Our Eat Well creations strive to incorporate whole, naturally flavorful and nutritious foods prepared with healthful cooking methods. For more information on our Eat Well criteria download our info sheet.
at Stony Brook University
A student’s guide to navigating campus dining with health and wellness in mind
CulinArt Group and Campus Dining encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle—one that incorporates wholesome, balanced food choices, regular exercise, and an overall attention to living well. Study up on these tips below for how to eat well anywhere on campus, plus look for some of the CulinArt Dietitian’s favorite meals and snacks!
Our Eat Well Program
CulinArt’s Eat Well recipes strive to use whole, naturally flavorful and nutritious foods prepared with healthful cooking methods.
Eat Well entreés contain:
- Less than or equal to 400 total calories
- Less than 20g of total fat
- Less than 5g of saturated fat and natural trans fat combined
- Less than 600mg of sodium per serving
All campus dining locations and stations will feature Eat Well recipes, so be on the lookout no matter where you grab a bite!
Eat Well Tips from the CulinArt Dietitian
Make the most of your salad. Don’t forget to make use of our color-coded tongs:
- Green: Use these ingredients often as they are typically nutrient dense fruits and vegetables
- Yellow: These ingredients pack on protein, healthy fats and other good stuff, so enjoy them…in moderation.
- Red: Add just a bit for flavor and color, as these are usually high in calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
Build a better sandwich. Choose whole grain breads and lean proteins like chicken or turkey. Then top with veggies to maximize flavor, nutrition and crunch!
Go for it at the Grill. Stick to grilled fish and chicken options instead of battered or deep-fried and choose extra veggies like peppers, onions and mushrooms instead of cheese. Ask for plain grilled chicken by itself at any of the grills throughout campus.
Start with an egg-ceptional breakfast. Having protein in the morning starts you off on the right foot and gives you long lasting energy. Eggs are versatile, pair them with mixed veggies, your favorite toast or oatmeal to start the day off strong.
Chat with the Chefs. Talk to the chefs and culinary team to get their daily recommendations or ask questions.
Browse the dining website. Visit www.stonybrook.edu/dining to view all menus, ingredients and nutrition information.
Eating Well on Campus
– Putting these tips to practice
East Side Dine-In & West Side Dine- In:
- Use the Icon system as a guide! If you choose at least 3 eat well meals per week, you can save between 300-600 calories per meal. By choosing Vegan and vegetarian options throughout the week, it can also help with decreasing overall cholesterol, saturated fat and provide you with essential vitamin and minerals you need for daily life!
- Mix and match! Think outside of the box and choose items from the Vegan Station, Chef’s Table, or even the Grill to create a well-balanced combo meal. It is okay to grab food items from other locations to build your plate.
- The Chefs Table at East and the International Market station at West are pre-plated meals specialty meals. These meals are not only filled with flavor, but will provide you with all of your food groups. You can plan ahead by looking on our app Nutrislice to see what we have to offer. Grilled Chicken is available at both of these locations. Placing grilled chicken on a well-built salad and/or plate can help you meet your protein goals. Don’t worry – Vegan and Vegetarian items are available also! For plant-based protein, try our new falafels, made with ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both!
- Communicate with your Chefs – they are able to help you find all your needs, they are more than willing to help you achieve your nutritional goals.
- OASIS station – meals at the oasis station does not contain the top 8 allergens. These are tasteful and can be considered to be “cleaner” as they cannot contain any soy or wheat additives.
- Hydration stations – have added fresh fruits or vegetables to your water to add flavor and trace amounts of vitamins to your sips.
- Dessert - Want something sweet? Skip the froyo and reach for chia pudding (still add the fun toppings!) for a sweet treat that won’t send you into a sugar coma. Chia seeds offer omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain and heart health.
- Snacking – the Market and the Emporium have great snacks to purchase for the long days you may not be able to eat. Purchasing granola bars and health bars in bulk are a great way to save money and snack savvy!
East Side Retail
- Try our new concepts! They are packed with nutritious and wholesome foods that will contribute to your nutritional goals. From smoothies to sandwiches, these items are extremely helpful in your overall nutritional well-being.
Roth Food Court
- Check out the new Pasta Bar at the Tuscan Station and add a variety of grains like quinoa and farro to bump up your protein and fiber intake.
- Embrace the ingredients at the Ramen station & Stir Fry stations. The Ramen station offers fresh ginger which acts as an anti-inflammatory aid and can help combat nausea. Load up your stir-fry with a variety of vegetables to ensure that you meet the daily fiber recommendation (25 grams for women and 38 grams for men).
- Opt for the new Fresh and Fit program at Subway on campus. The sandwiches are less than 400 calories and provide two servings of vegetables and 24 grams of whole grains. Plus, they’re low in saturated fats.
SAC Food Court
- Omelets are a hidden gem in the morning and can be a great way to add protein at breakfast. Remember, a little cheese can go a long way in adding some calcium into your diet.
- The Made to Order Deli allows you to customize your sandwich. Make sure to include vegetables that crunch like bell peppers, banana peppers, spinach, and more!
- Embrace the Global Flavors – adding some flavors into your meals will help with satiety after your meal.