Let's do this shall we?
As one might expect (or maybe not if you are like me and never even thought about this stuff before), a daily food budget of $1.50 does not afford the opportunity for a great many meals. Especially if you want those meals to be even remotely healthy.
I tried every which-a-way I could to get three meals into my day. It didn't work. Had to ditch one meal and decided it would be breakfast. I am terribly inconsistent with breakfast, sometimes not even eating it until about 11 a.m., so I figured of all meals that'd be the easiest. Still there are just two modest meals on my plan today:
- Curried lentils with cauliflower rice (pictured). Cost: 70 cents per serving the way I made it (more on that below.
- Two eggs w/ some sauteed onions (not sure of the preparation yet). Cost: 54 cents.
- Two drink sticks for my water. Cost: 20 cents
- I originally had three eggs in my dinner but then I realized I forgot about water flavorings. I don't tolerate plain water well even to this day so I decided to invest in two drink sticks to ensure I get at least 40 oz. of water today so at least I would not be hungry AND dehydrated.
- Some of my friends on Facebook offered to feed me during these days. While I love you for that (and I do!) the point of this exercise is to experience something of the trials of the truly, extremely poor. They don't have the option to go to a friend's house to have a generously prepared dinner so neither do I. But remember me on Saturday when this whole thing is over, k?
- So as I said I made my curried lentils with a few modifications. I did not use broth but instead 1/2 of my onion (see this video for the size of the onion!) with a clove of minced garlic and salt and pepper for seasoning base. I also skipped the peanut flour (so I made regular curry, not peanut curry). I served myself one cup of that over 1/2 c. of cauliflower rice.
Oh! I forgot something. My caloric tally for the day is about 420 calories, 32g protein. I'm going to do some research tonight on how a prolonged diet of these stats might affect the human body and will report back in my video, so stay tuned!