We all know about the stereotypical student diet compromised of noodles in a pot and microwave meals, but more and more students are playing competitive sport and starting to care a little more about the fuel they put into their bodies.
This post aims to give students a few handy tips to being healthier and looking after your body more, who knows you might even escape ‘fresher’s flu’.
It doesn’t have to break the bank
You can still eat healthily on a budget by buying your fresh produce from cheaper supermarkets or searching for your local town market. Club together and buy meat online in bulk and use the freezer for something other than a pre-packaged Spag Bol.
Look for Offers
You're a student so don’t just settle for buying the first thing you’ve seen, look for special offers, deals and use that student discount of yours.
The hardest part of being a student is that you’re usually on the go with your timetable changing constantly. You often have to grab the most convenient food to hand at lunchtime. The best thing you can do is meal prep your lunch, either make extra dinner and use the leftovers for lunch the next day, or set aside an hour at the weekend to meal prep your lunches for the week. I always have an emergency protein bar in my bag, just incase I get really hungry during the day and my only options are convenience foods such as crisps, chocolate bars and ‘healthy’ fully loaded with sugar snack bars.
Protein is incredibly important for growth, repair, regulation of hormones and maintaining bone health. Using a protein powder can be a cheap effective way to ensure you are hitting your protein requirements daily; especially important if you are playing sport. Protein is key for both males and females, don’t be afraid to include a shake in your diet.
The best way to make sure you're getting all your micronutrients in (Vitamins and minerals) is too eat a variety of colour. Think green broccoli, red pepper, orange carrots, yellow sweet corn, purple cabbage and you get the idea.
Balance your meals
When making a meal make it balanced, aim for a Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat Source in each meal to ensure you get all your macronutrients. E.g. Rice + Chicken + Veg + Cashew Nuts
I know that most students aren’t impartial to a few takeaways, but you can still incorporate them into a healthier lifestyle. Instead of having 4 a week try to reduce it down to 1-2 a week. Takeaways are also expensive, as well as being full of added chemicals you don’t need. Why not make your own pizzas or try out homemade burgers for a fun activity with your flat/house mates.
Hopefully that has given you some ideas on how to start becoming a healthier student, these tips also transfer well to anyone wanting to become healthier or learn how to eat healthily on a budget. Thanks for reading.
About Leisha Mulvey
Leisha is a health and fitness blogger who creates lots of healthy recipes. Leisha is studying sport science at university and shares knowledge bombs to dispel nutrition myths. After just completing here first bikini fitness season, Leisha is sharing her journey to give others an insight into the Bikini fitness world and how it can affect both your body and mindset.