Calorie for calorie, junk food has more calories per dollar, but less nutrition. I understand it is difficult when you have little money to buy
fresher, healthier food, but there are options, such as growing your own, even on a balcony or in limited space, or participating in community
gardens, or food banks, or using your food stamps for healthier food. Many obese people happen to be malnourished because of the quality of the
calories they are consuming. I myself have a tight budget but as a vegan, I get plenty of nutrition out of beans, lentils, and veggies. I buy no
meat, poultry fish, or dairy for myself or my husband. My dogs eat eggs, but eat local, hormone free, free range hen eggs. The eggs are very high
quality, and only $1.50 for a dozen and quite large. Double yolk eggs are .50 cents more. Our food budget for two people is about $250 per month.
If you live near Milwaukee or Chicago, there is an organization called Growing Power that uses the same space as a small market to sustainably grow
veggies, fish from an aquaponics system, herbs, honey, turkey, eggs, etc. They provide fresh fruits and veggies to people in the area at a reasonable
price (25 lbs for about $17).
There is also angel food ministries with locations all through the US that provides food to people at a reasonable price.
I think people should take over their lawn and start growing victory gardens again. Gardening is not that hard, and the bounty leftover could easily
feed the hungry in our country. Heck, the food left over at restaurants is enough to feed the hungry, and some organizations do collect from
restaurants just for that purpose.
It is ridiculous to eat a head of lettuce that travels 3000 miles from California. There other options for obtaining fresh food such as farmers
markets and CSAs (where you buy a share of a farmer's harvest and exchange some work as well).
Personally, I use coupons, store loyalty cards, watch the store ads, shop in bulk when possible, grow some of my own food (in containers), and
frequent ethnic stores that often have staples like rice, lentils and beans at good prices in bulk. I also go to the farmer's market towards the end
of the day when the farmers would rather sell me the rest of the veggies at a good rate than load it back on their truck. I buy bread at a bread
outlet for $1 or less for english muffins, bagels, loaves of bread, pita bread and buns. I freeze most of it and take it out for use as I need it. I
feel almost criminal when I buy 12 bakery items and have only spent $8 or so. My husband also bakes his own sourdough bread that we enjoy monthly if
Almost every week we start out the week by making one large pot of soup, one large salad, and one pasta salad. This goes into the fridge for easy food
prep during the week. Then we add things during the week like stir fries, sandwiches, potatoes, rice, and other ethnic dishes we make at home.
Honestly, we eat very heartily and the food is never bland.
Yes, my container of organic spinach that I buy occasionally for $5 (when I don't have my own growing) is expensive, but it is at least giving me
nutrition. I know there are vitamins in it that I can't get just from a pill and that each leaf has more nutrition in it than a conventional spinach
leaf. I know I am nourishing myself, not just eating.... and I guess maybe that's the difference.