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Alternate Diets, Allergies and Intolerances

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The health and safety of our students is our priority. We offer services, resources, and accommodations to students with alternate dietary needs, allergies, and intolerances.

You can view menus online in advance to build meals using nutrition labels and sort with allergen indicators. Each dining hall displays printed daily menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can be aware of all options at each station prior to filling your plate. On each station, we display MyDining Cards above or in front of each item with the item name, brief nutritional information, a QR code to scan for a detailed nutrition label, and allergen indicators. These resources allow you the opportunity to eat consciously and safely within our dining units.

MyDining Cards in each dining hall show nutritional information at a glance

If you have an alternate dietary need, we will be happy to assist you. Whether you need alternate food items made available to you, or you are simply looking for more guidance, ask our nutrition team a question.

MyPantry is a self-access station featuring allergy-friendly items located at a number of residential dining centers. Custom dishes are available for students with food allergies and intolerances who have been granted accommodations by Campus Dining Services. Learn about MyPantry and see the pre-order menu.

Your Responsibility

Campus Dining Services works to foster a healthy, safe environment for all of our students, including those with food allergies, intolerances or certain medical conditions. We encourage you to take an active role when dining in any NIU dining hall.


  • Campus Dining Services does not guarantee the accuracy of nutrition information. Ingredient and nutrition content of foods may vary due to changes in product formulation, recipe substitutions, portion size and other factors. The nutrition analyses provided here are approximations only. Guests with food allergies or other food intolerances should consult our nutrition team for specific ingredient questions.

  • Talk to us! Ask our nutrition team a question online.
  • Know what is in your food. Use MyDining for nutrition information, ingredient lists and allergen indicators.
  • If you are ever unsure, avoid the ingredient or menu item.
  • Be able to recognize your symptoms and have an action plan that you can enact in the event of an allergic reaction. Be sure to carry an EpiPen with you and be prepared to use it.

When you build your meal with MyDining, you'll see the following icons next to different types of foods. Menu items are marked as containing an allergen when they have ingredients that are processed in the same facility as that allergen. Select an icon below to learn more about it.

Food items marked with contain an ingredient with an Allergen Caution Label (ACL). Refer to the ingredient list of the menu item for specific details. Examples of ACLs include "may contain" and "manufactured on shared equipment" statements. It is important to know that the use of ACLs by food manufacturers is voluntary and communicates that there is a possibility of an unintended presence of an allergen in the food. It is up to you to make your own risk assessment and to decide whether or not to consume the food.

Items marked with the egg icon contain ingredients made with egg and/or egg derivatives.

Egg allergies are fairly common and usually are the result of an adverse reaction to the protein in egg whites or egg yolks. In some cases, egg allergies are not restricted to chicken eggs, but can also produce a reaction to goose, duck, turkey, or quail eggs.

Eggs are found in a number of foods, including:

  • Baked goods
  • Omelets
  • Salad dressings
  • Batters
  • Breaded items

If you have an egg allergy, be sure to check the ingredient lists and allergen icons when visiting our dining venues because eggs may be hidden in foods.

Our daily menus commonly offer egg-free entrees on a rotating basis:

Breakfast

  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • English muffins
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Bacon
  • Cheese grits
  • Fried potato tots
  • Sausage patty
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Cream of wheat
  • Shredded hash browns
  • Hot oatmeal
  • Baked ham slices

Lunch and Dinner

  • Sweet potato & tofu Thai curry
  • Baked Italian spaghetti
  • Vegetable & cheese quesadilla
  • Breaded chicken breast
  • Swedish meatballs with gravy
  • Broccoli rice casserole
  • BBQ meatball sandwich
  • Chili
  • Sloppy Joe’s
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Roasted vegetables with pasta
  • Spanish rice with ground beef
  • Cajun catfish filet
  • Bratwurst
  • Chicken enchiladas

Items marked with the fish icon contain ingredients made with fish and/or fish derivatives.

