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How To: Eat healthy while maintaining a budget

How To: Eat healthy while maintaining a budget

How To: Eat healthy while maintaining a budget
January 30
22:59 2014

Dana Pisciottano // Intern Writer

The Student Money Management Center hosted a workshop Wednesday night to educate students on eating healthy while maintaining a budget.

Rachel Grimes, the Center’s assistant director of programming, and health promotion senior Ogechi Agada led the workshop and provided beneficial tips for how to save time and money at home and at the store.

“Typical students are busy so we make poor choices because of convenience,” Agada said.

Grimes and Agada provided tips for how to eat smart as a student:

  • Plan a menu for the week
  • Make a detailed shopping list
  • Practice portion control
  • Avoid snacking

Preplanning meals and making a list eliminates problems associated with grocery shopping. Lists ensure shoppers won’t forget anything or get distracted by unnecessary items, saving both time and money.

“Don’t grocery shop hungry,” said Agada. “You will spend more time and money in the story and you won’t buy as healthy.”

When portion control is practiced, food lasts longer. This saves time and money in the long run and prevents overeating.

Instead of spending $1.50 a day on chips from a vending machine, spending $5 a week on a healthier alternative such as fruit. It will last longer and prove more beneficial to the body.

Healthy snacks can keep students full longer. Whole wheat bread, peanut butter and a bananas provide a richer combination of nutrients.

The Student Money Management Center is offering a Cooking Healthy on a Budget workshop February 13, from 5-7 p.m. in Chestnut Hall 324. Students will cook two side dishes, a main dish and a dessert while also learning about the financial aspects of the meal. Space is limited so contact the center if interested (940) 369-7761.

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