Though nutritious meals are not always advertised well to students, the struggle to stave off the proverbial “freshman 15” can be eased for Bobcats knowledgeable about healthy food options around campus.
Living with a 200 swipe meal plan, Joey Kuykendall, exercise and sports science freshman, enjoys the smoothies at Smoothie Shack in Jones, but will splurge on a burger and fries from Route 90 on occasion.
“I live right down the hill, so Jones is my favorite because it’s so close, it’s not bad choices, and I really like the food here,” Kuykendall said. “I go to the Den for the Texas Gourmet Wraps, and I like the protein and strawberry smoothies there too.”
Kuykendall recommended requesting grilled rather than fried chicken breasts at Harris, Jones and Commons dining halls.
“They always tell us in class that it is better to eat something than to not eat at all, and sometimes I just get so hungry on campus,” said Neil Cowan, nutrition science senior. “I like the salad bar at Jones, its pretty good. Wild Greens in LBJ is a good vegan place, too.”
Chartwells offers www.dineoncampus.com for students to view on-campus restaurant menus and each meal’s nutritional information. It lists the meals offered each day at the campus eateries and indicates whether they are gluten-free, vegan or considered a well-balanced meal. The website is available as an app for both iPhone and Android users.
Meal plans are commonplace for many students, since those who live on campus are required to have one. Meal plans can range from $260 for commuters to more than $1,200 for 250 swipes.
Madison Logan, communication studies freshman, enjoys eating mostly in Commons, Jones and The Lair at LBJ.
“I like that I only need my student ID to eat, but I am on campus early, and I can’t always find somewhere to eat,” Logan said.