Eating Healthy on the Cheap

Today I’m going to discuss a topic in the same vein as one of my recent articles regarding health and nutrition.  This post was inspired through a few different interactions, but the most notable exchange was with a gentleman on Twitter who posted this:He goes on to say how there were so many people who were naysayers and made excuses for their own shortcomings.

  • Ryan was lying.
  • Processed meals are just cheaper.
  • Ain’t no one got time for cooking!

You know what all these are? Excuses for their own failures, plain and simple.  This is the blathering of weak men and women who don’t want a solution to their woes.  They just want to go on complaining about how miserable their life is and how they just can’t get a break.

If only big daddy government could give them more money.

If only they could get that raise.

If only…

That shit don’t fly around here, men, because we are, well…men!  Men don’t make excuses.  We find solutions.  Today I am going to offer you a solution to the age old debate as to whether you can eat healthy for cheap with photographic proof that I’m not just pulling this information out of my ass.  Let’s begin.

Disclaimer: You’re NOT going to be eating like a king on this protocol.  You’ll be giving up luxury foods and cutting down to the bare necessities so don’t think this is some secret formula that still allows you to eat lobster and sip on martinis.

Cutting Out the Luxury Items

As you go throughout your day, take notes of any food or drinks you’re purchasing.  This can be range from anything to a drive through meal at McDonald’s to a cheap coffee at your local gas station.  After you find where your money is going, you can then begin to cut out the extraneous spending.

Before I hear the cries of outrage over giving up coffee, let me ask you: Can you get your coffee for free?  If so, take that route.  I don’t remember the last time I paid for coffee because my office supplies it for us.  If your workplace does the same, take full advantage of it.  If you’re really trying to knuckle down on your expenditures, you should only be drinking water from the tap and the free coffee.

No six-pack of beer on the weekends or soft drinks for you!

That goes double for snacks out of the vending machine as well.

Eating Healthy for Cheap

This part is going to take a bit of planning on your part.  What I’m going to provide below is a list of staples that you can purchase at dirt cheap prices.  It’s going to be up to you to take these items and make them into meals that fit your tastes.  This shouldn’t be too hard, but if you’re having trouble getting the creative juices going, do a DuckDuckGo search for some recipes and adjust accordingly.

The first item we have on the list is good old rice.  Rice is great for stretching out how far your meals can go and is one of the cheapest foods you can purchase.  I’m not too picky about whether you purchase white or brown rice.  Brown rice  will be a bit more expensive, but is still a good option for eating on the cheap.

The only downsides to rice are that it isn’t exactly nutrient dense and almost devoid of any protein as well, but it still beats the hell out of those prepackaged microwave meals filled with chemicals.

I found white rice as low as $0.03 per ounce and brown rice around $0.044 per ounce.  It doesn’t get much cheaper than that gents, unless you go somewhere like Sam’s Club and buy the REALLY big bags.

The second item we will be discussing is dried beans.  You can opt for buying these in the can (which is still a pretty cheap option), but to really save on money, by them by the bag and cook them up yourself.  Unlike rice, beans are a nutritional powerhouse and also sport a respectable amount of protein and fiber.

It’s really hard to go wrong when picking which type of beans to cook with.  I generally opt for black beans, lentils, or a bag of mixed beans.  A trick I’ve learned over the years is that the beans cook up easier if you allow them to soak in water for 24 hours before cooking them.

Beans are a bit more expensive that rice is coming in around $0.15 – $0.19 cents per ounce (depending on what type you buy), but is still a great staple to add to your meals when you’re on a budget.

Third on the list are eggs.  Eggs are considered by many as a perfect food, boasting a bevvy of vital vitamins, cholesterol and saturated fats (essential for testosterone production), and protein.

What’s better is that eggs a incredibly versatile and can be added into a multitude of meals, although yours truly enjoys the simple classic of a couple over easy eggs paired with toast and bacon.  Call me old fashioned!

Unless your budget allows it, you’re probably going to stick with the basic, generic eggs and skip over the all natural, organic, free range, eggs from chickens that receive weekly massages after their cardio kickboxing class.  I wouldn’t worry too much about it though.  Although not optimal, you’re still getting quite a few micro and macronutrients.

The cheapest eggs I found while hunting around Publix was a case of 30 eggs for $3.00.  This means each egg was only $0.10!

On the subject of breakfast food, let’s move onto another; oatmeal.  Like everything else on this list, buying in bulk will be your friend.  The store brand tub of plain oats that I found was a respectable $0.083 per ounce.

While oatmeal isn’t as nutrient dense as some other items on this list, it is quite filling, especially paired with a few eggs for breakfast.  It’s also quite versatile and can be flavored in a multitude of ways.  More on that later.

