College life can be a little overwhelming sometimes. In that rush, while we are taking care of everything, we might forget to take care of ourselves. Many college students forget to eat healthy and good food. It’s a common feat for college students to resort to cheap instant foods. This saves them both time and money. But it is really important to have good and healthy meals, all times of the day.
There are a lot of things that will make a student spend their money. Rent, textbooks, utility bills, and gas, among other items, compete for the few resources available to a student. It leaves them with little to spare for their meals. But they need a decent serving every mealtime. They are left with the tough choice of picking what to eat and what foods to admire from a distance. But there’s a way that they can.
Ideas about affordable meals for college students help them to save time and resources. It is also a chance to show creativity in the kitchen while still considering your nutritional as well as dietary needs. Saving on meals does not have to mean sacrificing your health.
A good meal does not have to be expensive. You can also enjoy a decent healthy meal without spending a fortune. There are few meals that you can cook up without emptying your pockets. They are also super easy to make. Here are 10 healthy yet affordable meals you can try in college.
1. Ramen Noodles
A package of Ramen Noodles costs $0.07 but it comes with taste fatigue. The idea of throwing noodles in boiling water and serving in a few minutes is also no longer exciting. The trend now is to have a larger pack that you can enhance with onions, tomatoes, carrots, and snap peas, among other additives. A little oil, beef, or chicken will also enhance the meal.
The additives make the meal healthier and more enjoyable. They also help you to try new kitchen skills to placate your taste buds. It will take a few minutes to prepare the meal yet you will be full. You might’ve seen people upscale ramen on Instagram as well. You can make it with sausages, vegetables, boiled or fried eggs, and even cheese. The meal is nutritious and doesn’t need you to spend a fortune. It can be served in a variety of ways to avoid monotony.
2. Overnight Oatmeal
Are you having a rushed morning yet you have a tough day ahead? Then, overnight oatmeal is the perfect start to your day. It’ll help you awaken your senses and provide the energy you need to run a rough day. With half a cup of rolled oats, greek yogurt, and blueberries, you are ready for a fantastic breakfast in a flash. Add ingredients like honey, nuts, and salt to make a delicious meal. It takes a minute to prepare yet packs enough energy for any hectic day in college.
All you need to do is soak oats in water and salt overnight. You can do it in a mason jar. By morning, you’ll have oatmeal that you can serve with fruits and yogurt. You can also have regular oatmeal if you want, I have nothing against that. But the overnight oatmeal is your answer to a quick and healthy breakfast.
If you want you can also experiment with your oatmeal toppings. You can make sweet or savory oatmeal based on your preference. You can top it with fruits, nuts, and berries to make it sweet. To make it savory, you can top it with some salsa, fried or boiled egg, some avocado, and seasonings.
3. Avocado Toast
Avocado is one of the healthiest meals for college students. As a superfood, it offers a wide range of nutrients that will keep you healthy and provide the energy you need to run a day. Avocado can be eaten as breakfast or a snack to replenish your energy during the day.
It takes minutes to prepare the toast. You only need to place some toast on the board and spread the avocado between the slices. It offers instant satisfaction and will keep you full all day. If you want, you can top the avocados with more toppings of your choice. Some suggestions include eggs, tomatoes, meats, fish, and some mango with chili powder.
4. Veggie Omelet
Eggs are a great way to start your day. You can get your dose of daily protein with them along with the energy to continue through the day. You can combine eggs with some vegetables to make a delicious and nutritious veggie omelet.
You can use any vegetables of your choice. You can add spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and even some carrots to your omelet. Whisk the eggs and mix with the chopped vegetables. Cook in a pan and your meal will be ready in a few minutes.
Wraps are perfect foods to eat at home or take out for a picnic. They also leave you with acres of creative space. Whether you want to add vegetables, eggs, meat, and even fruits, it is up to your taste. Your meal will be ready in minutes.
Wraps are great for everyone, if you love meat, or are a vegetarian or a vegan. To make a veggie wrap, you can wrap some lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, pickles, and some sauces in a tortilla. Just take out the cheese for a vegan option. For meat, you can add chicken, turkey, or some beef along with vegetables and cheese. This will make a healthy and fulfilling lunch option. You can even take them with you to your college.
Stir-fry is another quick yet healthy meal for college students. Besides being nutritious and delicious, the stir-fry is also affordable. All you need to do is buy some vegetables. If you want meat in the stir-fry, add some beef or chicken. It is a portion for one, it shouldn’t cost you much.
You can use a little oil and stir fry your meat and veggies in it. You can use carrots, bell peppers, baby corn, onions, etc. Add some sauces to the mix like soy sauce, ketchup, or any other sauce you prefer. Serve it up with some rice and you’re ready to enjoy!
7. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is an easy-to-make meal. This pair is also a quick fix for gloomy weather. I admit grilled cheese might not be healthy but it is comforting. Tomato soup, on the contrary, is the healthy option in this duo. If you are feeling under the weather, this is the perfect affordable meal to help you cozy up.
Now, when I say chicken I cover a lot of dishes. Chicken will help you prepare a lot of healthy meals. You can make chicken breasts with rice and veggies, chicken salad, and chicken and quinoa bowl. You can bake or pan-fry some chicken and serve them with stir-fry vegetables and rice.
To make chicken salad, you need chopped cooked chicken. Then, you need to mix it with lettuce, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. Add some taste with a light lemon, vinegar, and spice dressing.
Another great meal idea with chicken in a healthy chicken quinoa bowl. You need some cooked chicken, cooked quinoa and some vegetables. Mix them together and serve them with a tahini dressing. These are all great dinner ideas.
9. Yogurt Bowls
Yogurt bowls are a great and healthy snack. They are rich in protein, fiber, and other nutrients. They are also fairly easy to make. All you need is some Greek Yogurt, nuts, fruits, and granola. You can get Greek Yogurt from any grocery store.
Put the yogurt in a bowl and top it with berries and fruits like strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, etc. Also, add nuts like walnuts, pecan, sliced almonds, etc. To add some more crunch and fiber to it, top the yogurt with some granola. Now, all there’s left to do is munch on it.
10. Energy Bars
Energy bars are a great way to satiate your hunger and recharge your energy on the go. You can make delicious energy bars once a week and store them. These bars are also very easy to make. All you need to do is mix some peanut butter with maple syrup, rolled oats, blueberries, pistachios, and a pinch of salt. Mix all of these together and roll them to make energy bars. You can also make small energy bites from them.
So, this was a list of 10 healthy meals for college students that are affordable and easy to make. A great way to make sure you don’t overspend is to set a budget. You can also buy things in bulk or at sales. Also, if you don’t have time in the morning, you should do meal prep on the weekends or the night before. These are great ways to save up some money as well as time.
Now, it’s time for me to go. Tell me in the comments what easy healthy and meal did you like the best. I shall take your leave. I’ll see you next time with another fun and great article. Bye and happy eating!