Eat healthy on a student budget

Fanny Lasne, member of the steering committee of the 180°C student association, believes in the importance of eating healthy and choosing organic foods.

It emphasizes that nutritious meals must fit students' tight budgets. Lasne, whose family is from Vietnam, grew up in France, which meant she was exposed to the culinary traditions of both countries.

"French cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world, but I think Vietnamese cuisine is also varied and has many wonderful flavors", said. "It is less known than Chinese and Japanese cuisine"."I am very happy that my mother passed it on to me.".

When it comes to cooking, Lasna especially likes making French pastries. She started this work during the pandemic, living alone in a small student apartment. “I needed to keep myself busy and, since I have a very sweet tooth, I started trying different recipes for cakes, tarts, puff pastries and other desserts."He says.

It is possible to eat healthy

But the main objective of 180°C is to encourage students to cook and eat healthy, delicious, fast and easy. “I feel that many students, especially freshmen, eat mainly pasta with pesto or tomato sauceLasne said.
"It's true that pasta tastes good and is cheap, but there are many other options. It's important to take good care of yourself while you're at university, where there's a lot of stress and a busy student life. And taking care of yourself means getting enough sleep and eating well. I believe that a nutritious and varied diet can provide important benefits for your physical and mental health. This will also help you study better!"

Living far from home

The lifestyle of young people today is very different from that of many years ago. Nowadays, in addition to studying and working, many young people do not live with their parents and this leads to a change in the desirable diet towards fast food.

There can be big differences between the diets of students who live with their parents during college and those who live alone. The diet of young university students who live alone is very poor, their diet is based on junk food or processed foods and they consume fewer vegetables, fruits and even meat and fish.

180°C goals: eat healthy

To spread its message, 180°C organizes various events on campus. For example, EPFL events feature stalls where members prepare non-traditional dishes and sell them at low prices. The club has also published two cookbooks by Fringal, which contain electronic scores calculated by another student club, Zero Emission Group, and has prepared a recommended list of restaurants for Lausanne.

All of these resources are available on the 180°C website. Last spring, the club organized the cooking contest "Spice League"."Our selection committee, made up of prominent members, evaluated the finalists' dishes"said Lasne. “This is the first time I have personally met EPFL President Martin Vetterli.
Ultimately, I'm proud of how popular the competition was and the great feedback we received, especially since we spent a lot of time organizing it
”. The participants plan to repeat the competition in March.

Sustainable food

Sustainability is a common theme in all 180°C operations in addition to healthy eating. The club promotes environmentally friendly practices, such as using local and seasonal products, reducing waste and eating less meat. This initiative has the full support of Bruno Rossignol, EPFL catering director.

"The club's values ​​align perfectly with the 20-30 strategy we have adopted for our campus restaurants", he claimed. "I communicate regularly with your committee members and admire their energy and determination.".

Lasne certainly has these qualities. He estimates that she spends about eight hours a week on club activities. Not that I'm counting on it: time flies when you're having fun!

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