Unlike other allergies, fish allergies may not present until adulthood. If you have allergies to finned fish, you will not necessarily have allergies to shellfish. For this reason, you should avoid items with the Fish icon in our dining venues and on our website.

In addition to fish dishes, fish is also found in:

  • Sausage gravy
  • Certain seafood salads
  • Meat sauce

Items marked with the milk & dairy icon contain ingredients made with milk and/or milk derivatives.

Milk and dairy are one of the most common food allergies and are usually the result of a reaction to the protein found in milk. For some people, the consumption of foods that have been heated or cooked does not produce a reaction because of the changes that occur in the milk proteins that takes place when cooking milk and dairy. Other individuals may not have an allergy to dairy, but may have a lactose intolerance. A dairy allergy produces a negative immune system response, while a lactose intolerance is the result of the lack of ability to digest the sugar in milk, lactose. Symptoms of lactose intolerance present as digestive problems, such as diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, and abdominal gas.

If you have a milk allergy or are lactose intolerant you should avoid foods with the Milk/Dairy icon that contain cow's milk and dairy. Common foods that contain milk/dairy are:

  • Cow milk/dairy
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Baked goods and desserts
  • Casserole dishes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Certain pre-made salads
  • Bratwurst
  • Pizza
  • Gravy

Our daily menus commonly offer milk and dairy-free entrees on a rotating basis:

Breakfast

  • Scrambled eggs
  • English muffins
  • Peanut butter
  • Turkey sausage
  • Hot oatmeal
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Shredded hash browns
  • Fresh fruit
  • Bacon
  • Fried potato tots
  • Breakfast grits
  • Cream of wheat

Lunch and Dinner

  • Sweet potato & tofu Thai curry
  • BBQ pulled chicken
  • Bratwurst
  • BLT wrap
  • BBQ rub beef
  • Bean & vegetable fajitas
  • Chili
  • Sweet & sour tofu with vegetables
  • Glazed pork loin
  • Turkey burger
  • Cauliflower stew with couscous
  • Chicken tenders
  • Sloppy Joe’s
  • Pasta fagioli
  • Chicken & seafood jambalaya

Alternative Sources of Calcium

If you have a lactose intolerance or milk allergy, dietary deficiencies, especially calcium deficiency, can be a concern. If you have eliminated dairy or milk from your diet, you can eat other naturally high-calcium foods and calcium-fortified foods to ensure an adequate amount of calcium in your diet.

Our dining venues regularly offer high-calcium foods (more than 10% recommended daily value), such as:

  • Tofu
  • Cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Cinnamon Life, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisps, Count Chocula, Golden Grahams, Lucky Charms, Multigrain Cheerios, Reese's Puffs, and Trix)
  • Bread
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • White beans
  • Kidney beans

View the calcium content of foods on MyDining by selecting each food item to view its nutrition label.

Items marked with the peanut icon contain ingredients made with peanuts and/or peanut derivatives.

Peanut allergies are fairly common and can result in a serious anaphylaxis reaction. Peanuts are in the legume family and are not a tree nut. For this reason, if you have a peanut allergy, you should avoid items with the Peanuts icon in our dining venues and on our website.

Common foods containing peanuts that we serve are:

  • Desserts
  • Baked goods
  • Peanut butter

Items marked with the shellfish icon contain ingredients made with shellfish and/or shellfish derivatives.

Within the shellfish family, the crustacean group (shrimp, lobster, and crab) causes the greatest number of allergic reactions. Many shellfish-allergic people can tolerate mollusks (scallops, oysters, clams, and mussels).

Common foods containing shellfish that we serve are:

  • Szechuan sauce at the stir fry bar
  • Seafood dishes
  • Jambalaya
  • Certain pre-made salads

Items marked with the soy icon contain ingredients made with soy and/or soy derivatives.

Soy allergies are the result an adverse immune reaction to soybeans, which are a member of the legume family.

