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DINING NEWS

Full Nutritional Information Now Available

Nutrition information for our menus is now available on our Web site. NetNutrition is an online program that can help you meet your nutritional needs, screen for allergies and eat balanced meals while dining in our campus dining rooms. We are still working on a number of items in the system; this will be ongoing and will take us a full school year to get all this information tested and sorted out. If you have questions or comments, please direct them to Kathy Zieja.

Building Your Meal
Menus are posted for seven days from the current date for most of the dining rooms. Some exceptions are kosher meals, halal items, Campus Center Café, and gluten items served at Chase, which are not in the system as of yet.

Select the dining center of your choice, the date, and the meal to begin building your menu.

  1. Click on the menu item of your choice.

  2. Use the drop down box to select the number of portions and click on “Add to my meal.”
  3. If you’d like to see the nutrition value before selection the item, click on the box at the top labeled “Item Nutrition.” This will show you the nutrient value and the ingredient list for the menu item.

All the Extras
As you build your menu don’t forget the condiments, beverages, bread, salad bar items and dressings or any other food items that round out your meal. Find these items in the service unit titled “All the Extras.”

Nutritional Analysis
As you add menu items to your meal they will appear on the left side of the web page under “My Meal.”

  1. To get a total nutrient analysis of your selections click on the box “Meal Nutrition.”
  2. To get a breakdown of each menu item, click “Item Nutrition.”
  3. To remove items from your meal, un-check the box next to the menu selection. Then return to the menu for additional choices.

Allergy Screening
You can use NetNutrition to help you manage food allergies while eating in Smith Dining Rooms. However, if you have severe allergies we encourage you to contact the management team at your dining location or e-mail any concerns to dining@smith.edu.

Steps to Screen for Allergies
On the right side of each menu there is a list of allergies to sort by.

  1. Check the box next to the allergen you want to exclude from your diet. You may choose more the one.
  2. Click on the box that says “Apply Filters.”

Menu items that contain the allergen you selected will be excluded from the menu list that appears on screen. For example if you checked eggs than only menu items that are free of eggs would appear on the screen.

Vegetarian and Vegan Screening
Similar to allergen feature it is possible to filter the menus based on vegan or vegetarian preferences. You may use these preferences along with allergies.
Check both the vegan and vegetarian tabs if you want to see menu items that are vegetarian but may contain milk, eggs, cheese, etc.

If you want to see only food items that are free of animal products, check only the Vegan tab.

Disclaimer: Nutrient information is based on Smith College Dining’s standardized recipes and the product labels of the food purchased. The nutrition analysis is meant to act as a guide and an estimate of the food consumed. The nutrient value of a food may vary due to natural factors such as soil quality and climate. Processing and preparation techniques influence the nutrient value of a food. Manufacturers may change their formulation without our knowledge. Portion sizes may vary influencing the final analysis of a food item.

Sustainability Efforts

Dining Services is always on the lookout for new ways to contribute to Smith's sustainability campaign. To support our efforts, we have distributed "to-go" water bottles to every first year student in order to cut down on disposable goods.

Locally Grown Vegetables
Locally grown vegetables are purchased whenever possible. Local farms raise crops without heavy use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals and provide a better life for livestock. Buying locally supports the local economy and helps keep these small family farms in business in a world of corporate factory farms.

You can learn more about some of our other efforts on the Green Smith site.

FAQ

How do I let someone know about dining concerns or question?

You can e-mail dining@smith.edu, and the director of Dining Services, Kathleen Zieja, will read your inquiry and respond in one of two ways. If it is a specific question, you will receive a personal response; if there are common themes and all students would benefit by the answer, then we will post the answer on this page. We welcome your feedback and comments, so please send us your questions.

I'm a first year student and would like to work in one of the dining rooms for my work-study job. How do I sign up or where do I go to get the job?

First year students who receive student employment as part of their financial aid package from the college should plan to attend the Student Employment Meeting and Sign-Up Meeting. A mandatory information meeting will be held on Monday, September 5 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at Wright Hall.   A Student Worker Sign-Up Meeting will be held on Wedneday, September 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Campus Center Carroll Room.  Vacant dining jobs will be listed on Job X under the Student Financial Services web site.

What is Mountain Day and what happens on that day?

Mountain Day is the annual fall break from classes that has been a Smith tradition for more than a century. On one beautiful, crisp fall day, the President will declare Mountain Day! College bells in the Quadrangle, the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and College Hall will ring at 7:05, 7:15, and 7:30 a.m. to announce the holiday. Classes and academic appointments are canceled until 7 p.m. Please note that evening events, like films and lectures, will be held as scheduled.


What if I have food allergies?

Dining Services is happy to work with individual students who have documented food allergies and/or medically restricted diets.   If you know you have a food allergy, you should call the Dining Services Office (585-2300) as soon as possible and ask to speak to Kathy Zieja (kzieja@smith.edu). In addition to contacting Dining Services, you must register your dietary accommodations with the Office of Disabilities (www.smith.edu/ods/services.

The foods that most often cause an allergic reaction: peanuts, treenuts, wheat, soy, milk, eggs, fish and shellfish. If you have an allery to one of these major food allergens, please contact Kathy Zieja and you should bring it to the attention of the dining staff.

Dining Services staff is able to safely and reasonably guide students with a limited number of food allergies to make their own food choices.  Some food allergies and intolerances can be managed independently within the dining locations.  We cannot accommodate for dietary preferences; however, we can provide students with information about our menus, receipes and ingredients with our Net Nutrition System and dining options.

Do I have to bring my OneCard to meals?

Yes. Each student MUST present her OneCard to the meal checker for access into the dining room.

What does being on the board plan mean, and what does it include?

