Health and Nutrition

Ask a Dietitian

Do you have specific questions about allergens or other special dietary needs? Our dietitian can help! Email with the subject "Ask a Dietitian" or send your question to us on social media with the hashtag #askDSdietitian.

Interactive Menus

Counting your calories or minding your macros? Digital screens in Lister Residence and Peter Lougheed Hall display interactive menus-complete with information about nutrition and allergens. Or, check out our menus online and click on the location of your choice to see a complete list of ingredients for each dish.

Dietary Labelling Program

Do you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet? Do you only eat Halal foods? Do you eat no gluten?

We've got you covered. Digital screens in Lister Residence and Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) display interactive menus complete with information about nutrition and allergens. Our menu labeling program makes it easy to find options with these six attributes.

Here are the icons:

To learn more about how Dining Services can accommodate your dietary needs, contact us at You can also make an appointment to walk through our food stations with our dietitian and executive chef!

Gluten Free Pantry

The University of Alberta Dining Services team launched the first Gluten Free Pantry in western Canada! It's designed for students with Celiac Disease, non-Celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.

The pantry is intended to give students with gluten-free needs a safe place to eat. It's located in the Lister Dining Hall situated in an enclosed area with restricted access. Access to the pantry is granted on an individual basis by the Registered Dietitian.

How do I get access?
  1. Book an appointment for Gluten-Free Pantry Access. Follow the prompts and fill out everything to the best of your ability. You can also email the dietitian directly at with the subject line "Ask a dietitian." Make sure to include your contact information.
    Note: This pantry is only for students with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. We limit access to other students to prevent these students from becoming ill.
  2. A one-to-one interview will be scheduled so you can review the rules and regulations and sign the Gluten Free Pantry User Agreement.
  3. Once you have access, you can use the pantry any time you are in the dining hall. Simply swipe your ONEcard to get into the pantry.

Get the Good Stuff

One of the biggest challenges when trying to make healthy lifestyle choices is eating outside of your home. How many calories is that sandwich? How much fat is in that sauce? It can be hard to know if you're making the right choice.

At Dining Services, we're working hard to make it easier for you to find healthier, more environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced food. We call this the good stuff. Our Get the Good Stuff logo is a simple, easily identifiable system that will help guide you towards these options.

Look for the Get the Good Stuff logo at locations all across campus, from the Lister Dining Hall and Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) dining hall to our Express program in various retail locations, for options that fit many of the following criteria:

Nutrition Criteria

Entrees may have 3 or more of the following qualities:
  • 500 calories or less
  • Under 10g fat
  • Under 960mg sodium (sandwiches)
  • Under 720mg sodium (entrees)
  • Made with whole grains
  • Loaded with veggies
Sides and snacks may have 2 or more of the following qualities:
  • 300 calories or less
  • Under 5g fat
  • Under 480mg sodium
  • Made with whole grains
  • Loaded with veggies
Also declared when applicable:
  • Vegetarian/vegan
  • No gluten ingredients
  • Sustainably sourced seafood
  • Made with 100% Canadian Ingredients

Food Safety

Dining Services takes health and safety very seriously. We monitor and log cooking, reheating and cooling temperatures. We have strict protocol in place to keep our food preparation areas and food service areas clean. If you have health or safety concerns about one of our locations, please contact us immediately at

  1. The day, time and location of the incident. For example, Monday May 21, 2019 at Tim Hortons, CAB at 11:35am.
  2. The incident and a picture if possible
  3. And any more relevant information you can provide
When an incident is reported, management informs the public health inspector, conducts a food safety audit and follows up with the results.