My Food Mentality | March Food Diary (for students)

After how well received my February food diary was, I decided I’d make this a monthly feature so welcome to the March edition!  

As it has been mentioned loads of times now, I was feeling really insecure in February and it would have been so easy to slip back into my old unhealthy eating habits by cutting calories or stopping eating altogether.  However, I stayed strong, and I focused on foods that would make my body feel good and fit/strong, rather than unhealthy habits that would make me “drop weight quick” (trust me, those these may help short term they’re so bad for you and they don’t help long term).  Therefore, this food diary really works on what’s inside the foods – I tried to keep things balanced, with a good source of nutrients whilst also keeping it cheap and easy (I am in Uni after all…)

Breakfast

  • Oats So Simple Plain Porridge Sachets
  • Almond Milk
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • Cinnamon

59p per serving (5.54 initial buy)

This is a really great breakfast to keep you going during long days!  I’ve never really believed the hype about porridge but I’ve really loved it recently… It fills you up and makes you all warm inside and I strongly recommend it to start a long day.  I usually can’t eat porridge without honey (loooooads of honey) but as I said, I’m trying to stay away from processed things, and honestly crushing a ripe banana in your bowl of porridge provides a natural sweetness that doesn’t have me reaching for honey or syrups.  

Lunch

  • Brown toast
  • Half an Avocado
  • Paprika/Chilli flakes
  • Lemon
  • Egg

87p per serving (£3.40 initial buy)

I know that Avocado on toast is the most cliche thing in the world, and honestly I’d never really had it, but every so often I binge watch Melanie Murphy’s food diaries (and all her other Youtube videos to be honest) and her recipe for Avocado on toast looked really good.  You can find a video of her making it here, but essentially mash the avocado, season and squeeze in lemon juice, add a sprig of olive oil, smear that on toast and put a fried egg on top.  It’s so filling, and honestly if you like avocados give it a try!

Dinner

  • Linguine
  • Tomato Passata (like tinned tomatoes, but smooth)
  • Prawns
  • Garlic
  • Mussel meat
  • Parmesan (optional)

£1.30 per serving (5.19 Initial buy)

Honestly I only made this because I’d had prawns in my freezer for ages and I needed an excuse to use them but OMG it tasted soooo good.  It’s a great meal if you’re in need of a quick fix and the use of seafood instead of meat makes it less fatty and chock full of essential nutrients.  It literally takes 15 minutes to make: put the pasta to boil, then fry the garlic, throw in the prawns and mussel meat (I get the ones that are already cooked, but you need to warm them up), then chuck in the passata and when the pasta’s done drain it and stir it into everything else.  This makes around 4 servings, so I usually separate the portions and either freeze them or leave them in the fridge for microwaving on a different day.  I’ll also throw in some basil from time to time (when I remember to buy basil).

And there you have it.  This month I found that focusing on the ingredients in my food instead of the calories stopped me from resorting back to old habits, and actually kept me feeling full but not bloated.  I’m enjoying cooking from scratch and always looking for quick and easy things to make, so if you have any suggestions leave me ideas in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed this months food diary!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

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9 thoughts on “My Food Mentality | March Food Diary (for students)

  1. Ocean Bream says:

    Hey this is a really good idea to keep on track with eating nutritious food and keeping to a budget! 🙂 Do you eat any snacks during the day? I find I usually have to snack on stuff and the only thing that keeps me from reaching for the nutella is clementines!

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