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Texas Cmapus Serving Healthy Portions

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posted on Feb, 21 2007 @ 07:15 PM

These days Mean Green means more than the green-jerseyed football team at the University of North Texas.
The campus also has a hot new cafeteria called Mean Greens.
And as you might suspect, it serves up a lot of green, and otherwise healthy, food.

Steven Garza says he's been eating most meals there since it opened in October.
One day recently, he was dining on a turkey sandwich, three pieces of sushi, vegetable soup, milk and water.

Garza likes the fact that an entree generally has fewer than 300 calories and 10 grams of fat.
And meals with an entree and three side dishes usually total no more than 400 calories, so it's easy to keep track of how much you're eating.
Students are limited to one main dish but can eat as many side orders - usually salads or vegetables - as they want.
"In other cafeterias it's unlimited. It's the reason why people put on the Freshman 15," said Garza, a self-described health nut.

Mean Greens, serving up about 1,000 meals over dinner and lunch, is doing a bit better than two other similar-sized cafeterias on the sprawling campus, said Regenia Phillips, director of dining services at UNT.
The competing campus dining spots offer everything from barbecue to pizza to more traditional cafeteria lines.
There are also two other larger dining halls on this campus of 32,000 students.

Phillips said that opening Mean Greens was a risk because even though students said they wanted healthy options, it was hard to tell if they would actually choose healthier.
Students today are more health-conscious, and there are "definitely more and more options," said Jodi Smith of the National Association of College & University Food Services.

Across the country, university cafeterias are trying to serve up less processed and lower-salt items, more organic products and access to nutritional information on Web sites or in the cafeteria, said Russ Meyer, president of the National Association of College & University Food Services.


I am glad to see that more and more healthy food options are opening up, especially on places like college campuses (the reason delivery pizza exists), where there is a large population of people who are more likely to choose healthy eating habits.

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