Healthy eating on a budget

Since some of our readers are new (Hello new readers!), I added a page to the blog with an index to one of our favorite projects from January 2011. After helping Levi come up with a cheap grocery budget for health class inspired us, we decided to limit our food budget to $5 per-person, per-day as a month long January challenge.

You can now access an index of the day-by-day posts up at the top of the blog next to the “About” page link. Or if you don’t want to scroll up click here.

We still make many of the dishes we came up with during that challenge, and reminisce about how well we ate during that month.

day seven: hulled barley, pico de gallo, avocado, and a poached egg breakfast for 60 cents per serving

day ten: banana & steel cut oatmeal brulee for 22 cents per serving

day fourteen: baked eggs with grape tomatoes & feta for 86 cents per serving

day nineteen: veggie breakfast pizza for dinner $2.10 for 1/3 a pizza

Each day we posted all the food we ate and broke down the cost of different recipes. If you missed it, go check it out!


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12 responses to “Healthy eating on a budget

  1. Good job, it’s actually really easy to eat “cheap” and healthy if you cook from scratch and use fresh foods. In these tough economic times, and with gas prices taking from our budgets everyone is looking for where to cut back.

    • misterkrista

      Yep, that is what we learned. If we cook at home and buy bulk food, it beats complicated coupon strategies.

      • Absolutely agree with this—we try to limit our average to $2.50/person per day, and we have never used a single coupon.

        • misterkrista

          And then I forgot the piece about portion control. That was a big deal for us when we were carefully calculating everything I learned to limit our portions. Now right as I finish cooking I portion it out into dinner and leftover lunches.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this wealth of information to your readers – appreciate it!!!

  3. Those photos are definitely inspiring. Its amazing how well you can eat when you just put a little thought and love into your food (and shop in the bulk section)!

  4. Jean-François

    Cooking from scratch is cheaper, tastier, more green and healthier – a rare win-win-win-win scenario. Thanks for sharing the photos and recipes, and helping more people figure that out.

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  7. So glad you did this, it was a great idea. I shall have a flick through some time. :D

  8. I have been trying to get my wife to buy healthier food at the grocery store, but she says we don’t have the money. I used to believe healthier food cost more but I am taking a nutrition class in college and it seems that’s not necessarily true. She buys a lot of processed foods and easy-to-make stuff because she can’t cook too well. (to me) I have asked her to learn how to cook a little bit from my mom so she’ll know how to make things I like more but she puts it off. We have about $250 a month for two people for food in our budget and she is in charge of groceries since I work and go to school. I really care about OUR nutrition but she is not that concerned with it so she buys cheap unhealthy stuff. Are there things she can buy that are not too expensive or unhealthy to substitute? I need some examples to give her PLEASE! Also a few healthy recipes or something would be nice for her to learn. I’m not on a special low-carb diet or anything I just want to eat more nutritiously.

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