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EAting healthy on a student budget


healthy eating.pngEvery student out there knows that eating healthy is nearly impossible – especially when exams and final projects are due. We often opt for meals that are convenient and require little to no effort to make.

First off, people usually associate cheap eats with unhealthy foods such as chips, burgers, chicken strips, frozen pizzas, instant noodles, and so on. The truth is cheap eats aren’t necessarily unhealthy. Some meats, vegetables, and whole grains can be found for low prices at the grocery store. The following is what to buy during one trip to the grocery store that will be easy to prepare and healthy as well.

For example, a typical two pound bag of brown rice costs around $3.00. Each serving provides 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber at 170 calories. You can make this a complete healthy meal by pairing it with some frozen mixed vegetables and chicken.

A 24 ounce bag of frozen vegetables cost about $4.00 and contains up to 8 cups of nutritious veggies. When it comes to meat, I recommend buying a whole roasted chicken. They only cost around $12 and taste fantastic! Buying an entire chicken may sound like a lot of meat but you can use it to make other meals such as wraps, salads, or burgers.

In terms of snacks, frozen edamame beans are one of my favorites. They are high in protein, low in calories and can be easily added to stir fry, soup, or used as a side dish. They provide 6 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein per serving and these delicious soy beans cost only $3.00 a bag.

Use these tips to cut grocery bills and get in shape! And visit to view some of my favorite recipes.

Linda Le, JCI Fashion Student

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