18 Apr Eating Healthy on a College Budget
By Lexi Orlan, Contributing Blogger
Being a college student with varying meal times each semester, it is hard to stick to a healthy eating plan. Here are four tips to combat those unhealthy habits:
1. Locate your local grocery stores.
This one may seem like a given, but many students do not know where local grocery stores are located. Many times, as I have witnessed on my campus, students will frequent the local pharmacy for all of their grocery needs. It is important to find out where you are able to purchase fresh produce and other healthy items. Sign up for the rewards program as well! Stores want you to come back, so they will often provide deals for VIP members.
2. Do your research.
Students are often times unaware of the promotions stores are holding. Once you locate your local grocery store, do some research and look at both the weekly and monthly circulars. By doing this, you can save money and choose the healthy foods that are on sale. Supermarket websites also have coupons online to print out. If you have a specific product in mind, go to the manufacturer’s website and see if they are offering any promotions at that time.
3. Make a Meal plan.
This may sound difficult, but it’s actually easier than you think and can help save money and eat healthy. By planning daily meals, you can easily schedule your meals and snacks for the week, so you can stay on track with a healthy eating plan. Also, it will help you stay on track at the grocery store so you only buy what you need, and don’t venture to your local pharmacy, gas station, or vending machine for junk food.
One of my favorite recipes, which is also a great freezer meal, is this Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup by The Kitchn.
4. Shop the perimeter of the store.
Speaking of venturing down those snack aisles… Most healthy foods are found around the circumference of the grocery store (with the exception of grains and beans). The outside aisles contain fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and dairy. By focusing on the wholesome foods around the perimeter, it can help you avoid the temptations of the snack aisles and excess calories you don’t need.
These are the tips I live by while I am away at school. They’re easy-to-follow and help save a lot of money in the long run.
Lexi Orlan is a junior dietetics major at the University of Delaware. She hopes to become a registered dietitian and use her passion for food and health to better others’ lives.