Food can be super expensive – especially healthy food depending on where you shop. If you are a student but looking for some healthy yet cost effective ingredients and meal ideas that are packed with protein, look no further!
Here are some money saving tips to help you make your money stretch further!
Tips For Staying Healthy
On A Budget
✓ Choose your supermarket carefully
Many people tend to gravitate towards the supermarket that is closest to them for convenience. You may also not drive, meaning it can be hard work trying to carry groceries from a store that is farther away. It might be worth considering changing supermarket though if you have another one in your location that is significantly cheaper.
Consider using a backpack for carrying the heavier items on your list to make it easier to commute with your shopping. Smaller supermarkets tend to charge higher prices, where as you may be able to find the same product at a chain store for a fraction of the price.
✓ Consider doing a food shop in the evening
Most evenings, supermarkets reduce some of their fresh items that have a short date left on them. You might need to eat the item sooner, but it also may mean a huge saving for today’s dinner!
You might also be able to afford foods that are usually out of your price range that are still perfectly fine to eat, just you have less leeway on when they need to be eaten.
✓ Surf the net
Most supermarkets have a website that highlights any special deals that they are doing. It can be well worth taking a minute to check if there are any bargains you can take advantage of.
Foods with a long shelf life can be worth buying in bulk when they come on offer, and many foods like meat and fish can be frozen for later use so you can save a lot of money by planning ahead this way.
#1 Greek Yoghurt
Super high in protein, Greek yoghurt makes a great snack, especially at bedtime.
✓ It is really versatile and can be used as a standalone snack or in smoothies. You can add some fruit into it to make a simple yet delicious dessert.
✓ Quark is a high protein, low calorie food. It also comes in a small tub that is easy to eat on-the-go with minimal fuss.
#3 Rice Cakes & Peanut Butter
A staple of many bodybuilders, rice cakes make a great on-the-go snack. Combine these with some Peanut Butter and you have a nutrition-packed snack that is easy to prepare.
✓ Sweeten up your snack by adding some sliced apple or banana on top.
Not just for the movies! Popcorn is a great yet budget-friendly snack that can be prepared in minutes. If you are watching your calories, ditch the melted butter and consider adding some spices to the popcorn instead.
✓ It still tastes delicious without the calories that butter adds. You can also pop some popcorn ahead and put it in a zip lock bag as a great snack for in-between classes.
Tuna is well-priced, yet packs a strong punch of protein. It’s is a great snack on its own – either straight from the tin or even made into fishcakes with some potato and vegetables.
✓ You can also use tuna to make a healthy fish pie: simply make a low calorie sauce and combine it with the fish, then top with some sweet potato for a filling meal.
Nuts are a great go-to snack that will curb your afternoon cravings. A word of warning though – it is important to watch your portion size with nuts as they are an extremely calorie-dense food. A small handful will do the trick! (10-12 nuts)
✓ Add some dried fruit of your choice to make up your own healthy trail mix.
✓ Nuts also taste great when you roast them in the oven and when added your oats in the morning to add a boost of healthy fats.
Take Home Message
It can be tough as a student to manage your money with all the expenses involved, but eating healthy can be done on a budget with some forward planning and shopping around.
Try these tips and see can you get more bang for your buck nutritionally and financially.