The Energizer Burger

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We had a busy morning, so we opted for a little lunch date.  Plus, I’ve been trying to get to Luna’s Living Kitchen for WEEKS, but they kind of have odd hours and kept missing out.  It was worth the wait!


Luna’s is a cute little hippie/vegan restaurant.  It’s also mostly raw but I always get the one cooked thing on the menu (just a coincidence).  Come to think of it, I think Luna’s is Charlotte’s only purely vegetarian restaurant.  They like BBQ and burgers down here in the South. 


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I got the kamut burger, as always!  All wrapped up in a collard green jacket.



Ready, set – back to work!



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 7, 2011, 2:38 pm

    That looks completely delicious! Weekday lunch dates are always so fun.

  • Katherine July 7, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Nomnomnom! I want to eat this NOW!

    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 6:30 pm

      nomnomnom is my favorite word ever.

  • Freya July 7, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Ohmyholygoodness. That looks SO delicious!! I would do anything to have cuisine like that on my doorstep (instead of a 3hr train ride away). Gah!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 7, 2011, 2:46 pm

    That looks delicious! I wish we had a cute veg place like that around.

  • Chelsea July 7, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Oh yummmm.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 7, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Looks like a delicious lunch — and what a cute restaurant!

  • Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde July 7, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of a kamut burger but that picture alone has totally sold me 🙂

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 7, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Hmmm…looks good! When are you going to recreate the recipe?!

    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 6:30 pm

      I should try!

  • Jane July 7, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Your lunch was so pretty! Looks tasty too!

  • courtney (pancakes and postcards) July 7, 2011, 3:00 pm

    That looks awesome. Although to be honest I can’t really tell what it is. 🙂

  • Krystina (Organically Me) July 7, 2011, 3:04 pm

    That looks SO good. I love the idea of kamut in a veggie burger.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 7, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Wow that looks good! I wish there were more restaurants like than in Dublin!

  • R. Chandra July 7, 2011, 3:13 pm

    omigosh that lunch looks sooooooooooooooooooooooo good. why doesn’t every restaurant serve food as awesome as that?! 😛


  • MissD July 7, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Actually Zi-zi’s in the university area is 100% vegan…. and their food is deeeelicious. It’s carry out only… but they deliver too. Check out their website at

    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 3:17 pm

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS new discovery! Thanks MissD!

  • MissD July 7, 2011, 3:18 pm

    🙂 Gotta keep the vegan restaurants in business!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 7, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Oh YUMM, that looks so so good. I like eating raw once in awhile, it feels good 🙂

  • Beatrix @ Beaglebea July 7, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Yummy and tasty looking…hmmmmm.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 7, 2011, 3:52 pm

    The kamut burger looks so cool! Collards are so sturdy but I’ve never thought to use them as a “jacket” before!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 7, 2011, 4:03 pm

    I love that the burger is wrapped in a collard “jacket”—too cute! and delish!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy July 7, 2011, 4:06 pm

    “They like BBQ and burgers down here in the South. ” –> Yes! I live in a county outside of Richmond, Virginia and other than the actual City of Richmond, we just have your chains, BBQ joints, Italian and some Mexican and Asian. Eek!

  • monicanelsonfitness July 7, 2011, 4:11 pm

    that lunch should for sure help just about anyone get back to work, gosh does it look good and so FRESH!

  • Khushboo July 7, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Wow that burger looks so delicious! Bread whaaat?

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 7, 2011, 4:30 pm

    That lunch looks so fresh and summery! Perfect!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 7, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Love Luna’s! Hooray!


  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 7, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing!! A kamut burger? Is that a type of grain?

    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

      Me thinks so!

  • Jessica July 7, 2011, 5:04 pm

    That looks very tasty! Haha sometimes I feel that trying to find restaurant like Luna’s is like finding a needle in a haystack!

  • elaine! July 7, 2011, 5:04 pm

    That sign is really confusing me. Did they mean “plants” or “planets”? Because the drawings (except the flower) totally look like planets. And neither plants nor planets are extradimensional. Whether or not people are is more of a spiritual question.

    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

      It’s a hippie restaurant, don’t ask!

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 7, 2011, 5:56 pm

    YUM! I wish we had a restaurant like that in my city. I think I would be the only person going to it though.

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted July 7, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Ah! So glad you got to try it out! I am obsessed with Luna’s and go about 2 times a week!! It’s fantastic. You need to try the Avocolada!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 7, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I have never even heard of Kamut! Apparently I need to explore a bit more!

  • Allie July 7, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Right?! I always want to go to Luna’s for dinner!
    I wish the burgers were GF, I miss them so much. But they have so many other yummy stuff, I can’t complain (well, too much anyways :P).

  • Joanne July 7, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Great idea! I have kamut in the cupboard, I’m going to have to come up with a recipe for a kamut burger. Never thought of using it in a “burger” type recipe before.

