The number of food options at UBC’s Vancouver campus can be a little intimidating, but if you know where to look there are plenty of healthy options out there.

Whether you’re looking for a meal on the go or a place to eat after a long day of studying, here are the best places to find healthy meals on campus:

1. The Point Grill

The Point Grill is a great place to find healthy and delicious food. They have a variety of nutritious soups, salads, and wraps. One of our favourites is their beet salad loaded with fennel, oranges, beets and goat cheese on a bed of mixed greens. This salad is a great source of folate, vitamin C, and fibre. The goat cheese also provides a nice creaminess and boosts the protein.

2. Smoothies at Place Vanier, Totem Park and Orchard Commons

Looking for a meal you can pick up on the way to class? Try the smoothie bars at Gather at VanierTotem Dining Room and Hero Coffee + Market. Made from with whole food ingredients, the smoothies are a quick and healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Gather also has a station called Simply Local that serves food without most of the top allergens – meaning there is something for everyone to enjoy!

3. Open Kitchen

From custom stir fries to sandwiches, Open Kitchen at Orchard Commons offers it all. Choose your favourite fresh ingredients and let the chefs do the work! With vegetables like baby bok choy, daikon, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and bean sprouts along with a variety of meat or vegetarian protein options, it’s easy to eat a balanced meal at this UBC eatery.

4. Perugia Italian Caffè

Located in the Life Sciences Centre, Perugia Italian Caffè serves an Italian-inspired menu filled with fresh, mouth-watering ingredients. Next time you need a study break, stop by and order the mushroom flatbread, one of their must-try menu items. Not only does this dish use wild mushrooms and mouth-watering truffle oil, if you pair it with a salad it also provides you with an extra serving of vegetables.

5. Harvest

Not only is their central location conveniently located at Ponderosa Residence, but Harvest grab & go items can be found in cafes all around campus – including many that are on this list! From irresistible, protein-rich pulse-based salads to fresh sandwiches and blueberry chia pudding, Harvest items make the perfect on-the-go snack when your only time to eat is while sitting in class.

6. The Loop Cafe

Craving a hearty meal that brings both comfort and satisfaction? Try The Loop Cafe’s house-made soups! With fresh, nutritious ingredients that are locally sourced from the UBC Farm when possible, you’ll leave with a happy tummy and a mind ready to learn!

7. School of Fish

School of Fish is a popular food truck located on campus. Didn’t have time to pack a lunch for school? No need to stress. Pick up one of their delicious grilled Ocean Wise© salmon dishes featuring arugula and butternut squash barley risotto. This dish will be sure to keep you full through any 3-hour lecture.

Try one of these places next time you’re looking for a healthy meal and we guarantee you will feel more prepared to tackle the difficulties of university life!

Written by Marina Balic and Shara Marchand, UBC Dietetics Students.

Other posts you’ll love!

4 Exam Season Snack Ideas

To keep your body and mind fuelled this exam season, look for snacks that combine protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats so you’re prepared when the study munchies hit.

read more

How to Eat More Plants

Interested in trying a plant-based diet but not sure where to start? Here are 3 ways you a can incorporate more plants into your life.

read more

4 Tips to Cook for Yourself

Preparing your own food is cheaper compared to eating out, can help you build essential food skills, and is associated with a whole host of physical and mental health benefits.

read more