You have quite literally left the mother ship. Comforting home cooked meals are a thing only your dreams are made of and you are going to have to learn to cook. I know, shock horror!
Let’s face it, you could go through Uni life only eating beans on toast and pizza but you really shouldn’t.
Here are the habits we think you should be picking up…
Snacks – Skipping meals or feeling genuinely ‘hangry’ can cause us to grab convenience food, largely unhealthy convenience food at that.
Keep stocked up on healthy snacks such as granola bars, carrot sticks, nuts, seeds and fruit to keep those hunger pangs at bay. This will prevent you from grabbing something bad for you with zero nutritional value.
Protein – Keeps you fuller for longer and also keeps your body and muscles healthy. The top resources for protein are broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower, mushrooms, parsley, cucumber, green peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, beef, chicken, eggs, almonds, oats and Greek yoghurt.
Portion Control – I don’t think that there is many of us that truly know how to portion up our plates. Using our hand size usually gives us a good representation.
We should be serving (in one meal,) a palm size amount of protein, a big handful of vegetables and an entire fist size of whole grains.
Water – Step away from those fizzy drinks and treat yourself to a funky water bottle. Keep it topped up and in your bag at all times.
Toast – Toast will probably part of your staple uni diet so why not get creative? Toast isn’t just made for butter.
There is a whole host of delicious and healthy toppings you could try to make something so simple into quite a substantial meal.
Tomatoes and pesto, peanut butter and banana or eggs and asparagus for instance.
Fresh vs Frozen – You make think buying fresh is a waste. We’ve all had to deal with a smelly out of date cauliflower at the back of our fridge, haven’t we?
Buy frozen fruit and veg. It’s low cost, quick to cook and actually holds almost all of its nutritional value.
Batch cooking – Nothing to do all day? Get your freezer stocked up and prepare these three base sauces that will be sure to save you loads of time.
Wholegrains – Stock up your cupboards with whole grains, i.e brown pasta, quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat. Try and add these to your meals to keep you fuller for longer.
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I have been living in Brickworks about 7 months. Brickworks is a great place to live in. The location is really convenient (close to city center, good public transportation, near the supermarket and so on...). The buildings are pretty new (well maintained and very clean) it also offers study rooms, cinema room, gym, roof top party room and terrace. There are a lot of common areas for entertainment (PlayStation, Pool, table tennis...). Additionally, free coffee and tea services are amazing!
Brickworks team all of them are AWESOME. They are always up for helping... I highly recommend the Brickworks for people who need a place to call home... Thanks for everything.
I moved to Mayfair Court 3 years ago and we love it here. My apartment is spacious and enlightened by large windows facing Wilmslow road. Commons, including a flourishing inner garden are well kept. Staff are friendly and always there to help, and the community is diverse. Location is very convenient. There’s a bus stop at the foot of the building, a supermarket across the street, Bodey Medical Centre behind the supermarket, and plenty of restaurants and pubs around. I'm happy to call this place our home while in Manchester.
For a very spacious space with great amenities, the price is very mucb affordable. Good views and great support staff to help out at anytime of the day.
Searched for loads of student accommodation before I found this gem amongst the rest. Really nice sizeable apartments in a great student busy location. Would highly recommend Mezzino.
I had an excellent experience living in Brickworks during the last year in Dublin! All the staff members were always very friendly and did everything they could to make people feel welcome and we had a very good atmosphere among the residents. The flats themselves were comfortable and provided excellent living and working space, and the proximity to the city centre means you can experience the Dublin atmosphere. I have met many people and friends that I will take with me for life. If I were to live in Dublin, I would not hesitate to live in Brickworks again, it really was a great place to live!
Living at The Junxion has been a very homely experience for me, as from moving in on my first year of university I was a little nervous about living on my own so far away from my home in Liverpool; but that all change once I moved into my new room, as the buildings interior design gives off such a relaxing vibe that will allow you to study in peace. Although the staff in the building where so very comforting to speak to and will offer guidance on pretty much anything, as they are always there to help. Other than that I would highly recommend The Junxion to anyone as I am currently a second year living with my friend at The Junxion and I couldn’t feel more at home.