Summer is now surely drifting away like the end of a weekend long musical festival, trip across the globe, and the dog days of a blooming romance that could have been. While the end is bittersweet, new things are quickly sparking as a new college semester arises.
Nevertheless, it’s the perfect opportunity to hop off and recover from the summer treats. Ice cream pops, double cheeseburgers, and alcohol from picnics and bonfires will still be around come next summer.
It’s your year to vow to stick to a clean eating routine because your body deserves it. Vow to treat your body like the holy grail that it is. Vow to treat yourself and keep it 80/20. Vow to love yourself, exercise, and keep an open mind.
Clean eating in college does not have to be brain science even when on a budget. Ditch the processed foods and snacks and take this list with you to the nearest grocery store as you prep to start the school year off on a healthy note.
Here’s a little sneak peak of some of my own pre-semester food shopping:
Grocery Shopping Essentials:
Tomatoes, Spinach, Onions
Oatmeal, Loose and Microwavable Packages
Almond, Soy, or Low Fat Milk
Whole Wheat English Muffins
Low Sugar Cereals, Special K Chocolate Delight and Honey Bunches of Oats
Whole Wheat Waffle Mix
Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, Watermelon
Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Bagels
Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
Sliced Deli Oven Roasted Turkey or Honey Ham
Lowfat or Thin Cheese Slices
Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Sliced Bread
Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Mixed Greens
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Canned Tuna in Water
Light Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard
Sriracha and Hot Sauce
Black Pepper, Salt
Canned Soups, Tomato and Chicken Vegetable
Whole Wheat Pasta
Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauce
Brown Rice (microwavable bowls)
Lean Boneless Chicken Breast
Green Beans, Asparagus, Packaged Greens, Cucumbers
Broccoli Stir Fry Vegetable Mix
Salad Dressing, Stir Fry Sauce, Soy Sauce
Reduced Fat Cheese Sticks
Boom Chicka Pop Low Calorie Sea Salt Popcorn
Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Grapes
Trail Mix, Dried Fruits
Dark Chocolate, Dove Squares
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet
Kashi, Cliff, or Quest Bars
Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
Water! Invest in a solid water bottle to refill on campus for free!
Tips and Tricks
–Stick to seasonal produce when looking to cut costs. Seasonal= less $$$ and more freshness.
–Buy in bulk. Non perishables liked canned goods, snack bars, and crackers can be bought in bulk to last the semester.
–Read the labels! Make sure you’re incorporating fiber, sugar, carbs, and protein into every meal.
–Check out a cookbook! You might think there is absolutely nothing to make with the ingredients you already have, but there’s always room to get creative.
Join in the conversation and tell me what else is on your college grocery list!