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 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).
Breakfast: Berry smoothie with almond milk, kale, parsley and mint.
Lunch: 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
Breakfast: Two raw flaxseed pancakes with homemade blackberry sauce and shredded coconut.
Lunch: Red lentil soup topped with plain greek yogurt and a Babybel cheese. Dinner: Naan pizza with salami. Drinks: Water and cold brew coffee with whole milk. Sparkling mango soda to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Breakfast: Whole-wheat french toast with homemade blackberry sauce and a banana. 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.
Breakfast: 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. Drinks: Ginger green tea with lemon and water with lemon.
Breakfast: Two 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
Breakfast: Smoothie with almond milk, kefir, banana, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, and kale. Lunch: 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. Snacks: Apple, two cuties.
Treats: Handful of caramel corn my grandma made.
Drinks: Water with lemon.
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. 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.