The month of New Year’s resolutions is now over, so how is your diet coming? We all know that maintaining a diet is hard, especially as a college student. At school temptations lurk around every corner, from 2 am Domino’s to leftover Georgetown Cupcakes someone leaves around your apartment. Have no fear, as Spoon is here to give you some recommendations on how to navigate Georgetown’s food scene and keep on the right track.
1. Leo’s: The Dining Hall Diet
We can all agree that Leo’s doesn’t offer too many options, and it’s easy to give in to a dinner of cereal and a bagel. Instead, try some greens piled with chickpeas, sliced sweet potato from the vegetarian bar, diced red peppers, a few croutons and dressing of choice. It’s important to incorporate a significant amount of protein to keep you full, crunch to make you actually like it and veggies to keep it healthy. If you’re not in to salads, try slicing up some grilled chicken and adding it to a wrap with hummus and veggies of choice.
2. Lunch around town: Café Tuotu
Café Tuotu is what I like to call the smaller, lesser known version of Dean and Deluca without the crazy prices. They offer sandwiches, salads and wraps and more right at the bottom of 34th, so it’s conveniently located and very, very tasty. Opt to get a half sandwich on multigrain and pair it with one of their many salads for a quick, nutritious lunch.
3. Dinner night out: Shophouse
The new cousin of Chipotle, Shophouse offers Asian-inspired bowls that can be just as healthy as they are delicious. As a base, try a mix of brown rice and salad, add a leaner meat like tofu or chicken and finish it off with a pile of broccoli, butternut squash with Thai basil, or whatever floats your boat. Shophouse does a great job of making their vegetables taste ridiculously good, so don’t hold back.
4. Sweet tooth: Arctic Freeze ice cream
When people tell me they don’t like sweets, I look at them like they’re crazy. So when that craving for sugar hits you, look no further than the ice cream aisle at the Whole Foods on Wisconsin ave. There you will find a pint of ice cream that is 150 calories…for the entire pint. No, that’s not a joke. Maybe it’s not the ice cream you’re used to, but with flavors like salted caramel, chocolate peanut butter and cookie shake, it’s pretty darn close.