Healthy Dining Resources

Free Telehealth Nutrition Consultations

As part of our commitment to cultivate an informed and inclusive campus dining community, University Housing and Dining offers free, basic nutrition consultations via Zoom and phone for current residents with our expert registered dietitians (RDs).

Lindsay Wilson, MS, RD, LD and Sotear Kuy, MPH, RD, LD are available to:

  • Answer general nutrition-related questions.
  • Share recommendations on how to make healthy choices on campus.
  • Provide guidance for dining on campus with specific dietary considerations, including food allergies and intolerances, religious diets, and lifestyle diets.
  • Recommend campus resources and provide referrals, as needed.

Please email dietitian@austin.utexas.edu to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

For students not on a UHD meal plan or those who may need in-depth dietary support, University Health Services offers individual consultations with their registered dietitian for students with nutrition-related concerns or medically diagnosed conditions. To learn more, visit University Health Services or call 512.475.8010 to schedule an appointment.

Eat Wise

Eat Wise

Eating Healthy on Campus

Eating right in college doesn’t have to be complicated—focus on variety, amount and nutrition. You can make sustainable positive changes to your dietary habits by following simple strategies like:

  • Making time for breakfast.
    • Eating breakfast wakes up your metabolism and provides the fuel needed to start your day.
    • Aim to eat breakfast within two hours of waking up.
    • Include protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates and heart-healthy fats in your breakfast choices.
  • Being prepared.
    • Keep healthy pre-portioned snacks on hand to avoid making poor food choices when hunger strikes.
    • If you’re in a pinch, look for healthy snacks with the Lite Bites logo in campus vending machines or in UHD campus markets.
  • Eating mindfully.
    • Honor your hunger to keep your body adequately supplied with energy.
    • Take your time when eating; it can take 15-20 minutes for fullness signals to reach the brain.
    • The Mindful Eating Program offered by University Health Services can help you become an Intuitive Eater!
  • Making informed decisions.
    • UHD dining venues provide menu information online, including full ingredient listings, identification of food allergens and nutrition facts.
    • Review menus before going to the dining hall so you can be ready to make informed choices when you get there.
  • Building a healthy plate.
    • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables, add lean proteins, include whole grains and choose low-fat dairy..
    • One size does not fit all. Your nutrient needs and recommended intake from each food group will vary based on your age, height, weight, sex and physical activity level.
    • Everything you eat and drink matters—portion size is key.

For additional recommendations and guidance on adopting practical and sustainable food behaviors, contact the UHD Nutrition and Wellness team at dietitian@austin.utexas.edu.

Lite Bites

Lite Bites Healthy Dining

Lite Bites are part of an initiative to make better-for-you options easily identifiable at The University of Texas at Austin. All Lite Bites healthy dining offerings meet specific nutrition criteria based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To learn more about the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the key recommendations for healthy eating patterns, including quantitative recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats and sodium, visit: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines. Look for our Lite Bites logo on the online menu and digital menu boards.

Healthy Snacking

Healthy Snacking

You can also find the Lite Bites logo on better-for-you snack choices in all UHD retail dining locations including Jester City Market and Kin’s Market, as well as on vending machines across campus. All Lite Bites items meet predetermined nutrition criteria for healthy snack options:

  • Calories:
    • Not more than 250 calories per individual package for snack items.
  • Fat:
    • Not more than 35% of calories from fat
      • With the exception of nuts and seeds, nut butters, eggs, non-fried vegetables and cheese packaged for individual sale.
      • Snack mixes must meet the 35% rule.
  • Saturated Fat:
    • Not more than 10% of calories from saturated fat (excluding eggs and cheese packaged for individual sale).
  • Sugar:
    • Not more than 35% total weight from sugar and caloric sweeteners, with the exception of fruits and vegetables that have not been processed with added sweeteners.
  • Sodium:
    • Items shall not contain more than 360 mg of sodium per serving.

You can reference the Wellness Network’s Healthy Vending Map to locate snack vending machines on campus that contain better-for-you choices.

Food Safety

This year, we have adjusted our dining hall operations in response to COVID-19 in order to support the health and safety of our students and campus community. This includes eliminating self-service in the dining halls and instead serving meals in to-go containers, as well as making pre-packaged to-go meals available at select dining locations across campus. More detailed information about our COVID-19 dining hall operational plan can be found here.

University Housing and Dining takes strict safety precautions in the preparation and service of your meals, but with an anticipated increase in meals being eaten outside of the dining halls this year, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to continue to keep your meals safe from potential foodborne illness.


  • Keep HOT foods HOT (above 140 °F).
  • Keep COLD foods COLD (below 40 °F).
  • Never leave perishable foods out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours. If the food is exposed to temperatures above 90 °F, refrigerate it within 1 hour.
  • Discard any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Place any uneaten food into shallow containers and immediately put in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, but it is recommended to discard them after that timeframe.
  • Reheat leftovers to 165 °F, as measured with a food thermometer, before eating
  • When reheating, remember to stir the food in the middle of heating to allow the food to heat more evenly all the way through.
  • If you do not eat all of the reheated food, discard any remaining leftovers and do not re-refrigerate.