FIU should replace fast food restaurants with healthy alternatives

Panera Bread is one of the new restaurants that will open at FIU in Fall 2019. (Gabriella Pinos/PantherNOW)

Ariana Rodriguez/Contributing Writer

The struggle is real when you are a kind-of-healthy person trying to become a really healthy person at FIU. 

The moment I exit my four-hour class and breathe in the rich air, my inner child craves an un-diabetic-friendly meal. The smell of the delightful fries from Miros floating through the air activates a battle between my id and superego as I head to Salad Creations on a day I did not have time to prepare my own lunch.  

FIU holds an array of eateries, and in Fall 2019, Panera will take the place of Einstein Bagels at the Modesto Maidique Campus. This change is for the better because Panera offers healthier options than Einstein Bagels does, and even I can find something pretty healthy in Panera. 

Then Chili’s, Starbucks in the Green Library and Chick-Fil-A will reopen in Fall 2019 as well. They do not carry super brain foods for students, but Chili’s can at least offer something healthier than Chick-Fil-A. 

Even the healthiest eatery in FIU can turn into something undeniably unhealthy.

Some people love putting bacon bits with a load of ranch on iceberg lettuce in Salad Creations, but is that healthy? Same issues occur every else. The options you pick in every restaurant dictate how healthy your meal is going to be. Every FIU restaurant except Burger King, Panda Express, and Taco Bell offers a healthy and brain-strengthening meal (which all students need).

Did FIU take down the wrong restaurant? Maybe Burger King, Panda Express, and Taco Bell should be replaced with an all-organic (or like something you’d see at Whole Foods, Elevation Burger or Bolay) or an all-vegan restaurant. 

All students need a place without high fructose ketchup (or anything that bring inflammation to the brain and body) and coconut water (or tea lattes without added sugar like the ones in Starbucks). 

Many students who are not health-conscious do not mind seeing Taco Bell or Burger King. They have a preference, but will that “preference” bring longevity? 

It is really all about being balanced and being mindful of how much salt and other ingredients travel through the body. Always remember to keep in mind that the body and brain functions more with wholesome food which can be found in FIU (if you carefully customize your food). 

Food is information for the body, and if we treat our bodies and brains well we could have a higher chance of getting that A on that test. 

Listen to your super-ego a bit more the next time you are about to have your next meal. 



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