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Food for Finals

After you crammed for those midterms, you promised the end of the semester would be different and you would NOT cram.  But somehow finals have crept up on you, and now you’re essentially preparing to live in King library for exam week…we’ve all been there. If you find that finals season means living on extra-large iced coffees and late-night pizza deliveries for days at a time, this blog is for you.

Healthy eating through exams is not impossible. In fact, preparing nutritious study snacks might be easier than you think. Below are some amazing food ideas to pack when migrating to the library. These options are mostly accessible on campus, easy to pack, and provide essential nutrients to fuel your body and your brain.

Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread – This simplistic sandwich provides protein, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Carrots and hummus – That crunch is oh so satisfying!  Other veggies like bell peppers and cucumber slices are great with hummus too.

Whole fruit – Some like to bring an apple or banana, but there are so many other portable fruit choices including peaches, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc.

String cheese – Cheese can be a great source of calcium, protein, and additional vital nutrients. String cheese is made prepackaged, so no need to worry about portions.

Tips for studying and snacking:

Keepin’ it cool. Need to keep food cool but don’t have an insulated lunch box? Just freeze a water bottle the night before, insert it with your food, and things should stay cool for several hours.

Warm it up. Craving something warm like soup or fancy to heat up a cup of tea while studying? There is a microwave ready for students to use in King Library!

Take a break. When cramming for hours on end, try to stop and eat something every 3 to 4 hours. This can improve your energy level and give structure to your study sessions.

Keep your place well stocked. The answer to eating well when life gets disordered is to make it as simple and convenient as possible, which means having healthy foods nearby.


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Diverse Dining

Ready to travel the world now and try different food from different nations? Can’t afford the trip? Well, Miami University strives not only for various options in food but we add diversity in the food being presented. You might be hungry for stir fry one second, spicy food the next, and vegan options the following day. With over 15 dining locations, we provide over 12 different diverse food options such as Italian, Mongolian, Chinese, Greecian, Indian, and more!

There are la carte options that provide a variation in food selections for whatever you might be craving that day. For example, the delicious Mein Street is an Asian and Mongolian grill that will indulge your desire for stir-fry. Right next door to Mein Street is Haines Boulangerie, complete with Mediterranean-style food such as paninis and gyro flatbreads that allow for you to experience some unique flavors.IMG_4162 copy-min

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The most diverse locations include Bell Tower and Western Dining Commons with 9 different countries represented, so you can experience all the flavors around the globe in the small town of Oxford, Ohio. Bell offers American, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican food in an all-you-can-eat buffet, so dive right in. Western Dining Commons is a buffet that has a designated international station that completes everyone’s needs for food diversity. You can choose from items inspired by the cuisines of India, Italy, Greece, France, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica and more. This concept also includes homestyle picks from the U.S. This station offers a mixture of customizable items and ready-made items

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Ready to taste the world right in your backyard? Miami Dining is the place to be.


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Count on Dividends

Even if you haven’t been in the Farmer School of Business, surely you’ve heard of the iconic Dividends. And inside that iconic Dividends, everyone knows of the salad bar on the left-hand side. You might as well run over there now because that is home of a Traders’ Greens salad bar station.

Traders’ Greens offers a wide variety of options to place in a to-go salad bowl, which is a staple for Miami’s on-campus dining options. From tangy-flavored creations to loaded bowls of meat with a little amount of salad, you have countless possibilities and combinations. Just to start out, this salad bar has over 50 toppings to choose from! Just think about it. You could go there every day for months on end and get an entirely different salad combination. Talk about decisions.

Do you want fruit in your salad? Done. Do you want chicken, bacon, and ranch in your salad? Done. Do you want to feel like you can make it however you want it? Done. You can mix and match the type of lettuce you prefer, add toppings on toppings, then drizzle or douse your salad in whichever dressing you fancy. You might indulge in some salad bowls, or you might want to be a healthy salad eater for a day. Either way, it has you covered.

Now we know there are days where you are rushing to get to a meeting or class and you have NO time to stop and make your own salad. At every market and numerous dining locations there are convenient pre-made salads you can grab to-go with salad dressing choices galore on the side! Try not to get overwhelmed by the options available. Just grab it, swipe it, and you’re out of there.

Notice throughout this entire article the idea of variety and the endless possibilities are reassured. That is because Miami strives for excellence and perfection when it comes to the variety of options and choices in dining. We hope by the end of this article you are in line for a sensational salad bowl at Traders’ Greens or zooming through a market for a pre-made salad!


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Healthy Miami Dinner Menu

Join us for the Healthy Miami Dinner on November 8th, 5 to 8pm at Western Commons! This dinner will showcase some of the healthier options that are served all across campus regularly.

We want students, faculty and staff to be aware of the low-calorie, vegan, vegetarian, and nutritious food items that are available daily! Mark your calendars and we will see you there for the Healthy Miami Dinner at Western Commons.Healthy Miami Dinner


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King Cafe – The Prime Study Spot

Tests, exams, and quizzes (that are actually tests). It’s easy to be overwhelmed by school work, which is why it’s important to have a study spot to beat the procrastination. Well there is a place you can essentially live at, food and all, during the unfortunate time of tests and late night studying?

The one and only King Cafe!

You might as well pitch a tent there because not only is it a floor below the library, but they have choices galore to satisfy your need for food, drinks, and snacks while studying. King Cafe has been around for quite some time and, boy, their options for food and drinks are amazing.

They are ready to serve you if you’re starving and want a big meal or just need a quick pick-me-up to keep your brain chugging along. King Cafe offers delicious make-your-own sandwiches and wraps, a variety of bagels, fresh salads, and even a pastry section if you’re feeling fancy. To-go snacks are a must have but don’t worry, King Cafe has got you covered with a variety of options.

