SNAP Challenge Day 1 – Lisa
Monday I started the SNAP Challenge. For the next week, I will live on a food budget of $4.15 per day. Sunday night I went shopping for my groceries for the week. It was stressful trying to plan realistic, affordable meals that were also nutritious
on a very limited budget!
As I walked the aisles of the grocery stores, I felt deprived. Everything suddenly looked so good. My cart had many less fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods than usual. I was tempted to avoid all fruits and veggies and choose more calorically dense foods, but the “dietitian on my shoulder” wasn’t having it! The picture shows the items I purchased at Meijer and Aldi. I spent $28.03, which means I have $1.02 left to spend later this week.
Monday I ate plain oatmeal for breakfast. At lunch, I ate a peanut butter sandwich on “wheat” bread, with a handful of Chex Mix and a few animal crackers. I was looking forward to an apple in the afternoon, until a worm moved across the top of it during my third bite…yuck!
At dinner, I had two scrambled eggs with salsa, mushrooms and cheddar cheese rolled up in tortillas. I also ate a few carrots. Around 9 pm I was hungry so I ate an apple with a small amount of peanut butter.
My only beverage all day was ice water. I was much more preoccupied with food today than I normally am. In fact when my husband walked in tonight, he found me planning out every meal through Sunday. I was tempted to eat more today but feared that I’d run out of food mid-week.
This will definitely be an interesting week. Do you think it would be easy to live on $4.15 per day? Check back during the week to see how things are going for those of us taking this challenge!