When you move out to University Halls for the first time, the harsh reality of how much money you spend each week can come as a shock. With social activities, school books and equipment- eating healthily can sometimes be at the bottom of your priority list.
Eating pizza and takeaway food is fine – once in a while. But when you start making it a habit, all sorts of things can go wrong. Many students find they suffer from depression, exhaustion, get sick often and can have terrible mood swings. Eating healthily can help make sure your body and mind are in great shape.
So here are some cheap healthy meals you can cook on a low budget. I’ve estimated the price based on the items in my local supermarket, so obviously if you want to cut down the price even more, you might be able to find these items even cheaper.
1. Tomato Pasta, Tuna and Sweetcorn
This simple meal takes less than 15 minutes to cook and we all know how lazy we can sometimes get at uni. When I buy the ingredients here in bulk, the price total ends up costing just £7.20. Pasta can be brought in bulk too, so you can get a couple of meals out of one portion.
2. Uncle Ben’s Chicken Curry
If you’re not a vegetarian, a good healthy curry is another dish you could make. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and you can add it lots of vegetables into the pot. I like to add chopped onions and peppers into mine. The cost of this normally comes to around £8.00, but you can find much cheaper sauces that Uncle Ben’s.
Now I know this isn’t a “meal” but it’s great replacement for breakfast. Porridge is made of oats, which are rich in fibre that can help lower cholesterol levels and make going to the toilet that much easier. Porridge is also incredibly cheap, often finding bags of it for under a £1.
4. Carrot Soup
Soup is a great meal to have, especially if you’re feeling cold and full of flu. I prefer to make carrot soup because the taste works well when mixing in other vegetables. But you can make all sorts of different soups that are really healthy and contain lots of vitamins. Carrot soup can cost around £4-£8 depending on where you buy the ingredients with.
5. Ham, Cheese Omelette
With eggs costing just under £2 for 6, you can easily make a great ham and cheese omelette. They are very easy to cook and you can reduce the amount of yolk for healthier eating.
6. Chicken Stir Fry
Depending on what ingredients you use, the price of a stir fry can range wildly. But I like to use simple ingredients like celery, onions, peppers, chicken and noodles and it comes to around £9. Normally I have left over ingredients that I can use for something else too.Turkey Wraps – You can replace Turkey with Duck if you prefer. But adding in a nice salad sauce, sliced peppers and onions can make this a really delicious meal to have. You can have it cold or warm too so it’s great for lunch time snacks when your out and about. The cost is dependent on the type of meat you buy really, but normally they’d come to less than £10.
7. Turkey Wraps
You can replace Turkey with Duck if you prefer. But adding in a nice salad sauce, sliced peppers and onions can make this a really delicious meal to have. You can have it cold or warm too so it’s great for lunch time snacks when your out and about. The cost is dependent on the type of meat you buy really, but normally they’d come to less than £10.
Let me know if you have any suggestions on some cheap healthy meals, and how much you spent on making your meals!