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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!