Before uni, I loved cooking and was passionate about health & fitness. I experimented with all the latest health trends :vegetable smoothies, the beyonce detox 👀, 5:2 diet. You name it, I tried it. I managed to find a balance where I felt healthy, ate good sized portions and didn’t restrict myself to cutting out food groups (I’ll never break up with you Pasta).
Then uni began and I entered a world of cheesy chips and vodka lemon limes. I quickly realised that if I wanted to commit to being a “fresher” then I wouldn’t have enough money to buy smoked salmon, shittake mushrooms or whatever else I thought was essential to be considered healthy. I gave up eating healthily completely and soon felt pretty grim.
By third year, my social life started to balance out (/die- thank u exams) and the thought of vodka L&Ls made me shudder. I decided to change the way that I eat to help my sleep and overall mental wellbeing. This began with mapping out my meal prep ideas to see if I could spread more expensive ingredients across different recipes. I was quickly reminded of how tasty healthy foods can be with a bit of creativity and experimentation. I then decided it would be fun and hopefully beneficial to share my recipes for other students and people on a budget to try out. And thus, lil baby Beat the Budget was born (originally Mimi Makes – Spoiler alert, that’s my name). Within a week, my mum had the whole office download instagram and I realised I needed to step up my game. I started a spreadsheet with my costs and tracking the nutrients of each recipe.
After my third year, I intermittently posted between travelling but since September 2019 I have dedicated as much time as possible to get as many tasty recipes out for you guys. I’ve recently set up a Youtube channel and once I get the courage (will probs have to be dutch), I will start talking to that camera.
Thank you for following!
P.s. Stay in the loop as I have some exciting things to come