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Healthy Eating Hacks for Students

We talk to marketing student and recipe developer, Kaja about the importance of healthy eating whilst studying...

Research published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, offers the strongest evidence yet of a link between healthy eating and positive performance from students. Kaja discusses the types of food that fuels her day and how to stay healthy on a student budget!

KAJA ANDRINE BRATVEDT

Do you think that there is a link between healthy eating and study performance?

Yes, definitely! Eating healthy makes me feel really energised and awake. In addition good sleeping habits gives me daytime alertness, I rarely go to bed after 10pm. Exercising also makes me a happy person which is important for my study motivation.

 

Which foods do you feel help with your concentration when studying?  

Veggies and fruits! I usually bring some freshly pressed green juice with me to lectures. My favourite combo is green apples, spinach, cucumber, ginger and lime. A bar is also great as a fast snack whenever I feel my concentration is going down. LoveRaw's Rosehip & Lemon snack bar is my favourite! Basically, fast carbs are great brain fuels. (I stick to healthy options such as fruit)

 Green Juice

How do you stay healthy when you are busy and on-the-go?

One of the most important things I've learnt when it comes to eating healthy is to be prepared. I do a lot of meal planning and meal prep. At the beginning of the week I plan all my meals and purchase whatever I need for them. I prepare my breakfasts, snacks and lunches every evening so I don't have to rush making meals in the morning before I go to school. I also find it helpful to have bars and fruit available to grab whenever I'm in a hurry. I rarely go anywhere without a bar in my purse!

What tips would you give for eating healthy on a budget?

Healthy eating is renowned to be quite expensive. However, when you exclude meat, fish, dairy and other processed foods you'll have quite a lot of money left for veggies, fruit and other plant-based foods. So for me it's never been a problem to eat healthy on a budget. I do pay attention to discounts though and try to eat as seasonal as possible. Doing meal prep and bringing your own lunch and snacks is also a good way to avoid ending up purchasing lunch and other snacks at school/work etc.

Meal Prep!

Describe what you eat in a typical day.

I usually have matcha nice cream topped with oats, nuts, seeds and berries for breakfast. A cold-pressed juice and a bar as a mid-morning snack. Ezekiel toasts with coconut oil, spinach and avocado for lunch. A fruit as an afternoon snack. A mix of quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, kale and avocado for dinner. And a raw chocolate for dessert - I always have dessert!

Quinoa Salad

What's your favourite 'study fuel' recipe?!

My spelt & banana pancakes! They're so easy to make and still tastes good after being brought in a box.

Follow Kaja on Instagram for more healthy eating inspo!

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