How to eat healthy in a hostel

A lot of us live in hostels or away from home, and some of us don’t even have a kitchen where we could cook basic meals. It gets very difficult to eat healthy when all you can really have is processed food loaded with sugar and other preservatives. It gets expensive to eat out everyday and sometimes I feel I just had a mini-kitchen so at least I could get some vegetables and make a salad! What adds to it is the hostel food which is way too oily (since they cook in bulk, adding a lot of oil makes cooking speedy).

Most of you ask me how can one stay healthy being in a hostel. Agreed that its hard, but it isn’t impossible! I admit that sometimes it can be very expensive (only if you have high protein bars since protein is expensive) but rest of it is okay.

A list of things I usually keep in my room :

  • Protein bars– Max Protein Lemon & Honey (high sugar and calories, but also 20g protein!)
  • Other healthy bars – They are perfect for a mid meal.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Seeds– chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower
  • Oats / Wheatflakes and Museli
  • Greek Yogurt– sometimes, and only plain unflavoured ones (because sugar again)
  • Almonds
  • Khakra

….this is all I can think of right now.

I have oats once or twice a week, peanut butter sandwich once a week, and seeds- well you can add them to anything and everything. I don’t buy the protein bars very often, specially if I am also consuming Whey Protein Isolate. I carry bars as mid-day snacks between college or in the evening. Also, you can buy tofu and also an egg boiler to have boiled egg whites. I know that there are a lot of ‘diet’ foods available, but most of them are unhealthy. So you can look for things which are actually nutritious and contain fibre and can fill you up, not something you can munch on. Also, no ‘diet’ biscuits are really diet– read the nutritional info behind the pack for the same 🙂

Below are some pictures  :

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I like them because they taste delicious and keep you full for a brief amount of time.

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I don’t have a picture of parfait I made, but this is the one I ordered. It consists of granula, grapes, apples and greek yogurt.

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So a friend of mine got muesli and Nutella, not something I recommend unless you use teeny-tiny bit of Nutella.

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So what I did after tasting the above was buy Muesli and have it with Greek Yogurt, and it tasted yummy!

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Curd + chia, flax, and pumpkin seeds. I do the same with oats.

Also, these are a few things I do- you don’t have to do any or all. I know it gets annoying when you are really trying to be healthy and when you go grocery shopping everything is so so processed and packed with calories, so this is a little something I do. I hope you can get an idea about how to go about it!

Best of luck 🙂

 

 

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6 thoughts on “How to eat healthy in a hostel

  1. Vinay says:

    Hi! You have mentioned you sometimes take whey isolate. I am curious why isolate and not blend? Also any preferred time for having it?

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      • Vinay says:

        Your mom’s suggestion is great. JFYI even other types of proteins have an average of 4-5 grams of carbs per scoop, which is approx 20 cals. Anyways my advice is be careful from where you purchase your protein if you are buying in India. All of them say it’s 100% genuine such that even the original cannot compete with the fake. :p

        How about in future you make a post on your diet and exercise?

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