Healthy food
Healthy food
Healthy food
Healthy food
Healthy food

Health and Special Diets

Healthy Eating

We encourage you to find the balance that is right for you. While we do not promote any particular style of dining, we want to provide you with the best tools for making your own choices.

Quick Tips for Healthy Eating at Miami

Balance Calories

  • Avoid oversized portions
  • Focus of foods that are nutrient dense such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

How to choose foods in the dining halls

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make half of your grains whole grains
  • Drink water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Put your salad dressings on the side
  • Choose a fruit or vegetable instead of fries

My Plate Icon

Special Diets

Miami University's Food and Beverage team is committed to providing our patrons with an exceptional on-campus dining experience that takes into consideration student dietary needs, lifestyle choices, cultural backgrounds, and religious affiliations. We offer special diet assistance to Miami University students, summer program participants, and visitors/guests. Our goal is to provide the same level of assistance for campus visitors and summer program participants as we do for our full time students. We offer a variety of options for students and guests in each dining location. Our menus are designed to include those who avoid gluten and nuts, as well as those who follow a vegan and vegetarian diet. Below is what we provide every day on campus.

Allergen Icons

In each dining location we utilize allergen icons to indicate the major eight allergens as well as pork, poultry, beef, vegan, and vegetarian. These can be seen on our menu boards for each served item.

Allergen Icons

Vegan and Vegetarian  Vegan  Vegetarian

We serve at least one vegan entree during each meal period at every commons location. You can identify these through the icons on our menu boards. We also offer two vegan entrees available upon request at our Garden Commons, Western Commons, and Maple Commons dining locations.

Dairy Allergy or Intolerance  Dairy

We offer soy milk at each location as an alternative to cow's milk. We also offer other varieties of dairy free milk and products at our convenience markets.

Gluten Friendly  Wheat

We offer gluten free bagles, bread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, pizza crust, pasta, tortilla, muffins, and cookies. We also have a designated gluten-friendly station at Maple Street Commons that offers gluten free pizzas, sandwiches, and entrees.

Peanut and Tree Nuts  Facility May Process Nuts 

Miami University is a "nut friendly" campus. This means that we do not actively use nuts in our recipes. We also do not purchase commercial products that contain a "may contain [nuts]" statement. However, we do carry products that contain a "produced in the same facility as [nuts]" and/or "processed on shared equipment with [nuts]" statement. These items are coded on our menus with an allergen icon that resembles a factory. We do carry sealed nut products in our convenience stores and our "nut friendly" initiatives do not apply to any Starbucks location.

Self Disclosure Dietary Needs Form

If you have special dietary needs that exceed the offerings listed above, please fill out the self-disclosure dietary needs form. Once submitted, our Registered Dietitian will contact you for further discussion regarding your special diet needs. Summer program participants should submit their self-disclosure special diet request form at least two weeks prior to the start date of the program in which they are attending.

Please understand that there may be a considerable time commitment involved in working out the details of your special dietary needs. Planning ahead and communicated with Dining Services is essential.

Food Allergy Disclaimer

Miami University uses its best faith efforts to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies and to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies. The allergen information provided is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but it is based entirely on the information provided by our ingredient manufacturers and suppliers. Because of the number of meals served, the number of items used each day, food product changes from our food vendors, and/or the limited number of allergens that manufacturers are required to disclose, it cannot be guaranteed that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. There is always a risk that our menu items may contain allergens or may have come in contact with other items containing allergens. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. All of our foods are prepared in facilities where peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk, and eggs are also prepared.

Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. Miami University will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any University establishments. It is the responsibility of the customer with food allergies or other specified nutritional concerns to make the final judgment on whether or not to question the ingredients of a food item or to choose to eat the foods selected. Guests are encouraged to consider the information provided, to their own satisfaction, in light of their individual needs and requirements. Guests with food allergies, food intolerance's, or other special-diets that require abstaining from certain food items should consult a Chef or Dining Manager for specific ingredient questions when in the dining facility. Guests can also set-up a meeting with our Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for additional information and/or support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whom should I talk to if I have a question about an item on the menu?

Always ask to speak with the manager, chef, or food production leader on duty if you have questions about menus and/or ingredients. These individuals will be able to provide you with the most accurate information about the foods being served at any meal. Our RD also has access to all menus and ingredients for every location on campus.

I have been diagnosed with a medical condition. Do you provide dietary counseling?

We have a Registered Dietitian on staff who can meet, discuss and provide suggestions for dietary needs related to a medical condition. Contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for further discussion.

I am a diabetic and need carbohydrate counts of foods. Where do I find that information?

Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance. We are happy to assist in providing carbohydrates counts for favorite foods and/or assist you in accessing our online nutritional database.

How are Halal diets accommodated?

We do not have dedicated Halal facilities on our campus. We can however provide Halal friendly foods embracing the basic principles of Halal, including Halal meats, no pork, and no alcohol. Our convenience markets carry a limited supply of Halal foods which you can purchase with your meal plan to supplement your daily food needs. Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.

How are Kosher diets accommodated?

We do not have dedicated Kosher food preparation facilities on our campus. We can however purchase Kosher foods and sell them from our convenience markets. Please contact the Registered Dietitian at (513) 529-5552 for assistance.

Ask the Dietitian

Have questions about healthy eating? Have a special dietary need? Contact our dietitian! Schedule a meeting with the dietitian to get answers to your questions about eating healthy or eating on campus with food allergies. Our Registered Dietitian can speak with you about many nutrition topics. Here are some of the most frequent topics students ask about:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Weight Management 
  • Special Diets, such as: food allergies, medical conditions, and lifestyle restrictions
  • Healthy Cooking

Joanna Saba

Joanna Saba RDN, LD
Email: sabaje@MiamiOH.edu
Phone: 513-529-3040