Nutrition FAQ


I am applying to Queen’s for school and I have an anaphylactic allergy. Does Queen’s University Hospitality Services accommodate this?

Yes we do! A full explanation on how we accommodate student with allergies is found on the page “Dining With Allergies”.

I am applying to Queen’s for school and I have Celiac Disease. Does Queen’s Hospitality Services accommodate this?

Yes, we do! A full explanation on how we accommodate student with Celiac Disease is found on the page “Dining With Allergies”.

How do I find healthy food around campus?

We have a great program on campus called ‘mindful’ that helps with navigating healthy options. When you see the little apple symbol it means the item has met specific criteria. Watch for it in the dining halls and Queen’s retail brands including Lazy Scholar, Location 21, Macintosh Corry, Goodes and Gord’s. I also recommend using the plate model when building your meal. For lunch and dinner, add vegetables to half your plate with ¼ plate protein (animal or plant), and ¼ plate whole grains (such as brown rice). It’s not about counting numbers, but looking at what your plate is missing. Did you know Health Canada just released the new food guide? Find the plate model along with many other great resources here.

Do you have any healthy snack suggestions?

Our fresh to go line in retail has a great selection of snacks throughout the day including fresh cut fruit, hummus and vegetables and a variety of parfaits. The red white and blue and overnight oats are made with plain Greek yogurt. You can also take a piece of fruit from the dining hall for a snack. Check out my blog that has more ideas here.

I eat a vegan diet, can you help me find vegan foods on campus?

Watch for the VG wellness icon for vegan options in the dining halls and Queen’s retail brands including Fresh to Go products. An extensive list of the vegan options we have around campus are listed here.  A few dietitian blogs that talk about eating a vegan diet on campus are found here and here.

Most TAMs come with a beverage. What are some healthy beverage options to choose?

In most retail locations, you can choose milk, unsweet tea or coffee, and there a couple unsweetened sparking water options in the Coke freestyle machine. Check for these under the “low cal” options. If you carry your reusable water bottle around, you can even swap your TAM beverage for a piece of fruit.

What is the difference between a registered dietitian and nutritionist?

Registered Dietitians are regulated health professionals who receive extensive training to provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They use the best available evidence coupled with good judgment about the client’s or communities’ unique values and circumstances to determine guidance and recommendations.  Dietitians play a major role in health care, industry, government and education. They influence policy development, direct nutrition programs, manage quality food services and conduct nutrition research. The title ‘dietitian’ is protected by law, just like a doctor, pharmacist or nurse.  Only qualified nutrition professionals who are registered with a regulatory body, such as College of Dietitians of Ontario may call themselves dietitians. The titles “nutritionist” or “registered nutritionist” are not protected titles in Ontario. This means anyone can use this title, whether they have some education or not. More information about the difference can be found at

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