It’s no doubt that eating healthy, cooking, and college don’t always go together.
From late days of studying, to grabbing the quickest/cheapest fast food option nearby, it’s easy to pack on many of those pounds before you dawn your graduation stole and gown.
So what are some tips to avoid eating out all the time?
MainStreet.com has a great (and short) article on 10 meal starters that you should always keep in your kitchen. Cooked correctly, these will keep you full, be nutritious options, and your spending low.
Senior year can be a stressful one. Not just because you need an A- or higher in a certain class to graduate or need to start putting your resume out, but also financially. No doubt, of all the years, senior year is probably the most expensive (possibly even more than freshmen year). There’s the cost of graduation invitations, graduation stoles, graduation parties, relocation/moving, new security deposits, etc. And this isn’t even factoring in the cost of going out and drinks and food.
That said, there are a few tips on how to save money when cooking in, and prepping lunch. For me personally, it’s always been about enjoying food when with friends and family, but when I’m eating a meal by myself, I’ll try to always eat the most healthy and frugal meal possible. Lifehacker recently featured a great article titled “Save Money on Groceries By Cooking Like a Peasant” that any graduating senior should check out. This no doubt will come in handy this year and next when you move home/out on your own.
A few of the tips “Rice, eggs, and veggies are the inexpensive ingredients. Stock up on those items (beans too) and some other staples (like bacon, extra-virgin olive oil, and some salty extras) and you can whip up a tasty meal and have more money in the bank.”
I couldn’t agree with them more, especially on the beans and veggies part, especially if you’re trying to cut carbs you’ll realize that buying dried beans are both inexpensive and packed with protein and nutrition.
What are your budget shaving tips? Do share with us!
So thinking back to college, I think my favorite fast/junk foods were Mexican food (specifically the burritos from Freebirds), In-N-Out double doubles (no spread, chopped peppers, grilled onions) and pizza. But when it came to pizza, we’d always have left overs and heating it up the next day was a grease storm waiting to happen.
Do you hate greasy pizza? If so, here’s a little lifehack that comes from lifehacker. When you’re heating up pizza, heat up the pepperoni seperately! This way all of the greese doesn’t fall onto the slice and make it soggy!
A healthy diet isn’t easy to maintain in college, we know, we’ve been there. Often meals default to what’s left in the pantry or the closest and quickest trip to a fast food joint. Stocking up on healthy foods can be a chore in itself but also pricey if you’re not sure of what exactly to get.
The post from PickTheBrain covers the basics of Raw Foods. If you’re interested in changing up your diet, check out the post!
A few of our quick tips:
1) Limit your “dining out trips” to x weekly. Instead of going cold turkey and throwing out all fast food dining, tone it down and set a weekly limit such as 2 or 3. Adjust accordingly.
2) Split groceries with roommates. When buying vegetables and produce split the tab to ensure nothing gets spoiled before it can get eaten.
3) Eat a healthy breakfast. Often your breakfast can set the tone for the rest of the day. Fill up on healthy cereal, oatmeal or fruit and watch your day start flying by.