Healthy eating at Uni can be a struggle, especially when you're on a budget; but it's super important to make sure that when you leave the comfort of mum's home cooking you continue to eat a balanced diet. 

No single food can provide you with all the essential nutrients the body needs. Therefore, it is important that you eat a wide variety of foods which will provide you with adequate amounts of essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals and dietary fibre, which are all important for your physical health and well-being.

It’s said that you are what you eat, so it’s no surprise that if your diet is good, then your mental health will benefit. A balanced and nutritious diet helps us feel good inside and out and has benefits including:

  • Improved energy which means more stamina and better productivity

  • Better sleep and improved focus

  • General mood enhancement

A healthy, balanced diet is what we should all aim for, but remember that it’s also important to treat yourself to your favourite chocolate bar or whopping great bag of crisps every now and again. Whatever your go-to treat is, we all know this makes us feel great! Everything in moderation. 

Leeds Kirkgate Market

Do not forget Leeds' best kept [not so secret] secret; the Market will have you gobsmacked at how cheap fresh, local food is. It is a must!

Plan the week

Creating a weekly menu plan will not only help you factor in all those healthy foods but it'll save you loads of money. Planning what you need to buy will help the food you buy go further - less waste and more money saved!

5 a day + water

Add a portion of fruit or veg into every meal. Bored of the same old 5 a day? Kirkgate market has a huge range to tickle your taste buds.  Don't forget to drink plenty of water. Remember all that amazing fruit you bought at the market? Pop it in and give your H20 some flavor. 

Breaking the fast

It is absolutely true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it kick start your metabolism but you'll have so much more energy for the entire day (trust us!)

Come dine with me 

Sharing is caring and we couldn't agree more when it comes to food. Pick one night a week to cook together with your friends. Either take it in turns to cook or each bring a dish. Divide any left overs and don't forget to share the washing up too! 

Meal Prep

Remember that menu plan you did? Incorporate recipes and dishes that can be easily packed up for lunch the next day. Why not make a big pot of pasta or salad that you can box up for the rest of the week? You'll save so much money as well as eating healthier. Win win.

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