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Nov 20 / Dining

Dining Newsletter

Winter Term Apartment Meal Plans

Don’t want to carry home groceries in the snow? We don’t blame you. Here’s how to sign up for a Winter meal plan as an apartment resident:
1. Log in to your self-service portal on the Housing website.
2. At the top, click the “Apply for Housing” dropdown menu.
3. Choose “Optional Dining Plan Request (Winter 2020)”.
4. Submit the form by 11:59 pm on January 17, 2020, for your meal plan to be charged to your student account.
– If you miss the January 17 deadline, you can still buy a meal plan on the Cashnet site using e-check or credit card.
– As a reminder, apartment resident Fall semester meal plans will not roll over to Winter semester, with the exception of Warrior Dollars and Block Plans.

Winter Term Commuter Meal Plans

  • You travel to campus for studies, don’t worry about traveling off campus for food, especially in the cold! Commuter meal plans start as low as $110, with options that fit any appetite and schedule. Explore your options on our Diningwebsite, and visit the Cashnet site to purchase a Winter meal plan!
  • As a reminder, Fall semester meal plans will not roll over to Winter semester, with the exception of Warrior Dollars and Block Plans.

Add more Warrior Dollars and Block Plans today!

  • Warrior Dollars and Block Plans roll over to Winter semester, so if you’re running low you can add more today! Don’t forget, the more you add, the more bonus Warrior Dollars you receive!
  • All residents and commuters can purchase Block Plans and Warrior Dollars by e-check or credit card on the Cashnet site.

Upcoming Promotions and Theme Meals

Towers Cafe and Gold 'n' Greens Thanksgiving Feast is on November 25, 2019, from 11am-2pm
  • Double Punch Fridays @ Mad Anthony’s
    • Get double punches on your Java City Punch Card every Friday!
  • Happy Hour @ Dunkin’
    • $2 medium hot or iced latte, cappuccino, and Americano from 2-5pm daily!
  • Daily $6 Lunch Special @ Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • $6 daily bagel sandwich with a 21 oz. fountain drink, plus $1 for a cookie
  • $5 Box @ Taco Bell
    • $5 Double Chalupa Box or Grande Nacho Box, back for a limited time!
  • Holiday Beverages @ Starbucks
    • Starbucks holiday beverages are back! Come visit to check out the limited time flavors and colorful cups!
  • Thanksgiving Feast
    • Towers Cafe and Gold ‘n’ Greens are hosting a Thanksgiving feast on Monday, November 25, from 11am-2pm.
  • Late Night Breakfast
    • Towers Cafe will be serving up this exam week favorite on Wednesday, December 11, from 9pm-12am.
  • Check our monthly calendar in the dining halls and Student Center Food Court, or visit us on our website, for a complete list of upcoming events!
  • Follow us @dinewaynestate on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all our promotions, themed menu days, and giveaways!

Mindful Choices at Fast Food Restaurants
By Megan Ponke, MS, RDN

Megan Ponke, Campus Dietitian

Most people can agree that fast food tastes good. Most of us have also heard that fast food isn’t good for you, and can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, and even diabetes. Fear of future health issues is often used as a tactic to steer people away from fast food restaurants. But many still choose to eat at these locations. Health practitioners who advise against fast food often ignore the reason why people choose to eat it: convenience, price, and ease of access. Sometimes fast food is one of the only options students may have, so with busy schedules, tight budgets, and limited access, fast food can be a no-brainer.

Fast food is not bad food, and can still fit into a healthy diet. One of the best ways to maintain balance within a healthy diet is to practice mindfulness. It’s important to pay attention to how physically hungry you are to help determine the portion size you actually want to eat. To regulate the portion size of convenience foods, avoid waiting until you’re starving to finally eat, because that’s when we tend to eat more than we may need to. Make regular meal or snack times a priority! Eating regularly throughout the day can help maintain our hunger levels, mood, blood sugar, and portion sizes.

If you’re interested in more nutrient dense or lower calorie options from some of our locations, check these out, but remember that every individual has different nutrient and calorie needs:

  • Wingstop
    • Chicken Caesar Salad
    • Small (6) Boneless Wings with Original Hot seasoning, with a side of veggie sticks and ranch
  • Panda Express
    • Try getting half veggies and half rice as your side. For the entrée, try a Wok Smart item, as these contain at least 8 grams of protein, are 300 calories or less, and still have plenty of flavor!
  • Taco Bell
    • Taco Bell has lots of options that you can mix and match. The American Heart Association recommends keeping a meal below 700 calories. Here’s an example of a meal you could make to follow these guidelines:
      • Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla, Chips with Pico de Gallo, and Nacho Cheese Doritos Loco Taco. Add sauce packets for flavor, they contain zero calories!
  • Starbucks
    • Starbucks has great breakfast and small lunch options for on-the-go, such as Classic Oatmeal or a Spinach Feta Wrap. Also try add-ins, such as sugar-free syrups, skim or 1-2% milk, or cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla for extra flavor.

If you have questions or would like to schedule upcoming January office hours with Megan Ponke, please email us at with the subject “Attn: Dietitian”.