can’t wait for these to launch] Mighty Bars (Beef Snacks), Coco5 Hydration, The Date Lady, Zapp’s Dancing Grains, Farmer’s Fridge [we got a coupon for a free salad! You can too! Use code ERICAA5695 when you create a rewards account HERE], Organic Valley and Karma Kombucha. There were a ton of organic meat suppliers, natural food wholesalers and CSAs there, as well. There were some great food vendors that I know and love like Eastman Egg and Kitchfix! [Busy day for them, too]

This was a super fun double header! Now I have a bunch of new healthy products to try and some new healthy recipes to make. This day made me excited for the Farmer’s Markets to open and for all of the great spring and summer local foods.

You can learn more about the Good Food Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried any healthy meal delivery services or checked out any food festivals near you? Tell me about it in the comments.

PS. Don’t forget about my great giveaways!

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19 Comments

  1. Amy Lauren says:

    We have a food and wine fest here, but holy moly is it expensive… I went one year with a press pass and it was nice. But I doubt I ever go back. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and tried a lot of new foods and brands!

  2. Nikki says:

    This looks like fun to try new things. I am always looking for a yummy snack. How were those cookies?

  3. ellen beck says:

    We do not have one like that here, although the closest ones are in Dess Moines, Chicago and Minneapolis and St Louis. I went to one some time ago and it was so fun seeing all the new products and of course sampling things.

  4. Mary W says:

    The closest thing we have is a real Farmer’s Market. You can only sell if you actually grow, produce or create the product yourself. Fresh honey locally sourced is a real treat.

  5. Susan P. says:

    I won a month of Food delivery service from Hello Fresh and found some good recipes in their selections. The food is very good quality. The Farmer’s Markets around here are not near me and are not very good.

  6. Kristin Goodson says:

    The good food festival sounds amazing! I could definitely use some tips on how to cook healthy food in my kitchen.

  7. Rachel Jenkins says:

    Awesome!!!! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

  8. Sad that I had to miss out on all of this, we had so much fun last year! But I had a packed day at work. Seriously, all day long. BOO

  9. Oh man I totally forgot about that festival. Whoops. Glad it was worth it though!

  10. julie says:

    i would love to go to a food show

  11. Barrie says:

    We love the home and garden show and the RV show… fun. I’ve never been to a food show but I’d love to!

  12. Sarah N says:

    The food festival sounds like so much fun. I wish we had something like that in my area.

  13. Gloria says:

    Thank you so much for the mention Erica! Glad you like our delicious plant-based Phyters πŸ™‚

    • Erica A says:

      Please let me know when you are going live! I definitely want to get more!

      • Gloria says:

        Hi Erica!
        Phyter Bars are now for sale at our retails store 245 W Roosevelt Rd Building 14 Suite 143 West Chicago! We have a special going on for August $2 a bar..we will be in Whole Foods and retail outlets in October! ..Thanks again for your great review from Good Food Fest πŸ™‚

  14. Lindsey says:

    I would love to go to an event like this! So many new things to try!

  15. Steph says:

    I love food box subscriptions especially healthy ones

  16. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This sounds like fun. I hope you enjoyed this day and learned alot. Thank you so much for sharing

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