Plant-Based on a Budget: How I Ate Well on $5 a Day. I have previously done a five-day $1.50-a-day challenge, to demonstrate how to eat healthfully on an extremely restricted budget.
It was difficult, but doable. Now I want to show you how to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet on a more reasonable, but still thrifty budget of $5 a day. Below I have chronicled my experience of creating a ten-day menu of varied healthy meals, using limited resources and ingredients. According to the USDA, the monthly food budget for a single person on the “thrifty plan” is approximately $209, which is about $6.90 per day. I took it down to $5 a day, which is closer to the budget of people who live on food stamps. In order to simulate the shopping experience of the average American, I shopped in big chain supermarkets, small mom-and-pop stores, specialty grocery stores, and at my local farmer’s market. For my first day, I shopped at the local Mexican market. DAY 1 MENU:Breakfast: Potato saladLunch: Black bean stewDinner: Ginger brown riceSnack: Celery sticks. Plant-Based on a Budget: How I Ate Well on $5 a Day.
How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!) Plant Based on a Budget Challenge – 1 Person – Week 1. Welcome to the Plant Based on a Budget Challenge!
First off, thank you very much for considering this challenge. We’re hoping to show that a plant based diet can be done without breaking the bank and we really hope it works out for you. There’s no specific day to start just seven days of eating plant based foods at $25 per person, per week. I realize that I live in California where the produce is bountiful and relatively inexpensive, but I tried to be considerate of that by creating fairly flexible meals. If spinach is cheaper than kale, go for it. Second, food is very important and personal to me, and I have poured hours upon hours into this project, so please be nice.
A little about myself: My name is Toni Okamoto and I’m the founder of Plant Based on a Budget. I originally became vegetarian for health reasons. A couple tips: I work a lot. Find the cheapest grocery store near you. Grocery Shopping List: Total cost: $21.88 Day One: Dinner: A very filling Barley and Celery Soup. Day Two: “7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez. Dead Prez has been the most inspirational Hip Hop group in my life.
I first heard their album “Lets get Free” when I was in middle school, and it introduced me to ideas of healthy living, questioning authority, the importance of happiness, being proud of my brown skin, among many other powerful ideas that I wasn’t familiar with at the time. 13 year later, it has remained a strong motivator in my life. It brings me great pleasure that Stic has written this article for Plant Based on a Budget. It perfectly touches on everything we stand for and I couldn’t be more grateful. Please help me show appreciation by spreading this far and wide, adding him on Facebook and leaving a thankful comment. Thanks, Stic! <3 Toni Check this, “Healthy is the New Gangsta” shirt. Photo credit: B FRESH Photography and Media “7 Ways to Eat Good While on a Hood Budget“ by Stic of Dead Prez founder of www.rbgfitclub.com The following are 7 Ways to Eat Good While on a Hood Budget.
Plant Based on a Budget Challenge – 1 Person – Week 1.