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.

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