A First Year's Guide to Healthy Eating

If you ask any first year living on campus what number they’re most scared of, chances are the answer will be the Freshman 15.
Tempting as it may be to spend all your meal plan dollars on cheeseburgers and fries, the dining halls in Place Vanier and Totem Park offer a much wider variety of delicious (and more importantly, nutritious) options.
food_vanier_caf-560x265
Both dining halls offer a sandwich bar where students can make their own sandwiches and wraps, a more healthy alternative to greasy pizza. Feel free to get creative at this station; whether you want a healthy spinach wrap with guacamole and vegetables, or a not-so-healthy bacon sandwich loaded with mayo, there’s always a great selection of sauces, vegetables and meats for you to choose from.
Another healthy alternative within the dining halls are the salad and fruit bars. Salads are a great way to make sure you’re eating healthily in residence, as long as you don’t drown your salad in dressing! Adding too much salad dressing to your bowl equals extra calories, and will also drain your meal plan dollars as salads are paid for by weight.
If the frozen fruit at the fruit bar isn’t really your thing, Vanier and Totem also sell fresh fruit straight from the UBC Farm. Make it a habit to grab an apple or grapefruit after dinner to snack on later, instead of relying on the late-night convenience stores to satisfy your hunger. You can also buy fruits in bulk at the Save-On-Foods in Wesbrook Village, a short 15 minute walk from Totem and Vanier (or, if you’re feeling lazy, you can take the 41).
Lastly, if you’re absolutely sick of cafeteria food, one of the best on-campus alternatives is Community Eats by Sprouts. Every Friday, if you head down to the SUB basement with a donation and a reusable container, Sprouts will provide you with a healthy, vegetarian lunch.
On-campus dining may not always be the most healthy option, but there are plenty of ways to make sure you’re eating healthily and avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15!

Leave a Reply