5 best places to spend your green for some healthy greens

As part of National Nutrition Month, ASU Sun Devil Dining is holding the “Dine Healthy Be Healthy” event on each of the four ASU campuses. The goal behind it is to encourage healthier eating through increasing the variety of food one consumes.

While the event varies in size from campus to campus, the focus is on the variety of fruits, vegetable and other healthy options that students can add to their meals. Various posters were scattered throughout to showcase the various food “color groups” and the nutrients found within that group.

“This year, as well as last year, the theme is 'color your plate,'" said Paula Cole, campus nutritionist for Aramark on ASU’s Polytechnic, West and Downtown campuses. “It’s basically about encouraging students and faculty and really everyone in general to increase the colors of the foods that they put on their plates. Because the more colors you put on your plate, the more nutrients you are likely to receive.”

National Nutrition Month does not end with “Dine Healthy Be Healthy,” many other events are planned for the ASU campuses.

“There are a few cooking demos that are held at night on Poly, West and Downtown. And then there’s cooking demos held on the Tempe Campus during the day,” said Satiria Clayton, Campus Nutritionist for Aramark.

“That’s really the most important part, to showcase to students and faculty on how to eat healthy on campus,” remarked Marissa Garcia, Marketing Coordinator with Sun Devil Dining.

So in honor of National Nutrition Month, here's five great places for your green to get some greens close to ASU campuses, long after March ends. 

Bowl of Greens

555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Located underneath the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on ASU's Downtown campus, Bowl of Greens offers a selection of smoothies and build-your-own salad to give you a pick-me-up between classes.

Bowl of Greens:

Chop Shop

222 E. University Dr., Tempe

Located just off of ASU's Tempe campus, Chop Shop offers plenty of vegetarian options alongside more heart healthy meat-dishes as well. It also offers a variety of pressed fruit and vegetable juices as well. The outdoor cafe setup of the restaurant makes eating out a wonderful chance to catch some rays on the cooler months.

Chop Shop:

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Vegan House AZ

20 W. Adams St., Phoenix

While much farther away from the Downtown campus than any other restaurant on this list. Vegan House AZ is the place to go if you want pure vegetarian an vegan food. While slightly on the pricey side, it's diverse menu is very impressive and it even offers vegetarian meat sides in the form of soy chicken and the like. Vegan House also offers an LA location for fans currently out of state.

Vegan House:

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Desert Roots Kitchen

414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Located just down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Desert Roots Kitchen's biggest draw is its constantly shifting menu that changes day by day. This shifting menu offers fans of the veg lifestyle plenty of reason to come back and the prices make those return trips go easy on the wallet.

Desert Roots:

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix

A mere stone's-throw away from ASU's Downtown Campus, Phoenix Public Market Cafe offers student discounts for those attending ASU, offering a reduced rate on some fantastic vegetarian dishes. From salads to roasted cauliflower, there's green dishes for every palate. And as a cherry on top of the (vegan) sundae, the Market is host to farmer's markets on Saturday mornings, offering visitors a chance to pick up some home grown vegetables and artisan crafts.

Phoenix Public Market:

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