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How to fuel your body and your mind! (In 15 minutes or less)

food portraitEating is an extremely important part of our everyday lives and unfortunately all too often it’s treated as a dreaded chore rather than a vital necessity, especially among students. Given that we already have so much on our plate, carving out a chunk of time to prepare a healthy meal is often the last thing we want to do. However, the process does not have to be difficult and in the long run will greatly benefit not only your physical health but your mental abilities as well.

On the Health Canada website it states that the average person should be eating two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables daily. They go on to say that 75% of us are not receiving anywhere close to this amount. This lack of proper fruit and vegetable intake leads to various health complications and inhibits individuals from performing at their full potential! In order to help you on your quest to better eating, here are three super quick and easy meals that anyone can conjure up in their kitchen.

Stir Fry

This quick and easy meal has long been on the list of college student dinners. With the only necessity being a pan and a few vegetables this dish is a no brainer! It’s a healthy meal you can make in under 20 minutes.

What you need:

  • Noodles or rice
  • Chicken (optional)stir fry
  • Peppers
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Corn

How to:

Step 1: Cut up all your vegetables and your chicken

Step 2: Mix in with soya sauce or sauce of preference

Step: Let simmer in pan for 10 minutes on high heat, mix in rice or noodles and enjoy!  

Quinoa Mix

Grab a pot, boil some quinoa, mix in with a few vegetables and soya sauce, and voila! This dish is Gordon Ramsey approved.

What you need:

  • Chicken (optional)
  • Mix with soya saucebowl
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Carrots

How to:

Step 1: Pour some water in a pot and place it on the stove until it reaches the boiling point

Step 2: Place vegetables on chopping board and cut them up

Step 3: Add any sauce you would like, mix quinoa and vegetables and enjoy

Chicken Caesar Wraps

This dish is for the lazy child in all of us but is as yummy as any other.

What you need:

  • Wrap white or whole wheat
  • Chicken (good substitute is slightly cooked tofu or white beans)
  • Lettuce
  • Pepperchicken ceasar wrap
  • Caesar sauce
  • Cheddar cheese

How to:

Step 1: Heat up either a white or brown pita wrap

Step 2: Cut up your ingredients

Step 3: Place them in the wrap, wrap it up, drizzle on some Caesar dressing and bask in your cooking greatness!

Remember, eating healthy is an important piece of the puzzle that makes a successful and happy student. With exams quickly approaching and the pressure to spend all of your time studying, it is easy to let yourself indulge in unhealthy habits. Make sure you are planning ahead in order to avoid this. Get good sleep, eat well and put your mental wellbeing first.