Nutrition and Allergy Information

SJU Dining Service Nutrition Philosophy

Saint John's University Dining Service's nutrition philosophy is based on the belief that a healthy way of life can be achieved through exercise, nutrition and education. The goal of the SJU Dining Service's nutrition philosophy is to optimize health by encouraging decisions based on food quality and moderation. 

  • We encourage an approach to eating that promotes lifelong wellness and discourage the "dieting" mindset.  We urge our guests to make sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices.
  • We feel that the best healthy eating plan emphasizes fresh, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, lean proteins and dairy/ dairy alternatives.  These wholesome foods offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates while at the same time minimize excess calories, added sugars, saturated and trans fats, salt, additives and chemicals. 
  • We promote mindful eating and portion-control as important components of achieving and maintaining the health of bodies and the local ecosystem. Choosing meals and snacks thoughtfully helps to minimize the amount of food that ends up in the trash or wasted in our bodies when we consume excess out of boredom, habit or convenience.
  • We acknowledge that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a process.  While we wish for all of our guests to strive for healthy lifestyles and eating plans, we do not play the role of the "food police".  We recognize that appropriate portions and food choices are unique to each individual based on cultural heritage, family traditions and life experiences, and that healthy meal plans can include the occasional "treat"! 
  • Finally, we value the health of our SJU community and strive to provide the most pleasant dining experience possible. 

For any dietary-related quesitons, please reach out to the SJU Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at [email protected]