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Living Whole Foods Plant Based on a SNAP Budget - 1

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families. Every so often I do a calculation of how to live on a SNAP budget in a healthful way. It can be done, but it does mean making things from scratch.

The difficulty is that larger packages are more economical than buying small amounts. So you would have to average out your big purchases (10 lb bag of potatoes) over many weeks. Like, this week you buy potatoes, next week you buy a 5 lb bag of flour.

My plan, while not perfect, is much better than what I read on the PETA website. First, you don't shop at Whole Foods! You buy at the scratch and dent store that has fresh vegetable seconds(cut off the imperfections). You find out when fresh vegetables are marked down and you shop at that time. Vegetables are cheaper than fruit and have at least as much vitamins and fiber, so I include very little fruit (except applesauce for sweetening/baking). I'll post my meal ideas next and then after that my Walmart grocery list. I could do even better by using my local scratch and dent stores. Ethnic grocery stores are also very economical.

Next blog entry: Meal plan
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