Cost of Living Healthy

I’ve been arguing that eating healthy is cheaper than people think it is, it also involves less than what people think. I’m going to break down the basics of the cost of my meals every week, and the calories, protein, fat, sugar, and fiber in them, since these are the most vital every day needs.

From Thursday, May 26th, 2016, to today, Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 I have come up with a total of $21.57 to feed myself one meal per day. Granted, other meals might have cost less as they weren’t as involved, but this is just for one meal a day. Cost and calories are broken down per day:

Thursday May 26, 2016: $5.15


Today, the lunch was salmon and rice. Because we’ve been talking about cost of food and eating healthy, I’m going to start breaking down cost and numbers so you guys can kind of get an idea.

For the record, this was not one of my cheaper meals.

Salmon: $4 for two servings.
Knorr: $1 a container, .50 cents for one serving.
Mushrooms: $1 a container, .25 cents for one serving.
Kale: $1 a bunch, .10 cents for one serving.
Banana Peppers: $3.99 a jar, .20 cents a serving
Weber Grill Zesty Lemon Seasoning: $3.99 a jar, .10 cents a serving.

Cost of one meal: $5.15

Calories: 563

Protein: 47g

Fiber: 5g

Fat: 17g

Sugar: 3g

Friday May 27, 2016: $2.64


Today’s Meal:

Cab Round Steak: $3.91 a pound (on sale) $0.97 a serving, Cost: $1.46

Zucchini: $1.29 for 3 whole zucchini, 1 used, cost: $0.43

Mushrooms: $1.99 a container, quarter container used, cost: $0.50

Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning: $0.99 a container, 1 serving used, cost: $0.25

Total meal cost: $2.64 for one meal.

Calories: 357

Protein: 39g

Fat: 17g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 3g

Saturday, May 28, 2016: $2.12


Today’s meal consisted of three chicken drumsticks and brown rice. I love brown rice, for the record, so you might see a lot of meals about it.

Now, something to know about chicken drumsticks. They are TYPICALLY 4 ounces, but that includes the bone. In this case you separate the eatable portion from the bone weight, which usually leaves you with 2.5 ounces. 3 legs then becomes 7.5 ounces, a little less than two servings. Again, this isn’t an exact, but it’s basically what we’ve found to be true.

Meijer Chicken Drumsticks, $0.87 per pound, total cost: $0.65

Fusia Tai Chili Dipping Sauce, $1.99 a bottle, total cost $0.26

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce, $4.99 a bottle, total cost $0.16

McCormick Brown Sugar Marinade, $0.99 a packet, total cost $0.20

Kale, $1 a bunch, total cost, $0.10

Fit & Active Brown Rice, $1.39 a box, total cost, $0.25

Mushrooms: $1.99 a container, total cost, $0.50

Total cost of meal: $2.12

Calories: 623

Protein: 43g

Fat: 20g

Sugar: 17g

Fiber: 5g

Sunday May 29, 2016 $2.85


Today’s meal deals (and to be fair, a lot of it ended up on my plate and eaten with a fork afterward):

Cab Round Steak: $3.91 a pound, total cost: $1.46

Fit & Active Brown Rice: $1.39 a box, total cost, $0.25

Simply Nature Organic Blueberry and Pomegranate with Chia Dressing: $2.29 a bottle, total cost $0.07

Kale: $1 a bunch, total cost, $0.10

Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper seasoning (for rice): $3.49 a bottle, total cost, $0.12

Mushrooms: $1.99 a bunch, total cost: $0.25

Flat Out Whole Grain Sandwich Bread: $2.98 a package, total cost: $0.60

Today’s meal cost me: $2.85

Calories: 653

Protein: 54g

Fat: 21g

Fiber: 10g

Sugar: 10g

Monday May 30, 2016 $4.55


Today’s meal! A shrimp, avocado, and eggplant flat bread sandwich. Soooo tasty, sooo good for you, not my cheapest meal. We’re working on the cost thing!

Shrimp: $7.99 a pound, total cost: $2.00

Avocado: $4.48 a bag, total cost: $0.56

Eggplant: $1.48 a pound, total cost: $0.93

Flat Out Roasted Garlic Flat Bread: $2.98 a package, total cost: $0.60

Kraft Zesty Lime Vinaigerette: $1.99 a bottle, total cost: $0.06

Jalapenos: $3.99 a jar, total cost: $0.28

Fiesta Lime Mrs. Dash: $3.49 a bottle, $0.04 a serving

Weber Roasted Garlic serving: $3.99 a bottle, $0.08 a serving

Total cost of meal: $4.55

Calories: 403

Protein: 26g

Fat: 17g

Fiber: 9g

Sugar: 7g

Tuesday May 31, 2016: $1.77


Today’s meal! Ribs and potatoes, because why not? And yes, ribs and potatoes do not have to be bad for you! In fact, it’s kind of good for you. I definitely needed the potassium.

Ribs: $1.49 a pound, total cost, $0.75

Potatoes: $3.99 for 5 pounds, total cost, $0.20

Mini Peppers: $2.49 a bag, total cost $0.17

McCormick Seasoning: $0.99 a bag, total cost, $0.10

Cinnamon: $1.00 a bottle, total cost, $0.05

Mushrooms: $1.99 a bunch, $0.50

Total cost of meal: $1.77

Calories: 483

Protein: 34g

Fat: 21g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 7g

Wednesday, June 1, 2016: $2.49


Today’s meal, and this is a week of meals for the record:

Steak: $3.36 a pound (20% off), total cost: $1.26

Brussel Sprouts: $2.49 a bag, $0.83

Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper: $3.49 a bottle, total cost: $0.10

McCormick Hamburger Seasoning: $3.49 a bottle, total cost: $0.15

Meijer Blue Cheese Dressing: $1.89 a bottle, total cost $0.15 (used more than will actually stick to steak)

Total cost of meal: $2.49

Calories: 423

Protein: 39g

Fat: 21g

Fiber: 5g

Sugar: 3g


Posted on June 1, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Kevin Hellions

    These pictures are fantastic. And the flat bread sandwich looks incredible.

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