Week 2 - Raw Food Diet on a Budget

Second week of the Raw Food Diet on the Budget Challenge, diary below. This was a shorter trial in preparation for a longer-term raw food challenge. Read also: Raw Food Diet Articles - Collection of the Best Raw Food articles on this website.

Please see Week 1 for initial costs and other notes (average £9.70 per day).

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Day 8 - Raw Food Diet on a Budget

18th July 2011, Monday

Breakfast:
Smoothie (500ml): 1 banana (29p), 2 lettuce leaves (16p), 1/2 apple (20p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 1 tbsp hemp protein powder (43p), 1 date (7p), water
COST: £1.32

Lunch:
Smoothie: 1 banana (29p), piece of cucumber (7p), stalk of celery (11p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 1 date (7p), 1 teasp cacao nibs (11p), 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (7p), 2 lettuce leaves (16p), water
COST: £1.05

Snacks:
3 cups of green tea at work (free), 1/2 pack of dried mangos (1.25p), 2 handfuls of nut mix (1.29p)
COST: £2.54

Dinner:
Salad: 3 lettuce leaves (24p), 1/2 apple (20p), 2 tbsp capers (30p), 1 plum (25p), 1/2 avocado (30p), 1/2 cup of cucumber (4p), cheeze (16p), ginger (4p), lemon juice (13p), olive oil (21p), Bragg's liquid amino acids (5p)
COST: £1.92

TOTAL COST FOR THE DAY: £6.83 ($10.54, €7.91)

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Day 9 on Raw Foods

Breakfast:
Smoothie: 1 banana (29p), 1/2 apple (20p), 1 date (7p), 1 tbsp goji berries (21p), 1 tbsp hemp seeds (13p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 2 lettuce leaves (16p), stalk of celery (11p), water.
COST £1.34

Lunch:
Smoothie: 1/2 cup cucumber (4p), 1 banana (29p), 1/2 carrot (4p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 1 lettuce leaf (8p), 1 tbsp hemp seeds (13p), 1 tbsp linseeds (flax seeds) (12p), water.
COST: 87p

Snacks:
1/2 bag of mixed nuts (1.29p), 1/2 bag of dried mango (1.25p)
COST: £2.54

Dinner:
Salad: 1 lettuce leaf, 1/2 apple, 1/2 avocado, 1 tbsp capers, cayenne pepper, etc. (forgot to mark down).
COST: estimate £2

Evening (10.30pm):
Half a lemon with water (13p).

TOTAL SPENT ON RAW FOODS TODAY: £4.90 ($7.56, €5.67)

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Day 10, Raw Food Diet on a Budget

Brekkie:
Smoothie: 1 banana (29p), 1 date (7p), 1 tbsp goji berries (21p), 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (7p), 1/2 apple (20p), 1 tbsp hemp seed protein (13p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), water.
COST: £1.14

Lunch:
Smoothie: 1 tbsp hemp seeds (13p), 1 tbsp goji berries (21p), banana (29p), knob of ginger (3p), 1/2 apple (20p), 1 date (7p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 1/3 red bell pepper (21p), 1/4 teasp turmeric (2p), dash of cayenne pepper (2p), 2 cherry tomatoes (12p), pinch of pink Himalayan salt (5p), water.
COST: £1.52

Snacks:
3 green teas (free), 1 apple (40p), 1/3 cup cashew nuts (97p).
COST: £1.37

Dinner:
Cold soup: water, olive oil (63p), 1 lemon juice (26p), 1 lime juice (32p), 1/2 medium hot chilli (3p), 1 bunch coriander (1.20), big knob of ginger (6p), 1 tomato (15p), little bit of Daikon radish (6p), dried home-made celery powder (11p), 1/2 avocado (30p), 1/2 cup cashew nuts (1.46), soya sauce (4p).
COST: £4.62

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: £8.65 ($13.50, €10.07)

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Day 11 on Living Foods

Brekkie:
Smoothie: banana (29p), 2 broccoli florets (10p), 1 date (7p), 1 apple (40p), 1 tbsp hemp seeds (13p), 1 tbsp linseeds (12p), 1 teasp coconut oil (7p), water.
COST: £1.18

Lunch:
Smoothie: 1 banana (29p), 1 floret of broccoli (5p), 1 tsp coconut oil (17p), 1 tbsp linseeds (12p), 1 tbsp tbsp goji berries (21p), 1/2 apple (20p), water.
COST: £1.04

Snack:
1 green tea, 1/2 cup almonds (98p).

