Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Truth be told, the only reason I’m still able to be on time for 8 a.m. lectures is the growling stomach that wakes me up every morning. The West dining hall offers a plethora of options for breakfast. Ranging from the make-your-own pancake bar to the standard scrambled egg and ham, from the omelet station to various baked goods, all your cravings can be met with just one meal swipe. For me, though, no matter how many options there are in the dining hall, there is one thing I must have every morning—toast.
Sometimes, I find myself conflicted when deciding which dining hall to eat in. I wonder which dining hall has my favorite options, or if I should even use a meal swipe on that day’s selections. My decisions have recently gotten much easier with the BU Food App. Designed for the indecisive, famished beast inside all of us, BU Food has features to help with all of the decisions and occasional guilt that come with all-you-can-eat dining halls.
To start things off with its simplest feature, BU Food comes with an easy-to-use-display and gives users each dining hall’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus one week at a time. Users start by choosing the dining hall, the day of the week, and finally the meal they are interested in viewing. The app then breaks each of the selections into the various stations offered, such as Homezone, Brickoven, Soup, Grill, and Mongolian, among others depending on the dining hall. There are occasional disagreements between the app and what you find in the dining hall, but this has yet to majorly affect my dining experience.
Same mundane Monday, same tofu pasta toss. Same chicken parmesan/cacciatore/marsala. Same intimidating line for grapes in the fruit section. Are you sick of the sameness already? For many of us, the dining hall is our main source of food and it can get dull. But with a little creativity, we can all become the sous-chefs of our dining experiences. The next time you scan the salad section at your dining hall, pause at the peas, carrots, and corn. If you’re lucky, you might even spot green beans. All four of these vegetables, though delicious fresh, are even more appealing steamed. Take a small bowl-full of any one of these veggies (or mix them together), add water, and microwave for about a minute. Voila! Steamed vegetables! You can add butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper, or any other spices your dining hall has available for use. If you do not see them at the salad station, don’t be shy and ask the other stations for a quick dash of their spices. You won’t regret it when you have a delicious side dish to accompany your otherwise boring dinner. The main course, could, of course, be much more than average.
The life of a typical student rarely revolves around what’s healthy: staying up into the early morning hours, waking up just in time to make it to your 8:00am class, pulling all-night cram sessions for that exam tomorrow, and partying Thursday evening through Sunday morning aren’t usually the recommended activities for a sound mind and body. Along with this lifestyle comes a laissez faire attitude towards food—an “I’ll take what I can get for the cheapest I can find it” outlook. Unfortunately, this stance is not terribly conducive to a nutritious diet, and consequently the average college student isn’t getting the nutrients he or she needs most.