Ask the RD: Fuel for the Future

March is National Nutrition Month! This years theme is “Fuel for the Future” so we asked our Registered Dietitian, Lee July, “What is Fuel for the Future?”

What This Means:

  1. Consider the environmental impacts of your diet: Purchase food with minimal packaging and find local produce! You can also use the Pick Your Portion option in the dining halls to reduce food waste.
    1. Try out this Food Footprint calculator:
  2. Eat a variety of foods: A well-rounded diet is important for brain function, decision-making, and planning. Try foods that are in-season to enrich your nutrient intake and strengthen land biodiversity.
  3. Ask me anything: I am happy to offer support as you define your version of Fuel for the Future.


CDS involvement for National Nutrition Month and beyond:

  • Incorporating new Plant Forward and sustainably sourced recipes every semester
  • Purchasing organic, sustainable, and local foods whenever possible
  • Promoting nutrition education through tabling events


Foods of the Future: These food groups are among the most sustainable and the best for your body. Look out for them in our Dining Halls!

 Plant-based meals

  • Plant Forward Station
  • Tofu
  • Impossible breakfast sausage
  • JUST Eggs



  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas


Whole Grains

  • Wild rice
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats


Green Veggies

  • Broccoli rabe
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Roasted zucchini