Monthly Archives: February 2012

Join us at Patuxent

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Patuxent

 

 

 

 

Patuxent or as students on campus refer to it as “P-tux” is another a-la-carte dining facility at Towson University. It is a less familiar dining facility because most students don’t even know of its existence. This is because even though it is located right next to another dining facility, Susquehanna, it is in a back right corner of the University Union’s second floor.

Besides the lack of knowing its existence, the facility is only open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those who are familiar with it, it is a greek-life hot spot and almost always packed  with people.

It is the perfect lunchtime spot, and offers made-to-order salads and pasta, Cilantro Mexican cuisine, paninis, sushi, a grill, a fruit and salad bar, daily soups and desserts. You can use your meals, points or even cash to purchase your food items!

The unique thing about P-tux is that this is one of the only places that you can really get any kind of mexican food at on campus. So if you are craving burritos and quesadillas this is definitely the place for you!

Now this may not be one of the healthiest places to eat on campus, but you still have healthy options to choose from within the different stations. For the purpose of this blog I am going to take you through the different stations and tell you the healthiest and most nutritious options are to choose!

For example if you are in the mood for a nice big healthy salad then go to the station

Lettuce

Field Greens. Here you get to build your own salad and put anything on it that you want on it!

My advice is to load up on the veggies!!!!! Add tons of vegetables and stay away from the cheeses and breads on top. A healthy hint is to substitute in spinach for lettuce. You will be surprised how delicious mixed greens actually are.

Another hint is to use a healthier dressing on top of your salad. The best salad dressings are light or fat free. The creamy salad dressings tend to have tons of unnecessary calories in them.

P-Tux Grill

 

 

If you are in the mood for something at the P-tux Bistro Grill than you are in luck because they have healthier options on the menu too. I would advise you to try in the Grill line the turkey burger over a beef burger. Turkey burgers tend to be healthier, and you can even ditch the roll if you are trying to be extra healthy!

If you aren’t in the mood for a turkey burger than try any of the chicken breast sandwiches and make sure you get them grilled instead of fried! You have three different healthy chicken sandwich options and they are the Baltimore Chicken Breast Sandwich, the Chicken Caprese Sandwich, and the Italian Stallion Sandwich.

The first sandwich, the Baltimore Chicken Breast Sandwich, is a plain chicken breast sandwich that comes with a roll and tomato and lettuce. The second sandwich, the Chicken Caprese Sandwhich, comes with tomato, pesto, and mozzarella. Finally the third sandwich, the Italian Stallion, comes with marinara, peppers, onions, and provolone.

I have the same advise for the chicken sandwiches as I did with the turkey burgers, and that is that you can ditch the roll and the cheeses that are added on top to make the sandwich even healthier!

With the different sandwiches you also have your choice of chips or french-fries for one of your sides, and I say that your healthier bet is to go with the chips!

FIt Food Stand

Now over in the panini line if that is what you are craving, there is this great sandwich called the Grilled Veggie Panini. This sandwich comes with grilled egg plant, zucchini, squash, red onions, portabella mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, red & green peppers, fresh mozzarella, roasted garlic hummus on black olive sour dough bread. So many vegetables in one place and it sounds amazing!

If you are looking for a healthy side dish to add to your meal than you should check out the fruit station. Here you can add any kind of fruit you want with yogurt and granola for a healthy side snack!

Fruit Stand

For your beverage try sticking with water or milk! Juice’s and sodas are loaded with extra calories that are unnecessary. Remember to keep hydrating through out the day to go along with that because it will help your metabolism!!!

Now next time you are in the union at lunch time you have to make sure to try and stop by the second floor and check out Patuxent for a nice healthy meal!

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Join us at Susquehanna

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Steaks and Stuff Station

It is time to talk about one of my favorite a-la-carte dining facilities to eat at on the Towson University Campus and that is the one and only  Susquehanna. Us students tend to refer to it simply as “Susq” which is located on the second floor of the University Union next to another dining Facility Patuxent.