Common foods containing soy that we serve are:

  • Edamame
  • Miso
  • Soy
  • Soybean
  • Silk soy milk
  • Soy sauce
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Asian dishes
  • Soy lecithin
  • Soybean oil and foods cooked in soybean oil
  • Pizza
  • Pre-made salad
  • Desserts and baked goods

Items marked with the tree nuts icon contain ingredients made with tree nuts and/or tree nut derivatives.

Tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more, are a common allergy that may produce a serious anaphylaxis reaction.

Common foods containing tree nuts that we serve are:

  • Desserts
  • Baked goods
  • Buttermilk pancakes
  • Certain pre-made salads
  • Waffles
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Nutella

Please be aware that sesame, sesame‐containing ingredients, coconut and coconut‐containing ingredients are not identified as a tree nut.

Items marked with the wheat icon use ingredients that contain wheat and/or wheat derivatives such as triticale and bulgur.

Our daily menus commonly offer entrees free of wheat on a rotating basis:

Breakfast
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Eggs from the grill
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Hash browns
  • Bacon
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Peaches
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheerios
  • Lucky Charms
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Craisins
  • Raisins
  • Cream cheese
Lunch and Dinner
  • BBQ boneless pork chop
  • Portabella mushroom griller
  • BBQ chicken breast
  • Italian chicken cacciatore
  • Cajun catfish filet
  • Asian catfish
  • Wild rice primavera
  • Hamburger & cheeseburger without bun
  • Grilled chicken
  • Bratwurst without bun
  • Hot dog without bun
  • Rice
  • Baked potato
  • Vegetarian stuffed peppers
  • Glazed pork loin
  • Mango salsa salmon
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Italian chicken breast filet
  • Orange sesame beef
  • BBQ chicken & citrus chicken skewers
  • Bangkok beef
  • Salmon filet with dill
  • Bean & vegetable fajita
  • Brazilian shrimp stew
  • Chicken & seafood jambalaya
Beverage Options
  • Milk: 2%, skim, and chocolate
  • Soy milk: vanilla and chocolate
  • Silk Almond Milk: original and vanilla
  • Soft drinks
  • Tropicana Light Lemonade
  • Brisk Peach Iced Green Tea
  • Brisk Unsweetened Iced Tea
  • SoBe YumBerry Pomegranate Lifewater

Other options include utilizing the Custom Creations bars to build your own dish and some items on the salad and fruit bar. Gluten-free bread, gluten-free tortillas, and gluten-free buns are available by request at the deli and grill, as well as at MyPantry.

Omelet Bar
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Real bacon bits
  • Diced ham
  • Sausage crumbles
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced green peppers
  • Diced onions
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms
Taco Bar
  • Taco shell
  • Refried beans
  • Black beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced onions
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Black olives
  • Sour cream
  • Medium salsa
Hot Dog Bar
  • All beef hot dog
  • Polish sausage
  • Bratwurst
  • Sautéed green peppers
  • Sautéed yellow onion
  • Sauerkraut
  • Banana peppers
  • Diced onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Celery salt
Mashed Potato Bar
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Bacon crumbles
  • Chopped green onions
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Deli
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Sliced smoked ham
  • Sliced smoked turkey
  • Sliced genoa salami
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Sliced medium cheddar cheese
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sweet pickles
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dry oregano leaves
  • Italian seasoning
Salad Bar
  • Spring mix
  • Chopped romaine
  • Tossed salad lettuce mix
  • Kale salad mix
  • Hummus
  • Fresh spinach
  • Broccoli buds
  • Whole baby carrots
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced red onions
  • Fresh pea pods
  • Fresh red peppers
  • Tomato wedges or cherry tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Edamame
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
  • Chopped eggs
  • Sliced smoked ham
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Fat free Italian dressing
  • Buttermilk ranch dressing
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
Stir Fry Bar
  • Rotisserie chicken strips
  • Tofu
  • Sirloin Philly beef slices
  • Jasmine rice
  • Sweet n’ sour sauce
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Pea pods
  • Water chestnuts
Burrito Bar
  • Spicy chicken strips
  • Taco Meat
  • Vegan taco meat
  • Refried beans
  • Black bean
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Pico de gallo
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream

Safe Preparations

Dining staff receive training in food safety and sanitation, allowing them to be informed on safe food practices. Each venue is equipped with gluten-friendly cookware and utensils, and has designated gluten-friendly preparation areas.

