5 Supplements & Foods to Survive Freshers Week

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Freshers’ Week is an exciting time to meet new friends, explore societies and settle in with your flatmates. Amongst all its fun and games, it’s important to take care of yourself. As well as an overflowing diary of evening events, your first week has an abundance of daytime activities too. Think welcome lectures, first impressions, sports fairs and society stalls. There’s so much going on, you want to be on top form. Here are five suggested foods, vitamins and supplements to help you survive your first week at university.

1. Vitamins

We know what you’re thinking. But let us just clear something up before we even go down that road. Looking for a supplement to help your hangover will take you to a dead end. It doesn’t exist. Now that’s settled, here are three vitamin recommendations to support your diet. 

Vitamin B

Vitamin B supplements contribute to standard energy-yielding metabolism, nervous system function, maintenance of normal mucous membranes, maintenance of red blood cells and normal skin maintenance. And that’s just the beginning. This supplement, whether it’s a vitamin B oral spray or a tablet, tops up your daily supplies with zero hassle.

Vitamin C

An important antioxidant for collagen production and wound healing, vitamin C is a key supporter of the immune system. In terms of wholefoods, you’ll find it in refreshing citrus fruits like lemons and limes, but also in greens such as broccoli and spinach. They’re also in potatoes (cheesy chips from a kebab shop don’t count). Vitamin C Tablets can help you out if you’re caught lacking.

Vitamin D

Also known as the sunshine vitamin, this one is vital for calcium absorption, teeth and bone health. Our bodies need sunlight to make vitamin D, but with the darker months approaching and all that time spent in the library, sun deficiency is a concern. A supplement could be just the support you need. 


2. Essential Whey Protein

Finding a whey protein that hits the mark on cost, convenience and quality can be a challenge. And that first student loan is a few months off yet. To help you out, we’ve created Essential Whey Protein – a quality protein powder that hits your nutritional goals without hitting your wallet. 

Although whey protein is most associated with enhancing the benefits from your training (which it does), it will be useful during Freshers’ Week and beyond. A protein shake in the morning is a great way to start your day. It’s quick and easy too. Try to avoid finishing off the last drop of milk though. Milk politics is a delicate phenomenon, and you don’t want to get on the wrong side of your flatmates in the first week. Respect their needs for a cup of tea. 

3. Diet Noodles

Quick, easy and incredibly tasty (and the perfect plate filler), noodles are a legendary student food. All you need is a microwave, your favourite sauce and seasoning (always room for a little creativity) and there you have it. A culinary masterpiece on a plate. Add to a stir fry or soup and you really are taking it to the next level. 

To enhance your noodle experience even further, our Diet Noodles contain only 0.5g carbohydrate with less than 0.5g fat per 100g. This is because they are made from Glucomannan (also referred to as Konjac), which is a soluble fibre from Asia.

For those who love a classic Italian dish, we also have Diet Pasta to add to your kitchen cupboard. Perfect with pesto – a student classic. Trust us, those potent basil-hues will become one of the nostalgic scents of your studenthood. 

4. Peanut Butter

Nothing says comfort food like peanut butter.  A rich, natural butter produced from roasted whole peanuts, lathered on fresh toast or melted in porridge. Tucked up in bed, or watching Netflix with a cup of coffee by your side. What better way to recharge? A source of protein. Creamy and buttery. Peanut butter is a refuelling, recovery delight.

Add a topping of chia seeds or dried fruits to your porridge to go all-in on the self-love. Be kind to your body and embrace the goodness. This is the way of the enlightened student.

5. Protein snacks

Talking of comfort food, protein snacks are another sure-fire way to help ease those morning woes. Whether it’s a classic protein bar to curb your chocolate cravings, a protein biscuit to dunk into your tea or the simple delight of protein chocolate, we have you covered for snacks. 

Yes, indulging in the regular, high-sugar varieties is fun. There’s no denying that. But enjoying a protein-packed alternative is more than a match on incredible taste and texture, it’s a step towards those nutritional goals. Just make sure you eat meals too. Proper plates of food. They can become elusive to many new students, but they are incredibly important. Although Protein Balls serve a significant purpose, meals should very much be the priority. 

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