As far as drinks go, they will keep your momentum going with refreshing smoothies, a number of Starbucks coffee drinks hot or iced, a whole fridge filled with bottled drinks and water, and did we mention coffee? We feel the caffeine kicking in already.

When you need a place to study that’s not your bedroom, with food and drinks along the way, go to King Cafe! Find a table and settle in to make your roller coaster of emotions a little less… hectic.


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Your Favorite Fall Drink

The leaves are turning colors on the maple trees, some falling slowly to the ground. The cool, brisk air flowing through campus. Jackets, pants, boots, and hats are coming out of hiding since early spring. Fall is upon us. With that being said, we need some things to fuel our passion for fall.

Some go to farms to pick out pumpkins, some go to haunted houses, but everyone loves to grab their favorite fall beverage that smells inviting and tastes delightful.

We decided to go to the delicious Maple Street Commons to poll votes asking everyone’s ideal fall drink. Who knew this question would be so hard to decide? Students found it difficult to pick from our options; PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate, Maple Pecan Latte, Hot Tea, and Salted Caramel. We provided an option to write their favorite drink if it was not one of our options and let me tell you, there were some surprising results.

Who thought the most “famous” drink, the PSL, would be the top? We certainly did! But no, we had three others in the lead ahead of the PSL. Here’s the list all of you have been waiting for:

1st place: Hot Chocolate (23.9%)

2nd place: Chai Tea (22.4%)

3rd place: Salted Caramel (19.4%)

Honorary Members: PSL (17.9%)

                Maple Pecan (4.5%)

                Tea (3%)

                Other drinks (8.9%)

This was a close race all around, but it looks like hot chocolate is our big winner! Hot chocolate is a heart warming drink not just for fall, but for winter too! What’s even better is that we have all of these options throughout our campus. From King Cafe, to the Starbucks on Maplestreet, we can satisfy all of your beloved fall drinks that will prepare your heart for the wonderful season ahead.


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The Toasted Roll…Bagel?

Tradition has played a role in the hearts of Miami students ever since Miami was founded. Miami mergers, kissing under the Upham Arch, petting the turtle’s head at the sundial, the seal, and plenty more. But one of the best traditions for food includes the beloved Toasted Roll at Pulley Diner in Armstrong.

The tasty Tuffy’s Toasted Roll was named after Myrion Timothy “Tuffy” Potter, who opened an eatery called Tuffy’s Place in 1929. The warm, powdered-sugared rolls were a popular item on the menu back then and they continued when Miami brought it for all students to enjoy.

Now there is a new toasted roll in town. Just in the center of the main court in Armstrong is an a la carte location now called the Toasted Bagel. Not only do they have Toasted Bagels, which are phenomenal, but they made the bagel of all toasted bagels. In their dessert menu is a bagel of your choice, but Toasted Roll style.

This bagel includes your choice of bagel toasted with butter, cinnamon, and sugar then sprinkled with powdered sugar—Tuffy’s Toasted Roll style. Not only do they make it Toasted Roll style, but you get to choose which bagel you prefer to entice your taste buds. It’s a win-win . This savory, delicious, and satisfying bagel is new to the menu and is already one of the most popular food items.

The tradition of the Toasted Roll lives on in the new Toasted Bagel dining menu with a big twist to the original. If you’re looking for a sweet treat while also wanting to satisfy your hunger, buy one today! Or two. Or three and save one for later. Either way, you just cannot get enough.


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Homecoming Feast Recap

Over 900 people joined us for the Homecoming Feast in Western Dining Commons on Friday, September 15th. With favorites like Bang Bang Shrimp and a Brownie Sundae Bar with various toppings, those 900 people didn’t leave hungry.

It was great to have the cheerleaders and Swoop in attendance as we built excitement for the big game on Saturday night.

 

For those in attendance, Miami Dining had prizes and giveaways for everyone that simply liked or followed us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MiamiUDining. It’s an easy way to win yourself some Miami gear or a chance at gift cards to Starbucks.

Our next special dinner is Family Weekend dinner on October 7th. Mark it on your calendars and plan to go! We hope to see you there. For other special announcements and event information, follow us on social media!


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Red Zone

Debuting this semester, Red Zone is the go-to spot for a fun atmosphere and unique twists on traditional arena style foods. Red Zone is meant to pay homage and promote the RedHawk sports culture. When you walk in the door you are standing on repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and quickly feel the tradition that is Miami University Athletics.

For starters, you can try popcorn in various flavors, loaded French fries, mozzarella sticks, and more!

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For a bigger meal, the menu includes loaded hotdogs, classic hot dogs, loaded grilled cheeses, and various burgers. Whether it be a hot dog with mozzarella sticks, a grilled cheese with BBQ pulled pork and Mac & cheese on top, or a loaded hot dog with avocado, you won’t be bored with your meal.

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While you enjoy some delicious food, you can watch one of the many TV’s, play foosball, or pool. Red Zone is a great place to hang out with friends to break up the typical day or routine schedule. Located in the new East Wing of the Armstrong Student Center! Stop by today!

Red Zone is open Monday – Friday (10:45am to 9:00pm) & Saturday – Sunday (11:00am to 9:00pm)


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Café Lux Serving a ‘Top 25’ Coffee

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked within the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

Crimson Cup roasts small batches of coffee by hand, in-house, at their Columbus, Ohio facility. They’re committed to making the link between the coffee bean grower and customer smaller by promoting the Friend2Farmer direct trade program. The F2F program honors the hard work of international farmers by providing economic sustainability, agriculture development, and food security for them. This builds an intentionality and deep purpose behind every cup of coffee served.

Café Lux is a new addition to campus this semester and gives students a relaxing European atmosphere during a coffee or pastry break. Check it out!


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