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Spartan Nutrition

Nutrition aims to provide the campus community with basic nutrition education in order to promote the adoption of healthy eating behaviors, allowing students to develop and maintain a healthy mind and body.  

Topics in this section include:

Healthy Eating Habits 
  • Recommended Daily Allowance
    • Fat: 20-35% of Calories
      • Saturated fat <10% of total calories - poly/monunsaturated fats can be made saturated via hydrogenation (look at ingredients list for this).
      • Cholesterol <300 mg/day 
    • Protein: 10-15% of Calories
    • Carbohydrates: 50-60% of Calories
    • Sodium: 1500 mg/day
  • Calories
    • Fat = 9 calories/1 gram of Fat
    • Protein = 4 calories/1 gram of Protein
    • Carbohydrates (CHO) = 4 calories/1 gram of CHO

Nutrition Facts

  • My Plate (19-30 years old)
    • Grains: 6-9 ounce equivalents/day
      • Grains - Make at least half your grains whole; but strive to make all of your grains whole. Check the first ingredient to make sure it states that it is using 100% whole-wheat flour. Nature's Own Double Fiber Bread, brown rice, whole wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal, whole cornmeal
    • Protein: 5-7 ounce equivalents/day
      • Protein - Choose lean meats. Limit red meat consumption to 1or 2 times per month. Choose alternative options such as legumes, tofu or nuts.
    • Fruits: 2 cups/day
      • Whole fresh fruits are best; however, 8oz of 100% fruit juice and ½ cup dried fruit are both 1 serving of fruit.  Frozen fruit is recommended when fresh fruit is unavailable.
      • Try to avoid canned fruit or fruit cups they are typically high in artificial sugar.
    • Vegetables: 3-5 cups/day
      • Whole fresh vegetables are best; each of the following is equivalent to 1 serving of vegetables: 2 cups raw leafy greens, 8oz of 100% vegetable juice, 1 cup cooked or raw vegetables.
      • Try to avoid canned vegetables, as they are typically high in sodium; if you choose canned vegetables opt for the low sodium option.
        • Note: not ALL low sodium options are actually low in sodium.  For beans as well as vegetables aim for those with less than 100 mg of sodium per serving. 
    • Dairy: 3 cups/day
      • Choose lowfat options such as skim or 1% milk or alternatives such as unsweetened almond milk, soy milk/cheese, hemp milk  
    • Newly Proposed Nutrition Facts Label
    • What are added sugars?
  • Supertracker
    • Can track food consumption and physical activity
  • Sample Serving Sizes
    • 2 dice = 1 serving of cheese
    • 1 slice of bread = 1 serving (ounce equivalent) of grains
    • 1 bagel = 4-6 servings of grains
    • Size of your palm = 4-6 oz of protein (meat, chicken, etc.)
  • Tips
    • 7 Ingredients or Less
      • Good food rule! Look at how many ingredients are in each product; try to buy only those products with 7 ingredients or less to decrease the number of preservatives consumed.
        • These products usually contain less fat, sugar, and sodium. 
    • Recommended Books
      • Michael Pollan: "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "In Defense of Food," "Food Rules," "Cooked" 


  • Insoluble vs. Soluble
    • Soluble: attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, helping slow digestion.
      • Sources: oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, legumes, peas, fruits and vegetables.
    • Insoluble: Adds bulk to stool and helps food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.
      • Sources: wheat bran, whole grains and vegetables
  • Men
    • 30-35 grams/day
  • Women
    • 25-30 grams/day
  • Health Benefits
    • Regularity of bowel movements, which aids in eliminating bad cholesterol. 


  • Men
    • 16, 8 oz glasses of fluid daily - 13, 8 oz glasses of water
  • Women
    • 11, 8 oz glasses of fluid daily - 9, 8 oz glasses of water
  • Carry a water bottle with you daily. This increases the likelihood of you consuming a greater amount of water.
  • Add lemon or a splash of cranberry juice for a little extra flavor.

  • Drinking with a straw increases the amount of water consumed at one time allowing you to drink more without as much effort.   

