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Carolina Food Co.

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Health & Wellness

We make it a priority to provide an enjoyable dining experience for everyone, regardless of dietary needs and preferences. A variety of resources and programming are available to make this possible.

Dietitian Services 

Carolina Food Co.’s dietitian offers consultations for students with food allergies and related conditions. She provides dining location tours, facilitates student connections with chefs and managers, gives guidance for accessing ingredient and allergen information, and contributes other valuable resources that assist in providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience. 

Registering with the Student Disability Resource Center prior to meeting is encouraged. You may register here. 

We also host health and wellness activities throughout the semester to bring awareness to the importance of following a healthy lifestyle and to demonstrate how simple (and enjoyable) it can be.  Stay informed about upcoming events by following dining on social media @UofSCDining.


The Roadmap to Healthy Eating [pdf]

Eating healthfully on campus doesn't have to be difficult or inconvenient. We recommend using MyPlate as a guide and building your meal with grains/potatoes, fruits & vegetables, and lean/plant-based proteins. Tips and suggestions for location-specific offerings are below. All recommendations are included in a meal swipe combo unless otherwise indicated.

  • A vertical roots salad
  • A buffalo chicken sandwich with ranch on the side
  • Sub vegan chicken or cheese on a salad, sandwich, or flatbread
  • The Green Orchard or Strawberry Banana smoothie made with nutrient-rich spinach (or create your own)
  • Add a boost of protein in your smoothie with Greek yogurt, soy milk, chia seeds, or flax seeds

  • A yogurt parfait with granola and a fresh fruit cup*
  • A Grilled Market Salad 
  • Grilled Chicken Nuggets
  • A Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap*
  • A Grilled Chicken Sandwich*

*not included in a meal swipe

  • Add a fruit cup or side salad to your entrée for a nutrient-rich meal
  • Select vinegar-based dressings and sauces including Italian dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, and buffalo sauce

  • Building your own turkey or grilled chicken sandwich on wheatberry bread and select a salad or whole fruit on the side
  • An acai bowl with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and granola
  • Bulk up your sandwich with protein-rich hummus and top it off with mustard or oil and vinegar
  • Incorporate whole grains in a whole wheat flatbread and wheatberry  sandwhich bread
  • For plant-based pasta and flatbreads, select vegan cheese and Gardein™ chicken

  • A grilled chicken or hand-carved turkey sandwich with buffalo Brussels sprouts
  • Building your own salad with toppings such as quinoa, chickpeas, hard-boiled egg, and fresh berries 
  • Grilled salmon with baked beans (an extra charge to a meal swipe)
  • Choose collard greens or baked beans as a side
  • Select the grilled salmon for a protein and omega 3-rich meal (extra charge to a meal swipe)
  • Building your own salad with chicken and a large assortment of veggies
  • A specially prepared Chef's Table dish such as peri peri shimp with spanish rice and zucchini slaw, or korean bbq flank steak with cilantro pilaf.
  • A variety of local produce is available based on seasonaility. Check out the signage around the dining hall to see what local items are on the menu!
  • A grilled vegetable and hummus wrap or buffalo chicken wrap
  • Customizing your own salad with grilled chicken and hummus
  • The Vedge sandwich with a whole-grain quinoa and roasted vegetable blend
  • Creating your own lettuce wrap
  • Add hummus for a protein and nutrient-rich sandwich
  • Select cherry relish, vinegar & oil, or horseradish mustard to top off sandwiches

  • The One Veggie pizza topped with your favorite veggie, oregano and balsamic drizzle for a sweeter version or scallions and sriracha for a spicy twist
  • Rely on roasted garlic, fresh basil, oregano, scallions, and balsamic drizzle to add a boost of flavor
  • An avocado, egg white, and spinach breakfast sandwich
  • Whole grain-rich oatmeal with nut and fruit toppings
  • A Mediterranean Veggie or Turkey Sandwich
  • A Greek Salad with Chicken
  • A bowl of Ten Vegetable Soup
  • A Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowl (not included in a meal swipe combo)
  • Choose an apple as the side
  • Request to have sandwich condiments on the side
  • Create your own salad with plant-based proteins like beans, tofu, hummus, and sunflower seeds
  • The rotating expo offerings 
  • A grilled chicken sandwich 
  • A plant-based entrée served daily at the hot line
  • Choose grilled, baked, and roasted sources of meat, poultry, and fish
  • Aim to cover half your plate with vegetables and fruit (or have them make up half of your meal)
  • Mix & match between stations (i.e. grilled chicken sandwich from the grill with hummus from the salad bar)