Special Ordering

If you are a student who requires a wheat-free diet for a medical condition, please work with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. To make an appointment, please contact the Food Allergy Support Coordinator at 815-753-9556 or resnutrition@niu.edu. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Food Allergy Support Coordinator, and unit managers will arrange special orders for wheat-free food. After you have given advance notice to the dining venue, meals will be prepared using the safe preparations above.

Disclaimer

NIU practices safe food preparation measures and instructs its food production staff on the severity of certain alternate dietary needs, such as food allergies. Each dining center is equipped with cookware designated for non-gluten preparation and staff receives training in food allergies, food safety and sanitation. Campus dining locations are not certified allergen-free kitchens, so there is always a risk of cross-contact. Nutrition and ingredient content of foods may change due to product reformulation, recipe substitutions, portion sizes, and other factors.


Our daily menus commonly offer gluten-friendly entrees on a rotating basis:

Breakfast
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Eggs from the grill
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Hash browns
  • Bacon
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Peaches
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheerios
  • Lucky Charms
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Craisins
  • Raisins
  • Cream cheese
Lunch and Dinner
  • BBQ boneless pork chop
  • Portabella mushroom griller
  • BBQ chicken breast
  • Italian chicken cacciatore
  • Cajun catfish filet
  • Asian catfish
  • Wild rice primavera
  • Hamburger & cheeseburger without bun
  • Grilled chicken
  • Bratwurst without bun
  • Hot dog without bun
  • Rice
  • Baked potato
  • Vegetarian stuffed peppers
  • Glazed pork loin
  • Mango salsa salmon
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Italian chicken breast filet
  • Orange sesame beef
  • BBQ chicken & citrus chicken skewers
  • Bangkok beef
  • Salmon filet with dill
  • Bean & vegetable fajita
  • Brazilian shrimp stew
  • Chicken & seafood jambalaya
Beverage Options
  • Milk: 2%, skim, and chocolate
  • Soy milk: vanilla and chocolate
  • Silk Almond Milk: original and vanilla
  • Soft drinks
  • Tropicana Light Lemonade
  • Brisk Peach Iced Green Tea
  • Brisk Unsweetened Iced Tea
  • SoBe YumBerry Pomegranate Lifewater

Other options include utilizing the Custom Creations bars to build your own dish and some items on the salad and fruit bar. Gluten-free bread, gluten-free tortillas, and gluten-free buns are available by request at the deli and grill, as well as at MyPantry.

Omelet Bar
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Real bacon bits
  • Diced ham
  • Sausage crumbles
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Sliced Swiss cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced green peppers
  • Diced onions
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms
Taco Bar
  • Taco shell
  • Refried beans
  • Black beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced onions
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Black olives
  • Sour cream
  • Medium salsa
Hot Dog Bar
  • All beef hot dog
  • Polish sausage
  • Bratwurst
  • Sautéed green peppers
  • Sautéed yellow onion
  • Sauerkraut
  • Banana peppers
  • Diced onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Celery salt
Mashed Potato Bar
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Bacon crumbles
  • Chopped green onions
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Deli
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Sliced smoked ham
  • Sliced genoa salami
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Sliced medium cheddar cheese
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced provolone cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sweet pickles
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dry oregano leaves
  • Italian seasoning
Salad Bar
  • Spring mix
  • Chopped romaine
  • Tossed salad lettuce mix
  • Kale salad mix
  • Hummus
  • Fresh spinach
  • Broccoli buds
  • Whole baby carrots
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced red onions
  • Fresh pea pods
  • Fresh red peppers
  • Tomato wedges or cherry tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Edamame
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)
  • Chopped eggs
  • Sliced smoked ham
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Fat free Italian dressing
  • Buttermilk ranch dressing
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
Stir Fry Bar
  • Rotisserie chicken strips
  • Tofu
  • Sirloin Philly beef slices
  • Jasmine rice
  • Sweet n’ sour sauce
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Pea pods
  • Water chestnuts
Burrito Bar
  • Spicy chicken strips
  • Taco Meat
  • Vegan taco meat
  • Refried beans
  • Black bean
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Pico de gallo
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers
  • Red peppers
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream

