September 19, 2010
Unless you are a recluse, you probably have occasion to share a meal with friends. You will also have days when the pace of events finds you standing in line at a taco shack utterly devoid of self control. This day exemplifies what happens to good intentions and will power in the face of In-n-Out burgers and birthday cake.
Carnitas Taco with cheese and tomato
Total Daily Expenditure: $10.24
Drip Coffee with 1/2 cup milk
Vegetable and Tofu Curry
Carrots with Oyster Dip
Total Daily Expenditure: $10.42
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Raspberries
Bean and Cheese Burrito
Total Daily Expenditure: $11.54
Lesson Learned and Observations
Weekends are always a little wonky for us. If I have my way, I’ll sleep through breakfast and focus my energy on lunch when my feet finally hit the floor. Ed and Celia fend for themselves. We often grab fast food on obligatory Home Depot runs or just graze on whatever is laying around from the previous week.
On this particular Saturday, Ed took Celia to the beach and we all attended an afternoon birthday party for a 3-year-old daughter of dear friends. As a result you can see that there is NO rhyme or reason to the day’s food consumption. Simply put – we blew it big time.
For the sake of the experiment, I’ve assigned the cost of the party food – an inspired choice of In-n-Out burgers and birthday cake selected by the birthday girl. We were all over for the day brining our family total to $32.20.
In a word, our nutrition sucked. I managed to get my vegetables through a left over curry and some carrots on the party veggie tray. We all got our protein thanks to the deliciously decadent Double-Doubles. Celia found half of her milk serving in a Horchata – which might be taking liberties with the definition of “milk.” Look at Ed’s cholesterol and sodium levels. Need I say more?
All in all, this day serves to demonstrate how easily you can exceed your budget and still get close to no nutritional value. All of that aside, it was the best damn Double-double I’ve had in years.