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Nutrition

An abundance of nutritious choices await students on the UGA Meal Plan. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, vegetarian entrees and fresh steamed vegetables served in our dining commons make healthy choices easy. We also help students establish healthy eating habits through nutrition education and resources. Be sure to take advantage of the exceptional nutrition services offered exclusively to meal plan participants.

Eating Healthy on the UGA Meal Plan

Dining on the UGA Meal Plan is a great experience that provides you with delicious and nutritious cuisine. Choose from a variety of healthful options daily within each dining commons. Menu symbols are an excellent way to eat healthy on the meal plan. They help you identify foods with certain nutritional qualities. Use the key below to familiarize yourself with our menu symbols:

  • Bone Icon Bone-i-fied Good: Healthiest Items
  • Heart Icon Less than 30% of Calories from Fat
  • Leaf Icon Meatless
  • Star Icon Vegan

Nutrition Services are available free of charge to students on the UGA Meal Plan. Meal Plan Participants can discuss personal nutrition goals or concerns with the Registered Dietitian through one-on-one nutrition counseling. Students can also take an eight-session Eating Smart course and learn how to develop a healthy lifestyle through eating right and exercising.

Nutrition Education Stations are located in each dining commons and are supplied with valuable nutrition information for a healthy lifestyle. At these stations you can find nutrition brochures, monthly nutrition displays, healthy recipe cards, and our Food Fact Finders – a guide to nutrition and allergy information.

Food Sensitivities

The Special Selections line at Bolton Dining Commons serves delicious cuisine free of the eight most common food allergens: egg, milk, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts.  This line is also free of gluten.  The line features sweet and baked russet potatoes as well as a spiced quinoa pilaf daily.  Flavorful ingredients combine to bring you unique salads prepared and served everyday.  A fresh steamed vegetable of the day is featured as well as rotating lunch and dinner entrees and sides.

It is our goal to provide you with information and assistance to manage your food allergies.  Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies; however, there is always a risk of cross-contact.  There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice.  Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk.  Students with food allergies and celiac disease are encouraged to the UGA Food Services Registered Dietitian for additional information and support.

Food allergen information is also availble through Food Fact Finders located at each dining commons' Nutrition Education Station.  Allergen and ingredient information is also avaible on the Build Your Plate web feature.

Students with food allergies or nutritionally significant medical conditions can receive nutrition advisement through private consultations with the Registered Dietitian. To make an appointment regarding specific nutrition concerns or food allergies, please contact Katherine Ingerson, RD, LD at 706-542-7313 or ingerson@uga.edu.

Build Your Plate

This interactive web feature provides an easy way to navigate through menu options and calculate nutritional information for items found in the dining commons. Diners have two options for viewing nutrition information: by selecting a single item or by assembling a meal from multiple items. To begin building your plate, simply visit our Locations page, select a dining commons on the left for menu information and select a meal period. You are then ready to begin assembling your meal by selecting menu items and clicking “Add to Plate”. If you wish to remove a food from your plate, simply click the “x” next to the appropriate item.

We also offer a mobile version of Build Your Plate which is accessible on any smartphone or tablet. Visit ltbde.com from your mobile device, select "Build Your Plate" and then navigate through the calendar, locations and menus to see nutrition, ingredient, and allergen information.

Food Fact Finders

The eight most common food allergens (milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) are designated in the Food Fact Finders.  It is our goal to provide you with information and assistance to manage your food allergies.  Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies; however, there is always a risk of cross-contact. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Students with food allergies are encouraged to contact the UGA Food Services Registered Dietitian (706-542-7313) for additional information and/or support.

Off-Site Meals

Available to students who have class and/or work conflicts during a meal period. Proper proof is required; see the Registered Dietitian in Bolton Dining Commons' Administration Office.