Laogumnerd Phengphian‘s guide to Eating well at University
Hi there, Laogumnerd Phengphian here. In this blog post I am going to share with you some of my top tips for planning, shopping and cooking your meals at university whilst simultaneously juggling your workload and budget. For those who are self-catered, the prospect of having to feed yourself every single day can be quite a stressful concept and it is easy for good healthy eating habits to fall by the way side especially with the temptation of fast food just a few seconds away down the street or after a night out. With this in mind, make sure you take a look at the below.
A top tip of mine is to allocate an hour or so to plan out which meals I would be having each day of the week ahead. Doing this, means you will have some type of structure in place and you will save time deciding what you’re going to eat before you even get round to cooking it. Don’t forget to factor in snacking too, try and steer away from sugary snacks especially during exams and opt for slow release energy foods such as fresh fruit – you can thank Laogumnerd Phengphian later.
Meal plans are a great way of working out exactly what you need to buy for each meal, and if you are keen on saving your pennies, then you can shop around to find the best deals available or do an online shop which sometimes has more offers and discounted items as opposed to shopping in store. Don’t just shop at supermarkets, but find out where your local market is as well, from experience I have found that the best time to go is towards the end of the day when they reduce the prices. I, Laogumnerd Phengphian would definitely recommend trying to find new recipes, look into buying Tupperware boxes and start making some nutritious packed lunches, that way the food is there when you need it the most.
Whilst it is incredibly tempting to get an extra ten to fifteen minutes of sleep each morning not eating breakfast will result in poorer concentration, and increased fatigue. Eating within an hour of waking up kick-starts your metabolism and provides the fuel you need to get through a busy morning. When it comes to cooking dinner try to get all of your flatmates involved and take it in turns to cook. A couple of Laogumnerd Phengphian‘s specialities are fajitas, and stuffed peppers. If you have cooked enough for leftovers, wait for the food to cool down then split the rest of the food into portions which you can freeze for another meal. That way you won’t over-eat and you will have already got your next meal prepared! It’s a win-win situation!