Here’s How to Be Healthy when You Live in a Dorm

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College student all over the world face a daily struggle: They’re not getting all the essential ‘good things’ that lead to a healthy lifestyle. It’s very hard to feel great when you’re living off of pizza, burgers and chips in your dining hall. Seriously, don’t be a victim of the dreaded Freshman 15. It’s real!

Trying to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day can leave you feeling like a rabbit and making sure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins from your diet can puzzle the best of us.

So, we thought we’d give you a  guide to staying in shape and being healthy, which doesn’t require you to sign your life away at the gym.

Step One: Vitamins on the cheap

For as little as £29 in some stores, you can purchase all your necessary vitamins and cod liver oils to keep you feeling and looking fresh.

Vitamins A and B-2 are perfect to counter those pesky spots and blemishes while Vitamin E will help your red blood cells live longer, as well as help your immune system work at its full potential. Essential when you’re feeling weak after a weekend partying.


Step Two: Smoothies

The best way to make sure you’re getting your 5-a-day is with a blender and a bunch of fruit. Avoid buying ready-made smoothies as these can often be expensive and filled with sugar.

Making your own allows you to alter the flavors and ingredients. Once you’ve tasted your lovely creation you may find it difficult to stop, resulting in six, seven or even eight servings of fruit and veggies each day.

Blenders aren’t too expensive and a lot of dormitory buildings have ice machines on each floor. If your’s does not, consider purchasing a mini fridge with a small freezer.

Easy Recipe: 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, 1 banana and one cup of milk. 


Step Three: Choose Diet

Calm down, we’re not saying go on a diet here. Simply, instead of choosing the full-fat products that are available, choose the diet or zero sugar option instead. All the unhealthy drinks and food you consume add up and if you make small changes to your diet like this the benefits build up and will have a positive effect.

Instead of the full fat milk try semi-skimmed or the red topped no fat, instead of white bread try brown. You get the idea.

White bread and brown bread

Step Four: Get Active, Get Moving

Save valuable money by walking or cycling to your lectures. Petrol and bus tickets are pricey — the money you’ll save from riding your bike instead will leave you with a nice bit of dough for your holidays.

You’ll also be living a more active lifestyle. Try it out and see if you notice a difference in your body’s shape after a five week period.


Step Five: Take Up a Sport

Remember when you were younger and you played every sport imaginable? Me neither. For some, joining the football team and having swimming lessons every week was regular routine, others stayed home and played Crash Bandicoot to the early hours of the morning.

It’s not too late to take up a sport though, and if you can get your friends involved and form a team it can be great fun. Some sports only require one mate like squash or tennis, so you should be able to find at least one person to get active with.

Not a team player? Consider yoga instead!


How do you stay fit and healthy when you’re away at University? Let us know in the comments below!


Broke & Fit: How to Eat Healthy When You’re on the Go

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It’s not a secret that Big Mac’s, Whooper’s and Taco Supreme’s are bad for your health, but what do you do when you’re in a hurry and the closest thing to you is a McDonald’s or a Wendy’s?

For some of us, going to fast food chains is an everyday habit. Below are some tips on how to break that habit — plus the right food to order if you have no other choice than to eat at a chain:

1. Stop at a grocery store instead

This is a great way to break the fast food habit. So many people only look at grocery stores as a place to buy food to bring home and make themselves, but almost every grocery store has a deli that makes sandwiches to-go.

Instead of getting fat infused fast food, order a sandwich at the meat and cheese deli at your local grocery store. It’ll only take about five minuets.

Order a turkey sandwich on a whole wheat roll and add all the veggies you’d like! Avoid condiments like mayo and ranch — opt for mustard or a tablespoon of olive oil instead. To add even more flavor, have them add pepper and oregano as well.

Instead of grabbing chips as your side, grab a banana or a yogurt. When checking out, ask the cashier for a plastic spoon.

Many grocery stores also have salad bars. When I go to Whole Foods it usually costs me about $8, which is the same price as the #1 at McDonald’s.

2. Stop at one of these healthier places instead

Typically, fast food chains have a habit of grouping together. There might be a Burger King on one corner and an Arby’s right across the street. Take advantage of that smart phone to see how close you are to one of these establishments instead:


There’s no reason to go into Subway and order something unhealthy (ex: Meatball Sub, Italian BMT, Philly Cheesecake, Tuna) when they have a ton of healthy options. Order a “Veggie Delight,” grilled chicken or turkey sandwich instead. Again, be conscious of your condiments, that’s where most of the bad calories come from.

