Make the Sargent Choice: It’s a No-Brainer

By Alyssa Langer

Edited by: Stephanie Horton, Dietetic Intern, Sargent Choice Nutrition Center

Have you heard of the “freshman 15?” Of course you have! But if you haven’t, the
“freshman 15” is a phrase used to describe the weight gain many people experience upon entering their first year of college. Transitioning into new surroundings with new food options and new schedules and dorm room life can be recipe for diet disaster. But it doesn’t have to be!

Luckily, at BU, we have the Sargent Choice program, which makes healthy eating less challenging and virtually a no-brainer. All the Sargent Choice recipes have been created, tested, and analyzed by registered dietitians, so BU students can rest assured that when they choose to eat a Sargent Choice meal, they are making a healthy decision.

Udwin, who keeps Kosher and thus often chooses the Sargent Choice vegan/vegetarian meals when not at the Hillel dining hall, especially enjoys SC soups “because it’s cold out and they are all delicious.” Jenner agrees, saying, “Sargent Choice soup is good…that’s probably the main Sargent Choice dish I eat!” Alissa Fromkin, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, said that she loves the Sargent Choice avocado caeser dressing at Looseleaf’s at the GSU: “It is so good,” she said, that whenever “they ever have it, I always get a salad there.” Petersen, who claims to “eat whatever looks good” that day, particularly enjoys the Sargent Choice sausage and pepper pizza. He also likes the Sargent Choice vegan sloppy joes. Since coming to BU, “I think I’ve eaten more vegetarian meals in this last semester than [I have] in my entire life,” he admitted.

With regard to Sargent Choice, Dan Petersen, a freshman in the College of Communication likes “that BU gives us these [healthier] options but doesn’t push them on us. Students know it’s available, and if you want to be health conscious, it’s there. What is so great about the Sargent Choice options is that they are healthy foods that people don’t typically think can be healthy [pizza, calzones, etc.].”

So what are you waiting for? Keep off that freshman 15 and get in the dining halls and start sampling the delicious, nutritious Sargent Choice options! Sargent Choice is proud of offer students a path for a healthy lifestyle and hopes to continue satisfying the waist lines and taste buds of thousands of students every semester.

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