Last we’re going to cover on the list today is chicken.  We’re not talking about buying chicken breasts, mind you.  No, we’re talking specifically about purchasing a full chicken and cooking the entire thing!  To those who haven’t cooked a full bird before, it can seem a bit daunting, but fear not.  It’s actually quite easy.

If you have a crockpot, something I HIGHLY recommend, then you can simply throw a thawed chicken into it (be sure to remove the bag of giblets out of the cavity in the bird), set it on high, and come back in 3-4 hours to check and see if it’s fully cooked.  After that, place the chicken on a pan, carve it up, and use the meat in whatever meals you’re cooking.

A fully grown hen runs about $1.59 per pound at my local Publix, but I have occasionally found them on sale for as low as $0.89 per pound.  Those are the time you should stock up on a few and throw them in the freezer!

Not much to cover on the nutrition facts of chicken.  This is where you’ll be getting the majority of your protein.

Other Items

To make this plan work, as well as make your meals taste better, you’re going to need a few additional items.  These are things you won’t purchase as regularly, or are one time purchases, so we’re not going to tally the costs of them in this article.

First and foremost, buy a crockpot.  No seriously, this will be the best purchase you’ll ever make for the kitchen.  Crockpots are fairly cheap, are great for low maintenance cooking (what other appliance can you cook something in overnight?), and will actually save you a little money on your electricity bill due to their energy efficiency.  Plus, if you’re a culinary novice, crockpots are very forgiving and won’t burn your food if you leave it in an extra hour.

Secondly, you’ll need a few spices to season up your meals.  This is all dependent on your own personal tastes, but try to buy your spices with a plan in mind.  For example, I cook chicken fajitas in my crockpot fairly often so I make sure my spice cabinet has plenty of the following:

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic Powder or Minced Garlic

If I’m eating oatmeal regularly, then I’m going to make sure I have a jar of honey and some cinnamon to flavor it.  Hell, I might even add in some blueberries and yogurt.  You get the gist.

Quite honestly, this is going to be the hardest part of the whole process – planning your meals and everything you’ll need.  Do it right however and you’ll be eating dirt cheap while staying full and fueling your body for the gym.

Wrapping Up – Example Meal Plan

To wrap up this article, I’m going to create an example meal plan for a week and see how we do with just the items mentioned above (minus the spices).  This will be for one person, but if you’re feeding a family, simply multiple the amount of food used and the price by the number of mouths you’re feeding.  Easy as pie (and before you ask, no, pie is not on this meal plan).

The math I use for breakfast vs lunch will be a bit different, so just bear with me.  I will write it all out though so you can see how everything is being calculated.

Breakfast

  • 1 cup of oatmeal/day = $0.083/oz x 8 oz = $0.66/day x 7 days =$4.65 per week
  • 3 eggs/day = $0.10/egg x 3 eggs = $.30/day x 7 days = $2.10 per week
  • Weekly Total: $9.77

Lunch and Dinner (Chicken Fajitas)

  • 1 chicken = $12.00 per week (approximate)
  • 1 bag of lentils = $2.29 per week
  • 2 cups white rice = $.03 per ounce x 16 oz = $0.48 per week
  • 2 frozen bags of diced peppers and onions = $1.75 per bag x 2 = $3.50 per week (approximate)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes = $.75 per can x 2 = $1.50 per week (approximate)
  • Weekly Total: $19.77

Grand Total (minus spices, honey, etc): $29.54 per person!

And there you have it.  A no nonsense approach to eating healthy on mere pennies per day with the pictures to prove it.

Some of you might argue that there’s a lot of carbs in this diet and is therefore not optimal.  You would be correct, but compared to the SAD, Standard American Diet, it is many cuts above.  Add some leafy green vegetables to the mix and you’re all set!

Got any dirt cheap items we didn’t cover?  Leave a comment below with your ideas!

 

Author: Jak

Jak, married and father of three, seeks to help the Red-Pill Community take its next step past the petty cynicism and ineffectual anger. While he recognizes that men are significantly handicapped by the modern legal system and culture, he doesn’t accept that traditional marriage is untenable in today’s social climate.

Rather, men must be willing to adapt to this new world by implementing new tactics and approaches to maintaining a balance of power. Jak is here to provide you with these lessons.

  • bem

    Useful stuff – without a plan, grocery/food expenses cant really make an avoidable dent in a family’s finances.

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      Reasonable, sensible comment. So what have you done with the real bem?

      • Boothe

        Oh no! He’s been abducted by aliens!

        • Well if we had just built that damn wall….

          • Boothe

            Yeah an’ make them aliens pay fer it too!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            {{{Aliens}}}

  • Murdoc34

    No six-pack of beer on the weekends or soft drinks for you!

    Oh well. I’ll just have to limit my six-pack consumption to weekdays.

    • bem

      Weren’t you reading? Find a job where its FREE.

      • The Champion

        Bartender?

        • bem

          ER Physician!

