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Special Dietary Options and General Healthy Options

RIT Dining Services recognizes and embraces our diverse community of customers, all with different dining preferences and needs. To accommodate special dietary restrictions/preferences and support healthy eating on campus, we offer a wide selection of healthy foods and foods for those with dietary restrictions in all of our dining locations. In addition, our custom nutritional labels, Smart Seals, and NetNutrition web tool assists you in selecting menu items and meals right for you.

Special Dietary Options

We offer all of the below special dietary foods and menus throughout many of our dining locations.

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Low sodium
  • Kosher
  • Halal
  • Organic

View our side-by-side comparison chart and international dining options page for a full list of dining locations that offer the above - and look for our Smart Seals to easily identify dietary preferences and restrictions!

General Healthy Options

All RIT dining locations offer a variety of fresh and healthy food options that accommodate and support healthy living on campus. In addition, our skilled staff incorporates a wide range of healthy preparation, production, and cooking techniques that substitute unhealthier food items with healthier options. Healthy options available in all dining locations are listed below. If you're interested in healthy eating at home, try some of our printable SmartNutrition recipes.

Want to learn more about healthy options on campus? Check out our Smart Eating 101 educational nutrition sessions and cooking demos and our Meatless Monday page!

  • When available, we use fresh produce supplied by local regional farmers and the RIT Community Garden. TIP: Not sure which of your favorite NYS fruits and veggies are available and in season? Use this handy chart of harvest times from the Pride of New York!
  • Vegetarian entrees and soups using tofu, meat substitutes, grains, legumes, and/or all vegetables
  • Whole grain and wheat pasta
  • Whole grain and low carbohydrate bread
  • Rice, soy, and almond milk
  • Lactaid 100% lactose-free, non-fat milk
  • Hummus
  • Light dressing alternatives
  • Greek and low fat yogurt
  • 97% fat free turkey
  • Egg whites
  • Low fat and fat-free dairy products
  • Sushi
  • Stir fry options grilled to order using healthy alternatives (water, olive pomace oil)
  • Canola, olive oil, and zero trans fat blended oils
  • Trans fat-free oil for frying

Need help locating specific food items? Ask our experts!

Our friendly and knowledgeable managers are more than happy to assist you in selecting and finding foods that fit your dietary needs and preferences. Simply ask for a manager at any of our dining locations or contact them using our staff directory and he/she will guide you through your dining selections!

For further assistance related to special dietary needs, healthy options, nutritional information, and food allergens, visit the Ask Our Dietitian page or contact our registered dietician, Mary Anne McQuay at mamfsa@rit.edu directly.

HealthIER Dining On Campus

Each dining location on campus offers healthy food options that are available on a daily basis. The following is a list of healthier options that you can find at The Café & Market at Crossroads, Global Village Cantina and Grille, and The Market at Global Village.

 

Global Village Cantina and Grille (Salsarita’s and Oiishi Sushi)

HealthIER Options at Salsarita’s

Vegetarian burrito on a whole wheat wrap *

Salads without taco shell bowl *

Burrito bowls *

*While these options meet the healthy criteria for calories and fat, they contain high amounts of sodium. RIT Dining Services is currently working to help to lower the sodium content.

Tips for Eating HealthIER at Salsarita’s

Avoid fatty meats, cheeses, cheese sauce, and sour cream.

Choose rice, beans, leaner meat choices, vegetables, and salsas.

 

Tips for Eating HealthIER at the Global Grille

Try the Global Grille when they are serving stir- fry entrees and load up on vegetables and lean meats.

Avoid high calorie sauces and oils

 

The Market at Global Village

The GV Market offers a number of healthIER food selections, as well as a large selection of foods that meet special dietary needs. Listed below are just some of the healthier options at the GV Market.

Fresh fruit

Fresh meats

Frozen salmon

Laughing Cow Cheese Spread

Deli meat

Fat free dressings

Sabra Hummus and Pretzel Packs

Ready Pac Bistro Salad

Low-fat cottage cheese

Chobani Yogurt

Ready Pac Pineapple & Grapes

Fresh eggs

Skim milk

Brown rice

Patel’s Instant Dinners

Instant rice noodle soups

Pad Thai (Thai Kitchen)

Storehouse Foods Pouch 2 Plate

Rockin’ Moroccan Couscous

Barilla Whole Grain Pasta Bowls

Kashi Cereal

Naanwiches

Frozen vegetables (stir fry mix, broccoli, corn, garden blend)

Kashi Frozen Dinners

Garden and salmon burgers

Kashi Whole Grain Waffles

Amy’s Frozen Dinners  and Pizzas

Tips for Eating HealthIER at the GV Market

Check out the price labels in each aisle and look for gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), and other symbols designating healthier food options!

The Café at Crossroads

HealthIER Breakfast Items

Whole grain bagel (whole grains are healthier than refined white refined grains)

Fruit cup (low calorie, high nutrient choice!)

Parfait cup (good combination of fruit, protein, & grains in one cup!)

Low fat cream cheese

 

 

HealthIER Grill Items

Grilled chicken sandwich (without cheese)

Black bean burger

Veggie burger

Tips for Eating HealthIER at the Grill

Try a plain baked potato instead of french fries

Limit cheeses

Avoid high calorie condiments (ex. dressings, mayonnaise) and try mustard instead

HealthIER Sub/Wrap Bar Items

100% whole wheat breads

Low-fat deli meats (ex. turkey breast, ham)

Hummus

Fresh vegetables

 

 

HealthIER Salad Bar

Build a salad loaded with vegetables

Choose lean, low fat meats (ex. chicken breast)

Avoid too much cheese, high fat and creamy dressings, croutons, high fat or fried meats

HealthIER To Go Items

Fresh fruit cups

Fresh sushi

Chef provolone salad

Hard boiled eggs

Pasta salad

Snack packs (variety of crackers, cheese, hummus, vegetables)

Tips for Eating HealthIER To Go

Always check labels. The Healthy Option Smart Seal on labels signifies healthy foods that are ≤ 600 calories, ≤ 20 g total fat, ≤ 8 g saturated fat, and ≤ 800 mg sodium.

 

The Market at Crossroads

HealthIER Choices

Cheerios

Buttercrust 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Laughing Cow Cheese

100 calorie cottage cheese packs

Activia Yogurt

Chobani Greek Yogurt

String cheese

Skim milk

Silk

Turkey bacon

Turkey breast sandwich meat

Sundia Fruit Cups

Dole Frozen Fruit

Veggie burgers

Hummus

Craisins

 

 

Need a quick meal?

Annie Chun Express Brown Rice

Barilla Whole Grain Pasta Bowl

Healthy Choice Entrees

Lean Pockets

Steamables Vegetables