Hello all! I hope everything has been going swimmingly with the college search. If you’re still reading this blog, it looks like you’re on the right track.
Since the summer of 2006, I’ve been an on and off vegetarian. It started simply as an attempt to be cool, to parallel with my hipster-wannabe phase before 9th grade. Over the years, my vegetarianism has evolved into a serious, purposeful habit in an attempt to make a difference while improving my health.
So, when I first came to Boston University, I was so excited to be in the big city of Boston, because cities are usually more vegetarian-friendly than small towns like the one I’m from.
Sadly, I faced some disappointment.
Finding vegetarian places to eat was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But luckily BU offers TONS of options for ALL people, whether they be meat eaters, vegetarians, or vegans. Here’s a quick guide to pinpointing the perfect meals for your meat free and healthy lifestyle.
I always walk around the dining hall to see my choices, and tend to start at the Vegan Delight section. The dishes here are obviously always vegetarian, but you just have to be careful- a lot of the time, the food is fried in someway, which takes it off the healthy list. If this is case, I’ll move on.
The sandwich station is always a great place to stop. Sargent’s Choice offers it’s picks for healthy eating, including whole wheat breads and fat free cheese. Add some fresh, crunchy veggies, and you have a solid meal!
I never automatically rule out the dishes that are presented with meat, because a lot of the time they’ll serve it vegetarian style. This especially goes for pasta dishes. Just ask for your whole wheat penne without chicken and you’re good to go!
Breakfast for breakfast, lunch or dinner is always the easiest to eat for. Check out the healthy, whole grain hot and cold cereals, fat free yogurts, and delicious fruit salad that are available all day!
So, although people may think you’re strange for not eating greasy, fat bacon or constantly question your decision to cut fried chicken from your diet, your choices are just as plentiful as theirs (and a lot of the time, just a bit more healthy). Bon appetite! 🙂