We Need a Salad Bar

In an effort to increase the quality of cafeteria meals provided to South Puget Sound Community College students and staff, the Clipper Cafe should set up a salad bar with ample fruits and vegetables.

An open salad bar would provide students with the opportunity to choose a salad that suits them best. According to Cindy Uhrich, campus activities board director, there are roughly 7,000 students attending SPSCC; all with different dietary needs. Some have allergies or religious rites that prevent them from eating certain foods. Other students have specific dietary choices, such as being vegetarian (no meat) or vegan (no animal products, including dairy).

It is incredibly important to provide options to all students on campus, no matter what their dietary needs are. Many students are on campus for long hours and need a place to get a proper meal. Packing your own lunch is sometimes harder than it seems.

Providing a salad bar would give students the opportunity to choose more nutritious meals. While the Clipper Cafe offers a substantial menu, it should include more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of these foods is important for proper nutrition.

Increasing your intake of vegetables can help brain function. This is a very important thing for students to achieve as they are dependent upon their memory and cognitive abilities to succeed in their classes.

According to Melinda Smith, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson on helpguide.org, eating more fruits and vegetables improves memory. Produce is usually packed with antioxidants, which can protect brain cells from damage. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and chard are full of nutrients and would be perfect for a salad bar.

Scott Kustes, who runs nakedfoodcooking.com, also discusses how vegetables can help brain function. He claims that a daily serving of vegetables is relatively small and easy to achieve. Only one cup of leafy greens and a half cup of other assorted vegetables would suffice. This is entirely too easy to get with one salad.

A salad bar doesn’t have to be merely “rabbit food” either. With a salad bar you can provide various greens and vegetables, as well as meats and cheeses. People can create whatever combination they like.

The Clipper Cafe usually offers salads, but each one includes cheese and meat. For some simply taking these toppings off the salad isn’t an option. Even if they do, mostly all that is left is lettuce. Deconstructing these salads and providing a salad bar creates more options for other students.

Installing a salad bar would benefit more than just students eating in the cafeteria. It would also help the students in the culinary program who prepare the food. Using more fruits and vegetables shows how important nutritious eating is. Putting focus on providing many options shows the culinary students how necessary it is to provide alternatives to various people.

While maintaining a salad bar might be costly, it is a small price to pay for providing more nutritious options to all students and staff.

If you have any comments contact serena@thesoundsnews.com or visit the Clipper Cafe suggestion box.