For today’s Hump-Day Happiness, I decided to give one of my own personal secrets to being happy- eating healthy!
As a young female college student, I am generally at least one of, if not a complete combination of all of, the following:
- Eternally tired
- As close to being broke as possible without actually literally having $0
- At generally 85% of my maximum stress level about classes/homework/work/extracurriculars at any given time
- BUSY. That’s the easiest way to put it.
- Trying to eat healthy quickly cheaply
That last one’s the real kicker. However, I have been able to find ways to ease the stress that comes with each of the previous characteristics describing myself.
I generally eat one real meal a day (usually supper) and sustain myself up until that point on snacks. But that’s where you have to be careful. Snacking is a dangerous game and once you get sucked in, it can be hard to crawl your way back out. That’s why it’s really important to make healthy choices. Eating fresh, healthy foods can help you feel much better inside and out, and can still be cheap and easy to prepare.
Yesterday I had an 8am. I don’t really like eating a lot of food right when I get up because I’m just not that hungry. Except for on the days when I wake up and my stomach is already growling and I feel like I could eat an antelope. That doesn’t happen often.
So yesterday I ate a banana when I got up around 7:00 and then went to class. By the time I got back home around 9:30, I was hungry, so I ate a clementine. I went to my next class and came back, and around 1:00 decided I would eat some lunch. Because I had eaten twice already, I wasn’t terribly hungry, so I had some cucumbers and carrots with hummus. Not a big lunch, but enough to keep me going. Later around 4:30, I was hungry and had a granola bar and some Baby-bell cheese (if you have not had those, you have been seriously deprived. Even if you don’t like cheese, the wrapper itself is an adventure). For supper at 8:00, I made a fruit salad with a banana, a clementine, blueberries, and strawberries, and I made some stove-top mac-and-cheese (I realize that is not keeping with the healthy theme, but sometimes you have to compromise).
So, I only had one real meal, and I had a lot of little snacks of extremely healthy, fresh, foods to keep me energized.
Fortunately for me, fruit is my favorite food, so it makes it easier. Overall though, fruit and veggies are quick and easy, have maximum healthy qualities, and can be cheap depending on how you use them.
Sometimes fresh foods can be expensive, especially organic brands! But be smart about how you eat and buy them, and it’s completely affordable! I enjoy combining lots of different fruits together, such as in a fruit salad or in a smoothie with other ingredients, in order to stretch their uses.
One of my go-tos which I had today for breakfast/lunch, is plain vanilla yogurt with added toppings. Today I added strawberries, blueberries, and granola. For a little more flavor, add a few chocolate chips or sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and you have yourself a few meal for super easy, cheap, quick, and on-the-go!
It’s not hard to make your life easier while keeping what’s important to you. I like to eat healthy, but I also need to be able to eat on the go without a lot of prep time. Get creative and try different combinations, and you’ll probably find something you love!
Remember, eating healthy will make you happy!