The Bruff Life

Photo: Kelly Lazarus (Tulane '18)

Photo: Kelly Lazarus (Tulane '18)

We’ve all heard of the Freshmen Fifteen—and it's true, eating healthfully in college can definitely be tough. With limited dining options on campus and an abundance of junk food readily available, we understand that the struggle is real. It’s a Bruff life out there.

Getting in a nutritious meal on Tulane campus may seem like an impossible feat, but we’ve done our research, experimented with different options, and found that there are actually ways to make Bruff a healthy option for any meal! Try out some of these recipes and tips for conquering your fear of campus dining. Maybe one day you’ll even like it Bruff ;)

BREAKFAST

Breakfast at Bruff is a challenge—not only are you extremely tired, but all you want is to grab three pancakes and dive in! STOP RIGHT THERE. Resist the pancakes, hash browns, waffle machine and oily sausages. As tempting as they may seem, they’re not only packed with calories, carbs and bad fats, but they wont fill you up or leave you satisfied.

Our Choice: Greek Yogurt Parfait

INGREDIENTS

Photo: Jenna Davidson (Tulane '18)

Photo: Jenna Davidson (Tulane '18)

2 scoops original Greek yogurt
2 handfuls Granola from cereal bar: try the Oats brand
2 scoops fruit: Your choice! Berries never fail to bring sweetness to a dish.
2 drops honey

PREPARATION

  1. Scoop 1 layer of Greek yogurt into a bowl.
  2. Add 1 handful of granola on top.
  3. Add 1 scoop of fruit.
  4. Drizzle a drop of honey.
  5. Repeat layers of Greek yogurt, granola and fruit.

LUNCH

With options like the salad bar and fresh cold-cuts, lunch at Bruff should be a breeze. Make turkey roll ups, a quinoa salad with chicken, or even experiment with making your own chicken salad!

Our Choice: Homemade Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS

Photo: Jenna Davidson (Tulane '18)

Photo: Jenna Davidson (Tulane '18)

1 cup chicken from sandwich bar
1 part fat-free Dijon dressing, 1 part Mayo (or Greek yogurt)
2 chopped celery sticks
Handful of Craisins or chopped grapes from the salad/fruit bar

PREPARATION

  1. Mix together ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Enjoy on a salad, dip with pita chips or veggies, or eat it on its own!

DINNER

By the time dinner rolls around, you’re starving, tired, and would probably eat just about anything to make your stomach stop growling. Bruff is so close, it’s free and the burgers, fries, mashed potatoes and abundance of desserts are calling your name. But you know better, and because you’ve likely indulged before, you know that these foods will only be a Band-Aid for your hunger.

Our Choice: Healthy Chicken Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS

Your choice of grain: quinoa, wild rice, Couscous
Veggies from the salad bar: baby corn, water chestnuts, mushrooms, carrots, kale, etc.
Protein: chicken works best for this recipe
Sauce: red sauce from pizza bar, soy sauce, dressing from salad bar

PREPARATION

  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and cover with another bowl to create a steaming effect.
  2. Microwave bowl for 2 minutes.
  3. Add sauce.
  4. Heat for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir and enjoy!