A Peek Inside My Food Bag

Oh, hi! I have a lot to update you all on, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to come back when you’ve been away for a while without some grand gesture (post?) and I realized I can’t let that stop me, because I have to start somewhere.

Yesterday I got back from a four night trip to Hilton Head Health and I cannot tell you how serendipitous the timing of that trip was for me. I got invited to check out the facility with a group of other bloggers, and here’s a photo of the six of us who went, courtesy of the Hilton Head Health Facebook Page.

Andi, Monique, Sarah, Nicole, Lisa, …and Me

I’m still gathering my thoughts on the trip to share with you, but I will say that I left feeling very refreshed, excited, and recommitted to being healthy, losing weight, and getting myself back on track!

When I got back yesterday, I really wanted to cook for the first time in a while. It helped that I had also promised my friend Stacy, who watched Stella while I was gone, dinner, so I decided to sketch out a meal plan and then go to the grocery store.

Usually when I make a meal plan, I map out what meals I’ll be eating when, but I rarely stick exactly to it. So this time, I decided to just come up with a couple meal ideas for breakfast and then lunch/dinner, without plugging them into specific days/meals. This way I have the ingredients and ideas ready to go, but I’m not tied to having a certain meal at a certain time if I don’t feel like it.

So here’s what I came up with to carry me through most of the week:


  • Steel cut oatmeal (I made 3 servings)
  • English muffin w/egg, spinach, and cheese
  • Smoothie w/banana, berries, spinach, skim milk, and almonds


  • Chicken chili (just made this up as I went and this is what I made for dinner last night for Stacy, but I have two servings leftover)
  • Skinnytaste Creamy Lentil Soup (this is amaaaaazing. I made it last night for the first time and it’s so, so good.)
  • Chicken breast with cranberries and butternut squash (inspired by this recipe, but I’m too lazy to go through the whole process there)

And then, to satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies (trust me, I have ’em too), I wanted to give you a peek inside my food bag that I’m bringing to work today.

Lunch Bag

Keep in mind that I am in my office only Monday through Wednesday, and I’m lucky to have a fridge there I can leave things in overnight.

Closed Contents

I’m trying to get back into the habit of bringing in a few extra things at the beginning of the week, and then just supplementing as needed the next couple days.


Clockwise starting with: Honeycrisp apple, steelcut oats with pumpkin and cottage cheese, creamy lentil soup, chicken chili, raspberries, vanilla Chobani yogurt, Cilantro (garnish for both soups), Banana, Babybel cheese, reduced-fat sour cream (garnish for both soups), shredded cheddar (garnish for chili).

Are you more of a map every meal to every day, or just plan a couple meals for the week and make them as you feel like it? Any fun recipes you’ve tried lately and/or are looking forward to making soon?

11 Comments on A Peek Inside My Food Bag

  1. Kelly
    November 17, 2014 at 10:36 am (6 years ago)

    I’m glad you’re back in blog land, and looking forward to hearing more about your trip! It’s definitely the perfect weather for soups and chilis too!

  2. YV
    November 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I really enjoy your blog! Please keep it coming this winter as we’ll all need the motivation!

  3. Tori
    November 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I am so glad you are back! I was just thinking about you! 🙂 Are you still following WW or no?

  4. Andie Mitchell
    November 18, 2014 at 8:43 am (6 years ago)

    Miss you already. Wish we were eating the same meals and snacks at the same time and getting in trouble for laughing too much/dancing too hard.

  5. Margaret
    November 18, 2014 at 9:23 am (6 years ago)

    Glad to see you back!
    I definitely map my meals out, for the peace of mind of knowing I have a plan in place, but I rarely follow it to the letter.

  6. lisa valinsky
    November 18, 2014 at 9:31 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Beth! Glad to find you and see you’re back to blogging! (Me too!) Can’t believe its been three years since we were in San Fran at Foodbuzz. Seems like ages ago!

    Anyway, I’d love to get back into making a big pot of chili or soup each Sunday so I have lunches all week, but haven’t been great about it. Hopefully soon though! Talk soon. xo.

  7. Suzy
    November 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Happy to see you back!

  8. Marie
    November 20, 2014 at 4:01 am (6 years ago)

    Glad you are back. What a fantastic looking food back!

  9. jflynn0703
    December 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Well it indeed looks like you’re back at it cooking and preparing healthy meals. Kudos to you for the strength to get back to it. I’ve recently stumbled upon this site that might help you with some further inspiration.

  10. Surya
    November 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Welcome back…And your food looks even better….

  11. Sandy
    March 19, 2018 at 4:24 am (3 years ago)

    This looks a LOT like the meal plans I’ve been sticking to since I spent a week at Weight Crafters last year. Except the cilantro. I’m sorry. That stuff is gross. I know a lot of people love it, but I can’t get past that soapy taste. Besides that though, we had meals like that at the fitness camp and I’ve felt SO much better as I’ve stuck with these habits in my daily life.

    By the way, I highly recommend the fitness articles they drop every so often (at https://www.weightcrafters.com) … Really helpful for sticking with your exercise routine. I’m not sure who writes their blog, but they seem to really know their stuff – and really care about busting common myths about health.


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