Nutritious and Delicious

Where to find healthy food on campus by Glendalee Diaz

With summer less than two months away, many CCNY students are hitting the gym to get “beach body” ready. Though exercising is an important part of any good diet, it’s not the only way to shed those unwanted pounds. If you spend two hours every day at the gym, but go home right after and fill up with all those tempting high calorie sugary foods and desserts, the two hours you spent burning those 500 calories just went down the drain with a few bites.

So how does a college student maintain a good diet with their busy schedules? And what are some of CCNY’s healthier options?

The NAC cafeteria offers many new selections that are not only affordable, but also both nutritious and delicious for students to indulge in. “Metropolitan has introduced new, healthier foods, snacks and drinks,” says Kenneth Waldholf, executive director of CCNY’s Business and Auxiliary Services, who oversees on-campus dining. Among the healthy choices, he lists salads, vegan and vegetarian dishes and sandwiches, salad bar options together with Gluten Free products, and the new Jamba Juice smoothies.

Students can also find nutritious food in the Hoffman Lounge, next to the campus bookstore. A year ago in this area where students relax, socialize and study, the re-opened Bare Planet Café began serving fresh tossed salads, sandwiches and paninis and soups or smoothies. If you’re looking for a sweet treat without all the unwanted calories and sugars, just “skinny” up any of your beverages at the Starbucks located in Bare Planet. Order a skinny flavored latte made with non-fat milk, sugar-free syrup and no whip cream.

CCNY student Stephanie Gonzalez says she used to shy away from eating fruit but is trying to do the right thing. “I was always a bag of chips and cookies kind of girl, and when you’re studying you’re just looking for a quick fix that is going to wake you up and keep you focused for a couple of more hours,” she says.  “Now I’ve included more fruits and veggies into my meals, and I find myself with more energy than when I was stuffing my face with sugary snacks that were just empty calories.” 

She’s right: Fruits like bananas and apples, not only keep you full longer because of fiber, but they are sweet enough to satisfy those cravings we all get from time to time. Plus, they don’t cost much. You can buy an abundance of fruit for 80 cents or less!

CCNY student Patricia Ortiz, a vegetarian, says she finds plenty of healthy options on campus. “You can make your own salads with some fruits and veggies and lay off the dressings or add some balsamic vinegar like I do to mine,” she says. “It’s so easy to walk into the school cafeteria and pick out the greasiest foods like pizza and burgers, because they smell so tempting, but I give it up to the CCNY campus for having a lot of healthier options where I won’t mess up my diet.”

 

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Students Rally and Win At Board of Trustees Meeting

Students Rally and Win At Board of Trustees Meeting

By: Radhamely De Leon and Brahmjot Kaur On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 the CUNY Board of Trustees met in the […]

Students Spread Cheer Before Finals

Students Spread Cheer Before Finals

The Committee Behind Lavender Fever Week by Anthony Viola Plenty of work happens all year long leading up to May’s […]

Join Peer Health Exchange at City College!

Join Peer Health Exchange at City College!

Submission by Meena Natarajan “There’s two holes down there?” This type of question is not uncommon during a Peer Health […]

A Public College with Personal Trainers

A Public College with Personal Trainers

By Roberto Hart Many colleges in the CUNY system offer certificate courses to become a personal trainer. But how often […]

On-Campus Child Center Anticipated for Fall 2018

Schiff House remains under construction. Photo by: Anthony Viola

Renovation for Project Already Underway by Anthony Viola Plans to develop a child care center on campus are well underway. […]

Students React to Facebook Data Breach

Students React to Facebook Data Breach

By Ibtasam Elmaliki City College student Andy Lopez can hardly contain the rage he feels at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and […]