Dining Services Nutrition Information
Penn College employs a part-time registered dietitian to provide assistance to students with food related concerns and problems. If you have a food allergy or specific issue, please contact Sharon to set up an appointment.
- Sharon Berger, Registered Dietitian
- LEC, Rm. A137
- 570-320-2400, ext. 7282
Message from Sharon
Nutrition is an ever changing field. From healthy types of fats we should eat and advantages to eating a plant-based diet to upcoming labeling changes, eating healthy can be challenging and exciting at the same time. Here in Dining Services, we strive to offer our customers healthy, appealing, and nutritious dining options with a wide variety of choices and flavors. Below is some information about 3 of Penn College’s larger dining units.
In the Keystone Dining Room, meatless menu options are available at breakfast and lunch meals. A mashed potato bar offers a variety of mashed potatoes such as garlic cheddar, sour cream and chives, and red skin mashed potatoes. Enjoy a baked potato bar featuring different potato varieties with various toppings such as white baked potatoes with chili, cheese, and broccoli in addition to sweet potatoes with streusel toppings. Potatoes are loaded with potassium and carbohydrate and are a good source of fiber when the skin is eaten. For breakfast, enjoy gourmet made to order (MTO) foods – omelets, French toast, scramblers, breakfast wraps, and crepes. Omelets and breakfast wraps can be requested prepared with egg whites for those individuals watching fat and cholesterol. Eggs are a great source of protein and supply some iron. For lunch, the action station includes nutrient dense foods such as kale, brussel sprouts, edamame, beans, and legumes pared with rice and pasta bases. Look for made to order (MTO) noodle bowls, fajitas, quesadillas, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, pierogies, grilled chicken Caesar salad, steak salad, shrimp salad, and vegetarian dishes.
Customers at CC Commons can enjoy healthier entrees such as grilled vegetable skewers, marinated grilled chicken, lemon dill cod, grilled barbecue pork chops, and Greek broiled salmon. Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids and is a great source of protein. Rice are offered daily for those seeking a lighter side dish option. Soy milk and fresh fruit are always available here to round out a healthy meal. Fresh fruit supplies fiber and makes a great snack when traveling around campus.
Capital Eatery offers a variety of healthy foods for everyone. Fresh spinach and and romaine lettuce (both packed with vitamins A and K and folate) compliment iceberg lettuce at the salad bar. Fresh bread, a wide variety of vegetables, and fat free salad dressings are salad bar options. A broth based and a vegetarian soup are offered daily. Meatless Monday offerings include vegetable burgers, pierogies, spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, pasta bakes, and a potato bar. Did you know daily protein needs can be met without consuming meat? Cheese, eggs, milk, soy milk, nuts, and lentils are all good sources of protein. For those individuals needing to avoid gluten, Capital Eatery offers an exclusive gluten free area. Gluten free entrees such as chicken stir fry, stuffed shells, and grilled ham steak with baked sweet potatoes and broccoli as well as gluten free pasta are available. Gluten free waffles, breads, bagels, yogurt, and chex cereal are offered daily.
- Egg Allergy
- Fish Allergy
- Shellfish Allergy
- Milk Allergy - lactose intolerance
- Soy Allergy
- Tree Nut Allergy
- Peanut Allergy
- Wheat Allergy
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
A balanced diet comes from eating a wide variety of foods. ChooseMyPlate.gov is a great resource for nutrition information on each food group. You can also find helpful information on how much exercise we need daily and tips for increasing physical activity.