Sunday, 16 November 2014

Healthy Student Food



Being an independent student for the first time, away from home with meals being ready on the table can lead to a downwards spiral of unhealthy eating. I'll hold my hands up and admit that the first couple of weeks I was at uni, my eating habits weren't great - mainly pasta/pizza as they were quick and easy. But as the days have progressed I've moved away from the carbs, trying really hard to eat healthier. To give you an idea of what I've been making I've been taking snaps of my breakfast, lunch and tea/dinner so that you can see what a putting a bit more effort into meals can result in. 

Day One 

Breakfast - Porridge with berries and honey 
Such a simple filling breakfast, porridge is really nice to have in the colder months and the berries help towards getting in your 5 a day. 

Lunch - Tuna and refined bean quesadillas 
This was my first time trying to make quesadillas but I was so pleased with how they turned out. The tuna in these is a great source of protein as well as having many other health benefits. I also threw in some spinach, getting more veg incorporated into my daily diet.  

Tea/Dinner - Chicken and courgette cous cous salad
I absolutely adore cous cous. Again with this dish I added many different vegetables; spinach, courgettes, tomatoes .... Chicken is a much less fatty meat than red meat, and without the skin reduces the fat levels even more. 


Day Two 

Breakfast - Greek yoghurt fruit bowl and nutella toast
Yes I am still trying to be healthy, but this in no way means I can't have a tiny bit of chocolate spread on a slice of brown bread. I love having yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, it really helps start my day right and obviously the more fruits you use the more health benefits you'll get. 

Lunch - Pepper and spinach omelette 
Omelettes are ridiculously easy and quick to make, and so easy to mix the recipe up with different ingredients. For this omelette I used 2 eggs, peppers, spinach and onion. 

Tea/Dinner - Pasta with sausage meatballs and broccoli 
Pasta will always be one of my favourite meals, and broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables so I was so happy when I came across this recipe. The sausage meatballs were simply made by taking the skin off the sausages then rolling the meat into little balls. 

Not only has this healthy eating kick inspired me to try new recipes and be more inventive with my cooking, but I've really felt a difference in how I feel. No more after carb-heavy lunch lulls and I generally feel more active, meaning studying is easier! In no way do I think we should cut out carbs such as pasta all together, as you can see I'm still eating it - but just doing so in a way that combines veg and other nutrients needed in a balanced diet. If you'd like to hear any of the recipes/ways I made these please let me know in a comment below. 

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15 comments

  1. While I do indulge in candy, for meals I try to keep things healthy. I'm a vegetarian who avoids eggs - but greek yogurt, lentils, etc. are always high on my radar. This season I've really perfected the art of hearty vegetarian chili. Yum yum!

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  2. These looks so yummy!! Especially that quesadilla!!! xx


    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Yum! These all look so good - I really like having porridge for breakfast in the winter. Quesadillas are some of my fave things to make, always delicious and cheesy :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  4. Mmm these look delicious! :D

    I do miss having porridge for breakfast. I used to have it all the time, but nowadays I just don't have time in the mornings :(

    Big fan of quesadillas and couscous though! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  5. I think I need to take a leaf out of your book, I've been eating sooo unhealthily! Need to find some yummy healthy recipes to make!

    The
    Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  6. The Greek yogurt fruit bowl looks tasty. I love the addition of citrus; I often forget to add it to things like that. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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  7. These look delish! I've been trying to eat healthy lately too, and have fallen in love with chicken and avocado salad! Mm love pasta too!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  8. Great post! Its nice to eat healthier and get more veggies in your diet, makes you feel better! Plus, I just love veggies! :D


    www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

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  9. The food looks delicious! I need to try the toast with nutella :)

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    Ana Leote | Meet Me @ 2 am

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  10. this was such a helpful post, I'm always looking for new healthy recipes.

    Skin & Roses

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  11. Greek yoghurt is such a favourite of mine, so filling and often on offer in the shops!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  12. This will be me next year! Thanks for the inspiration, you better believe I'll be back! haha! It all looks lovely!
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 
    also on BLOGLOVIN

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  13. This is such a great posts, too many people think that students eat unhealthily! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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  14. Well done you - this is really lovely food and so healthy!!! I love healthy eating during the week and then might have a little treat at the end of the week or weekend! :)


    Layla xx
    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  15. Such a great post and a really nice blog :)! I will try some of those things!
    www.meetmys.com

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