When it comes to eating healthy, dining hall food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
Who are we kidding? There are times when the food around campus doesn’t seem much like food at all. Which makes it really hard to try and find something healthy to eat. But what if we told you there were actually some pretty healthy spots around Pitt?
Well it’s true. And if you need some proof, try stopping by any one of these actually healthy spots on campus.
Located on the basement level of the Cathedral, and only open during the week, The Cathedral Café flies under the radar on Pitt’s campus. This quaint eatery offers students a variety of dining options from healthy to fast food. Skip the unhealthy eats and look to Tsunami Sushi and Bistro Salads for some better-for-you meals. Tsunami Sushi has the freshest tuna and salmon sushi on campus. And Bistro Salads will become your go to spot for make-your-own salads. Finally, if you have the willpower to avoid Chick-fil-A nuggets slathered in Ranch dressing, they actually have a TON of salads available. (The grilled chicken, mixed berry, and blue cheese isn’t terrible).
Tell us, does this sound familiar? You’re late for class, but your is energy low and your stomach is growling. Pretty much every day, right? Well, lucky for you, you’re never far from one of the numerous coffee carts on Pitt’s campus. Snag a cup of pseudo-Starbucks coffee and a healthy snack, and you’re good to go. Opt for a healthier option, like yogurt, fruit or a protein bar. It’s the perfect option for those days when your schedule is jam packed and you need a caffeine fix or a snack to get you through that O-Chem lecture.
You probably know where the Pete is (let’s hope so!). And you might know about Pasta Plus located there. But what you might not know is that the plus actually includes omelettes. Seriously! Pasta Plus recently started serving omelettes as a healthy breakfast alternative to the other high calorie and high fat options on campus. For just $6.95 you can get an omelette cooked to order filled with veggies of your choice, a fruit cup and a piece of whole wheat toast.
Located right on Fifth Avenue next to the Quad, the Oakland Bakery and Market is a great spot for healthier foods that can be hard to come by on campus. This is one of the rare places you can get your hands on healthy drinks, like kombucha and coconut water, organic fruit, Greek yogurt and a variety of gluten-free items. Heck, they even have kale chips. It doesn’t get much healthier than that. Plus, they accept dining dollars! Now all you have to do is avoid the sweet treats in the bakery!
The Pete is home another good-for-you option on campus. Salad Sensations offers build your own salads made with fresh ingredients, ensuring you can always get your veggies (mom would be so proud). You can even top your salad off on shrimp, chicken and steak for some added protein. But, take note, they’re only open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This place is proof that Pitt has seriously stepped it up it’s health food game. Or, at least they’re trying. Market Central, found in the bottom of Towers, offers a bunch of made-to-order options for students. There’s an eat-in menu, take-out options and area for grab-and-go snacks. The menu at 360 Degrees is probably among the healthiest. There’s a huge grill used to make a ‘build-your-own-bowl’ combining veggies and protein, cooked on a circular flat top, then handed back to you over rice. Tutto Fresco also offers healthy eats, like tofu and veggie burgers, that are clearly labeled for folks with dietary restrictions and food allergies.
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