We’ve heard it from our parents from the time we were small, “eat your vegetables”. We all know it, so why don’t we do it? The USDA recently published its Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2015-2020 and according to their research three quarters of Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables throughout the week. For college students, skipping meals and eating on the go are the most common reasons that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables are not consumed each day. Here are some strategies for getting your five while on-the-go:
- Fresh whole fruits make a great on-the-go snack and can easily be carried in a backpack or purse. We also offers fresh berries, precut melons, and pineapple at locations like Emporium Café, Time Out, Wheatstone Bistro and infusion.
- Smoothies are a portable fruit option. Baja Grill, infusion and Emporium Café all make smoothies from whole fruits like strawberries, bananas and mangos!
- Salads aren’t the only fresh vegetable options out there. Cut vegetables dipped in hummus are a great way to double up your veggie count for the day. Check out Kate and Emma’s for vegetable platters. Emporium café and Time Out have fresh cut vegetable selections as well.
- Wheatstone Bistro’s Wholesome Balance line of boxed lunches contain 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables each!
Make sure you consider the variety you get each week too. The USDA recommends inclusivity when choosing fruits and vegetables. Fresh, canned, dried and frozen are all healthy options and can be more convenient at different times of year. When you do have time to sit and enjoy your meal. There are other strategies you can use to increase fruits and veggies you have on the plate:
- Add extra vegetables to your sandwich or burger at The Mark on 5th Street, Pavilion at Dobbs, Plaza 900, or Rollins.
- Take advantage of the salad bars offered at the all you care to eat locations. Try something you haven’t had every week!
- Add dried cranberries or raisins to your breakfast cereal, oatmeal or yogurt in the morning.
- Order extra marinated vegetables or green beans with your rice bowl at Sabai.
- Try a side of bean and corn salsa from Baja with chips or on your nachos!
This week visit any of the all you care to eat locations at lunch on Tuesday March 22nd to get a chance to sample some exotic fruits. Starfruit, kumquats, dragon fruit and passion fruit will all be available to try and vote for your favorite!
–Kristen Hasan, MPH, RDN