When you're busy memorizing the historical significance of shit or doing problem sets, you don't want to spend a copious amount of time on food decisions. So we've done the dirty work for you: These food items are versatile, nutritious, and can be purchased in bulk. And when buying your groceries, don't forget to check out the organic section. Most stores have their own organic brand (like Giant's Nature's Promise ).
Egg whites: We live in a world where you don't even have to separate your own eggs whites. You can literally pour them out of a carton. Sure, you can use regular eggs, but liquid eggs whites are all the protein--without the cals or the mess.
Bananas: What you don't eat, freeze for later. Then blend them into a smoothie or frozen dessert. Frozen fruit in general is a great way to save, but freezing your own bananas is by far the cheapest and most versatile option.
Non-dairy "milk": Get whatever's on sale, be it coconut, almond, hemp, cashew, or rice milk. Check the label to make sure you're getting something nutritious (look for things like added calcium, protein, etc.)
Chia seeds: Buy in bulk, sprinkle on everything, and massively benefit. OK, so here's the deal with chia: In its dry state, it won't do you much good. Rather, it's actually best absorbed when soaked and has developed that gelatinous coating. The easiest way to get your chia? Chia pudding. Stir together 3 tbsp. chia, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 tbsp. honey, let sit for a minute, and throw into the fridge overnight.
Quinoa: Quinoa can go with almost any meal. Throw it in with eggs and veggies for a breakfast scramble, add a bit of maple syrup and fruit to make it into a breakfast porridge, use any which way in a salad, the list goes on. Quinoa is the boss daddy of kitchen grains.
Oatmeal: Easy, nutritious, keeps indefinitely. #winning
Beans: Similar to quinoa, beans go with breakfast, lunch, and dinner--and give your body a fuck-ton of nutrients. Opt for dry over canned to avoid the unnecessary sodium. Soak them overnight and they'll cook faster. Obvi skip them if you plan on hooking up in the next 12 hours or so.
Chicken: Buy in bulk and freeze in individual-size containers. Defrost as needed. Chicken doesn't keep that long once it's out of the freezer, so never cook a portion that will last you for more than 3-4 days.
Dates: Dates are the perfect snack to tackle sugar cravings in the healthiest way ever. Chop them up to sprinkle on yogurt or granola--or stuff with walnuts or almonds for an extra crunch.
Nut butter: Spread it on toast, dip your celery into it, or throw into a smoothie for extra deliciousness--the world is your oyster. They come in little packets now so you don't over-do it eating out of jar. Not that I do that or anything...