Students do not have much money to spare, but that does not mean they should skimp on their health. There are hundreds of meals that can be squeezed into a tight budget, it just takes some creative planning and discipline to stick to it
Cereals are convenient, but they are not always the healthiest and often must be eaten in large quantities for a person to feel full. Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, protein and fiber is important. Hard-boiled eggs are not only cheap, but they are easy to make. All you need is a pot and some water. Boil the eggs for about 12 minutes and then they can be eaten with a little salt and pepper, or on the go. Fruit smoothies are a great way to get all your fruits, in just one meal. Fruit smoothies are full of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. Place a banana, three large strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup ice cubes and a cup of orange juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. You can also add protein powder to smoothies for extra health benefits. Oatmeal is also cheap and extremely healthy, filled with lots of fiber and protein per serving. If you do not like the taste of oatmeal, add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter, along with a teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon.
Bologna is cheap, but it has no significant health benefits. Many lunch meats are loaded with sodium and other preservatives. But is sliced ??turkey or chicken breast from the deli a great source of protein and can be purchased for around $ 3 per pound at most supermarkets. Eaten with cheese, avocado (crush it up and use it in place of Mayo), tomato and lettuce on 100 percent whole grain bread, it is a complete meal. Spaghetti with whole wheat noodles and some green beans are a great substitute for ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. Instead of peanut butter and jelly, try a cheese quesadilla on a whole wheat tortilla shells, dipped in salsa and low-fat sour cream.
Dinners can be difficult for students, because creating an entire pan of lasagne is not always realistic for one person. However, lasagne be inexpensive to make and can be frozen in separate freezer containers to make individual meals. A pan of lasagne (9-by-13-inch pan) can make about 12 meals for one person. Freezing lasagne in separate containers allows the student to eat things other than lasagne five evenings in a row. Other ideas for food that can be prepared in advance and then placed in the freezer for later use, along with being healthy and budget friendly, the bean enchiladas, chicken noodle soup (can also be purchased in cans, and so vegetables can be added) and Meatloaf . If freezer space is limited, make a plan with roommates that a person makes one meal one evening and share it with everyone else in the apartment. All the above meals can also be made in smaller portions, such as an 8-by-8-inch pan, limiting the amount of food residue provided.