Plant-based living Is an exciting and newly evolving lifestyle. We are always continuing to enhance and expand our plant-based menus on campus. Every menu on campus will have a plant-based recipe for everyone to enjoy! We have teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to collaborate on menus and recipes to integrate them within our dining halls. Other initiatives include expanding Meatless Mondays and our Rooted Stations recipes within our dine-in locations.
Want to learn more about plant-based options at SBU, including where to find plant-based food options on campus?Download the SBU Plant-Based Eating Guide!
Plant-Based Food Identifiers
On our menus and digital signage, you will find icons that identify plant-based options:
A Vegetarian icon will appear on recipes that do not contain any meat, poultry, or fish. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.
A Vegan icon will appear on recipes that do not contain animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, and honey. Our Rooted Station is dedicated to a plant-based lifestyle, which all the icons will be present. You also find recipes that are tagged VG through the various other concepts as well.
Plantiful Table Grain Bar
Located at East and West Side Dine-In
East Side and West Side dine-in also offer an extension of the Rooted station with the “Plantiful Table” which incorporates the option of a salad green, grain and an “energizer” (bean, lentils, seeds and toppings).
The Plantiful Table is intended to be the plant-“base” to your day and allows students to consume a beautifully composed salad that is power packed with nutrients like vitamin K, fiber, Calcium, Healthy fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and Selenium etc. This station will also provide complementary proteins which can offer students an additional source of protein throughout the day.
Instead of side salads, students can “build their own” composed salad with only the items they enjoy, limiting food waste and saving the additional plastic containers from the landfill.
Eat Well for the Earth
The up-and-coming focus is climate-based eating. Climate-Based Eating is a practice that brings awareness about choosing foods that are beneficial towards saving the planet. A tremendous amount of research has been completed on how foods with lower carbon footprints from their production and transport, such as locally grown produce, over foods with higher carbon footprints, such as red meat has a better impact on the climate. Climate change affects our well-being and planet in several ways.
Check back here soon for more information about how to find this on campus!