I couldn’t do it anymore. I was going to go NUTS if I kept eating in restaurants for every meal, so yesterday, I hit up Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck? We’ll get to that.) to buy some food that:
- doesn’t require cooking (microwave excluded)
- doesn’t require me to wash dishes (I don’t know where I put my dishes anyway…)
- doesn’t have a ton of added sugar (My goal is to stay well below 6 teaspoons/24 grams per day.)
- is relatively nutrient dense
Now, Whole Foods isn’t known for being cheap, but it is certainly cheaper than eating out every day, which is what we’ve been doing lately. I spent about $130, but I bought enough food to cover:
- five breakfasts
- ten lunches (five for me and five for my husband)
- at least two dinners
- about 15 snacks (some of which will carry into next week)
If we figure that each meal eaten out would cost an average of $10, I actually saved $40+ by shopping at Whole Foods. Best of all, the food I purchased is more nutritious than a lot of what I’ve been eating. Many of the items I bought are organic, and all of them–even the frozen meals–are free of highly processed chemical ingredients.
Here’s the basic plan:
Breakfast will be a Siggi’s yogurt and berries:
Lunch will be a frozen meal (generally containing some sort of vegetable) with some fruit:
Snacks will consist of fruit, nuts, or cheese.
We plan to eat dinner at Chipotle one night and at a friend’s house another night. Besides that, dinners will probably be additional frozen meals or picnic-style collections of snack foods.
Clearly, this week’s plan contains a lot of fruit and, yes, fruit contains natural sugar. However, I’m less concerned about that than usual. I’ve been craving fruit, and right now, I believe the nutritional benefits outweigh the downsides. I’m not a big salad or raw veggie fan, and without the equipment necessary to roast my veggies, I haven’t been eating nearly enough produce. I have to pick my battles.
What are you eating for breakfast and lunch this week? Tell me about it in the comments.