Yesterday’s snow gave way to freezing rain and now the world is covered in a thick blanket of ice and I am on day two of no classes. This full can of sweet potato puree illustrates the current weather condition by resting atop 6 inches of ice-capped snow:
I really wanted another smoothie today because yesterday’s was awesome, but I’ve been getting hungry at night so I wanted to up my caloric intake earlier in the day. I attribute the late-night hunger to increased physical activity during the day. (Stew and I are dutifully tearing through Jillian Michael’s 6-Week Six Pack–a video I received free for review–which I’ll provide a full review of in five more weeks. You can find my preliminary review here. I usually only do these videos once for the write up, but a six-week workout deserves six of my weeks, so we’re going for it. See all 19 of my fitness DVD reviews on DVD Talk.)
I decided to forgo the glorious smoothie for oats primarily because I wanted to see how they stack up in a cost analysis. So let’s do that…
Sweet Potato Oats
- 1/2 c oats – $0.07
- 1/4 c sweet potato puree – $0.25
- 1/8 c raisins – $0.12
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup – $0.11
- 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter – $0.05
- cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, splash almond milk – $0.14*
Total for one bowl of oatmeal – $0.74
In On a Dollar a Day, the couple eats nothing but unflavored oatmeal for the entire monthlong experiment. I can see why; at just $0.07 per serving (and they probably found them cheaper in bulk), it’s an easy and affordable, albeit unappetizing (without mix-ins) way to eat in the morning.
*I don’t have prices for my spices purchased prior to this experiment. I used so little almond milk I didn’t take time to measure it to account for cost.