Spill The Beans #5: Food Tips From An MMU Student

MetMUnch knows it can be tricky to strike a good balance between your studies, money and feeding yourself.

With this is mind, we decided to speak to some of nutrition’s future superstars to spill the beans on their food habits, tips and tricks!

In this issue of Spill the beans we speak to third year Nutritional Sciences student; Keli…

 Hi! What do you love about food?

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Hello. Well, I love the fact you can be adventurous with different flavours and fusions. Also, I believe being creative with food is one of the best ways to stay on track with healthy eating. It keeps things interesting.

How do you fuel yourself before a day at uni?

Overnight oats with Chia seeds keeps me energised until lunchtime. Sometimes I’ll have almond yoghurt and berries or a homemade smoothie with either coconut water, pear, spinach and oats or coconut milk, nut butter, oat bran and fruit. Yum.

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 What’s your go-to healthy snack when at uni?

I really enjoy homemade energy balls from Deliciously Ella or just fruit, nice and simple. If I haven’t come prepared, I’ll just grab a Naked bar from the canteen.

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What WILL we find in your fridge?

Lots of fruit and veg. Tofu, salmon, prawns. Feta cheese, eggs, salad leaves, spinach, beetroot, avocado, hummus, soya milk, coconut water, butter, olives, chicken, yoghurt. chilli, coriander, purée and chilli sauce.

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What WON’T we find in your fridge ­ and why?

Processed ready meals as they are full of rubbish and bad for you. I love to make my own dishes so I know exactly what’s in them. Coca – cola!! I hate it with a passion and I refer to it as drain- cleaner! It has no benefit or purpose whatsoever.

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What three food essentials can you never do without?

Fruit and veg. My fridge is always stocked up. Also, a variety of herbs and spices –  especially garlic, coriander and chilli.

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What is your best piece of advice for food shopping on a budget?

Shop local to get fresh produce and support smaller businesses. Meal planning in advance is important to save money and always prep your food, so you have more time to relax after a day at university. I normally prepare on a Sunday ready for the week ahead.

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Thank you so much, Keli! We agree that meal planning/prepping can be a life saver. Not only does it curb spontaneous spending, but allows more free time to chill out at the end of the day.

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See you again soon for more spilling of the beans with our amazing nutrition megastars!

Want more foodie tips, tricks and nutritional advice? MetMUnch.com is full of recipes just for students. Find out more about our latest adventures in food at @MetMUnch on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

And that’s not all! Want a free recipe book of our favourite meals? Sign up to MetMUnch’s monthly mailing list and get a free eCookbook of student-friendly recipes.

Spill The Beans interviews by Sam Harrison.

Fabulous Foods to Kick Start your Day

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MetMUncher Lindsay Seccombe provides us with some excellent hints and tips about energy boosting breakfast ideas…

As a  University Student, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it fuels your brain with essential nutrients and energy it needs to help you through a day of lectures. It also satisfies the appetite, helping you to avoid overeating during the day, keeping your fingers off those chocolate bars.

Here are a few of my energy-boosting breakfast ideas:

  • Peanut Butter and Banana on Toast

We don’t really need a recipe for this one, but it is full of protein and potassium. A great combination which will give you all the nutrients and energy you need on a morning. This filling combo should help to avoid 10am snacking and satisfy your tummy until lunch time.

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  • Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast

So so yummy, providing you with essential healthy fats, protein and carbs from the moment you wake up. Start as you mean to go on!

  1. Slice the Avocado in half and remove the pip. Scoop out the filling into a bowl and mash together with a dash of salt and pepper.
  2. Bring a pan on cold water to the boil and add a dash of vinegar. Poach the Egg in by gently adding to boiling water and allow to poach for around 3 minutes.
  3. Spread the Avocado onto the Toast and finish by placing the Poached Egg on top.

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  • Fruit Salad sprinkled with Quinoa

Your choice of fruit from berries to bananas, slice and chop then sprinkle with a handful of Quinoa for extra energy and fullness to stop your belly from rumbling. Quinoa is an ingredient many of us are unsure of, however this complete protein has other health benefits such as being high in calcium, magnesium several B vitamins and vitamin E. What more could you want on a Monday morning?

If you’re veggie or vegan try adding more quinoa to your diet, as it contains all nine essential amino acid, helping you to meet your recommended daily intake of protein.

 

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  • Avocado with Egg and Cheese

Another tasty avocado dish containing healthy fats and protein, scoop and eat the contents with a spoon and you’re good to go.

  1. Slice the Avocado in half and remove the pip.
  2. Crack half an egg into each half of the Avocado (one will have the pleasure of the yolk).
  3. Place each half into a baking tray into a preheated oven (180c) for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, sprinkle with cheese, salt and pepper and place back into the oven for a further 2 minutes for the cheese to melt.

