How To Eat Healthy On A Tight College Budget

While you’re feeding your brain at college, don’t neglect what you’re putting into your body. Not all of us can find the time or the will to exercise, but everyone can eat healthy!

Many students form bad eating habits because of busy class schedules and social eating. Don’t let the freshmen fifteen become the freshman fifty, and do it all on a tight budget!

Follow these simple guidelines and you can remain full without starving your wallet:

Learn to Say No

Turning down an invitation to go to lunch or dinner with a friend can be difficult. It’s tempting to take a break between classes and catch up, but reducing these outings can save you a ton of money and improve your diet.

It’s no secret that fast food is bad for you, but other restaurants that don’t share the nutritional content can be worse. Don’t forget that when you go out to eat you have no idea what’s being put in your food. Besides, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with your friends after class or on the weekends.

Shop Smart

Grocery shopping gives you the power to decide what will go into your meals, but with great power comes great responsibility as we all know. While it may be tempting to pick up cheap sugary cereals and frozen pizzas, these foods will only hurt you in the long run.

When shopping look for these cheap and nutritionally balanced items: pasta (particularly whole wheat), canned beans, eggs, tuna, seasonal fruits and frozen veggies. You can get plenty of protein from pasta, beans, eggs, and tuna, while receiving important vitamins and fiber from fruit and vegetables.

Check out this link to see when fruits and vegetables will be the cheapest and tastiest in your area.

Smaller Portions, More Meals

While most people have been raised on the classic three meal a day paradigm, this is by no means the best way to stay full. By limiting yourself to three meals, you are forced eat more in order to remain full during the hours between.

Now this may not seem problematic, but it can cause you to stretch your stomach and eat more over time than if you were to have five or six smaller meals a day. Waiting a long time between meals increases the chances that you will be ravenously hungry and unable to control your portions. Of course, eating five or six meals in a day is difficult when you have long blocks of classes, so be prepared to pack snacks that won’t perish during class.

These are just a few tips that have helped me cut back on calories without breaking the bank. If you are on a tight budget, like many college students, you have to make your money count. There’s no better way to eat healthy than dining in and shopping smart.

There’s numerous blogs and websites devoted to making meals that don’t sacrifice taste for nutrition. Have fun exploring and find what works best for you and don’t be afraid to share your best recipes in the comments below!

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Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals is a senior at DePaul University studying Creative Writing and Psychology. Outside of class, Ryan can be found working in the Pysch Lab or at a local health clinic. When he's not distracted by cat videos, he tries to balance his time between playing guitar, writing prose, and running around the soccer field.