          • Bum. Those guys have no money, yet I ALWAYS see them with a bottle of malt liquor wrapped up in a brown paper bag.

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      a fifth of Everclear is only $20. dump that into a garbage pail, two cans of hawaiian punch, should keep you hammered for 3 months minimum

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        3 months? Lightweight. Maybe 3 days.

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          I was surprised to find out the USA lifted the ban on real absinthe- that stuff is interesting to say the least

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Get back to me when they lift the ban on ayahuasca.

          • Consolation_of_Philosophy

            I take the absinthe bottle down off my shelf once per year, twice max. Consumed at a party, somebody (usually multiple somebodies) will either:

            a. Cry.
            b. Puke.
            c. Do the GI Joe Crawl, or some variant of “the worm”– except they won’t be laughing.
            d. Have a psychotic break (drooling, mumbling, speaking in tongues).
            e. Threaten violence.
            f. Some of the above.
            g. All of the above

            Try it and see!

            Two years in a row, I’ve had people show up the morning after the absinthe came down to apologize for the night before. Good times!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Good times, good times.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            didnt happen to me, but I had no sugar cubes so i mixed it with iced t

          • Consolation_of_Philosophy

            It is a dice roll every time about if/when the absinthe crazy-bomb goes off. That is why is is best served to big groups. Give it to 8 people, at least one person will freak.

            I have never see the Green Fairy myself… I’m kind of jealous of the people I’ve watched melt down.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            At my house, we call that “Tuesday”.

          • Art

            Fukkin ‘A’, Jaegermeister…

      • Murdoc34

        That’s my standard eye-opener. But I don’t really start drinking until I sit down for breakfast.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          I use an IV drip to keep my blood alcohol level sufficiently high while I’m asleep.

      • bem

        Reminiscing on those SUNY days?

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          went to skool in boston, but yea same shit

          • bem

            Obligatory shot, you understand.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            You don’t even know what “obligamatory” means!

          • bem

            Don’t be insegrievious – its a perfectly cromulent word

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            You just shut your fancy-talk mouf! All your high-flutin’ fancy-talk don’t go ’round here, ya un-inbred city boy!

          • bem

            I am an inbred city boy.

  • The Champion

    These food items are exactly what I eat! Brown rice is hard to find in my area, so I substituted it with red rice. Eggs are staple. Pigeon peas and green gram are good sources of protein as are green peas (but damn, do they taste bad).

    Cutting out of junk crap (pizzas, ice cream, sweets, snacks, chips, soft drinks etc…) years ago was one of the best decisions I made.

    • bem

      And even eating out – if you don’t HAVE to have “a drink” whether it be booze, soda, or even sparkling water, you’ll be amazed how much you can save.

      • NemesisEnforcer

        Where I live, cutting booze and an appetizer will cut the bill in half.

        • bem

          Same.
          The downside is, having ‘just water’ usually ensures abandonment from the waitstaff…

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            you got banned?

          • You kidding? I ban him 2-3 times a day on this site. Of course my bans never seem to work…
            There’s gotta be a better method for banning people than just yelling “Banned!” at them and hoping they leave.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            dont get drunk on your newfound power… heres a related link- eat your way to health
            http://kingmaker.net/DeadDoctorstxt.html#13.%20Baldness%20and

          • There’s no way I’ll get drunk on my newfound power. I’ve never found out how to drink power to begin with.

          • The Champion
          • I stand corrected. Behold my newfound power and quiver in fear, puny mortals!

          • The Champion

            Your lame ass power drink doesn’t stand a chance against my secret weapon!
            https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rW9tPIg3L._SL1328_.jpg

          • Art

            They never told you that Popeye was smoking Kratom in his pipe.

          • Art

            Do they have that brand with Kratom in it?

          • bem

            I did. For NO fukkin reason….
            Glad you’re here. Was hoping you’d find the way.

          • We are the way, the truth, and the site.

          • bem

            o thats bad…..

          • Murdoc34

            WTF are you talking about?

          • Banned.

          • The Champion

            WTF is wrong with you?

          • Banned.

          • bem
          • bem

            “Don’t flood the comments with low value posts or troll others for reactions.”

          • Marius Agrippa Regulus

            is Peach Pabst here?

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            its weird, i was doing what you were doing much longer than you- Im kinda insulted

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Now, now, just hug it out, you two, before you get banned. We’re all about peace, love and tolerance… you fucking fags.

          • bem

            and why’d you get upvoted for asking the question!??!?!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Yeah, I asked a waiter the other night for water, and he looked like I kicked him in the nuts. Hopefully he just spit in my water and didn’t actually piss in it.

          • My wife and I are on really good terms with the waiters at a few restaurants in our area. If we asked them to drive to the store and fetch us a specific brand of water, they’d probably do it.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Post pics of wife.

          • Murdoc34

            you forgot “then GTFO”

          • Bu-bu-bu…it’s MY site…..

