Kelly's Charleston Challenge: Pictures, plans and plenty of provisions

Kelly's Charleston Challenge: Pictures, plans and plenty of provisions

Spending too much money buying lunch out every day? Is your child becoming unhealthier every school lunch they consume? No ideas of what to make for dinner? Breakfast, eh who needs it!

Simple, straightforward, shopping squares to put an end to all of this. Sometimes it just comes down to not knowing what is healthy, or what we should eat at meal time. Check out last week’s article, “You are what you eat”, a saying that you wish wasn’t actually true, to know what types of food should be consumed throughout the day.

I am all about simplicity and speed when it comes to meals. Many of us are constantly on the go and need convenience. Below, I have set up meal, snack, desert, and hydration squares.

These squares will not only help with ideas, but visually show what you need to buy for every meal/snack. Try to plan out your work week or school meals on Sunday, so you are ready and hungry for the week ahead of you.

Each square shows you an idea of a meal or snack; no condiments are pictured. Below are just a few easy suggestions, but don’t limit yourself to just these!

* Do not restrict yourself to the brands/specific choices pictured of each product, these are just what I chose to photograph. Also thank you to Harris Teeter for allowing me to photograph their products.


Oatmeal and Fruit (fresh or frozen, sugar free).

Yogurt and Fruit (fresh or frozen, sugar free).

Yogurt and “Granola” (try to find a crunchy healthy cereal instead, granola tends to be high in fat).

Bacon, Egg, and Avocado on a Wrap.


Chicken, and Avocado on a Wrap.

Sandwich Thin, Hummus, and Meat (low in sodium).

Sandwich Thin, Hummus, and Guacamole.

Wrap/Sandwich Thin, Avocado, Meat, and Cheese.

Sandwich Thin, Tuna Fish, and Celery.


Fish, Sweet Potato, and a Green Vegetable.

Couscous, Ground Turkey, and a Green Vegetable.

Spaghetti Squash, Hamburg or Turkey, and Red Sauce.

Chicken, Rice, and a Green Vegetable.

Chicken, Couscous, Beans, and a Green Vegetable.


Guacamole, Carrots, and Celery.

Hummus and Carrots.

Apples and Peanut Butter (look for a peanut butter/almond butter that only contains peanuts/almonds).

Banana and Peanut/Almond Butter.

Apple and Honey.

Meat and Cheese roll up.

LARABAR (notice the ingredients on the Apple Pie – Dates, Almonds, Apples, Walnuts, Raisins, Cinnamon).

Choose 1: Plain Almonds, Mixed Nuts/Raisins, Popcorn (choose wisely).

Rice Cake and Peanut/Almond Butter.

DESSERT IDEAS (if necessary):

Dole Dippers (1 package), Halo Top Ice Cream, Chloes Pops.


Water, Water, Water, and Water.


Similar to last week’s challenge, which was to plan out 3 meals and 2 snacks with the correct macronutrients (refer to “You are what you eat”, a saying that you wish wasn’t actually true to explain more). Your challenge this week is to go five days without anyone in your household purchasing meals/snacks out throughout the day. What I mean by this is every meal or snack should be pre planned and brought from home. No convenience store shopping, no drive-thru, no dinners out. Everything you consume for five days should be bought from your grocery store shopping trip.

Review how you and your family feel after eating five days of healthy foods. See financially if not eating out saved you any money. See if your child was able to concentrate better because of being fueled with healthy foods?

Shoot me a quick email, or post on your social media to let me know how it went and tag #kellyscharlestonchallenge! Spread the challenge to your friends and family. Five days is all I ask!

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