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Your first food shop at uni


Your first food shop at uni

By hughero 04 Dec 2019

On moving day, there will be a LOT going on.

One thing that should be top of your priority list is food! You'll run on adrenaline for most of the day but when the hunger hits you will need snacks stat so make sure you have a fully stocked fridge / cupboard! Doing a 'big shop' before you arrive will also make your first few weeks easier, especially if you have someone with a car dropping you at uni who can help transport your shopping. Here are our recommended essentials for your first food shop:

Porridge oats are one of the best breakfasts you can have at university. They'll give you all the brainpower you need, they're healthy and one box can last you AGES. 

Pasta is one of the most versatile (and easiest) ingredients. Whether it's spaghetti, penne or macaroni, it'll only take 10-15 minutes to cook. Trying to watch your carb intake? Opt for brown pasta instead.

Rice is cheap, easy to use and very filling. It can be used in loads of different dishes and one bag of rice will last a very long time. If you're travelling by car make sure you get the biggest bag as this stuff is heavy to carry!

Potatoes in the cupboard? Dinner is looking good! You have a choice of baked, boiled, fried, mashed or roasted. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes and are packed with vitamins.

Onions are the base of pretty much every sauce/meal so you should always have plenty in your cupboard. Once you know how to chop an onion, you've got a skill for life. Just keep some tissues handy...

Tins can stay in the cupboard for months so get them all stocked up. The most important ones to have are chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and baked beans, so get plenty. Like rice, these are heavy, so if you have a ride make sure you really do stock up.

Eggs can be eaten in so many forms that are all easy to do and they keep for about 4 weeks in the fridge too. How do you like your eggs in the morning - boiled, poached, fried, baked, scrambled or in an omelette?

Oil is key to most meals. Extra virgin oil or coconut oil are good for you and better tasting. If you want the lighter option, sprays are best for that.

Herbs and spices can take your meal from 0-100 real quick! Get your cupboard stocked up with versatile ones like paprika, basil, chilli flakes and fajita seasoning and watch your food be transformed with flavour.

Salt & pepper can be easily forgotten but they really complete meals by adding taste to your cooking or boiling water to give vegetables or pasta some savoury flavour.

Now is your time to become the Masterchef of the flat - happy shopping!