Eating healthy can be a challenge for just about anyone, but eating healthy as a college student sounds nearly impossible to most. It can be hard to juggle classes, work, fitness and eating healthy – especially when you don’t have much money. Most college students would rather grab a bowl of ramen noodles or a slice of pizza, given the choice.
Here are a few helpful tips to help get you on the right track to eating healthy while on a budget:
1. Have a plan. Planning and prepping your meals ahead of time is a great way to make sure you are eating what is in your fridge to help minimize wasting food and buying too much. Also, try prepping your food a day or week in advance to make it easier to grab your healthier meal on the go instead of a slice of pizza or fast food.
2. Buy in bulk. Try buying your produce, meat and poultry in bulk or family-size packaging. This way is much cheaper allowing you to get more for your money. You can always freeze extras or any leftovers you may have. This way, you will not be wasting any of your money or food.
3. Collaborate with your roommates. A great way to buy more and spend less money is to split the cost of your meals with your roommates. Splitting meals with your roommates is a great way to lower the cost on certain foods that you might not have wanted to buy by yourself because they were too expensive.
4. In season. Buying produce can be expensive anytime during the year, but some can be more expensive than others. The best time to buy fresh produce at a lower cost is when it is in season rather than out. So when your choice of produce is out of season, it might be best to buy it frozen or turn to a different type of produce that is in season for a little while.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping. Hopefully, it will help you save some money and provide you with a much healthier selection of food in your fridge.