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Return of salad bar receives enthusiastic response and promotes healthier choices – Inklings News

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At lunchtime, Staples High School students can be seen charging down the hall with one goal: to fill their growling stomachs with a plethora of nutritious food options found in the Staples cafeteria.

Starting again this year, students and teachers can satisfy their hunger with a healthier option provided by the new permanent salad bar. The new bar offers two kinds of lettuce, two protein options and a variety of vegetables, all thanks to a relaxation of covid restrictions in the cafeteria.

Students seem to have had positive experiences with this new lunch option. The ability to cook your own meal and choose the amount and type of toppings is unlike almost any other Staples cafeteria option.“The salad bar allows me to choose healthier options for lunch,” Tessa Cassell told ’24. “I enjoy the variety of vegetables and toppings that Staples offers.”

“I like to have a salad with lots of toppings before a game because it gives me energy but not laziness,” Strandell said. ”

— Franca Strandell ’23

For the student-athletes, the salad bar was an opportunity to make healthy choices while refueling for an upcoming game or practice. Staples Girls football player Franca Strandell ’23 found this lunch choice to be the perfect balance.

“I like to have a salad with lots of toppings before a game because it gives me energy but not laziness,” Strandell said.

Students and faculty members can choose from many toppings at the salad bar: grilled chicken, baked beans, cabbage, shredded carrots, peppers, onions, tomatoes, pasta salad, croutons, and cheese cubes are shown.
(Photo by Talia Moskowitz ’24)

Prior to this school year, the salad bar had been closed and replaced with a more covid-friendly option: prepackaged salads.

“Now that we’re allowed to go back to some of our pre-covid standards, we wanted to bring back a regular build-your-own salad bar,” explained chef and restaurant manager Ben Leahey.

Salad lovers can also look forward to the upcoming fall and winter months, as topping options will vary depending on what foods are in season.

“There will be sweet potato and butternut squash throughout the year, and we’ll continue to refresh it every few weeks or so,” Leahy said. “Both teachers and students were very enthusiastic about it. ”