By Dawn Frick, Dietetic student, University of Maryland
I don’t know about you, but I love when I get to knock out two (or more) things with one shot. Like on that rare occasion when two of my classes are lecturing on the same material — I just study one and I’m done. Or if I can organize myself enough to review my biochem flash cards while tackling the elliptical for 30 minutes.
But nothing beats buying healthy foods in one place that will knock out snacks and meals for the week!
The Farmer’s Market at Maryland is a fantastic resource for students, faculty and staff at UMD. There is a delicious selection of fruits and veggies that can be added into your daily schedule in fun and easy ways:
- Breakfast. The strawberries from the market are amazing – so fresh and ready to eat! Try adding a bowl of sliced strawberries with your first meal of the day. If you have access to a kitchen, try whipping up a scrambled egg burrito (and yes, they have eggs there, too!) with asparagus, green onion, and Monterey Jack cheese.
- Mid-morning snack. Hungry after your first class? Fortunately, the peaches at the Farmer’s Market are an easy way to tide you over until you have a more time for lunch. Try adding diced peaches to your low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese. Apples also make such a fantastic snack – they have a longer storage time than a lot of fruits and they are so portable! The market has many different types of apples to choose from – it’s not just Red Delicious any more.
- Lunch. I love to make sandwiches for lunch – they are quick and convenient, and, if I add some veggies, they are also nutritious and satisfying. Top your turkey sandwich with spinach or red leaf lettuce from the farmers market. Tomatoes are a great way to add a little Vitamin C to your day. Slice them in the morning and keep them cold and in a small baggie until you’re ready to add them to your sandwich. One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is a tomato-cucumber-avocado medley on whole grain bread drizzled with a little olive oil.
- Afternoon “pick-me-up”. It never fails … everyday at about 3:00, I start dreaming about dinner. But if I packed a snack before I left in the morning, I find I have the energy to make it through the rest of my classes. Blueberries and blackberries are a great treat that is just sweet enough
to feel like I’m rewarding myself.
- Dinner. The market also sells a variety of meat products – including beef, chicken, pork, goat, rabbit, turkey and lamb. If you have access to a kitchen – the market is a great place to stock up on ingredients for your dinner plans.Looking for more of a vegetarian theme for dinner? Try making a salad from the various greens available – kale, spinach, or red leaf lettuce. Toss in some peppers, tomatoes, or broccoli for some variety. If you’re just looking to spice up your sides – try roasting some veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, or parsnips.
The best part about the Farmer’s Market (besides their amazingly fresh and nutritious food) is their LOCATION! You can get all of your needs met in one spot – right on campus. The market is located in front of Cole Fieldhouse and is open every Wednesday from 11am – 3pm through mid-November.