What I Ate In A Day (Plant-based & Budget Friendly)

I never usually do ‘What I ate in a day’ posts. Most of the time I post a photo of my breakfast on instagram then I just raid my fridge and throw something onto the plate and call it lunch/ dinner (that’s why I also don’t have many lunch/ dinner recipes on my blog).

But today I want to show you what I ate. There is no added sugar or sweeteners in any of the food and it only cost £2.

£2 challenge

Did you know that it costs £2 to feed and clothe a child in Zambia every day. Did you also know that I spend more than £2 on coffee or other random treats, like a snack pot of fruit, every day!! But not today!!

Today I took part in the £2 challenge with Voucherbox.co.uk and Zamcog. In exchange for this post Voucherbox will donate £50, which will go directly to the Shitima School in Zambia. I think that it’s a great cause and I was happy to challenge myself  to budget my meals today.



Breakfast: Banana & Persimmon Porridge = 38p

40g Aldi porridge oats (4p), ½ banana and 1 persimmon from the Moor Market (5p + 20p), 10g flax seeds – I wanted to use my ones from Aldi, but it has goji berries in and I’m not eating dried fruit as part of Sugar Free February, so I used a little packet of Linwoods flax seeds that I got free from the last Health Bloggers Community meet up… but I don’t think the point of the challenge is to eat free food, so I will add the price on the Aldi flax seeds (9p)

Rating: 6/10 – I meant to mash the banana into the oats while I was cooking them (like in this recipe), which would have made the porridge nicer but I totally forgot. Usually I also like to add plant-based milk and superfood powders into my porridge to make it super tasty, but they were beyond the budget.


Lunch: Sweet potato & beans (66.3p)

½ can Aldi butterbeans (16.5p), ½ can Aldi chopped tomatoes (17p), 100g Waitrose frozen chopped spinach (15p), 1 Aldi sweet potato (17.8p).

Rating: 6/10. I love sweet potato and I’m happy that I managed to get in some greens. Although I had to buy chopped spinach because it was the cheapest and it looked weird when it was mixed into the tomato sauce. I usually like to buy organic fresh spinach. I’d also usually add herbs and chilli powder, but I can do without for one day.


Dinner: Carrot & Red lentil soup (33.6p)

200g Aldi carrots (8.6p), 1/2 cauliflower from the Moor Market (15p), 30g dry red lentils bought in bulk from Amazon (7p), ½ stick Celery from Beanies (3p), 1 tbsp curry powder (5p), water.

Rating: 7/10. Tasted okay –I’m pleased I put the lentils in for added texture and protein.


Treat: Hot chocolate (30.7p)

I added up my total for the day and it came to under £1.50!! So I decided to have a treat of hot chocolate made with 1 tbsp Aldi cocoa powder (6.7p), 200ml Dairy Free Dream Rice Milk (24p) and hot water.

Rating 7/10: Luckily rice milk is quite sweet so this wasn’t too add without any other added sweetener. Usually I would use cacao powder, but that can be expensive.



Camomile tea: 2p


TOTAL = rounded up to £1.71


I’m so proud of myself!

I chose filling ingredients such as oats, beans and potato so I didn’t get hungry and I budgeted really well so I could still fit in a treat at the end of the day.

This does go to show though that cooking from scratch is more economical. My lunch and treat were expensive because they were out of packets, where as the soup was a lot cheaper.



I’ve shown you what I ate in a day.

Bloggers – I invite you to take part in the Voucherbox.co.uk and Zamcog £2 challenge and show me what you eat.

What do you think will be on the menu?






  1. February 9, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Challenge excepted as Barney would say it in HIMYM 🙂

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 9, 2017 / 9:30 am

      Amazing, I will look out for your post 🙂 No pressure if other things get in the way though. Usually I have good intentions but then don’t always manage to do things.

  2. February 9, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Well done on the challenge-such a great cause! we love Aldi and buy most of my families groceries. Have saved a lot by shopping here! Soup is a great cheap and healthy filler too!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 9, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I have a few posts in a series called ‘plantbased on a budget’ which are all made of ingredients from Aldi, it really is the cheapest place!

  3. February 9, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I have been so happy to see so many bloggers taking part in the challenge and raising money for Zambia. It is such a worthy cause and it really makes you stop and think about how much we can spend on little things throughout the day and how many children that money can feed in Zambia. It really is a challenge to try to eat for a day on that amount but it can be done with careful planning.

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 9, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      I think I found out about the challenge through the facebook group, but I couldn’t remember who posted it.
      As long as I have some money in the bank I hardly ever stop to think about how much I spend on food. My brain is thinking of so many other things I just can’t add meal planning to the list!

  4. February 9, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I love that you did this challenge! Also, sweet potatoes are my favorite!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 9, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Aren’t they the best!! I think I eat them at least every other day.

  5. February 9, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    That is amazing that you had a good meal for less than £2 a day and I do like sweet potatoes and butter beans xx

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 9, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      I was quite surprised as well. It helps that I have an aldi and a market where I can get cheap fruit/veggies close to my house!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Jemma. I’m so lucky to live near a market with cheap fruit and veggies.

  6. February 10, 2017 / 9:47 am

    It really shows you that you don’t need to spend loads on food, but I don’t think I could do this for more than a few days x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Agreed, I’m in awe of people who can make a meal plan and stick to it!

  7. February 10, 2017 / 10:19 am

    I’ve seen quite a few people doing this challenge. i think it’s great that you did it x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks Hannah 🙂

  8. February 10, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Well done on doing the challenge! I really need to make a more conscious effort to spend less on food and not be so wasteful x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Hey Stephanie. Thanks 🙂 I am totally the same. I find it’s just so easy to get carried away when you go food shopping, especially when they have an offer on!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Yay amazing. I don’t usually plan my meals so it was a bit difficult, but worth it.

  9. February 10, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Awww this is amazing, I have read a few other blog posts that talk about this amazing challenge and its all for a great cause!! Amazing and thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. February 10, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Well done on the challenge! Thats pretty impressive! We’re big fans of porridge and sweet potato so might try and do this!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 10, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks. Porridge is so cheap and filling 🙂 I hope you enjoy the challenge if you do it.

  11. February 11, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Great to hear you rose to the challenge. Your lunch sounds delicious. I am going to make this.

  12. February 11, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    What a great post and it is so amazing to hear that you could eat as well as you did for such a small amount of money. I love how the challenge is raising money for a great cause too! x

  13. February 12, 2017 / 12:24 am

    I really want to take part in this challenge! Such a worthy cause!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2017 / 9:13 am

      You should go for it.

  14. February 12, 2017 / 10:22 am

    This is absolutely a great ideas, Glad that you share this with us, I should try this

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 12, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks Angela.

  15. glamglitzgloss
    February 12, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    What a great challenge, I am always complaining about the cost of lunch so I should definitely give this a try

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Hahaha – it can be so expensive if you eat out!! I’m a sucker for avocado on toast at lunch, which isn’t cheap!

  16. February 12, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    You’ve inspired me this week! I’m going to rejig my meal plan and see if I can add any of these in!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Oooh amazing! They’re all really easy to make.

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Awww, thank you 🙂 I’m so glad I did it!
      Probably not so much of a challenge feeding just me than if I was feeding a family as well.

  17. February 13, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I’ve seen a few people do this challenge and it’s so interesting what you can get for £2! xo

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 13, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Hey Rachel, I’ve really enjoyed seeing how other people have approached it as well 🙂

  18. February 22, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Thank you for your post! We will be donating £50 to Zamcog which will feed, educate and clothe an at-risk child in Zambia for 1 month.

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