I’m not sure if it is the great location or just the different stations that are offered and not available anywhere else on campus that makes Susq such a hot spot, but whatever it is it is almost always packed when it is open!

Susq has a Chick-fil-A, New York Deli & Salads, Steaks & Stuff Grill, Kappa Sushi, Pazzeli’s Pizza, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays an action station is offered. In the center of the facility there are different stations called Ladles Kettle Kreations, Outtakes, and the Tiger fresh Bakery.

Susq is open Monday through Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. I will say that you probably will not want to go during the time range of 11:30ish to 1 because it will take you a while to get your food and through the lines to pay. You might also be sitting on the floor or outside because all the tables will be full.

Chick-FIl-A Station

But like I said above this is the only place on campus that you can get Chick-fil-A and sushi, so it is pretty awesome. For the purpose of this blog though I am going to take you through what I believe are the healthiest options to eat at Susq!

Here is the absolute best advice that I can give you to start out with……Freshman are you listening? If you are do not, and I repeat do not eat Chick-fil-A every day. I know that it is very tasty and hard to resist, but try your best to do so!

The New York Deli Station

Now that I got that out of the way let me take you through the different stations. I think that one of the best places to start is the New York Deli & Salads. Here you will definitely get your fill of food.

Lets start with the sandwiches shall we? Here you have the choice to build your own sandwich, or choose one off the menu.

If you are building your own sandwich then I would suggest to make a wrap instead or choose a multi grain or wheat roll instead. Those breads tend to be healthier than white or focaccia, which are also offered.

Once you have your base the chef’s will tend to load your sandwich up with meat and cheeses. For healthier options I suggest asking them to limit the amount of meat and try no cheese. But if you must have your cheese fill, from what is offered your best bet is to go with the swiss!

Once you have your sandwich picked out and your meat, try to load up on the vegetables! Ask them to load up on the lettuce, tomatoes, onions and even avocado!  On the topic of toppings, make sure to not load up on the condiments or try using no condiments at all. If you need to add condiments to your sandwich they do offer a low-calorie and herb mayonnaise!

If you want to choose from the signature sandwiches I would say the healthiest choice would be the Central Park Garden. On that sandwich is marinated mushrooms, green pepper, cucumber, muenster cheese and tomato on multi grain bread. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Fruit as a Side

The best part with the sandwiches is that you  also have the choice of two sides. This is the perfect opportunity to get some fruit, pretzels, or a whole kosher pickle.

Now lets move on over to the salad line if that is what you are in the mood for. Even though you think all salads are healthy this is false! There is a right and a wrong kind of salad. The healthiest salads are loaded with extra vegetables and don’t add items that are loaded with calories like cheeses, breads, and thick creamy dressings.

The healthiest salad that you can get at Susq has to be between the Veggie Delight, and the Citrus Asian. The Veggie Delight has mixed greens, spinach, roasted vegetables, parmesan and chick peas with a citrus vinaigrette dressing.

All the Salad Toppings!

The Citrus Asian salad comes with mixed greens, mandarin oranges, chicken, carrots, red onion, peppers, crispy noodles and almonds and comes with a citrus vinaigrette.

The best part is you can tell the chef’s any way that you want your salad, whether that is changing up the dressings or just not getting all the ingredients.I don’t know about you, but now I am craving a huge healthy salad!

Kapa Sushi Station

In my opinion the New York Deli is the healthiest place to eat, but there are other healthy options at the other stations also. For example if your in the mood for sushi you can walk over to Kappa Sushi, and order the Avocado Roll, or the Cucumber Roll. They are the healthiest rolls because all they have are vegetables in the center. You can also get a side of seaweed salad.

It has been found that most sushi isn’t bad for you, but you just have to make sure that you are choosing the right kind of sushi. For instance stay away from the sushi that has all kinds of deep fried elements to it. Other than that, you should be good to go!

