Why should you spend your Sunday afternoons prepping meals for that long week at uni?
- You’re a student, you’re skint. Well either that, or you would just rather spend your student loan on something a bit more exciting than food. So, why not save your money by only buying what you need for the week? This way you can plan and prep your lunch for uni so you can grab it in the morning and go.
- It can also stop that dreading snacking between lectures. “Ooo look! A vending machine”. Control yourself!! You have wonderful and nutritious nuts in your bag or that tasty fruit salad you prepared on Sunday. You do not need that chocolate bar!!
What to do in 3 steps…
- PLAN YOUR PREP
Grab a piece of paper and jot down a weekly food plan for your Monday to Friday week. Use this as a checklist so you only buy what you need. Then get cooking, chopping, slicing ready for the week ahead.
- PLAN YOUR PREP DAY
Personally, I enjoy doing it on a Sunday night. That way, I’m ready for the week ahead.
- WHAT TO PREP
You want to focus on the meal you eat while you’re at uni…lunch. This is the one that catches you out daily, dragging you over to the canteen. You should try to mix and match your carbs, protein and healthy fats within your chosen midday meal. A favourite of mine is chicken seasoned chicken with Mediterranean cous cous, peppers and tomatoes. This is usually paired with a 3pm snack of nuts and a colourful fruit salad.
Need some ideas for a satisfying and healthy lunch?
- Mason Jar Salads
Mix and protein with salad, dressing and maybe a sprinkle of feta and bung the lot into a jar, just like this.
- Mozzarella, Tomato and Spinach Pasta, yum!
- Chickpea and Feta Salad (you could also use a mason jar).
- Soup – Blend those left over veggies!! (We hate food waste)
- Noodles with a dressing, protein and more veggies.
- Sweet Potato and Quinoa salad (add chicken if you’re bulking)
Ever thought of prepping your breakfast? Well if you’re a smoothie lover, try this simple tip!
You’ve just woke up, its 8:45am and your lecture starts in just 15 minutes. Don’t you wish your smoothie was just sat waiting for you, rather than chopping up all that fruit? Try this out.
Prep your smoothie, chop those strawberries, raspberries, blueberries…and maybe some vegetables such as kale, beetroot and spinach, bung them in a freezer bag in your freezer draw. When you wake up in the morning, grab your prepped fruit and stick it in the blender with some Greek yogurt and fresh juice (just the fruit, not the freezer bag!) then you’re good to go!