Eating Healthy on a Student Budget

Nov, 28, 2014

By Emelie Sandström:

On a daily basis, I will see/hear/read about people who think eating organic food is way too expensive. So theyʼll go for the quick, easy option of a frozen meal or something similar. Whether a student or anyone else on a limited budget, eating organic and healthfully can seem like a really difficult challenge. Some may say it is impossible. I beg to differ.

Eating healthy on a budgetI have to pay for rent, bus fares, books and anything else that comes my way. Oh, and food. I want to eat healthy, organic food. At the beginning, this seemed to be a real challenge but I decided to try anyway. Because meat is expensive and therefore not very budget friendly, I became a flexitarian (basically a vegetarian, but I eat meat when it is offered or there are no other options available) and decided not to buy any meat.

To keep the costs down even more, I try to buy seasonal foods and eat inexpensive foods like oatmeal for breakfast, and use a lot of lentils (great source of protein!). I also recommend visiting the local farmersʼ market, as they usually charge the same price or less for most common organic foods like carrots, salads and onions.

An added bonus when shopping at the local farmersʼ market is that your money goes straight to the farmer instead of to some

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middleman/company where the farmers get next to nothing for all their hard work. Another good thing about shopping at markets is that you can ask where and how the vegetables are produced. (Make sure the produce is local for minimum environmental impact.)

My tip to students or anyone else on a tight budget: learn how to cook from scratch. And plan! Planning is the key to being able to eat healthy, budget friendly food. Many will say the opposite and think it is time-consuming to stand in a kitchen and cook a meal every day. The truth is that, if you plan, you may end up spending less time in the kitchen.

I make sure I cook during the weekend, and usually Iʼll make a soup, a salad and a curry of some sort. This then keeps me going for the next week (lunch and dinner). Sometimes Iʼll freeze some meals so I have something to eat when my cash starts to dry up.

Even though organic food may be slightly more expensive, you probably get more nutrients for the same amount of money. This means that you need to eat less food as well. And isnʼt it great to know that the extra money contributes to a better environment, happier farmers and a brighter future?

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November 27, 2014


Emelie was born 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden where she grew up. She is currently living in Örebro, Sweden and studying environmental sciences focusing on food production and cooking for three years. In the end she will have a wide array of skills from how the Earth is impacted by food production to putting the food on the table in a luxurious and appealing way. Plans for the future include saving the world, graduating, travelling and doing her washing. Emelieʼs free-time is spent studying, visiting farmers markets with friends and watching her favourite TV-shows. She tries to live a low impact, green student life and wants inspire people around her to do the same and re-value the worth of good, organic food.

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    November 28, 2014

    i really enjoyed this article. Its great that students get some practical ideas. We need more of this 🙂

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