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Join me in April food challenge! cost AND calories!

April 1st, 2013 at 10:27 am

In April, I will try to concentrate on food.

1). Eat at a calorie deficit. (Netting about 1,450 daily)
2). I want to eat varied and reasonably good tasting food.
3). I want to do it cheaper than I have but without compromising on quality/taste or health.
4). I need to post it here, to keep accountable.

Today:
Breakfast:
Fage fat free Greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey, toasted unsalted pistachios and almonds, and a dusting of coconut shaving.
Coffee (made in office) with whole milk.
Breakfast calories -- 310

cost - unknown (Yogurt is $1.7 at the supermarket in Westchester, but would be $2.5 or more if I bought it in Manhattan. Toppings - hard to say, they are expensive, but I use such small amounts of it.

Lunch
Half of large lentil curry soup from Cambodian place. $5.75

I have no idea of the calories. I'll overestimate and put it close to 380. I had the foresight to bring few pieces of lamb I roasted yesterday. (Soup alone will not be a filling enough lunch for me, but this way I will add a quality protein without additional cost).
Lamb - 163 cal.
Dinner total -- about 550

Snack - coconut water - 60 calories

I was missing one ingredient for making dinner today (coconut milk), so I went to a store on my lunch break.
I bought
Coconut milk $2.29
Leek (1) $1.59
Canned lychees $3.39
(I love adding them to fruit salads and I like lychee martinis)
Half a cantaloupe $2.85
Total: 10.12

Dinner - not yet eaten, will log later.

So Day 1, I spent only $15.87 (we did a large weekly grocery shopping 2 days ago)

6 Responses to “Join me in April food challenge! cost AND calories!”

  1. snafu Says:

    If you're open to suggestions...plan on platefuls of vegetables, whatever greens, raw and cooked low carb items you'll eat. Cabbage and beans are cheap, healthy and filling. Make soup in a crockpot at home and use a quality thermos to keep it hot. Try replicating curry lentil soup. Cambodian/Laos/Thai/Vietnam style recipes are available on-line and fun to make with available ingredients. Since you know Greek yogurt is cheaper at the local grocery, just subdivide into individual portion cups with snap on lids. Keep an open mind and try vegetables you've never tried before, they look weird but most are delicious.

  2. Donna Says:

    I blew the calories today just finishing off the yummy cheesecake I made for Easter....LOL.

  3. scfr Says:

    You can do it.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I'll join you. I just had cake for breakfast, so I'll start tomorrow!

  5. Nika Says:

    Never do "I'll start tomorrow" Smile

    Snafu, I lived in 3 different countries and have spend some time in a dozen more across Asia, Latin America and Europe.
    I'd say I'm pretty open minded when it comes to food.

    I thought I was done spending on food last night, but DH called and asked for onions and tomatoes.
    so:
    1 onion $0.72
    few tomatoes $3.99
    1 lb of coffee $11.99
    for an additional $16.70

    So day 1
    $32.57 (that is considering prior big weekly shopping, and brought breakfast, partial lunch and DH stayed home)

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    DH and I are working on better eating this month too. I am in! Big Grin

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