As the summer is coming to a close and school is on the horizon there is a lot that goes through a college students head, and one of those things is how to eat healthy while you’re in college. That is if eating healthy while being in college is one of your goals.
I am very thankful that I live close enough to campus that I can still live at home therefore having access to a fully stocked kitchen at all times, but others may not be as lucky. You might find yourself being a freshman in college, living off the meal plan that they require you to buy. You may be a college sophomore or junior who is sharing a suite which means that you have to be considerate and flexible with the others you are living with. You may be a college senior who is living by themselves now. or with just one other person. In the end it doesn’t matter your living circumstances… what matters is how you work with what you’ve got.
So with that lets get to some ways that you can still eat healthy while being a college student!
Prioritize food & your health
Eating healthier can be a little bit more expensive sometimes (depending on what you buy & where you purchase it from!) but that doesn’t mean that you shouldnt do it. Make food and your health a priority. That might mean investing a little more money into quality, healthy food and less on clothing, shoes, makeup and other materialistic items .
Locate the cheapest stores & stock up
I love going to Trader Joes. It’s an amazing store where you can find most of what you might need, they’re not too expensive and its quality product! You can buy a lot more from them for a lot less than other chain retailers.
Utilize Sales & coupons
It might seem weird or frugal at first but cutting out coupons, looking online or even taking advantage of the in-store deals can add up quickly. Sometimes you can even get products for free if you really look!
Fruits and veggies that are in season are usually on sale or are cheaper than when they’re not. If they’re not, don’t be afraid to buy them frozen… They’re just as healthy and might even be cheaper!
Skip the organic stuff
People think that organic is better however that’s not always true. Yes for some things such as pasteurized eggs that might be the case but for something like bananas, the nutrition is going to be the same from organic to non-organic and they still use products on them. There are so many myths about organic foods that can be de-bunked so I would suggest reading up about them before you decide what to purchase organic.
Buy in bulk
Everything from oats, rice, quinoa, flour, pb… you name it, can be bought in bulk at most grocery stores for a lot less money. Use those for the staple things you need in your pantry and use often.
You don’t need to have something new to eat every single meal, every single day. Stick to the basics with a few more fun items thrown in for the week.
When things are already prepared you’re more likely to eat it or pack it. You don’t have to prep everything, but a few staple things like a protein, a grain and some veggies is enough!
I hope that you find this helpful if you’re just going into college or if you’ll be going back!
If you have any questions or would like to talk more about this let me know and I would be more than happy to help you out!
So tell me…
Whats your fave thing to meal prep?
How are you spending the last few weeks of summer?