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Dietetic Intern Lauren’s Snap Challenge Day 7

Recap of Day 7


  • Oatmeal (1/2 c)
  • Peanut Butter  (1 Tbsp)
  • Banana (1/2)
  • Fried Egg (1)

Today is my last day of the SNAP challenge! We were out of milk this morning, so I made oatmeal with water and topped this with a half of a banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Since we still have a couple of eggs left, I had a fried egg on the side for a little extra protein to keep me going till lunch.


  • Leftover Spicy Slow Cooker Black Beans and Brown Rice
  • Low-fat Shredded Cheese (1 Tbsp)
  • Frozen Broccoli (1 c)

I had leftover beans and rice again. I’m getting a little tired with the lack of variety, but the beans and rice were still good!


  • Clementine (2)
  • Peanut Butter (1 Tbsp)


  • Leftover Whole-Wheat Penne with Cannellini Beans and Kale
  • Spinach Salad


For dinner, I had leftover pasta with cannellini beans and kale, and the rest of our spinach in a salad. That was pretty much the last of our food! We only have leftover pasta and a few clementines left. I’d say we did pretty well!

Today’s meals compared to MyPlate recommendations:

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Estimated cost of today’s meals: $2.64

I was still a short on dairy today… But, that’s a wrap! Stay tuned for my final post about my experience with the SNAP challenge.

Dietetic Intern Lauren’s SNAP Challenge Day 6

Recap of Day 6


  • Egg in a Basket (2)

IMG_1288I had my favorite breakfast this morning- egg in a basket! Egg in a basket is just a fried egg in a slice of whole-wheat bread with the center cut out. My boyfriend usually makes this for us on weekends. I love it because the yolk is still runny and the bread gets nice and crispy. Yum! We each had two eggs in a basket this morning and that was the last of our loaf of bread…


  • Tuna Salad Wrap
  • Clementine (1)
  • Pear (1/2)
  • Frozen Broccoli (1 c)

IMG_1289I made a wrap with tuna salad in a whole-wheat tortilla for lunch. My boyfriend and I split our last pear and I also had a clementine on the side.  And that was the last of our whole-wheat tortillas…


  • Banana (1/2)
  • Peanut Butter (2 Tbsp)
  • 1% Milk (8 oz.)

For a snack this afternoon, I had a half of a banana and a couple spoonful’s of peanut butter. I’m glad that I was able to get a couple more bananas at the store yesterday!


  • Whole-Wheat Penne with Cannellini Beans and Kale
  • Spinach Salad (1 ½ c)

IMG_1291For dinner tonight, we made whole-wheat penne with cannellini beans and kale and had a spinach salad on the side. My boyfriend sautéed garlic, cannellini beans, and kale in olive oil and we topped the pasta with this mixture. It was very good! I’m a big fan of making pasta without traditional pasta sauce.

Our refrigerator is literally almost empty. We have just enough leftovers to make it through tomorrow! My boyfriend divided up the leftover beans and rice and frozen broccoli for us to take for lunch tomorrow. We will be having leftover pasta for dinner tomorrow night and there’s just enough spinach left for two small side salads. I think we can make it one more day! Except for dairy, I think I did a good job meal planning and got just enough food for the week. At the same time, if I were living off of SNAP benefits, it would make me nervous to go through my entire food supply and have no food leftover at the end of the week.

Today’s meals compared to MyPlate recommendations:

Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 9.48.28 PM        6 oz.                            2 1/4 c                        2 c                             1 c                               6 1/2 oz.

Estimated cost of today’s meals: $3.79

Surprise surprise, I didn’t get enough dairy today. There’s only one more serving of milk left in our gallon!

How do you meet the recommendation for 3 servings of low-fat dairy?

Dietetic Intern Courtney’s SNAP Challenge Day 7

Day 7: Creative with Leftovers

This morning I had a piece of plain toast and another piece of toast with a fried egg and spinach on top ($0.52).

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Lunch consisted of brown rice, ½ can of black beans, spinach, and some salt, pepper, and onion powder ($0.53). It was actually very filling.

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A couple scoops of peanut butter ($0.17) held me until dinner when I had leftover ground turkey with some roasted carrots and a cooked apple ($1.19).

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I had been looking forward to the cooked apple for a couple days now. It was the first serving of fruit that I ate since Friday. Obviously, there are gaps between my diet this week and the Myplate recommendations for the food groups.


All in all, several leftover items remain included the following: 1 spinach serving, 8 ounces of milk, 1/3 jar of peanut butter, ½ bag of rice, 1 serving of cooked black beans and ground turkey, a hardboiled egg, ½ container of oatmeal, 2/3 container of margarine, and a full jar of mayo minus a few tablespoons.

Would I have eaten differently if I had known I would have this much food left over? Slightly. In retrospect, I would have liked to prepare more snacks “just in case” such as rice, oatmeal, or the egg for the long periods of times when I was away from home. All in all, I ate well for what I purchased without going too hungry.

Estimated Daily Total: $2.41
This day compared to MyPlate recommendations:
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