Steph and I participated in the Hunger Challenge, and it made me think a good bit about how I look at food. Food broke down into 3 big categories when I was doing my analysis, Caloric, Enjoyment, and Nutritious. The breakdown of costs wasn’t exactly as I had expected. I expected the Caloric < Nutritious < Enjoyment. What I found was that the Enjoyment < Nutritious foods in most cases. If I wanted some chocolate, cheese, or hot sauce, it would cost about a dollar and I would get a decent amount of it. If I wanted a head of broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, spinach, etc. I could buy some for around a dollar, but it wasn’t very substantial on its own. Carrots were the exception to that, being both cheap and decently nutritious. The meats I bought were pretty terrible, and I don’t think I’ll be doing that again soon. I found that the vegetarian options weren’t that bad, and that they could be tasty if spiced right. Rice and beans is delicious if you have a half dozen different ways to spice it, for when the mood hits. I had cheese, hot sauce, peanuts, ginger and garlic, soy/fish sauce, and meats if I wanted to add something to it. I bought way too much food, and am still eating some of it.
The bag ‘from’ the food bank did make a huge difference, since it added a lot of variety and healthy foods to the diet that wouldn’t normally be in the budget; mainly fruits.