So a few months ago I wrote a post called “Why Eating Your Veggies is Cool Kids”, which I very much suggest you check out if you struggle with healthy eating. In that post I said I would follow up with examples of easy ways to get healthy foods into your diet. Now, it’s 3 months later and here are your exmples 😉
I am no way am I a health goddess. In fact, I am currently really trying to eat healthier after being on holiday and eating wayyyy too much bread. I just have a real problem with young people eating incredibly unhealthy constantly and not caring about it. Especially when they then complain about feeling like sh*t. I’m not saying food cures mental health issues because that would silly, BUT, your body is a connected system and your gut is connected to your brain. If your gut is unhappy, your brain is gonna be too. Our bodies are incredible and they deserve the love and respect to be fuelled properly. You also deserve the odd junk food binge everynow and again, but eating healthy should be the norm.
So, how do you pack your meals full of goodness and still feel full and satisfied?
Salads don’t have to be boring
Now don’t get me wrong, I very rarely order a salad in a restaurant because there are so many more exciting things on the menu. However, I do tend to make a lot of salads at home eitehr as a whole meal or as a side.
Here is an example of a big yummy salad to fill you up I made one day at my uni house while on a tight student budget. HEALTHY FOOD ISN’T MORE EXPENSIVE, don’t lie to yourself. With plum tomatoes, cucumber, mixed salad leaves, red pepper hummus, tinned lentils and some sesame seeds sprinkled on top. You’ve still got some excitement and flavour coming from the hummus rather than a dressing, which usually contain a lot of fat and you’ve got protein in the lentils which cost about 60p for a tin. So, that’s an example of an easy way to get some super pulses into a meal.
I made this salad quite a few times in my uni house last year. I’ve got some fried tofu with mixed beans, cucumber, plum tomatoes, romaine lettuce, spinach and some chia seeds sprinkled on top with a dash of balsamic vingear. This made an absolutley delicious salad. Beans are so important to get into your diet and this tin of mixed beans was so cheap in asda. Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and omega 3 so I like to add them to wherever I can.
Healthy ramen?!?!? Even from before the student life, ramen has been a firm favourite of mine. Here I have some extremely cheap garlic ramen noodles, which were actually pretty low in salt and saturates so make sure you’re looking in the foreign food isles for your ramen fix! I also have some fry’s vegan chicken strips, an absolute fave of mine for some protein, with lightly cooked cherry tomatoes, broccoli and asparagus. Lightly cooking your veg keeps in a lot more nutrients so I enjoy my broccoli to still be slightly crunchy. This was a delicious meal and I got 3 of my 5 a day in it easily. Result!
I eat a LOT of veggie burgers. They’re my favourite food and there are so many different types. My go to is frys vegan chicken burger, but this particular day we had beyond burgers in the house so I had a grilled burger with some fried mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Can you tell I like tomatoes yet? Spinach is full of iron and vitamins and is a super important food to be getting in your diet. I do actually have some dressing with this meal, which is a rarity for me, but I found some vegan caesear dressing and was desparate to try it. If you really struggle with eating salads/veggies and the only way you can stomach them is with a sauce then go for it,it’s obviously healthier without but its better to be getting those nutrients in somehow. If that means adding dressing, ketchup, mayo, or blnding you fruits, you do you.
These are just a few examples of how to get healthy foods into your meals. It’s so easy to just cook a bit of veg or throw on some salad for the side of your meal. My advice for students is to buy healthy food and less junk during your food shop because whatever is in the fridge and cupboards is what you’ll be eating. Also you’ll have to eat it before it goes off 😉
I have lots more examples of healthy food on my food instagram justaplanteater, I do also have LOADS of junk food on there though
I hope this post has given you some inspo for healthy eating