GLUTEN-FREE FRIENDLY OPTIONS
CSU Residential Dining Services understands your dietary needs with a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease and how it can affect your overall health and well-being. We offer a variety of menu items daily that naturally do not contain gluten, as well as specifically made gluten-free foods provided in each dining center. You can rest assured that our staff is trained to prepare and serve foods with minimal cross-contact from foods containing gluten.
What is a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet eliminates gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains, which can cause a digestive system response and a wide variety of symptoms in individuals with a gluten intolerance, as well as intestinal damage to those with Celiac Disease. Those individuals with a gluten intolerance have different levels of sensitivity to gluten while those with Celiac Disease cannot safely consume even trace amounts of gluten.
A gluten-free diet eliminates breads, pastas, cookies, cereals, and other foods that are made with gluten-containing grains. A number of processed foods, like soy sauce and cereals, and non-food items such as cosmetics and cleaning products, must also be avoided due to their hidden gluten content.
How We Help
Look for the gluten-free friendly label to identify serving stations where gluten-free friendly foods can be prepared. Make sure to ask questions and request your meal be prepared in a way that’s safe for you.
Our on-campus gluten-free friendly bakery supplies the dining centers with a variety of gluten-free friendly baked goods including muffins and desserts. Look for gluten-free friendly cupcakes on Fridays in the Allergen Friendly Pantry!
Each dining center provides an Allergy Friendly Pantry where various food options to accommodate a variety of dietary needs can be found. This includes sauces, condiments, alternative dairy foods, etc. Gluten-free toasters and microwaves are available here.
Here are a few options available at the Gluten-Free Friendly serving stations within the dining centers:
- Gluten-free buns for hamburgers, veggie burgers and grilled chicken breast sandwiches at the Grill Stations.
- The RAMwich at Braiden Dining Center offers several gluten-free friendly options for a meal swipe.
- The Express and Marketplace locations at Durrell and Rams Horn have a variety of gluten-free friendly foods available both for a meal swipe and cash.
- Gluten-free oatmeal during breakfast at all dining centers.
- Personal gluten-free friendly stir-fry dish made at the Mongolian Grill in the Rams Horn.
- Gluten-free friendly personal pizzas at Durrell Express.
- Find gluten-free friendly pasta dishes made at Durrell and Foundry Dining Centers.
Good to Know
Included in our online menus we list the complete ingredient list for the majority of foods we serve. This information is provided to us directly by the food manufacturer. We also flag the Top 9 Allergens and gluten for each food containing these ingredients. Go to www.menus.colostate.edu to check out how the menus work.
At each serving station in the dining centers we label foods that contain gluten with this symbol:
Those food items marked with the cross-contact risk label indicate that due to the nature of the cooking process, there is a possibility of an unintended presence of an allergen in the food. Refer to the ingredient list of the menu item for specific details. It is up to you to make your own risk assessment and to decide whether or not to consume the food.
Sample GF-Friendly Weeklong Meal Plan
Some ideas, based off of our Spring 2022 menu and retail offerings for a GF student with a 15 swipe/week meal plan
Please be aware that CSU Dining Services handles and prepares egg, milk, wheat, shellfish, fish, soy, peanut, tree nut products, and other potential allergens in our dining facilities. Although Residential Dining Services does serve foods that are gluten-free, we are not a 100% gluten-free establishment.
CSU Dining Services strives to provide our customers with the most accurate, current nutrition and allergen information present in our menu items on campus. However, ingredients and nutritional content may vary. Manufacturers may change their product formulation or consistency without our knowledge and product availability may fluctuate. While we make every reasonable effort to identify ingredients and prevent cross-contamination, we cannot guarantee the information for all menu items. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the customer to determine whether or not to question ingredients or eat the foods they select. Particularly for those individuals with sensitive food allergies, we want to inform you of this risk so you can make dining decisions based on your individual needs and with appropriate caution.
If you have Celiac Disease or serious gluten intolerance, please contact our Housing & Dining Services Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to discuss your options