While trying to balance one’s academic and social lives in university, not to mention squeezing in some shut-eye in there as well, healthy eating seems not to be at the top of the priorities list. I mean, it’s so tempting to simply grab that Blue Chips cookie in between breaks. Healthy eating just takes too much…effort. Right? It’s actually not that hard. Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy, while keeping to a student budget as well.
- Substitute unhealthy snacks with veggies and fruits. Instead of grabbing that cookie, chocolate muffin or bag of chips, pack a box of carrot sticks, a banana or an apple. Fruits and veggies offer nutrients that are easy and quick to absorb, leaving you more energetic for the next class or study session. For a more filling snack, pack a salad where you get to be creative and throw in all sorts of nuts and dried fruits too
- Subs, sandwiches, and wraps. Subs, sandwiches, and wraps are the healthiest (and easiest) lunches to pack. Fill yours with lots of vegetables (spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.) and any sort of meat you like (chicken breast and turkey slices are always good choices, as well as slices of beef and even smoked salmon). To be extra healthy, go for multigrain or sourdough. You can even throw in some not so typical ingredients (my favourite is cranberries and fried eggs in a wrap).
- Drink lots of water. While coffee, tea or energy drinks seem like logical choices during exam season, and a bottle of pop or juice looks more preferable during other times, water can never be substituted by any other drink. Always bring with you a large water bottle that can be filled up anywhere around campus. For a tint of flavour (and a splash of color), add slices of lemon or lime, a handful of mint, slices of cucumber or even mashed raspberries or strawberries.
- Make your own pastries. Baking can be a great way to relax after a long day at school or during exam season. Further more, by making your own cookies, muffins or bread, you get to decide what ingredients to and not to put in there. Switch out whole wheat with multi grain flour, cut the amount of sugar and butter needed, and replace chocolate chips with nuts or dried fruits. On top of that, buying pastries from campus cafes can add up, while making your own saves a lot.