  • Exercise
    • Gatorade/Powerade
      • Only need supplemental fluids after 60 minutes of continuous exercise.
      • 4-6 oz every 15-20 minutes     


  • Veganism: Plant Based Diet Only
    • Advantages - Possible benefits for people with Auto-Immune Disorders.
      • Decreases natural inflammatory responses due to animal based products (i.e. red meat, dairy, etc.) 
    • Disadvantages - Pure veganism ultimately leads to Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
  • Vegetarianism: Several Types
    • Advantages - Low in saturated fats and cholesterol decreasing the risk of heart disease.
    • Disadvantages - Inadequate calories and nutrients such as vitamin B-12, calcium, zinc and iron.
    • Categories - 
      • Pescatarian: plants + seafood
      • Lacto-Ovo: plants + dairy + eggs
      • Lacto: plants + dairy 

Recipes/Healthy Snack Options

  • Healthy Snack Options
    • Nuts
      • Great source of protein and mono/polyunsaturated fats
      • Almonds are a great source of calcium and provide more calcium than drinking milk or consuming dairy products
    • Apple or carrots with nut butters (almond, peanut, cashew)
    • Apple or pear with cheese and wheat crackers
      • Examples:  wasa crackers, melba crackers, whole wheat water crackers, lowfat cheese such as cheddar, havarti, goat cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese or gouda
    • Cereal with skim milk, soy milk, almond milk
      • 100-150 calories per serving, <2 grams of fat, <5 grams of sugar, & >5 grams of fiber
      • 1 serving = 1/2-3/4 cups
      • Multigrain Cheerios, Multigrain Peanut Butter Cheerios, Fiber Plus Cinnamon Oat Crunch, Kashi Heart to Heart Oat Cereal Warm Cinnamon 
      • Small project: the next time you pour a bowl of cereal measure it out; most people pour 2-3 servings and believe it is only 1 serving
  • Healthy Recipe Websites  

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Grocery Stores 

  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
    • This is where all of the fresh produce is located.
  • Limit entering the aisles in the middle of the store.
    • These products typically are the most processed and contain the highest amount of fat, sugar, sodium and preservatives. 
  • Locate stores that sell local produce or visit the farmers' market.
    • Produce is grown seasonally because that is what we naturally should be consuming during those times.
  • Surrounding Grocery Stores and Recommended Products
    • Earth Fare
      3620 Pelham Rd.
      Greenville, SC 29615
      • Earth Fare canned beans 
      • Earth Fare whole wheat pasta 
      • Earth Fare Bulk Items: curried cashews, nuts, whole wheat flour, whole cornmeal, cane sugar, couscous, lentils and quinoa
      • Animal protein
    • Whole Foods
      1140 Woodruff Rd.
      Greenville, SC 29607
      • whole foods bulk items: nuts, whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, lentils, couscous, quinoa, wheat berries,barley and farro
    • Trader Joe's
      59 Woodruff Industrial Lane
      Greenville, SC 29607
      • Trader Joe's tofu
      • Produce
      • Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough
      • Trader Joe's coffee 
    • Publix
      1905 E. Main St.
      Spartanburg, SC 29307
      • Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (80 calories, 7 grams of sugar)
      • Nature's Own Double Fiber Bread
      • Bakery sourdough bread
      • Bakery whole wheat pizza dough
      • Multigrain Cheerios
      • Ocean Spray Craisins 50% Less Sugar
      • King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour
    • Ingles
      2795 E. Main St.
      Spartanburg, SC 29307

           8004 Warren H Abernathy Hwy
           Spartanburg, SC 29301

           2000 S. Pine St.
           Spartanburg, SC 29302

           2120 Boiling Springs Rd.
           Spartanburg, SC 29316 

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Dining Services

  • Mindful by Sodexo focuses on balancing nutrition with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy a healthier lifestyle while at work and school.
    • Look for the nutrition facts that are displayed at each station.
  • MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
    • Downloadable application connected to Sodexo's Mindful program.
    • Scan barcode near the nutrition facts and the information is uploaded and recorded making it easy for you to track your calorie intake.

SNAC (Spartan Nutrition Assistance Campaign)

  • Provides food, nutritional information and other basic necessities to USC Upstate students in need, as well as educates the campus population on poverty and hunger.
  • Collects and distributes food and other non-perishable items to USC Upstate students who are in emergency need throughout the year.
  • Pantry is operated on an honor system.
  • Any student, faculty and staff can refer a student to The Pantry.

For more information about SNAC, contact Student Life at (864) 503-5122 or stulife@uscupstate.edu.

Farmers' Markets

  • Buying and consuming local produce is the most sustainable and healthy way to eat. This supports local farmers as well as the local economy.
  •  Local Farmers' Markets  
Community Garden
  • Student organization promoting the health, well-being and education of the campus community through the creation, development and maintenance of an on-campus community garden in order to diversify and enrich USC Upstate.
  • For more information on joining the Community Garden contact Nia Payne. 

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Office Hours 
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8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Campus Life Center, Suite 220 

Contact Us
Sydney Will
Health Educator  

USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303