Happy weekend, everyone! I finally got some of my blog’s technical issues worked out and I’m excited to share a recap from day 2 of the Healthy Living Summit. If you haven’t checked out the day 1 recap yet, make sure you do!
Day 2 (Friday), I got up early and started the day with a Drink Chia in preparation for my workout. A warm-up walk then 2 mile run followed by some leg work was just what I needed.
After the workout and a quick shower it was time to hop on a bus and head out on a Wild Harvest tour a short drive away. We got our visitor badges and posed for a photo on the stairs before starting our tour.
I absolutely adored the decor on the tour. From the murals on the tops of the walls to the vases made from Wild Harvest containers and the shopping cart full of products, it was adorable!
We had a chance to hear about many different Supervalu brands (the company behind Wild Harvest) and I was so pleased to hear about the different price points available to consumers, all without compromising on taste or quality. I have to admit that I’m very excited to try out some of the other Supervalu brands, especially Culinary Circle!
After that we were split into groups to experience three different stations within the Wild Harvest facility. I was in the group that first went to recipe development with Genie and Kim, who spoke at last year’s Healthy Living Summit. You may also remember that Kim did a Q&A for Fighting for Wellness shortly after the summit, so it was great to see her again! The mini-session was recipe development. Genie showed us how to make some awesome looking turkey burgers. I didn’t eat the burger, but did take note of the recipe for future purposes (post to come soon).
After recipe development we switched stations and learned about quality control and working with different manufacturers. I was really pleasantly surprised to learn that Wild Harvest does continual quality testing from their various manufacturers. They don’t get the product straight from the manufacturer though, because that might mean they get higher quality than consumers. Instead they go out and get product once it’s shipped to determine customers are getting the best quality products available.
Then we went to the Sensory Lab, which was super exciting. We were able to sit down at the stations and try a sample of Wild Harvest granola. We saw a couple of the questions real sample groups would get and tried out the full experience. Afterward we went back to the kitchen where we learned that the entire process is automated by computer to minimize any human bias component. It’s amazing how many controls the Sensory Lab has in place to minimize error and optimize customer satisfaction.
Finally we were all reunited for some more great samples, freshly prepared for our group. In addition to the herb canapes, grilled vegetable sandwiches, and egg-free cookies, we also got mock mojitos that were delicious. Needless to say, I didn’t need any lunch after our trip.
We finished up our food and sat chatting before hearing from the director of marketing. After hearing all about Wild Harvest at last year’s summit, including how they test for quality, develop recipes, etc. it was fantastic to actually see where all that happens at this year’s summit. It was also a great opportunity to make new friends even before the summit had officially started.
Before leaving I also made sure to get my photo with Kim, something I didn’t get a chance to do last year.
Upon returning to the hotel, early registration was in full swing. You know what that means: swag! Once I unloaded my swag bag in the hotel room, I couldn’t believe everything that had been stuffed down in there.
I quickly got changed and ran down to the Got Chocolate Milk presentation and Insanity workout. The presentation was very informative, but something I’m still torn about. I’ll probably go into that more later once I’ve had a chance to think and research more about it. Prior to the workout Kaitlin from Swanson and I got our photo together. We figured that afterward we’d be a mess.
Insanity is absolutely accurate when it comes to describing that workout. I was pouring sweat by the end – we all were! The trainers were super motivational and pushed us just hard enough while letting everyone take the workout at their own speed and intensity. It was great! Though admittedly partway through as I was doing squats I kept asking myself why I had worked legs that morning.
After the workout I made a quick trip to Target for supplies for my Healthy Happy Hour and then got ready for my guests to arrive for the presentation and then to head out for dinner. The Healthy Happy Hour was great and I loved getting to share some of my favorite Arbonne products with brand new friends.
A group of us then went to Spoonriver for dinner before the cocktail party. I accidentally left my debit card at the hotel, but luckily I had some cash on me. Thanks to Casey for covering me on tip until I could get more cash the next day.
At Spoonriver I got the vegetarian special along with a Minneapolis Fizz and a Prosecco sparkler. It was delicious.
Luckily Spoonriver was literally next door to the Guthrie Theater where the cocktail party was held on the Bridge to Nowhere. There was a great view from just outside on the deck of the bridge.
I also finally got a chance to get together with my co-panelists for Saturday’s session on self-care and we got a photo thanks to Elizabeth’s fancy camera. Have I mentioned I want a fancy camera?
I also hit up the photo booth with Heather, Aundra, and Stephanie. I’m not very good at photo booth pictures, so I had my booth partners help direct me on what I should be doing in each pose. It worked out pretty well, I must say.
That was after I finally managed to find my partner in the ice breaker game that Elizabeth came up with for the party. My card upon arrival said Mary Kate, so I knew I was looking for someone with a card that said Ashley (Olsen). It took me a while, but I finally found her. Unfortunately, we didn’t win. Even though I didn’t win anything, the cocktail party was great fun and an awesome end to my second day in Minneapolis.
There was talk of going out after the cocktail party, but we were all just too tired. Instead it was back to the hotel for a drink at the hotel bar and then into bed to prepare for Day 3 and all of the sessions! Recap of Saturday to come soon.