The Simplicity of Meal Prep

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I think there’s a huge misunderstanding when it comes to eating healthy in college. College is supposed to be the time of parties, pizza, alcohol, and junk food 24/7, right? At least that’s how all the movies portray “the best four years of our lives.”

There’s also a huge misunderstanding when it comes to eating healthy on a budget. It can’t possibly be done. “Unhealthy”, processed, pre-packaged foods are *apparently* way cheaper than fresh veggies, chicken, and rice. But, I’m pretty sure that isn’t true.

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Protein Brownies

High protein brownies perfect for any gym junkie.

Happy happy Friday! Let me just fill your feed with a slice of chocolatey deliciousness for a second. I’m going to give you a little bit of a backstory on these brownies. So my neighbor, long time friend, and fellow fitness junkie Libby, also known as @fit_lib on Instagram, posted about these protein brownies back in December. She posted the recipe in January and ever since then, I’ve wanted to try them out.

I finally decided (six months later that is) to drive myself to the store, pick up all of the necessary ingredients, and whip up a batch of these bad boys. This recipe was created by Libby, and I’m just sharing it here on the blog. Here’s a few disclaimers before we get into this post:

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Overnight Oats: The Lazy College Student’s Solution to Healthy Breakfasts

Never make excuses for unhealthy breakfast choices again. Overnight oats are the perfect solution for college students and people constantly on the go!

There’s definitely a point every semester in college where I’ve given up on waking up early enough to make myself a healthy breakfast and instead opt for a sugar-filled granola bar to get me through the morning. Or even worse, when I still had a meal plan, I’d head over to Einstein’s and grab a blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Considering the fact I did that on almost a daily basis, I now see why I gained 10+ pounds my freshman year.

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Protein Bars: The Breakdown

Some protein and granola bars are nutritionally identical to candy bars. Here's what to look for in a protein bar to really get the nutrients you need.

Let’s be honest, the world of protein bars and snack bars is so overwhelming and complicated. You walk through the snack bar aisle in the grocery store and there’s just shelves and shelves of what companies claim to be nutritious, healthy, and guilt-free options. While I’m not trying to bash protein bars and snack bars, most of the time they’re none of those things.

A majority of protein and snack bars are basically just candy bars disguised as “healthy” options. In this post I’m going to break down one of my all-time favorite granola bars the Quaker Chewy Granola Bars in Chocolate Chip to one of my most favorite candy bars. It’s honestly shocking how similar the two nutrition labels are. Then I’m going to go into all of my favorite protein bars at the moment. I typically eat one a day so I have a whole list of favorites!

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No Meal Plan? No Problem

Are you finally off the college meal plan or you're just looking for ways to save money on groceries? Check out this post and see all the ways to survive off the meal plan in college!

Hey guys! I’m really excited about today’s post because I am proud to announce that I’m finally off the college meal plan and I’ve yet to die! Isn’t that exciting? I’ve somehow managed to budget and have three meals a day for the past four weeks. In those four weeks, I’ve really seen a change in my body in regards to my skin, my moods, and my fitness goals. If you read my latest gym post, you’ll know that one of my goals is to have abs at some point. And, I’m proud to say I saw a glimpse of them the other day which makes me very very excited.

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Even though it’s only been four weeks since my no meal plan adventure, I’ve learned so much about eating healthy and budgeting for food. So how much am I saving anyways? Well with the lowest college meal plan being $900 or so, that works out to be $225 a month. However, at $7 a meal, that’s only good for one meal a day. So, I’d have to be supplementing breakfast and dinner with my own income. Anyways, I’m not getting into how it all breaks down, but right now I’m only spending $200 a month on groceries, and that’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

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Budget-Friendly Healthy Grocery List

Looking to spice up your meals but still trying to remain healthy and under budget? Check out my go-to budget-friendly healthy grocery list! Perfect for college students or anyone on a budget.

Okay I’m not going to lie, but I was totally out of ideas for today’s post. I almost didn’t want to post anything because I didn’t have anything super inspirational to write about, but that’s when it hit me. On Friday I have a super awesome post coming your way about surviving off the meal plan in college! Super thrilling, I know. Anyways, I wanted to include my typical grocery list in that post, but honestly it would’ve made it way too long. So what did I do?

I decided to turn that predicament into a whole new post! Today I’m sharing with you my staple grocery store buys that I typically get on the weekly. My rough grocery budget is no more than $200 a month, which makes it around $50 a week. I’m able to stick to my healthy ways even at such a low price point. Also keep in mind that I’m making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks because this girl has no meal plan.

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