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One of the best things about my cousins is their adventurous spirits.  While many other children won’t touch a stalk of broccoli with a ten-foot pole, these cute kids jump at every chance to try something unusual.

Something like… Raw Macaroons


Or Banana Hammocks

The boys enjoyed the banana hammocks even more after they learned what a banana hammock actually is. Then they kept running around the house yelling “banana hammock!!”

Boys are easily amused.

And then there was All-Fruit Ice Cream

But the foodie adventures didn’t stop there: After they informed me that they love Whole Foods, we just had to make a trip to the grand opening of the chain’s newest store.

Who needs Toys-R-Us?  A few hours spent at Whole Foods = perfection.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. jcd says:

    You have some awesome cousins!

    I like to find random ingredients in the store and then find a recipe that uses them. I still don’t know what to do with the corn tortillas sitting in my freezer or the macadamia nut oil in the cupboard but I’ll find a use for them soon. And then I’ll be off to the store to find something else.

    Health food stores are bettter than toy stores, for sure!

  2. McKella says:

    I love food shopping too! I like to go to little Asian markets and fruit stands and health food stores. I also love to cook! For the life of me, I can’t stick to a recipe because I get really creative, but it almost always turns out delicious.

  3. abby says:

    Your cousin’s name is Abby? Tell her she has the best name :)

  4. Evan Thomas says:

    I could just shop and shop and shop when it comes to Whole Foods
    I collect nut butters like cars
    I love finding the good shots when it comes to plating dishes
    Baking? I’m all over that.
    I read ingredients religiously
    I’m just one pure foodie :-)

  5. Sarahishealthy says:

    Not only COULD I spend hours in Whole Foods, I HAVE done so on numerous occasions!

  6. Valerie says:

    I think this is the cutest post you’ve ever done, and that’s saying something because they’re all so cute. But I’m a sucker for cute kid photos, even if they’re not mine (Better if they’re not mine. Then I don’t have to listen to them whine and put them to bed hehehe)

  7. Mary says:

    Oh I could go to three grocery stores in one day and it would be the happiest day in my life. Is that sad?

  8. Little Bookworm says:

    Love the raw macaroons! :) Yay for Vegan Thursday I’ll be making your Little Vegan Veggie soup. 😀

  9. vegangal says:

    good thing i’m already vegan, or i’d keep forgetting about vegan thursday! i always forget things. i laughed when you said that wordress was vegan friendly. it’s nice to have them on our side.

  10. eatandrun says:

    I like reading cookbooks for fun. My friends think I’m crazy for it. They just don’t understand!

  11. Inspired says:

    I would love to make those macaroons. But I don’t have any coconut butter. Would oil work?

  12. I love food stores of all kinds. It’s my favorite kind of shopping…..sad but true. 😉

  13. Aimee says:

    Love the boys’ reaction to the banana hammocks :).
    That’s priceless!

  14. CCV says:

    Check out the macaroon recipe post. I wrote in it that you can definitely sub oil for the butter!! :)
    Hope you like them!!!

  15. *Andrea* says:

    i love wandering around whole foods and grocery stores. my mom humors me when i go with her but to her, grocery shopping is just an errand that she has to get done and with her busy work schedule she tries to do it quickly.

    that’s awesome how your cousins are so willing to try new things and healthy eats! i loveit!

  16. i love going to the grocery store. like seriously love it, even regular old krogers. i go probably five times a week

  17. ilanalala says:

    Ahaha kids are so cute. I don’t know why people say kids don’t like veggies…most kids I know are down to try anything.

    I could spend hours wandering around markets – favorite thing to do at home, favorite thing to do when I travel. I also spend hours and hours reading cookbooks – I used to read literature for fun but now I read cookbooks to help stimulate creativity. And of course, photographing food. I don’t do it in front of people, usually, because everyone would think I’m nuts.

  18. mollys091 says:

    I’m the same way! I could forever grocery shopping – I love it!

  19. Justine says:

    My boyfriend drove us both 1.5 hours out of town just so that I could experience a Whole Foods. He patiently stayed with me while I grocery shopped for 1.5hours and then he treated me to lunch in their little resto area.
    It wasn’t even a big Whole Foods. The neighborhood walmart of Whole Foods if you will.

    I totally understand where you’re coming from.

  20. Dan213 says:

    I love that song!

  21. Happy WEDNESDAY Katie! :)

    I love seeking out health food stores when I visit other cities, especially little local ones in hopes of finding products I can’t find in Nashville. So fun, and only something a fellow foodie would understand. :)

  22. Wow a WFM with a parking deck!? I don’t care where that is, I want to travel to see that. I love that store

  23. Heather says:

    I can totally relate to the Whole Foods thing! There’s only a few WF stores in Canada and neither is close to my city at all. Whenever I go to the States (usually 1-2 times a year), I always look for the nearest WF (and Starbucks )locations! We’re going to Maui in 12 days and I’ve already found the nearest store (and requested a visit there :)

    My fiancee teases me so much about how we have to go “grocery shopping” every time we’re on vacation! But I LOVE Whole Foods… I could spend hours there. I once spent 30 mins trying to decide on a yogurt! And don’t get me started on how much I stock up on bars & other products I can’t buy in Canada when I actually do get to a WF store. Love it.

