I Pack Heat

Ok, so I don’t really pack heat but I do carry a mean lunch. I also do the world a favor by using a byo bag.

Usually, as I stroll into work with my overflowing lunch parcel in hand, I ponder which item I am going to eat first.

Sadly, yes, I think about food… a lot.

It’s not such a bad thing. I mean, I get to create all sorts of crazy, and most of the time good, meals. I have a food blog. I read food blogs all day. And so why shouldn’t I surround myself with thoughts of broccoli? (Just for the record, it’s usually not broccoli unless it’s drowning in a sea of hummus. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.)

Don't judge the dirty... or is that mustard?

See, not only am I trying to put on some muscle but I’m also saving money and eating healthier by packing the goods. So, please, pull up a keyboard, grab a cup of coffee (since I’m on day 3 of no caffeine and I’m suffering), and sit back to a trip inside my byo (as dirty as that sounds, I had to giggle).

Be warned, I usually bring more than I can carry but less than I can eat. 😉

Container #1

Egg Scramble with acorn squash and avocadoes

Container #2 + Container #3

Leftovers: Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad and a baked sweet potato

Loose-in-The-Bag #1

Persimmon (my favorite! and I swear that one hasn’t gone bad..)

Loose-in-The-Bag #2

Trader Joe’s Organic Mint Tea

Loose-in-The-Bag #3

Knife, fork, and spoon (you never know which utensil will be required)

Already-At-Work #1

Teeccino Chocolate Mint Herbal Coffee (crack I tell you, crack) and Coconut Creamer

Already-At-Work #2

Dijon Mustard Love (<–because it needs no introduction, and because words just won’t describe- come on, you don’t stash condiments everywhere just in case?)


And yes, I eat a lot. I have growing muscles that need feeding! Along with all that, I had a half a smoothie before my workout and the other half after, I’ll have dinner and probably something dessertish when I get home, and 3 or more liters of water. See! I pack heat.

I even pack pink smoothies.

Cherry Velvet Protein Smoothie (adapted from April’s recipe)

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 6 (or so) drops Vanilla Creme Stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • Few drops of red food coloring
  • Ice (to your liking)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (or thickening gums- although my body greatly dislikes these)

Blend all, top with the requisite goji berries, and enjoy! Feed those muscles!


What’s in your byo?

Do you pack lunch for work or prefer to spend those dollars (cause that is fun too)?

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