Salad-In-A-Box: My Post-Fasting Lunch

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It's that time of year to go for a whole 12 hours without eating or drinking anything but water, black coffee or sugarless gum in preparation for my annual physical. :) I know, I know, 12 hours is nuthin' and it really is nuthin' (especially the majority of it is spent sleeping, but I found it so funny that once that timer started ticking (at 10:30pm last night), all of the sudden I was STARVING! It certainly didn't help that I didn't have a huge dinner to begin with (apparently, I was NOT thinking ahead) and that my hubby was sittin' on the couch snackin' away right next to me (how rude!). And yes, I know I shouldn't be snacking at 10:30 at night anyway, but I do and last night I couldn't. :)

After I dropped the girls off at school this morning, before my appointment, I went to Trader Joe's to pick up a few things, which of course, turned into a LOT of things! They say don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry, but I did and I came away with like a million more things than were on my list. But they all looked soooo yummy! And I had to pass up a free sample of chocolate covered marshmallows they were handing out. Phooey. Plus, I had a lot of errands to run post-physical, so I decided to plan and pack myself a post-fasting lunch right then and there.

This probably should have rather been a PRE-fasting lunch, for like 50 lunches and dinners before the physical, but I have a tendency of scheduling mine when I'm at my absolute worst. Last year it was a week after Thanksgiving and this year, it was after a culmination of too much over-eating, over-indulging, not-enough exercising and +7 lbs of holiday cheer. Actually, it turned out to be +3 so I didn't feel SO bad. The way I see it is, I might as well get checked out when I'm gluttonous since it can only get better from there. Plus, I'd have really good excuse: um, the HOLIDAYS! (haha) if things didn't turn out so well. But luckily things are usually fine and they'll only get better throughout the year. Thank goodness for good genes! Let's hope that's the case this year and i didn't just totally jinx myself! ;)

So, whaddya think? The funny thing is that this is an 88.89% Trader Joe's meal in that 8 out of the 9 food items pictured here were purchased from Trader Joe's at one time or another. And I don't even shop there all THAT much!

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In this lunch:
  1. Organic baby spinach, Organic Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Dried Cranberries, All-Natural Fresh Mozzarella Cheese and Roasted, Unsalted Sunflower Seeds all from TJ's
  2. Fresh blueberries and strawberries, once again from TJ's
  3. Trader Joe's Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic and the only thing NOT from TJ's was Stacy's All-Natural Simply Naked Bagel Chips - both purchased today in the peak of my starvation. haha!
EasyLunchBoxes - love my ELB's!!


And of course Trader Joe's since they provided 88.89% of my lunch today! :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Jenn Christ said...

It's so bright and cheery! Yum!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Jenn! I dare say it's one of my best lunch pix yet. Didn't realize outdoor pix on an overcast day make such a good combination! :)

Beth Winfield said...

The lunch is gorgeous! It looks so happy!!

Thank you for linking up to Grown-Ups Gotta Eat!

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

Hi Christine,
Your lunch looks amazing. I love the salad and the fruit. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

HungryLittleGirl said...

I wish someone would pack me such a delicious lunchbox!
Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness :)
I love your new logo and header btw ;)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks a bunch, girl! And thanks for hosting the link-up. 'Cause, yes, grown-ups gotta eat too! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Debi! and as always, thanks for hosting such awesome linky parties! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Haha! Yeah, I find that it's always yummier when someone ELSE makes it for you! :) And thanks for noticing my updates - you're one of the first to comment! and lastly, thanks for hosting your crazy awesome linkies, Jutta! :)

Suzy Myers said...

Happy Eat Your Vegetable Day! Just wanted to let you know that your awesome Spinach Salad lunch box was featured today on Daily Holiday Blog! Hope it brings lots of folks your way!

happyvballgirl said...

Suzy, thank you so much for sharing my lunch! Hope you had a Happy Eat Your Vegetables Day! :)

Jenna said...

Packed with antioxidants.