He got frustrated with me once when I told him how much his giant bowl of ice cream covered in M&Ms probably cost. He doesn't understand how, or why, I know how much servings of food cost.
To put this knowledge to good use, I thought I would see if I could disprove the myth that eating healthy is expensive. So, for your academic enjoyment:
- Popcorn (air popped) - .04/serving / Microwave Popcorn (Fastco) - .11/serving
- Oatmeal - .06/serving / Cereal - .25/serving
- Lettuce - <.10/serving / Ice Cream - .11/serving
- Pretzels - .10/serving / Cheez-Its - .22/serving
- Carrots - .10/serving / Chex Mix - .40/serving (.13-sale)
- Bananas - .17/each / Oreos - .17/serving
- Frozen Corn - .18/serving / M&Ms - .31/serving
- Cauliflower - .22/serving / Pop - .30/can (sale)
- Grapes and String Cheese - .26/serving / Hershey Bars - .55/each
- Apples - .28/each / Nutty Bars - .17/serving
- Oranges and Sweet Potatoes(small) - .30/each / Ruffles - .25/serving
- Pineapple - .41/serving / Hostess Cupcakes - .25/each
- Nectarines - .61/each / Bliss Chocolates - .50/serving
- Mango - .67/each / Pringles - .16/serving
There isn't a substantial difference, and there are plenty of "cheap" healthy foods to snack on, so hopefully this will help me and anyone else move towards some healthier snacking.
One thing I really noticed while figuring this list out, is serving sizes are not what you would think. For example, can you stop after one banana? Now can you stop after 3 oreos, because that's a serving size. And no one in my house has just 1/2 a cup of ice cream at a time. So these snack foods may be more convenient, but not necessarily cheaper.
Next time you think about buying a bag of chips, how about a dozen apples instead?