Even if you are absolutely craving Chick-fil-A you are in luck, because they have healthier options too. Instead of getting fries and chicken nuggets, you can get the Grilled-Chicken-Salad instead. You can also get the Grilled-Chicken Sandwich that comes with lettuce and tomato!

Fruit Station

The absolute best part about Susq has to be the center stations. This is where you can create your own mixture of yogurt, fruit and  gronola. You can add as much of any of the ingredients that you want.

Also on either side you can choose to pick up pre-packaged food like sandwiches, salads, yogurt, fruits and so much more.

Fruit and Yogurt Station

I hope that I have helped persuade you to try out Susq whenever you are in the union, or on campus during the day! There are healthier options everywhere you just have to make sure that you are adding the right ingredients!

Introduction to new blog idea…..

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I have to write a blog about something that interests me for my Social Media and Strategic Communications class. Therefore since I am a division 1 athlete, I have decided to write about the effects of playing a sport on a female athlete’s body throughout her career. This is something that highly interests me because throughout my many years of playing lacrosse, I have watched many of my teammates get injured. I am curious about what the possible  life-long effects are on girls throught their endless years of playing a sport.

For me personally, I am a current junior at Towson University and only 20-years-old, yet there are days that I feel like I’m 80 years older than I am. I know that with every year I get older, it takes more time for me to recover and heal from any injury. Throughout this blog I hope to investigate and pass on the information that I gain to any one who is currious about the best ways to prevent injuries.

I  hope to find out what the most common injures for female athletes are and in what specific sports are these injuries most common. Also what are the life-long effects for women who participate in these sports for numerous years.

Feature Story-Terrance West

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While overcoming several adversities throughout his life, Terrance West has found success on the football field during his freshman year at Towson University.

During his first season with the Tigers, West  earned a position among the school’s career leaders in several categories while already setting several school records.

Scoring 29 touchdowns in 11 games, West ranks sixth in career touchdowns and is tied for third in career rushing touchdowns along with 1993 Towson graduate Tony Vinson.

West has set the schools single-season record for touchdowns and is ranked13th on the school’s career list with 1,294 running yards during this season.

He helped lead the team to a 28-17 come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island for the Colonial Athletic Association championship. This was the first time Towson football had ever won a conference championship game.

West said he is just another player and can’t do it himself. “One vs. 11 can’t win; you need to be a team player in order to succeed,” West said.

West, a Baltimore native who played football at Northwestern High School,  described his childhood as a struggle and said his mother always took care of him, his two sisters and brother through all their financial difficulties.

After his cousin, Damian Archer, was shot and killed in 2000, West’s   uncle took him to a local recreation center to help keep him out of trouble. That is where West started playing football when he was  9 years old.

West became a father when he 17-years-old when his son, Brendan West, was born. The experience of becoming a father is what inspires him most.

“ I have the opportunity to change the struggles my family went through and I am determined to make a difference for my son,” he said.

West said it is difficult balancing being a division one  athlete, a student and a father but that he tries his best.  He tries to go home at least three times during the week to spend time with his son.

 

Terrance West, a freshman running back for the Towson University football team, is studying in mandatory study hall after football practice.

After high school, West attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia for a year but left because of the distance between him and his family.

After prep school he had to sit out a season due to NCAA rules and looked for a school that would accept him as a transfer student. West looked to play football at Clemson University and University of Maryland but wasn’t qualified due to low SAT scores.

Worried about his future, West started to make calls to different schools and  learned that Towson was interested in him. He thanks Towson head coach Rob Ambrose for the opportunity to play football again since he was in a bad situation.

West enrolled at Towson last January and joined the team for the spring season. He said he is happy with his decision because he is close to home and his family can see him play.

West said he wasn’t worried about whether he would see playing time with the Tigers  because it’s about what the coaches believe is best for the team. He just wants to continue to grow as a player and a person.

“West is a self motivated player who will work hard to play harder next year to find even more success on the field,” said Anthony Davis Jr., an offensive center.

