Hello again, my fellow dorm dwellers. It’s almost the end of the semester, and I don’t know about you, but I’m getting real tired of dining hall food right about now. For us Piano Row residents, the Max was fun for the first few weeks of freshman year. Now it’s reached the point where I’m actually starting to turn down mozzarella sticks. The PCaf, The Max and the Dining Hall have a lot of tempting, unhealthy options, but believe it or not, there are healthy ones too. It’s safe to say that the main reason for going to Emerson is not the dining hall. But rather than focusing on the bad, we can try to find the good! So, in order to tide you over until the summer when you can once again experience real, actual food, I’m going to give you a little lesson in how to find the healthiest options around campus.
Alright, so let’s go over our choices. We have the dining hall, the Max, the PCaf, and Einstein’s at which to spend our Board Bucks. And when those run out, we have twenty off campus eateries that take EC Cash, including Boloco, Panera Bread, Subway and Sal’s Pizza (the full list can be found here).
Now, I know as well as anyone how hard it is to eat healthy on a college campus, especially ours. We’re all guilty of it–those pizza bagels from Einstein’s will probably be the death of me. But there are always healthy options (thanks Michelle Obama) if you just take the time to look.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast, and I usually go to Einstein’s. Here are some healthy choices you might not have noticed before.
- Egg-white Asparagus Mushroom Swiss on Thin Wheat Bagel (390 cal)
- Bacon Tomato Avocado Egg White on Thin Wheat Bagel (410 cal)
- Thintastic Asparagus and Mushroom, Whole Egg, on Thintasic Whole Wheat (430 cal)
- Hummus Veg Out on Sesame (410 cal)
Menus and nutritional information is not available online for the Max and Pcaf, but I would recommend switching out the usual cheeseburger or grilled cheese for stir fry, taco salad or a grilled chicken sandwich. At the DH, it’s possible to get creative. I like to ask the grill to cut up some chicken to put on my salad to give it some protein. The vegan station is always a healthy choice as well, and the vegan desserts. I cannot get enough of the vegan desserts! Especially that banana bread! So moist and delicious. That’s one area where the DH really outdoes itself. I’ve also recently discovered a way to spice up a plain ol’ grilled cheese–ask for pesto and tomatoes, and put it on wheat bread. Now you can enjoy comfort food without feeling like you might die after!
Now this may not be an option for everyone, but grocery shopping can really make eating on campus a lot less bleak. I was recently informed that our local CVS on Washington St takes EC Cash! How wild! You can stock up on some bananas, yogurt, protein bars, cereal and whatever else your little heart desires. Just do your best to steer clear of the sodas and other sugary snacks. Roche Bros is also a great option for fresh produce and other healthy snacks, though it is more expensive. If you’re like me and miss having strawberries at your disposal like you did at home, Roche Bros is your go-to. With your new bounty, you can head over to the Colonial kitchens (open to everyone, not just residents) and have a dinner party with your friends! It’s not quite the same as home, but summer is just around the corner. It’s so close, I can almost taste it.