Have you been attempting your very first grocery shopping trips for your college apartment in Blacksburg, VA? If so, the following list could be helpful to you if you want nutritious, cost-effective and tasty food that will let you step out of the cereal and pasta aisles and keep that college weight gain at bay.
Fruits should always have a place on your shopping list. They are nutritious and cheaper per serving than most junk food. Plus, fruits are versatile. You can eat them raw, chop them up for a dip or blend them into a delicious smoothie.
Vegetables should have a place in your diet. Veggies are chock full of nutrients, can be eaten in unlimited quantities because they're low in calories and are high in fiber and that means you'll fill up faster and won't eat as much. Some good choices are tomatoes, baby carrots, frozen broccoli, spinach and green or red peppers.
Protein is an essential component of your diet. It's what stimulates bone and muscle growth, and it can help you raise your energy level for those late night study sessions. An easy way to get protein into your system is to eat meat. Lean meats like chicken and seafood contain less calories and fat than beef and pork, and generally cost less too. However, the college student's best friend for protein is the ever-versatile egg. Eggs are quick to cook, cheap and can be prepared in countless ways. Perfect protein options are eggs, quinoa, frozen shrimp, frozen chicken tenderloins and black beans.
Bread and Grains
When it comes to breads, grains and pastas, "everything in moderation." They are pretty high in carbohydrates, and can easily be converted into unwanted body fat when consumed in large quantities. Just remember to always go for whole grain options and limit yourself. Here are some solid options: whole grain bread, long-grain or brown rice, whole grain cereal, oatmeal, and cous cous
If your schedule is typical of most college students', you may not have time to cook a full meal. Maybe you only have an hour. You usually won't go wrong with these quickly-prepared snacks and meals: protein bars, single-serving soups, trail mix, cereal bars, and peanut butter with celery or crackers.
Of course, here are some helpful additions that should always be included in your cupboards: peanut butter (chunky is best), salt and pepper, garlic cloves, olive oil and butter.
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