“Taste of HLS” and Swag Bag Giveaway

As you all know, I’ve been at the Healthy Living Summit in downtown Chicago for the last 2 ½ days. As many of you know, Chicago hosts the “Taste of Chicago” every year in June/July. It’s essentially a HUGE taste festival of the many restaurants in the Chicago area. Seeing as I’m from Chicago, I thought I would offer you a “Taste of HLS” – a short recap of all of the things I experience and “tasted” at the conference. In just 2 1/2 days, I managed to:

1) Take a tour of Frito Lay in Beloit, WI, with about 25 HLS attendees, including Pickley Pear. Frito Lay products are awesome and healthy!
2) Hug Chester Cheetah – I know you’re jealous!;

3) Attend a swanky cocktail reception hosted by OpenSky where I took some crazy pics in the photo booth with Fervent Foodie and Training To Live;

4) Take an early AM walk with some wonderful women around Chicago’s “Bean” and even caught a glimpse of morning tai chi! Thank you to A Girl and Her Mutt for arranging! Sadly, I am the one taking the picture so I’m not in it 🙁

5) Enjoy a wonderful breakfast by Quaker Oats and Stoneyfield yogurt. 6) Listen to some amazing sessions about nutrition for athletes, food photography, and time management;

7) Have a fantastic lunch provided by Arnold and Oroweat breads;

8) Actively participate in a kick-ass flow yoga session (my head is still spinning from trying to keep up!);

9) Munch on some super yummy Athenos products – OMG, everything is betta with feta – seriously, it is!;

10) Get a little too friendly with some salad that ended up on my head. Thanks Chiaseedme!;

11) Go on a very cool 3-hour tour by Tastebud Tours sponsored by Arnold and Oroweat – Lynn, you rock! The tour included stops at the Bergoff and the Billy Goat Tavern (Cheezborger, Cheezborger, Cheezborger, no fries, Cheezborger);

12) Run a fairly decent 10K on Sunday AM along the lake shore; 13) enjoy an outstanding farewell brunch by Thomas’ bagel thins where we were encouraged to make a new cream cheese creation. I made a walnut, pineapple, and raspberry mix – fantastic!

14) And, last but not least, say goodbye to some fabulous bloggers – I hope I will all of you again next year!

Thank you to all the sponsors and especially to the HLS planning committee for all of your hard work in making this a conference of epic proportion.

Now, for all of you non-attendees…The Healthy Living Summit Swag Bag Giveaway!

Before, during, and even immediately after the event I read about so many of you who wanted to come but could not due to work, school, finances, etc. I hope that you can all attend next year because this conference was truly worth the money.

And for all of you who could not make it to the Healthy Living Summit this year, you have a chance to experience a little piece of HLS via Running With Cake! As you probably heard, HLS attendees received some very hefty swag bags thanks to the many sponsors and the HLS planning committee. There’s no way I’m going to use all of my swag so I’m giving some of my goodies away to you!

That’s right – I’m giving away two HLS goodie packs to two fortunate readers. Here are some of the items that will be divided between the bags:

  1. A reusable grocery/gym bag by Frito Lay or Oroweat
  2. Oroweat travel coffee mug
  3. $4 and $1 coupons for Arnold/Oroweat products
  4. $10 giftcard to subway (only one of these, sorry!)
  5. Free Stoneyfield yogurt coupon
  6. Frioto Lay Chips
  7. Quaker Granola Bar
  8. Free Attune food coupon
  9. Oh Nuts! cashews or peanuts
  10. Arnold and Oroweat recipe cards and measuring spoon
  11. A surprise gift from me!

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite product/brand is from the ones I mentioned above. OR…
  • Tweet/Retweet this post over Twitter

Do either of those things by 9 PM Eastern on Thursday, August 19, and you will be automatically entered. I will then randomly select the two winners and let you all know who won!

Sound fun? OK, let’s go!


  1. Oh my goodness, how do I decide which is my Favorite…I must say, I must say the cup. I can use this cup on the go with my fruit smoothie.

    See ya cuz

  2. Looks like you had a great time. =)

    My favorite is the $10 Subway giftcard!

  3. I love Stonyfield yogurt! Their vanilla kind (I haven’t been able to find plain at our store) is super yummy with fruit in the morning!

  4. I love Stonyfield yogurt. I usually buy plain and mix stuff in … but sometimes I go for the chocolate underground for a treat. Yum!

  5. favorite would be the Subway card 😉

    the one I most want to try would be the Attune products… I’ve not yet tried and they look gooood. 🙂

  6. I am a Quaker ADDICT! I LOVE oatmeal, in bowl, bar, cookie, ANY form! Once for vacation we stayed at Quaker Square Inn, where the hotel rooms are INSIDE the grain silo at the former Quaker factory. And they have an oatmeal bar everyday for breakfast!

  7. My favorite would be Arnold/Oroweat. Sandwhich thins are the best!

  8. You did a lot better than me at keeping that salad hat on.

  9. meeyeehere says

    Yogurt!!!!!!!!!!!OOH!!!!!!!!!! YUM!!!I love your giveaway! I just love yummy stuff!!!Subway is awesome as long as you don’t go to the one in my town,yuck! I go to the Subway 20 minutes out of town so I don’t have to eat green meat!You are just really cool! Thanks and have a great week.
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  10. I’m trying to eat healthier, however, put Cheetos in front of me and I’m in love 🙂

  11. I eat yogurt all of the time, but haven’t tried Stoneyfield yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. i love oh nuts!! great giveaway!

  13. Yay for swag!!! So excited about this! My fav is stoneyfield, yum!

  14. I would love the nuts from Oh NUT!

  15. tweeted @cookveganlover

    @RunWithCake Even if U didn’t attend #HLS you can still get some cool swag! http://bit.ly/axCscH

  16. tostitos!!

  17. Hands down – Subway. I could eat a $5 footlong every day and be happy.

    Love your recap. Definitely want to join in HLS next year!

  18. Oh the subway gift card would be best for me. There’s one right down the street from my house and I get the veggie delight alll the time when I’m in a pinch for dinner with lots of fresh veggies!

  19. Can I pick the surprise gift?? I love surprises! I also love finding new recipes so I would also be excited about the recipe cards!

    {Thanks for tweeting the link to me!!}

  20. Laura @SeeLauraRun says

    I love subway! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  21. Laura @SeeLauraRun says


  22. Hi Jennifer! This is actually my first post on your blog. I discovered you a few weeks ago and have been reading it ever since. I don’t consider myself to be an avid runner – yet. Like you, I enjoy staying in shape but LOVE food! Your blog has become an inspiration to me.

    My personal favorite of the products would be the Stoneyfield Yogurt.
    Especially when I top it with mixed berries and Kashi granola! Yum!

    I’m looking forward to reading more!

    ~ Krista

  23. Love the Oh Nuts! cashews or peanut (but not the walnuts – allergic to them)