As a student, you're always trying to find ways to save money - and you're probably aware of how hard this can get in a place like Ottawa. If you're trying to turn your post-frosh-week-anti-freshman-fifteen-detox-health-kick into a lifestyle, it's obvious at this point that while there are lots of healthy options available around the city, prices can rack up quickly. Once you top that off with those friends who can never decide where they want to eat, or those friends always having to bail because they actually ended up buying all their textbooks - it gets tough.
But don't worry - you can eat your way to a fat wallet. Here's a Monday-Friday (plus a Saturday cheat day) list of healthy and affordable lunches all under $8.
MONDAY: Freshii // Multiple Locations
Freshii is a student staple. Period. Aside from their overall well-affordable menu that has everything from bowls and burritos to smoothies and juices, they also offer to different a student lunch special every day of the week for just $6. With two different locations in the city, it's always a good place to stop by to pickup a quick lunch, or to use as a study space with their healthy snacks and free wifi.
TUESDAY: Think Lunch // Multiple Locations
Everything is healthy here and the most expensive thing on the menu is $8. Open for breakfast and lunch, Think Lunch has 4 locations across Ottawa with healthy alternatives for basically every craving you could ever have. Salted Caramel Gluten Free Brownies? Count me in.
WEDNESDAY: Good Eats // 388 Albert Street
Good Eats is an Ottawa gem. With a weekly-changing menu full of daily specials, desserts, and breakfast options for $5, Good Eats offers wholesome and fresh food in the downtown area that you need to try –even if you aren't watching your wallet.
THURSDAY: Wild Oat Cafe // 817 Bank Street
Up late? Meet your new after-hours health food spot. All of the food is organic and local, made from ingredients grown at their own farm 50km from Ottawa. Everything from the meals you eat to the soil itself the ingredients were cultivated in is all carefully grown and transformed into delicious food by the Wild Oat team. A must-visit.
FRIDAY: Green Rebel // Multiple Locations
Everything is my favourite. I don't even know what to recommend. Green Rebel is a health food staple with locations all over the downtown core. If you're in a rush, this is definitely your best bet to pick up a cheap and good-for-you bite.
SATURDAY - cheat day (sort of): El Furniture Warehouse // 77 Clarence Street
It's impossible to think of cheap Ottawa food and not think of El's Furniture Warehouse. Ate healthy all week? Their city-famous $5 food and cheap drinks are waiting for you. And if you're in the mood to be healthy, they also have a full section of salads on their menu.