I don't think $200 a month is ridiculously low to eat. My wife and I don't spend a a lot more than that.
Right, I admitted that it's possible
, if you don't particularly care about your health. You can easily fill yourself with cheap, processed carbs for less than $200/month. Rice, pasta, noodles, and Kraft Dinner will get the job done for pennies, but it's not "healthy."
Healthy stuff just does not cost much. Meat is expensive
OK, so we clearly have different philosophies on what constitutes "healthy," because to me, what you just wrote was a contradiction. How can "healthy stuff" be cheap if meat is expensive?
In my eyes, meat is healthy
, but it is also expensive.
I eat very healthy. So it's important to me that every meal (yes, including breakfast) includes protein. My breakfast today is an English muffin sandwich, made with scrambled egg and honey maple ham. Supper last night was homemade cannelonis, made from ground beef, pork, and veal. Lunch today will be Turkey a la King, made with leftover turkey from Christmas.
These are all healthy, delicious, and expensive
Well, certainly cheaper than buying pre-made, frozen, or restaurant versions of the same meals, but nevertheless, they cost a buck or two per serving.
but rice, veggies, and so forth are cheap!
Right, but a diet comprised entirely of rice and veggies is not healthy
. Is it cheap? Yes. Will it fill you up? Yes. Is it healthy? No.
We try to eat healthy so we don't eat a lot of meat
Again, that just does not compute for me. That's like saying, "we don't like to be wet, so we spend a lot of time in the ocean." It just doesn't make sense.
Meat is healthy. It's an unbeatable source of protein. So build it into your budget and be healthy.