Today is day four of the Food Stamp Challenge, and so far, so good.
I had to skip out on my Friday Starbucks run. I only allow myself Starbucks once a week, because the cost can run up quickly. Other than that, it's been just fine.
I baked the potato this morning, so that I would have something different for dinner tonight. You learn to be creative when you have a limited supply of food. So, tonight I'll be eating half of a baked potato topped with the black beans I made earlier this week and salsa that I already had in the fridge. I think it sounds quite tasty.
Here's what I've eaten so far today, and what's for dinner:
1 cup oatmeal
1 banana (This was my last banana, so breakfast will be sparse for the rest of the challenge. In hindsight I should have eaten half of a banana with breakfast everyday instead of the whole thing. As for fruit, I only have one apple left.)
Leftover Beef and Rice Florentine (find the recipe in the previous blog)
Half of a baked potato topped with black beans and salsa
1 cup yogurt
I will roast the chicken fryer this weekend, to give me some variety for the rest of the week. I've a little apprehensive about roasting a whole chicken. I'll let you know how it goes.
If you are thinking about trying the challenge or just want to eat healthier on a budget, check out http://www.mypyramid.gov/ You can plug in your height, weight and age, and it will tell you how many servings you need each day of the food groups based on the dietary guidelines. It helps you tailor your menu for the week.
Also Texas A&M recently released an article on healthy eating during the holidays. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought this was very helpful.
The challenge should be harder this weekend. We have family coming into town, and they'll bringing lots of food. However, I'm a very dedicated person, so once I start something I don't stop.
I'll continue blogging this weekend. Hope you have a great weekend! Meredith