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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.