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Taster’s Choice

Sargent Choice taste tests ask students for culinary input


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Click on the video above to see healthy options from Sargent Choice.

Hungry, but trying to stay healthy? How about a whole-wheat tortilla filled with black beans and kidney beans, slathered with light sour cream, and sprinkled with low-fat pepper jack cheese. Add lettuce and spices to taste.

That’s the recipe for the Sargent Choice bean burrito featured in the video above, and in the opinion of the overwhelming majority of volunteer student taste testers, it’s a keeper.

“This one is a thumbs-up,” says Stacey Zawacki, director of the Nutrition and Fitness Center at BU’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. The goal of the Sargent Choice program, a collaboration between Sargent nutritionists and BU Dining Services, is to improve the eating choices and the health of the BU community.

The burrito is the work of Alison Forte (SAR’09), who is completing an internship at the center. She came up with the bean burrito to meet a recipe-creating requirement for graduate interns.

Zawacki says the Sargent Choice tastings, which take place several times a semester, are always useful and sometimes revealing.

“Students will say things like the appearance of the food should be different,” she says. “Sometimes they’ll say it’s too spicy. Sometimes one student will say it’s too spicy and the next one will say it’s not spicy enough.

“We do use a lot of hot pepper,” she admits.

Four more Sargent Choice taste tests are scheduled during the next week:

Thursday, April 23, Fresh Food Company at West Campus
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28, Breadwinners at the School of Management
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, Fresh Food Company at West Campus
5-7 p.m.

Friday, May 1, Union Court at the George Sherman Union
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

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