Live for just £1 a day: Day one – Porridge, pita and vegetable soup

By Jess Wilson

It’s day one of my seven day challenge to live on just seven pounds.

You can find out how is was cohersed into making the decision here.


Breakfast: porridge with milk

Lunch: 1 pita and hummus

Dinner: carrot, coriander and lentil soup.

Normally I would turn my nose up at long-life milk, but it actually tastes alright in porridge. I have porridge pretty much every morning, mainly because it’s one of the only things that keeps me full until lunch-time, but also because it is so good for you.

The carbohydrates in oats keep energy levels high and so keep concentration levels at a high throughout the morning. Oats are also high in Vitamin B6, which increases something called serotonin – a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) which is responsible for making us feel happy and well.

So eating porridge in the morning can make us feel happy and focused. Definitely a good thing on a Monday morning.

I had a quick look in the shop on my way to the bus and most cereal bars were priced at around 70p, so if I had been in a rush, a convenience breakfast could have taken a huge chunk out of my daily budget.

My alternative option would have been a 25p doughnut… and I didn’t fancy that!


For lunch I had one pita and hummus. I was starving by lunch time and really could have done with two, but after staring longingly at the packet for a good ten minutes I realised a rash decision could cost me a whole meal later in the week.

I don’t normally buy readymade hummus, mainly because I’m a strong believer that if you can make something yourself, then it’s bound to be better.

And hummus is so easy to make, it always seems silly to me to buy it. However buying tahini, chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, salt and olive oil was potentially going to blitz my budget.

So I resorted to buying package hummus. And I must say, it wasn’t too bad at all. Not sure how I will feel about it on Friday after having it for lunch for 5 days in a row.

For supper, I made a lentil, carrot and coriander soup.

I used half an onion, one carrot, two handfuls of lentils and a handful of coriander. Considering I used no oil to fry up the veg, nor any stock, it tasted pretty good.

I have lost the lid to my blender – I have a sneaky feeling that someone has broken it and not told me yet, so I couldn’t blend the soup.

But I’m actually really glad I didn’t because I think I needed the chunkiness of it.

Admittedly, I did have two bowls this size.

Update 10pm: I went into the supermarket about ten minutes ago just to see what I could have had for dinner if I was doing my shopping daily.

And today’s option was either two peppered steak slices or two cheese and onion pastries. I think cheap pastry is one of the worst things in the world ever.

I also hate that you never really know what’s inside shop-bought pies, and that they tend to be quite tasteless and high in nasty things.

Tomorrow I will be giving you my second day on £1 so be sure to find out how you can survive for a little, rather than a lot.


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