Gluten-Free Guide to Eating on Campus

Are you gluten free or thinking of going gluten free? Are you worried about your options on campus? 

As of this year, dining on campus had dramatically changed for the better. In addition to the introduction of more options for vegans and vegetarians, there are also new options for those who are gluten-free (whether you have celiac or another condition). There are a lot of things to consider when you’re gluten free and there are a lot of ways food can become contaminated and make you sick. For example, it can be something as simple as eating fries that have been cooked in the same oil as other foods with gluten.

But there are, in fact, ways to eat safely on campus. Here is your complete guide to eating gluten-free on campus.

Werner University Center

In Werner University Center there are a lot of tasty things to choose from. Below are the items that are listed as gluten free: 

Grill

  • Grilled chicken 
  • Bacon
  • Vegetables 
  • Sausage links 
  • Beef patty 
  • Cheese 
  • Eggs 
    *Gluten-free bread is also available 

Deli

  • Chicken Caesar salad (NO croutons) 
  • Side garden salad 
  • Nacho plate 
  • Spanish rice
  • Rice and refried beans
  • Deli meats, cheese & vegetables 
  • Tacos
  • Taco salad 
    *Gluten-free bread is also available here

Wolf Express

  • Salad bar 
  • Hard boiled eggs 
  • Odwalla juices 
  • Soft drinks 
  • Tillamook cheese
  • Yoplait yogurt
  • Planters sunflower kernels, salted peanuts or cashews
  • David’s sunflower & pumpkin seeds
  • NuGo Free Bars
  • Fruit juice
  • Darigold milk (all flavors)
  • WOW GF Snickerdoodle Cookies

Valsetz Dining Hall

There are also a ton of options in the Valsetz dining hall such as the Salad Bar and gluten-free pizza and pasta. Furthermore, there are also gluten-free options at the Wok Station such as gluten-free soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. For a more detailed guide, check out this menu:

And of course, don’t hesitate to ask the staff how food is prepared. Even though everything that is gluten free will be labeled as gluten free, you’re more than welcome to ask just to be on the safe side!

Ultimately, eating gluten-free can be challenging, especially when you’re living on campus and don’t have your own kitchen to prepare food in. Lucky for us, Western has gone the extra mile to make sure there are options for gluten-free folk.

Happy eating! Be sure to use the hashtag #howlaboutit on social media when sharing the food you love on campus.

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