Safe Preparations

Dining staff receive training in food safety and sanitation, allowing them to be informed on safe food practices. Each venue is equipped with gluten-friendly cookware and utensils, and has designated gluten-friendly preparation areas.

Special Ordering

If you are a student who requires a gluten-free diet for a medical condition, please work with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. To make an appointment, please contact the Food Allergy Support Coordinator at 815-753-9556 or resnutrition@niu.edu. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Food Allergy Support Coordinator, and unit managers will arrange special orders for gluten-free food. After you have given advance notice to the dining venue, meals will be prepared using the safe preparations above.

Disclaimer

NIU practices safe food preparation measures and instructs its food production staff on the severity of certain alternate dietary needs, such as food allergies. Each dining center is equipped with cookware designated for non-gluten preparation and staff receives training in food allergies, food safety and sanitation. Campus dining locations are not certified allergen-free kitchens, so there is always a risk of cross-contact. Nutrition and ingredient content of foods may change due to product reformulation, recipe substitutions, portion sizes, and other factors.

On our menus, items with the Healthy Huskie label have met specific nutrient guidelines developed by our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Learn more about Healthy Huskie items.

Our dining units offer a selection of vegan products on a daily basis. Each meal has either a vegetarian entrée or a vegan entrée. Everyday vegan options include:

Breakfast
  • Cold and hot cereals
  • Fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Peanut butter
Lunch and Dinner
  • Sweet potatoes at New Hall Dining
  • Custom Creation bars to build a vegan dish using a plant-based protein
    • Burrito Bar
    • Stir Fry Bar
    • Baked Potato Bar
    • Nacho Bar
    • Taco Bar
  • Salad bars
    • Fresh vegetables - large variety
    • Black beans
    • Garbanzo beans
    • Edamame
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Tofu
    • Hummus
    • Raisins
    • Craisins
    • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • Fat free catalina dressing
    • Italian dressing
    • Fat free Italian dressing
    • Fat free raspberry vinaigrette
    • Western dressing
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Olive oil
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sandwich stations at Gilbert Dining and New Hall Dining
  • Pasta toss at New Hall Dining
    • Whole wheat pasta of the day
    • White enriched pasta of the day
    • Spaghetti sauce
    • Tofu
    • Peppers
    • Mushrooms
    • Pea pods
    • Onions
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Tomatoes
    • Spinach
  • Deli
    • Bavarian pretzel roll
    • White tortilla
    • Spinach tortilla
    • Honey wheat tortilla
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Jalapeños
    • Spinach
    • Dill pickles
    • Red onion
    • Green pepper
    • Cucumbers
    • Mustard, olive oil, vinegar
  • Vegan burgers on request at all locations. View the vegan options on MyDining by selecting the vegan icon to filter out non-vegan items.
Beverages
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Soy Milk
  • Unsweetened original and unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Apple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemonade
  • Soft drinks
  • Coffee
  • Water

Alternative Sources of Protein

When eliminating animal products from your diet, adequate protein intake may be a concern. High-protein non-animal product foods that we offer on a daily basis are:

  • Soy milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Multiple vegan burgers

High-protein non-animal product foods that we offer on a rotating basis are:

  • Tofu
  • Legumes
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Almonds
  • Chick peas
  • Tempeh and other soy products

View the protein content of foods on MyDining by selecting each food item to view its nutrition label.

