It was another unseasonably cool and beautiful weekend in New York City! I am so grateful for the sunshine and 70-degree temperatures… in August of all months. Since it was such a lovely day, the husband and I decided to head down to Chelsea Market to buy some picnic items to be enjoyed on The High Line. For those of you who have never heard of The High Line, it’s the remains of an old above ground railroad that has been turned into a “linear park” with over a mile of gorgeous plants and places to lounge while reading or picnicking. It offers some unique views as the rail line runs above the city streets – it’s truly something you have to see to appreciate!

Before heading to The High Line to enjoy the views we stopped by Chelsea Market, which is also quite an interesting place. A former bakery from the 1800’s, this beautiful building is now home to eateries and specialty shops including raw, vegan foods, picnic supplies, and a fantastic wine shop that offers weekend wine-tasting events. Here are a few healthy treasures we picked up at the market.

Beyond Sushi :Vegan sushi that is bursting with so much flavor, you won’t miss the seafood!

This is the August roll of the month featuring black rice with grilled haricot vert, roasted kkra, green slaw (kale, parsley, & roasted sesame), dusted with porcini mushrooms, and white miso sauce. They had this southern girl at okra – delish!

Our next picnic item came from Tuck Stop where we grabbed this hearty kale salad:

Kale salad with golden raisins, sunflower seeds, and lemon/tahini dressing.

What’s a picnic without dessert? This can be a challenge for someone like me who is looking for something that is dairy-free and low-sugar, until I happened upon this indulgent yet healthy raw chocolate bar. It includes three of my favorite things: chocolate, sea salt, and almonds without dairy or any other processed junk! It certainly wasn’t a bargain, but for a special treat it’s worth the splurge!

Finally, we picked up a couple of special items to bring home with us including a uniquely flavored olive oil from The Filling Station that was delicious on an arugula salad with sundried tomatoes and slivered almonds.

French Roasted Walnut Oil

And last but not least, an exciting discovery for this dairy-intolerant gal who happens to love parmesan cheese:

Vegan Parmesan cheese from One Lucky Duck

It may sound strange, but this “parmesan” made from pumpkin seeds and macadamia nuts is heavenly by itself, in salads or on top of your favorite veggies. It also happens to be raw and organic for an added bonus!

I hope our picnic treasures give you inspiration for creating your next healthy meal. Do you have a recipe that could use some healthy inspiration? Share with me in the comments section below.