Oregon State celebrates spring with Powered by Orange food in dining halls, restaurants

Orange food, which set the stage for a University Day event, will grace the menus of UHDS restaurants the first week of spring term. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

As students and faculty return to campus for the beginning of Spring Term, Oregon State’s University Housing and Dining Services will be celebrating by featuring healthy orange items on their menu that both demonstrate the university’s academic strengths in healthy living and show that OSU is “Powered by Orange.”

Rich Turnbull, associate director of UHDS, has asked restaurants operated by UHDS to feature orange items on their menu during the week as part of OSU’s popular and award-winning Powered by Orange communications campaign. From sole with orange-chili sauce at McNary Dining Hall to orange chicken at Ring of Fire, there are plenty of creative uses of healthful orange food ready to be served up.

Orange foods offer a variety of benefits. Oranges are high in Vitamin C, which OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute describes as being vital to health: “Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are critical to brain function and are known to affect mood.”

Carrots contain Vitamin A — beneficial to vision, important for healthy immune systems and essential to fetal development, LPI scientists and others say. Yams are a good source of Vitamin B6, which according to LPI is important to nervous system function, hormone function and red blood cell formation.

So whether patrons are planning on trying the Crispy Orange Chicken Sandwich at Arnold Bistro, grabbing an orange smoothie at Mainsqueeze or enjoying an orange/cranberry scone at Bing’s, each can get his/her daily intake of orange at one of the UHDS restaurants.

To check out the latest menus go to http://oregonstate.edu/foodatosu/ and then click on ‘specials.’

Powered by Orange fans can further celebrate at the Memorial Union Concourse on March 31 with the “Spring into Orange” event. OSU students can visit the Powered by Orange booth in the quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to participate in a campus poster project. Participants will have their pictures taken, get to share in video interviews how they’re Powered by Orange and get a free t-shirt, while supplies last. One lucky participant will be chosen to be featured on a campus banner this fall. Free orange snacks and Powered by Orange products will be available.

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