As we all know those Dominos and Pizza Hut deals are very tempting, and I have been known to indulge in a Two for Tuesday deal when I’ve had a very long start to the week, but you have to remember that its important to look after yourself and your diet, especially now you have to cook for yourself and you’re responsible for your own food shop! Its a learning curve for a lot of people as they begin to realise that something has to change but its a choice you have to make and keep to, don’t yoyo!
My tips for being healthy food wise at Uni are:
- Plan your food shop before you go, there is nothing worse than going to the shops hungry and picking up a bumper pack of biscuits just to satisfy your craving
- Make healthy alternative swaps, for example I’ve swapped cows milk for almond milk (you’ll find it in the usual milk aisle) not only is it better for you, its also a lot lower in calories and tastes like macaroons, yummy! Other alternatives include swapping white bread for wholemeal and normal potatoes for sweet potatoes (BEST THING YOU’LL EVER DO).
- Snack attack- Just because you’re bored, working or laying in bed doesn’t mean you should consume a giant bag of Doritos in the process, make sure your snacks are healthy such as rice cakes (the Kallo ones are amazing), dried and fresh fruit, popcorn- the healthy kind at 76 calories a bag not the stuff covered in caramel, nuts- in moderation, they can be pretty high in calories, as long as its not full of sugar and processed beyond recognition you’ll be fine….yes put down that Krispy Kreme
- DO NOT BUY READY MEALS- Make your own version, its cheaper in the long run and much healthier!
- Breakfast- I have only just realised that my parents may have been right about it being an important meal of the day. Personally, I don’t eat lunch simply because I don’t get hungry (lecture me about it later okay) but breakfast is such an important meal that you cannot afford to miss it, I don’t think I’d survive a gym session or a lecture without it anymore. I adore porridge for breakfast with banana, and for a big bowl that fills me up until about 5pm it comes in at around 200 calories yippee!
- Don’t go to the extreme- remember you can treat yourself, just don’t do it all the time! I like to let myself have a nice breakfast on a Sunday or a pizza on Fridays as a treat when I’ve been healthy for the rest of the week. If you restrict yourself too much you’ll find eventually you’ll get a craving and end up surrounded by 6 packets of quavers and a tummy ache.
Being Active at Uni:
There are endless lists of sports events, classes and societies at University which means there is absolutely no excuse not to get out there and its sociable!
- Make time for exercise- Its fair enough working hard and keeping up with deadlines but when you’re laying in bed until 12pm, there is no reason why you can’t get up a couple of hours earlier to go for a run or go to the gym
- Even without a gym membership you can keep in shape, in my Fresher year I did a workout DVD in my room most evenings, it gave me something to do and kept me in shape when I didn’t feel confident enough to go to the gym
- Walk to where you need to be- theres always the temptation to take the car or get the bus to University when you live off campus but you’ll really notice that extra difference if you take the time to walk instead, plus think of all the money you’ll save if you don’t buy the bus pass!!! (Thats at least 4 ASOS orders right…?)
Thought I’d attach some of my favourite recipes that I like to use when I’m at Uni- they’re cheap to make, easy to follow and good for you! When it doubt though, http://studentrecipes.com are always an interesting read! (Wow I sound old…)
https://detoxkitchen.co.uk/recipes/grilled-chicken-with-courgetti-and-pesto– You can obviously buy the pesto rather than making it and I like to substitute the chicken for Quorn occasionally which makes it a really cheap and lovely dinner!
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2491643/cheapaschips-veggie-pizza– I learned this trick from my housemate, obviously freestyle as you wish with the toppings but using pitta breads (I use wholemeal) or tortillas as an alternative mini-pizza base makes for a slightly healthier cheat meal!
http://detoxinista.com/2015/01/2-ingredient-toddler-pancakes/– Okay so you’re going to be like nah I can’t have pancakes for breakfast and it actually be good for me??? Well heres the excellent news, one ripe banana and two eggs later you’ve got yourself a delicious batch of pancakes that are good for you and free from flour and butter- obviously depending on how healthy you’re feeling with the toppings (I don’t think I’d drown mine in syrup like she has) but they’re amazing, trust me!
I’d love to hear if you’ve got any great recipes for when I’m at uni, I swear I eat the same thing every week so I’d love some suggestions!
Hope you’ve all had a lovely week and been busy, enjoy the weekend!