Nutrition @ Stanford

R&DE Stanford Dining is committed to providing a wide variety of healthy options at every meal. We promote fresh and nutritious meal selections and use healthy cooking methods including steaming and grilling wherever possible. R&DE Stanford Dining has a Performance & Wellness Nutritionist, who is involved in all menu planning and evaluation. Our nutritionists are available to help students navigate their dietary needs in the dining halls. You can reach our nutritionist by emailing  nutritionist@stanford.edu or by booking an appointment online. Learn more about our nutritionists.

Nutrition Ethos
Learn more about our food standards and nutrition philosophy.

The following is a sample of our menu specifications and standards:

  • All of our dairy products are certified hormone-free.
  • We avoid potentially harmful additives such as MSG, artificial dyes and trans-fats in our foods.
  • We partner with local farms to offer fresh, high quality fruit and vegetables.
  • Most of our soups, sauces and dressings are made "from scratch" every day.
  • We use whole grains in our composed rice, pasta and salad dishes. Brown rice and whole-grain pasta are available at every meal.
  • The kosher salt used in our cooking contains 33% less sodium by volume.
  • We offer fresh steamed and roasted vegetables at lunch and dinner.
  • Soy milk is always available as a milk alternative for those who do not consume dairy.
  • We label all food items for easy identification.

Build a Balanced Plate
In Spring of 2016 Stanford Dining launched the Build a Balanced Plate initiative. The Balanced Plate provides a guide to what a well-rounded, nutritionally dense meal might look like. It helps diners choose foods that best support their health and wellbeing.