Student survival guide to being healthy
Your years in university are both exciting and challenging, however can also be the unhealthiest of your life. When you mix in little walking, a whole lot of sitting and no compulsory school sport to get you going, you’re bound to start falling into some bad habits. Luckily for you, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks on how you can stay fit, healthy and happy.
Your time on campus usually involves walking from class to class, sitting in 2-hour long lectures, studying in the library and then spending time in front of your laptop completing presentations. It’s up to you to stay active, whether that be before or after or in-between classes. Regular exercise helps you study better, sleep better, feel better and even look better!
• Move it: Join a gym or sports team. Lucky for you, Students can receive 10% off MYGYM's month-to-month and 12 month direct debit membership rates.
• Climb it: It costs $0 to take the stairs instead of the lift to keep your body active.
• Bike it: Do you live close? Why don’t you invest in a bike from Big W so you can ride rather than drive.
• Leg it: There’s usually long periods of sitting at uni, make sure you get up and walk around every hour.
Believe it or not, it is possible to eat healthy food on a tight budget. Without a bit of forward planning, you might find that your money runs dry thanks to your daily takeaway lunches, and in between class snacks.
By spending an hour or two food prepping your lunches and snacks, you could not only save money but also save a few extra inches to your waist. Students, you’re lucky these days- you have kitchens fitted in your university common areas- take advantage of it!
Making lunch doesn’t have to be fancy. Here are two recipes that are easy and affordable! Plus, don’t forget to carry your water bottle and refill it- it won’t cost you a cent and keeps you hydrated.
Creamy spinach, cheese and garlic gozleme from Taste
375g frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed of excess moisture
2 1/2 cups grated pizza cheese
1/3 cup MasterFoods Garlic Kebab Sauce, plus 1/4 cup extra
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
6 square lavash flatbread wraps
Lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
Step 1: Preheat a sandwich press to high.
Step 2: Combine spinach, cheese, sauce and 1/2 the parsley in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Place 1 wrap on a flat surface. Leaving a 1cm border, Cover half of wrap with one-sixth of the spinach mixture. Fold wrap over to enclose.
Step 3: Place wrap in sandwich press. Grill for 1 minute or until browned and cheese has just melted. Transfer to a tray. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining spinach mixture and wraps.
Step 4: Meanwhile, combine extra sauce, remaining parsley and 2 teaspoons water in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Halve gozleme. Serve gozleme with sauce mixture and lemon wedges, if using.
15-Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl from Woolworths
300g Heart Smart extra lean beef mince
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground chilli, or to taste
420g can Woolworths Mexican style 3 bean mix no added salt, drained
2 x 250g pkt SunRice microwave rice and quinoa
1 small avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
4 tomatoes, diced
1 x 120g Woolworths baby leaf spinach
2 carrots, grated
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (optional)
Step 1: Brown beef mince in non-stick frying pan over medium to high heat.
Step 2: Add cumin, coriander and chilli and mix. When mince is cooked through, stir in drained beans.
Step 3: Prepare rice and quinoa as per packet instructions.
Step 4: Divide among four bowls, and top with mince and bean mix, chopped avocado, diced tomatoes, baby spinach and carrot.
Step 5: Squeeze over lime and finish with chopped coriander, if using.
You can pick up all your ingredients for these two dishes in our Fresh Food on Level 1.