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?)

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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!

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What’s in your byo?

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