I quickly realized what I forgot in my quest to ensure I had protein - fiber. The starchy cheap diet this week is not the most fiber-full course of eating. One thing that's worked in my favor is that I spent 30 cents extra for the whole-wheat pasta. And if I ate oatmeal for breakfast it would help. However I loathe oatmeal and I have the luxury of rejecting it. Normally when I make smoothies I add hemp protein powder which alone would effectively double my fiber intake for the day but it's far too expensive to consider on a food stamp budget. So I'm going to cheat a bit... I'm adding in some small apples and 3 fruit & fiber bars I purchased before my recent trip. They could have been purchased from a previous weeks limited budget and been left over and I think allowing them to go bad would not be in the spirit of the experiment.
Alanna makes a good point in the comments of the previous post... I don't have a lot of food or variety. So expect to see the following menu repeated most every day.
Breakfast: Smoothie with orange juice, frozen strawberries, yogurt and half a banana - $1.05
black coffee - free
Lunch: Ramen with green onion, bok choy and hard boiled egg - $0.48
Snack: 1 slice bread with peanut butter $0.14
Dinner: pasta, tomato sauce and spinach $0.75 mini apple - free
Fascinating how inexpensive the individual meals are so measuring on a per day basis I could eat a bit more. And if I were actually using food stamps I (don't think) I'd be constrained to a weekly budget so I could do something more interesting and filling like this stew recipe from Gayle who is also doing the Hunger Challenge.
Most of all the challenge is helping to raise my awareness as I am hungry. I don't know if it is psychological or actually physical but I'm acutely aware of food and my tummy in a way that I'm not normally when I can just grab something when I feel I need it (or want it).