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Pawsitive Choice
Looking to up your snack game?

What is the Pawsitive Choice Program?

Our Markets offer a variety of food and beverage items. Our Pawsitive Choice program helps students and guests navigate the variety to easily find the better, healthier, “Pawstitive” choice. Shoppers should look for the Pawsitive Choice icon on shelves and can easily find our featured products in the Pawsitive Choice sections. 

At University Park, look for Pawsitive Choice items in five convenient locations: Market East, Market Pollock, Market West, Market North, and Louie’s Market in South. 

At our commonwealth campuses, Pawsitive Choice items can be found at The Blue Apple Café at Brandywine, The Galley at Behrend campus, Common Grounds at Altoona, Provisions at Harrisburg, and the Creekside Market at Berks. Additionally, Pawsitive Choice items can be found at the Brodhead Bistro at Beaver, the Mill Café at Mont Alto, High Acres Café at Hazleton, and Café Metro at Greater Allegheny. 

Check back often as our features and themes change regularly! Questions? [email protected]

Pawsitive Choice Inclusion Criteria

To be included in the Pawsitive Choice program, a food or beverage must meet certain criteria:

  • Bars (must meet all criteria)

    • More protein than sugar
    • No artificial sweeteners or colors (ex: food dyes, aspartame, sucralose, etc)
    • At least 4g fiber
    • Less than 250 kcal per serving
  • Savory Snack Foods (must meet at least 3)

    • At least 30% less sodium than “typical” snack foods
    • At least 30% less fat than “typical” snack foods
    • Plant-based
    • Less than 150 kcal per serving
  • Sweet / Treat items (must meet at least 3)

    • At least 30% lower sugar than “typical” sweet/treats
    • Plant-based
    • No artificial sweeteners or colors (ex: food dyes, aspartame, sucralose, etc)
    • Whole food ingredients
    • Less than 200 kcal per serving
  • Beverages (must meet all criteria)

    • No artificial sweeteners or colors (aspartame, sucralose, etc)
    • 0g of sugar
  • Frozen foods (must meet all criteria)

    • Whole food ingredients
    • Less than 750mg sodium per serving
    • More protein than sugar
    • Meals must include a serving of non-starchy vegetables