Eat Smart

6 Tips for the Dining Hall

When you first walk into the dining hall there is an overwhelming amount of options. The options cover everything from vegan, vegetarian, sweets, breakfast, and all the basic options you can imagine, but what do you do if you eat at the same section 7 days a week? At a certain point you’ve eaten everything there and begin to eat repeat foods. This is your new dining hall survival guide to help you get through the rest of the year.

  1. Take a Walk Through to Preview all of the Options

Don’t just pick the first food you see for your meal, walk through the entire dining hall before you make your choice. This will help you pick a healthy and balanced meal instead of picking the same food every time you go eat.

  1. Everything’s Better in Moderation

We all love pizza and burgers, but let’s face it they aren’t the healthiest options. Try limiting those foods to just once a week so that you can eat a variety of food yet still get your junk food fix.

  1. Create a schedule

There is always a plethora of dessert the second you enter the dining hall. You may be temped to grab a few of those gooey delicious cookies as you leave, but again, it’s best o limit yourself. Although you may be tempted to take that chocolate cake you saw when you came in, try to create a schedule for yourself so you only have one dessert each day. By eliminating the binge on sweets, your sugar craving will be satisfied yet you won’t be overloaded.

  1. Make Use of the Deli/Sandwich Station

Can’t find a meal to fit your mood? Don’t forget to check out the Sandwich Station for a new variety of options. They can make pretty much anything you ask for and even have a Panini machine for hot sandwiches.

  1. Don’t Forget About the Toaster

Not in the mood for a big meal? The bagel toasting section is open morning through night, so don’t be afraid to make some toast or eat a bagel if you are in need of a change. If cream cheese or jam isn’t your thing, use peanut butter instead and savor the warm, creamy taste. Peanut butter is a good alternative to butter or cream cheese because it has healthy fat and lots of protein to keep you feeling full.

  1. Keep Sugary and Caffeinated Drinks to a Minimum

Although juices and sodas taste really good, they are loaded with unnecessary sugar. In addition to sugar, sodas sometimes have caffeine. There are definitely times when you want the caffeine to finish some schoolwork, but try not to drink caffeinated drinks unless it is absolutely necessary. Instead, make an effort to drink water daily and only have sugary drinks on occasion. If you’re the type of person who needs some flavor, a good trick is to fill your cup halfway with juice and halfway with water. That way, there is less sugar in it.

Get creative, try new things, and make your own meals by picking a variety of food everyday.

By Lina Sullivan