I’m certain that each and every student promises themselves to be healthy during the new school year. That’s why easy healthy meals are important. Eating right, going to the gym, not procrastinating? We’ve all been there. It’s October now and most of us have burst the bubble and just come to terms with the fact that it’s just not gonna happen.
How am I supposed to eat healthily when it’s all so expensive? My budget won’t allow that.
I’m calling that BS. It’s just another pointless excuse. This is why I came up with a list of healthy meals that all of us students can afford.
1. Banana pancakes
One of my favourite breakfasts to do. It’s easy, cheap and delicious. All you need is a banana, a ripe one would be best, an egg, a splash of milk and a few tablespoons of oats. If you want to, you could blend the oats to give it a consistency of flower. Then all you do is mush the banana, add an egg, milk and the oats; mix it all well. It’s good to wait a few minutes if you are using whole oats for them to soak up the moisture. Then you fry them like regular pancakes, you might want to use a little bit of oil so they don’t stick. And there you go! You can top them with yoghurt or some fresh fruit or eat them without anything – either way they will taste amazing! This is one of the best easy healthy meals!
2. Stuffed sweet potato
This is one of the meals that when you do it once, you’ll eat it all the time. What you need is a big sweet potato, some hummus and veggies of your choice. You can put the sweet potato in the oven if you want to, but I prefer to do it in the microwave. Punch some holes in it and put it for around 7 to 10 minutes depending on the size. In the meantime prepare the vegetables, you can use anything you have left in your fridge. Mix them together with hummus and when the potato is ready, slice it in half and place your toppings in the middle.
3. Overnight oats
Oats are not only really healthy, but you can also get them for cheap basically anywhere. And the overnight version is also a great way if you don’t have much time in the morning and want to grab something quick from the fridge. Mix your oats with part milk and part water, add some sweetener (it can be honey or maybe a mashed banana) and mix it well in a container or a bowl. Top it with frozen fruit, since it’s cheaper than fresh and enjoy in the morning!
4. Pasta with hummus and veggies
Everyone says students live only on pasta and even though it can be true, it doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy all the time. Boil some pasta of your choice, add hummus and a vegetable you currently have in your fridge. I suggest going for a tomato, but it could be some carrots or cucumbers as well. What’s more, if you have some leftover chicken you could throw that in there too.
5. Fried rice with veggies
All you need for this recipe is rice, eggs and frozen vegetables. Cook your rice as usual, drain it, add the vegetables and wait for them to soften. Then just simply crack an egg and mix it for a while. Then just season it with some salt and pepper, some herbs if you have. If you have some ketchup or siracha it would taste amazing with it, but it’s totally fine on its own as well.
6. Roasted butternut squash soup
Butternut squash is not as expensive as one might think and it will definitely give you at least two servings, so it’s perfect for meal prep. Cut your squash in two, add some oil on it and pop it in the oven for around half an hour at 180 Celsius until it’s soft and golden. Then put it in a blender, season with some salt and pepper and blend until smooth. You could also add some dry basil or even fresh one would be better if you have it!