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How to Eat Healthy on a College Student Budget

So you’re wondering how to eat healthy on a college student budget but having some trouble figuring it out. Whether you’re a vegetarian, on a vegan diet or simply trying to eat healthy from time to time, we’re here to help.

Some students are living off of loans/financial aid and some are receiving a paycheck from their part time or full time job. Which ever category you fit in, we’re confident that these tips will help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

First things first, Budget

  1. Calculate how much money you bring in on a monthly basis and subtract your fixed monthly bills (rent, car payment, insurance etc.) from your income.
  2. If you have a car, determine how much gas you need to get you through the week.
  3. Because everyone’s expenses are different, subtract anything additional from your monthly income that you absolutely need.
  4. Determine the amount of money you are spending on things that you don’t need. You may be snacking in between classes just because you’re on campus. $5 per day on chips and a soda can add up by the end of the week. If you go to class five days out of the week, that’s $25 that could’ve been used on buying fruit that may last 1-2 weeks.
  5. Instead of driving to campus everyday, try riding a bike or taking the campus shuttle to class to save money on gas for the week.

Tips for eating healthy

  1. Take advantage of the dining hall, but be careful of your choices. If you eat dessert after your meal everyday, limit dessert to 1-2 times per week
  2. Eating out everyday can be tempting, but if you must eat out, look for vegan restaurants and healthy menu options at your local restaurant. Switch it up! Variety is good when you’re trying to figure out what your go to healthy meals will be.
  3. Do not look at food pages on Instagram all day that constantly show greasy and unhealthy…. Or food blogs… or Pinterest!
  4. Go to the grocery store and grocery shop! Instead of spending $20 on one meal, you can spend $20 at the grocery store and eat for a couple of days.
  5. Do not keep unhealthy snacks/food in your dorm room/apartment, you’ll be more inclined to to eat junk food if it’s always around. Instead, keep healthy alternatives around so that you have no choice but to eat healthy.
  6. Drink lots of water! Keep a water bottle handy or buy a cute jug and keep it with you everywhere you go. Again, you are more likely to drink water when its always around you, versus buying a sugary drink from Starbucks.

We hope you enjoyed these tips

&

would loveeee to know how they have helped you!

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