Healthy eating in college can be tricky on a budget, but just because you have little money doesn’t mean you have to eat food with little nutritional value. With these few handy tips and hints, healthy eating in college can be easy …
1. Make a list
If you make a list when you go shopping, you are less likely to be tempted by expensive, unnecessary items. On a side note, eat before you go shopping so you don’t have the impetus to buy and stick to your shopping list.
2. Plan your meals
If you plan your meals for the week, you know what to put on your shopping list and it will motivate you to cook for the evening. Meals need not be difficult. Look for light recipes online.
3. Buy value ingredients
Just because ingredients are in the value range doesn’t mean they aren’t as good. The vegetables may have different shapes and sizes, but they will all taste the same in the end. People who shop with their eyes instead of their heads are the main reason why supermarkets can charge more for standardized, vegetable.
4. Keep an eye on your purchase
If you have a freezer, shopping is easy. If something is to buy, get one for free, eat one and freeze the other. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the approval section, although the food may end up in a day or two, if you freeze it, it can last for months.
5. Buy cans
Fruit may be expensive and go off quickly, but tinned fruit will last for months and is still just as good for you. It’s a good snack, try it with a frozen yogurt. You can also buy canned vegetables – pay attention to what fruits and vegetables are preserved in, however, avoid salted water and syrup and look for those stored in water or their own juice.
6. Frozen foods
Frozen vegetables actually hold their nutritional value better than fresh and are far more convenient, they will also last longer, so take advantage of buying larger packages as they are generally more economical.
7. Drink water
While hitting the fizzy drinks can be tempting, your body needs water, especially if it’s been put through the war with alcohol! Water is healthy and free, so try drinking 7 – 8 glasses a day.
8. Eat breakfast
Eating breakfast stops you feeling hungry during the day and preventing bleeding during lectures. Breakfast does exactly what it says on the tin, it breaks down quickly, so be sure to grab something in the morning (even if you’re running late!) It doesn’t have to be a cooked meal, keep some fruits and cereal well to shed your bag on the way to lectures.
9. Healthy snacks
Often people fall down when they have an energy relationship and hand over the chocolate or other naughty snacks. Keeping some healthy snacks on you is a great way to avoid sugar cravings, fruits and vegetables is a great option, of course, but if you need something a little more interesting, try taking some vegetable chips instead.
A varied diet is important for health and to prevent you from being bored. Try something new every week to keep your diet interesting. Variety is the spice of life!
Follow these simple guidelines, and healthy eating in college can really be a breeze.