What a perfect morning, when I wake up to a Thursday aka Vegan Feast Day, and find an article in the daily paper about the very first of it’s kind, all-vegan, full service campus cafeteria in believe it or not, Texas! After just a week of school, apparently the lines at “Mean Greens” – a play on the university’s Mean Green football team nickname- are “snaking out the door.” This is one of 5 dining halls on the campus of The University of North Texas, in Denton, and opened after surveys revealed that 1 in 4 college students want vegan options. With quotes from Gandhi and Einstein (I love that!) lining the walls, food choices at this very contemporary venue, include paninis made with fresh baked focaccia, roasted vegetables, sushi, soups glasses of bananas foster and imaginative menu items such as biscuits with chocolate gravy and specialty pancakes for breakfast. Some students who aren’t vegan, are dining there to help avoid the typical “freshman 15” often put on that first year of college. My advice to them — if you really want to avoid the weight gain, skip the biscuits and gravy!
Have a great day. Make compassionate choices in your eating (geesh, if they can do it in Texas, they can do it anywhere!) and in all aspects of your life. If I am missing in action for a few days, I am just working on the “peace” part of my life. Taking some down time to disconnect and re-energize for the “school” year ahead. After all, aren’t we all students and teachers of this journey we call life?
- Texas College Caf Goes Vegan (abcnews.go.com)
- In land of meat, Texas university touts vegan (msnbc.msn.com)