Going Meat Free On Campus

By Miriam Avila

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Vegetarian and vegan diets can sound scary, especially with the limited options available on campus. Getting used to the idea of significantly reduced options and giving up your favorite foods might stop you from trying a different diet, but the results can be surprisingly great.  By getting a little creative at the DH and knowing what to order at EmCaf, you can still have your delicious food while enjoying the benefits of a meatless diet.
At the Dining Hall: Legrain and Legume is one of the best options for on-campus eating, regardless of whether you eat meat or not.  The stir-fry filled with fresh veggies is healthy and guaranteed delicious.  Don’t feel limited by the two entrees for the day, though!  Feel free to ask for a garden burger with sautéed onions, peppers and soy cheese, or get stir-fried veggies over cous cous or rice from the salad bar.
At the Max: Thanks to the many options at the Max, it’s easy to replace meat in many of the entrees. Try tofu instead of chicken in the pasta, stir-fry, or on salad.  Get a black bean burger (vegetarian, not vegan) instead of a regular one at the Grill.  For a quick snack, grab apple slices or celery sticks with peanut butter.
At EmCaf: For breakfast peanut butter on a bagel is a healthier way to get enough protein for the day ahead.  Hummus with pretzel chips is a better snack than Lay’s, and the Garden Wrap is just as filling as a turkey filled one.
At Paramount: The Paramount café may not have the healthiest meal options on campus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something to eat.  The avocado Panini and sweet potato fries are filled with good-for-you nutrients and taste even better than their regular counterparts.  Fruit cups and honey-wheat pretzels are good choices for a snack on the way to class.
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