Ok, here it is. I kept track of our grocery spending for the week and tabulated per serving approximately what everything costs.
All of the food displayed in the picture below cost us about $147.99. Now, here’s the breakdown of what that will make us for this week (Monday-Friday – 5 days).
Breakfast – 2 egg omelette for me 3 egg omelette for Kevin with a small amount of cheese and a banana. This works out to $2.70 per person per serving and we’ll have some eggs/cheese left over after the 5 days so probably even less than that.
Lunch – When we’re not eating leftovers from the big batch meals below our lunches this week are spinach salads with turkey breast and bacon. We’ll get approx. 6 servings from this (or 3 days of lunches for the 2 of us) for $4.17 per person per serving.
Supper/Big Batch – For this week my big batch meals are stew, meatza and a chicken stir-fry. Each are broken down below:
Stew – 1 batch will make 7 servings – it works out to $3.67 per serving.
Meatza – 1 batch will make 6 servings – it works out to $3.28 per serving.
Chicken Stir-fry – 1 batch will make 4-5 servings – it works out to $5.16-$6.45 per serving.
Snacks – Greek yogurt and blueberries – anywhere from 9-12 servings depending on size works out to $1.08-$1.44 per serving. Also some apples and dried mango slices, approx. 10-11 servings for about $1.57 per serving.
We didn’t need to buy any nuts this week and I didn’t include things like spices that most people would already have at home. If you needed these things obviously the cost would go up, but only marginally. I think this was pretty successful in proving that eating healthy is not more expensive than eating crap. You can’t go to a fast food place and get a meal combo for less than the per serving prices above. If you’re smart about your shopping and have a plan eating healthy is easy, inexpensive and the benefits of eating real quality foods are SO worth the work/time.
So, there you have it. Eating paleo doesn’t have to be expensive after all.