My dorm serves all ridiculous fried food..I've gained so much weight since I got here! Unfortunately it's also included in the tuition and required...I can't wait till I'm a junior and can live off-campus and not feel like I'm wasting a $2k meal plan!
I usually have an english muffin w/protein or jelly for breakfast, and then I usually use my dining hall's sandwich bar to toast a pita with protein/veggies in it for lunch. Dinner really depends--the dining hall is heavy on fried stuff! I avoid the grill/pizza sections altogether, but I don't like the salad bar too much because it gets so boring--and sometimes the lettuce is brown!
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Yea, at my school, we have a salad bar, fried food bar, and a sandwich bar.
Salad Bar - Chopped veggies - carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, olives, cheese, green peppers, lettuce.
Fried Food - Pizza, fries, burgers, fried chicken
Sandwich Bar - Tuna, Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef,
But I wish they would give us more variety. Give us a fruit bar as well with all sorts of fruits like grapes, watermelon slices, green apples, etc. to go along with our healthy meals. Sometimes they serve hummus and pita breads. But other than that, I would have to say that food gets boring after a while eating the salad bar or sandwich bar EVERYDAY and avoiding the fried food bar!
My dining hall is mandatory for those living in traditional-style residence buildings, so I don't have much of a choice but to eat there otherwise I'm wasting $3000+ worth of a meal plan each year, but I know how hard it is to eat remotely healthy. I try to steer clear of the burgers, grilled cheese, pizza, etc. and look towards salads, sandwiches, and so in. It does get boring after awhile, though. :/
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Wow you all are lucky, they all sound SO much better than the food when I lived on campus! I eventually just stopped going to the dinning hall, it was in Nashville so all they had was fried food and pizza. I rarely eat meat and it was very difficult for me to have vegetarian entree's. I eventually just started keeping lots of hummus and pita bread, baby spinich and oil and vinegar in my dorm room, it was the only route I could take!!
I've realized that it's so much harder to eat healthy at school, i try not to even walk by the pizza station, or I know i'll want to get it. I don't eat a variety of vegetables either, so i get bored with the one's i do eat. It's tough to resist the temptation when they put the desert right in the middle of everything too!!
Ugh, I hated living in the dorms. My school is mostly an agriculture school, so EVERYTHING is fried. Be glad about your salad bar--ours was tiny and the salad was brown. And, there is always the option of eating only half of the entree, taking the fried skin off chicken, etc.
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The philosophy of my school is that everything tastes better fried, dripping in butter or oil, saturated with salt, and fatty meats are supreme. I guess it comes from being in the southern United States. Anyways, I usually stock up my room with healthy food (we have mini fridges and microwaves). Cereal, fat free milk (usually soy or other non-dairy as it keeps longer), oatmeal, some frozen fruits, and other various items.
Or what I'll do is go to the dining hall and get a to go box. I'll pack it full of vegetables from the salad bar and steal some fruit to cook with when I'm running low on funds, or am too lazy to go to the store.
When I do eat in the dining hall I go for the salad bar. I load it with spinach or other dark leafy greens, some tomatoes and onions, other various vegetables. No cheese or dressing (sometimes as a treat I choose the fat free dressing on the side and do the fork dip technique) but top it with vinegar. I love balsamic as it's tart and sweet at the same time. Sometimes if I need protein and calories I top it with tofu. If they're serving steamed veggies I always get those too.
Now that I'm in my third year of eating the food on campus, I use the salad bar differently. We usually only have iceberg lettuce and high fat dressings. I completely skip both of those. My "salad" consists of broccoli, carrots, hummus, pita bread, and whatever other vegetables they might have that day. Somtimes I'll throw in some cottage cheese. The cottage cheese and hummus makes a pretty good "dressing" for the other items.
When nothing else is good, we have a sandwich bar and pasta bar. Just a little bit of both and it's a good meal. But we also have a vegan/vegetarian section that I really try to focus on before I go to the normal entree.
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we were lucky to have a healthy/organic food bar too.. but i went a lot into the soups, or i would use the Wok and fry some of my veggies up in some water with spices they had to add on top of my salad, making it taste a lot better, and something different as far as consistency goes.
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Hey this is my first post. I'm living in Rez and I just want to know if you guys have any creative ways to ensure you get healthy meals even when the food selections aren't that good. We have a huge salad bar so that helps but eating only salad every day at lunch gets pretty boring!!
I have just learned how to make 'tuna melts' using whole wheat toast, prepared tuna salad and some grated cheese from the salad bar and just popping in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.
Any similar ideas (or links to websites) would be greatly appreciated.
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