Guide to Healthy Eating for StudentsSee All Uni Advice Articles
You’ve left home and will be moving away 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, which introduces the importance of sport at university. Kickstarting 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 as they will help you prepare for university.
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 9 am lecture, they can be the cause of insomnia, migraines and in some cases anxiety.
These are just some of the tips to live a healthy university lifestyle, it’s pretty easy to get yourself into a bad routine, so keeping to these simple, but effective tips
Essential Foods For University 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 is the list of items we recommend to stock up on:
- Salt & Pepper
- Sauces (Tomato, Mustard, Brown & Soy Sauce)
- Dried Pasta & Noodles
- Tinned Soup/Chopped Tomatoes
- Tinned Beans/Spaghetti
- Tinned Tuna/Peas/Corn
- Vegetable Oil
- Mixed Herbs/Spices & Seasoning
- 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.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have any treats or takeaways, everything should be eaten in consideration, so if you do fancy a takeaway then treat yourself! Check out the Deliveroo student discount and Dominos student discount if you’re treating yourself!
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