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Nutrition at UCR

 

Find Healthy Food Options at UCR

Healthy food is available all around campus. Everything from Grab 'n' Go selections to entreés, explore our residential restaurants and campus restaurants to find healthy dining options available at UCR.


We are committed to offering our guests nutritious dining options. To that end, we offer vegetarian and/or vegan items at Residential and Retail Dining venues. We can also meet most special dietary needs and accommodate those individuals with food allergies. Please do not hesitate to contact our Nutritionist, Karen K. Fiorenza.

Healthy Dining at the HUB
Want to know how to eat healthy when dining at the HUB? Use this handy guide. Or, try the vegetarian and vegan options now available at all of our campus restaurants.
 
Follow these UCR dining recommendations to keep your healthy lifestyle going.

Choose R'Plate
R’Plate is UCR Dining Services’ version of MyPlate, combining MyPlate recommendations with our recommended nutrition guidelines for entrées.

 

Nutrition Guidelines for Entrées

Nutrient

Maximum per serving

Minimum per serving

Reason

Calories 700 N/A Most adults need about 2,100 calories per day. Most eat 3 meals per day, which means that each meal should contain about 700 calories.
Saturated Fat 7 - 8 grams (g) N/A Current recommendations state that we should get no more than 10% of our calories from saturated fat per day.
Trans Fat 0 grams (g) N/A These fats are considered harmful to our health and should be avoided completely.
Sodium 1,000 milligrams (mg) N/A A maximum of 2,300 miligrams per day is recommended by most health organizations. If you eat 3 meals per day, the amount of sodium per meal should not exceed 1,000 miligrams.
Fiber N/A 8 grams (g) Most adults need to consume about 25 grams of fiber per day. If you eat 3 meals per day, each meal should contain approximately 8 grams of fiber.
  • Each entrée to feature at least 1 serving of a dark green, orange, or red vegetable, 1 whole grain, and 1-2 servings of lean protein
  • Emphasize minimally processed foods (i.e. those with less than 5 artificial/chemical ingredients)
  • Emphasize use of herbs, onion, garlic, etc. to flavor foods as opposed to salt
We are committed to offering our guests nutritious dining options. To that end, we offer vegetarian and/or vegan items at Residential and Retail Dining venues. We can also meet most special dietary needs and accommodate those individuals with food allergies. Please do not hesitate to contact our Nutritionist, Karen K. Fiorenza.

Religious & Ideological Dietary Restrictions
We design our menus to include items that meet many religious and ideological dietary restrictions. If you need further assistance, please contact one of the restaurant managers or our Nutritionist, Karen K. Fiorenza.

Vegetarian & Vegan
More than a quarter of the meals we serve on campus are vegetarian or vegan. Find vegetarian and vegan meals by looking for the icons next to the menu item. Soy products or other vegetable based products may be substituted in lieu of meat at many retaul venyes.

Low-fat & Reduced Calories
Items found on the Lighten Up menus meet the American Heart Association guidelines for calories, saturated fat, sodium, fiber, and trans fats.


Food Allergies
We can accommodate most food allergies including:
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Fish
 

 


UC Food Initiatives

 

 

 

Seeds of Change  

Seeds of Change

UCR Dining Services provides food that is healthier, sustainable and ethically sourced. UCR nutrition programming will be based on the Menus of Change Leadership Initiative.
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GFI  

UC Global Food Initiative

The University of California is committed to feeding people in ways that are nutritious and sustainable. The initiative involves all us — faculty, students and staff. From breeding new crop varieties to research and education, all 10 UC campuses are increasing food security, both locally and globally.
Learn more

     
Community Garden  

UC Riverside Community Gardens

UCR’s R’Garden is a space for students, faculty, staff and our community to grow fresh produce, and to learn about sustainability through a food systems approach. Learn more

     
Farmshare  

Farmshare at UCR

Eat the freshest, most delicious produce you’ve ever tasted!  Farmshare at UCR is a Community Supported Agriculture program that brings fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs straight from your local farm to our campus.
Learn more

 

 

Nutritional Resources

Download some of these informative resources.

 

 


Sick Meal Request

Lighten Up!

 
Reduce calories and fat content without sacrificing taste. Select items such as Italian Marinated Chicken Breast and Sautéed Tilapia Filet found on the Lighten Up Menu. Lighten Up Menu items are meals that are 400 calories or less, meeting the California Department of Public Health entrée guidelines for calories and fat. Find Lighten Up menu items at:

 


Improve Your Health

 
Eat Healthy at UCR

Educate and evaluate yourself before beginning your new healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition 101
Good carb, bad carb? Is “reduced fat” better than regular? How many calories should you eliminate to lose weight? Understand nutritional basics with a presentation from the Well.

Get a Health Evaluation
Make an appointment with a health professional at Student Health Services. Consultations are free or offered at a low cost. Schedule an appointment.

Hold That Flex!
Assess your fitness and body measurements. Get a consultation and health screening from a trained professional at the Student Recreation Center. Health screenings are essential to designing a regime right for you. Schedule an appointment.


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Dining, Hospitality & Retail Services
3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite F-101
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: 951-827-3456
Email: diningservices@ucr.edu

Student Employment Office
3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite J-115
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: 951-827-6123

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