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

Kelly Pearson, RD, CDN | Campus Registered Dietitian

Kelly Pearson

Kelly joined SUNY New Paltz Dining Services in 2021, bringing 9 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. She believes that a well-nourished body is fundamental to optimizing health, well-being, and academic success. Kelly provides many nutrition services to our students, faculty, and staff including nutrition counseling, guest lectures, workshops, tabling events, and cooking demonstrations.

How can Kelly help you?

  • General nutrition information 
  • Healthy eating on campus
  • Food allergies & intolerances
  • Fueling athletic performance
  • Dietary preferences (i.e. vegan, vegetarian)
  • Religious & cultural diets
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Mindful & intuitive eating

Whether your dietary needs are medically necessary or a cultural or lifestyle choice, we’re here to help. Contact our Registered Dietitian if you have questions or need support managing a special diet.

Contact Information: T: 845.654.3547 | e-mail

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.

Click here to see allergen information at our locations around campus.

**Please note, this document is currently a work in progress. More locations will be added soon.

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.

My Zone

My Zone, located in Peregrine Dining Hall, is a swipe access pantry where gluten, peanut and tree nut free food items for students are stored with precautions against cross-contact. This area is free of peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten-containing ingredients. My Zone has the following items: microwaves, toaster, dishes and silverware, refrigerator and freezer. Food items provided include: breads, bagels, crackers, cereals, sunflower seed butter, donuts, cereals, waffles and more.

Simple Servings

Simple Servings 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.

Vegan Dining

At Peregrine Dining Hall, we offer a vegan station called Sprout to fit the needs of vegan students. We offer unique meals for lunch and dinner which incorporate fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy hummus with a grilled pita, 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 (green VE) featuring vegan menu items at other stations  throughout the week! 

New Paltz Dining Services strives to increase the vegan options for our students campus wide. Currently vegan meals are available at Peregrine Dining Hall, Element93, Tokyo Sushi (vegan rolls), Chick-N-Bap, SubConnection, Pomodoro's 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!

Mindful mindful-icon

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.

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.

VegetarianMenu 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.

VeganVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.