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Banned.

          • You can’t ban me! I quit!

          • bem

            quitter….

          • I’ll quit YOU!

          • bem

            you couldn’t if you tried…..

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Wow, sounds like you two need to take a trip to Brokeback Mountain and get it over with.

          • bem

            Nah, I’ll stay here on BrokeBalls Boulevard.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            I thought you couldn’t quit him? Or were you lying on the side of that mountain?

          • Bu-I….you…..Banned!

          • Boothe

            Hey! Don’t quit! I tell you what, we’ll hire you back for twice what we have been paying you. 😉

          • ….make it double pay and 3 weeks paid sick leave per year and you got a deal.

          • Chip Baskets

            In soviet Russia, website quits you!

          • For my eyes only, ass. Heh

          • bem

            I swear its more socially acceptable to say you’re a recovering drunk than to simply “not want a drink right this second”……

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            When someone gives me shit about not drinking, I usually go into elaborate story that may or may not be true about my awful history of drinking, the multiple children I killed in a drunken car wreck, the agonizing death of my mother (or other relative) from liver failure, etc., etc.

          • bem

            Excellent. ‘Dont push your good times on ME motherfukker……’

          • Check your sobriety privilege, shitlord.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            If he wasn’t well hydrated, you surely would have noticed. If you saw the dude in the back chugging water, you may have gotten the white man’s pee pee in your Coke trick.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Was he Chinese?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            He was greek, which is much worse.

          • Art

            Probably just had Sanchez dirty-dick it on the way from the sink.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Eh, most of these places are overrated anyway.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Where I live, cutting the main courses and appetizer leaves you a huge amount of room for the booze.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Is this a rape culture joke? Did you just joke about rape?! TRIGGERED!!!!!!!!!!

    • StraitlacedMissouri

      Yep, haven’t had a soda in two years. Kids occasionally have cane sugar sodas as a treat!

  • NemesisEnforcer

    Rotisserie chicken is also pretty cheap, and saves a lot of time if that’s the excuse you’re using for yourself. I can grab one for about $7 and feed a family off of it for two days (kids are small so don’t eat much yet). And you can get them pre-flavored (BBQ, honey roasted, etc…) so it is not always the same old thing. Even adding that extravagance would not significantly blow the budget outlined above.

    Most of the time, when I hear people say they “can’t” it just means they “don’t want to.”

    • Good idea!

    • Murdoc34

      I have a mental block when it comes to buying cooked chicken. I just know they’ve not cleaned it with the same thoroughness I would have.

      • NemesisEnforcer

        Germs make you strong and shit.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          I had to take a friend to the ER the other day for an emergency hysterectomy because he was being such a pussy. Anyway, while I was hanging out in the waiting room, there’s this 5 year old little boy running this little monster truck over everything.

          All along the seats where the non-English speaking woman with the heavy, wet cough was sitting. All along the table touched by the guy with the blood-soaked bandages on his leg had been propping up his foot. All over the floor where hundreds of sick and injured people had been walking all day. He even brought it with him into the bathroom, where god knows what had been going on.

          His grandparents (looked old enough to be grandparents, but these days, who knows) were both heavily absorbed in their cellphones, and seemed oblivious to all of the goings on.

          I watched and waited very patiently, knowing exactly what was going to happen. He paused at one point, becoming bored with running his truck over ever pus, piss and blood-laden item in the ER waiting room, and he stood up. He looked around, glancing at the TVs, trying to figure out what else he could find to entertain him.

          And, as his mind wandered, he absently lifted the truck up to this mouth, and began sucking on its tires.

          • bem

            NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            but tell you what – if that kid doesnt die this week, he will become indestructible!

          • Or he’ll become ground zero for some apocalyptic viral outbreak.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I’m pretty sure I spotted a hair on the tire just as he was plopping it into his mouth.

          • Art

            The question is – how short the hair was.

          • Murdoc34

            One of my personal favorites is the kid in a restaurant that removes the drip of ketchup from the side of the bottle by licking it. Wrong on several levels.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            The kid who puts his whole mouth on the outdoor drinking fountain that you know bums regularly wash their asses in.

          • bem

            fukkers let their dogs lick up there too!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Oh yeah, people who let their dogs lick their mouths and shit? Fuck that.

          • Boothe

            Bem, if you are a fisherman you might want to find a girl that does that. I mean most likely she has worms…

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Pretty hard to find a woman over the age of 18 who doesn’t have worms, these days.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            They used to say that girls who dipped snuff didn’t have worms.

          • Depends on where they were dipping it.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Swapping bubble gum is one thing but, a man has to draw a line somewhere.

