One of the major concerns in most developed countries is the ability to eat right in a way that is affordable. It seems like everyone should have easy access to healthy meals each day and night, but that just isn’t case. For one thing, we are inundated with advertising campaigns that extol the virtues of fast food. You never see or hear the same pervasive messages about vegetables and low fat foods. Most of the time, it is the crunch of potato chips and not the crunch of cauliflower.
However, eating right can be delicious too – if you can find a way to budget your time and money for it. Here is how to eat healthy without a meal plan in college.
Shop in the Bulk Section at Your Local Health Food Market
One of the easiest ways to save money in one of those expensive health food markets is to shop in the bulk section. Everything from dry cereals and soups, grains, beans, sweets, nuts and other snack foods can be bought in bulk. The other thing that’s great about shopping in bulk is that it’s a lot more eco-friendly, too. If you bring back the same containers each time, you will be significantly reducing the amount of unnecessary packaging that you buy.
Find LocalFarmer’s Markets in Your Community
Another great way to save money on healthy food is to buy your produce from the farmer’s market. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be helping to put money right back into the community. That said, you will also find a lot of vendors at the farmer’s market that sell pre-made food, and that is where you can get caught spending far too much.
Join Forces with Your Friends and Make Communal Meals
There’s a good chance that you have several other friends who are trying to save money and eat healthy as well. So why not streamline your social time and your meal times? Plus, you’re more likely to eat everything, so that none of your food goes to waste. You can also share tons of recipes to keep things interesting.
Keep Healthy Snacks Around
Every college campus is filled with vending machines and snack carts that can be incredibly tempting when you’re in between classes and just need a little pick-me-up. Unfortunately, this is one of the best ways to waste your money on nutritionally bereft fuel. So be sure to keep snacks on you at all times.
Get a Small Food Processor
One of the aspects of cooking that really deters young people from preparing their own meals is the manual labor of chopping vegetables. If you don’t know how to chop vegetables, or you simply don’t have the patience for it, then you can get yourself a food processor to do the chopping for you. These things are usually cheap, effective, easy to use and very easy to clean. Which is perfect for the busy Villanova University student who doesn’t have a lot of time to prepare and clean up after each meal.