Looking for more options in the residence dining rooms to meet your dietary preferences?
While our facilities aren’t completely gluten-free or vegan, we try our best to accommodate everyone’s dietary preferences.
Check out these hacks to help you eat happier and hit the books harder.
1. Check online
Download the Nutrislice App to see the menus for Feast, Gather, and Open Kitchen. Check out what is being served at each location before you go, that way you can see all the options and better decide what you want to eat. Quick Hack: Use the "filter" function in the top right of the screen to highlight the menu items that meet your dietary preference.
2. Always ask!
Many dishes offered on the menu can easily be made vegetarian, vegan, made without gluten, or without most ingredients…all you have to do is ask. It’s usually as simple as omitting an ingredient (like a sprinkle of cheese or cilantro) or substituting a different sauce. The chefs are pros and happy to accommodate any dietary preferences.
3. Fall in love with the salad and sides bar.
Mix and match to build your own bowl. There are always loads of veggies to choose from and plant-based proteins like tofu, legumes, and seeds. Plus, the side bar dishes are always vegan! Make sure you get your carbohydrates in by adding things like quinoa or fruit from the parfait bar or rice from the sides bar.
4. Know your gluten-free options.
Many of our menu items are made without gluten or can easily be made so by substitution. So go ahead, order that dish you wanted without the bun or bread and add a gluten-free alternative to your meal. Gluten-free breads and a designated gluten-free toaster can be found in any dining room’s supervisors office. If you’re looking for something sweet, pre-packaged gluten-free desserts like cookies are available at all dining room locations.
5. Search out plant-based dairy products.
The grab & go coolers in the dining rooms are fully stocked with plant-based dairy alternatives. Grab a vegan yogurt to go with a side of fruit to build a breakfast parfait; or grab a soy milk to pour over your cereal.
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