Plan on heading out of the office for lunch? Choose one of the many Georgetown Dining/Aramark locations across campus. Did you know Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall is open to faculty and staff too, not just meal plan holders? Here are our tips for enjoying a healthy lunch on campus – or use our Healthy For Life Campus Dish app to view daily menus at Leo’s and plan your meals using our nutritional calculator.
- Choose whole grains. Whole grains are a great source of fiber plus they provide a daily boost in B vitamins. Make it easy and build a sandwich from Subway at Hoya Court using 9-Grain or honey oat breads. Ask for a whole wheat bun at Elevation Burger. You could even come to Leo’s, our multi-level eatery features daily whole grain salads, including quinoa and barley.
- Add more veggies. Vegetables are low in calories and packed full of nutrients to support good health. Try one of the signature or classic salads from Salad Creations or COSI, or better yet, create your own! And consider swapping out the fries for side salad at Elevation Burger in Hoya Court.
- Add a fruit to your meal. Like vegetables, fruits are also packed with nutrients, fiber, and flavor. Ask for carrot sticks instead of chips at COSI, grab some apple slices from Subway or even Mandarin oranges at Elevation Burger.
- Go for a lean protein. Protein foods are a great source of B vitamins, iron, and other minerals. Lean proteins like grilled chicken, fish, lean cuts of beef, and legumes help keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Looking for a lean protein on campus? Try Elevation Burger’s organic grilled chicken or toss some beans over your salad.
- Practice portion control. Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy weight. Try saving half of your portion for later. You can use a to-go container to avoid eating more than you planned. Also consider ordering half portions – try a half melt at COSI or consider wrapping your Elevation Burger in iceberg lettuce.
Ivy Mumo, RD