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#HealthyU: Meal Planning 101

As a student it’s hard to get into a routine, let alone think about what you are having for dinner every night for the week. However meal planning can save you a lot of time and money.

If you are anything like I was whilst I was a student, you’ll be very familiar with the thought process of “oh I don’t have anything for dinner, oh well I’ll get a Dominos” or “oh I’ll just go to The Packhorse for dinner”.

I’m sure you will agree that this soon adds up in price and isn’t the best for your body. I tend to make a plan for the week of what meals I’m going to have and then do all my shopping in one go (so I don’t have to make endless trips to Tesco during the week).

If you aren’t feeling cooking three times a day then it’s also great to either cook in bulk and freeze portions, or prepare your meals for the day the night before so you can just grab them and go.

It can also be difficult to make sure you are eating at least three times a day. Making up meals the day before and investing in some good Tupperware can be a good way of making sure you’re eating enough each day and staying healthy.

Read this, and think you want to start planning your meals but don’t know where to start? Well we’ve got you covered with our new meal plan template which you can download here, plus some suggestions for quick easy recipes for you to try at home.

As always, get involved in the Healthy U Campaign by using the hashtag #HealthyU on socials and show us your meal plans – Anyone who shows us a meal plan for the week will be entered into a prize drawer to win a £20 fruit and Veg voucher for the fruit and veg market.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Breakfast

Yoghurt, Fruit, Granola and Honey

Banana Yoghurt Cranachan **

Super energy porridge **

Pancakes with fresh fruit and honey

Yoghurt, Fruit, Granola and Honey

Smashed Avocado on a toasted bagel with poached eggs

Super energy Porridge**

Snack

Fresh Fruit

Naked bar

Eat Natural fruit and nut bar

N’eat Bar

Fresh Fruit

Naked Bar

Co-op Mixed nuts

Lunch

Salmon

New potatoes and Broccoli

Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad)*

CousCous with chickpeas, vegetables and a herby sauce*

Stuffed pitta pizza*

Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad)*

CousCous with chickpeas, vegetables and a herby sauce*

Stuffed pitta pizza*

Snack

Carrots and hummus

Protein Balls

Pitta Bread with Vegan Cashew Dip*

Co-op Jumbo Juicy raisons

Carrots and Hummus

Co-op Mixed nuts

Protein Balls

Dinner

Stewed Chicken and Lentils**

Chicken Stir Fry*

Quorn Chilli** 

Meat feast tortelloni with tomato mascarpone sauce

Salmon, Sweet potato fries and broccoli

Stewed Chicken and Lentils**

Quorn Chilli** 

 

*This recipe is available to download.

**Head to the Union Shop to get all the ingredients for these recipes from Wednesday 14 January.