Last year I was in such a bad habit of constantly buying food whilst out the house, worse still it was never particularly healthy food either. So this year I’ve reflected on my eating habits and thought of ways that I could save myself a bit of cash, and feed my brain something better than a muffin and coffee for breakfast everyday (just some days instead).
Prepare food the night before. This has helped me stay so much more organised in general too, as when I pack my lunch for the next day I also think of what my plans are and then, whilst I’m at it, pack my bag too so there’s no mad rush in the morning gathering books or forgetting assignments. This also gives me something to look forward to in the day, knowing that I’ve got myself food sorted for later means I’m not worrying about what I’m going to do come lunchtime.
Keep it healthy. Our brains need fuel, so make sure that what you feed it isn’t just a packet of crisps, a chocolate bar and an energy drink. You’ll get a sugar high, a caffeine rush, and you wont be full for very long either, meaning that even if you do pack your lunch, you’ll likely end up walking to the nearest takeaway in the hopes of something more filling regardless. Try having a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and some nuts instead, or maybe cook pasta the night before and take that in for something a little more hearty.
Stay hydrated. It’s so important to drink water! Keep your brain on top form by staying hydrated. Bring a water bottle along and just refill it in the library, there’s no need to constantly buy bottled water if you can bring your own. Its cheaper and saves wasting plastic bottles.
Finger food. I know for a fact that I’m a mindless eater. Whenever I study I pretty much have to be eating or chewing gum otherwise I’ll end up chewing my pen to shreds. I don’t know why, but it just really helps me to focus. So I try to have foods that are to a degree engaging. My favourite snack of choice has to be pistachios. Cracking them open keeps my hands busy whilst doing my reading for my lectures.
I hope some of these tips help you when it comes to saving money on food and trying to eat a little healthier. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments.