One of the biggest challenges most people my age face fresh out of college may be one that many still in college are all too familiar with - a tight food budget. With rent, going out, credit card payments, going out, utilities, going out, and oh yeah, going out, the amount we have for food isn't always as generous as we may hope. Cheap ramen was a staple for many at school and for many continues to be to this day. That being said, we need to care for our bodies by eating nutritious food. Luckily, nutritious and budget friendly are not mutually exclusive qualities. Many foods will leave you full and give you your daily recommended values all while not breaking the bank - But not all foods are created equal. After collecting price and nutrition data for a variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, and more, I tried to make a tool to help people see what foods would best suit their needs. Thus this article, and a little tool called the Food Data Visualizer were born. What is this thing? Read on, find out, and download it yourself to play around with it.
For full disclosure, this post is not meant to be a nutritional guidebook. I am not a registered dietician nor do I claim to be a nutritional expert in any way, shape, or form. I'm just a guy who loves eating, occasionally enjoys playing around with data, and also recognizes that sometimes we need to balance eating well with eating healthy. With this in mind, this post and the downloadable food data visualizer are meant to help people who are and have been in a similar situation to me-people who want help in figuring out what I should be eating to match my dietary goals.