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University introduces variety to meal plan with three new locations

A student walks into Shafer Court Dining Center. The dining center is home to Market 810, Shake Smart and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Photo by Alessandro Latour


Katharine DeRosa, News Editor

Although senior theater performance major Kellie Bolden doesn’t have a meal plan this year, she vividly remembers her freshman year diet: Raising Cane’s, Panda Express and Bleecker St. Now, freshmen have more options available with the addition of two new student dining locations.

The two new locations, Steak ‘n Shake and Za’atar, are set to open in “late fall,” according to VCUDine spokesperson Anna Obermiller. Steak ‘n Shake offers diner-style

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Weekly Meal Plan: Summer Meals to Eat in Transition As We Transition to Fall!


The end of the summer is around the corner, and pumpkin season is in full swing already. However, if you’re looking to continue eating seasonally, it can be a bit confusing at the end of one season and starting another. Right now, the fruits and veggies that are in season include blueberries, raspberries, bok choy, kale, broccoli, and cantaloupe. This meal plan focuses on these seasonal foods to transition perfectly into the fall season!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource

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7-day meal plan to help lower triglycerides

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. Certain health conditions, medicines, lifestyle habits, and genetics are possible causes of high blood triglycerides.

High levels of triglycerides can be a risk factor for various health conditions. Food choices are one of many factors that can impact triglyceride levels. Doctors may advise a person to change their diet in order to help lower their triglyceride levels. A diet high in saturated fats, added sugars, excessive alcohol, and refined carbohydrates can increase a person’s triglyceride levels.

This article looks at what triglycerides are, healthy levels of triglycerides, foods that can

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Meal Plan, Food List, and Benefits

The DASH diet provides a recommended number of daily and weekly servings of these food groups. These loose serving guidelines are what make the diet sustainable and flexible, allowing each person to pick their own meal plan. 

DASH diet recommended daily servings

  • 6-8 servings of grains
  • 2-3 servings of dairy 
  • 4-5 servings of vegetables 
  • 4-5 servings of fruits 
  • 6 one-ounce servings of lean protein 

DASH diet recommended weekly servings

  • 5 servings or less of sweet foods a week
  • 4-5 servings of legumes, nuts, nut butters, and seeds

What should you limit on the DASH diet?

The DASH eating plan encourages

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