Sick of spending loads of money on food every day? Meal prep is the answer!
Setting aside a couple of hours a week to prep all of your food may seem like a chore at first but you'll soon reap the benefits.
Enjoy a wholesome breakfast instead of grabbing a bar of chocolate on the way to lectures, ditch the expensive, on-the-go snacks for your uni lunch and forget about costly ready meals on an evening.
Take some #inspo from Instagram and give it a go yourself!
Follow these tips to become a food prep master:
- Invest in some good quality Tupperware
Clip-lock plastic boxes can be bought for as little as 50p in supermarkets or why not save your old plastic takeaway boxes and use them?
- Be realistic
Don't try and prep a week's worth of meals at first. Set aside enough time to cook what you need, practice your favourites, and then build it up from there.
Write out a shopping list with the items you need and work out the cooking/prepping times. Don't go shopping when you're hungry, you might be tempted to buy unnecessary things!
- Be shopping savvy
Try and swap more expensive foods for supermarket's cheaper own brands and see if you can swap meat for cheaper cuts.
- Store correctly
Always store prepped foods in the fridge or freezer and be aware how long they'll last - you don't want to have spent ages prepping food for it to go off!
- Bulk out your meals
Beans, chickpeas, pulses and veggies are great for making your meals more substantial. These are much cheaper than meat too!
- Prep with a friend!
Meal prepping with your flatmates can save you even more money. Share ingredients, split the cooking and have fun in the process!
Kick-start your meal prep by trying these simple recipes:
Overnight oats are such an easy meal to prepare. You can make them the night before and eat in your flat or take them to your morning lecture - tasty and warming just in time for autumn!
Tip: Add fruit, peanut butter, nuts, seeds or protein powder to make it more filling and the added proteins will do wonders for your health.
Taking your lunch to uni could save you up to £5 a day! Choose a protein, carb and veggies or leafy greens to keep you going through the day.
Tip: Buy chicken legs or wings instead of breasts to save money!
With dinner, you can usually add a few more elements as you won't have to carry them around with you during the day. Don't worry about the leftovers, these can be added to tomorrow's dinner instead!
Tip: Swap sausages for veggie sausages or falafel which will be fewer calories and cost you less!