Being in college, it’s easy to get fast food and just call it a day. Being overwhelmed with assignments, the last thing you want to do is go home and cook lunch or dinner. The 'Freshman 15' is something I have always heard about and it is understandable why so many students don’t have the time to eat healthy food. Realistically, a $5 McDonald’s combo sounds easier than cooking a nutritious meal. So I kept track of the lunches I had throughout the week and while not all of these are the healthiest, they’re easy and better than having to eat fast food every day.
The way my schedule is this term, I don’t have long days at school, but I do still take snacks so I can survive the day.
Monday I had only one class from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. so before I came to school, I just had spaghetti from Sunday’s dinner. Leftovers are the cheapest and easiest lunch because you don’t even have to cook again!
Tuesdays are a bit longer for me, so I brought a kale salad and chicken breast. Another super easy lunch because the salad can be made the night before and the chicken just had to be reheated when I got to school. Not everyone is a fan of kale so you could do a Caesar salad or even pre-cut vegetables work great with this lunch as well.
Wednesday I only had one class so in the morning, so I had a good breakfast. My favourite breakfast (that’s also easy) is eggs, toast with peanut butter and a banana. Like a lot of students, I used to neglect breakfast a lot, but if you have the extra time it definitely makes a difference - because when you go to school it helps keep you focused and energized.
Thursday I was not in the mood to prepare lunch and I also woke up late so I just bought lunch from the cafe. There are great options all across campus but my favourite is the pasta bar, I just made alfredo with chicken and it was a filling and delicious lunch.
Friday I just brought myself a parfait and granola bar because I had an 8:00 a.m. class and didn’t want anything too heavy.
Being in college, it is super easy to just go out and buy food, but taking a few extra minutes during the week can help you save money and create lunches you’ll enjoy and can customize. Don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while, but creating your own meal plan will save you money and time!