EATING BETTER FOR LE$$
- In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
- In 2010, 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food insecure.
- In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.
- In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
- In 2010, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.2 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.1 percent) or single men (25.4 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
- In 2009, 8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were food insecure.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 38 percent in Wilcox County, AL.
*Per Feeding America
We are attempting to attack a problem here, there and everywhere because too many people do not know how to cook well on a budget.
HOW TO EAT BETTER FOR LE$$!
Poorer folks do not eat out or at least they should not!
Take out pizza is ten bucks minimum.
If you ate take out pizza all week (forget delivery, I mean you have to pay a tip) it would cost a minimum $300 a month and you would be receiving one meal a day—or two if you really wish to eat cold pizza at 12 midnite or 600:AM.
Of course, fast food and all processed food meals are loaded with too much of everything bad and very little of what’s good, in taste and nutrition, for us or our wallets.
I have spent hundreds of hours with food channel shows or with Martha over the last few years. I learned a lot from these programs even though I usually attack the subject with satire. And I have learned much from the diner shows, believe it or not.
I would think that two would be able to eat for under $200/$225 a month. If you are living with three teenagers, I think you should need at a minimum $500/month especially if you have active boys! A teen age boy needs 4500 calories a day if he is active as I was in my day but we shall discuss this at length in further episodes—assuming this idea catches on.
So Auntie Sam and I decided that it might be fruitful for all of us to come together to share/discuss philosophically and realistically the type of diet that one could live on for $150.00 or so a month. These menus would be satisfying, nutritional, cheap and easy to prepare. All the Vitamins A and B’s and C and E and other needs should be taken care of in a 3 meal a day regimen.
Auntie Sam and I would like to begin a real look at nutrition and we welcome every recipe and other ‘food and nutrition fare facts, as well as hints on $aving$ you feel like contributing. Do you recommend a good coupon site on internet for printable coupons? Please share.
Red Pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper of course
Dried Onion flakes
Lemon juice (bottled)
Ten or fifteen minutes later (depending upon the type of apples you found on sale at the grocers) you turn off the burner. The smaller pieces have become sauce, the larger pieces (which you might even cut a bit) add substance.
*Toward the beginning of every month I pick up 5 pounds of apples (Now I might wait till the first Sunday when the prices change) and I choose those apples that are on sale. It usually runs me four or five bucks and the bag lasts me a month.
crack eggs into poaching ‘cups’
top with your favorite omelet ingredients such as these options:
A bit of shredded cheese and/or
crumbled bacon or small chunks ham, sausage and/or
chopped vegetables like pepper, mushrooms, green onion, etc. and/or
chopped tomato and/or
well, whatever you want
As egg poaches, ingredients cook and blend into top of egg. Easy clean up, only a small portion of fats; depending upon your additions to the basic recipe.
You can put on whole wheat toast
(kids and adults love these)
cost – less than $1.00 per serving
- The average preschooler sees 642 cereal ads per year just on television, almost all for cereals with the worst nutrition ratings.
- Compared to cereals marketed to adults, those marketed to children have 85% more sugar, 65% less fiber, and 60% more sodium.
- Cereal companies together spend more than $156 million per year marketing to children.
- Of the ten cereals with the worst overall impact (nutrition and marketing scores combined), six are products from General Mills, three are from Kellogg, and one is from Post.
- Self-regulation by industry should not forestall needed government action. Self-regulatory pledges by the cereal companies have thus far been weak and have not shielded children from a barrage of messages to eat the least healthy products. Companies should be held accountable for the impact their products have on children.
IF CEREALS HAVE PRESERVATIVES AND OTHER ‘FAUX’ INGREDIENTS – THESE ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOU. CHECK INGREDIENTS AND NUTRITION INFORMATION ON PACKAGES. CEREAL IS EXPENSIVE. STEEL CUT OATMEAL IS INEXPENSIVE AND OH, SO HEALTHY. TOP WITH A BIT OF FRUIT, BROWN SUGAR, WALNUTS AND YOUR BODY AS WELL AS TASTE BUDS WILL THANK YOU.
Kellogg Mini-Wheats received the best nutrition rating; therefore, it is the only brand to receive a high combined FACT score.
The cereals with the poorest scores based on combined nutrition and marketing impact are Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, and Reese’s Puffs.
Coming soon: Healthy, nutritious and economical homemade cereal recipes.