Trying to be your best you for the summer? These easy tips are a great start to healthier eating while on a budget. All of these tips and tricks are open-ended and customizable so you can get benefits that are to your liking.
Smoothies are probably my favorite thing to make as it gets warmer outside. Get a variety of frozen fruits and mix the ones you love. Frozen fruits are the best because you don’t need to add ice. They’re also affordable and last a long time. Buy juice to help the blender mix everything. I usually get orange juice or pineapple juice. My personal favorite smoothie is a blend of bananas, strawberries, raspberries, and orange juice.
You should be drinking at least two liters of water every day. If you’re an avid soda drinker (like myself), I suggest that you start drinking sparkling water with fruits. Two liters sounds like a lot, and it is, but it gets easier and easier when you start to notice the change in your body. Get a pretty water bottle and set reminders to take sips throughout the day.
As someone who can’t cook, frozen vegetables are life savers. I mix it in with rice and put some chicken in it and call it a day. Obviously if you can cook, you can easily make a more elaborate dish, but this one is cheap and filling. Just put the bag in the microwave and add it to your meals. Most bags of frozen vegetables are around a dollar so you can easily pick one up and a few other ingredients to make a sustainable meal for yourself.
Snack Throughout The Day
I always enjoy snacking throughout the day because it always keeps me full and energized. Mixed nuts, dark chocolate, vegetables and hummus, and fruit are my go-tos during the day when I’m stressed and need a quick recharge. With that in mind, it also steers me away from junk food because I don’t feel like I’m gaining any energy from it.
Make Meal Plans
Try to schedule out your meals. This helps you make a budget and allows you to cook for yourself. If you have roommates, friends and family that can join you in the planning, that’s even better because it makes it more of a social experience. It’s also fun to cook with friends and family, so look for healthy recipes to make together and try it out!
Eating healthier is only the beginning to a better you. Combine that with going on walks and doing more activities that get your body moving. Stay consistent and change will come.
By Abra Richardson, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago