Monthly Archives: January 2018

Top 5 Dining Changes – Spring 2018

1. Pulley Diner Candy Bar

Grab a bag and fill it with all your childhood favorites. Choose from throwback candies such as Root Beer Barrels, Caramel Squares and Atomic Fireballs.

2. Spring Menu Updates

Taken straight from student feedback, many venue offerings have been updated for Spring 2018:

  • Bulk coffee and bagel sales at The Toasted Bagel
  • Cincinnati Chili Dog (our Dueling Dogs contest winner!) at Red Zone
  • The “Q” Pulled Pork at Maple Grill
  • Mac and Cheese Bites at Maple Grill

3. More Healthy Options

This semester’s menu review was focused heavily on providing healthy foods on a daily basis. In general, we look at balancing our buffet options with all macronutrients. In addition to revamping our fresh fruit and salad bars at every location, we have taken a look at commonly fried foods and manipulated the cooking to reach a healthier alternative.  

4. More Vegan Options

Every buffet location will have a featured vegan entree of the meal as well as tasty vegan desserts and muffins.

 5. Spring Special Meals

  • Chinese New YearFebruary 14 (lunch at Western Commons – International Station)
  • Healthy MiamiFebruary 21 (dinner at Martin Commons)
  • Throwback ThursdayMarch 7 (lunch at Bell Tower Commons)
  • Healthy MiamiMarch 28 (lunch at Maplestreet Commons)
  • Food Truck CompetitionApril 9–13 (TBD)
  • Pulley PicnicMay 2 (lunch on the patio outside Pulley Diner)
 

*BONUS*

Commons Express at Maplestreet Station

No time to sit down at an all-you-care-to-eat location? Visit Commons Express (formerly The Q) to get Select menu items to-go! In exchange for one buffet swipe*, you will choose an entree, two sides, a salad, a fountain drink, a whole fruit and a dessert from a menu that mirrors the rotating offerings at Maplestreet Commons.

*Guest swipes are not available for use at this location. Declining balance plans are accepted and will be charged at the current door rate of $9.95 for lunch and $11.95 for dinner.


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Is Chocolate Healthy?

We bet you’ve heard of chocolate being healthy for you, right? Is there such a thing? Chocolate’s reputation is actually changing. There are a lot of studies that suggest it can be a healthy choice for your heart (in moderation). There are great health components found in cocoa like flavanols, theobromine, and antioxidants. To break it down, flavanols are found in cocoa and chocolate. Research shows that flavanols have influences on blood flow to the brain and heart. Theobromine is another heart-healthy compound found in chocolate and has been used to treat high blood pressure.

Prevent Heart Disease?

In a study of 470 elderly men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death by a whopping 50% over a 15 year period – pretty crazy! Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in dark chocolate. According to Cleveland Clinic, research has shown that flavanols have a very positive effect on heart health by helping lower blood pressure and improving blood flow to the heart as well as the brain. Dark chocolates flavanols can also help make blood platelets less sticky and able to clot, which reduces the risk of blood clots and stroke.

Antioxidants in chocolate?

Antioxidants are known to support the body’s cells to resist damage. Antioxidants are actually located in a lot of foods! These include berries, nuts, grains, some meats, poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables, and CHOCOLATE.

Are all chocolates healthy?

Cocoa naturally has a very strong taste, which comes from the flavanols.  When cocoa is placed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through multiple steps to lessen this taste. The more chocolate is processed, the more flavanols are lost.  That’s why picking dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate is best.

How much is right for me?

There is currently no set healthy serving size for chocolate. However, you don’t need to feel guilty anymore if you enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate every now and then. If you want to add chocolate to your diet, do so in moderation.


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Cure Your Cold, Fight the Flu

For college students, it’s difficult to keep healthy and germ-free at school. The packed dorms and classrooms, stress, anxiety, an inadequate diet, and lack of sleep, can easily add up to a cold or flu. You can try to prevent it by taking the flu vaccine and excessive hand washing, but sometimes it’s not preventable.

There are a lot of great foods that can boost your immune system, but if you do develop a cold or get a bad case of the flu, there are also various healthy foods which can help reduce your symptoms and speed up recovery.

Feeling run down and sick can often ruin your appetite, but it really is necessary to stay well nourished and hydrated to help your body battle infections. So what should you eat?

Chicken Soup:

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-Keeps you hydrated

-Relieves congestion in nose and throat

-Reduces inflammation associated with a cold

-Soothes sore throat

Vegetable Soups and Stews:

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-Full of vegetables and lean meats

-Proteins and nutrients

-Boosts immune system

-Reduces inflammation associated with a cold

Spicy foods (chili pepper, wasabi, etc):

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-Open sinuses and eases congestion

-In small amounts it’s good for you (don’t eat too much)

Bananas:

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-Rich in potassium

-Easy to digest

-Helps lower body temperature

-Replenishes lost electrolytes


Foods with Vitamins A and C:

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-Vitamin A strengthens immune system and mucus membranes

-Vitamin C boosts immune system and gets rid of colds faster

  • Oranges, Strawberries, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots

Yogurt:

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-Live, friendly bacteria in yogurt that can aid your immune system

-Great source of protein

-Soothes your throat


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New Year, New Eating Habits

Try these healthy eating resolutions for a healthier you in the new year.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the “New Year, New You” phrase that comes with the change of the year. It’s even easier to let that phrase fizzle out by the third week of January or so. Why not attack the age-old “lose weight” and “eat healthier” resolutions from a different perspective and cut them into more manageable pieces? Knowing that you can manage an effective diet plan year-round, not just when the new year comes around, then life might be a little easier. These following steps can help even someone who is scared to take the leap into dieting.

  1. Up Your Fiber Intake Getting enough fiber may help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and may help you slim down. With all these benefits from fiber, the average American eats about 14 grams of day – the recommended daily intake is 21 to 38 grams. One of the easiest ways to up your fiber intake is to eat more whole grains. Quinoa, whole-wheat couscous, bulgur and polenta are all quick-cooking options to add to your weeknight repertoire. Solution: experiment with whole grains.
  2. Pile on the Veggies The majority of Americans don’t eat the daily recommended 3 or more servings of vegetables. If you’re of the mindset that “vegetables don’t taste good,” but know you should eat more of them since they’re packed full of healthy nutrients and fiber, get a roasting pan. Roasting vegetable caramelizes their natural sugars so they taste fantastic. It’s an easy way to cook veggies for dinner–pop a pan of them in the oven and make the rest of dinner while they roast.
  3. Cook at Home When you cook your own food, not only do you know exactly what goes into it, you appreciate your meals more. So, hop onto Pintrest and whip up something you have been craving! With all the food blogs out there, there is a healthy hack for about every recipe! Have fun with experimenting with new things!
  4. Reduce the Sugar Get your sweet fix with fruit or try other natural sweeteners such as honey or agave, steering away from refined, processed white sugar. Going on a 30 day sugar detox can help reset the body from craving the sticky stuff! Keeping sweet stuff out of reach can better help you control your sugar intake, so try to stay clear of the donut and candy aisle at the grocery store.
  5. Eat More Omeg-3s Upping the amount of omega-3s will help keep your blood pressure down and also has been studied to improve your mood. Omega-3’s can be found in seafood and have the good kind of fats! Try to eat two servings of fish per week. If you’re not into seafood add some flax into your smoothies.

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