6 cheap store cupboard eats for university students Nutrition If you are short on cash, don’t discount some packaged foods that can be cheap and a good source of nutrition. Here are our top picks: 1. Tinned fish Tinned sardines and salmon provide protein, healthy fats such as omega-3s and calcium (when soft bones are eaten). Tinned tuna, whilst not considered an oily fish, is also a good protein source. Tinned fish is tasty on toast or in a sandwich, can be piled onto a baked potato or just mix with chopped cucumber, tinned sweetcorn and bell pepper for a crunchy salad. 2. Tinned beans Tinned mixed beans in water or in sauce provide carbohydrates and fibre. Eat on their own, or mix with other ingredients. 3. Eggs Eggs provide protein, fat, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They’re versatile and can be jazzed up with just one or two other ingredients. Try this easy bubble and squeak with poached eggs 4. Nut butter Whether peanut, almond or cashew, nut butters have a long shelf life because of their composition. They are handy on toast, bread, apple slices or crackers. 5. Wholegrain crackers Crackers provide a quick source of carbs and fibre, and are a good base for other ingredients. 6. Tinned lentils Providing protein, carbs and fibre, tinned lentils are handy for curry, soup or salads. Enjoyed this article? Subscribe to our free digital version of Optimum Nutrition magazine for more research updates, features and recipes!