Nutrition Guidelines

The following guidelines were created to help the UC Davis community improve their nutritional intake.

Foods that meet the Nourish guidelines do not contain additives listed in the Center for Science in the Public Interest's "Avoid" category. Please visit the CSPI website for more information.
 

  • Beverages
  • Serving Size:
    8 ounces

    Nutrient Limit:

    > All – No added sugar, no additives or dyes
    > Milk & milk alternatives - less than 1% milk, a “good” source of calcium
    > All others - less than 5 calories per serving

  • Baked Goods
  • Serving Size:
    1 product

    Nutrient Limit:

    > At least 2.5 grams dietary fiber
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Less than 10% of calories from added sugar

  • Bread Products
  • Serving Size:
    1 slice/roll

    Nutrient Limit:

    > First ingredient is a whole grain
    > At least 2.5 grams dietary fiber
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Less than 10% of calories from added sugar

  • Cereals
  • Serving Size:
    3/4 - 1 cup

    Nutrient Limit:
    > First ingredient is a whole grain
    > At least 2.5 grams dietary fiber
    > Less than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce
     
  • Bars (granola, snack, protein)
  • Serving Size:
    Per serving

    Nutrient Limit:
    > First 2 ingredients are nuts, seeds, whole fruits or whole grains
    > Less than 250 calories
    > No added vitamins or minerals
     
  • Chips, Pre-Packaged Snacks
  • Serving Size:
    Per serving

    Nutrient Limit:

    > Less than 5 grams total fat
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > At least 2.5 grams dietary fiber
    > Less than 10% of calories from added sugar
    > Less than 300 mg sodium

    Nuts, seeds, nut/seed mixtures have no total or saturated fat limit and still meet added sugar & sodium limits.

  • Fruits
  • Serving Size:
    1 whole fruit or 1/2 cup

    Nutrient Limit:
    > No added sugar or artificial sweeteners
    > No juices
    > Less than 0.5g trans fat per serving
  • Main Dish, Sandwiches
  • Serving Size:
    Less than 8 ounces Per serving

    Nutrient Limit:

    > Contains at least 1 serving of fruits and/or vegetables (1 serving is at least ½ cup)
    > Less than 10% of calories from added sugar
    > Less than 770 mg sodium
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Items cannot be deep fat fried

    If dish contains a grain, must be a whole grain.

  • Yogurt/Yogurt Parfait
  • Serving Size:
    6 ounces or less

    Nutrient Limit:
    > Less than 10% of calories from added sugar
    > No artificial sweeteners or colorings
     
  • Animal & Plant Based Proteins
  • Serving Size:
    3.5 ounces cooked

    Nutrient Limit:
    > Items cannot be deep fat fried
    > Less than 4.5g saturated fat


    Meat:
    > Less than 140mg sodium per ounce

    Protein based salads:
    > Less than 240mg sodium per serving

  • Healthy Fats
  • Serving Size:
    Per USDA serving

    Includes:
    > olive oil
    > nuts
    > seeds
    > nut & seed butters
    > avocado
    > whole olives
  • Sides/Vegetables
  • Serving Size:
    1/2 cup

    Nutrient Limit:

    > Items cannot be deep fat fried
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Less than 300mg sodium
    > Must contain whole grains and/or vegetables

  • Salad Dressing & Condiments
  • Serving Size:
    Per 2 tablespoons (1 ounce)

    Nutrient Limit:
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Less than 2.5 grams total sugar*
    > Less than 300mg sodium

    * Unless naturally occurring
  • Soups
  • Serving Size:
    Per 8 fluid ounces

    Nutrient Limit:
    > Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    > Less than 600 mg sodium

The Nourish Icon team would especially like to thank the University of Michigan for providing guidance and allowing UC Davis to adapt their guidelines to fit our campus’ needs.

To print a copy of the Nourish UC Davis guidelines, click here.