Smart Choices

smartchoicesSmart Choices is more than just a dining location on campus. It’s an avenue for our
Nutritional Wellness Program.
This program creates and implements additional elements for students and staff members on campus with specific nutritional needs. Smart choices defines general and individualized opportunities through the department’s registered dietitian (that’s me), our web based program and onsite, hands on nutrition programs campus wide. Whether you’re looking for assistance with dietary conditions, nutritional lifestyle choices or simply searching for healthy foods, we are here to help! Aside from highlighting healthy alternatives and labeling, I build programs for the Rec Center, ROTC’s, guest speaker class presentations and more. Here are a few other things we do through our Wellness Program to support Red Raiders on campus. Check out our website at

Smart Choices

For some of my favorite features such as…

Nutrition Facts:

This tab gives nutrition information for each dining location. Added features are special columns next the facts that highlight Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options. Plus a column that highlights The Big 8 or 9 allergies such as Wheat, Milk, Egg, Soy, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Sesame. We also list products containing pork as added support for those choosing to avoid this protein.

Food Allergies/Special Diets:

You can find basic information about food allergies and special diets, here we suggest how to avoid peanut products on campus and more.

Wellness Wednesday Blog Tab:

Take some time to poke around our blog.  Wellness Wednesday

The blog displays weekly content like this one you are reading and other postings about nutritionally related topics and foods found on campus. Get tips about healthy foods, health topics, trends and recipes. Check it out for yourself!

Wellness Videos:

See videos produced by our staff to support your dietary and nutritional needs like: Avoiding the Freshman 15, Beyond the Salad, Workout Nutrition and more. We have a new series of videos coming this fall so stay tuned!

Tips to Know:

Did you know that students can meet with me, the dietitian about their dietary needs or other nutritional goals while here on campus?

Sessions and Programs:

Counseling is offered to incoming students with a current R# either through a personalized session with the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (still me) that works around class schedules or through other programs such as Resident Housing Association (RHA) nutritional programs in resident halls, campus events such as Raider Refresh, Rec Center Events, and more. Let our Executive Chef and myself create a healthy food demo for your club or program. Now that’s our Smart Choices Wellness Program!

Here is your weekly Campus Tip:

We offer healthy foods at your fingertips! Choose healthy before you go into locations by visiting our Smart Choices website to see menus and nutrition facts per location. One easy way to control calories on campus is to remember to include plenty of vegetables on your plate and make fruit dessert!

Dietitian’s favorite meal on campus: I build my own stir fry loaded with veggies, brown rice and lean protein, cooked in water not oil. Pick a light sauce from the selection of sauces or just use a little salt and pepper. Remember a side of fresh cut or whole fruit for dessert! Hospitality Services makes healthy eating easier for everyone on campus with Smart Choices!

Prepared by Hospitality Dietitian Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD   mindy.diller@ttu.edu 

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