          • Boothe

            My dad told me that they would treat the horses and donkeys for worms by feeding them a plug of chewing tobacco. So that’s probably not a joke. The only problem I had with girls dipping snuff or chewing was all that darn terbacky juice down the side of my pickup truck…

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            I always hated getting spit on the side of the truck:)

          • bem

            ever try to boot outta one of those vent window that doesn’t really open?

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            That can’t be easy.

          • Boothe

            Yep. I’d always try to tell ’em not to throw th’ dam beer can out the window. Just save it to spit in. Hell no, you cain’t train’em…

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Lol

          • La’darell Luthor

            I worked with a girl that dipped. She was kinda cute, for a military girl, but she dipped and her teeth were all yellow, practically rotting out of her face. WNB.

          • Boothe

            Dip or chew, I don’t care how cute she is, WNB. That’s just nasty…

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            It’s wrong for people to let a dog lick their ass. JS

          • Gives a whole new meaning to “going ATM.”

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            I was just about to eat lunch….

          • You need to go on a diet anyways. Heh

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Yeah but, I didn’t want to start TODAY.

          • Wants and needs rarely line up together.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Look man, I’ve only got so many excuses and I don’t want to use them all in one day.

          • Boothe

            Yeah, that happens to me sometimes here too, lol. I just have to put down my food and think about dead puppies for a while to calm my stomach.

          • bem

            BBBBWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!

          • Chip Baskets

            You might not believe where broads let their dogs lick

          • NemesisEnforcer

            By the time he’s 25, that kid will never get sick again, or he will be dead by the time he’s 7.

          • And that’s how a really good immune system is born.

          • SYO

            Great story! Thanks… lol!

        • bem

          you forgot the comma.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Let’s eat grandma.

          • Murdoc34

            This is just peachy..

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Did I?

          • bem

            “Germs make you stronger, and [germs make you] shit”

          • NemesisEnforcer

            I hate to have to do this. No comma is necessary to separate paired elements joined by a coordinate conjunction. The comma is required if the statement is written as in your brackets because it separates independent clauses. Plus, my way makes it better – you either shit your intestines out (a possibility) or it gives you powers similar to being stronger – i.e. “n’ shit” (also a possibility).

            This discussion gave me no pleasure. Please don’t force me to continue a grammar conversation.

          • Murdoc34

            I hate to have to do this.

            You lie.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            You, sir, have offended my honor. I hereby invoke the awesome white privilege afforded to me by the nearest Robert E. Lee statute to oppress you with my thoughts.

          • Murdoc34

            I’m white, but not a southerner. So I reserve the right to choose to duel, although I’m admittedly more likely to just accept the statue based oppression.

          • bem

            just as well, since they blew up the last of the RE Lee statues…

          • Murdoc34

            He’ll have to settle for oppressing me with a Harmon Killebrew statue.

            http://cdn.earthporm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/statue-mischief4.jpg

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            OH SHIT THE STATUES ARE FIGHTING BACK

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            so are the soros zombies- maybe a showdown in Phoenix tonite bc trump’s in town…

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            I keep hearing the media snarl about the “secret service is severely underfunded to handle Trump” so that points to me to them hinting that they’re about to do a major violent event somewhere that can then be laid at Trump’s feet.

            These morons are nothing if not predictable when they telegraph stuff like that.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            its ironic they are bankrolled by a guy who had a rather strange internship for the germans as a teen bak in the ’40s, yet they call their opposition 1940s Germans…

          • NemesisEnforcer

            “Statue Based Oppression” would make a cool band name.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Wait a minute….

            Dave? Dave Barry? Is that you??!?

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Dave is a funny guy.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            He is supremely funny. I may own every book he ever wrote (except the second full length fiction one, which I need to buy).

          • bem

            its a JOKE, boy! you must be too short! The good ones, I say the good ones, go right over yer head!

          • NemesisEnforcer

            If you told better jokes, I would think they were funny.

          • bem
          • NemesisEnforcer

            Serious question – what are the chances that a movie like Soul Man could be made today? I’m thinking south of zero, but how far south?

          • bem

            Huh.
            Yeah, my bet would be zero as well. rich white kid taking away a black scholarship!?!??
            They’d be tearing down statues within minutes. Statues of Darth Vader.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Well, for good reason. After all, not only is he evil the whole time he is black, but at the end it is also revealed that he is white on the inside.

          • Marius Agrippa Regulus

            and a father as well

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Someone should take a group of the biggest, most entitled SJW cunts they can find, lock then in an auditorium and show them this movie and a bunch of the other “hate-filled” comedies from the 80s and 90s. Anyone who laughs gets taken outside and sh– er, I mean, Twitter-shamed into ruin.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Why wait until they laugh? Just put them all in there, make them watch the movies to mentally torment them, then announce, “this is what the world will return to in the next 30 seconds,” then blow up the building and set it on fire with napalm.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I think having them die while laughing at “racist” jokes is better kharma.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Grammah Notsi.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            God damn. That uncivilized townie accent hurts my fucking ears just reading it.

