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Collegiette Eats: The Whole Foods Salad Bar

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Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast
 

For breakfast yesterday, I had oatmeal with sliced banana, two chopped dates, a tablespoon of flaxseed, a tablespoon of almond butter, cinnamon and a bit of vanilla extract. I am always amazed by how healthy foodstagrammers are able to make their creations look so good. The fruit is always precisely placed (sometimes even cut into little hearts),
and everything looks so clean and perfect. I tried to line up my banana slices this morning, and it made me respect those foodstagrammers even more; it's no easy task! But then again, I've never been good at art, and I've never been the neatest person.

Lunch

Amidst the chaos of returning to school, I hadn't done a full-out grocery store trip yet, so I didn't have many options for lunch yesterday. Luckily, our freezer was still fully loaded. I had an Amy's Brown Rice and Vegetables Bowl

Dinner

Around dinner time, I finally made it to the grocery store so that I'd be stocked up for my first week of classes. I was feeling too lazy to cook last night, so in addition to groceries, I got dinner from the salad bar at Whole Foods. The salad bar at Whole Foods is magical. There is no shortage of ingredients, all of which look amazing and some of which you're not even sure how to pronounce (khorasan wheat, what are you?). There are endless nutrient-packed flavor combinations you can make. It's a little overwhelming since there are so many options, but you usually can't go wrong! 

I went for kale with lemon and olive oil dressing, tomatoes, shredded carrots, grilled asparagus and two types of tofu: sesame and rosemary-garlic. The tofu was so good; I need to learn how to prepare it like that because it was a great salad addition and it would taste good with rice or pasta too.

I passed by the prepared foods and saw zucchini manicotti, which intrigued me, so I got two to try. I topped them with some marinara sauce and popped them in the microwave when I got home. They were... interesting. Not my favorite and probably not something I would get again, but I'm glad I tried them.


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