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  • Greek Yogurt with Berries

Your choice of berries from strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and so on. Add a spoonful of Greek yogurt for extra calcium and protein to start the day.

 

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  • Protein Banana Pancakes

This one is good if you’re bulking and love the added protein to your diet.

  1. Blend together 2 Bananas, 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt, 1 handful of Porridge Oats, 1 Egg and 1 spoonful of Protein Powder.
  2. Once blended add a pancake sized amount of mixture to a pan containing heated oil and cook on each side for around 1 minute.
  3. Carry on till all the mixture is used up!

 

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SPILL THE BEANS #4: FOOD TIPS FROM AN MMU STUDENT

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MetMUnch knows it can be tricky to strike a good balance between your studies, money and feeding yourself what you need to shine.

The start of the academic year is an exciting and chaotic time, but it can also be the perfect chance to form new habits – which will hopefully leave you with a healthy body, brain and bank balance.

With this is mind, we decided to speak to some of nutrition’s future superstars to spill the beans on their food habits, tips and tricks!

In this issue of Spill the beans Sam Harrison spoke to MetMUncher and third year Nutritional Sciences student; Emma…

 

 

Hi, Emma! What do you love about food?

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Howdy! Food is so versatile. Once you learn how to cook, you can be as creative as you please with dishes and your taste buds, and you can explore different delicacies and cultures out there. Food is a great social aspect too,­ going for meals with your friends, discovering different places and even hosting your own version of Come Dine with Me if you’re having a night in.

How do you fuel yourself before a day at uni?

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I am a bit of a coffee addict, so I always have a latte at hand before those 9am starts. I usually have porridge with a mashed banana for breakfast ­ it takes two minutes to make in the microwave, or if I have a later start, mushrooms on toast is my favourite. I make sure I always drink plenty of water before I start my day as well.

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I usually buy my snacks at uni. I generally purchase one of the many flavours of propercorn popcorn (sweet and salted is my favourite), as its super easy and tasty, but I often go for granola bars or just a piece of fruit too.

What WILL we find in your fridge?

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I stock the basic essentials: milk, yoghurt, cheese, fruit and vegetables. I buy products I can use for several different meals, such as peppers or carrots, and freeze them if I can’t use them all up in time. You’ll probably find the odd naughty snack lurking in the back too (Tesco’s 31p garlic bread, cough cough).

 

What WON’T we find in your fridge ­and why?

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Ready meals! They’re so bad for you, a waste of money and take up so much room, especially when you have a tiny fridge between four of you. I don’t usually have meat either ­ if I do purchase it, I buy it on offer and freeze singular portions, or just eat Quorn options instead.

What three food essentials can you never do without?

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Chopped tomatoes are a life saver at uni. They last forever, they’re super cheap and easy to store. I make breakfasts, pasta sauces, curries and even pizza from them. I also keep a few different spices in my cupboards, as they can bring to life even the most bland of meals. However, potatoes are my number one essential: mash, roasties, jackets, wedges, the list goes on. I can make so many different meals from just one food item.

 

What is your best piece of advice for food shopping on a budget?

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Don’t buy brands! Most of the time, branded and unbranded products are exactly the same, except for the packaging and marketing behind it. Unless they¹re on offer (aka, when Ben & Jerry’s is half price), avoid them if you can. Also, try not to buy massive food shops, sell by dates are a real thing, that gem lettuce won’t last forever.

Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom, Emma! We understand the need for a coffee in the morning, and we love your idea of sharing food with friends in your very own Come Dine with Me! As Emma states, a cheap item, such as chopped tomatoes, can go such a long way if you’re feeling creative!

MetMUnch hopes our wonderful interviewee students have helped the transition to university life!

 

Want more foodie tips, tricks and nutritional advice? MetMUnch.com is full of recipes just for students. Find out more about our latest adventures in food at @MetMUnch on Twitter,Facebook, and Instagram.

And that’s not all! Want a free recipe book of our favourite meals? Sign up to MetMUnch’s monthly mailing list and get a free eCookbook of student-friendly recipes.

Spill The Beans interviews by Sam Harrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spill The Beans #3: Food Tips From An MMU Student

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MetMUnch know it can be tricky to strike a good balance between your studies, money,  feeding yourself and what you need to shine.

The start of the academic year is an exciting and chaotic time, but it can also be the perfect chance to form new habits – which will hopefully leave you with a healthy body, brain and bank balance.

With this is mind, we decided to speak to some of nutrition’s future superstars to spill the beans on their food habits, tips and tricks!

In this issue of Spill The Beans MetMUncher Sam Harrison spoke to third year Nutritional Sciences student, Charlotte …

 

Hi,Charlotte! What do you love about food?

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Hello. I love how it brings people together at occasions like Christmas and birthdays and how much you can brighten up someone’s day with cake!

 

How do you fuel yourself before a day at uni?

