Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Our Pie Takes the Prize

Did you know…the University of Houston serves a pretty good slice of pie? Pizza pie, that is. Pizza might be the first food that comes to mind when you think of college…late nights…junk food. You feel me, right? The good news is, if you eat your pizza right, it can be a part of a healthy, balanced diet and UH is helping you do just that.

A key to having a balanced diet is learning how to include things like pizza in a healthy way. A good place to start is to have only one slice and fill your plate up with fresh salad (light on the dressing!) and/or steamed veggies on the side. A second step would be to healthify your pie. Thanks to our wonderful culinary team, our pizza is officially healthified. Keep reading to see the truth behind students' thoughts about pizza.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Give Veg a Chance

…Join Meatless Monday at the University of Houston.

Have you visited one of our dining halls on a Monday lately? You may find something a little different…more meatless options. What’s going on and why has UHDS put chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and hamburgers aside?
The University of Houston is now a part of a global campaign called Meatless Monday. We have joined schools, restaurants and cities across the country to encourage our diners to eat meatless on Mondays. Interested? Confused? Worried? Read on to find answers to the FAQs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Are you Yawnin' with Ramen?

Based on the UHealthy poll: "What's in your pantry", ramen seems to be a staple. Let's be honest here and acknowledge that ramen is not good for you. Coming in a 370 calories, this pack of noodles has more than 30% of your daily needs for saturated fat (the kind that clogs your arteries). It also has 1730 mg of sodium - almost meeting your daily allowance for sodium. In addition to this bad news, ramen will not really fill you up or keep you satisfied for any significant period of time. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Right Way to Eat Mor Chikin

Thanks to the curious student who asked me this...

Q: What is the best item to eat on the Chick-fil-A menu?

A:            Is it possible to eat out and eat healthy? Of course! The “best” item depends on what you are looking for. Are you trying to trim down? Are you trying to eat more veggies? Are you trying to bulk up (which makes it easy – one of everything please!)?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Your Pantry's Resolutions

Did you decide to eat healthfully this year? Diet and weight loss resolutions are the most common resolutions made after the new year. This year, try focusing more on developing healthy habits and less about weight loss or only eating fruits and vegetables. Start by stocking your kitchen with these healthy foods. By having these foods on hand you can easily build a healthy meal without breaking the bank.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Navigating Nutrition

Have you ever wondered…

                Why does my college dining hall only serve pizza and burgers?
                How can I stay healthy while I am in college?
                How can I eat good foods when I have no money?

Hopefully this blog will help you. It was created to help college students navigate nutrition information and understand how to make it useful for them. Written by the University of Houston Dining Services dietitian, come to UHealthy to learn healthy eating, cooking, and shopping tips!