Being well and eating well is a process of becoming aware of choices and making the right decisions to achieve a balanced life. We are committed to offering you a wide range of options for a healthy dining experience. From recipes that include the most nutritious mix of ingredients to offering educational resources for positive lifestyle habits, healthy offerings are the result of a team dedicated to advancing the well-being of the entire campus community.
For students who have special dietary and nutritional needs we have a full roster of informational resources and customized menus to address your needs. These menus meet the strictest compliance standards, without sacrificing flavor, texture or presentation.
Another important part of our focus on health and wellness is the use of seasonal menus, featuring fresh and healthy ingredients – many of which are grown by local or regional farmers. Every season has its own unique produce that is showcased in delicious signature dishes to highlight the distinct flavors and natural appeal of seasonal items.
In addition to these healthy options, all foods in the dining hall have nutritional facts displayed so that students can make educated choices about the foods they choose to eat.
Mindful by Sodexo
Health and wellness are important to Plymouth State University. We understand the significance of providing balanced and nutritious meal options at the dining hall and retail locations. The Mindful approach is about making healthy choices become second nature.
We believe that when customers are presented with delicious healthy options and choose those foods on their own terms, they are more likely to enjoy the experience and realize the benefits that come along with a healthier lifestyle. As a result, they are more likely to repeat those good choices.
So, what does Mindful mean…
- Variety of choices
- More flavor
- Satisfying portions
- Easy-to-understand visual representation of ingredients, icons, and nutritional information
- User-friendly media tools (MyfitnessPal)
Sodexo’s nutrition icons make it easy to identify healthy choices. Look for these nutrition icons to help you meet your dietary needs or desires.
The Mindful meals are in accordance with the USDA’s plate design and include a vegetable, protein and wholesome carbohydrate. They also meet the following nutritional criteria:
- < 600 calories
- < 35% of calories from fat
- < 10% of calories from saturated fat
- < 100 mg cholesterol
- < 800 mg sodium
- > 3 g fiber
- Trans fat free
In the Fall of 2013, PSU Dining Services launched the new Mindful program. The program achieved great success in allowing our dining services to provide foods that balanced nutrition with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy health. The Mindful program has helped making healthy choices become second nature. This Fall, the program will make it easier to get a jump start in the morning with new healthy and delicious breakfast items. For more information about the Mindful program visit mindful.sodexo.com.
If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef.