8 for 2018: Tips for eating healthy on campus
So, you’re back on campus ready to kick off 2018 by putting your best foot forward. Maybe you made yourself a promise to eat healthier in the new year and that’s where we come in.
Check out our top 8 recommendations for eating healthy on campus. While there may be no such thing as a free lunch, there are FREE nutritional consultations with your meal plan, new menu offerings, fresh produce and flexible to-go plans to better fuel your semester right here!
1. Stay fresh
Have you heard of UT Farm Stand? Stop by Jester Plaza (21st and Speedway) on February 7 and 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to stock up on great fresh and seasonal local produce. They offer all kinds of stuff from local honey to freshly baked bread, fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Avoid allergens
Eating with food allergies can be daunting but, never fear, the Fresh and Simple Taste (FAST) line is here! Jester Second Floor (J2) Dining offers fresh and healthy selections that are FREE of the top eight allergens (fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten, eggs and dairy).
3. Meet with a Pro
Pro tips are hardly out of style. If you’re looking for someone to help you understand your eating habits and support your nutrition goals, visit with one of University Housing and Dining’s Registered Dietitians FREE of charge with your meal plan! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn tips and tricks for building a healthy plate.
4. Take it to go
Thinking about skipping a meal because you’re running late? Skipping meals can lead to overeating later in the day and can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Why not try the Eco2Go program? You can pick up a reusable container from Jester City Limits, Cypress Bend Café, Littlefield Patio Café, J2 or Kinsolving Dining and take your food with you! Never skip a meal, decrease waste and be happy, not hangry.
Deciding what to eat before entering a dining hall can help you make healthier choices. Check out each of the University Housing and Dining menus online.
6. Snack right
Snacking can be part of a healthy diet if done right. Try a NEW bento snack box from Jester City Market, Kin’s Market, Littlefield Patio Café, Cypress Bend Café, or Jester City Limits. Each snack box meets specific criteria for calories, fat and sodium. Enjoy a bistro cheese box, protein box, Mediterranean box, or a lunchtime favorite box. Or stop by either Kin’s Market or Jester City Market to pick up a healthy snack from the Lite Bites section. Oh, the options!
7. Go Meatless
Meatless options are good for the environment and your nutrition. Try a Meatless Monday special at any University Housing and Dining venue across campus, like a spicy black bean burger, Mediterranean pizza, eggplant parmesan and more!
8. Mix and match
Let’s swap! If you’re looking for a way to put down the fries and grab something healthier, there’s a solution for you on both sides of campus. When you purchase an entrée you can substitute one of your sides for a side salad or piece of fresh fruit at Jester City Limits or Littlefield Patio Café for NO additional charge. On top of a swap, keep the healthy train rolling by requesting whole grain versions of your favorite bread.