Words and Photos By Clark Adomaitis
The following article is featured in the January 2020 special edition of The Campus, The Beaverbeat.
Protein added to your daily meals can make the experience thicker and more filling. It can also help with muscle building. How much protein should someone intake? According to the American College of Sports Medicine, athletes looking to build muscle should consume 0.5 to 0.8 grams per pound of body weight. Shown are the best places that athletes and non-athletes can get their proper protein intake near our campus.
Location: 133rd St. and Amsterdam Ave.
Food Item: “Mean Green” Smoothie with added Almond Butter
Protein Amount: 9.3g
Yumminess: the thick, creamy, yet fresh energy of this smoothie invigorated me. I felt like Superman after filling my stomach with its glory. The smoothie is large and it seems to never finish. The consistency is thick and creamy due to the almond butter, yet the kale and spinach make it light and playful. The added banana and mango make it gently sweet. Its texture is smooth to the throat. The cool temperature makes this a soothing experience.
136th St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Food Item: Grilled Chicken Salad
Protein Amount: 54g
Yumminess: I ordered a big salad with chicken, spinach, chickpeas, carrots, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, corn, feta cheese, croutons, and Caesar dressing. The chicken I requested was actualized as a hefty amount of grilled chicken breast. The salad’s vegetables were fresh and vibrant in my mouth. Creamy, smooth, delicious, and very filling. The salad was massive. When I thought the bowl could not keep going deeper, it did. However, the salad energized me, where a sandwich might have put me to sleep. Nothing about this salad disappointed me. I would recommend this salad to anyone looking for a fulfilling meal that is high in protein and vegetables.
Location: Campus Store in the NAC
Food Item: Pure Protein Bar – Birthday Cake Flavor
Protein Amount: 20g
Yumminess: this epic birthday-cake-flavored protein bar is extremely thick. It feels as if I have just eaten a small meal. Eating it is not as quick or light as eating a regular granola bar. The bar crunches but it is also creamy because of its birthday cake frosting. The rainbow sprinkles add texture and a burst of sweetness. The large amount of protein and its availability on campus makes it a great option. The downsides of this bar is that even though it only has 200 calories, it has a little bit of sugar (3g), sugar alcohol (15g), and saturated fat (3.5g). Also, most of the ingredients have long names, such as Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Soy Lecithin, Calcium Caseinate, and a few different Protein Concentrates. These are all food additives and are unnatural.
Family Community Deli
Location: 129th St. & St. Nicholas Terrace
Food Item: Turkey Wrap with Egg Whites and Swiss Cheese
Protein Amount: 23.2g
Yumminess: turkey, egg whites, and cheese are all filling ingredients. Although the wrap may seem small, I still feel full of power. If you live near the Towers and are looking for a massive amount of protein to start your day, get this wrap. However, the sandwich is a bit bland. One could imagine adding spinach, avocado, ketchup, and pepper to beef it up. Nonetheless, this gave me muscle mass.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
125th St. & St. Nicholas Ave.
Food Item: Classic Chicken Sandwich
Protein Amount: 28g
Yumminess: Popeyes’ chicken has a magical juiciness on its inside but a pleasant crunch on the outside. The chicken on this sandwich is no different, and the piece of meat is large. It seems a bit bigger than even their largest breasts. Also, because this chicken is boneless, much more meat is present. While the meat amount is high, it is not too massive of a sandwich. I am not extremely full, but perhaps I will feel it later. Where this delicious sandwich loses points is its unhealthy fast food elements, including its 1443mg sodium (61% of recommended Daily Value) and 14g of saturated fat. Despite these elements, the high protein amount can feed your muscles.