I love having this whole community that I can ask questions of and they send me the best answers! Thank you to everyone who sent me healthy on the road food options yesterday. With list in hand I headed to the grocery store to price my new menu and get a sense of how often I need to shop and where. Keep in mind that I’m trying to stick to my $10 a day max budget.
First off a few people suggested nuts as an easily stored source of protein. My mother had allergies when I was growing up but, since leaving home, I have discovered the wonder of the walnut and was very excited to check out this option. Unfortunately at $11/lb walnuts may be out of my league. Nuts in general were really expensive but the Old Fool recommended peanut butter, which is also a great option. I had been keeping a jar in my “just in case” bag along with some refried beans and a can of sardines. Dried fruit was also pretty pricy but I think if I shop the sales I could make it work. Another option is that I renew my quest for the perfect solar oven and start dehydrating my own fruit while at work. Steve just sent me some info on this so stay tuned.
Next up Victoria suggested going raw, which was kind of an out of the blue “duh” for me. Why not just go all raw food and buy meals as needed? I actually tested this out last night and for dinner bought a green pepper ($.62), an orange pepper ($2.03)*, and a handful of green peas ($.30). The total for dinner came to under $3 and, though it certainly wasn’t as satisfying as steak, it wasn’t bad. One of the biggest lessons of this shopping trip is that I will need to shop more often, like go each morning and buy food for the day. So I’m on the road to some seriously valid options, thanks again. To keep me on track, and to keep you guys updated with helpful info, I am starting Today’s Tucker (tucker being food, of course). It will appear daily in it's own post so keep those suggestions coming! I'll try anything once.