Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

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Tips for Healthy Eating

The following general guidelines are easy ways to take action on the USDA's Dietary Guidelines:

Balancing calories

  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Focus on nutrient dense foods, or foods with more nutrients per calorie. Great examples include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Foods to increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.

Foods to reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Check out these helpful handouts

Our culinary team takes great care to provide balanced options in all of our dining facilities. Ultimately, its up to you to make the choices that work for you. The food groups referenced in the guidelines are further clarified below:

FRUITS Oranges, bananas, apples, fresh and frozen berries, dried fruit and 100% fruit juices
Salad bars, bagged mini carrots, sauteed and steamed vegetables, Grab'nGo salads, veggie cups and hummus plates
WHOLE GRAINS Orlando Seed'licious and Honey Wheat breads at all Traditions, whole wheat hamburger and sub buns, plain quinoa, whole wheat hoagie buns and tortillas
PROTEIN Grilled chicken breast, turkey burgers, mushroom blend burger, tofu, salmon, tuna, marinated chicken breast, eggs, egg whites, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt
DAIRY Two percent and skim milk, low and non-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, soy milk, almond milk and coconut yogurt 

Tips for Making ANY item on campus a little bit healthier! 

  • Ask for whole grain versions of pastas, rice and breads
  • Ask for dressing on the side
  • Opt for a fruit or vegetable side instead of chips or fries
  • Watch portion sizes, especially at Traditions locations (but load up on veggies, of course!)
  • Choose water or other unsweetened beverages
  • Look for the Healthy Buckeye Choice icon