Towson strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Pick described West’s work ethic as dedicated. “He didn’t miss one work out. He was the first one to show up at summer workouts every day and was the last one to leave for all intensive purposes,” Pick said.

West plans to major in either sports management or business. He hopes to one day play in the NFL and open up a recreation center for kids in downtown Baltimore.

“I want to give back to the kids because I know how it is to grow up struggling with not a lot of opportunities or money,” West said. If the NFL doesn’t work out then he wants to own his own business and work around kids.

Pick said with time West will become even more successful as long as he can keep overcoming previous adversities. West plans to work even harder than last year and stay, “ humble, honest and hungry for success.”

 

Towson University rfeshman running back Terrance West is mentally preparing himself for football practice in the Tiger's locker room.

Come on in to the Newell Den

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The Newell Den

The Den is one of the many A-la-Carte dining facilities at Towson. It has a great variety of different stations to chose from. The den is located on the first floor of Newell and below the Newell Dining Hall.

The stations that are available at the Den are Mangiamo pizza and pasta, Green Mountain Coffee and baked goods, a Signature Deli, and Roadside BBQ and Grill. The Den is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This is an awesome place for students to eat at because their hours are very convenient for a college students schedules. The late hours are great, and they are open every day of the week.

But for this blog I’m going to focus on the healthier options that are available at the Den. Since this is not one of the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities at Towson, you have to pay per item/meal that you buy. It could be argued that the a-la-carte facilities are the healthy places to eat because you don’t have the temptation of eating until you explode!

Packaged yummy snacks/food

At the den, besides the different stations you can choose from there are also different stands around the area to choose from. For example you can use your meal’s, dining points, or cash to buy all kinds of snacks or pre-packaged sandwiches and more.

The healthiest places to eat at the Den is Mangiamo pizza and pasta and the Signature Deli. At the Mangiamo pizza and pasta station there is an awesome variety of pasta’s to choose from. You can also choose between two different salads.

At the pasta station I think that the healthiest choice is the baked ziti without the extra cheese. You can also choose to get spaghetti with just plain tomato sauce. Pasta is not bad for you if you are eating the right portion sizes, which is on average about the size of your palms.

Salads

If you are feeling really healthy, then you can get a side salad. You have your choice between a garden salad and a caesar salad. I say go with the garden salad! Try to add just oil and vinegar as your dressing. The best part is that you can also get a side of steamed vegetables to get your vegetable fill.

At the  Signature Deli all sandwiches are only $5.79. You can either choose between creating your own sandwiches with the different options that are there, or you can choose a signature sandwich.

While creating the sandwiches you have your have your choice of breads between ciabatta bread, whole grain, wrap, wheat roll or alpine roll. I say choose between the whole grain, wheat rolls, or the wraps because they are healthier than the white and italian breads.

The Signature Deli.

While creating your sandwiches you can load up on the toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and so on. Also add up on the meat, but not the cheeses. I think that the healthiest options is to try to add no condiments at all, but if you have too use a very little amount.

One of the healthiest signature sandwiches is the “Black Jack Ham” which has black forrest ham, sun-dried tomato spread, cheddar cheese, leaf lettuce and tomato salsa on what ever bread you choose. Not only is it healthy, but it sounds pretty delicious right?

The Roadside BBQ Grill

If you aren’t feeling any of the choices I named above then have no fear, there are also some healthy options at the Roadside BBQ and Grill. For example you can always get the pulled chicken sandwich, or the delicious veggie burger. You can also get the pit turkey sandwich, or the grilled chicken breast sandwich.

All those options are healthy, it just depends on what you put on the sandwich. So be careful to not load your sandwich up with tons of condiments and try adding more vegetables. They also offer sweet potato fries, which are a healthier alternative of french fries!

My delicious wrap and sweet potato fries!

Besides all the different stations to eat at, the Newell Den also has yogurts, fruits and vegetables all around the room. For your beverage I suggest sticking with the water, and milk machines around the room. They are much healthier than anything else that is offered there!

Fresh fruits available right when you check out!

