Reader Food Diary: Kendra’s Food & Spend

This guest post is part of our Reader Diaries series.


I’m Kendra from Tucson, AZ. I have a 6-year-old daughter, Sophie. I enjoy cooking, baking and reading, and Sophie does gymnastics and loves to read and write. I try to eat as much real food as possible but I’m definitely not perfect at it. Sophie’s been taking lunches from home since she started school. The 100 Days of Real Food blog has been a huge inspiration and help for me to be able to do that. I get lots of recipes and inspiration from various food blogs I come across, and using anything coconut is my favorite.
Reader Diary: Kendra’s Food & Spend

Reader Diaries Contest

As Lisa mentioned in her last “A Week with the Leake’s” post, we also want to hear what you’re eating at your house! Inspired by a “Cash Confessional” series on a website here in Charlotte, she thought it’d be fun to ask you to share not only what you are eating but how much you are spending on food for your family. We are still accepting entries and would love to hear from you!

All you have to do is submit what food you ate and purchased for one week and, if you are chosen to be featured, we’ll send you $50 to spend on groceries plus two signed 100 Days of Real Food cookbooks (one of each).

View the entry form here

Day 1

Breakfast: Berry smoothie with almond milk, kale, parsley and mint.berry smoothie

Lunch: Coconut quinoa with kale and mango.Coconut quinoa with kale and mango Dinner: Cacao banana smoothie with almond milk and flaxseed.
Snacks: Apple and 4 small squares 85% dark chocolate.
Drinks: Lemon water with apple cider vinegar, ginger green tea with lemon, and lemon ginger water.

Groceries for the week (family of two): $41.30

Day 2

Breakfast: Two raw flaxseed pancakes with homemade blackberry sauce and shredded coconut.flaxseed pancakes with homemade blackberry sauce and shredded coconut

Lunch: Red lentil soup topped with plain greek yogurt and a Babybel cheese.Red lentil soup topped with plain greek yogurt and a Babybel cheese Dinner: Naan pizza with salami.Naan pizza with salami Drinks: Water and cold brew coffee with whole milk. Sparkling mango soda to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Day 3

Breakfast: Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce and a banana.Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce Lunch: Bacon cheeseburger with onions, bell pepper, jalapenos, and bbq sauce from 5 Guys restaurant (also considered a treat) $13.11.
Dinner: Turkey and muenster cheese roll and hint of jalapeno chips with homemade avocado salsa verde (two treats in one day since it was New Years Day-chips).
Snacks: Protein ball (oats, honey, pb, and shredded coconut).
Drinks: Water with lemon and coffee with cream and coconut milk.

Day 4

Breakfast: Pina colada smoothie (almond milk, pineapple, kale, cucumber, and coconut oil).Pina colada smoothie (almond milk, pineapple, kale, cucumber, and coconut oil)

Lunch: Red lentil soup.
Dinner: Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce and bananas. Roasted red potatoes with homemade garlic cumin aioli.Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce and bananas. Roasted red potatoes with homemade garlic cumin aioli Drinks: Ginger green tea with lemon and water with lemon.

Day 5

Breakfast: Two raw flaxseed pancakes with homemade blackberry sauce and bananas.raw flaxseed pancakes with homemade blackberry sauce and bananas
Lunch: Red lentil soup and roasted red potatoes and broccoli.
Dinner: Green chili chicken enchiladas.
Snacks: Pineapple, protein ball (oats, honey, pb, and shredded coconut).
Drinks: Ginger green tea with lemon and a coconut latte from a local coffee shop. $9.07

Ginger green tea with lemon and a coconut latte

Day 6

Breakfast: Smoothie with almond milk, kefir, banana, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, and kale.Smoothie with almond milk, kefir, banana, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, and kale Lunch: Coconut quinoa with kale and roasted red potatoes and broccoli.Coconut quinoa with kale and roasted red potatoes and broccoli Dinner: 1/2 whole-wheat bagel with egg, muenster cheese, turkey, and homemade salsa verde.1/2 whole-wheat bagel with egg, muenster cheese, turkey, and homemade salsa verde Snacks: Apple, two cuties.
Treats: Handful of caramel corn my grandma made.
Drinks: Water with lemon.

Day 7

Breakfast: Smoothie with almond milk, banana, pineapple, cucumber, kale, and flaxseed.
Lunch: Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce. Roasted red potatoes and broccoli with homemade garlic cumin aioli.
Dinner: Vanilla quinoa with homemade blueberry sauce and shredded coconut.Vanilla quinoa with homemade blueberry sauce and shredded coconut Snacks: Apple, muenster cheese and salami roll.
Drinks: Ginger green tea with lemon and coffee with cream and coconut milk.

Reader Diary: Final Thoughts

For the week, I spent $63.48 on groceries for my family.

I eat a lot of the same thing over and over in a week since it’s just me and my daughter. I tried a couple of new recipes this week, red lentil soup and vanilla quinoa, that were both delicious. Trying to remember to write everything down and take pictures was a challenge, but I’m happy to share.

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12 thoughts on “Reader Food Diary: Kendra’s Food & Spend”

  1. I love seeing what other people eat! Thank you for sharing these posts and please keep them coming. It inspires a lot of creativity and thinking outside the box. But I have to say, seeing the super small portions makes me realize how much I eat by comparison!

  2. It’s great to see other healthy moms out there. Everything looked yummy for your week! I need to learn how to make yummy quinoa recipes.

  3. Thank you for so much great info. on your blog! I’m currently doing the 16-week challenge and enjoying the extra fruits and vegetables this week! This was great to see how a mom incorporated this into her life.

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