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Healthy, Sustainable Food on a University Budget?

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Being a university student on a budget, and a strict one at that, it often seems that the food available to buy is all heavily processed and quite unhealthy at a low cost. Instant Mac and Cheese only goes so far. Does anyone have ideas on what type of foods are environmentally friendly, and healthy, without breaking the bank?

 

Typically, I shop at Safeway® because it is the most convenient and closest (I use public transit in a large city) location. I buy fruits and vegetables as often as I can, but recently began thinking about where they actually come from? Is it even worth it if your bell peppers came from 3000 km away? I've always been environmentally aware, but now, I would like to start making a larger effort to be eco-friendly.

 

Thanks for any advice out there!

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I know it sounds counter intuitive, but supermarket value brands often have the least dodgy things added to them. For example, smart price tinned tomatoes are literally just tomatoes. The more expensive brands (even the 'normal' ASDA own brand tomatoes) have things added. A tin of tomatoes is about 30p - definitely not going to break the bank - and great with pasta (about 20p a meal?) and some chopped onions, mushrooms and peppers - and spinach if you are feeling super healthy and a bit more flush financially. Cheap, quick, easy. Definitely grow your own herbs for flavour - dead easy and can be done in a uni flat!

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