SNAP Hunger Awareness Challenge: Day 4

After last night’s dinner, and small surplus of change, I was feeling good about Day 4. I noted in the morning that since the challenge began, I’ve lost 1.5 pounds. I thought this might happen based on daily calories. I’m getting the healthful food I normally eat (naturally low in fat and calories, donuts not withstanding), but I’m reducing the quantity, adding fewer condiments, etc.

Breakfast today was more of the same: oatmeal. Still good, still keeps me going through the morning. I added some (non-organic) grapes for an extra serving of fruit and felt quite full all morning. (Grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops, so I normally buy organic grapes or none at all.)

  • oatmeal, 1/2 cup: .08
  • applesauce, 1/4 cup: .08
  • raisins, 1/8 cup: .08
  • 1 cup red grapes: .60
  • Breakfast total: .84

Lunch was leftover vegetarian split pea and lentil soup from yesterday, pretzels, and cantaloupe. Tasty and filling. Bean or lentil-based soups are great – easy, freezable, and plenty of protein.

  • 2 cups lentil soup: .50
  • 1 cup cantaloupe: .24
  • pretzels: .12
  • Lunch total: .86

Dinner was a chance to clean out the vegetable drawers, as it usually is on nights when we pick up CSA produce. Out with the old, in with the new. I feel as fortunate as ever this week to receive such a bounty. But using prices I would pay for these items in a store, I can’t eat some of them until the challenge is over (baby bok choy!) Dinner was eggplant ratatouille (eggplant is more expensive than I realized), with sauteed zucchini and tomatoes, served with couscous and topped with nutritional yeast (a good source of protein and B vitamins). It was my most expensive dinner so far, but with the surplus from yesterday, still within my budget. And I managed to fit in 10 servings of fruit and vegetables for the day!

  • 1 cup couscous: .64
  • 1 small zucchini:.50
  • 1/2 of a medium eggplant: .98
  • chopped roma tomato: .32
  • olive oil: .04
  • nutritional yeast: .52
  • Dinner total: 3.00

Day 4 total: $4.68 (+ $ 1.01 for the week)
Calories: 1104
Fruit/vegetable servings: 10 (yay!)

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