National Get Outdoors Day Bento

I found out that yesterday was National Get Outdoors Day, that's great because I actually spent most of it outside. I started my day at the Farmer's Market getting supplies for the week. This week's haul: strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower (Mmmm I'm going to make Cauliflower Pie this week) and some chili lemon almonds. We have a local almond grower that makes these yummy flavored almonds, a few I can't have because he adds sugar but the chili lemon, applewood smoked, wasabi and simply roasted are favorites.

Nothing I bought needed refrigerating quick so I took a nice long walk around Old Town. It's the touristy area in my town where the market is held each week. The other day in Trader Joe's I overheard a woman talking about a great consignment shop and I went searching it out. I found it. I bought a pretty summery blouse (originally $75 for $10.99, Woot!) you'll see me wearing in Phoenix if you are joining me at the Your Weight Matters Convention. I did stand in the store for a few minutes coveting a little green purse but I was good. No $$ for frivolous.

Speaking of walking and money... If have some extra coins jingle jangling in your pocket or under your couch cushions I'll take 'em! I'm walking in the Walk from Obesity because I can! I once couldn't say that. Thank you to some of my rock star readers and pals who have already donated: Deann Burch, Doris Fiallo, Mike Hodges, Lea Crosetti, Kris Harvey, Laura Jones, Lois Lothrop, Janice Lambright, Jean Haller, Eva Weber, Jessica McKean xo. Can't be there I will walk for both of us. Click on the link to head over to my donation page. Every penny counts and any donation is happily accepted.

I came home grilled some of the zucchini, made a few antipasto skewers, filled my bento box and head outside again to eat my lunch. I sat on the patio, tried not to look at the lawn (aka dead weeds) that need cutting and enjoyed the beautiful day.

Pink Box (top left): Little Antipasto Skewers (Cherry Tomatoes from my 2 plants, Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Turkey Cubes, Spanish Olive)
Green Box (top right): Grilled Zucchini (swipe of Olive Oil, sprinkle of Greek Seasoning and BBQ'd)
Blue Box (bottom left): Yellow Pepper Strips
Orange Box (bottom right): Pesto Yogurt Dip (Greek Yogurt and a little Pesto Sauce mixed in)

More bento box lunches

Want a bento lunchbox like the one above. Here's a link. I've also seen these and these recently and thought they were a cool alternatives. As always thanks for purchasing through the links on the blog which helps the blog continue doing it's thing.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend and spending at least some of it outdoors.

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Marie Sylvester said...

How much protein is in something lie this? I'm about 6 months out of sleeve surgery and I'm still aging issues getting all the protein in. Thanks!,,

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Marie, You will want to enter your contents (brands of yogurt vary, things like that) in an online food diary like sparkpeople or fitday or my fitness pal. They will give you the breakdown of protein, carbs, fats, calories based on your meal.

Julie Gladstone said...

National Get Outdoors Day - Great concept, but kinda sad that such things are necessary.

J.R.Bowman said...

That lunch looks amazing! It's so simple and fresh too. I'm always intimidated by fixing healthy meals and I usually resort to something bland and boring like a soup-at-hand or can tuna.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shelly! I love your blog, what great ideas you come up with! Can you tell your fellow Temeculites where the consignment shop is? I'd love to visit it!

Have a great day!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I agree Julie... should be a part of EVERYDAY :)

Thank you JR.

The Consignment shop is... Ritzy Rags 28780 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590 Phone:(951) 676-2611 just before Campini's deli.

Tracie said...

Shame your comp is only for the usa as love reading your bloggs from a fellow RNY in the UK

Dam RM said...

Hello Shelly,

I am new to your blog and am also newly "sleeved." I have been a vegetarian for many years but will be adding salmon to my diet, when i get to solids, for protein. Any vegetarian/pescatorian low carb ideas for a newbie?

I am learning about portion sizes. Do you have any recommendations for how to portion properly? The amount of food shown looks like a lot to me, but delicious.

I will be combing through your blog to find more. Any suggestions and recommendations are appreciated. My nutritionist just says "smaller portions and stop when you are full" no real guidance.

Thank you

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Dam RM, Thank you. Yep I am the idea girl but portions are always something you determine with your Dr and will vary from program to program... sounds like your nutritionist wants you to get in tune with your body and that's great. If you do eggs the egg bites are great (crustless quiches and tons of vegetarian versions: Foil Fish packets... salmon filet, some zucchini or summer squash, green onion, a little shake of herbs and a drizzle of oil, covered grill 20 minutes or so: My Ricotta Bake: I have a seafood board.

Hope these give you a few ideas.