Really? It’s very doable to get 3 days worth of food for $20. You won’t necessarily be eating fancy, but at least it’ll be filling.
Lunch: Chicken, Rice, Carrots and Broccoli
Dinner: Chicken, Rice, Carrots and Broccoli
All the pricing is based off of where I currently live (Huntington Beach, CA).
- 2 lbs of plain oatmeal is $1, that’ll be plenty for 3 days. This is plain oatmeal, which means it’ll be somewhat tasteless, so we’ll add some bananas: another $2.
- $3 for a bag of rice? Plenty for 3 days even if you are eating rice twice a day.
- This chicken is $5.08 according to this walmart in HB. Serves 7, so it’ll be enough for 3 days, 2 times a day. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tyson-Boneless-Skinless-Thighs-Chicken-1.8-lb/10533753
- Let’s get two of these bags of broccoli for $2.88 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Florets-Broccoli-14-Oz/13925175
- 2 lbs of carrots is enough for 3 days: $1.64. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fresh-1-Carrots-16-Oz/10451314
Total cost after 8% sales tax is $16.85. You can buy more chicken if you want to add more to your lunch and dinners.
Pretty much my diet for the past several weeks (trying to cut). Except, for lunch I’ll eat a salad. I’m 5'8, 180 lbs, so I’m not a scrawny, I can eat nothing all day, type of guy. The key is to break up the portions throughout the day.
By the way, you could substitute the oatmeal with hash browns and eggs and still be within the $20 limit. As of present, I eat plain oatmeal with slices of bananas and a dab of honey every morning for breakfast. In college, I’d usually eat homemade hash browns and eggs for breakfast. It’s like $3 for a dozen eggs and $3 for a 5 lb or 8/10? lb bag of potatoes (the 8 or 10? lb bag will have smaller size potatoes). Potatoes would last at least a week, only needed one potato to make hash browns. Going that route, you’d have breakfast for at least 6 days (if you eat 2 eggs a day).
And actually, you could go even cheaper, but it’d be shit food with absolutely zero nutritional value. At least the menu above gave you some source of fiber, vegetables, carbs, and protein. Need antioxidants? Drink some green tea. Vitamin D? Go outside and stand in the sun.