As college student we are often short on time and short on cash. Because of this, making a nutritious, delicious and affordable meal can be challenge. Here are five tips from two dietetics students who learned how to navigate the kitchen, college style.
Buy Frozen or Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Produce can be expensive but it’s still possible to get your daily servings of fruits and veggies on a budget. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables have the same nutritional value as their fresh counterparts, without the cost. You can add frozen vegetables to pasta, or stir-fry. You can even make a smoothie out of frozen fruits!
Plan Ahead with Leftovers
Set aside a few hours each week to cook something in bulk that you can eat as leftovers throughout the week. This way, on nights when you are running around and don’t have time to cook, you’ll have a healthy meal already prepared. Also, be sure to look ahead at the upcoming week. Ask yourself: Is this a busy week with exams and studying? When will you have time to cook? Can you make any meals ahead of time?
Get All Your Food Groups
Choose My Plate is a great resource from the government to get information about what a healthy diet consists of. These food groups were created around foods with similar vital nutrients you need to maintain your health. Using this line of thinking, you can quickly identify a healthy meal by checking for some kind of grain (pasta, rice or quinoa), a vegetable and a protein source (tofu, meat, beans).
Stock Up On Essentials
Getting to the grocery store can be a real hassle sometimes! Buying the essentials in bulk is key. For example, always having pasta, frozen vegetables, rice or things that can be kept without spoiling so that you can stay healthy when times are busy.
Do Your Research
There are a number of great blogs that give ideas about how to eat well with a college student’s hectic lifestyle. We’ve already listed some on College Fed, but we also recommend Rebecca Bitzer’s blog and From College Girl to College Girl.
Do you have any tips to share with other college students? Share with us in the comments so we can share with your advice with the world!
Article submitted by Alexandra Raymond and Shelby.