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I usually hit the gym before uni so it’s not uncommon for me to have two breakfasts! Oats, eggs, whey protein, yoghurt and bananas are all on the menu.

My favourite breakfast at the moment is proats (protein oats) made with oats, grated courgette (trust me, it adds loads of volume) and whey protein.

 

What’s your go to healthy snack when at uni?

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Probably apples, rice cakes, cottage cheese or roast chicken.

 

What WILL we find in your fridge?

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Loads of vegetables, cottage cheese, hummus, chicken, turkey, fish, Greek yoghurt and all of my meal prep for the next couple of days so baked sweet potatoes are usually there too. I will probably have hazelnut milk and beetroot in too which are my current obsessions

What WON’T we find in your fridge – and why?

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There aren’t many foods that I don’t like or won’t eat but I never have ready meals in the fridge. They’re really expensive and never taste that nice. I love dessert but I try not to keep any in the fridge too often because I know it’ll disappear all at once if I do!

 

What three food essentials can you never do without?

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My spiralizer for making courgette and carrot noodles, soup because you can literally make anything in to soup and it’ll taste good and artisan bread. You can dunk it in your soup, make it in to awesome sandwiches and who doesn’t love toast!

What is your best piece of advice for food shopping on a budget?

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Load up on seasonal veggies which are cheap and cheerful. Cabbage isn’t sexy but it’s usually pretty cheap and full of nutrients! Veggies are great for bulking out meals, as are staples like rice, pasta and potatoes. Cheaper cuts of meat like chicken thighs and braising steak can make great stews and will feed the whole house or can be frozen and provide several meals.

Get a job as a barista so that you rarely have to pay for good coffee.

We will be back soon with more inspiring tips from our fabulous food fanatics, where we’ll be asking them to spill the beans.

 

Want more foodie tips, tricks and nutritional advice? MetMUnch.com is full of recipes just for students. Find out more about our latest adventures in food at @MetMUnch on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

And that’s not all! Want a free recipe book of our favourite meals? Sign up to MetMUnch’s monthly mailing list and get a free eCookbook of student-friendly recipes.

Spill The Beans interviews by Sam Harrison.

 

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Spill The Beans #2: Food Tips From An MMU Student

Welcome to the second in our series of student food tips.

MetMUnch know it can be tricky to strike a good balance between your studies, money and feeding yourself what you need to shine.

The start of the academic year is an exciting and chaotic time, but it can also be the perfect chance to form new habits – which will hopefully leave you with a healthy body, brain and bank balance.

With this is mind, we decided to speak to some of nutrition’s future superstars to spill the beans on their food habits, tips and tricks! 

In this issue of Spill The Beans MetMUncher Sam Harrison spoke to third year Nutritional Sciences student, Cennet.

Hi, Cennet! What do you love about food?

Cennet – Hey! I love how food can bring social circles together. Whether its foodie lovers on social media or family get togethers. From a nutritionist standpoint – I love how food can heal our body and give us energy to enable us to achieve our best.
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Spill The Beans: 7 Food Tips From An MMU Student

MetMUnch know it can be tricky to strike a good balance between your studies, money and feeding yourself what you need to shine.

The start of the academic year is an exciting and chaotic time, but it can also be the perfect chance to form new habits – which will hopefully leave you with a healthy body, brain and bank balance.

With this is mind, we decided to speak to some of nutrition’s future superstars to spill the beans on their food habits, tips and tricks! 

In the first issue of Spill The Beans we speak to second year Nutritional Sciences student, Kate.

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Hi Kate! What do you love about food?

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Kate – Hi! I love how food can bring people together and can also be at the foot of a big debate. One of the best things about food is exploring the many different ingredients and seeing different cultures, recipes and how diverse meals can be.

 How do you fuel yourself before a day at uni?

I absolutely love Scottish oat porridge – I normally have skimmed milk and change up the toppings from banana to berries with a splash of agave nectar. I love the way you can change porridge to anything you like, it is never boring and also keeps me full until lunch time. Not only is it nutritious, but it also contains beta-glucans which help to lower cholesterol.

 What’s your go-to healthy snack when at uni?

I love Aldi’s ‘Foodie Market’ range, they have cheap and nutritious snacks that always keep me going between lectures. Their range consists of fruit and nut collections, a range of seed pots, healthy flapjacks and even baked crisp breads.

 What WILL we find in your fridge?

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You will always find free-range eggs in my fridge, they are so versatile and can be made into a lunchtime snack or a beautiful cake as I love to bake. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, scrambled eggs on a wholemeal bread is my go-to after uni meal.

What WON’T we find in your fridge – and why?

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You definitely won’t find any ready-made meals within my fridge. I love cooking and always look forward to creating new delicious and exciting recipes.

 What three food essentials can you never do without?

