While driving yesterday from Atlanta to Auburn, Alabama, I decided to blog today about St. Patty’s Day foods. Then, after arriving at Auburn University (my alma mater), I decided to try to have lunch.
After driving around a bit and seeing a Chipotle Grill, Chick Fillet or Papa John’s Pizza on almost every corner, I ended up in a restaurant near the middle of town (Toomer’s Corner) site of the infamous oak tree poisoning saga. The tree is still living but it has definitely seen better days.
After looking at the menu, I concluded that it would be easier to find a healthy meal at a St. Patty’s Day party than near the campus of Auburn University. I ended up having lunch at Hamilton’s Restaurant and ordered the large bowl of roasted vegetable soup. It was $6 — which worked out to about a dollar per calorie.
With not nearly enough to eat, I ordered an appetizer plate of hummus. It was loaded with hot peppers, onions and olives and surrounded by white crackers. I dodged the onions and peppers and managed to have enough calories to make it until dinner.
Not a 4Leaf by any means—probably closer to a 2Leaf, if that. My score for Hamilton’s was 27 to 2. There were 27 dead animals on the menu and only two items that were all plant-based. They didn’t even have any side orders.
Then I went to the Auburn Library (where I used to study when I was a student) on campus which was more like a tomb—as the school is now on Spring Break and I was one of the only three souls in the library. And one of the other two was the guard at the front door. So I found myself a quiet place—not hard to do—went online and searched for St. Patty’s traditional food. Here are the first 13 items that I found.
- Irish lamb stew
- Shepherd’s pie
- Chicken sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut
- Hard cider braised lamb shanks
- Warm red cabbage salad
- Guinness marinated bison steak sandwiches
- Warm chicken sausage and potato salad
- Corned beef hash
- Mint-pesto rubbed leg of lamb
- Turkey sausage with fennel sauerkraut and potatoes
- Braised beef and mushrooms
- Chicken and sweet potato stew
- Roast leg of lamb with cauliflower and shallots
- Corned beef and cabbage
My St. Patty’s score was 13 to 1, similarly lopsided to the healthy dining experience at Hamilton’s restaurant.
The Bottom Line. Not only do they not teach healthy eating at ANY of our institutions of higher learning, they make it darn near impossible to find healthy meals anywhere. This is why we must be educated and committed to achieving vibrant health via the 4Leaf Program. It can be done. Why not take our five-minute 4Leaf Survey and lay out your own course of action.
To be fair, there are some colleges out there with some mighty healthy dining options nearby. One of them is Cornell, where I have dined with Dr. Campbell on numerous occasions. But they don’t teach healthy eating there either. They abruptly cancelled his for-credit course about ten years ago (dairy industry pressure) but that plant-based nutrition course is still available through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. See link at bottom of this post.
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