As a student, you need to eat the right fuel for your body for a very busy time in your life – being at university can be an excellent opportunity to create healthy lifetime eating habits.
What is healthy eating?
Healthy eating means ‘eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy’. The Eatwell Guide recommends eating a varied diet to get the correct balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in the form of foods that are good for you.
Whilst it might be tempting to fall into the habit of take-out and ready meals, with just a bit of forward planning, you can find a healthy diet that works for you without too much time, effort or expense.
Why is eating well important?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps us look and feel good, it helps us to stay healthy. The way that we eat can also have a big effect on how we feel. Whilst unhealthy foods may satisfy the palate, a well-balanced diet can give you the right amount of energy and stamina that you need; take a look at MIND’s Food and Mood for more information and advice.
Tips for eating healthy on a budget
Healthy Eating Recipes & Resources
5 A Day on the go – We’re often told we need to eat 5 fruit and veg a day, but what really counts?
BBC Good Food Student Recipes – Cheap and cheerful, simple-to-make student recipes.
BBC Food, Student Food – Easy recipes that won’t break the bank and are great for novice cooks.
StudentCooking.tv – Great tasting, nutritious meals on a budget.
The Food Medic: Educational Hub – Everything from mental health to nutrition from USW Alumni, the food medic.
Cooking on a Bootstrap – the #1 budget recipe website.