Students discover healthier meals

Kengkue Her | Banner | Madelyn Bradley, sophomore nutrition major, tosses a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, broccolis and others, at the Alumni Dining Commons.

Students at California Baptist University have a variety of on-campus food options, which o er a number of hearty and healthy meals.

Rushing to class, work and study groups has nudged count- less students to grab an un- healthy and quick bite to eat. Although ordering that mouth- watering, grease-dripping and cheese-stuffed burger may be more convenient, it can swiftly become a dangerous and dissatisfying habit.

Common college grub, fried and high in sugar content, can cause long-lasting health problems for consumers.

Mina Hanah, junior architecture major, said she does not view on-campus food as a hindrance to living a healthier college lifestyle. Hanah said CBU does advertise and offer healthier food, but the reality is that students want the best “on-the-go” meal.

“I like to eat at the Alumni Dining Columns where you can make your own healthy platters such as salad, fish or even chicken,” Hanah said. “I try to stay away from fried foods, burgers and fries from Chick-fil-A, late- night candy snacks at Briscos and milkshakes at The Habit.”

Although several on-campus dining services offer fatty and carb-loaded meal plans such as Chick- l-A and The Habit, making small changes can significantly reduce calorie intake and help students stray from the common health pitfalls.

Other students, such as Maxine Adjei-Dadson, sophomore lm production major, acquire the time in their schedules to become more self-aware of their eating habits.

Adjei-Dadson said she makes sure to limit her Chick-fil-A and The Habit meal swipes to only once a week.

“Students can definitely eat healthy on campus; it’ll just take a lot of effort because of the many unhealthy options available,” Adjei-Dadson said. “Foodology and the ADC are my go-to options for healthy food because they have a larger salad selection with a salad bar, vegetables and the food tastes incredibly fresh.”

College life often consists of late nights, insufficient sleep and many hours of study time. Students should be well-nourished with healthier “brain foods” such as fruit, veggies and lean protein, which can be found on the on-campus applications Dining and Tapingo.

CBU offers a beneficial way to order food through a food service application called Tapingo, which not only eliminates long waiting times and jam-packed lines but also lists every alternative food available on campus.

Certain restaurants, such as El Monte Grill, The Habit and Wanda’s, display all condiments that are selected in each meal and provide the calorie intake. “When choosing healthy foods, I like to use the Dining app to figure out what the offerings are at each location,” Ad-jei-Dadson said.

CBU Provider team members focus on creating quality tasting cuisine for all students and staff members while promoting health and wellness.

The Alumni Dining Commons food and beverage manager, Lori Morgan, said Provider staff members go the extra mile to meet the needs of all students and staff.

“Every location has food options specific to special diets, which include no gluten added, vegetarian and lactose-free,” Morgan said. “We serve many options, and the ADC is the preferred dining area for most CBU athletes.”

With the large variety of meals and “on-the-go” foods CBU has to o er, students have the option to embark on a positive transformation in their everyday college lives by navigating and choosing to consume the healthier foods available.

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