Luna Lunch

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When you become a parent, you should totally sprout an extra arm.  You need it!


The Husband is headed out of town for a friend’s wedding – Henry and I are staying behind.  We’re really going to miss him, and my mom is coming into town to provide back-up baby support.  I think I could do it by myself for three days, but I also know that, by the end of the experience, I would be a semi-conscious zombie mom, my shirt would be inside-out and covered in drool, I would’ve failed to shower for 72 straight hours, and the dogs would’ve initiated a coup and be running the household.  Maggie in charge… a scary prospect.   


I picked Kristien up from work and took him out for a farewell lunch before heading to the airport.  We went to Luna’s Living Kitchen, the best lunch spot in all of Charlotte.  He started out with a lemonade-spinach smoothie, and I had an iced coffee.

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I’m sure a lemonade-spinach smoothie sounds a little gross, but let me tell you – it was so amazing (it also contained banana, pineapple, hemp protein, and ginger).  You know how sometimes milk-based smoothies feel too creamy and heavy during the summer?  This one was light and refreshing.


After drinking my iced coffee, I discovered a surprise – coffee cubes.  GENIUS.  I am going to make these at home as soon as possible.


I had the Lunasagna, which is a raw/vegan lasagna made with zucchini noodles and a cashew cheese.  I was always scared to order this dish (raw lasagna, seriously), but I’m so glad I tried it the last time I was at Luna’s because it really is the tastiest thing on the menu. 



Thought of the Day:


“I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.” – Michael Phelps



  • laura August 1, 2012, 3:39 pm

    yum! so glad you got a little farewell lunch with the hubby.

    just think about single mothers out there that do it alone every. single. day! glad you have your mom coming in for support!

    • Caitlin August 1, 2012, 3:40 pm

      single mommas are seriously incredible. becoming a parent has made me realize how hard both of my parents must’ve worked to care for me after their divorce. it must’ve been crazy.

      • Sana August 1, 2012, 3:58 pm

        I can barely take care of myself. I am not ready to make or take care of another human being. Props to all the people that raise children!

      • Morgan August 1, 2012, 4:46 pm

        After my daughter was born I had a new respect for single parents. I have no idea how they do it without going crazy.

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Ooooh pineapple in a green smoothie. Haven’t tried that, yet–must give it a shot!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Oh my, the spinach lemonade smoothie sounds so refreshing! I might have to recreate it at home with the ingredients you listed. That’s so nice that your mom is coming for a visit. I hope she’s enjoying being a grandma! 🙂

  • Jeanine August 1, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Coffee or tea cubes are the BEST thing ever to happen to iced coffee/tea. The best iced tea I’ve ever tasted in Jackson Hole, WY had tea cubes. That was their secret. From that moment on, I was sold on them. I recently started doing coffee cubes for iced coffee and it makes all the difference in the world. No one should have to drink watered down iced tea or coffee when cubes made of the appropriate beverage can save the day! 🙂

    • Helen August 2, 2012, 4:52 am

      Wondering if you would make the coffee\tea cubes with sugar or without? Thoughts?

      • Caitlin August 2, 2012, 7:04 am

        I would say without – it’s just to keep it from getting watery!

  • Allison August 1, 2012, 3:48 pm

    That all looks so delicious! Coffee cubes are a brilliant idea. And what an adorable picture of the three of you at the top; I love it 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 1, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I’ve seen Raw lasagna from someplace here in Chicago but never tried it! I’ll have to test it out!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 1, 2012, 4:04 pm

    I LOVE the coffee cube idea! I’ve been meaning to try it for MONTHS but forget. Someday I’ll remember and give it a try. 😉

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life August 1, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Iced coffee sounds amazing right now! My toddler reminded me what it is like having a newborn as he was a sick little guy last night and up every two hours! I think he was giving his old ma and pa practice for #2 in Jan. Thanks? Anyway, your iced coffee looks superb, I hope you enjoyed it and I wish through the power of osmosis I could gather up some caffeine energy from you. I’ve already had my pregnancy allotted amount of coffee for the day. 🙁 Now about the drool on your shirt… Yours or Henry’s??? 😉

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me August 1, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Mmmm that looks good! Coffee ice cubes interesting but you can practically make anything into an ice cub which of course ROCKS!

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 1, 2012, 4:30 pm

    That smoothie actually sounds amazing and the whole coffee ice cubes things is GENIUS!!!

  • kathy August 1, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Do you always feed henry with a bottle when you are out in public?

    • Caitlin August 1, 2012, 4:39 pm

      Probably about half the time. I am still using a nipple shield when I breast-feed about half of the time and it’s really annoying to fuss with the shield in public. But not using the shield has it and issues too (I’ve got flat nips).

      • megan August 2, 2012, 1:00 pm

        I was going to comment with the same question. i used a shield for 5 or 6 weeks with my first and getting him off that thing was liberating! nursing in public was so much easier after. good luck!

      • Megan August 2, 2012, 4:11 pm

        It’s actually a really good idea to keep bottle feeding occasionally – wish we had because we have a fussy baby on our hands when we bottle feed her after skipping weeks without using a bottle. I too used the shield for a few weeks, but for a different reason, damaged nips from bad latch in the first month. Nothing wrong with those shields.

  • Kristen@Change of Pace August 1, 2012, 4:41 pm

    I always say that as soon as you get pregnant you should start growing another arm. The benefit from that extra hand would totally outweigh the weird looks you’d get haha! Right now I’d have TWO extra arms and I’d be ok with it! Lunch looks great as always!

  • Michelle @ August 1, 2012, 5:38 pm

    WOW! That lasagna sounds SO good! I have always been afraid to try cashew cheese. How does it compare in taste/consistency to regular cheese?

    And what a coincidence, I had a smoothies with spinach, banana, strawberry, mango and protein as well! Lemonade would probably be a nice addition to that – I am going to test it out!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 1, 2012, 6:07 pm

    I love love love Luna’s. I’ve actually been craving their quinoa burger lately. I need to get my booty there ASAP.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras August 1, 2012, 6:16 pm

    I went to Charlotte a couple months ago, and meant to go to Luna’s but ended up not having time. I tried the raw lasagna at Laughing Seed in Asheville, however, and it blew my damn mind. I’ll have to try it at Luna’s if I’m ever in town again.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 1, 2012, 6:52 pm

    I LOVE that quote from Michael. He is soooo inspiring!!! 🙂

    love the idea of that lemonade!

  • Jenn August 1, 2012, 8:21 pm

    I love my coffee cubes! When everything melts, the coffee doesn’t get watered down. I keep a couple of ice cube trays in the freezer and put any leftover coffee in them (even if it’s just enough for 1 cube).
    Good luck on your first weekend alone! You can do it! I remember being nervous on my first time alone, but your Mommy Instincts are always there:)

    • Jenn August 1, 2012, 8:22 pm

      I also have a great recipe for homemade iced coffee if you need one:)

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 1, 2012, 10:33 pm

    that lasagna does look pretty incredible! i’m always afraid to try a raw lasagna, but i should totally go for it!

  • Raquel August 1, 2012, 11:29 pm

    I have to try that coffee cube idea! The smoothie sounds really yummy, good luck and I”m glad your mom is going to be around as back-up!

  • Ksenija August 2, 2012, 1:22 am

    The lasagna looks heavenly – one of the few dishes I am always craving for when i stumble over raw food *yum*

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 3, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I’m not sure what to make of the lasagna or the lemonade-spinach smoothie, but I will definitely take your word for it! Love the coffee cube idea. I’m always sad when I get to the end of an iced coffee, so that would be a nice little treat at the bottom!

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