Nutrition and Allergens

Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating right helps students do their best during their time at Michigan State. 

Our MSUtrition Website allows you to plan and track your meals, view nutritional content and ingredients for Eat at State food options, and filter menu items based on your allergies and dietary preferences. This helpful PDF will walk you through how to use the site. 

If you're interested in receiving information on new products, changes in our dining options for those with dietary restrictions and other Culinary Services updates from our registered dietitian, click here to sign up for her email list.

Our culinary staff is here to help you

MSU offers a variety of healthy food options at all campus residential dining halls and retail food venues, including menu items to support ovo-lacto vegetarianism, vegan, diary-free and gluten-free diets. Our Culinary Services team identifies the eight major allergens on our campus menu items – milk; eggs; soy; nuts; tree nuts; fish; shellfish; wheat – as well as dietary restriction items – alcohol; beef; pork. 

MSU makes every effort to thoroughly train our staff and label food allergens in each dining hall and retail food venue. However, ingredients and nutritional content may change due to recipe substitutions, manufacturing changes or other outlying factors.

Please be aware that food items are prepared in a shared kitchen and do pose a risk for cross contact. 

If you have allergies or specific ingredient concerns or require information on a menu item not listed on MSUtrition, please consult our Registered Dietitian Gina Keilen, executive chefs or dining hall managers. Our chefs and dining managers are visible during service to answer your questions or address your needs. 

Kosher cuisine

Culinary Services offers a kosher meal service program at the Kosher Cuisine venue at Wilson Dining Hall and Brody Square. Kosher meals are served during the dinner meal period, Sunday through Thursday of each week. Kosher meals are also offered at Sparty’s locations as part of the Combo-X-Change program.

To accommodate kosher rules, all foods served through the program are prepared in a kosher kitchen at Woody’s Oasis restaurant in East Lansing. The program is certified by Kosher Michigan. All meals served through the program at the dining halls are identified with a “kosher” food icon.

MSU’s kosher meal service program was developed in partnership with Rabbi Jason Miller of Kosher Michigan, Cindy Hughey, director of the East Lansing Hillel Jewish Student Center, and Chuck Raad, principle owner of Woody’s Oasis.

During Passover, in addition to extensive meatless options, our dining halls serve matzos, hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish and cheese as well as several traditional Jewish dishes. Single-service disposable dinnerware is also available upon request.

MSU Hillel offers meals Friday Nights (Shabbat) and during the week of Passover. Shabbat dinners are free for students (RSVP preferred). Students can reserve Passover meals (lunch and dinner) by contacting MSU Hillel.

Halal

MSU offers entrées to accommodate students requiring halal dining options. In addition, Culinary Services retail food venues offer some pre-packaged foods and prepared halal options at Holmes Dining Hall.