For those of you who do not know, a healthy meal is one that does not contain a whole lot of saturated fats and/or trans fats. That food should also contain the required amounts of minerals, vitamins and protein in order for you to stay healthy and alive for as long as you can.
In so doing, you must also have, each day, a well balanced diet, which contains the proper amounts of the above for your body each day. If you are a college or a university student and you do cook your own food each day you most likely live off campus and have your own apartment or share your apartment with one or more roommates.
So too, you will want to purchase and eat healthy food for as little money as possible. The general rule is that the least expensive healthy food usually requires more preparation and cooking time. As such, the power or energy you use to cook such meals, the higher your utility expense will be.
Be that as it may, beans, whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, together with the consumption of dairy products and fruits, take a considerable time to cook for yourself. Such food items that have to be cooked usually are the least expensive types of food that is available to you. Penny for penny and pound for pound, canned meats, canned fruits and/or canned vegetables are the most expensive and usually the least healthy for you.
Like it or not, those canned or somehow processed foods usually contain sugar, herbs and/or artificial additives to enhance the flavor. You can easily flavor the meals that you cook to achieve a, most likely, better tasting meal overall.
Keep in mind that some vegetables are more healthy for you if you do not cook those vegetables. You need only to wash, peel and cut them to your desired size.
Instead of buying ready-made and packaged pasta, you can make your own pasta for far less, if you have the proper tools and the proper ingredients. The same is true for breads, for cakes and/or pastries, if you are so inclined to do so.
Your body also requires a certain amount of fiber, in order to stay regular. So you should seek out those foods that also provide fiber to your system.
There are other advantages to be gained by cooking your own food. That being, you can make enough food at one time for several subsequent meals for you to enjoy. Also, since you are the cook, your cooked food is likely to be germ free and safe as possible to eat.