Guide To Healthy Eating For Students

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Moving to university doesn’t have to mean living on tinned beans and pasta for three years. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is so important, not just for your health and well being, but for your studies too. A poor diet can lead to illness, a weakened immune system and a less-than-healthy appearance that can affect your self-esteem, confidence and concentration during lectures.

It’s all about ensuring you eat the correct food accompanied by a healthy and active lifestyle. Kick starting a healthy regime as soon as you get to university will lay the foundations for six nutritious and successful terms. Follow our top nutrition tips to ensure you perform to the best of your ability during these all-important three years.

Basic Student Nutrition:

You should aim to consume five portions of grains, cereals, bread, rice and pasta every day. Alongside your staple grains, you will need a good source of protein which comes from eggs, fish and poultry amongst others.

Make sure you always have a healthy portion of fruit and vegetables throughout the day with your meals, a top tip is to mix your colours as much as possible to get a variety of vitamins onto your plate. This with a good source of dairy products will put you on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.

When buying milk and other dairy products, try to steer clear of full fat options and instead choose semi-skimmed and low fat varieties. Small changes to your diet can make a world of difference in the long run.

Another tip is to steer clear of caffeinated drinks such as Red Bull and Monster Energy, although they may give you the quick boost you need for a 9am lecture, they can be the cause of insomnia, migraines and in some cases anxiety.

Essential Foods You Might Forget:

Ever forget what you needed as soon as you step into the supermarket? Well hopefully our list of student essentials will help you with your very first food shop. Stocking up on these kitchen staples will help when you have run out of fresh ingredients and still need a balanced and nutritious meal.

Here are the list of items we recommend to stock up on:

  • Teabags/Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Sauces (Tomato, Mustard, Brown & Soy Sauce)
  • Dried Pasta & Noodles
  • Jam/Marmalade/Honey/Marmite
  • Tinned Soup/Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tinned Beans/Spaghetti
  • Tinned Tuna/Peas/Corn
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Mixed Herbs/Spices & Seasoning
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Biscuits/Chocolate/Cake
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • Frozen Pizza

This isn’t a ‘must have’ list, it’s simply here to help you plan your meals in advance without having to rely on fresh ingredients. Savvy shopping can save you hundreds each term and can lead to a healthy and happy lifestyle during your time at university.