Healthy Eating

Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

Meet the Dietitian

Marianne Liakos, MS, RDN, CSSD Marianne is here to help you lead the healthiest, happiest life possible here on campus. She is available for private consultations and can provide guidance and support on a wide range of topics. From weight management and vegan diets to fitness and anything in between, Marianne will work with you to find the most effective approach for your unique body and lifestyle. Together, you will develop personalized wellness plans to help you reach your goals and best utilize the resources available to you here on campus. Also look out for upcoming nutrition and wellness related dining room chats and group presentations! 

Marianne's contact info is below. Feel free to reach out! 

Marianne Liakos

Dietitian 

Campus Auxiliary Services,Inc

State University of New York at New Paltz

1 Hawk Drive

New Paltz, NY 12561

Phone: (845) 257-3351

Fax: (845) 257-3362

Email

Food Allergies

We take pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. We are all passionate about serving students. From general manager to front line servers, we work diligently to address students’ specific needs, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or special diet needs.

A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. We want to meet one-on-one with all of our customers who have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please call or send us a note using the feedback form.

Vegan Dining

At Hasbrouck Dining Hall, we offer the "Wild Mushroom" station in order to fit the needs of all of our vegan students. Every day we offer unique meals for lunch and dinner incorporating fresh and local ingredients. Stop by to enjoy hummus with grilled pita, or cold fresh bean and vegetable salads offered throughout the week. Looking for a delicious, hot meal? Try our speciality entrees such as quinoa stuffed zucchini, chickpea stew, or acorn and butternut squash chili all served with various rice dishes and vegetables. Look for the green vegan icon to see if any of our other stations have vegan offers throughout the week! 

Sodexo strives to increase the vegan options for our students campus wide. Currently vegan meals are available at Hasbrouck Dining Hall, Tokyo Sushi (vegan rolls), Salad Toss and The Roost at Ridgeview. If there are ever any questions regarding vegan dining options please feel free to ask a manager. Remember: keep an eye out for "VE" for vegan!

Sodexo's Nutrition Icons

Sodexo's nutrition icons make it easier to make healthy choices. Look for these nutrition icons on the foods being served on your campus to help you meet your dietary needs or desires.

If you need assistance finding the right types of foods for you, please reach out to your on-campus Sodexo manager or chef. If you have additional dietary questions, please contact us so we can help! Sodexo has registered dietitians ready to answer your questions and help you make healthy choices.

For Your Health

Fight the Flu
It’s about that time of year again, folks! It’s when you hear sniffles and coughs in the quiet library or during your midterm. The time of year when all you want to do is curl up in bed with a hot drink and watch your favorite shows. Catching a cold during the school year is bad news. It can make it harder to pay attention in class or study for your upcoming exams. Here are some helpful tips to kick that cold to the curb. 


A little recap to start:

Is it a Cold or is it the Flu

The best way to prevent a cold or flu is to make your immune system
strong. Here’s how:

#1:
Wash your hands. Did you know the cold virus can live on surfaces for HOURS? I’m talking cell phones, door knobs, pens, you name it.

#2:
Get enough sleep. If you sleep less than 7 hours regularly, you are putting yourself at risk of catching that cold! Aim for 8-9 hours every night. Start studying early so you don’t have to pull all-nighters, my friends.

#3: Load up on your
fruits, veggies and protein. This means eat according to the healthy plate model: ½ plate veggies, ¼ plate protein, ¼ plate starchy foods.

#4:
Exercise regularly. This can also reduce your stress levels, which weakens your immune system.
If you’re already sick, here are the next steps:

Have a
hot drink. This means hot water, tea, soups and broth which will help your sore throat.
Eat some
chicken soup! Research has shown that it improves some of the common cold symptoms. Mom was right, I guess. Try adding some extra veggies to boost the benefits.
Many studies suggest 2000mg Vitamin C per day may reduce the length of a cold. You can take a supplement, or just eat raw fruits and veggies that are loaded with it!  Bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries, kiwi fruit, citrus fruits and peas are particularly high in Vitamin C.


Stress Survival: Going the Extra MILES

Imagine riding a bike along an undulating trail. You see uphill trail ahead, embrace for it, adjust gears and pedal with extra effort. You conquer the incline and can enjoy the effortlessness going downhill. The outcome is rewarding and builds endurance and strength. 

However, imagine there is no downhill and you must continue pedaling at high intensity for a prolonged period. It’s painful, increases tiredness, and can lead to injury. 

When stress becomes chronic, it really does a number on you like a never-ending uphill bike ride. It can reduce your performance, ability to focus and recall memory, alters emotions and creativity, increases agitation, causes difficulty sleeping, disrupts hormones, and impacts your heart health. You may be more inclined to adopt certain behaviors to soothe your anxiety such as sleeping too much or too little, drink caffeine or alcohol, or maybe withdraw from social events. More often than not, such actions worsen stress. 

Listen to Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General discuss risk factors, therapeutics, and thoughts on increased stress in America.

Go the extra MILES to overcome anxiety. 

M: Meditation and mindfulness help you to clear thoughts, become grounded, and be more present in the moment. There are many benefits to relaxation; find what works for you. 

I: Interact with family and friends, face-to-face. Social media’s perfect images can set unrealistic standards, so limit your time scrolling through newsfeeds.

L: Listen to podcasts or music while walking to class, riding the bus, or while working on assignments. Better yet, find a peaceful outdoor spot to do nothing but listen.

E: Exercise of any kind can boost mood and improve oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Got 20 minutes before class? Put on a favorite song and dance it out. 

S: Sleep, especially as a student, is just as important to pencil into your agenda as studying for exams. You couldn’t use your phone, tablet, or laptop without charging it, the same goes for your brain to keep you fully-charged.

Try these free mobile apps for mindfulness, improving mood and sleep, and reducing anxiety:

Simple Servings

Simple Servings by Sodexo is your "one-stop-shop" for allergen-free items on campus that are fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts account for 90% of all food allergies and Simple Servings is here to make sure that any student with 1 or more of these food allergies can enjoy a safe and flavorful meal. Lunch and dinner protein entrees change daily with a fresh selection of local produce.

Mindful mindful-icon-35x32.png

Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.

GlutenFree-35x35.pngA variety of gluten-free items across campus and can accommodate customers with foods that are free from gluten-containing ingredients and protected against cross-contact with gluten.

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.