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Taking the bite out of a student budget

Can #healthy eating be done on a tight budget? #Down2Earth takes the bite out of a student budget.

Life gets busy and healthy eating can be difficult on a budget, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s work around this, together.
 
Shopping do’s and don’t’s
Do
  • Check supermarket adverts to compare prices
  • Buy fresh fruit and veggies – it’s better for you and the environment
  • Get to know regular prices so you can judge whether a “special” really is a deal
  • Plan your meals and make a shopping list based on what you need
Don’t
  • Impulse-buy just because something looks good
  • Automatically select goods at eye level (this is where the most expensive goods are often are displayed)
  • Buy two-for-the-price-of-one unless you know you’ll use the extra food
  • Buy over-packaged food – you’re paying for all that extra plastic
Eating do’s and don’t’s
Do
  • Eat more beans, split peas and lentils instead of meat (you can also use them to stretch your meat recipe)
  • Pack a lunchbox every day to avoid the temptation of fast foods
  • Store your fresh food in a clearly visible place in the fridge so you don’t forget about it
  • Learn to cook basic recipes like vegetable soups, pasta or an omelette
  • Freeze or store leftovers for later use
  • Use websites like Supercook to help you use up all your leftovers
Don’t
  • Fall back on processed food just because you’re too busy to cook
  • Eat fast food more than once a week if you can help it
  • Leave the house without something to snack on because that’s when you’ll load up on junk food
  • Fill up on sugary drinks that have no food value at all
Life gets busy and eating healthy food can be difficult on a budget, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s work around this, together.

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