Monster Supplements revisit a great resource article by Adam Gethin, giving students 3 great, healthy recipes:
We always want to give you the best advice possible to ensure moving away from home doesn’t become a reason to lose your shape! In a recent article, ‘Balancing Act – Top Tips for Students!’ we went through the most common factors which will influence your day to day life as a student, and pitfalls to avoid. Obviously, in any walk of life as an athlete, food is one of the key elements to your success. Going through a booze ridden higher education system is no different, so we thought we would share with you 3 student friendly recipes to keep you going!
In between lectures
Eating in between lectures is going to become a reality for you in some instances because missing meals cannot become a reality. Therefore this snack needs to be easily eaten and the type of food you can carry around in your food bag, ready to prepare at the drop of a hat! Enter the secret weapon, rice cakes!
- 4 wholegrain salt & vinegar rice cakes
- Spread low fat cottage cheese on each rice cake
- Add some raisins and chopped almonds
This is such a simple yet very effective snack to have between lectures guys! It takes literally 5 minutes to eat, tastes great and the slow release protein and fats in the cottage cheese means your muscles will be fuelled for a long time!
Back in high school when the bell rang for 1PM I would reach into my bag and pull out some kind of rice or pasta based muscle meal. Due to the fact the meal was cold I had to make sure I could enjoy it, there is nothing worse than a dry, bland meal when your starving and everyone else is scoffing down tasty grub! Therefore, with a little in put from an old school friend named Rhodri we began to enjoy ‘pasta salads’ like they were the new fashion.
- Cook 1 cup of brown pasta night before (rinse free of starch with hot water thoroughly)
- Add brown pasta to mixing bowl in the morning
- Add handful of lettuce
- Add 1 sliced tomato
- Add ½ sliced raw red onion (remember minty fresh gum for after!!!)
- Add ½ sliced green pepper (I ALWAYS used to do this one because I read somewhere it contained casein as a kid, therefore I stuck with it ever since!)
- Add ¼ sliced cucumber
- 1 chopped up cooked chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon of low fat mayo
- Mix THOROUGHLY with a spoon and place the contents into a lunch box!
This really was an enjoyable meal and we never got bored of it. Come lunch time, Rhod and I would be sat down with our pasta & chicken salad as we both dreamt of building bulging muscles. In terms of cost, ease of preparation, taste and convenience this meal is a top choice for a student in my opinion!
After a hard day studying – refuel before the gym
You finish studying, you need to train but there is nothing left in the tank. Although this is probably a psychological issue as much as a physical one here is a great snack which is sure to get you back on your feet and ready to go to war! Take this in one to two hours before the gym to enable your body to break down the nutrients effectively.
- 2 slices brown bread toasted
- ½ banana sliced and placed on one slice of toast
- Spread crunchy peanut butter over the other slice of toast
- Add a drizzle of honey if you wish
- Add a handful of raisins if you wish
- Marry the slices of toast together and squash down to form one delicious muscle friendly snack!
- 2 scoops of PhD Whey HT+
Recently former Mr Olympia, Jay Cutler said he used to eat something rather similar back in school! Can’t be bad! Make sure the protein shake you take in is whey isolate right before your workout, this way it hits the muscles straight away AND it gives you a ‘protein pulse’.
There you go my academic friends, 3 easy recipes to help keep you on track. I can personally vouch for the effectiveness of each meal, the convenience factor AND most importantly the quality of taste! Enjoy!