Ditch the Hospital Food

Here is a great menu created by Dr. Monica Aggarwal, MD, for Shands Hospital, University of Florida.

(Would you like your hospital menu to look more like this?)

Breakfast:

1. Steaming oatmeal with raisins, almonds, and brown sugar

2. Overnight oats with chia seeds and fruit

3. Cheerios with soy milk

4. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter or avocado spread

5. Fresh fruit plate with bran muffin

 

Lunch:

1. Black Bean Burger: hearty black bean patty over a warm bun with option of lettuce, tomato and onions

2. Hummus Tomato Sandwich: fresh hummus over whole grain sandwich things topped with tomato and spinach

3. Fresh Vegetable Wrap: Tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, olives and lettuce wrapped in an avocado spread whole grain wrap

 

Dinner:

1. Vegetable Pasta Prima Vera: A mix of sauteed fresh vegetables in a light sauce over penne pasta

2. Tofu Vegetable Stir-Fry: Seasoned grilled tofu with sauteed greens and red peppers, onions and broccoli

3. Black Beans and Yellow Rice: Seasoned black beans over fluffy yellow rice

 

Chef Specials:

1. Sweet potato and kale over barley

2. Lentil bolognese over pasta

3. Chickpea potato coconut curry

 

Beverages:

Hot Tea

Orange Juice

Apple Juice

Grape Juice

Cranberry Juice

Soy Milk

 

Food should be an integral part of the healing process. What we eat directly affects our health, physically and mentally. Why not approach your local hospital about a change in the menu? Why not approach your local schools, as well?

Eating healthy is not a difficult transition, and the meals do not need to be complicated. Personally, I would go for the Chef Special of Sweet potato and kale over barley.