healthy yet delicious meals around campus for a student budget
Staying healthy while being surrounded by all the enticing food vendors on campus can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be so hard as there are options out there. The following meals are all well-balanced and tasty, too, and all of which can be found right here on the Auraria Campus.
Spicy tuna roll & miso soup at s’ONO! (priced at about $7.50)
s’ONO! (located in the Tivoli food court) offers a variety of sushi options, which is a lower-calorie alternative to their poke bowls. The spicy tuna roll is a good balance of fat, carbs, and protein and is delicious. Add a side of their miso soup, which is as warm and filling as it is nutrient-dense.
Burrito bowl at Los Molinos (priced between $5.50 and $7.00)
Los Molinos is an excellent Mexican food spot in 9th Street Park. They offer a burrito bowl that’s sure to satisfy any student’s cravings. The bowl comes with rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and cheese (but customers can opt-out of the sour cream and cheese for less fat). There’s an option to add in meat for some added protein for only $1.50 more. Throw some chicken in there for a balanced meal, although do bear in mind that this item is a bit of a larger portioned meal.
Chicken kabob & Greek salad at Saffron Grill (priced at about $8.00)
Saffron Grill (located outside of the Auraria Library) offers a lot of plates, wraps, and salad meals. But these meal options do come with a side of pita bread. An alternative option is to order from their side menu. From there, order the chicken kabob and the small Greek salad. The kabob is a tasty way to get some protein, and the salad adds veggies to make for a well-rounded meal.
Tasty turkey sandwich at ZGo’s Cafe (priced at $7.99)
ZGo’s Cafe (located in the Administration building near the Auraria West light rail station by Campus Village) has a variety of sandwiches, wraps, and soups. For a filling meal that is packed with whole grains, protein, and veggies, try their tasty turkey sandwich. The sandwich comes with turkey, lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes, but there’s an option to add avocado for more healthy fats. The sandwich comes with a side, so get the fruit or coleslaw to stay on the healthier side.
The food establishments for this list are all local, so give one a try to support a local business. While these are just a few of the many healthy meals available on campus, they are some of the more satisfying options out there.