Cheap, healthy eats


Before you run to Del Taco on your lunch break, read this.The one thing  college students universally struggle with is money. Going to school full time keeps us busy and our part time jobs never seem to be enough as we live paycheck to paycheck. Long days on campus require us to eat out and many believe the only way to hold onto their cash is to head to fast food chains. Fear not, I’m about to reveal that eating inexpensive yet nutritious is actually feasible.

Trader Joe’s Classic Greek Salad: Fresh cucumber, red onions, tomato, red pepper, feta cheese, kalamata olives and greek dressing. This salad is naturally high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron and fiber. All those health benefits for $3.49. At only 350 calories, this salad is a quick and easy winner.

Flame Broiler Beef Bowl: steamed brown rice and half veggies topped with beef and green onion. Fresh and satisfying! The large is going to come out to around $7 but you get the bang for your buck with this large portion. It also makes an easy leftover microwavable dinner.

Subway Turkey Breast: For $4.25 you can grab a six inch sub on nine grain bread with turkey breast. Throw some veggies on and add avocado for some healthy fat. Resist making it a combo to avoid the chips and soda (they are bad for you).

Panera Bread: Avocado, Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich. You are going to want to grab this one before your morning class since they stop serving it at 11 a.m. Egg whites, white cheddar, avocado, spinach and tomato on a sprouted grain roll. Enjoy this protein packed breakfast for only $5.

Jimmy John’s Unwich: Jimmy John’s is known for being freaky fast and reasonably priced. To make any sandwich healthier, order it as an unwich and they will substitute bread with a lettuce wrap. This is great for those looking to cut carbs and not break the bank. Most sandwiches are around $7.