By Chase Stevens ’12
Many students at Brophy line up every Tuesday to purchase Michael’s delicious, healthy lunches.
However, for the rest of the week, students are left to buy a few pre-packaged salads and sandwiches if they want to buy healthy food.
For nearly its entire existence at Brophy, Michael’s has been known for selling things like pizza and chicken strips.
Michael’s has recently tried to overcome the image of an unhealthy food provider. They started off by selling a few salads and sandwiches at lunch.
This eventually led to them serving a healthy lunch every Tuesday, serving meals with no trans-fats, servings of vegetables and having low processed foods in them.
Chef Michael has also donated money to Brophy’s health program, showing that he is committed to making our campus healthy.
While the push for new, healthy meals is definitely a good thing, it is not yet enough.
Healthy eating isn’t just something that can be done once a week and be forgotten about. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, one must be committed to eating healthy food all of the time.
In order to truly have healthy choices, Michael’s should serve a healthy alternative every day.
Some people might say that the reason why they aren’t offered daily is that they don’t sell enough of the healthy lunches on Tuesday in order to justify selling them every day.
However, this is not true. Many of their healthy foods sell out every Tuesday. One item, pork carnitas, sold so well that some kids bought one at break and one at lunch.
Part of the reason why Michael’s does sell things like chicken fingers and pizza is that students buy them. If the students stopped buying unhealthy foods then Michael’s wouldn’t sell them anymore.
While some students may say the $5 price tag on these healthy lunches is high, keep in mind I’m not saying we should get rid of all the other food at Michael’s, I’m simply suggesting that they sell more healthy alternatives.
In an article I wrote about the new healthy lunches in the October edition of The Roundup, Chef David Knotter said this was just the start of healthy improvements.
“I’m going to keep going,” he told me. “I’m not going to give up until you guys are completely healthy.”
I’ll take him at his word and hope for more changes, because Michael’s is all Brophy students have if they want to buy a lunch, and they shouldn’t be forced to eat unhealthy foods because of this.