      • Nabru Kuf

        I am with you. I eat A LOT of food but never buy it premade unless in a restaurant.

        • bem

          usually involves a ton of salt too.

          • Nabru Kuf

            Yup. And I use very little salt so I really taste it.

        • Murdoc34

          Restaurants are at least marginally better. The county stops by once a year and compiles a list of all the sanitary practices that they’re doing wrong.

          • Boothe

            I had a good friend years ago who was a chef. He told me to go check the men’s room at any restaurant I went to before I ordered. He said whatever the restrooms look like that’s what the kitchen looks like. On more than one occasion I have come out of the men’s room, grabbed my wife’s hand and walked out. She knows exactly what that means. Anymore it’s seldom a problem since we almost never eat out.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            My buddy’s wife works for the local health inspector. Periodically, he’ll email us a list of places that — although technically not bad enough to be shut down — she advises that we all avoid for our own gastrointestinal health.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            No sense of adventure in you at all.

          • bem

            That’s like eating out with a Cheat Code!!!

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Yeah. I’ve eaten grubs alive and wiggling (taste like butter actually) and have ripped the flesh off a freshly killed goat and went to town. Health inspector? We don’t need no steenking health inspector.

          • NemesisEnforcer

            Probably the one I’m most proud of was eating various unidentifiable foods from a buffet in a “restaurant” in Rwanda that was in the dirt-floored backroom of someone’s house. Whatever the fuck it was, it was actually delicious and I did not shit my intestines out!

          • La’darell Luthor

            I did that in a Vietnamese restaurant. Friend’s wife was ordering shit, no idea what I ate to this day. Was absolutely delicious, and completely unrecognizable.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I’m sure lots of people would consider that disgusting, but it is probably much cleaner and has much less germs than something made in a factory by day laborers, shipped across the country in a leaking truck, stored in the dingy backroom of some restaurant, assembled by some guy in a paper hat, and then brought to your wiped-down on a plate that was rinsed in lukewarm water by some chick making less than minimum wage.

          • Iattacku

            Damn ghost I heard you were banned at ROK what the hell.

          • StraitlacedMissouri

            We do that. 🙂

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        You just haven’t risked life until you eat some fried chicken at a backwoods convenience store.

        • bem

          mmmmmmmmmm rural gas-station chicken!!!!!

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            They say there’s nothing like living on the edge!

        • I had a tuna sandwich from a gas station once. Sadly, I didn’t get worms that made me super strong and smart (name that reference).

          • Murdoc34

            Because you went with tuna, not the “Fresh” egg salad sandwich.

        • NemesisEnforcer

          “Risked” or “lived”?

          Shit man, talk to me when the conversation turns to gas station sushi.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            I’m not a coward but I ain’t that brave

        • La’darell Luthor

          You’d be surprised, but the Nips can fry the shit out of some fried chicken. Fond memories of eating cheap fried chicken from their roadside convenience stores.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Around here they are Indians (dothead not feathers) instead of nips but, they can fry some chicken.:)

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            Koreans can fry up a mean chicken.

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          I’ve eaten fried chicken in a gas station in one of the Carolinas and it was really freaking good.

        • StraitlacedMissouri

          Or frog legs!! LMAO

    • iBooB

      Oh yes. After a workout eating a whole chicken with salad and a few boiled eggs is heaven. Kinda dry though so you might want to add some sauce so it goes down easy.

      PS. Birches love my sauce.

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      Whatever they inject into the Costco rotisserie chicken is pretty magical. And only like 6$.

      • NemesisEnforcer

        Well Costco is almost pure magic itself, so….

  • Boothe

    Very good information indeed! I have heard all the same excuses, but the one I get most is “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.” I counter that with the higher cost of health care if you don’t eat healthy. I also get a lot of flak about eating the same things over and over. I eat to live, I don’t live to eat.

    But that aside I really enjoy spinach and kale salads, broiled chicken breasts, pumpkin seeds, lamb and baked rabbit (both of which we raise ourselves), fresh eggs (we have chickens too). I do eat some dairy products so my diet is more”primal” than truly “paleo” but it works and isn’t that much more expensive than what the author describes. A big part of it is raising a lot of our own vegetables and meat.

    I realize not everyone has that option. However even if you have a small back yard, a couple of rabbit hutches and an elevated garden bed take up very little room and can provide an amazing amount of food. Plus there’s the satisfaction of cutting taxes out of your food bill as well.

    • Good information. I’m making plans and setting aside money to build a rather large vegetable garden next year and later on add a chicken coop beside it. Fresh eggs and vegetables; what more can you ask for?

      • Boothe

        Well…we have our sheep trained to follow a grain bucket. I don’t even deer hunt anymore. When I need to stock the freezer I lead one around the side of the barn with the bucket in one hand and a .45 in the other. I have a chain hoist permanently set up on a rafter and a couple of wash tubs and coolers at the ready. Grass fed lamb on demand. Did I mention I also make wine? Life is good.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          That does sound pretty sweet.

