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Eating Healthy On Campus

UCI campus provides many opportunities to choose healthy foods. 


Residential Dining (aka Dining Halls)


Some students find it a challenge to have healthy eating behaviors in the dining halls.  It can be hard to turn down all the indulgences and resist the "all you can eat" mentality.

This type of dining style can lead a student to a number of unhealthy eating patterns.

  • Overeating, Going back for second and third servings of a dish
  • Not eating a balanced meal with a variety of food groups
  • Not including fruits and vegetables in meals
  • Not eating at all
  • Class and work schedules not allowing time for eating meals
  • Social pressure of eating unhealthy foods

Here are 10 steps for the dining hall AntEater:

  1. Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast will get your brain ready for the day! You will also snack and overeat less if you have breakfast.
  2. When choosing meats or poultry, select baked, broiled, or grilled items rather than fried or breaded items.
  3. Choose low calorie condiments such are mustard, vinegar, herb seasonings or jellies instead of butter, mayo, cream cheese.
  4. Frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream. It is also a great source of calcium.
  5. Try to include high fiber foods into your meals such as oatmeal, whole wheat tortillas and breads.
  6. Drink water. Aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses a day. Carry a water bottle with you.
  7. Limit your intake of soda, juices, and fruit drinks. They are generally extra calories loaded with sugar.
  8. Include fruits and vegetables in your meals. Grab a piece of fruit as a snack when you are leaving the dining hall.
  9. Eat at the salad bar. Try mixing spinach into your salad.
  10. Eat a variety of different foods. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new food recipes

The menu's for the dining halls with nutrition facts are available online at 

Take a look at what they are offering before you head in and plan your healthy meal.


Retail Locations


See the "Student Survival Guide for Eating Well on Campus" for things to look for when dining on campus.


In the student center Organic Greens To Go offers meal size salads and toppings


Look for Peter's Pick


For more information on dining locations and what they offer visit