By Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
New segment here on Terps with Taste:
What We Ate Wednesday!
Wanna know two of our favorite things as student nutritionists?
Eating food and taking pictures of our food.
What We Ate Wednesday lets us do both and also to share our meals- which certainly are not perfect but also fit perfectly into a healthful diet!
And for anyone struggling to build a meal in the Dining Hall with anytime time - yes we do see all the orientation students piling high pizza and fries- use our meals as inspiration for your own meals! For this first post I just have a conglomerate of all the meals I've snapped a pic of.
Above is what I ate yesterday for work lunch! I grabbed a salad from the salad bar with mixed greens, cheddar cheese, chick peas and raspberry vinaigrette- my favorite combo. Then I stopped by Cluckers for broccoli and Emma's for some rice and beans, chicken ragout, and cheesy potatoes! Elizabeth and I have a weakness for lunchtime potatoes. The meal was delicious and filling!
Today's lunch started with a salad bar salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, chick peas, and quinoa. I like putting the bowl on my plate first because then it helps me portion out the rest of my food choices- I can always go back for more but usually find that I don't need to! Also pictured is some delightful cod, potatoes, and wayyyy in the back was some broccoli all from Emma's. Not pictured is the second plate I got after finishing this one. A second plate of just french fries from Grill Works since I wasn't quite full yet and hey, french fries are tasty!
From our MyPlate Spotlight a picture perfect MyPlate featuring Grilled Chicken, Bow Tie pasta with some veggies, carrots and peppers, and a mix veggie of cauliflower and green beans and pepper. DELISH!! Also thrown on are some curly fries- did I mention my weakness for potatoes? But also this is a great example of the simplicity and feasibility of the MYPLATE! For this I just went to Emma's station in South Campus and filled half my plate with the veggies that were out, grabbed a grain (pasta is a good favorite) for a quarter and some protein! And there ya go a well balanced meal.
My obsession with the MyPlate continues with a half plate of brussel sprouts, sweet potato, and broccoli! The Cluckers broccoli has become a staple as far as dining hall vegetables go, it's always steamed and just plain broccoli which I personally love. There are some people who don't like broccoli but the tiny trees are my fave! Fro grains I grabbed pepper and squash cous cous and the proteins are a mix of cod and black beans. I am a full fledged meat eater, unlike our token vegan, but even so I try to get proteins from vegetarian sources or fish whenever I can. They're still filling like a piece of chicken but can provide a wider variety of nutrients.
Get out of that rut of eating grilled chicken every day!
This day, however, was a particularly hungry day in March when I went back and got a second plate of desserts.
A trend in my diet is my unbelievably strong love for potatoes, particularly of the fried variety. But getting a piece of cake and some fries after a meal is perfectly healthy! They were delicious and I enjoyed every bite, allowing me some soul food to fuel my soul after a nutritious meal that fueled my body.
If you ate anything delicious at the dining hall this week or made a colorful meal from different stations, share it in the comments!
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!