Freshman 15? Not likely at UBC Featured

Authors: Registered Dietitians

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( You may have heard of the dreaded “freshman 15” – the 15 pounds that new university students often put on in their first year away from home. Those 15 pounds tend to be a result of making bad choices in the cafeteria or scarfing late-night snacks from vending machines. To help this year’s new crop of students at Vancouver’s largest university (and returning students, too), I spoke with Selena De Vries, a fifth-year dietetic student at UBC, to learn more about healthy eating options available at the UBC campus. It turns out there are many great, budget- and time-friendly  options to choose from. 

Freshman 15? Not likely at UBC

1. Eat-in Restaurants 

Sprouts Organic Cafe: A cafe with great daily soups and baked breads, including vegetarian and vegan options. Every Friday starting at 11 a.m. they offer “community eats”: a program to use up food that would otherwise be wasted by offering it for free. Just bring your own plate and cutlery to get a free, healthy meal. Located in the basement of the student union building.

Selena’s top pick: Vegan brownie.

Freshman 15? Not likely at UBC

Agora Cafe: Famous for their homemade granola bars, this cafe also has daily soups, quiches, and other dishes, as well as whole grain muffins. Located in the basement of the McMillan building.

Selena’s top pick: Broccoli cheddar quiche.

2. Take-out options

The Delly: It's been around for years! I was their frequent customer when I was there! A favorite sandwich spot among UBC students because there are lots of healthy sandwich options and whole grain bread choices, plus it is very affordable! There are  also healthy snacks to go like fruit and yogurt. Located in the basement of the student union building. My own personal favorite is their warm wraps, especially the 4-lentil breakfast wrap!

Selena’s top pick: Avocado, cheddar, and veggie sandwich on sprouted grain bread.

the delly at ubc

The Niche Cafe: This small cafe offers curry dishes ready for takeout and has big baskets of fresh fruit you can choose from for a snack on the go. Located at 2212 Main Main (The Beaty Biodiversity Museum).

Selena’s top pick: Chickpea tangine over basmati.

niche cafe at ubc

3. Grocery Shopping

Sprouts Organic Cafe: The cafe sells produce from the UBC farm as well as local dairy products and sustainable bulk food items (oats, grains, dried fruits, flours). They also run a CSA program for dorm students. For $130, you can get a small box (feeds 2-3) or for $170 a large box (feeds about 4) every week for eight weeks.

Granville Island Produce: This produce shop is a great spot for fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy not too far from campus. It has a good selection and reasonable prices, and lots of local apples! Located at the back of the UBC village at 5767 Dalhousie Rd.

Save On Foods: New on campus at 5945 Berton Ave.

There you have it  – loads of on-campus options for healthy food that fits into a student’s busy schedule and tight budget.

Tell us: Do you have any on-campus food faves?

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