Being a college student typically involves reading endless chapters in textbooks, writing papers, studying into the wee hours of the morning and eating fast food because it is a quick and easy option.
The fast food restaurants in Shippensburg include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC and Sheetz, but did you know you can get an even healthier option at Giant?
Giant Food Store, located on Baltimore Road, just up the street from Sheetz and McDonald’s, has an incredible salad bar which many people do not even know exists.
The buffet of fruits, vegetables and salad toppings is located in the far left corner of the store.
Four different salad container sizes allow you to be able to take a little or a lot.
Basic salad choices include iceberg lettuce, romaine, spinach mix and Caesar salad. After picking your foundation, next comes the endless array of toppings to choose from including a variety of vegetables, meats, cheeses and dressings.
Not only are there more than 20 salad toppings, but Giant also has an assortment of premade salad spreads including ham, tuna, chicken or egg salad, broccoli and cheddar salad, penne pasta with pesto sauce, macaroni salad and artichoke autumn salad.
All are available and can be purchased by the pound at the deli.
Giant’s salad bar also has a wide variety of seasonal fruit choices including red grapes, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, peaches, pears and fruit dip to accompany any choices.
Finally, a meal is not complete without dessert, and Giant does not fall short on its already-made options.
Black Forest cherry delight, pumpkin walnut pudding, cottage cheese, raisin bread pudding and chocolate pudding are some of the sweet essentials to any meal.
Some positives to using Giant’s salad bar is the use of fresh ingredients. The salad bar is a healthy alternative to traditional fast food and it has a large variety of vegetables, fruits and salad spreads.
Customers also have the convenience of shopping for groceries at the same time as picking up their lunch or dinner.
Some negatives to Giant’s salad bar are the high prices.
Containers are $4.99 a pound, so the more you fill up, the more expensive it is. To fill up a large container would cost about $8.
Another negative is the location. Giant is located a little more than one and a half miles from campus, which can be inconvenient for resident students without a car.