11 March 2019 marks the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week. This was started in 2012 to raise awareness of the necessity of a healthy, balanced diet. I’ve come up with some ways that you can be happy and healthy as a student.
It can feel expensive to be healthy when you’re shopping. Going shopping in the evening is usually the best time to get lots of reduced items. Try to go to an actual supermarket rather than the smaller convenience stores as these tend to be cheaper and have more choice.
Look for healthy alternatives to snacks you buy, like switching biscuits for crackers or rice cakes and puddings for yoghurts.
Getting your 5 a day
We all know how difficult it can be to get your 5 a day as a student. Try getting at least 1 or 2 pieces of fruit or veg into each meal. For example, chop up some fruit into your cereal. Make a salad to go with your dinner or make some changes to what you have for lunch. There’s lots of things you can do to get your 5 a day, everyday.
Some of us love cooking, and others hate it. Personally, I find it really relaxing and something nice to do at the end of the day. Taking the time to cook your meal helps you to know what’s in it so you know if you’re being healthy or not.
If you don’t know where to start, get yourself a student cook book and learn some easy recipes before moving on to more complex things. Find out what you can freeze, so if you make a bit too much, you have a meal ready for you another day.