Food for thought when in Le Moyne’s LaCasse Dining Center
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Colleges all over the country have been vamping up their dining halls over the last few years and Le Moyne is no different. The college offers numerous options in their cafe, from savory to sweet. But just how healthy is all that food that you find in the dining hall?
I took the liberty of going to each meal, numerous times over the last week and found some pretty interesting information.
First off, every meal was under 600 calories, which really isn’t bad at all. However, when you factor in ice-cream, soda, pudding and delicious chocolate milk, the calories tend to rise.
I know when I eat breakfast I always compliment it with chocolate milk, which is unfortunate since a glass can be up to 300 calories. But you can always trust the eggs to be as low as 90 calories—unless you go to the omelet station, all bets are off then. Nothing goes better with eggs than something crispy, but be careful of what you choose. Between the tots, which are deep fried and dripping in oil [130 calories with their serving], and the sausage which most people love to dip in a little cup of 100-calorie syrup, each day you’re inching your way to a heart attack by 55.
Now for lunch. I know, sometimes you just don’t have the time for it, but if you do find yourself in the cafe during the afternoon you’ll be presented with a variety of foods, from healthy to not so healthy. It’s all about choices. If you choose the flying star diner, you’ll probably get a grilled cheese or a burger, and more than likely some fries. A bacon cheeseburger without fries is 440 calories. And when you add fries, you can expect to add up to 200 calories more to your meal. If you go to Bella’s, a pizza slice is roughly 140 calories. If you move to the left of the pizza, you’ll begin to find healthier options. At simple servings, everything is under 120 calories. If you get a whole meal over there, you’ll also find your plate packed with veggies. But in the cafe, the salad bar is probably as healthy as you’re going to get—as long as you refrain from the bacon bits, croutons and thick dressings.
It’s dinner time. During this meal you’ll tend to have the same options as you did for lunch; but flying star always has a real meal, sort of. A typical breaded chicken sandwich is about 140 calories and if you want to add peas then you’ll add 90 calories.
Dining hall food is really what you make of it. You could load up or skimp up, it’s really up to you. But remember, there are pros and cons to all foods, and calories are in everything! But don’t be afraid to indulge every once in awhile, after all, this is college. Treat yo’ self!