Come on in to the Newell Dining Hall

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Newell Dining Hall

To start this blog, I have to say that this is possibly one of my favorite places to eat at on campus. I will try my best to remain objective while writing this blog, but I do highly suggest that you make your way across campus if you have never been!

The Newell Dining Hall is located right above the Newell Den, on the second floor of Newell. For those of you who aren’t familiar with where that is, it is located right next too Cook Library. (the side closest to Burke Ave, or where the Residence Towers are)

This dining hall is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. Sadly if you were hoping to stop by during the weekend you can’t because they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. It is only one meal to enter, cash rate is $5.65 for breakfast, $8.30 for lunch and brunch and $9.00 for dinner, not including tax.

This dining hall features a Mongolian Grill, a salad bar, a Kosher Korner and a wide variety of buffet style stations. This buffet stations include a hot-meal-station, pizza corner, a deli and pasta station.

In this blog, I am going to give you some helpful tips to eating healthy while your at this dining hall. There are tons of temptations at every corner, and when it is alright to indulge every once and a while….try to stay away from the fried foods!

To start I have to say that this dining hall is one of the best places to go for a variety of fruit and vegetables throughout the entire day. There is a station that has yogurt, granola and different types of fruit to fill up on.

Yummy fruit and yogurt!!!!

The omelet station is a great and healthy place to eat at for breakfast. With the omelet you can add any amount of toppings you want. I suggest to load up on the veggies!

You will probably hear me say that a lot in this blog, but you can never go wrong with adding tones of vegetables to your meals! Not only will it make your meal look bigger, but it will also help to fill you up in the healthiest way possible.

Back to the omelet, you can add mushrooms, peppers, ham, tofu, and cheese. I suggest

Omelet Station

to stay away from the ham and cheese and try the tofu. It adds some great flavor, and has less calories than the other options.

Along with your omelet you can add in the fruit and yogurt, with a glass of milk. Or even better you can begin your day hydrating right with a glass of ice cold water! If you feel like you need more to eat, try a peace of wheat bread over white bread, and add a nice thin layer of jam or preservatives. (not butter!!!!)

Now that you’ve ate your amazingly healthy breakfast, here are some options you have for lunch and dinner. The best stations to start at would be the salad bar. The Newell salad bar is awesome because it has so many nutritious options to add on top. Like I said earlier, load up on the veggies!

Salad Toppings

Don’t be afraid to pile on the extra celery, broccoli, peppers and so on. I would stay away from the cheeses, and bread toppings like the croutons. For your dressing they have oil and vinegar right next to the salad bar! That is most likely your healthiest choices to use, or if they have a “light” or “fat free” dressing.

The creamy dressings are the least healthy dressings that you can use, so try to resist the temptation to pile it on top of your salad. But if you absolutely must have it, thats ok just try to use a small amount and don’t drench your salad in it. When I say that I mean make sure you can still see some green!

Salad Bar!

After you’ve had your amazingly healthy salad, if you are still hungry you could head on over to the hot-meal-station. This is a great place to fill up on food. My suggestion is to stick with the food that is not drenched in sauces such as gravy or butter or anything else.

Try to eat the meals that had chickens and porks with little seasoning. At this station you can also get all kinds of steamed vegetables. This would be a perfect meal to help fill you up with your side salad.

Hot-Meal-Station

Remember to stay hydrated with water! Water and milk are the healthiest beverages to go along with your meals. Juices and Sodas have a ton of extra sugar in them, and make you thirstier.

The special thing about Newell like other dining halls is that it includes a Kosher Korner. This allows students and faculty with strict religious dietary obligations to be able to feast with out having to worry. This corner includes all kinds of kosher choices of entrees, sandwiches, pizza, starch, vegetables and soups.

Kosher Korner!

You don’t need to be Jewish to eat kosher either. Studies have found that kosher meat is healthier than regular meat. So maybe check out the Kosher Korner if you are craving any kind of meat.

