Part of putting your best fork forward is including healthy habits in a routine that you can sustain. For many people in the United States, that includes following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Vegan and vegetarian diets have a lot to offer in terms of health. They encourage a high intake of fruits and vegetables that add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to the diet and can potentially limit disease risk by lowering saturated fat and cholesterol. This is a way of eating that can be hard to stick to if you are a fan of meat, dairy, and eggs. Because meat, dairy, and eggs can be included in a healthy lifestyle, the trend of “flexitarianism” has found its way to us in mid-Missouri. Flexitarians aim to reduce the amount of meats and animal products they eat but enjoy them occasionally.  By reducing animal products in the diet, people have been able to get the benefits of eating vegetarian while still maintaining adequate levels of protein, calcium, and iron, which can be difficult as a vegetarian or vegan. However, eating vegan and vegetarian foods does not automatically equate to healthy. It is still important to eat a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables as part of the meal even if meat isn’t included.

If you want to give flexitarianism a try, we encourage you to play vegan/vegetarian bingo in our residential locations. Pick up a bingo card and try new and existing vegan or vegetarian menu items. Get a stamp on your card for each one and turn in your completed card as your raffle ticket. Cards can be picked up at any residential dining cashier stand and you have all week to play. See the bingo card for additional details.

Items to try can be found at all locations:

Hummus is available at various salad bars and delis around campus. You can also purchase hummus at Emporium Café and Time Out on all dining plans.

Veggie burgers are available at each all-you-care-to-eat residential dining location’s grill during lunch and dinner.

Potato bars, pasta bars, and stir fry bars are available at Pavilion at Dobbs, Plaza 900, and Rollins.

We are featuring three new vegan dishes as the “Vegan Dish of the Day” at the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining locations throughout the week. We encourage you to try these new items when you see them and give us feedback!