Being a student is tough enough, and trying to balance studying, part-time work, being social and not being totally skint is a very skilled juggling act. Staying healthy is now something that’s at the forefront of our lives, and it might feel like that’s just another thing to add to your list of responsibilities.
Aviva research has shown that 1 in 5 spend most of their disposable income on eating out, and 47% are willing to spend more for increased convenience. For those of you guilty of trying to stay healthy at the detriment of your wallets, this may be a harsh wake-up call: Two shop-bought green juices per week adds up to a whopping £415 a year.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few recipes to curb those convenience cravings and save you some pennies at the same time. While they may take a little longer than a trip to the high street, you’ll know exactly what’s in it and you’ll feel so much better having not wasted your cash.
Purse Friendly Green Juice
- One apple
- Two big handfuls of kale
- One cucumber
- One lime
If you have a juicer, then throw it all in and you’re good to go. If not, do the same in a blender then strain in a sieve. There should be enough for two servings here, and it keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.
No guilt revision snacks
- Core an apple and cut it into centimeter-thick slices horizontally. Take once slice and cover with a layer of nut butter (almond or peanut). Then sprinkle over some granola, and top with another apple slice… Et voila, an apple sandwich with plenty of healthy fats and vitamins.
- Instead of buying expensive protein balls full of hidden sugars mix one scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder, two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons or your favourite natural nut butter. Give it a good stir and roll into balls. Then, you’ve got an amazing post workout treat that’ll fill you up and stop you calling a takeaway.
- Savoury lovers who can’t resist the crisp drawer should try this out. Drain and rinse a tin of chickpeas and spread them on a baking tray. Roast on a medium heat for around 45 minutes and toss with seasonings of your choice and a light drizzle of olive oil. Much tastier and healthier than anything from the corner shop.
Go-to healthy dinner
- Two red peppers
- Half a courgette
- One pack of ready-to-eat quinoa
- Feta to taste
- Sprinkling of parsley
Cut your peppers in half vertically, and roast at 180c or gas mark 6 for 15 minutes. While that’s in the oven, fry the courgette in a small amount of olive oil until soft. Add in the feta, quinoa and parsley and, once the peppers are cooked divide the mixture into the cavities. Heat through for five more minutes and you have a tasty meal that costs less than £2 a head. This should serve two, so either share with your housemate or keep in a Tupperware for lunch the next day.
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