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I could never go without mushrooms, I love the taste and always add them to dishes if I can. I also love tinned chickpeas – they are so versatile and scrumptious, making an excellent addition to curries and salads.

What is your best piece of advice for food shopping on a budget?

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When on a budget, frozen vegetables are a great way to get the essential nutrients without having to spend too much, they are often chopped too which is a bonus. Additionally, tinned fruits are great to get your 5-a-day when certain fruits are out of season, as fresh fruit is generally more expensive – but be careful of some in very sugary syrups!


There you have it, some wonderful tips and advice from a MetMUnch star! From cholesterol-lowering, versatile breakfasts to nutrient packed frozen veggies – thank you, Kate!

We’ll be back next week where we’ll ask another nutrition mastermind to Spill The Beans!

Want more foodie tips, tricks and nutritional advice? Find out more about our latest adventures in food at @MetMUnch on Twitter, Facebook, andInstagram.

And that’s not all! Want a free recipe book of our favourite meals? Sign up to MetMUnch’s monthly mailing list and get a free eCookbook of student-friendly recipes.

Spill The Beans interviews by Sam Harrison.

Kettlebell Kitchen: Restaurant Review

By Cennet Tezgel

A new restaurant claims to be Manchester’s first healthy fast food joint. But how does the food taste? MetMUncher Cennet went down to take a look.

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Exercise your tastebuds: Kettlebell Kitchen

Going to the gym and thinking about our food choices has become increasingly popular in the last few years, so it follows that there’s been a big demand for more protein restaurants to open in Manchester.

With a variety of restaurants catering for everything from vegan raw foods to junk food cafes and wine-and-dine restaurants, the new Kettlebell Kitchen – on Great Ancoats Street, on the edge of Manchester City Centre – fits in nicely with the city’s friendly, foodie ethos.

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6 Nutrition Tips To Get You Through Exams

By Sam Harrison

As the end of the academic year approaches, the thought of long summer days and catching up with friends may well be on your mind. For most of us, we must first tackle those long library days of revision and then finally…exams! Now, without a doubt this period can be stressful and a little draining, but MetMUnch are here to provide you with some simple nutritional nuggets of information to help you on your way.

1. Breakfast Is King (Or Queen)

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Now admittedly, it’s a cliché but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Your body has been fasting for the hours you’ve been asleep and requires a hearty breakfast to kick-start all its intricate functions.

A satisfying meal of scrambled or poached eggs on whole wheat bread gives a brilliant dose of protein and slow releasing carbohydrates. Eggs also contain a vitamin called Choline, which has been linked to better cognitive performance and protecting against memory loss (especially pertinent when revising).

 

2. Eat For Energy

To better aid the long hours of revision, your body should be providing the brain with a steady supply of glucose. Through aerobic respiration, glucose is the key source of energy within the body, and your muscles and brain (with that, your concentration) need it to thrive.

Foods with a low glycemic index rating such as sweet potatoes, quinoa or oats, release glucose into the blood stream gradually. This will increase concentration levels for longer periods (sadly, we can’t say the same for nachos or cookies).

 

3. Water Your Brain

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Water allows a large proportion of the chemical reactions to take place in our bodies, so the speed at which our body and brain functions is directly inhibited when we become dehydrated.

As mentioned earlier, after a period of sleep, we need to replenish certain things the body needs to operate optimally, and this includes water. Checking the colour of your urine is a strong indicator of hydration levels. The darker it is, the more water you need to drink. The NHS recommends we aim to drink around 1.2 litres of fluid a day, preferably water.

 

4. Move Your Body

Take a break from the books and get some exercise. Even a 30 minute walk can do wonders by boosting your concentration levels whilst naturally elevating your mood.

 

5. Plan, Plan, Plan

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The key to maintaining a healthy body and mind when revising is preparation. A little forward planning goes a long way to negating the risk of reaching for poor food choices which may hamper your revision.

Ten minutes spent planning your meals before you go food shopping will be worth it on results day!

 

6. Treat yourself!

Perhaps most importantly – set aside some time to enjoy your favourite foods or drinks in a guilt-free way. This will not only help to keep you motivated, but gives you something to look forward to at the end of a long week. I personally find the idea of pizza and cocktails especially motivating 🙂

Best of luck, everyone!

MMU Women In Focus

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, MetMunch have teamed up with MMU Engage and asked some of the most inspirational women at Manchester Met to participate in our Women In Focus project.

The name has been chosen to tie in with the World Food Programme’s Focus On Women initiative, which looks at how food issues and shortages affect women globally: http://www.wfp.org/focus-on-women

We asked each participant for their favourite recipe and will hold a vote on @MetMUnch on 7th March to find out which is your favourite. All recipes will be hosted here on MetMUnch.com, and you can share your own recipes and photos with us using the hashtag #MMUWomenInFocus

Check out our MMU Women In Focus recipes here.