I recently had someone ask me how I budgeted while I was in London, and the thing that I budgeted most was food. A girl’s gotta eat, after all. Especially with all of the walking you do in London. (Burn those calories baby, burn!) A good rule to keep in mind is to stick to the basics, and think healthy. I don’t consider myself very culinarily adventurous, and I don’t really know how to cook. I can do the basics though, so anything you find on here will be very simple to make.
- Cereal and milk for breakfast. Both are inexpensive and the fiber, carbs/calories in cereal will help keep you going until lunch.
- Nutri grain bars, or similar snack bars. These are (mostly) portable, as long as you don’t smush them too badly in transit.
- Clif bars. These were a life saver. These travel very well, as you can’t smush them, they have more carbs/calories than a Nutri Grain bar and they’re not bad for you, either. I did bring these from home, but 20 of them lasted me quite some time.
- Fruit. Fruit makes an great snack, and it’s good for you, so you can’t really go wrong here.
- Yogurt. Or Yoghurt as they say. I bought large tubs of strawberry yogurt and just ate straight out of the container when I so desired. It was cheaper than little individual cups and it ensured that no one else would eat my yogurt!
- Pasta. Pasta pasta pasta. Again, pasta. This was my most commonly made dinner. Either with buttered noodles and parmesan cheese or tomato sauce. Very easy to make.
- Grilled cheese. This is kind of a calorie splurge with the butter, bread and cheese but quite delicious and easy to make.
- Salad. I did struggle without my beloved Ranch dressing but did find a suitable alternative. Add in some carrots or cucumbers and you’re being all kinds of healthy. (Look at you go!)
- Chicken tenders and french fries (or oven chips). Not too unhealthy since it’s all baked and not fried.
- Peanut butter and jelly. This is the best lunch/snack to have in your arsenal. Healthy, super easy to make.
- Juice. Water gets boring (oh so very boring), so it’s nice to have a juice around you fancy. They have tons of choices and combinations, and its definitely a good idea to try as many out as you can.
- Tea! A great inexpensive way to spruce up boring water. Chamomile and some sugar was always my go-to.
- A refillable water bottle. This isn’t foor per se, but buying bottled water can add up, so I always tried to carry a .6 Liter Sigg with me.
These are the bare necessities, and your own personal food preferences will vary, but this is how I survived on a food budget in London :)