The Smart Meal Program

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UNC is the first university to qualify for the Smart Meal™ designation!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Smart Meall™ Seal was created by the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado 5-A-Day task force and the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Program to establish nutrition requirements specifically designed for restaurant meals. Restaurants can showcase those entrees that are lower in fat and include components such as beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables by highlighting them with the Smart Meal Seal. Look at the poster/flyer.

What are the guidelines for a meal to qualify for the Smart Meal™ Seal?

  • Two servings or more of beans, whole grains, fruits, or vegetables. May substitute one serving for a serving of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent milk product (only one serving for a side dish)
  • 700 or fewer calories (300 calories for a side dish)
  • 30 percent or less of total calories from fat or 23 grams or less of total fat (10 grams for a side dish) - this is considered “Low Fat” through FDA nutrition labeling standards
  • 10 percent or less of calories from saturated fat or 8 grams or less of saturated fat (3 grams for a side dish)
  • 0.5 grams or less of trans fat (no added or artificial trans fat)
  • 1200 mg or less of sodium (650 mg for a side dish)
  • Participating restaurants are required to have at least two qualifying menu items

What can I eat in the dining rooms that qualifies as a Smart Meal™? Visit The DASH line at Tobey-Kendel Dining Room or Holmes Dining Hall to start assembling your Smart Meal™. You can enjoy the entree and one or two sides from The DASH line. Add some fresh fruit from the salad bar and/or a glass of fat-free or low-fat milk for your complete Smart Meal™.

How to assemble your Smart Meal™:

  • Step 1
    • Stop by The DASH for an entree and one or two side dishes
  • Step 2
    • Swing by the Salad Bar for some fresh fruit and/or
    • Grab a glass of fat-free or low-fat milk

Make sure that your meal includes at least two servings of beans, whole grains (such as brown rice or quinoa), fruits, or vegetables. One of these servings can be replaced with
a serving of fat-free or low-fat or equivalent milk product.

“Choosing these menu items mean taking a step towards a healthier new you!”