Why Mindful?

Sodexo is committed to creating healthy environments for our customers.
Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. We’ve listened to our customers. We’ve researched marketplace trends. Our executive chefs and registered dietitians worked together to create an exciting collection of recipes.

The result is Mindful by Sodexo – an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that making Mindful choices becomes second nature.

While designed for use in our cafes, Mindful is an approach that you can easily adopt at home with your family. Read about the criteria we used to develop Mindful and learn how to bring Mindful choices home.

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You want simplicity in making healthy choices? Mindful delivers.

We want to establish an honest and authentic experience for you so you start to understand
what ingredients used in our dishes lead to healthier choices.

Additional features of Mindful:

• Sound nutritional philosophy and guidelines
• Based on latest science and leading health organization recommendations
• Chef & management training and certification through the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
• Teachable moments with education that ties to the food
• Focus on taste and satisfaction – what we like to call healthy indulgence

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Mindful Certification Program

Next time you’re in your workplace or school café, look for one of our Mindful certification stickers – silver, gold or platinum.This designation lets you know your employer or school is committed to your health and wellness by ensuring healthy options are available to you in your café.

The Mindful Certification Program includes a set of criteria for its cafés in categories such as Food Product and Menu, Beverages, Deli, Soup, Entree, Grill, Condiments, People, Promotion and more.

To achieve a certification level, a café must meet all the criteria in each category. Criteria include everything from providing low-fat options and healthy meal combinations (i.e., salad instead of fries) to labeling each café item with calories per serving as sold and offering a greater variety of whole and sliced fruits.

nutrition criteria

Satisfying portions with fewer calories and great taste…that’s Mindful.
Our chefs and dietitians worked together to create Mindful choices that meet the nutritional information listed below. Use our Mindful criteria to help plan meals, desserts and snacks for your family.

  Kcal Total Fat Sat Fat Trans Fat Cholesterol sodium other

Plates

(contain at least 1 serving from each: protein, starch, veg/fruit)

≤ 600 ≤ 35% of
calories from
fat OR ≤ 15g
≤ 10% of
calories from
saturated fat
Free (< 0.5g) ≤ 100mg ≤ 800mg ≥ 3g fiber

Entrees

(i.e.: center plate protein, pizza, sandwiches, grill items, entree salads without protein or starch)

≤ 550 ≤ 35% of
calories from
fat OR ≤ 15g
≤ 10% of
calories from
saturated fat
Free (< 0.5g) ≤ 100mg ≤ 700mg  

Sides

≤ 225 ≤ 35% of
calories from
fat OR ≤ 8g
≤ 10% of
calories from
saturated fat
Free (< 0.5g) ≤ 5mg ≤ 300mg  

Soups (8 oz.)

≤ 225 ≤ 35% of
calories from
fat OR ≤ 8g
≤ 10% of
calories from
saturated fat
Free (< 0.5g) ≤ 25mg ≤ 700mg  

Desserts and Snacks

Meet all of the criteria across this row OR 4 of the criteria AND must have at least 10% of the Daily Value of one or more major nutrients, such as Vitamin A, C, E, Iron, Calcium or Protein

≤ 200 ≤ 35% of
calories from
fat OR ≤ 8g
≤ 10% of
calories from
saturated fat
Free (< 0.5g) ≤ 20mg ≤ 300mg <=1g fiber
PLATES
(contain at least 1 serving from each: protein starch, veg/fruit)
ENTREES
(i.e.: center plate protein, pizza, sandwiches, grill items, entire salads without protein or starch)
SIDES
SOUPS
(8 oz.)
DESSERTS & SNACKS
(Meet all of the criteria down this column OR 4 of the criteria AND must have at least 10% of the Daily Value of one or more major nutrients, such as Vitamin A, C, E, Iron, Calcium or Protein)
less than
or equal to
600
less than
or equal to
550
less than
or equal to
225
less than
or equal to
225
less than
or equal to
200
less than
or equal to
35% of calories from fat OR less than or equal to 15g
less than
or equal to
35% of calories from fat OR less than or equal to 15g
less than
or equal to
35% of calories from fat OR less than or equal to 8g
less than
or equal to
35% of calories from fat OR less than or equal to 8g
less than
or equal to
35% of calories from fat OR less than or equal to 8g
less than
or equal to
10% of calories from fat
less than
or equal to
10% of calories from fat
less than
or equal to
10% of calories from fat
less than
or equal to
10% of calories from fat
less than
or equal to
10% of calories from fat
TRANS. FAT FREE! (less than 0.5g)
TRANS. FAT FREE! (less than 0.5g)
TRANS. FAT FREE! (less than 0.5g)
TRANS. FAT FREE! (less than 0.5g)
TRANS. FAT FREE! (less than 0.5g)
less than
or equal to
100mg
less than
or equal to
100mg
less than
or equal to
5mg
less than
or equal to
25mg
less than
or equal to
20mg
less than
or equal to
800mg
less than
or equal to
700mg
less than
or equal to
300mg
less than
or equal to
700mg
less than
or equal to
300mg
more than
or equal to
3g Fiber
more than
or equal to
1g Fiber
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