Nutrition 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.
Want to know how to eat healthy when dining at the HUB? Use this handy guide.
Or, try the vegetarian and vegan options at any of our campus restaurants.
R’Plate is UCR Dining Services’ version of MyPlate, combining MyPlate recommendations with our recommended nutrition guidelines for entrées.
Nutrition Guidelines for Entrées
Maximum per serving
Minimum per serving
|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
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.
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 retail venues.
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.
We can accommodate most food allergies including:
- Tree nuts
UC Food Initiatives
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.
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
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 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.
Download some of these informative resources.
- Cracking the Code on nutrition labels
- 10 tips for healthy eating in the Residence Halls
- How to Eat Healthy at the HUB
- UCR Palm Desert Lecture Series: Living Green
- Athletes: What to eat to recover faster
- The Athlete’s Plate: Easy Training and Weight Management
- The Athlete’s Plate: Hard Training and Game Day
Improve Your Health
Educate and evaluate yourself before beginning your new healthy lifestyle.
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.