I know all you Terps with Taste love to see what we eat for lunch. And as student nutritionists we love to eat lunch so....
Back for week 2 is What We Ate Wednesday!
Above is today's lunch and Elizabeth with her lunch!
She had an Everything bagel with cream cheese and a side of watermelon and cantaloupe.
My lunch is always similar day to day but very eclectic. I have a salad of spring greens, chick peas (a constant favorite), green pepper and bacon bits! Bacon is the main reason why I can't adopt a purely vegetarian diet and I strongly believe bacon bits belong on salads. Then for my sides, I had a roasted potato (YUM), pasta with marinara and squash and zucchini, and baked cod.
Another similar but different of salad. Salads are a great way to utilize the fresh produce offered by the dining hall! I also make it a habit of grabbing a salad before I wander around for food, because that way even if I get distracted by enchiladas or mac and cheese I'll have some greens. This day didn't have mac and cheese but instead was a vegetable mix of broccoli, squash, and peppers, with rice and beans, and cod.
The dining hall fish is a great option for protein!
Living in off campus housing, getting fish for one meal a day makes sure that I get all the nutrients that fish has to offer, without the hassle of buying and cooking fresh fish. At home I can subside on chicken and beans, leaving UMD Dining to provide quality protein choices.
By now I'm sure you're just thinking "What the heck this girl eats the same thing every day!"
And yeah okay I kinda do. But also I kinda don't. I vary my protein sources with fish, chicken, and bean proteins to get a wide variety of nutrition there. Grains get switched up between rice, pasta and sometimes quinoa on my salad! Vegetables are usually a variation of salad greens but besides that, I go between onions, green beans, broccoli, and usually potatoes. But I really like potatoes and by the waayyy potatoes have a ton of vitamin C! In the wise words of a fellow nutritionist:
"The world would have a lot more scurvy if it weren't for french fries"
All foods fit into a healthy diet! I just happen to lay out my lunch in the same way most days but the actual foods in each spot flip around to give variety and variation that ensures I get all the nutrition my body needs.
And on final note is that the Spanish Rice is delicious and my personal weakness.
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