£1 a Day Food Challenge – Update

Wowzers this year is going so fast. I cannot believe it is January 9th already. It’s been a long week. What have I been doing with my week? Eating. Nothing new there. This girl loves to eat. I’ve tried my very best to photograph all of the food that I have made and eaten this week in the collage above however I have missed out a few awesome things. I’ve been playing in the kitchen a lot more this week as it is just so darn fun and wayyyy cheaper to cook for yourself. I had a huge haul of super delicious ripe organic bananas from the free bin at work so I’ve been having smoothies for breakfast and best of all, banana bread. I shall post my recipe at the end of this post as I perfected it this week. It is such a great high energy snack to have pre- or post- workout, it can be a great breakfast snack for those days when you get out of bed 10 minutes before you leave the house and it is just goddamn delicious to have on an evening with a brew. I also baked bread rolls (one photographed in the photo with the tomato soup in the blue bowl). I love to bake bread so much, this was the first time I’ve made bread since my shoulder operation as kneading is a pretty good upper body workout!

I have had some delicious soups made by the amazing Lou at work this week. My absolute favourite was the borscht she made, so so good. I adore beets. I’ve had some super sweet delicious smoothies and juices with the free fruit from work. I made daal, falafels, stir fry and vegan pizzas.

I got some amazing free food from work this week including; carrots, purple sprouting brocolli, falafels, bananas, apples, salad, soy milk powder. My friend works at the organic wholesalers so he brought over a huge box of mouldy tomatoes for me yesterday which I sorted through, washed and roasted on a low heat for 3 hours last night ready for me to make some super delicious tomato soup today.

What have I spent on food this week? Have I managed to stick to my £1 a day budget?

Yes! I am within budget. So far this year I have spent a mere £7.78 on food (today is January 9th).

What have I spent my £7.78 on?

  • 95p on organic soy milk from work (with my 20% discount)
  • £4.50 at the organic wholesalers on 2.5kg potatoes, 2 lemons, red onions, ginger and turmeric
  • £2.33 in Aldi on sunflower oil (99p), 1.5kg flour (45p), caster sugar (89p)

My food waste has been absolute minimum this week as I have really appreciated the cost of food, both monetary and the energy that has gone in to produce it. I also seem to have produced way less landfill and recycling this week compared to usual. This is a huge unexpected bonus as I am slowly trying to become zero waste. Baby steps.

Have I found anything difficult? Yes. I love to stop and grab a vanilla soy latte on my way to work when I am on a late shift. I have been missing those! I have had like zero chocolate this week apart from hot cocoa on an evening and I haven’t missed / craved / through about it at all. My friend brought me a bag or raw chocolate mulberries yesterday which are my favourite, thank you 😀

So as promised here is my recipe.

Super Cheap Delicious Vegan Banana Bread


  • 4 over ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1tbsp chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
  • 1.5 cup plain flour
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C, grease and flour a loaf tin
  2. Blend or mash together the first 5 ingredients
  3. Sieve in the rest of the ingredients and fold until smooth
  4. Pour / scrape into loaf tin and bake for 30-40 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool and enjoy!

Simples. Let me know if you try this, it really is so simple and tasty and a great way to use up over ripe bananas. The original recipe didn’t include the flax or chia so you can omit those if you don’t have any but it will result in a more moist and less cakey bake. Both ways are good though.

What have you guys been eating this week? Do you have any tips to reduce food cost?

Hope you are all having an amazing 2015!

Olivia ♥


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