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How to eat healthily on a student budget

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Shopping for healthy food has got a bad reputation of being expensive. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Now I know what you might be thinking, that its always the unhealthy snacks that are on offer, but with a few simple tricks healthy eating can be done on a budget. Try following these tricks and see if it makes a difference for you.

Plan ahead

Think about when you are going to go shopping and make sure you don’t go on an empty stomach. If you go shopping and feel hungry you will be more inclined to buy snacks and the things you probably don’t need. Take a list and ensure you stick to it, this will prevent you spending more than you originally planned.

Base meals around simple food

Making meals from scratch using simple ingredients will be cheaper that buying branded, readymade alternatives. You can also use simple foods to help bulk out your meals so they will last you longer. For example, adding some chickpeas to your stew, not only are they a great source of fibre and protein they will leave you feeling fuller for longer. Struggling for ideas check out the nutrition section of our blog page here.

Buy frozen products

Don’t be afraid to buy frozen fruit and veg, as they will last you so much longer and can be quickly added to most meals. Adding veggies to your meal is a good way to bulk out your meal without adding loads of calories and will leave you feeling fuller for longer.

Buy in bulk

Even though this may not be seen as being convenient, buying in larger quantities can often be more economical. Whole foods that have a long shelf life are worth buying in bulk and will save you money in the long run.

Learn to use seasonings

If you can learn to use seasons it can make the world of difference to your meal and help reduce the cost of having to buy pre-made packaged mixes. Not to mention your food will taste much better and the options are endless.

Now you have read our useful tips you can no longer use the excuse of healthy eating is too expensive, these simple tricks will help you manage your budget and get to your goals quicker.

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