Global Solidarity Challenge - Toronto Edition by @AliaK_

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           Toronto is a city that can be described by many words; fun, exciting, busy, crowded...inexpensive is not one of them though. The difficulty with doing the Global Solidarity Challenge in Toronto is that the price of food can be quite high, especially when shopping at chain grocery stores like Loblaws or Metro. My regular weekly grocery shop for two people usually consists of lots of produce, a protein for every meal and good hearty and healthy breakfast items. On food alone we can spend up to $100/week!

A regular weekly grocery shop (excluding meat)

For the week of the Global Solidarity Challenge I will be cutting my weekly grocery spend by nearly 98% in order to live on $1.25 a day. My secret to eating healthy, eating enough and staying on budget is shopping locally at a nearby Chinese supermarket. 

bags of rice
zucchini on special!

My Global Solidarity Shop:

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Green onion
  • Yams
  • Bok choy
  • Bean sprouts
  • Rice noodles
  • Zucchini 
  • Garlic

My first meal of the challenge (and my lunch the next day) is  a simple stirfry with rice noodles ($0.41), zucchini ($0.61), green onion ($0.07), garlic ($0.02) and bok choy ($0.09). With my banana ($0.14) for breakfast I'm at a grand total of $1.34 for all food for a day. Only 9 cents over my budget

This delicious meal is filled with greens, has tons of flavour and is unbelievably filling. I consider myself a bit of a foodie (you can see many of my food pics over on Instagram) and this week means a lot less variation in my diet which is a big change. With 5 and a half days to go, I'm going to have to get creative!


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  1. Kaila and Adrienne, I am gobbling this blog up like the delicious food you are making. You are helping me become so much more aware of the differences and similarities in your respective cities and I admire you for it. Looking forward to more entries! -Sash