        • I think I’m going to stop at gathering eggs. Not sure I have it in me to kill my chickens. Plus, my wife and 3 daughters may never speak to me again if I kill a “family pet.”

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Just tell them Lil Chickie went to live “on the farm” with the rest of his family. Then serve them up some piping hot fried drumsticks.

          • My wife and I joked about that when discussing getting chickens.
            “Kids, we have some bad news…Mrs Rooster -ahem- flew away and we can’t find her. On the bright side, we’re having homemade chicken tenders tonight!”

          • bem

            same thing when we sent my grandma to the glue factory…..

          • Murdoc34

            Don’t name your food. If it has a name, it’s a pet.

          • I have 3 daughters…you think every single chicken WON’T have a name by the end of the first day??

          • Murdoc34

            Then they’re pets.

            You’ll need some sort of secret chicken dungeon to keep your food in where you deny the chickens an identity.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            and only sickos eat their pets

          • lol

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            My dungeons are already full.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            What’s wrong with eating pets?

          • Boothe

            I completely understand. It’s not for everyone to be sure. But I really am in touch with where my food comes from. 😉

        • The Champion

          What does wine taste like, Mr. Boothe?

          • Boothe

            I do various different reds and dark wines. Last Sunday I broke out some blueberry, strawberry, pear of all things! Someone gave me a bunch of blueberries and strawberries last year, but not enough for a six gallon batch. I had a bumper crop of pears in the backyard. So I crushed everything together just to see how it would come out. The specific gravity was low so I did have to add some sugar. Not too much because I only do dry wines. I use a Belgian yeast that can live up to 18% alcohol, so consuming the sugar is never a problem. It was a big hit with the guests (four people all but wiped out a gallon). I’ve been at several years in earnest, so typically I get pretty good flavors now. But even when I first started I was getting plenty of alcohol so it made up for the bite, lol.

          • I have a small wine making kit laying around the house somewhere…need to find it.

          • Boothe

            I highly recommend it. It is very satisfying to go through the whole process and enjoy the effort months and even years later. Wine can be palatable within a few months, but it really mellows after about a year. I had some recently that I bottled in 2014 that was awesome. Making wine will teach you planning and patience.

          • I used the wrong kind of yeast last time and it was undrinkable.

          • Boothe

            Yeah you probably used bread yeast. It will make alcohol but the wine will come out very “yeasty”. My two favorite wine yeasts are from Red Star and they are Premier Cuvee and Montrachet. Premier Cuvee will produce wine that is close to Port or Sherry (those being “fortified” wines) with enough sugar. I have had to cut some of my friends off to keep them from getting commode hugging drunk because “it’s just wine”, lol.

          • The Champion

            So it tastes like berries and alcohol? I never drank any of this stuff before, so I’m just curious.

          • Boothe

            Yeah, pretty much. I also do red grape, which tastes like grapes and alcohol. The alcohol is the important part though.

    • Murdoc34

      “It’s too expensive to eat healthy.”

      Related, I’ve had people try to tell me they eat fast food because it’s cheap. I suppose it’s something less expensive than a sit-down restaurant, but it is absolutely not cheap. All things considered, it’s objectively expensive. Over-processed microwaveable crap is cheaper.

      This article is spot on. Dry beans, eggs, and fresh vegetables? Healthy and cheap.

      • Exactly. Next time someone gives you that fast food is cheaper, show them this post and tell them that they can eat 3 large meals a day which averages out to $1.41 per meal (again, minus seasonings and spices, but you’ll be buying those every few months so the price on that is negligible).

        • Murdoc34

          I’m remembering one particular chick, her problem was some pathological inability to understand money. More so than the typical female disregard for value, she refused to acknowledge that an overdraft charge means that cup of Starbucks coffee just cost her $43.

          So, that she was able to conclude fast food was cheap, well, I guess no big surprise there.

      • Boothe

        I know. Simple arithmetic isn’t so simple for some folks is it? It’s da nue maff. Publik skule be working like a charm…

    • StraitlacedMissouri

      I have a family of 7. We eat mostly healthy on 150 a week. What isn’t really healthy is still mostly organic so I guess its half healthy!!😄 We eat zero breads,buns,cakes,pies etc. that are made with GMO flour.

      • Boothe

        Yes, with a family of seven it would be tough to cut out all simple carbs. But staying away from the GMO “Franken-foods” is a good choice. You might look into Quinoa, bean flour or even rice flour for baking too. Of course over consumption of any simple carbs will pack weight on most folks. I try to avoid anything with sugar, grains, potatoes & rice. I live mostly on meat, healthy fats, some dairy & a lot of green & colorful vegetables. But I also supplement with a pretty big stack of vitamins, anti-oxidants & ant-inflammatories. I may be going overboard, but at 58 I feel better than I did in my twenties.