Smith College dining plans provide students who live in the residential system and are on the board plan, 21 meals per week and they may eat at any of the dining locations. All students are required to bring their ID (Onecard) for dining access at meal times. Additionally, students on the board plan receive $25 (Dining Dollars) which is programmed on their OneCard and may only be used at the Campus Center Cafe; students also have 8 guest meal passes that are on their OneCards and are in effect from September 8, 2011 - May 13, 2012.

What do I do if I lose my OneCard or it is damaged?

Please visit www.smith.edu/its/services/onecard.html for information about lost, stolen, or damaged OneCards.

How do I get my guest meal tickets and my Dining Dollars for the Cafe?

Eight (8) guest tickets have been programmed into the OneCard for board paying students. If you have additional guests, please contact the Dining Services Office for more information about how you could purchase more - x2300. For students who return for second semester, four (4) guest tickets and $12.50 Dining Dollars will be programmed.

I want to take my meal back to my residence and I can't remove the china. What should I do?

China cannot be removed from the dining room. If you need to take your meal/food out of the dining room, you must provide a small Tupperware dish. To improve our sustainable efforts, paper products will not be provided in the dining locations. Missing china that is found in a student's room and/or a residence will be removed and a fee of $5.00 per item will be billed to the student and/or residence. 

Can I eat in the Smith dining rooms if I am not on the regular meal plan?

Smith offers an Off-Campus Meal Plan to Smith students who are not on the regular meal plan. Click for more information about this plan and a downloadable sign-up sheet.

I take a Five College class and miss a meal. Can I eat at another campus?

Yes. Students on the board plan may get a Five College dining pass to eat at one of the other colleges. Contact the Dining Services office by phone (ext. 2300) or e-mail Erika Herring. You must let us know what meal(s)/days you need the pass for. An electronic copy of the meal pass will be sent to the host campus. You should go to the host Dining Services Office and they will assign you to a dining location.

Students do not need an academic reason for weekly lunch meals; for dinner and weekend meals, you must inform the Dining Service office of the class or academic reason that requires you to be at the other campus.

What is the Hubbard hot "Grab 'n Go" breakfast?

Hubbard is open for continental breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m. and then an "expanded" continental breakfast from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The printed menu always lists some breakfast sandwiches, quiches, hot sandwiches and other options. The staff adds more items to the menu. The options include yogurt, pre-made salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruit. Macaroni and cheese and chili will be served as a lunch option occasionally.

What has Smith done to reduce the waste of paper products in the dining rooms?

We have provided first year students with a water bottle at Central Check-In and have eliminated paper products and bottled water in our dining operations.

Here you will find the answers to questions that are circulating on campus or have been e-mailed to dining@smith.edu. Send us your questions and feedback!

Technology

The following are some great links to healthy eating and good nutrition sources on the Web.

Nutrition Suggestions for Students

  • Eat three meals a day - don't skip breakfast! There are plenty of choices for you at the different dining locations, and you can always make a colorful salad with some protein for a lighter fare.
  • Listen to your body - and signs for hunger and fullness.
  • Think about your plate and color - think about half of your plate being comprised of fruits and vegetables, and the other half with a starch and lean protein (meat, fish, poultry, tofu, grains).
  • Drink plenty of water during the day and at meals - water is so good for replenishing lost fluids, your skin, and your well being.
  • Take small portions - you can always go back for more if you are still hungry. Apples and other hand fruit are always available and are a good snack for you!
  • Develop an exercise routine - this will not only help your physical body but enhance your mental clarity and attitude. If you can't get to the gym, take a fast paced walk on campus or in the local area; take your bike for a ride. Take advantage of the Get Fit Classes, yoga, swimming, etc. You deserve this time for you!
  • Think about healthy snacks for your room - items that are pre-portioned so you won't be tempted to eat the entire bag/box - plain popcorn, pretzels, fruit, yogurt, etc. An occasional piece of chocolate (and think about dark chocolate) is o.k.
  • Get enough sleep!

Product Information

Milk: skim milk and 2%, purchased from a local sustainable, family-owned farm -
Guida Farm, New Britain, Ct. For those who cannot drink milk, Lactaid and Silk Soy Milk are available.

Individual Nutrition Appointments

Kelly Stellato, RD, Health Services (ext. 2823) is available for consultation. Students need a referral and may be seen for weight loss, eating disorders, chronic medical conditions or diet evaluations. Contact Kathy Zieja, ext. 2300.

Guidelines for Vegetarians

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Watch fat intake. Vegetarian diets can be high in fat if they contain too much vegetable oil, nuts, margarine, cheese, ice cream or bakery products.
  • If you train regularly at a moderate or high intensity, eat high-protein plant foods such as tofu, tempeh and legumes one or two times a day.
  • Consume several calcium and iron-rich foods each day. Two to three cups of dark green vegetables will provide generous amounts of iron and calcium; two to three cups of cooked dried beans can provide ample iron. One to two servings of fortified soy or rice milks also contribute to calcium intake substantially.
  • Unless you are trying to lose weight, follow the old rule of eating when you are hungry, choosing low-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.

    Source: Vegetarian Nutrition, a dietetic practice group of The American Dietetic Association

Nutrition is like so many things that we experience in life: a personal choice. We are all bombarded daily with lots of information regarding the latest fad diets, specialty food items or drinks that promote weight loss or wellness guarantees and it is difficult to navigate this information to know what choices one should make. Students live busy lives, study during late hours, have academic and other challenges and these can present additional challenges.

As students thinking about eating in the dining locations, it can be difficult to be mindful of the choices you have to make and how to get balance with any evening snacks you may also have in your house. With so many food choices, and your demanding schedule, there is a strong likelihood of eating too much food and/or eating the wrong foods because you are looking for quick solutions. The following are some suggestions for eating in our dining locations and/or what to purchase for snacks for your room to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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