Instead of chips, get an apple. If you’re craving the crunch, get the Baked Lays; they’re not healthy, but aren’t as bad as regular potato chips.

Pret a Manger

Everything at this establishment is extremely fresh and healthy. Find one in either New York City, Boston, Washington DC or Chicago.


It’s very easy to go overboard when they have delicious things like cookies, pastries and macaroni and cheese, but control your urge. My personal favorite healthy option is the vegan black bean soup and the greek salad. If you do order a salad, ask for the dressing on the side. Then just dip your fork in the dressing right before you’re about to have a bite.

3. If you have to eat fast food, here’s what to order

Remember, fast food isn’t food, it’s a food like product, but if you’re only option is one of the places below, order one of these items instead.


Avoid the crispy chicken sandwich (560 calories) and fries (530 calories) and go for one of these instead.

Option 1: A small cup of chili (210 calories) and a chive and sour cream baked potato (320 calories) or a side salad with  no croutons (25 calories).

Option 2: A Jr. Cheeseburger (290 calories) with a side salad with no croutons (25 calories) instead of fries.

Option 3: A Grilled Chicken Go Wrap (270 calories) and a side salad with no croutons (25 calories).

*Head to their site to learn more about their menu and calorie content.


Avoid the Big Mac (550 calories) and fries (300 calories)!

Option 1: Hamburger or Cheeseburger (250-300 calories) and a fruit parfait (150 calories).

Option 2: Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (290 calories) with the dressing on the side.

Option 3: Egg McMuffin (300 calories) and a fruit parfait (150).

Option 4: McChicken sandwich (380 calories) and a side salad (20 calories). Get the dressing on the side and use very little.

*Head on over to their website to learn more about their menu and calorie content.

Taco Bell

Instead of getting a 30 oz Mountain Dew (410 calories) and the Cheesy Gordita Crunch meal (910 calories), choose one of these!

Option 1: One Crunchy Taco (170 calories) and a side of rice and beans (200 calories).

Option 2: Fresco Steak Burrito (350 calories).

Option 3: Three Fresco Crunchy Tacos (140 calories each)

*Go to their website to learn more about their menu and calorie content.

4. Make a better drink choice

Do you know how many calories are in a large Coke? About 310! There’s no nutritional value and there’s over 85 grams of sugar. Of course, getting water is the healthiest option, but if you’re craving the carbonation, order a seltzer instead. Most restaurants don’t charge for seltzer water either!

If you’re craving something sweet and carbonated, ask for half seltzer water and half juice.

5. Don’t let your snacks contain more calories than your meals

Starbucks, we’re talking to you. So you need a caffeine fix after work, no big deal, but a Grande Mocha Frappuccino has 400 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. Order an iced Grande Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte with soy or skim milk instead (80 calories).

If that doesn’t seem appealing to you, check out their list of drinks under 200 calories on their website.

We hope this list helps the next time you’re hungry and in a hurry. Do you have any budget friendly health tips? Share them in the comments below!


Spa Week Giveaway *Last Chance*

Posted 3 years ago by

It’s almost February! This month has gone by so fast, and spring is only about 50 days away!

Are you still on-track with your New Year’s Resolution? Or have you fallen off the wagon? If so…just get back on it, no worries!

My “get healthy” resolution is going great. I’m making better food choices, and getting more exercise…avoiding elevators and escalators at all costs!  I even went to Wendy’s today and decided not to cheat. I ordered a small chili and a baked potato instead of the usual cheese burger, french fries and soda!

In the morning I’ve been enjoying a glass of Trop50 instead of the usual sugar packed O.J., and walking to work instead of taking the subway. Speaking of Trop50, have you participated in the giveaway yet?

*I received the product mentioned above free of charge for editorial consideration, and I’m also eligible for additional incentives. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Broke & Chic has teamed up with Tropicana to get people to share the real reason behind their resolutions as part of  Trop50 True Resolutions. Three lucky Broke & Chic fans will endure an afternoon of pampering! Follow the rules below to WIN a $50 Spa Week Gift Card courtesy of Trop50!

Here’s How

1. Go to the Trop50 Facebook page and share your secret motivation.

Bonus: Just by sharing you’ll earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself and 50¢ off coupons for up to 50 of your friends. You can even submit incognito with a fierce disguise!

Double Bonus: Whether you submit a resolution or not, you can enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift card to fill your New Year with goodness. (They’re giving away four!)

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