I joined a no-sugar challenge group on FB this month and some people commented at the beginning that they spent a lot of money on groceries getting ready to eat healthy. I haven’t tracked our grocery spending for a long time, but thought surely we don’t spend more than $500/mo., and that is with almost no meal planning, rarely eating out, shopping whenever we feel like it, buying lots of organics, good coffee, and expensive protein powder too.
So here is what we bought and ate during a recent week:
|Organic Spinach 15 oz.||6|
|Dried Black Beans||1.69|
|Frozen Veggie Burgers||3.59|
Protein Powder 6
Free Bread 6
Produce from G-Non 15
I generously estimated what coffee and protein powder cost me per week, and also the worth of some gifts from my grandma – day old bread she gets free from a place by her house, and a whole bunch of fruit, lots of which I froze for smoothies.
The following is what I ate for the week, Jane and Nathan generally have variations on the same, with more rice in place of all my salads!
-Coconut milk yogurt w/grape nuts & banana
-Spinach salad w/black beans, salsa, and avocado
-Watermelon & dried apricots
-Lentil Soup w/Kale
-Chia Pudding, rice cake w/peanut butter
-Oatmeal w/pb, flax, raspberries and some watermelon
-Lentil Soup w/avocado, then banana and cantaloupe
-Orange Tofu w/coconut lime rice & broccoli
-Chia pudding and some rice chex cereal
-Decaf soy latte (gift from grandma)
-Smoothie (generally banana, greens, celery, raw ginger, protein powder, some fresh or frozen fruit, ice, water)
-Quesadillas w/mashed black bean, spinach, salsa, avocado mixture
-More quesadillas for dinner!
-Oatmeal & yogurt w/nectarines & blueberries
-Random dinner, I think Nathan and Jane ended up going to his mom’s: Sauerkraut, bowl of grape nuts, chickpeas & rice, yogurt
-Cantaloupe, toast w/pb
-Spinach salad w/quinoa, chickpeas, avocado
-Stir fry w/brown rice, tofu, veggies, peanut sauce
-“Oatmeal Cookie” bowl (healthy almost sugar free dessert): oatmeal, flax, banana, coconut, pb, cinnamon, touch of maple syrup & few chocolate chips.
-Waffles (we went to a local vegan brunch event – they make the waffles, everyone brings a topping, donation: $5)
-Chickpea/pasta/red sauce dish
-Veggie burger, salad w/quinoa, chickpeas, avocado
-Bowl cereal w/almonds & some chocolate chips
-Oatmeal & cantaloupe
-Scrambled eggs w/foraged morels (we chicken-sat for our neighbor’s backyard chickens so free eggs too!)
-Bowl grape nuts w/banana
-Salad & Veggie burger, leftover chickpeas/pasta/red sauce
-some almonds & crackers
What do you think? Is this a lot different from how you eat, do you spend a lot on groceries?