Eating and drinking on $1.75 a day is not something many of us have ever considered. That’s the Canadian equivalent of the extreme poverty line, an amount that 1.2 billion people around the world must live on daily for all their needs.
The Live Below the Line Challenge, which kicked off today (April 27), aims to bring awareness to those living in extreme poverty by encouraging participants to eat and drink on $1.75 a day for 5 days (April 27 to May 1, 2015).
Many Canadians are taking the Live Below the Line challenge and to help them along we’ve put together a few practical tips for cooking on a budget.
From Odette Hutchings, Canada Campaign Manager and past participant:
Plan ahead: Create a meal plan and a list before doing your grocery shopping and try to do one big shop.
Be sure to pick up some low cost proteins such as: eggs, beans, soy-based protein, lentils and steel cut oats. These proteins are versatile and will help keep you full. Odette topped her steel-cut oats with a sprinkle of cinnamon and banana which tastes delicious and will keep you satisfied and full throughout the morning.
Beans and lentils are also versatile and can be mixed well with different flavors to keep things interesting throughout the challenge week.
When you get home from grocery shopping, divide the food out into individual meals to ensure you don’t run out throughout the week.
From Chef Trevor Bird, co-owner/head chef of Fable restaurant and runner-up on season 2 of Top Chef Canada:
Research and plan: The more prep work you do, the less processed food you buy, the more successful you’ll be and the less it will cost you.
Stock up on vinegar, which always makes everything taste better, just like salt does.
Trevor also recommends buying whole vegetables — carrots, onions, eggplant, cauliflower, sweet potato — which can be chopped, sprinkled with salt and roasted.
Rice and pasta are inexpensive, especially if you make the pasta yourself with an egg and flour.
Shop with coupons and look for produce that’s marked down because it’s close to its sell-by date.
For even more tips and easy recipes that cost just cents a day, click here.
Live Below the Line is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an organization that envisions a world without extreme poverty by 2030. More than 30,000 people in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada have taken the challenge and raised in excess of $10 million for anti-poverty organizations. Information on signing up for or donating to the challenge is available at their website here.