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Need help with a healthier lunch? CALS Wellness Committee shares ideas

While we would all love to be able to bring a healthy homemade lunch to work every day, let’s be realistic—that’s not always going to happen! Here are some tips for choosing a nutritious lunch on campus.

  • A good place to start is http://sustainability.wisc.edu/campusfoodmap/ ­which offers searches not only for type of food service (restaurant, market/café, dining hall) but also for sustainable options including local food, fair trade, vegetarian, composting, and more.
  • Try a change of scene: Slow Food UW Cafes will be returning to the Allen Centennial Garden as the weather permits.
  • Check out the refrigerator section at Badger Markets. They offer a variety of options in smaller portions (handy for snacks too) and include nutrition facts on everything. Some examples: hummus and veggies, fruit and cheese, mini sandwiches, tabbouleh, tofu “chicken” salad and lots more!
  • Switch out your starchy side or second slice for a piece of fruit, salad, veggie sticks or a handful of nuts. Many places such as Subway offer options like apple slices instead of chips.
  • Swap soda for sparkling water. You get that satisfying fizzy sensation without the calories and chemicals.
  • For restaurants with large portions (e.g. QQ Express) bring a container with you or ask for a to-go container when you get your food. Pack half away right away so you’re not tempted to overeat. Stick the leftovers in your department fridge—now you have lunch for tomorrow!