Making sure your diet is balanced -- getting the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins -- is essential to being your best self! Your body is your engine, if you put good fuel in, it will keep running until the day is done. Energy is a huge concern for college students, because we are constantly on the go, whether it's writing papers, working on lab reports or studying for the next exam. Most of us will sooner reach for a latte than a bowl of Greek yogurt and fruit, and this will ultimately end in an energy crash or yet another cup of coffee. Many who try to incorporate a healthier eating pattern tend to feel better overall and may not even need an energy boost at the end of the day. Along with having adequate energy supplies, a healthy diet can help boost the immune system, brain function, ability to focus, and more. For more information on mindful eating, try our Eating Smart course offered every semester by our registered dietitian.
We offer one-on-one counseling with our registered dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, where she can walk you through managing your allergy in the dining commons and finding every option available to you. She can take you through the dining commons to help you make the most of your meals. For information at any time check out our Build you Plate interactive menu on the UGA app which highlights the top 8 food allergens plus gluten as well as all the ingredients in that food item for specific allergens.
Absolutely! All of our vegan and vegetarian items are marked with special icons (Meatless & Vegan ) so you can tell what's available at a glance. We also have a vegan/vegetarian line in each residential dining facility with daily rotating menu items. You can even search from the comfort of home to see what's available via our website or mobile app using Build Your Plate interactive menu. Lastly, if you ever need help finding vegetarian/vegan items in the dining commons, feel free to contact our registered dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, for one-on-one counseling or a guided tour.
If you want quick information you can check out our nutrition education stations located at every residential dining facility. They have resources such as healthy dining recipes and our Build Your Plate interactive menu tool available via phone, computer, or any iPad station.
For more in depth knowledge you can visit with our Dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, or join our Eating Smart course in the spring.
Late nights at Snelling are definitely something many of us experience at least once in our college careers. If you want to avoid a snack high in added sugar or saturated fats while Snellibrating, try making your own trail mix:
- a plate of assorted veggies, pita chips and hummus,
- a parfait with Greek yogurt, granola and fruit,
- or a delicious peanut butter and banana sandwich.
These snacks are packed with vitamins, healthy unsaturated fats and help give you a boost of energy to finish off that last bit of studying.
Any meal plan participant with an illness or injury can have a friend or family member come to any dining commons and pick up a sick meal for them. The person must bring the ill participant’s UGA ID and explain to the cashier that they need a sick meal. All of the dining commons have to-go boxes and are able to supply this service for 1 day. If the participant needs meals for more than 1 day, they must seek approval for continued meals through the Registered Dietitian. The RD will contact the participant and determine the best way to meet their needs. Sometimes medical documentation is required. Blended meals for those with gastroparesis or jaw surgery is arranged through the Registered Dietitian. Medical documentation is required.
If you're concerned about making healthy choices in the dining commons, do not fret! Nearly half of all of our daily and rotational menu items are considered "Heart Healthy," so there are lots of options to choose from. Making sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein is a great way to avoid overeating. There are TONS of delicious desserts and treats available daily and we want you to enjoy them! Treat yourself every once in a while! If you're not sure whether you're getting a balanced diet, meeting with our registered dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, or our trained Peer Nutrition Educators can help you gear towards a healthier lifestyle.
Moving to a new place can be exciting but sometimes you just want something familiar. You and your parents/guardian can get more involved with our menu planning by submitting recipes to us via our Taste of Home event hosted in the Fall. We obtain recipes from all over the US and international cuisines. Here at UGA consider it a top priority to adopt as many cultural cuisines as possible from our homemade authentic salsas at Oglethorpe Commons to our Pho bar at CanTing. Below is a list of the following culture we have recipes from:
- South American
- Latin American
UGA Dining Services now offers student meal plan participants the ability to register to take food to-go from the dining commons during a meal period. Enrolled participants receive a reusable, environmentally-safe, sustainable container that allows them to easily build their own meal to-go. The box is microwave and dishwasher safe and is made of 30% recycled material while also being recyclable at the end of its usage. To register for the program, student may visit the Auxiliary Services One-Stop-Shop on Tate Plaza or call 706-542-7130.