Let me tell you a horror story in 4 words: Student loans and debts. We know. We know. If you’re a student and only have limited funds you will be forced to go for cheap options - cheaper apartment rents, cheaper school materials and books and even cheaper food.
Yes, you can cut on some expenses but we really don’t suggest on going cheap in one particular aspect: HEALTH. You don’t really have to spend a fortune to buy good & nutritious meals. Believe it or not - you can still achieve a healthy meal plan without going broke.
Stock up on these goods so the next time that you need to pop a snack in your belly, you’re sure to get only the healthy ones!
Oatmeal is basically the gem of quick and easy foods. It’s high in fibre, protein and has low calories and fat. It also tastes good and comes in instant options making it convenient to be a go-to breaky for students.
Peanuts are technically legumes like peas and beans and they are usually referred to as nuts due to its similar nutrition profile. They are quite cheap yet filled with protein. They’re high in good fats and can keep you full longer than snacks made with artificial preservatives.
Bananas are affordable and perfect as an on-the-go snack. They are rich in potassium, vitamins, and fibre. Coming in at only 100 calories for an average size banana? Why not!
Did you know that you can get an entire bag of oranges for the same price as an unhealthy bag of chips? But here’s one thing that set oranges above the nutrition pyramid than those crispy chips: Oranges are fully loaded with vitamin C with amounts of potassium, calcium and healthy carbohydrates too!
Carrots are cheap and packed with the good stuff like protein, fibre, calcium, and potassium. No matter what the size is there is really no excuse not to munch on this nutritious veggie.
Dark chocolate can provide benefits like antioxidants and production of endorphins helping you conquer your tasks while boosting your mood. Don’t forget to eat moderately though. 😊
Eggs are inexpensive. It’s very easy to cook and take on the go. They have the benefits of protein and choline which helps improve brain function and memory.
It’s a snack that will sustain you and keep you satisfied for a long time as it is high in protein but low in sugar. You can purchase it in different flavors or even add some fresh fruits for a more flavourful treat.
It can help improve brain function, reaction time, focus and attention span. But just like dark chocolate, take this only in moderation as caffeine also has some unwanted effects. 😉
These are just some of the many healthier and more affordable snacks that are accessible in supermarkets. If you want to go cheaper yet fresher options, look for these goods in your local farmers’ market too.
Keep in mind that portion control is still important though but we hope that we have helped you get some snack ideas that are pocket-friendly and at the same time, nutritious.