My Food Mentality| Feb Food Diary (for Students)

My Food Mentality| Feb Food Diary (for Students)

As I mentioned in my food mentality post, I am trying to eat healthily (NOTE: not diet, just eat 3 balanced meals a day) while also not spending a ridiculous amount of money on food.  I change my meals weekly because I like variety and I get bored of the same thing very quickly, but I thought I would give you a breakdown of the meals a typical day might include from time to time…
Breakfast

  • Fruit & Nut Granola
  • Almond Milk
  • Cup of Coffee with Almond Milk (If I have a particularly long lecture day)

40p per serving (£3.79 Initial buy)

I’m the worst when it comes to breakfast – I rarely eat it, and I know that it’s the most important meal of the day or whatever, but it just feels like there’s never any time for it.  That’s why at the moment I am trying to keep breakfast as simple as possible… it takes like 2 seconds to chuck granola and milk in a bowl, and I find it a lot tastier than other cereals, so it’s working out well at the moment.  Not only do I prefer the taste of almond milk to regular milk, but it’s better for you and it lasts longer (milk expires too quickly at Uni when I don’t have a family to share it with).
Lunch

  • Jacket Sweet Potato (Microwaved)
  • Light Coleslaw
  • Lil’ bit of butter
  • Chopped up cucumber on the side (If I feel like it’s not enough)

39p per serving (£2.60 Initial buy)

Okay, at the moment I’m having a bit of an obsession with coleslaw… I have no idea where it stemmed from but I’m really getting into it.  Yeah, it’s not the healthiest thing in the world because of the mayonnaise and whatnot, but we all need a bit of fat in our lives and I like to justify it with the fact that I use a sweet potato instead of a regular potato, so it balances out…  Occasionally if I’m feeling particularly hungry and I don’t think the potato’s gonna be enough, I’ll slice up like a third of a cucumber and pick at that on the side as well.
Dinner

  • 2 Mini Naan Breads (or 1 big one I guess?)
  • Tomato puree
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Ricotta

88p per serving (£3.99 Initial buy)

I’m addicted to pizza… like it’s a proper addiction.  However this is a nice, (albeit, more tomatoey…) healthier alternative.  It’s pretty simple – you smear the naan breads with tomato puree, then top with some sliced tomato, chuck on a few basil leaves, dot with 3 or 4 teaspoons of ricotta and then stick in the oven for 10/15 mins.  It’s incredibly simple and tastes amazing as well as making me miss pizza a little less.
It can be really difficult to eat healthily especially when you’re on a budget, but these 3 meals are incredibly filling as well as being relatively good for you and pretty cheap per serving!  Like I said I change what I eat quite a lot, so this is just a small little selection of ideas/inspiration, but depending on how well this post goes down I may do more of these in the future.
Tell me whether I should in the comments!
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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14 Comments

  1. February 16, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Yes please do more of these! I am trying to eat healthier on a low budget, but so far all I’ve been doing is boiling lentils and brown rice. Not very creative at all. Loved your ‘sort-of’ pizzas. I will be giving them a try 🙂

    • February 16, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Awwww thank you! It was a blog idea I was testing out but if you’re enjoying this I’ll definitely make it a regular thing! Honestly the “sort-of” pizzas are so good, I strongly recommend them!
      Jas xx

    • February 16, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      LOl! 🙂 I’m not alone! this lentil and brown rice is not life. Finally.

  2. February 16, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Mmm your naan bread pizzas sound delicious! I might have to give those a try! x

    • February 16, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      I don’t know what I was expecting when I tried them but they were so much more delicious than I thought they’d be! Definitely give them a go!
      Jas xx

  3. February 16, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Loved this, really useful toolkit for healthy eating on a budget so these are really handy, especially as I’m trying to eat more healthily now and try out different recipes, so this is great. I love the dinner option you came up with too, I love basil and ricotta, nice and versatile and naan bread is always tasty! – Tasha

    • February 16, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you Tasha! Yeah it’s so hard to eat healthy on a budget so I’ve been really hard to find healthy, non-expensive options! I’m really pleased with the response that this post has been getting and so am thinking of making this a regular series!
      Jas xx

      • February 17, 2017 / 12:12 pm

        I’d love to see similar posts if you’re thinking of carrying it on, it’s really handy!

  4. February 19, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    These are fab and I love that you have broken down costings! Forwarding it on to my student brother who needs this advice in his life!!! Xxxx

  5. February 19, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I love naan! Looks like you’re saving money and eating fewer processed foods than many uni students. No microwave macaroni in sight!

    • February 19, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Haha yeah I’m trying very hard to stay away from processed things! It’s working out well so far!
      Jas xx

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