The Power Foods Lifestyle on a $40/week Budget

Living a healthy lifestyle can seem to be far more expensive than buying cheap and delicious fast food or low-grade packaged products. This is a concern I hear often from people who are trying to live the Power Foods Lifestyle but find their budget is taking a hit.

I have lived on a minimal budget for the majority of my life. I empathize with those who feel they are pinching pennies to make it from bill to bill and month to month. It is a difficult place to be, and a lot of stress accompanies this way of life.

Budgeting is the key to truly making things work and having a healthy lifestyle as well!

To help you gain some insight about ways to live the Power Foods Lifestyle on a budget, I decided to do a week of meals to show you it can absolutely be done. After asking in the Power Foods Lifestyle Champions group what the average weekly budget was for food, I decided to do this on a $40 per week budget.

I made sure to plan out my food list before I went to the store. I used my Power
Foods a list to choose some basic foods that I could use in various meals and snacks. See my list below, and print your copy of the Power Foods Lifestyle food list.

— Ground Hamburger
— Large Egg Whites
— Chicken Breast
— Cottage Cheese
— Protein Powder

— Lentils
— Whole Wheat Pasta
— Oats
— Apples

— Olives
— Almonds
— Coconut Oil
— Egg Yolks

— Cucumbers
— Tomatoes
— Bell Pepper
— Spinach
— Baby Carrots
— Zucchini/Summer Squash

The next step was to go to the grocery store and keep my eyes open for good products that were less expensive.

Here is what I bought along with the total for that food item:

Oats (generic–rolled): $1.59
Pearl Olives: $1.50
Pearl Olives: $1.50
Large Eggs–18: $2.39
Large Eggs–18: $2.39
Kroger Cottage Cheese: $1.00
Kroger Cottage Cheese: $1.00
Small Bag Almonds: $3.79
Ground Beef (80% lean): $3.69
Whole Wheat Rotini: $1.49
3 Apples: $1.28
Tyson Chicken Breast: $5.35
Tomatoes, Roma: $0.81
Baby Carrots: $1.79
Mini Sweet Peppers: $3.99 (a good place to save by sticking with green bell peppers)
Jenni O Ground Turkey: $3.49
Celery: $1.97
Green Bell Peppers: $2.97
Baby Spinach: $4.99

Total (pre-tax): $46.89 (went a bit over due to lots of veggies :))

Items already on hand at home–(these things are good to buy over time, not all at once):

— Spaghetti Sauce
— Coconut Oil
— Protein Powder
— Lentils
— Zucchini
— Pickles
— Bolthouse Dressings

The next step was to actually use the food that I bought to make delicious meals that I look forward to.

3 oz. Jennie O Turkey Breast
1/2 Roma Tomato
10 large olives
3 mini pickles
2 handfuls spinach
1 Tbsp. Bolthouse Dressing
(PVF meal)

1 handful spinach
1/2 c. cooked Rotini noodles
1/2 c. spaghetti sauce
2 Tbsp. cottage cheese (mix with sauce)
3 oz. diced chicken breast
1 handful of baby carrots
(PVC meal)

3 oz. ground hamburger
3 mini sweet peppers
10 large olives
(PVF meal)

1/2 c. cooked lentils
5 large olives
6 large almonds
1 stalk celery
(VCF meal)–snack with less animal protein, but still good amino acids due to a tight budget

2 handfuls spinach
1/2 c. cooked lentils
1 handful of baby carrots
10 large olives
1 Tbsp. Bolthouse dressing
(VCF meal)–snack with less animal protein, but still good amino acids due to a tight budget

Living the Power Foods Lifestyle on a budget is very possible, though it takes some planning, budgeting, and perhaps coupon clipping.

I do not have the time to coupon clip, but many people do and have found it to save them a load of money each week! If you have the time to do that, take advantage of a great way to save!

An additional perspective to always keep is that prevention of disease is always less expensive than treatment of disease.

If you find yourself justifying poor food choices for the sake of saving money, I encourage you to look at the negative impact of poor food choices: Type 2 Diabetes, pain in joints, gut problems, heart attack or stroke, lack of confidence in your appearance, etc… the list will go on and on!

Small choices have big outcomes. Choose wisely, and commit to being your best!

#PowerYourBody one meal, one workout, one day at a time!

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