  • Zoodles topped with pomodoro sauce or basil pesto, grilled chicken, and your choice of veggies
  • Bulk up your pasta with veggies such as sauteed onions, garlic broccoli, roasted mushrooms, and spinach
  • Top off a meatless entrée with vegan cheese
  • The Harvest Bowl with quinoa, kale, chicken, butternut squash, beets, green beans, cranberries, and sunflower seeds
  • Creating your own grain bowl with a quinoa and lentil blend, chicken, choice of veggies and choice of sauce like lemon tahini
  • A refreshing acai bowl with chia seeds and your choice of fruit
  • Bulking up your meal with whole grains like brown rice or quinoa to your salad for nutrients like B-vitamins and fiber
  • Top off your meal with healthy unsaturated fats like sunflower or sesame seeds
  • For additional protein and fiber, select black beans and roasted chickpeas
  • Grilled chicken or tofu tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and fresh cilantro
  • Swap out fried chicken with grilled chicken, or seasoned tofu for a  vegetarian version
  • Add flavor to your meal with cilantro, pico de gallo, salsa, and jalapeños
  • Ask for creamy sauces and condiments  on the side
  • The Mediterranean Bowl with spiced chickpeas, feta, tomato, cucumber, quinoa, and fresh herbs
  • The Pinky Swear Bowl made with oat milk, strawberries, banana, dates and topped with fruit and almonds.
  • Add avocado to your grain bowl or salad for a boost of fiber and good fats 

Plant-Based Dining

Looking for plant-based selections on campus? Vegan meal swipe combos are outlined below (unless otherwise indicated). Vegan selections are also denoted on menu boards in the dining locations.

  • Vegan mac & cheese bowl
  • Vegan chicken and cheese are available for sandwiches, flatbreads, pasta bowls, and salads
  • Green Orchard and Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothies
  • Create your own smoothie (ingredients include assorted fruit and juice, spinach, kale, soy milk, cocoa powder, chia and flax seeds, and chocolate syrup)
  • Build your own sandwich with veggies and hummus
  • Build your own flatbread or pasta with marinara, Gardein™ chicken, and vegan cheese (additional charge to a meal swipe)
  • Build your own acai bowl (ingredients include assorted fruit, chia seeds, almonds, peanut butter, and coconut flakes)
  • Create your own Garden Burger with choice of vegan cheese and toppings
  • Build your own salad (toppings include but are not limited to tofu, quinoa, edamame, assorted fresh fruit and vegetables)
  • Beyond® BBQ Hash Bowl 
  • Baked beans
  • Collard greens
  • Tater tots
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Cucumber salad
  • Buffalo Brussels sprouts 
  • Side salad
  • Fruit cup
  • Build your own salad with beans and a variety of fresh veggies
  • Vegan cheese for flatbreads
  • Vegetarian/vegan entrées and sides available daily on the hot line
  • Build your own small salad with beans, hummus, and veggies
  • Vedge Sandwich without spicy avocado spread
  • Create your own small sandwich on a spinach or lettuce wrap with hummus and vegan cheese
  • Assorted chips and fruit
  • Whole pizza with vegan cheese
  • Build your own pizza with vegan cheese (not included in a meal swipe combo)
  • Ten Vegetable Soup
  • Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich or Greek Salad without feta
  • Oatmeal with strawberries and pecans (not included in a meal swipe combo)
  • Green Passion Smoothie (not included in a meal swipe combo)
  • Almond milk for coffee
  • A vegan entrée and sides are available daily at the hot line (except at The Community Table)
  • Rotating expo offerings with tofu, veggies, and grains*
  • Build your own salad with beans, hummus, sunflower seeds, edamame, and/or tofu*
  • Composed grain and veggie salads*
  • Black bean burgers
  • Vegan cheese for flatbreads*
  • Oatmeal, grits, and rotating breakfast entrée*
  • Soy/almond milk

*Offerings and availability vary by location

  • Almond, soy, coconut, and oat milk for beverages
  • Classic and blueberry oatmeal
  • Plain, sprouted grain, and cinnamon raisin bagels
  • Impossible™ breakfast sandwich
  • Avocado spread
  • Penne, zoodles, or made-without-gluten pasta
  • Pomodoro sauce or vegan bolognese
  • Beyond® meatballs
  • Choice of vegetables
  • Vegan shredded cheese
  • Portobello Mushroom Bowl
  • Create your own grain/noodle bowl or salad 
  • Brown rice, quinoa & lentil blend, rice noodles
  • All veggies, sesame/sunflower seeds, croutons, vegan cheddar crisps, dried cranberries, roasted chickpeas
  • Vegan shredded cheese
  • Dressings and sauces including sweet chili, ranchero, balsamic, lemon tahini, garlic herb
  • Acai bowl fruit and chia seeds
  • Seasoned tofu tacos with choice of toppings served with chips and salsa
  • Burrito bowl with tofu and choice of ingredients (not included in a meal swipe combo)
  • Mediterranean Bowl without feta
  • Avo Vegan Toast
  • Nut Butter & Banana Toast without honey
  • Pinky Swear Bowl or Smoothie
  • Sunset Smoothie Bowl
  • Curious George Smoothie

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