Dinner:
Corn chowder soup: 1.5 ears of sweet corn (75p), 2 dates (14p), water, 1/2 cup of cashew nuts (1.46), 1/2 cup olive oil (63p), cayenne pepper (4p), black pepper (2p), soya sauce (4p), pink Himalayan salt (2p), little bit of fresh coriander (10p), 1/2 avocado (30p).
COST: £3.50

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: £6.70 ($10.34, €7.72)

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Day 12, Raw Foods on a Budget (The cheapest day)

Friday

B:
Smoothie: 2 lettuce leaves (16p), banana (29p), a date (7p), 1/2 apple (20p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), water.
COST: 89p

L:
Smoothie: 1 lettuce leaf (8p), 1 banana (29p), 2 broccoli florets (10p), 1 teasp coconut oil (17p), 1 tbsp linseeds (12p), water.
COST: 76p

S:
3 green teas (free at work)

D:
Salad: 1 tomato (15p), 1 carrot (grated) (8p), 3 tbsp raisins (21p), plenty of cheeze (36p), some chopped green chilli (8p), 1 stalk celery (11p), 2 green lettuce leaves (16p), black pepper (5p), pink Himalayan salt (2p), olive oil (12p), lemon juice (13p), 1/2 avocado (30p).
COST: £1.77

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: £3.42 ($5.34, €3.98)

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Day 13, Living Food Diet

Saturday (was feeling very tired today)

B:
Smoothie: 2 dates (14p), 1 banana (29p), 2 lettuce leaves (16p), 1 tbsp goji berries (21p), 1 stalk celery (11p), 1 tbsp cacao nibs (11p), 1 tbsp flax seeds (12p), water.
COST: £1.14

L:
16 pieces of nori rolls* (£4.16)

S:
4 dates (28p), 4 green teas (80p)
COST: £1.08

D:
No dinner but 1/2 bottle of white wine (£1.99) mixed in with a small bottle of carbonated mineral water (Perrier) (69p).
COST: £2.68

(* Nori rolls: 2 sheets of nori seaweed (40p), 2 cups of grated daikon radish (30p), 1 tbsp wasabi powder (11p), soya sauce (9p), pink Himalayan salt (3p), 1 carrot (8p), 1 avocado (60p), 1 cup pumpkin seeds (93p), 1/2 cup cashew nuts (1.46), 2 tbsp grated ginger (10p), 1/4 red onion (too strong flavour for this recipe!) (4p), black pepper (2p). COST (16-pieces): £4.16)

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: £9.02 ($14.14, €10.54)

Day 14

Sunday

Breakfast:
Raw porridge: 2 cups of soaked oat groats (55p), 1 tbsp cinnamon (5p), 1 tbsp raisins (7p), 1/2 cup dates (42p), 1/3 cup almonds (66p), molasses sugar (8p).
COST: £1.83

Lunch:
Smoothie: 1/2 banana, 2 lettuce leaves, 2 dates, 1 stalk of celery, 1 tbsp goji berries, etc. (forgot to write down).
COST (estimate): £1.14

Snacks:
2 cups of green tea (40p), 1 glass of home-made water kefir (20p) with lemon juice (13p).
COST: 73p

Dinner:
Salad: 2 lettuce leaves (16p), 1 avocado (60p), 1/2 tomato (8p), home-made cheeze (12p), pink Himalayan salt (3p), black pepper (2p), 2 tbsp ginger (grated) (10p), 2 tbsp homegrown basil (2p), olive oil (21p), lime juice (16p), 1 stalk of celery (11p).
COST: £1.61

TOTAL FOR THE DAY: £5.31 ($8.29, €6.18)

Raw Food Diet on a Budget, Week 2 - Summary

Total for Week 2: £44.83 ($69.24, €51.90)
Average per day: £6.40 ($9.89, €7.41)

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