By Jane Claunch, a senior dietetics major from Somerset. She is the secretary of the Student Dietetics
Eating healthy on campus can be achieved easily with some practice. At EKU Dining Services in the Powell Building, David Freeland, senior director, feels that because of the wide variety of food selections, students, as well as faculty and staff can find healthy menu selections for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Start the day off with two percent or skim milk with whole grain cereals as well as juice and fresh fruit. A good breakfast has been proven to enhance mental functions and increase scholastic achievement.
For a healthy lunch, stock up at the fresh salad bar, as well as eating rotisserie chicken, fresh sauted veggies, a roll and finish with low fat yogurt for desert. For dinner, a different ethnic theme is on line every day. Check out the Ricky Martin if you’re really hungry or perhaps some fresh food.
If you’re in a hurry, you can get in and out quickly at the Grill in the lower level of Powell. Food Court manager Debbie Thacker is especially proud of the chicken cool wraps that can be found in the mid-section coolers of the grill. These wraps are made with chargrilled chicken, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and wrapped in a flour tortilla and can be eaten with your choice of low fat dressings or are good plain. The wraps supply 380 calories and only 8 grams of fat. They are a good source of protein and carbohydrates and vitamin A and C as well as fiber. Low fat milk and fresh fruit is located in the same area as well as fruit smoothies made with real fruit.
Always keep in mind that Food Guide Pyramid as you make your selections to include plenty of whole grains, at least five servings of fruit and vegetables, and two meats and dairy products daily. And don’t forget to:
•Choose low fat milk rather than whole
•Ask for gravies, sauces and salad dressings on the side
•Choose broiled, roasted steamed or poached rather than fried foods
•Select lean meats or fish, such as turkey, chicken, tuna or roast beef
•Add fruit to your yogurt and cereals
•Select whole grain breads, rolls, crackers and cereals and brown rice
•Opt for a plain baked potato and salad for French fries
•Make a trip to the salad bar for raw veggies and fresh fruits
•Order a single patty burger instead of double
Resist the temptation to “super size”
•Choose broth-based soups instead of creams
•Grab a piece of fruit instead of a cookie or chocolate bar
•Ask for a “veggie pizza” instead of “the works
•And, always eat a good breakfast
Incorporating healthy choices in your diet is worth the time and effort. Just remember to make wise choices when eating on campus and your body will reward you with good health.