[BREAKFAST]: oatmeal, peanut butter, banana, skim milk
[LUNCH]: peanut butter sandwich, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apple
[SNACK]: low fat cottage cheese, pineapple ring
[DINNER]: chili with red beans, cheddar cheese, brown rice
[ESTIMATED DAILY COST FOR MY MEALS]: $3.44
Well, I’m starting to feel like a broken record… short on dairy and protein yet again, and a little over on fruit. But despite these small deficits, I feel like I’m actually doing pretty well with keeping my meals nutritious and well-balanced. Heck, rotate the picture of my lunch sideways and it looks a lot like MyPlate – half the plate is fruits and veggies with a vegetarian protein source (peanut butter) and a whole grain.
I’m trying to brainstorm some ways to add a bit more protein each day. I could up my peanut butter (but I’m already having quite a bit) or add an egg or two, I also still have quite a bit of chicken…
Do you have any suggestions? What types of protein-rich foods do you enjoy on a regular basis?
On another note, did you notice how inexpensive today’s meals were? The estimated daily costs on Monday and Tuesday were close to $5 and today was under $3.50 – just goes to show that eating leftovers can be a real money saver! I think I might have a knack for shopping on a budget… is extreme couponing in my future??