Watched a very interesting item on BBC Breakfast this morning. About eating on a budget. A very tight one. A pound a day! (A bit more than one Euro and around $1.50). I marvelled at how blogger Jack Monroe made her money stretch so far and yet feed her and her three-year-old son so well.
We’d just eaten a full – VERY full – cooked breakfast when we saw this time so I whipped out my calculator to see what our breakfast had cost. Breaks down like this:-
2 rashers of bacon @ 31p each = 62p
1 sausage 33p
1 egg 23p
2 mushrooms 15p
1 tomato 14p
handful of baked beans (not very Paleo but very nice!) 15p
Not cheap! But not, I think, horrendously expensive either. Filling enough to last most of the day with just a light protein snack to keep me going till teatime. Say a Babybel, bought on offer, six for a pound, so 16p.
Tonight’s meal is steak but bought on offer. Cost of one meal is around £3.50. That brings us to a total thus far of £5.28 (about 8 Euros and $8). That isn’t how we eat every day. It is, after all, Saturday, I got paid today and I may well have a glass of red with my steak – surely you can’t have one without the other?
To follow there’ll be some strawberries (bought on offer) with a spoonful of full-fat creme fraiche. Filling, delicious, lasting. Doesn’t feel like a hair shirt diet; quite the opposite. And entire thing brought it for about £7.50 in total for the day. A weekend day let’s remember!
Pound a day challenge
I don’t think I could do the Paleo diet on a pound a day. But a few pounds, possibly less than a fiver a day, is definitely possible. I buy good quality food but try to get it on offer. For example shopping yesterday I noticed the premium range of bacon at my local supermarket was up the next day, ie has to be sold today. They had a ton of it and will need to shift it. Bound to slash the price so I’m going back down there in a minute to see how good their reduction is. Then I’ll freeze it.
Jack Monroe’s blog and diet seems to be based entirely on vegetarian eating but it’s healthy and it’s tasty. It’s fine if that’s what you want and she certainly looks very healthy. As does her son. She’s combining grains and beans to make a complete protein, essential if you’re a vegetarian to replace meat protein. Vegetarians do tend to eat a lot more grain than meat eaters. How you’d do Paleo as a vegetarian? I’ve truly no idea! Have to eat a lot of dairy protein I suspect and if you’re a Vegan, well, I don’t think it could be done.
But our ancestors weren’t vegetarians!
But then I suspect few, if any, of our ancestors, certainly in Paleolithic times, were vegetarians! Though some of the time they may well have been when meat wasn’t available. We’re omnivores. We eat what we can find – which today translates to eating what we can afford. And with many people on very low budgets and with food and fuel prices rising all the time, that becomes ever more difficult and tricky.
So I applaud Jack’s work and will keep an eye on her blog. Incidentally speaking of other people’s food blogs I do know it’s part of the blogging community’s etiquette to have a blogroll. And I will get round to doing one. Just as soon as I’ve worked out how! (Please bear with me, I’m still very new to all this and don’t even have Google analytics yet though I know I should!)
Suffice for now I’ll mention other blogs here as and when I become aware of them. We’re all about eating healthier and sharing useful information. Have a good Saturday and a great weekend.