  24. Jessica says:

    Those are some smart kids! Most kids I know hate grocery shopping. I don’t know why, you’d think they’d like it because that’s where all the candy is! :)

  25. Those kids are too cute! And that’s very cool that they are willing to try new things! I’m convinced that many kids who are picky eaters are only picky because their parents just feed them pizza and chicken strips and things just because they don’t think they’d like anything else. They don’t let them TRY new things!
    !I could spend hours and hours in there just wandering around… never gets old!

  26. Katie says:

    I love it when kid’s aren’t afraid to try new things! Good for you for introducing them to all that yumminess. On my days off, I like to cook and bake – and my family/co-workers don’t really understand…

  27. lisa says:

    i love your blog, I have learned something new today, thanks for sharing

  28. feetinmotion says:

    banana hammock is such a funny word!

  29. I love visiting Whole Foods in other cities! No matter where I go, I must out the local Whole Foods. So far, I’ve deduced that Memphis has the crappiest WF of them all. It used to be a Wild Oats, and its very small. I wish we had a super Whole Foods!!!

  30. Katie says:

    Hours in Whole Foods, TJ’s, the cereal aisle at Target… uhhh =P

    Hmm, clipping coupons for FOOD, rummaging through recipes, going to bed planning what I am going to eat for breakfast the next morning. The list goes on and on… :)

  31. Jenny says:

    welp, I don’t even think the pickiest of eaters could resist the allure of your treats my dear. Glad the tots like ’em! Your gonna be such a faboosh mama.. packing your kids fudge babies in their lunch boxes. Adopt me?!

  32. BroccoliHut says:

    Haha, the same goes for my family–my dad and I love to skip through the aisles of WF, but my mom and sisters think we’re crazy. Another foodie thing I do is peruse the Williams Sonoma catalog very closely–my Mom calls me all the way from home in Alabama to tell me when it has arrived in the mail!

  33. Aw!! I LOVE the future foodies!!! 😀

    My favorite foodie thing to do is take photos of my food. Usually folks think I’m bonkers. LOL

    And, hey, I linked to you in my latest post: Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie


  34. Allison says:

    I love spending hours on weekends washing, prepping, baking, cooking and freezing foods. People laugh when I tell them I spend 8 hours in the kitchen and love it! Perhaps I should have become a chef rather than an accountant…

  35. healthnuttxo says:

    shopping at whole foods is the equivalent of a kid in a candy store for me.
    every time i go- i just want to buy the whole store!
    i sersisouly take 40$ with me, and LEAVE the rest of my wallet (and credit/debit cards!!) at HOME.
    that way, i only get a few treats and get to go back AGAIN AND AGAIN 😀

  36. todayslady says:

    I love browsing grocery stores!! My fiance doesn’t seem to understand though….. Oh well, I just leave him at home sometimes :)

  37. Hey, I’m having a cookie giveaway of sorts to go with my upcoming defense, and i’d love to get some input from you!

  38. Kristie says:

    Your cousins all get gold stars for foodie adventuresomness… I don’t care if that’s not in fact remotely a word, it should be just for them. I was a picky little eater as a kid. I didn’t even like bananas! So I definitely wouldn’t have been munching on banana hammocks. Oh sigh. SO glad that’s changed!

    I’m so with you on food shopping. I could do it for hours!

  39. ecogrrl says:

    ewww, banana hammocks, ewww! new name please!!! :)

  40. Erin says:

    I love learning about new foods and have discovered so many through the blogs. Some of my friends think it’s strange that I prefer rice milk, or add flax to every single breakfast, but generally they are open to trying new things too.

  41. I think my “weird” thing must be taking pictures of food and loving grocery shopping. I know those are not weird for other bloggers but for my friends in “real life” they are 😀

    If we would have Whole Foods in Finland I would spend majority of my free time there :)

  42. Judy says:

    Well, I like to read cookbooks. Really read them. More than once (and I own an every-changing collection of hundreds of cookbooks).

    Not to mention that I am always trying new recipes. I’d get really, really bored making the same few meals all the time.

  43. Jessica says:

    I too could grocery shop for hours. Sometimes on a Saturday, I put my ipod on and wander the store for a good 1.5 hrs. I take trips to Toronto to hit up several markets and grocery stores all in one day, then about an hour clothes shopping. Most of the day is spent buying food and stocking my cooler with ice to bring the cold stuff home!

  44. Jordan says:

    Nobody in my family understands me! They all think I’m a complete weirdo for constantly reading food blogs and being so enthralled with healthy food. Every once in a while, when I’m on my laptop, my mom will ask, “What are you looking at? Food?” and then laugh. Sighhh, I feel so misunderstood. 😉 Oh well, it won’t change a thing. I get heart palpitations when I walk inside a Whole Foods, especially if it’s been a while since my last visit. I will gasp and whisper under my breath in total amazement. Haha. And it seems like I’m constantly bringing home bags of groceries…I basically have a never-ending grocery list. Not good for my financial situation, but so much fun!

  45. CaSaundra says:

    Wow–that Whole Foods looks enormous. I am sure I could easily drop a few hours in there and more cash than I am willing to admit ha!

  46. Marianne says:

    Oh, I love wandering grocery stores. I just hate having to decide what treasures I can afford to take home with me – I’d like to take them all!

    I also like to purchase and read cookbooks like they are novels. Is that weird?