There is a huge learning curve when first leaving home and your mother’s grocery shopping.
Going to the grocery store alone is intimidating and you will only get about 20 percent of what you came for. That is when you will realize that grocery lists aren’t just for soccer moms.
The key is learning to shop for one person. Find the right amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that you will eat before they expire.
Convenience is another important aspect when shopping for food in college. When at the store look for healthy options on the go. Energy bars, single serving cheese, and fruits like bananas or apples are all great options.
Cooking in college can also seem like a large undertaking, but preparing a meal for the rest of the week saves time and allows for more well rounded meals. Making salads ahead of time is also a good way to get vegetables in your diet.
One of the best ways to eat healthy, while also saving money, is to avoid eating out at restaurants. It is hard to make healthy choices off menus and can get expensive.
Stay away from sugary beverages and stick to drinking lots of water!
No one expects a college student to have a perfectly balanced diet, but if you stay away from overly processed foods and sugar you are doing better than most.
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