Someone else’s cheap food list

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February 2, 2009 by missmegany

I found the list below from this site, but I have a few comments about some of it. It is for food that is under $1 per serving. Since we’re limited to £2 a DAY, this is a list of cheap foods, but not all will fit our needs.

  • Oats High in heart-healthy soluble fiber, oats are a quick and tasty meal. A dollar will get you more than a week’s worth of breakfasts. [I am definitely having these EVERY breakfast—a bowl of cereal is more than double the price!]

  • Eggs. About a dollar for a half dozen, eggs — once given a bad rap for high cholesterol — are now back in the good nutrition fold. [I’ll have to look into whether we can afford these. It would be nice to have add them to meals]

  • Kale. Roughly a dollar a bunch, kale and other dark leafy greens are packed with nutrition. [Depending on where you look, I bet you can get greens cheaper. I’ve heard good things about ethnic food shops. There are LOADS of places not too far from us that sell fresh produce, and usually Halal meat as well. PLUS, at least in the UK there is some kind of green in season just about all year long.]

  • Potatoes. As long as you don’t fry them or slather them in fatty condiments, potatoes can be a part of a nutritious diet. Sweet potatoes have the added benefit of beta carotene.

  • Apples. Most varieties are very inexpensive and can satisfy a sweet tooth with their crunchy goodness.

  • Nuts. A great source of healthy fats, nuts might seem expensive, but since their portion size is small, many varieties (such as peanuts, walnuts and almonds) land well under a dollar per serving. [Our organic walnuts aren’t TOO expensive by the kilo, so I think we’ll be able to chuck them into things. Cashew nuts and pine nuts are another story.]

  • Bananas. High in potassium and fiber, bananas are a nutritious and inexpensive food. [Yeah, but they are flown halfway round the world! I found out recently that they are the UK’s most consumed fruit. SERIOUSLY? They have gorgeous British apples and pears almost all year! If you want something exotic, oranges from Spain are

  • Chickpeas. Beans, in general, are a healthful and ridiculously-cheap food. Plus, they’re a great protein-rich replacement for high-cost meat. Garbanzos are a versatile and healthful choice. [We’ll probably be eating a LOT of these. We also have red kidney beans and haricot beans. All dried, all organic, all cheap.]

  • Broccoli. Delicious raw or cooked into a wide variety of meals, broccoli is well under a dollar per serving.

  • Watermelon. Per serving, watermelon only costs a few dimes. It’s great for hydration and contains nutrients such as vitamin C and lycopene. [DO NOT EAT THIS IF IT’S NOT FREAKING SUMMER!

  • Wild Rice. A little more costly than white rice, wild rice is well worth the extra cost in nutrition and flavor. And it’s still less than a dollar per
    serving. [It is WAY more expensive and is NOT rice. It’s best if you cook a little separately to rice and added in with regular rice]

  • Beets. Barack Obama may not like them, but hopefully you do! Beets are powerhouses of nutrition and low cost to boot. [Get them from a world food shop that might include the greens, too! Roast the beets to give it a fuller flavour, and the greens can be cooked just like

  • Butternut Squash. In season, squash is usually under a dollar per pound — especially if you find it at a local farmer’s market.

  • Whole-Grain Pasta. Refined pasta is relatively void of nutrition. But
    whole-grain varieties are a welcome addition to any

  • Sardines. I can’t stomach them. But if you’re a sardine fan, they’re an
    inexpensive and healthful food to enjoy. [Ewwwwww]

  • Spinach. Another dark green and leafy vegetable, spinach is a great source of vitamin C and iron. [Can be expensive, especially if it’s organic. I’ll be looking for this at the Farmers Market in two weeks]

  • Tofu. While some people question if tofu is a good choice, in moderation, tofu is a healthful and inexpensive protein
    replacement. [Bought from the Asian market in St Mary’s, I think it’s awfully cheap. It’s not as popular in the UK, though so it can be a bit expensive in the supermarket.]

  • Lowfat Milk. Per serving, milk is still well under a dollar. Let’s hope the prices don’t continue to rise, though. [Again, it’s too expensive for our needs. And we only buy organic. That raises the price from 74p or so to 90p. Not as bad as in the States where it DOUBLES in

  • Pumpkin Seeds. Hopefully you enjoyed some free pumpkin seeds from your Halloween jack o’ lantern. But even the store bought varieties are low cost. [We have plenty of pumpkin seeds and sunflowers. If they aren’t too expensive, we might roast some with soy sauce for a snack. It’s a shame they are so moreish!]

  • Coffee. It’s crazy-expensive if you buy it at a specialty coffee house but if you brew your own, coffee is less than 50 cents a cup. [I don’t know how much ours costs yet. Mac doesn’t drink it that often, so I might not have to find out. I bet it’s WAY less than 50 cents a cup, though, and that’s with it being Fair Trade.]


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