Adulting is real, a real struggle too (sometimes). Up until I turned 20 a few weeks ago I could pull the whole “ehh I’m still 19, I’m not an adult yet, I don’t have to worry about that”. But LOL JK I’m 20 now and it’s time to embrace adulthood full on.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually love being a real adult: living on my own, being respected at meetings, cooking whenever/whatever I want, pulling all nighters whenever the heck I want to (I say only because I am typing this at 5am Sunday morning after pulling my first all nighter of my life to watch the sunrise with a few friends
before we all leave for the summer <\3)
But adulting definetly has it struggles. Like the fact that you need 11 quarters–ELEVEN I TELL YOU– to do a full washer dryer cycle for laundry. Where do these machines expect us to get those? Excuse me while I purchase a quarter growing tree.
Although what I really want to focus this article on is not my dirty clothes, rather my rather perfected list of go-to’s for healthy eating while sticking to a budget.
Before I go on, I want to mention my CollegeFit guide that touches on this and a whole lot more. It is a guide that gives you all the tips and tricks to successfully balance health, fitness, and happiness in the college setting. It is $2.50 here.
Big batch unsweetened iced tea. I drink unsweetened iced tea almost every day in the summer. This big bottle will serve me for almost two weeks, which saves me $2 a day! The entire bottle is $3-$4 at Wegmans.
Carrots. You guys know that carrot cake is my favorite thing in the world, but raw carrots are a go to of mine as well! Maybe not as tasty 😉 Raw carrots are actually one of
the cheapest vegetable per volume you can buy. I think I eat these as a snack 3-4 x a week. with pb. with hummus. alone. all good.
Cherry tomatoes. Same with these, they are a bit more expensive, but a delicious and refreshing snack. PLUS hey volume eaters, hey.
Two words. Rotissere Chicken. FIVE, only FIVE, dollars and you can get 3-4 servings from each one. Be warned: you will get a bit messy breaking it apart.
I gave up buying cereal precisely 3 months ago. It’s just one of those foods for me— I will buy it, and it will be gone in 2 days max. I freakin love cereal, like too much. So I started buying these 99 cent bags of puffed rice (they have other grains, as well). Not only is it immensely cheaper per serving but it doesn’t have added sugar so I don’t go back 500 times for another bowl! I love this mixed with peanut flour and almond milk. —> Money saving tip for peanut flour: buy it on amazon in massive bulk bags, not the jars from the store.
Popcorn, but more specifically, single serving size packets. Personally, I can go through a whole bag of pre-popped popcorn in one sitting (we’ve all done it, let’s be honest) and one of those bags in upwards of $4. I buy these boxes with 5-6 servings for < $3. AND, it’s hot popcorn. TIP: When it comes out of the microwave, add a little cinnamon and sugar to the bag and shake it up.
All natural popsicles. Especially in the summer I CRAVE something cold and refreshing. I bless my lactose intolerance for finding these babies. They are around $5 for a box of 12. They taste DELICIOUS, and no I swear you cannot tell they are made with veggies. For me, this is better than a pint or gallon of ice cream because 1. portion control 2. 30 calories each, hello. 3. so summery.
I want to know :
Ice cream or popsicles?
What is your favorite budget friendly healthy snack?
ALWAYS REMEMBER: YOU MAKE YOU!