  • Edd Black

    This author did her Masters in NY on getting people to eat healthily on snap benefits ($4/day). Lots of options, and the PDF of the book is free.

    https://www.leannebrown.com/

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger
      • Ainigmaris Thales

        Biz Markie was one of the great undiscovered geniuses of our time. In the distant future, advanced civilizations will be pouring over everything he ever produced, reveling in the hidden levels of profound artistic and intellectual greatness that we modern fools were too stunted and ignorant to appreciate.

        • Art

          Nobody beats the Biz.

  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    I dunno man. You know who else ate healthy?

    Hitler.

    I don’t know if I want to be associated with that kind of person when I eat healthy.

  • Ainigmaris Thales

    So predictions for Phoenix tonight? Chances we will see bikers beating antifa like little bitches in the street?

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      it really must suck to be a cop these days. cant imagine they show potential recruits the riots during the 68 Democratic convention in chicago, although they should at this point

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        The individual cops probably just want to beat all everybody’s heads in, just for being dumbasses.

  • The Vigilante

    Good article

  • Lou Skunt

    Great article with useful tips and very straightforward. Love the website – keep it going!

    It always amazes me how many excuses people come up with to avoid preparing their own meals. High-quality whole foods are very affordable; you just have to learn to “make time” to prioritize your health. We make time for so many other useless endeavors, why not our health and nutrition?…

    I had the good fortune of having a chef for a father, as a result, I learned many cooking techniques and developed a serious passion for food and nutrition in general. If there is one quick tip to mention it would be this: Take a little time to learn how to properly develop flavor profiles… by using various cooking techniques, spices, oils, etc., you can make even the most boring ingredients exciting and appetizing.

    If I may share with the fellas… I have a potent “Man’s” salad that I enjoy every night with my dinner…

    – Mixed Greens (Chard, Kale, Arugula, Spinach, etc.), Radishes, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Asparagus, Kalamata Olives, Avocado, Walnuts. Mix with fresh ground Pepper and Kosher or Sea salt, along with Parsley and Oregano, an Olive Oil of your choice and Red Wine Vinegar (I prefer Regina). You can even kick it up a notch by adding a little spicy brown mustard. Mix all the ingredients together while your dinner is cooking and place in refrigerator (to chill) 5-minutes prior to eating, take it out of the refrigerator and mix one last time before serving your meal. If you like, you can even add 8-12oz. grilled Salmon or Chicken on top of the salad and make it a complete meal. Buon Appetito!

    • Sounds good, minus the cucumbers. Never good develop a taste for them.

  • La’darell Luthor

    While more expensive than other rices, quality Basmati Rices are loaded in protein, compared to the other strains.

    • Art

      I read recently that all rice is tainted with arsenic these days.

    • StraitlacedMissouri

      I’ve been eating Amaranth lately. It is super healthy and worth buying when on sale.

  • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

    I love crockpots. Had one for years. I do want to say that if you have the funds upfront, a pressure cooker is even better. I put my crockpot away after getting my pressure cooker and haven’t used it since. It’s like a crockpot on roids.

    You can use it for the same things you use the crockpot for, plus a bunch of other things. Stews, soups, perfect hard boiled eggs, pasta, rice, etc, etc.

    It has the same benefits as a crockpot (no burning, very forgiving, very easy, etc), and cooks much faster, so you will save a bit of money on your energy bill as well.

    I don’t know if links to other sites are allowed, but I get nothing for the following. It’s purely informational in case someone is interested in a decent pressure cooker at a good price.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLYWNYQ

  • Jak

    Link away, buddy! I’ve never used a pressure cooker but I might get one down the road.

  • StraitlacedMissouri

    We love to eat pulled pork quite often. We eat it plain or with BBQ sauce without corn syrup. There are a few companies that make it that way. I can get pork at .99 a lb. at least once every 4 weeks. Pulled porked can be used in tacos and soups and stews. Organic Mac and Cheese is another loved item. We have a local store that sells close to expire items and I pick it up for .50 a box. It is normally 1.65-2.00 a box. We eat a TON of produce so I just wait for the ads to come on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to see what we are working with for the week. (Family of 7)

  • Great advice and tips here.

    I must admit I’m lazy when it comes to cooking and my wife is too. The only other thing that you need to have is some time and a commitment to making the effort to make the food. Slow cookers are one hell of a tool. I don’t utilize ours enough, but I was considering a rice dish of some kind.

    You can do almost anything with rice as well as oatmeal. The local walmart near me for a while had a carton of eggs for 30 something cents for weeks. Rice and beans were dirt cheap as well.

    One trick I’ve learned is that lemon pepper seasoning. You can use it with anything. It makes chicken taste great.

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