Two weeks ago my roommate and I made a pack to be vegetarians for a month. According to the timeline, we would be done right when Spring Break began. We were thinking: Sure, we can’t have burgers, but that’s not a problem! Well, we are currently in our third week and I am counting down the days until I can eat a nice chicken sandwich. Heck, I will eat two chicken sandwiches….and a pound of bacon.
However, even with my moaning and groaning, I am glad I’m doing it. It definitely has made me change my college lifestyle. I had to look for the vegetarian options while ensuring that my nutrition wasn’t deterred. I’m not going to lie. On a college meal plan, it is super difficult to start being vegetarian. Those who come into college as vegetarians or vegans have an edge because they are used to some restrictions at home. So, adding a few more in college is an easier transition for them compared to those (like me and my roommate) who decide to change their diet while in college.
Thus, I am going to layout all of the options I have looked into to help vegetarians like me (haha just kidding, I’m not a real vegetarian) find options on campus!
For instance, Book N’ Bites in the library has provided me with many meals. Even though it makes ciabattas and sandwiches with deli meat, there is always fresh fruit, bagels, and PB&J sandwiches. Garden salads and vegetable soup make appearances as well! In addition, a great way to get protein is eating the Chobani yogurt that they sell or buying a carton of milk.
Another place I find myself often is Fusion Market. The stir fry is to die for, but the shrimp, chicken, and beef are off limits for me! I have to substitute the meat with more vegetables. My favorites are broccoli, peppers, and carrots. It actually helps me get more vegetables in my diet which I appreciate. They also have a taco bar where you can substitute the meat for mixed beans! Look, more protein! Fusion also provides vegetable sushi, a huge selection of Chobani yogurt and fresh fruit (apples, pineapple, kiwi, bananas, and the works). Moreover, Fusion Market has a counter that changes every day. They have noodle bowl day, mole burrito day, and Mediterranean salad day to name a few. All have options of beans as a substitute with the exception of noodle bowl. However, noodle bowl offers a fried egg which is just another source of protein!
The dining halls have a great variety of options so if I am ever in doubt I know I can go there for meals. For breakfasts the dining halls have bagels, pancakes, French toast, and oatmeal which provide carbohydrates but there are also omelets, yogurt, fruit and cereal with milk if you are low in protein or vitamins. For lunches, MJ and RJ have salads, a vegan station, and THE BEST GRILLED CHEESE EVER in case you want to treat yourself. Don’t forget the fries! Dinners provide similar options, always ensuring there is a vegan option and salad bar!
There’s a short crash course about how to be a vegetarian…or how to be a temporary vegetarian like myself. Good luck!