Purchasing a gallon of generic whole milk and drinking 2-3 cups per day will give the individual complete proteins, more calcium/vitamin d, simple sugars, and potassium. I decided to choose whole milk because it would double the caloric value for the same cost and the fat in milk is not as unhealthy as the fat found in fried foods. Lastly, eating a can of tuna for $1 provides the person with extra complete proteins and slightly more omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients. Throw in 2 multivitamin/multiminerals taken with food and water, split up into 2 times throughout the day to help fill any micronutrient gaps for about 25 cents. Any fruits and vegetables would also be cheap additions and further improve the nutritional value of this diet. Water of course should be plentiful and free from public fountains in many areas (at least in the United States) and 64-80 ounces should be ingested daily.
Meal Plan Outline:
Breakfast: 1 Cup 100% Rolled Oats, 8-12 oz whole milk, 1 Scoop Peanut Butter, 1 Multivitamin
Snack: 1 Apple, Orange, or Banana
Lunch: 1 Cup 100% Rolled Oats, 1 Can of Tuna
Snack : 8-12 oz whole milk
Dinner: 1 Cup 100% Rolled Oats, 8-12 oz whole milk, 1 Scoop Peanut Butter, 1 Multivitamin
Water throughout the day!
Estimated Daily Calories: 1600 Calories
Estimated Daily Cost: $5