The Best Vending Machine… Ever.

Hello from the Seattle airport! I’m loving these airports with free wifi :)

Going back to yesterday, we had a very busy and productive day, starting bright and early to drive to Bastyr University for the open house I came out here for!

I’m definitely glad I came out for it — it was great to be able to actually see the campus and meet some of the staff in their element. The first session I went to was about their Masters in Nutrition (specifically the R.D. track) program. I really love that this school focuses on the whole foods approach to nutrition, unlike the other programs I’m looking at. It was great to be in such a holistic health environment! I mean, seriously, check out the

Vending Machine from Heaven:041

Larabars? Quinoa bars? Squeezable maple almond butter packets?!?! AMAZING!!!!!!!

They also had delicious healthy snacks around for us to munch on, including these whole wheat blueberry bran muffins (you all know how I feel about muffins!!)


Mmmmm… tasty AND nutritious! I need to create my own recipe for bran muffins I’ve decided… I heart them.

After a couple of the info sessions, I also got to try out their delicious all vegetarian cafeteria! Ahhhhmazing.

I had some of this really yummy curried chickpea soup over brown rice:


A small slice of spinach cannelloni:  050

And a big ole salad with all sorts of veggies, including beets, kale, and broccoli. Mmmm!


Dessert was some fresh fruit and a little cottage cheese. :)


After lunch, I took a campus tour. They have a really awesome “Nutrition Kitchen” where they run their culinary classes (everyone has to take a Whole Foods Cooking class as part of the masters, which I would LOVE!!). They also have some really awesome rooms full of herbs for their holistic medicine classes. It smelled so nice :) There’s even a room downstairs where they run free yoga for students 3 times a day!

So, what are the drawbacks? Well, their program only includes the dietetic coursework, not the internship, which I’d have to apply to separately. So that’s a big drawback. It’s also obviously really far away from my family and a really tiny school. Plus, the gray all the time in winter might get to me. Basically, I have a lot to think about — but I’m definitely going to apply and see what happens from there :)

I was all finished at Bastyr at 1:30, so Jess and David came back to get me and we headed to the big city to play! It was really cloudy and cold and rainy in the morning, but just as we got to Seattle, the sun came out!!! SO lucky. :)

Our first order of business? Pike’s Place Market!!!


YAY!! So much amazing produce and seafood (including the guys yelling and throwing it around!):

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How cool are these broccoli/cauliflower hybrids??

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I bought some delicious dried fruit (no sugar added!) for the plane rides today :)

Our second order of business — the original Starbucks!! Yessssss… love the old school sign!


And then we decided to walk over to the famous space needle!


In honor of the beautiful afternoon, we just HAD to pay to go up it to see the view :)


Totally worth it :)


What a wonderful trip I’ve had. I’m sad that this was my last big trip for quite awhile, but it’ll be nice to be home for more than 5 seconds and not live out of a suitcase anymore, too :)

Time to board the flight — I’m flying through Kansas City on Midwest Airlines, which I LOVE because they have fresh baked chocolate chip cookies on board!!!!!

Ta-ta for now!


  1. 1

    You’re right that vending machine looks amazing. I would have been overjoyed if my school’s vending machines offered even one of those items!!!

    It’s fun reading the pros and cons of the schools you are visiting. Especially since I’m interested in the RD programs!

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    Looks like you had a great time! Bastyr looks awesome, but I agree – best to think about things! Good luck with decision! (Feel free to email/ gchat me if you ever want to hash out school info…I’m in the SAME situation right now!). xoxo!

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    what a great trip…good luck with the decision making!

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    That vending machine….wow… that’s all I have to say.

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    That vending machine looks like heaven! Can I get one in my office ASAP?!?

    PS I ate at Toscana Grill and I got the raw “spaghetti” which was good but the sauce was a little watery. My friend got the curry risotto which was amazing! I’m definitely planning on going back to try other dishes. Have you ever eaten at Chix on U & 11?

    Ooo I still need to hit up that place!! Good to know the risotto is good! I haven’t eaten at Chix – any good?? -Anne

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    That machine is redonk ;)

    Lol, so is the word redonk. Love it!! -Anne

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    Such a beautiful city!! And that vending machine… so awesome! I wish they had those everywhere! The program sounds pretty cool. At least you have options of where you want to go!

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    Thank you for amazing adventures the past few days!

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    Very interesting to hear about the Bastyr program. Looks like you had an amazing trip. Travel safe!

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    Wow, that is the best vending machine ever!! And sounds like an awesome program. Much much better than my old school school!!

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    What an amazing school – a cool vending machine, great muffins, all vegetarian cafeteria…very jealous!

    I have never been to Seattle but hope to go visit one day – your pictures are gorgeous.

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    I absolutely love Chix! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Their black bean hummus is to die for (I’ve been trying to unsuccessfully recreate it)!! Plus you can get an entire meal plus drink for around $10 which is great for DC prices. Chix promotes sustainable living so the majority of their utensils are recyclable and lots of organic products. And I’ve never tried the chicken but it’s their specialty and all my meat eating friends love the different flavors!!

    Wow that sounds awesome! I’m totally going to check it out! :) -Anne

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    Mmm wow, I would go for the vending machine alone. I mean the program, the holistic approach..yeah..that..(; loved seeing pics of your trip girl!

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    That school has some awesome looking food! Why can’t l campuses be Luke that! I’m interested to see where you end up going!

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    Anne, you’re an ace with the camera. Great shots. Thanks for the tour!

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    Quinoa bars?? I don’t think i have even seen one of those in a grocery store or health food store!

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    Isn’t Seattle amazing?? I really love it! I went to Pike Place too when I was there, so awesome to see them throwing fish around! :)

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    I love Seattle so much, you would love living there! Shawn and I ate in the revolving restaurant on the top of the Space Needle. :) I’m not gonna lie, that vending machine is a much better alternative to the ones I see around here. Good luck with schools!

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    I was just looking at info on Bastyr, what do you think?
    I had also looked into some programs at Natural Healing Institute in San Diego and Bauman in Denver. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with reports on each website, so if you have a sec I’d love to hear what you think about the program. Thanks! Great blog! So happy I found it


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