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Eating Well with Cornell Dining

The Eating Well with Cornell Dining initiative educates our guests about the most up to date Dietary Recommendations and strives to inspire healthy eating patterns with actionable principles.

Create a balanced plate at most meals
Enjoy different colors of vegetables and fruits daily
  • Eat the Rainbow! Eating a variety of different colored fruits & vegetables provides a range of different vitamins and minerals
  • Choose deeper, darker colors for more nutrient dense options
  • Learn about eating fruits and vegetables
Choose Whole Grains
  • Eat a variety of whole grains like barley, quinoa, and wheat berries to maximize nutrition

  • Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which promotes satiety and supports gut health
  • Learn more about eating whole grains
Refuel your body with high protein foods
  • Foods containing protein promotes satiety and are important for body maintenance

  • Most people eat enough protein, but aren't getting enough variety
    • Think about plant-based options like nuts, seeds, and beans
  • Learn more about eating protein
Savor meals with others
  • Eating with others helps decrease stress and is important for mental health

  • This allows you to share food traditions across different cultures
  • Eating with others ensures you are getting enough to eat, which is helpful for cognitive function

For more guidance in using Eating Well with Cornell Dining to create a balanced plate in any of Cornell Dining’s residential dining rooms, please contact Cornell Dining’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at