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Eat like an athlete for under €40 per week

I recall my first year days in the University of Limerick. Food shopping consisted of heading down to the local corner shop and buying whatever didn’t require any major cooking like instant noodles, wheetabix, bananas and jaffa cakes. The plastic bag tax had just been introduced and I didn’t have the 20c for a bag so I had to carry all the bits and pieces back by hand. Anyway, I would have been grateful for a shopping list of food that would feed me and keep the costs down. Well for all you students out there, here is your list.

 

Don’t forget that you can download the ACLAÍ cookbook for free on our homepage to get some easy recipes to keep you going! 

Section Item Mír Where to buy What to do
MEAT 10 chicken breasts 10 Butchers Cook 5 immediately and store them in the fridge. Eat them along with your veg one by one, and then cook the rest of the chicken breasts.
MEAT Lean Mince Meat 3.50 Aldi With your mince, you can make lasagnas; stir fries, burgers, or meatballs. For now, cook the meat slowly in a pan and add some tomato sauce, cooked vegetables, and eat with boiled rice.
         
VEG Bag of frozen vegetables 2.50 Aldi Boil in a pot for a few minutes and eat with your chicken.
VEG Bag of carrots 1 Aldi Chop the whole bag and store in a lunchbox in the fridge. Eat raw as a snack, or cook them and add to your dinner.
VEG 4 sweet peppers 2 Aldi Chop the whole bag and store in a lunchbox in the fridge. Eat raw as a snack, or cook them and add to your dinner
VEG Net of onions 1.50 Aldi Chop and store in fridge. Add to stir fries.
VEG Bag of fresh spinach 1.50 Aldi Add to stir fries, or put into a bowl raw with carrots, peppers, and some cold meat to make a nice salad.
         
FRUIT 8 bananas 1.40 Aldi Bring with during the day to maintain energy levels. Great as part or a breakfast or as a snack.
FRUIT Bag of apples 1.50 Aldi Bring with during the day to maintain energy levels. Great as part or a breakfast or as a snack.
FRUIT Bag of oranges 2 Aldi Bring with during the day to maintain energy levels. Great as part or a breakfast or as a snack.
         
DAIRY 1 litre of full fat milk 1 Aldi Use 1 cup of milk along with 1 cup of water to make your porridge in the morning.
DAIRY 2 x 500ml organic probiotic yogurts 3 Aldi Eat with some fruit or on its own as a snack.
         
OTHER 1kg Porridge Oats 1.50 Aldi Use the oats to make porridge in the morning. Use half milk and half water to make the porridge. Add mixed nuts, honey, banana or apple to the porridge to make it really tasty.
OTHER Bag of Basmati rice 2 Aldi Cook slowly in boiling water and eat along with some meat and veg.
OTHER 12 free range eggs 3 Aldi Boil, scramble, fry, poach, or make an omelet. The egg is your friend in college. Cheap, nutritious, filling, and tasty!
OTHER Packet of mixed nuts 2 Aldi Eat as a snack by themselves, add to porridge or yogurt, or make a fruit salad with nuts sprinkled over.
OTHER Can of Kidney Beans 0.40 Aldi Very cheap, and you can add to your stir fry, omelets, or dinner plate.
TOTAL 39.80

 

2 Comments

    • aclai_admin on said:

      Hi Mike….unpasturiesed milk has a lot of support these days, but if you are in the market for regular milk from the tore, then full fat organic would be my recommendation. Avoiding dairy altogether for a few weeks can yield great results as well!

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