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
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.
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!
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!
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!