Eat smart - be smart 

Heading off to university is an exciting time and it is easy to overlook some more practical aspects of leaving home; namely your diet and eating sensibly. The food you eat can have a massive impact on how your mind and body works, so a basic knowledge of how to eat healthy will not only make sure you get the most out of your university experience but also help you to create healthy lifetime eating habits.


A healthy diet is a diet based on breads, potatoes, and other cereals and is rich in fruits and vegetables.  It will include moderate amounts of dairy products, moderate amounts of meat and fish and other non-dairy protein sources and limited amounts of foods containing fat or sugar. No single food can provide you with all the essential nutrients the body needs. Therefore, it is important that you eat a wide variety of foods which will provide you with adequate amounts of essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals and dietary fibre, which are all important for your physical health and well-being.

Also try to include at least one portion (80g) of fruit or vegetables with each meal to make sure you eat the recommended 5 A DAY. As money may be tight, buying fruit and vegetables that are in season is usually cheaper, as is buying loose produce – money will stretch further. You can also save money by peeling and chopping vegetables yourself rather than buying ready prepared produce. Frozen and canned fruit and vegetables are also good options. These contain all the vitamins and minerals that the fresh versions do, so still count as one of your 5 A DAY and can be stored until needed. If choosing canned fruit or vegetables, try to go for versions without added salt or sugar.

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