Does the thought of food shopping terrify you? Be frightened no longer, we've got a rundown of 10 absolute staple foods for any student!

 

1. Bread

Ah, the humble bread. Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Have it soft or toasted. Have brown bread, white bread, wholemeal or granary. Have a sandwich or, if you’re feeling ambitious, bread-and-butter pudding. Bread is your friend.

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2. Eggs

Eggs are a glorious food that can be cooked numerous ways: fried, boiled, scrambled, poached etc. Even served on their own, eggs are filling and full of protein – good for keeping you healthy and active.

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3. Pasta

Arguably the main staple of most students, pasta can be stored for ages without going off and is very cheap to buy – win! Learn to make some stock sauces, such as bolognese or carbonara, to liven up your pasta – trust us, you’re going to be eating A LOT of it for the next three years…

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4. Cheese

Let’s be honest, the biggest shock of going to university is not the heavy workload or living alone – it’s the high cost of cheese. £3.00 for a small block of Red Leicester? What a rip off!

But this doesn’t mean you should give up the cheese for good – it will liven up most meals and is a great treat when melted on toast. Just go sparingly, ok?

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5. Salt

Another substance to used lightly, salt is vital for flavouring in dishes. If you’re having cravings, sprinkle some salt on to nuts or cooked potatoes (see below).

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6. Veggies

Now, guys, you’re going to have to eat SOME vegetables at least once a day. Fresh vegetables aren’t as expensive as you might think, and they can easily be added to meals like pasta, soups or stews. They provide vital nutrients and leave you feeling healthy and energised for working. Don’t be afraid to embrace the green!

 

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7. Fruit

Another important part of a healthy student diet. While fresh fruit can be costly, tinned fruit maintains the same vitamins and is easier and cheaper to store. Also useful if you’re craving sugar.

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8. Potatoes

“Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew!” In America, they even have them for dessert! (Which, to be honest, is one of the least upsetting things about America)

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9. Bacon

Packs of bacon can be brought cheaply and frozen. A little chopped-up bacon can liven up meals like pasta or omelettes, adding extra flavour and texture – and of course, a bacon sandwich is one of the biggest treats a student can get!

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10. Nuts

Nuts (no, not those nuts you dirty lot) are incredibly healthy, providing high doses of vitamins depending on the type – perfect for the exam season. They make a healthier, more filling alternative snack to crisps.

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