The holidays are coming to an end and the start of the academic year is fast approaching. Moving into a new apartment and the expenses for studies are quite significant and yet, for keep the shape, it is important to eat a balanced diet. But what to do with a small budget?
Here are our tips to help you balance your plates without spending all your savings!
Eating well often starts with cooking yourself. It’s cheaper than buying ready meals, much better in taste and in addition, you will eat healthily.
You can also use Nutri-Score to check your food. Buy products with the letter A, B or C and avoid the letters D and E as much as possible.
Cooking in larger quantities reduces costs. You can use the leftovers in another recipe or freeze them for a balanced lunch in an airtight container or in a sandwich. It’s practical and economical!
Always do your shopping on a full stomach to avoid compulsive purchases of fatty and sugary foods (sweets, sodas, chocolate bars and sugary cereals, cakes, crisps, etc.) with little nutritional value.
This is the key to eating balanced even on a small budget.
You must establish the budget that you intend to put in the races of the week.
Plan your menus in advance before you go shopping.
At the beginning, you will surely make overruns, but by force, you will know which products to favor to fit into your budget.
Make a shopping list. To limit food waste and avoid blowing your budget, remember to limit your purchases to what is strictly necessary. Avoid superfluous or unnecessary purchases.
What products do you need? To find out, plan your menus for the week in advance, and organize your shopping according to what you will need for the preparation of these dishes. Make a list of the products you have to buy, this will prevent you from wandering the shelves and throwing yourself on what you want at the moment!
If you are in need of inspiration, search on the internet, it is an infinite source of recipes!
Finally, many applications give you recipe ideas to make with the food in your fridge. For example, Frigo Magic offers you recipes with the products you have in your kitchen!
Beware of fake promotions and don’t forget to always compare prices per kilo.
Eat real, healthy and balanced meals
When we think of “eating balanced”, we often imagine light and inconsistent meals.
But to avoid snacking all afternoon, it is important to eat real healthy meals with vegetables, proteins and starches.
If you are hungry during the day, eat a fresh fruit or dried fruit for a boost.
If you have lunch at university, for example, don’t hesitate to bring your meal or have lunch at the University Restaurant, which offers balanced meals suitable for small budgets.
Eat seasonal products
Strawberries and tomatoes in December, it’s not possible! First, because it costs more, but also because they usually aren’t as tasty as when they’re in season. The best thing is to go shopping at the market and to favor seasonal foods, which are more affordable!
On the internet, you will find many sites with the fruits and vegetables to consume according to the seasons.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that help strengthen the immune system and fight fatigue more easily. If you can’t buy them fresh, get them frozen. Freezing preserves the nutritional benefits. Finally, tins remain the most economical alternative.
Do not neglect starchy foods
It is important to eat starchy foods with each meal: bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, semolina… They give you energy over the long term and will prevent you from getting tired or cravings.
Choose the complete form, a source of fiber and additional vitamins without necessarily impacting your budget.
Pulses: lentils, peas, beans are also a source of protein, remember to consume them regularly.
Limit consumption of meat and fish
Meat and fish are relatively expensive products.
You can easily replace them with eggs, also a source of protein at affordable prices. You can make omelettes, gratins, quiches…
Don’t forget dairy products: yoghurts, cheese, cottage cheese, milk… to boost protein intake.
Canned fish: mackerel, sardines, tuna are also a good alternative, especially since they are sources of omega 3.
And finally you can also eat legumes: white, red, black beans, lentils, split peas, broad beans, chickpeas, etc.
Ban industrial products
Industrial products have many disadvantages. They are expensive and are usually full of additives, dyes and chemical preservatives, which are harmful to health. Their fat and sugar contents are generally very high.
Variety and diversity are the keys to a balanced diet.
Do not forget to diversify cooking methods, breads, oils. The goal is not to fall into monotony and repetition!
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