Last week for school I had to do a 5 day food stamp challenge. Our guidelines were to stick to four dollars a day and to try to follow dietary guidelines – calories, whole grains, proteins, and all the rest that entails. At first I was skeptical but I realized that a lot of the foods I make in bulk and prepare are actually great options for people eating well on a budget.
For example, a (these are costco prices…) banana, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup lf milk for breakfast cost about 30 cents a day. Making a big ol’ pot of quinoa cost about 15 cents a serving and a big pot of ratatouille to go on top was about 30 cents a serving. Plenty of veggies, fiber, protein and whole grains! Meat was tricky though! And any spontaneous, hunger driven eating could quickly drive up the days total.
There are also programs that give those on SNAP 2 extra dollars per five spent at farm stands here in NYC.
If you’re looking for some more ideas, the link below has some good ones!
Nutrition On a Budget – MSN
“That giant cylinder of plain oats is one of the simplest, most nutritious foods on the planet,” says registered dietician Lisa Andrews of Sound Bites Nutrition. “It’s a great source of complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber, and can be easily doctored up with cinnamon, vanilla or dried fruit.” Plus, at only about 13 cents a serving, it would be tough to find a better bargain for breakfast. (Just avoid those prepared packets, which are pricier and also loaded with sugar.)
10 more foods at the link below..