Alternative Sources of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that is only found in animal product foods and fortified non-animal product foods. For this reason, vegans have to be particularly aware to acquire adequate vitamin B12 from dietary sources and/or dietary supplements. Fortified items include cereals, soy milk, and meat substitutes.

Our dining venues offer a selection of vegetarian products on a daily basis. Each meal has either a vegetarian entrée or a vegan entrée. Vegetarian options include:

Breakfast
  • Cold and hot cereals
  • Fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Breakfast Grits, Cheese Grits, Cream of Rice (on rotating basis)
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk
  • Peanut butter
Lunch and Dinner
  • Sweet potatoes at New Hall Dining
  • Custom Creation bars to build a vegetarian dish
    • Burrito Bar
    • Stir Fry Bar
    • Baked Potato Bar
    • Nacho Bar
    • Taco Bar
  • Salad bars
    • Fresh Vegetables - large variety
    • Black beans
    • Garbanzo beans
    • Edamame
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Tofu
    • Hummus
    • Raisins
    • Craisins
    • Chopped hardboiled eggs
    • Herb seasoned croutons
    • Bac’n pieces
    • Shredded cheddar cheese
    • Shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • 1000 island dressing
    • Poppyseed dressing
    • Buttermilk ranch dressing
    • Fat free ranch dressing
    • Fat free catalina dressing
    • Italian dressing
    • Fat free Italian dressing
    • Fat free raspberry vinaigrette
    • Western dressing
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Olive oil
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sandwich stations at Gilbert Dining and New Hall Dining
  • Deli
    • Bavarian pretzel roll
    • White tortilla
    • Cheese jalapeño tortilla
    • Spinach tortilla
    • Honey wheat tortilla
    • American cheese
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Swiss cheese
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Jalapeños
    • Spinach
    • Dill pickles
    • Red onion
    • Green pepper
    • Cucumbers
    • Buttermilk ranch dressing
    • Mayonnaise
    • Whipped mayonnaise
    • Mustard, olive oil, vinegar
  • Pasta Toss at New Hall Dining
    • Whole wheat pasta of the day
    • White enriched pasta of the day
    • Spaghetti sauce
    • Alfredo sauce
    • Tofu
    • Peppers
    • Mushrooms
    • Pea pods
    • Onions
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Tomatoes
    • Spinach
    • Sautéed zucchini
  • Vegan burgers on request at all locations.
  • Vegetables
  • Grilled cheese from the grill
  • Cheese or Vegetarian Pizza from Gilbert Dining, New Hall Dining, and Stevenson Dining
  • Soups (on a rotating basis)
    • Cream of broccoli
    • Cream of tomato
    • Canadian cheese soup
    • Roasted butternut squash soup
    • Lentil vegetable soup
Beverages
  • Milk – Skim, 2%, chocolate
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Soy Milk
  • Unsweetened original and unsweetend vanilla almond milk
  • Apple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemonade
  • Soft drinks
  • Teas, Coffees
  • Sparkling Water, Filtered Water

Look for Vegetarian items in MyDining by selecting each food item to view its nutrition label.

Alternative Sources of Protein

When eliminating animal products from the diet, adequate protein intake may be a concern. High-protein non-animal product foods that we offer on a daily basis are:

  • Soy milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Multiple vegetarian burgers
  • Yogurt

High-protein non-animal product foods that we offer on a rotating basis are:

  • Tofu
  • Hummus
  • Legumes
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Almonds
  • Chick peas
  • Tempeh and other soy products

View the protein content of foods on MyDining by selecting each food item to view its nutrition label.

Alternative Sources of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that is only found in animal product foods and fortified non-animal product foods. For this reason, vegetarians have to be particularly aware to acquire adequate vitamin B12 from dietary sources and/or dietary supplements. Fortified items include cereals, soy milk, and meat substitutes.

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