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Friday, September 19, 2014

SNAP Challenge: Day 5

I feel like I'm really kicking butt at this challenge. Bailey and I both had breakfast and lunch today. She had some yogurt and I shared a bowl of cereal with her. (You know how it is with kids, you can't have anything to yourself.) At lunch she munched on some frozen peas and cheese cubes and ate the last hot dog. I finished off the chili with a tiny bit of rice and then had a peanut butter sandwich to go with it.

We had sloppy joes for dinner with some Doritos and everyone seemed full enough. I'm really proud of how well we've been doing this week. I added up all the food we have left for the next two days and it seems like we'll be okay as long as no one has a growth spurt or an empty day.

I mixed up the other box of pudding for dessert but we didn't touch it. I forgot I had the other half of the first box in there so we finished it instead.

Prompt for today:
Are you worried about your groceries running out before the end of the challenge? Do you feel you are eating a healthy, balanced diet? What nutrition decisions did you have to make?

I was a little worried I would run out of food for breakfast and lunch but I made sure I had enough of everything for dinner. There are only two ingredients I'm worried about running out of at this point, rice and milk, and both of those are within my remaining budget to replenish so I feel pretty good about the amount of food we have.

My plate may not be as balanced as normal. I don't have any produce in the fridge, no fruit or vegetables except a bag of salad mix that's going with dinner tomorrow night. There are some frozen peas left but I'm saving them for Bailey because they're one of the vegetables she likes best. I did eat plenty of broccoli on Monday night but that's probably the last vegetables I had and I haven't had any fruit at all.

I did choose to buy healthier foods when they were within budget. I bought brown rice instead of white. I chose meals with plenty of fiber and protein and used lots of beans and peanut butter. I went with ground chuck (80/20) for the chili and sloppy joes but I drained it well before mixing everything else in. I would have liked more fruit and veggies but if I had gotten them I wouldn't have had enough for the main ingredients of the meals.

I guess the biggest decision I had to make was choosing to give Bailey preference for the raspberries and frozen peas. I'm saving them for her.

In total today we consumed:
1 yogurt cup
1 cup cereal
2 1/2 cups milk
remaining leftover chili
1 leftover hot dog
1/4 cup rice
2 slices bread
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 oz cheese cubes
1/3 cup frozen peas
1 lb ground chuck
1 can Manwich
3 hamburger buns
2 slices American cheese
2 oz Doritos
1 box pudding mix

We have enough leftover sloppy joe meat for 2-3 more sandwiches and there are still plenty of Doritos left. I think we'll have eggs for breakfast the rest of the week. I still have a whole dozen so we can have two each for the next two days. I'm also thinking I'll use that last pound of ground chuck to have some burgers for lunch.

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