The day you embark on a university course can often mean your first real time away from home. This can be a tricky time, especially to stay healthy, as students are always targeted for cheap meal deals. Keeping a healthy lifestyle as a student will help you to stay focused. It’s not as hard as you think- I’m living proof you can do it! Stay tuned as I’m going to be sharing with you easy, healthy recipes with minimum of fuss and, more importantly, how to stay healthy on a student budget. Here are my top ten tips to get you started:
1. Buy in bulk
Especially things like oats, rice, quinoa, nuts, and pulses. It’s so much more cost effective and they last forever.
2. Buy in season
Not only does this make your food shopping cheaper- in season food also tastes so much better and hasn’t been flown in from the other side of the world!
3. Buy frozen
There are some foods like peas, sweetcorn, and berries that I pretty much always buy frozen. It’s convenient, cheaper, and frozen berries make amazing smoothies and ice cream!
4. Find your local farmers market and make friends
After I found my local market I almost never bought fruit from the supermarket again. It’s so much cheaper, friendlier, and if you make friends you might even get some freebies out of it! I certainly did!
5. Use supermarket loyalty schemes
Collect points, go where it’s cheapest, find offers online, and with some supermarkets you can even exchange loyalty vouchers for money off your next shop.
6. Make batches that last for days
Especially during exam time I would make a huge pot of curry or chili, and store it in Tupperware boxes in the fridge for the next 2 or 3 days. The next evening I then had a delicious meal ready to eat in less than 5 minutes.
7. Don’t buy expensive moisturiser or conditioner
Coconut oil is all you will ever need. Trust me; it’ll be your new best friend!
8.Sign up for the uni gym
It’s usually so much cheaper than other gyms and everyone there is the same age. If you can’t afford the gym then you can still get your sweat on! Go running outside in the fresh air, and use YouTube to do yoga and Pilates classes in the comfort of your own room at no cost.
9. Non-organic is fine too
I’m firmly of the belief that buying a large variety of non-organic fruits and vegetables is better than only being able to buy only one or two organic due to lack of funds. Sure there are some vegetables where it is better to buy organic, but it’s not the end of the world if you can’t afford it. Just the fact that you’re buying fruits and vegetables means you’re already doing great.
10. Find a buddy – this is so important!
Whether it’s someone from your uni or from Instagram you don’t want to feel alone and isolated in your quest to be healthy. Even having a gym buddy can really motivate you and help you stick to your goals. Instagram is a wonderful community of people where I’ve made so many friends and all of them with similar interests to mine, with whom I can talk to about everything food!