Today I was reminded of a nutrition assignment in my second year of med school. We were challenged to design a balanced menu for a week that stuck to the $4.19 per day typical for SNAP benefits, and then actually eat that way for three days. It drove home the point that while it’s possible to eat nutritious food on a budget, doing so requires a lot of knowledge, access to food, and prep time that many families just don’t have.
Eating healthy food is foundational to health, and so is enjoying meals with people you care about. Neither one should be a luxury.
I want to share an awesome resource that makes eating well accessible. Good and Cheap is a free cookbook of meals that are delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, on $4 a day. The book gives tips on shopping and cooking, and it’s beautiful.