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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Kelsey McCullough
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Healthy, yummy, and cheap??! Impossible you think, I’ll prove you wrong!

As college students, sometimes food can become a lesser priority when you have tests, assignments, work, and etc. If you live in an apartment on campus I have some tips on how to eat healthy while not breaking your budget!

  1. Make your own coffee/tea at home, and bring a travelers mug with you to class.Coffee is often very over priced at college campuses, try making your own!
  2. Try having a “family dinner”, have everyone bring different dishes and eat with a group of friends!(Try assigning everyone a different food group to have a balanced meal!)
  3. Invest in a crock-pot!These are great if you have classes all day, you can come home and have a meal ready!
  4. Left-overs are your friend!Try making more then you need that way you can freeze foods and reheat them when you are pressed for time!
  5. Canned and frozen vegetables and fruit are great options.They are usually cheaper, last longer, and just as nutritious!Don’t believe me?Check out this ABC news article.
  6. Plan your meals.If you know what you are making for the week it will make shopping easier and allow you to plan around your meals.
  7. Compare prices!Always check the unit price and price per pound to make sure you get the best deals!
  8. Try buying in season!Usually getting foods that are currently in season is a great way to save money.Get fruits and vegetables that are fresh from local venders all while supporting local business!
  9. Shop clearance.Grab a flyer when walking into supermarkets and look at what is on sale.Often times produce will have weekly deals!
  10. Try my spaghetti sauce recipe! I use the leftovers for ravioli, eggplant parmesan, and even stuffed peppers.
  • Simmer on low in a crock-pot for 4-6 hours in a crock-pot.
  • Combine: 2 cans of tomato sauce, 1 can of tomato paste, 1 can of crushed tomatoes. Add the vegetables and meat.  Season as desired. 
  •  Brown 1 pound of ground turkey.
  • Sauté: 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 4 cloves of garlic, and 1 red onion. 

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