Column by Annika Grassl
Everyone has heard about the dreaded freshman 15. This inevitable weight gain during a student’s first year of college is hard to avoid when your only meal options come from Hubbell Dining Hall and Quad Creek Cafe.
There are many different ways students can go about eating healthy while on campus.
Although this task can be difficult, sometimes the benefit can be a great reward in itself.
Eating at Quad can be convenient when you just want to grab something to eat before running to class.
Although you may be rushed and in a hurry, it is important to slow down for just a minute to select healthy meal choices.
First, selecting a main entrée. Avoid breaded and fried foods with high carbohydrate content (like fries and chicken strips).
Instead, choose more well-rounded nutritional options.
The Mediterranean section has delicious salads you can add a variety of vegetables to — from olives to red onions — and add either ranch or Caesar dressing.
If you only use one container of dressing, your calorie consumption is greatly reduced.
Even if you choose a flatbread gyro your calorie consumption is significantly lower then if you ordered fries and chicken strips.
At the Mexican station, the lettuce is crisp and perfect for a taco salad. After choosing meat, you can add peppers for more vegetables.
If you don’t get any rice, you save on calories and can still afford to put either guacamole or salsa on your salad for some flavor.
The sandwich station can offer healthy options as well if you are craving bread. If you simply omit cheese from your sandwich, you are saving on calories.
Next come the sides.
If you choose goldfish, animal crackers, an apple or an orange, you are making healthier choices then if you chose Doritos or Ruffles potato chips.
Other healthy side options include only taking one side or taking two fruits.
Finally, it comes the pop machine. If you are tired of drinking water, drink Poweraid or Gatorade.
If these options do not appeal to you, lemonade is always a healthier option than regular or diet soda.
Moving onto the second dining option on campus, Hubbell can offer healthy food options as well.
The best way to see what is the healthiest option is to look online at the menu or view it posted on the window outside.
Obviously, the salad bar is the healthiest option, especially if you use fat free dressing.
Other than a salad, wraps can be healthy if you do not eat the entire wrap.
The station across from the sandwich bar offers a few healthy options.
If you chose carefully you can still eat healthy. They usually offer some type of meat and vegetable, which results in a more balanced meal than pasta or pizza, both of which are full of carbs and not very filling.