Nutrition · Student Life

Marshall Street’s Healthy Finds

800px-Marshall_St_SyracuseLet’s be honest, dining hall food can get tiresome. After eating the same meals every day, sometimes you just need a break. So what do you do? Head to Marshall Street, of course. But if you’re as indecisive as myself, it’s hard to choose a restaurant among all the tasty joints, particularly a healthy one. To help you out, here’s a breakdown of places I’d recommend for the health conscious.

Pita Pit

At Pita Pit, you can create your own pita or salad. You have the choice of a white or wheat pita (the latter being a healthier choice) and can choose from a variety of meats, cheeses, veggies, and sauces. A personal favorite of mine is the chicken breast on a wheat pita with spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, provolone and Chipotle BBQ sauce for a dash of flavor. This delicious pita is about 470 calories, which is pretty good in my book. If you’re on a low sodium diet, I’d recommend creating a veggie-filled pita as the meats can be a high in sodium (620 mg for the chicken breast).

Café Kubal

At Marshall Square Mall, you will find this gem within 3fifteen (the local thrift shop). Although most known for their decadent coffee, Kubal also sells paninis, wraps, salads, and soups. A personal favorite is their soy edamame quinoa salad. The salad is made up of quinoa, edamame, green onions, red bell peppers, shredded carrots and ginger soy dressing. Quinoa and edamame are great sources of protein, fiber, and iron, and not to mention are low in fat. If a quinoa salad is too adventurous for you, try the Kuballer. This panini consists of turkey, tomatoes, pesto, Mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette on Pastabilities bread — did I mention Pastabilities bread?!


If you’re looking for a semi-healthy dessert, Yogurtland is the place to go. It’s self-serve so you’re the onedeciding how much yogurt and toppings you will eat. There are an assortment of flavors ranging from traditional plain tart to more inventive types like banana nut bread and Daffy Duck Decadent Dark Chocolate Orange (one of their newest flavors). As far as toppings go, you can choose from an array of fruits and sweet goodies. For a healthy snack, you can’t go wrong with some plain, tart yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries for less than 300 calories (in an 8oz. serving).

Note: You may want to limit the amount of sweet toppings you put on as calories and grams of sugar can start to add up.

By Delilah Mulgannon