Day 3 of Live Below the Line
By Johanna Lees in New York City
Today’s meal plan from Kezia:
Breakfast – 2/3 cup oatmeal cooked in water with 1/2 banana
Lunch – 1 cup lentils with onion and tomato puree and 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 frozen banana with PB
Dinner – The same egg fried rice made with 1 cup brown rice, 1 shredded carrot, 1 egg and 2 tbsp soy sauce
I went into Day 3 feeling pretty carb-y and not particularly impressed, so I chose to have a little less than my allotted amount of oats. I mashed most of the banana in with the oatmeal to sweeten it; bananas are amazingly sweet! So breakfast was a success.
At lunch, I found a little tomato puree left over to go with my rice and lentils… which I managed to burn- very sad- so lunch was small. Today I am realising how black and white this issue of extreme poverty is. What I bought on Sundaynight is literally all the food for the week. If I burn my rice and can’t eat it, I can’t remake it, because that’s all there was. More than being hungry or carbed-out, its the consequences of having such limited means that are standing out to me on this challenge.
After my third egg-fried rice meal this week, I think it will be a while before I venture anywhere near it again! But I am really looking forward to those banana pancakes in the morning…
To read more about the Live Below the Line challenge or donate to the cause (thanks!) click here! Check back again tomorrow to see day 4! On the menu: pancakes!