Eating Healthy on a College Budget

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Healthy Chicken Dinner

Baked Parmesan Chicken

While we are still in the midst of the New Year, people are still trying to follow their New Year’s Resolutions. Personally, even though it’s cliche, I chose to be healthier in the new year.

Unfortunately, on a college budget, it’s hard to refrain from buying pasta for a dollar a box and three dozen chicken nuggets on that yellow Styrofoam for $5 (you know, the ones that are stuffed with cheese and really aren’t that good for you) because it’s a lot of food for a small price.

With the help of the Smarter Renter Blog and author Derek House, here are some tips for eating healthy on a college budget.

To start your healthy “stockpile“, start with staple items like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread, and non-fat Greek yogurt. These items can be used in many different ways, and all are very healthy for you. With the rice, you can make stir fry, casseroles, or soup. With the bread, you can make sandwiches, stuffing, or breakfast strata. Greek yogurt can be mixed with granola, fruit, or into a smoothie for a quick, filling snack.

As elementary school as it sounds, brown bag your lunch. By doing so, you not only save money, but you only pack things that you know the nutritional value of.

One of my favorite tips from this article is “buy your veggies frozen”. Some people have a theory that when veggies are frozen, they lose a lot of their nutritional value. False. Frozen vegetables contain just as much, if not more nutrients, according to House. Not to mention, frozen veggies are cheaper and keep longer.

Other tips in this article include never shopping hungry, drinking water instead of soda, using rewards cards at the grocery store for extra savings, and only buying the produce you need to avoid the produce going bad before you use it.

Overall, I think House makes a lot of great points. If you follow the tips in his article, then you can chisel away at your grocery bill and at your waist line.

All of the tips highlighted in this post came from 20 Money-Saving Ideas for Eating Healthy in College. For the full article by Derek House on the Smarter Renter Blog, click here.

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