It may be difficult at times to live a healthy and affordable lifestyle as a college student who is always busy, but here are some tips that could help out:

“Eat a good breakfast. Studies show that skipping breakfast detracts from scholastic achievement. When there isn’t time to sit down and enjoy your morning meal, grab a bagel, piece of fruit and some juice. Most of these items can be easily stored in your residence hall room,” according to clarke.edu. 

If you must eat fast foods, choose wisely; you can choose pizza with half the cheese, a baked potato, green salad, avoid dressing and avoid high-fat options like french fries, according to clarke.edu.

Keep healthy snacks on hand. Some options are dried fruit, pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes or whole wheat crackers, according to clarke.edu.

“Visit the dining hall salad bar. The dining hall salad bar can be either an asset or a detriment to your diet depending on how you choose from it. Of course, leafy greens, raw vegetables and fresh fruits are beneficial, but if you choose a lot of creamy dressings, bacon bits and mayonnaise-based salads, the calories and fat may equal or even exceed those of a burger and fries, so choose wisely,” according to clarke.edu.

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Drink lots of water, according to clark.edu . Your body needs at least eight glasses a day. Carry a water bottle along to class and also in late-night study sessions.

Don’t “do lunch” every day. Eating out with friends every day can expand your waistline and shrink your wallet. Find another way to socialize, according to jdrf.org.

Find a routine that works, according to jdrf.org. Once you get used to your class schedule, it is important to figure out convenient times when you are free to eat meals; that way you can avoid the eat-and-run.

It is much cheaper and healthier to buy your food at the grocery store than to eat out, according to jdrf.org.

“Get creative with your meals. Ramen noodles are a staple among college students,” according to the article. “Drain out some of the liquid portion, since it may have half a day’s worth of sodium. Add 1-2 cups of frozen vegetables before heating up the ramen noodles to get extra fiber, vitamins and minerals. Add 2-3 ounces of lean chicken, beans or tofu for added protein and fiber. Reduce the portion size of the ramen noodles when adding in other foods to cut down on the calories, saturated fat and sodium content,” according to jdrf.org.

When in doubt, ask. Creating a personalized nutrition and fitness plan can take time and work, so if you have questions, you only need to ask, according to jdrf.org.

You can ask an endocrinologist to recommend a nutritionist you can speak to, according to jdrf.org. You can also ask your doctor or your university health center nutritionist. Or you could ask questions at the local dining hall with the head of dining services.