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Fruits and Veggies

Be sure to eat your fruits and veggies!

Fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients that promote good health. Challenge yourself to fill 1/2 of your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies at every meal!  

Source: Choose MyPlate
Liven up your meals with fruits and veggies


Zoodles, or spiralized zucchini noodles, are a fun way to get more veggies on your plate!

Try making nutrient-dense, lower-calorie noodles for cold salads from vegetables like cucumber, carrot, and bell pepper. Vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potato, beet, and parsnip are best served in cooked dishes.

Learn how to zoodle

I love fruits and veggies

Make the Protein Flip by putting plants at the center of your plate.

You don't have to eliminate meat to make a positive impact on your health and the environment.  Re-imagine your favorite dishes with some plant protein choices - beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, or soy - and a smaller portion of animal protein.

Source: Menus of Change


Want to go vegan but don't know where to start?

Think about culinary ideas from traditional, plant-forward food cultures in the Mediterranean, Asia, and Latin America. Dishes like falafel, tofu stir-fry, or black bean enchiladas are flavorful dishes that pack plenty of protein without any animal-based ingredients.

Source: Menus of Change

Tomato Lover

Eating a variety of colorful vegetables each week supports health!

Choose tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkin to up your intake of red and orange vegetables, which are good sources of beta-carotene, potassium, and unique phytonutrients that have a protective effect on our bodies.  

Source: Choose MyPlate
Add More Vegetables to Your Day

Rescued Fruits and Veggies

Did you know that 40% of all food produced gets wasted? 

412 Food Rescue redirects fresh, healthy food from going to landfills to serving those are food insecure and Carnegie Mellon University Dining Services is proud to partner with them. Visit their website to learn more about how you can help reduce food waste.

Source: 412 Food Rescue

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Increased fruit and vegetable consumption is great for our health and for the environment! Pound for pound, fruit and vegetable production has low greenhouse gas emissions relative to other food categories. 

Source: The Culinary Institute of America

Colorful Plant Eater

Make your plate a rainbow.

To make sure you're getting all of the necessary nutrients for a healthy diet, you should build a plate that incorporates fruits and veggies that make up all of the colors of the rainbow. They're packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Source: Fruits and Veggies More Matters

Nuts and Seeds

In the U.S., animal sources account for as much as 85% of the protein we eat. But we can get the same protein from plant-based choices!

When you reach for plant protein choices - beans, peas, and other legumes, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and soy foods - remember that whole grains, vegetables, and fruits can also make meaningful contributions to your daily protein needs.

Source: The Culinary Institute of America

Healthy Starts Here

We believe that fresh, nutritious food is an integral part of the health and wellness of our campus community.  We aim to make eating well easy and delicious, by offering a variety of creatively prepared meals that emphasize fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, lean proteins, as well as eateries dedicated to serving vegan and vegetarian meals and foods that are free from gluten and the top eight major allergens.

Dining Services is a key partner in Carnegie Mellon University’s campus-wide approach to creating a healthier environment for students, faculty, and staff.  In addition to creating menus with food choices that optimize the health of our diverse community, we are committed to integrating food and nutrition education into the student experience through interactive wellness events, farmer’s markets, food demonstrations, cooking classes, lectures, and our website and social sites. 

Vegan & Vegetarian

Most dining locations offer vegan and vegetarian options but these following locations specialize:

Cohon Center, 2nd floor
Rooted is focused on real, wholesome foods with completely plant-based ingredients.

Cohon Center, 2nd floor
Allergen-friendly kitchen with a number of vegan offerings


tartan express featuring tahini by elegant edge
Cohon Center, Legacy Plaza
Fresh Mediterranean, Vaad-certified kosher cuisine including pita sandwiches; couscous and hummus bowls; freshly prepared salads and sides; and a wide variety of plant-based vegan options. 

Entropy+ Convenience Store
Cohon Center, 1st floor
Orthodox Kosher grab-and-go meals and grocery items


Cohon Center

Tepper Building