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29 August 2016 @ 10:33 am
My latest project is a "Can I have a balanced diet on $3.25/day?" grocery shopping and menu plan.  It was a spinoff of the $2/day challenge, but I decided to up the budget a little and try for a fuller balance of nutrients instead of just adequate protein and calories.
Protein isn't too hard, fiber takes care of itself (so. many. lentils.), Vitamin A hasn't been a problem (carrots are fairly cheap where I live), but iron and calcium have been sticking points.  I eventually just bit the bullet and budgeted for a good affordable brand of multivitamins with iron.  Maybe that's cheating, but six servings of lentils a day is a bit much even for a vegetarian.