They say ‘you are what you eat’, yet I don’t remember eating a lazy, borderline alcoholic. A recent survey showed that 46% of fresher’s miss their mums cooking -and when you have spent the first week away from home, either inebriated or hungover and incapable of mustering up anything more advanced that toast, it’s not hard to see why…
The Daily Mail recently printed the headline, ‘The average student gains two stone in the first year of university’, or as it is more commonly known ‘the fresher’s fifteen’.
- However, according to research conducted by health- shake brand Herbalife three-quarters of UK students say they are eating three balanced meals a day and 72% classify themselves as healthy.
So are students busting the myth that you can’t eat healthily on a budget? Here are four tips to fight the weight gain and still have enough money to go out at the end of the week because, after all, life is about balance.
Budget a weekly shop
Set one day a week aside to do a big food shop and plan out your meals. As boring as this sounds it will end up cheaper and healthier. You won’t even have to think about what you have to make for dinner and it will save those dangerous trips to Tesco where you go in with the intention of spending £5 and come out £10 poorer and half the confectionary isle.
While going to your supermarket is convenient, check out your local butchers and greengrocers too. They will sometimes do cheap deals and produce is fresh. A friend regularly buys enough meat to stock up the whole freezer for just £20- an offer any carnivore cannot pass up. There are often fruit and veg at local market stools too, so its definitely worth a trip there.
The secret everyone needs to know about, and frozen veg can be just as good as fresh. We have all had that one flat mate who leaves veg in the back of the fridge until it is shrivelled and ceases to resemble what it once was. Frozen veg is really cheap, can be bought in bulk and has the same nutritional value.
Use the internet
As a student you probably already spend 80% of your day on a computer anyway- pretending to do work and watching cat videos. There are so many websites and blogs out there specifically aimed at students with loads of recipes, so use them. This will keep meal times interesting and prevent the four day ‘pesto pasta’ slump.
Eating healthily on a budget can be difficult when Deliveroo, Just Eat and Hungry House is so much more convenient, but cooking healthy meals can be quicker and cheaper than you think. It will not only make you feel better but when you have those extra pounds to buy that top you’ve been eyeing up or get an extra round at the pub, it can be really rewarding.
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