Building a Balanced Plate
For some students, arriving on campus gives them the first opportunity to plan their meals. Others might be experienced in meal preparation. Regardless, University Dining encourages all students to plan for balanced meals to fuel their bodies for learning, socializing, and being an active part of the UW-Stout campus community.
Here are some tips for building a balanced plate on campus:
- Plan ahead
University Dining provides menus for all of the foods we prepare. Check them out on our menus page (imbed the link) to plan your meals.
- Find Variety
Choose a variety of protein sources, fruits, vegetables, and grains each week. Try new foods, new flavors, and new combinations to get that variety!
- Focus on fueling your body
A nourished body is a body that can attend classes and study, socialize, and be active. Use your meals and snacks as an opportunity to fuel your dreams.
- Don’t fall for a fad
University Dining’s dietitian recommends that students avoid fad diets that limit or restrict food groups, focus on a certain weight as a marker of health, or quickly change your previous eating habits. Instead, focus on making small, achievable goals that can be maintained over time. Check out reliable resources like a dietitian (available on campus), your primary care provider, or other evidence based resources.
- Find evidence-based resources. Check out examples of reliable sources below to learn more about food preparation, nutrition, and health.