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.
Hi Kate! What do you love about food?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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!
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Spill The Beans interviews by Sam Harrison.