  • Karin July 7, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Oh my gosh that looks so good!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 7, 2011, 7:45 pm

    We don’t have ANY vegetarian restaurants around here.. I’d KILL for that place!
    And I’ve never had raw collards.. sounds good though!

  • Mary July 7, 2011, 7:52 pm

    That looks really good! was your burger raw or was it baked or grilled?


    • Caitlin July 7, 2011, 7:55 pm

      I think it was cooked and then dehydrated? Maybe?

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 7, 2011, 7:58 pm

    I love the look of that place! I love discovering new restaurants.

  • Megan July 7, 2011, 7:59 pm

    Looks delish! I wish we had places like that around here, I think Chipotle is the closest we’ll ever get haha

  • Heidi - apples under my bed July 7, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Yum, your meal looks awesome!! Great inspiration, thanks 🙂 Must get me some kamut!
    Heidi xo

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 7, 2011, 9:30 pm

    I really like finding little places like that–they’re true gems!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 7, 2011, 10:09 pm

    This looks awesome! I wish nuts weren’t such a big part of raw/vegan cuisine so that I could actually eat at one of those restaurants! 😛

  • katie @ KatieDid July 7, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I;ve heard collard greens hold up well for wraps. I’ve been trying out romaine but it doesn’t quite cut it, I think I must try collards for more of an authentic wrap. It looks so delicious!

  • Meagan July 7, 2011, 11:51 pm

    That “burger” looks delicious, and I am so jealous of your passion for healthy eating! I’ve been trying to start eating better in order to lose weight/because it’s simply better for you, but I have no idea where to start! I’ve been reading for blog for a while and have been really inspired by your dedication to exercise and healthy eating.

    I’ve implemented some of your easier, tastier looking solutions (like fruit smoothies) but I could really use some help. I’m really picky about fruits and veggies (it’s a texture problem; I hate that plant-like crunch) and was wondering if you had any suggestions for a pick eater looking to kickstart their nutrition.

    • Caitlin July 8, 2011, 8:55 am

      Hmm you don’t like the crunch of veggies? Okay, we can work around that. I would trying roasting veggies: You might also want to try making fun mashes, like sweet potatoes with some cinnamon and brown sugar or cauliflower mash with sour cream and chives. You can also do simple stuff like swap out your refined carbs for whole grain carbs, and try other grain alternatives, like quinoa or millet instead of rice. Maybe you could make it a goal to try one new food a week for a year? That would be a fun blog!

      • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 8, 2011, 9:34 am

        I’d follow that blog 😛

      • Meagan July 9, 2011, 1:52 am

        Thanks so much for the suggestions, I’ll definitely try those out! The sweet potatoes sound especially tasty, and I’ve been wanting to try quinoa/millet, it’s just hard to find stores around where I live that carry it. If I do start a blog, I’ll let you know. 🙂

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 8, 2011, 3:28 am

    Wow, that burger looks absolutely incredile! 🙂 xyx

  • Angie July 8, 2011, 4:11 am

    That burger looks so good, I want a restaurant like this where I live 🙁

  • Kristyn July 8, 2011, 7:30 am

    Little old New Jersey is getting a HUGE keynote speaker at our GOTR gala in October. Molly Barker is coming to the Garden State to our Wine and Whimsy event! Had to tell you…A-freakin-mazing. =) I passed on the Pole to Pole Run video to our council director and she put it on facebook. It’s on my work blog too. Thanks, Caitlin! Hope the book writing is going well! Looking forward to the second one coming out. =)

    • Caitlin July 8, 2011, 8:56 am

      omg you are going to LOVE MOLLY BARKER. she is so awesome.

      thanks for volunteering with GOTR 🙂

  • Lauri ( July 8, 2011, 7:47 am

    Yum Yum! Vegetarian/vegan restaurants are hard to come by in the south! The Sprout just recently opened near Charleston, I can;t wait to give them a try!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 8, 2011, 9:33 am

    That burger (and its jacket!) look amazing. Looks like the type of restaurant where I work 🙂 Collards are awesome for wraps/”buns” and a lot of other things because they’re so darn tough. Love ’em.

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real July 8, 2011, 10:12 am

    I am always interested in trying out fun, new (to me) vegetarian restaurants but I am still trying to get my husband to go with me. He is starting to be a little more adventurous so maybe I can plan a sneaky lunch date soon. If he does not like the menu (or is still hungry after only eating plants, as he likes to say) then I can get him a smoothie for dessert. Maybe that would work.
    Anyway, your food looked amazing and if I am in Charlotte then I will definitely look this place up. Thanks!

  • @smshum July 8, 2011, 2:04 pm

    There is also Woodlands on Albemarle Road.

    It’s in a seedy area, but they’ve got really amazing vegetarian food there.

    • Caitlin July 8, 2011, 3:33 pm

      oh fun! i will check that out.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 8, 2011, 3:38 pm

    That burger looks awesome and wrapping it in greens is a great way to eat gluten-free. Yum!

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