Do you realize that living on campus without your parents is a different experience than being accepted to the university (or school) of your dreams? How? Your parents may not be around to guide, reprimand, cook for, or run errands for you any longer because you live distant from them and their support.
This is fantastic, but a lot of students don’t realize that the independence they need at all costs comes with a lot of responsibilities. Numerous students have succumbed to peer pressure, melancholy, cultism, drug misuse, and a host of other issues. And this makes it hard for them to graduate with their mates because they neglected their studies.
Food is an essential part of our lives. Obviously, we cannot survive without food and students need food more to ensure that their brains and body functions properly. Some food can lower your brain performance while some can enhance your brain performance. However, a student who consumes a balanced diet consistently may perform better in class.
Even while this might not always be the case, it is nevertheless true that what we consume as students affects how well we perform in class.
Therefore, you must make sure that you bring the necessary nutritional supplies to school that can improve your brain and your overall academic performance.
Here is a list to get you started:
Non-Perishable Food Items
When you’re in university, there will be days when you’ll be so busy with assignments and classes that you won’t have time to prepare a proper meal. That is why it is important to pack non-perishable food items that you can quickly prepare and eat on the go.
Here are some great examples:
Indomie Noodles: If you live in Nigeria, you’ve probably heard of Indomie noodles. They’re a delicious and easy-to-make snack that you can prepare with hot water in just a few minutes.
Garri: Garri is a staple food in Nigeria, and it’s made from cassava. Some Nigerian students call garri a “life saver.” Reason being that it is easy to prepare and can quench hunger for a long period of time. Garri is a great source of carbohydrates and can be eaten with soup or stew. It can also be soaked too (which is more popular among students).
Rice: Rice is another staple food in Nigeria. It’s a great source of carbohydrates and can be cooked with a variety of ingredients. You can also eat it with soup or stew.
Beans: Beans are a great source of protein and are a staple food in Nigeria. They’re also affordable and readily available in many Nigerian markets.
Groundnut: Groundnut, also known as peanuts, is a great source of protein and can be eaten as a snack or used as a cooking ingredient.
Perishable Food Items
While non-perishable food items are great for quick meals, they can get boring after a while. That’s why you should also consider packing perishable food items. These are foods that need to be refrigerated and have a shorter shelf life.
Here are some examples:
Fresh Fruits: Fresh fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they make for a delicious snack. Some popular fruits in Nigeria include bananas, oranges, watermelons, and pineapples.
Vegetables: Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they can be cooked with a variety of dishes. Some popular vegetables in Nigeria include spinach, pumpkin leaves, and waterleaf.
Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein and can be cooked in a variety of ways. They’re also affordable and readily available in many Nigerian markets.
Fish: Fish is a great source of protein and can be cooked with a variety of dishes. Some popular fish in Nigeria include catfish, tilapia, and mackerel.
Meat: Meat is a great source of protein and can be cooked with a variety of dishes. Some popular meats in Nigeria include beef, chicken, and goat meat.
Last but not least, you should consider packing some beverages to keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day.
Here are some great options:
Water: Water is essential for staying hydrated, especially in the hot Nigerian weather.
Tea: Tea is a popular beverage in Nigeria and can be enjoyed with or without milk and sugar. It’s a great source of antioxidants and can help to improve digestion and boost the immune system.
Coffee: Coffee is also a popular beverage in Nigeria and can help to improve alertness and concentration.
Remember to consider your dietary needs and preferences when packing your food provisions, and don’t forget to store them properly. Don’t forget some comfort foods from home to lift your spirits when you need it!
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