Watching waistline, wallet doesn’t have to be tricky

By Chloe Gil


Eating healthy can get pricy, but it doesn’t have to be a luxury.

Last month, I went on a health kick, not to “get skinny,” but to become healthy. I started off strong, buying all organic, pricey foods. Then I remembered I’m a college student, buried in debt and on a budget. After looking at my bank account, I realized I should adjust my grocery shopping list.

It’s so much cheaper to buy ramen noodles over fresh vegetables, frozen pizza over fruits and bottles of soda over bottles of water. But trust me — you’ll thank yourself for choosing the healthier route later down the road.
Some tips to successfully accomplish your clean-eating goal are to price compare, be flexible with brands and choose larger sizes to save money per serving. I’ve put together five cheap healthy foods that won’t bust any college student’s budget.
Oatmeal – A box of oatmeal with individual packets costs about 20 cents a serving. This great breakfast option starts your day off by giving you soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol and also the risk of heart disease. I would recommend topping it off with berries, almonds or flaxseed.
Kiwis – At about 50 cents each, kiwis provide nutrients such as Vitamin C and E, and potassium. Slice or scoop out the green flesh for a tangy snack. Tip: leave the brown fuzzy skin to increase your intake of fiber and vitamin C.
Bananas – Rich in fiber, potassium and Vitamins C and B-6, bananas are about 45 cents each. One medium banana contains more than 400 milligrams of potassium, about 13 percent of the recommended daily amount. I especially appreciate bananas’ versatility. This fruit tastes great raw, cooked and frozen. Stock up the next time you’re in the grocery store!
Carrots – Have a crunchy craving? Carrots are the perfect healthy snack for those on the go and they only cost a couple of bucks. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes eye health, protects the body against oxidation and gives the immune system a boost.
Eggs – At $1.99 a dozen, each egg is only 17 cents. Eggs are great because they keep you full longer and are packed with essential vitamins. They are a great source of protein and contain Vitamin B-12, A, B-6 and D, selenium and iron. Eggs are also one of the easiest foods to cook. Use them as a base for dishes such as crust-less quiches, vegetable omelets and poached eggs on whole-grain toast.
Although we as college students have to worry about living expenses, books and transportation, we still need to remember to nourish our bodies with the best nutrients. Eating better makes you feel better and feeling better makes you look better.


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