Does this even exist? Really? I’m not sure. Food is expensive in more ways than one…
I’m well into the 4th week of the Eat to Live diet, and here is what I consume during the week.
- 4ish cups of nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts
- One head of Kale
- 4 lbs of strawberries
- 3 lbs blueberries
- 7 cups of cooked beans, quinoa, peas, lentils (at least)
- 5 lbs bananas
- 1-2 lbs of spinach
- 3-4 lbs tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, green onion, cilantro, basil
- 2-3 lbs frozen cooked vegetable mix
- 1-2 lb onion
- Lots of seeds: chia, flax, hemp
- Frozen pineapple
This isn’t exactly cheap for one person, and I shop at Costco (I’ve come a long way from locavorism). And this doesn’t really feed more than one person. Sure, you can get a lot out of frozen fruits and vegetables, but they do not taste as good as the fresh local [expensive] stuff. It is true. Once you start eating only fruit and veg, you can really taste the difference in a good and less good piece. It’s kind of annoying… BUT once you have your stock of nuts and seeds, produce and beans are not that expensive (~$50/week). Eat meat/seafood a couple times a week, and you are a health machine.
It seems like a short dense list of foods, but I make a lot out of it:
- Bean burgers
- Quinoa pizza with vegan cheese
- Smoothies (favs being chocolate blueberry, and strawberry banana–ALWAYS with a salad worth of spinach)
- Chia pudding (Milk, chia, sweetener/flavor to your liking)
- Banana muffins
- Chocolate peanut butter date bars
- Stir fry
- Portobello steak
- Corn tortillas (Corn flour and water)
- Ice cream cake
- Almond milk, hemp milk… WAY more economical than buying it pre-made. And tastes better.
- Soup like crazy! (Toasted walnut Mushroom awesomeness)
- BBQ sauce, dressings…
Or just read THUG KITCHEN. It is my life now.