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Nutrition

Penn State Campus Dining offers a variety of well-balanced choices at each of our dining locations across the commonwealth.

Offerings include a variety of meatless and vegan options with lean proteins, whole grains and cooked and raw vegetables. Salad and fruit bars are available at many locations. Nutritional information for menu items can be found through our online menu.

Education plays a big role in making wise food selections. To help guests navigate the various meal options, the Registered Dietitians and Student Nutrition Assistants offer educational programs across campus and through a blog site.

Registered Dietitian Tips For Healthy Eating On Campus

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MyPlate.gov
  • Build a plate to look like "My Plate"

    • Half of the plate is vegetables and fruits
    • One-quarter of the plate is lean protein
    • One-quarter is whole grains (i.e. whole wheat bread, quinoa, and brown rice)
  • Build the meal around vegetables and grains. Then, add a protein as a “side”. Fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals to round out the plate. Complement the meal with low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or high calcium dairy alternatives such as almond milk.
  • Go with lean protein: beans, lentils, fish, chicken (without the skin), turkey, and lean cuts of pork.
  • Limit fried foods. Foods cooked in a fryer have more added fat than foods cooked by other methods such as baking, sautéing, or grilling.
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Pawsitive Choice

Our Markets offer a variety of food and beverage items. Our Pawsitive Choice program helps students navigate the variety to easily find the better, healthier, “Pawstitive” choice. Students and guests should look for the Pawsitive Choice icon on shelves and can easily find our featured products in the Pawsitive Choice for Healthy Living section - currently available in Market East and Market Pollock at the University Park campus, at The Blue Apple Café at our Brandywine campus, and at The Galley at Behrend campus! Check back often; our features and themes change regularly! Questions? [email protected]

Additional Resources

Contact Us

[email protected]
814-863-3420

Nutrition & Activity Tracker
Campus Resources