Many a time, I have heard my friends and peers say that they feel limited to healthy options when it comes to on-campus dining. I too once thought that I could only eat certain foods on campus that would appeal to my taste buds.
Last fall, I not only made it a personal mission to try new and exciting foods when it comes to on-campus dining, but also to eat healthier and create a more well-balanced diet. I quickly learned about all of the nutritious meals readily available and of the healthy ingredients that AU Dining incorporates into its dishes.
From vegans to carnivores, AU Dining provides nutritious and healthy meals that fit every taste pallet. With the recent additions of the Wellness Kitchen and restaurants including, Plains to Plate and Ceci, AU Dining is continually making strides to provide great access of healthy foods to students.
“We’re all about packing that nutrition into meals … we want to make calories count,” said Director of Campus Dining Glenn Loughridge.
For instant nutritional information and dining options, AU Dining makes it accessible for students with the dining tab on the Auburn University app. Nutritional information, including calories, fat and more is available for food items at different restaurants on campus. Additionally, AU Dining has a calorie counter online. Furthermore, AU Dining has created a list of 21 meals that provide students with fresh and healthy plate ideas that are all available on campus.
Not only does AU Dining help to create healthy options at student's fingertips, but they also work on serving fresh and nutritious food options from local sources.
“All of our catfish served comes from Auburn School of Fisheries … and we try to get our pork from campus,” Loughridge said. “Local sourcing is important because it helps connect students to Auburn’s agricultural.”
As AU Dining continually grows, it is always looking for food options that fit every student's needs. In the most recent SGA election, AU Dining had its inaugural survey that allowed students to vote for a food option that they would like to see on campus.
“This was one of the ways I wanted to give students a voice and to vote,” said Loughridge. “The best part of my job is to have great interactions with students.”
For more information on AU Dining, please visit its website at AU Dining.
All photos used with permission from AU Photographic Services
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