Another great station to eat at is the deli station. Here you have a great variety of

Condiment Selection and Toppings at the Deli

sandwiches that you can create! My healthy tip is to go with either a wrap or a sandwich with wheat bread.

This is yet another opportunity to load up on the veggies. Your sandwich you can load up with tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and so on. If you want to be really healthy maybe eliminate the cheese and just have some meat.

Also with that in mind try not to load up on the condiments.Mayonnaise and mustard have tons of extra salt in them, so try just eating your sandwich plain or add some oil and vinegar for some flavoring!

My Healthy Sandwich!

Just remember that anything grilled, or steamed is much healthier than anything that is fried! So try to stay away from the fried food and anything that is coated in sauces and cheeses. Finally don’t be afraid to load up on the water, fruits and veggies to make sure that you help fulfill your nutritious obligations.

Welcome to the West Village Commons Dining Hall

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One of the stations you can choose to eat at in the new West Village Dining Hall

The newest edition to fine dinning at Towson is the West Village Commons Dining Hall. The dining hall just opened up this past fall of 2011, and the majority of students are unaware of its existence or haven’t even made their way  to that side of campus.

This is another all you can eat dining hall for just one student meal, or a rate of $5.65 for breakfast, $8.30 for lunch and brunch and $9.00 for dinner. That is not including tax.

Inside the dining hall their are multiple stations that you can choose to eat at. Such as the quality hot line, Italian hearth over, grill, deli, and a salad bar. The hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you aren’t feeling the all-you-can-eat buffet food then there is the option to eat at an a-la-carte also a Jamba Juice, an Einstein Bagels, and a Coyote Jack’s Grill in the same building as the dining hall.

If you read my blog titled Welcome to the Glen then you are familiar with my style of watching what you eat. If not then I will give you some tips to eating at the dining halls and not eating your weight in food!

Yummy Salad Bar!

The salad bar is a great place to start if you are trying to eat healthy. Load up the veggies! You can even try to eat the  spinach  leaves instead of the lettuce. I think its a very tasty substitution! But if thats not your thing that ok. Once you have your base try to stay away from adding any cheese or carbs to your salad. That is loaded with calories and instead load on the carrots, broccoli, celery, mushrooms or whatever is you like.

For the dressings I say stay away from the creamy dressings. They healthiest dressings are “light” or “fat free”. You can also go to the good ol’ oil and vinegar if you are really watching what your eating.

My Salad loaded with veggies and fat free dressing

If you aren’t feeling a salad or are interested in eating something else try the deli line. There you can eat a wrap (healthier than bread) and fill yourself. Try to limit your sandwich to a slice or two or meat, and one slice of cheese. With the sandwich you can also add vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and so on. This will help add more flavor and make your sandwich fuller with still being healthy.

Condiments!

If you are one of those people who has to have condiments on your sandwich, this is ok but just add a tiny amount. Don’t cake your sandwich in mustard or mayonnaise they are loaded with calories.

Now say you aren’t feeling a sandwich or a salad, there are still more options you can choose from!

Daily Specials Line

The quality hot line always has nice hot meals and vegetables you can eat. Make sure that you are eating good portion sizes, which for most people is the size of your palm. When choosing the main meal, don’t eat any fried food and stay away from food that is covered in sauces.

For your beverage try drinking water or a fat free milk. Juices and Soda are loaded with sugar.

Einstein Bagels

If you are looking to hit up Einstein Bagel’s instead your healthiest bet is to get the plain bagel, onion bagel, or the sun-dried tomato bagel. All three are only 290 calories each.

For the spreads I suggest the whipped plain cream cheese, the whipped garden vegetable cream cheese, or the whipped sun dried tomato and basil cream cheese. These three are all 60 calories each. With the spreads make sure to add a light coating and not submerge your bagel with the cream cheese.

Einstein’s is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are feeling Jamba Juice stick with the smallest sizes, and the all fruit smoothies. They are your best bet with having the lowest calories. Jamba Juice is open Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Jamba Juice all-fruit Smoothie