30-Day SNAP Challenge: Mind over matter

      By Valencia

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Last week, I was a little bummed. I was tired and quite honestly, burned out. But, after a good weekend workout my energy has been rekindled.

      I have made my second and last grocery store trip for the 30-day challenge.

      At the beginning of the challenge, I chose to split my $131.38 SNAP budget in half and I'm{}so glad I did. {}This go around I have a lot more left over food to couple with new items. For instance, I still have a ton of eggs and fish, as well as a few snacks and breakfast items, including{}nuts, oatmeal, and sliced turkey.

      So, here's what I bought:

      1. Boneless chicken thighs
      2. Broccoli
      3. Carrots (1 bag)
      4. Canned tomatoes (2)
      5. Canned beans (2)
      6. Whole wheat, flax and oat bran pita bread
      7. Mini sweet peppers
      8. Ground turkey (1Lb)
      9. Special K cereal (Large box)
      10. Soy Milk
      11. Special K protein shakes (8 ct)
      12. Chicken broth
      13. Honey
      14. Total for this trip: $50.25

      Total for the month = $113.59. That's about $17 under budget!

      I've already made a chicken and rice casserole to last me a couple days. I made it with brown rice, peppers, broccoli and carrots. And I plan to re-make turkey chili since it came out so well. And, try stuffed chicken or turkey pita sandwiches for lunch.

      The other days I'll plan as I go along. Dinner options will probably include:

      • Baked tilapia and honey glazed carrots
      • Chicken stir fry
      • Whole wheat pasta and sauted veggies