So last time I went to get groceries I purposely bought only foods that are very dense in nutrients across the board. I wanted to find out how much it would cost to eat not just healthy food, but REALLY healthy food. It always seemed like it would be expensive but, as usual, the numbers don't lie.
What a surprise, I do something nerdy with numbers! It's actually useful this time though, I swear! Regardless of what use YOU make of it, you'll get to see what I'm finding as a result.
First up, the foods I bought:
- Organic Quick Oats, 1kg @ $3.19
- Brown Rice, 900g @ $2.19
- Pumpkin Seeds, 350g @ $6.00
- Sunflower Seeds, 500g @ $4.00
- Sliced Almonds, 250g @ $7.00
- Sweet Potatos, 845g @ $2.77
- Carrots, 908g @ $1.69
- Broccoli, 564g @ $3.49
- Cantaloupe, 1130g @ $3.49
- White Onions, 908g @ $2.99
- Cortland Apples, 1362g @ $2.97
- Navel Oranges, 4 @ $2.36
- Mango, 383g @ $1.27
- Red Bell Peppers, 490g @ $4.31
- Spinach, 284g @ $2.69
- Fat Free All Natural Yogurt, 750g @ $3.29
- Canned Chunk Light Tuna, 510g @ $2.67
- Part Skim Mozza Cheese, 500g @ $3.59
- Red River Hot Cereal, 1350g @ $3.79
- Mapleleaf Prime Chicken Breast, 432g @ $9.08
- Kidney Beans, 2000g @ $6.99
Some of these foods are cheaper than others, and some I'll go through quicker as well. Regardless of this, since these foods are fairly healthy and all common enough to get here, I'm not jumping on any crazy foods that you're not likely to find in your area.
Now obviously depending on your age, weight and activity level you'll have different caloric requirements than me. Keep in mind though that my meals are super healthy, so if you scaled my meals up to a standard 2000 calorie diet you'd be going overkill on quite a few nutrients.
Now that you know that my meals are balanced, I'll tell you that I'm full at the end of the day, no lie. Just how many of my dollars have I eaten? Way less than I expected.
My total cost of food yesterday was $6.49!
If I eat food on campus and have a small chicken stir-fry it'll run me about half that, and I know it's not nearly as healthy nor as filling. If I went for a large stir-fry it goes for over $6 itself. It looks like I'm winning in several ways here by getting healthier food at a lower price, the quick trip home and back takes just as long so I'm wasting no time and I can use my computer while I'm at it!
Song of the day: Oldelaf & Mr D - Le Cafe
Page of the day: The Elevator Paradox
Pocket change: $0.00