My first time too. I've been to the cafeteria but haven't eaten anything out of there. Seems nice. The Student Union is where I eat out of. Typically a grilled chick-a-fila sandwich or something. They have really good salads with dressing options also and fresh fruit. From what I hear it could be worse, so I won't complain.
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it's true the salad bar has some really great options. I can't eat my school's salad because they put something on it that makes me sick, but when the only option for a side is french fries, I have myself a little bowl of fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola from that good ole salad bar. My school offers sushi too, so that's a good way to get some veggies in.
It's so hard to stay healthy when I'm eating all school food. The salad at my school makes me sick because we all think they spray it with some kind of chemical. So in order to eat healthy I'm buying stuff from the local grocery store with my own money and not even using my meal plan? What can I do besides eating a turkey wrap every single day?
Sometimes even when there are healthy options in the cafe, you just end up choosing the less healthy option. What helps me a LOT is looking at what the cafeteria is offering for the next day and really planning out what I'm going to have, then tracking it before I even get there. That way I remember what it was I planned, and I'm sort of holding myself accountable to it.
I hadnt thought of putting the veggies on the pasta! Thanks for the idea! Also, they do have veggie patties and I do grab from the vegetarian cart quite a bit (I just finished lunch and I got some roasted potatoes mixed with some cut up squash there) but I have to be careful about that cart since there is usually a very high calorie option there also! As far as fruit goes, the selection is dismal...its almost all canned and in syrop! I do usually grab an apple at least once a day to take with me for later
I think that it helps to try to find other substitutes for the "bad" foods that you tend to eat--for you it sounds like fried food and fatty pastas. Maybe instead of french fries, get pretzels. Obviously when it comes to stuff like fried chicken, you can go for the grilled instead. Also maybe try a couple vegetarian options if your school offers them. Veggie burgers, nuggets, and such are great sources of protein, often with much less fat than their meaty counterparts. Instead of mac n cheese, maybe go for like a half of cup of plain pasta and then load it up with veggies for flavor and added nutritional value.
Here are my suggestions, because I am kind of in the same boat as you.. Except for I do not always have to eat cafeteria food because I am actually off-campus.. However in case I ever get caught in the Cafeteria here are my thoughts: Even though the salad bar doesn't offer a variety of leafy greens you can get some good supplements here.. If the dressings are an issue, than still use it but put it on the side of your salad instead of pouring it all over your sald. Then what you do is you dip your fork in the dressing and then take some of the salad.. That way you get dressing with every bite for the added flavor but, you salad will not be drenched in dressing.. I find that when I do that I actually leave more dressing by the end of the meal... Second thing about salad bars, sometimes these are your best options for other vegetables and fruit(I'm not really sure how your cafeteria is) but mine offers a bigger selection of fruit and veggies at the bar, so I will tend to load up on these items first.. As for the other food in the cafeteria, you are pretty much hit or miss with those products, I would say everything in moderation.. DO NOT go crazy on the intake, and try to make sure you can incorporate all food groups, eating the more healthier options first.. And if this is a concern, I am sure that there are other students who do not think the food is at all satisfying, so pull some people and press the school to get healthier alternatives.. My school offers Turkey burgers and regular, they have a whole section of the cafeteria for people who are vegetarian as well as gluten free products etc. And then on top of that there are other like restaurants or food service areas that make wraps and more leaner or healthier foods..
Now another option depending on how your dorm and your living space is, is to make your own lunches, which I do.. Then you know for sure what you are putting in and how it is going to affect you later.. Best of luck :)
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I am a college senior but at a new school. I am having my first experience with dorm living and cafeteria food. My cafeteria has a pretty broad selection but nutrition facts are few and far between. They do have a salad bar but it consists of iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and full fat salad dressing (with the exception of fat free italian...gross). I have been successful at steering clear from the pizza that they have at every meal (yay me!) but my weakness seems to be the fried stuff and the pasta (mac and cheese). So, with that being said... I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks to trimming up on cafeteria food.
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