A healthy diet isn’t often something that is associated with being a student. Your budget is tight, your schedule is busy and, y’know, hangovers. But there are plenty of ingredients you can keep in your cupboards to make a healthy diet feel easy. Remember, each meal should contain protein, carbohydrates and fat to give your body the fuel it needs.
Canned tomatoes are a powerful source of vitamins. Vitamin C will boost your immune system, Vitamin E will help your skin to look good, and Vitamin K is beneficial for bones and blood. Not only that, but canned tomatoes are actually higher in cancer fighting antioxidants than fresh ones.
Not only that, but they’re cheap and last for ages, so you can stock up in advance for the whole term. Plus, they’re very versatile. Pasta, chilli, curry, fajitas… the healthy recipes are endless.
This grain can be bought and stored in bulk at very budget friendly prices. Brown rice is more nutritious than any other rice. It is high in fibre which helps with your digestive system. It helps to regulate your blood sugar, so it stops you from having peaks and troughs in your energy. Not only that, but it fills you up and keeps you feeling full for a long time. Very handy if you’ve got back to back lectures coming up.
Many supermarkets do big bags of frozen kale, and this makes this superfood very affordable. Adding kale to your sauces or serving on its own is a great way to get a dose of goodness in your meals. Kale helps the body detox, as well as supporting your bones and lowering the risk of cancer.
Oats are another food that you can buy in a large quantity in order to save money. Whether you make overnight oats or good old porridge, oats make your meals feel very satisfying. Oats are high in fibre which helps digestion. Not only have that, but the type of fibre in oats gives them immune boosting properties.
Protein is essential for a balanced, healthy diet. Eggs are a great source of protein, and are low in calories. Another bonus of these little wonders is there versatility – fried, scrambled, boiled, poached or cooked in ramen or rice, they make for a satisfying and tasty meal.
Fruits are packed with vitamins, but they can get a bit pricey as the end of term comes around. Plus, if you bulk buy the chances are some of it will go off before you get the chance to eat it all. However, most supermarkets offer frozen fruit at a much lower price. The nutritional content is not significantly diminished, but you can take your time choosing which recipes to include them in.
Many people underestimated the classic spud. But this complex carb is filling and nutritious, as well as being cheap and easy to prepare. Whether you make mash, jackets or chips, keep the skins on to maximise their health benefits (and save time on peeling). Potatoes are higher in potassium than bananas, as well as being a source of B6 and vitamin C.