Gaucho Bright

Are you too busy or not sure what the best food options are for your health? Look no further than Gaucho Bright Bite and Gaucho Bright Meal. The Gaucho Bright options are a nutrition wellness program developed to promote healthy eating, and increase the health and wellness of our student and campus population.

Gaucho Bright Bite

Offers you the option to find healthy individual items offered in the dining commons. Menu options meeting the Gaucho Bright Bite criteria will be identified on NetNutrition.  Gaucho Bright Bite is displayed under the Preference section on NetNutrition. By selecting the Gaucho Bright Bite preference, NetNutrition will display menu options meeting the criteria.

Gaucho Bright Meal

Gaucho Bright Meal provides you with a recommended meal. Meal options can be found on our website by selecting Menus. Each dining commons has recommended meals for each day and meal period. Look for Gaucho Bright Meal at the bottom of each page to view options. You can also view Gaucho Bright Meal options on NetNutrition. Gaucho Bright Meal can be found under each dining commons Daily Menu Options. The following information reviews meal guidelines.


nutrient maximum reason
calories 665 calories
  • Based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. As this is an average calorie range for adults.
  • While individual calorie needs vary depending on age and activity level a 2,000 calorie diet is used as a reference. Daily Values (%DV) for Nutrition Facts labels are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Assuming a person is consuming three meals a day, one meal will provide approximately one-third of the day’s calories.
total fat 27 grams The Dietary Guidelines for American recommends 20-35% calories from fat. 27 grams of fat provides 35% of calories in a 665 calorie meal.
saturated fat 7 grams The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming less than 10 % of calories from saturated fatty acids. 7 grams of saturated fat provides 10% of calories in a 665 calorie meal.
trans fat 0 grams The Federal Institute of Medicine and Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommend “that trans fatty acid consumption be as low as possible.”
cholesterol 100 mg The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming less than 300 mg per day of dietary cholesterol. 100 mg is one-third of the 300 mg daily total.
sodium 770 mg The Dietary Guidelines for Amercians recommends reducing daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg). 770mg is approximately one-third of 2300mg daily total.
healthful nutrients and food groups At least 10% Daily Value (a “good source”) of one or more of the following nutrients: Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E The Dietary Guidelines for Americans identifies nutrients and food groups that are lacking in the American diet. These nutrients and foods are included in the Gaucho Bright Bite program.

It should be noted that these guidelines are general and should not take the place of any medical recommendations.  Individuals with special dietary needs should not solely use this website to ensure the food provided will meet their specific needs.

For more detailed information about Bright Bite Guidelines contact our Dietitian Danielle Kemp at

UCSB Residential Dining Services is committed to identifying ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies, but also identifying ingredients containing gluten. We do extensive training with our employees to ensure safe food handling procedures are followed. Because we prepare our food in commercial kitchens, there is always a risk of cross contact of allergens as well as gluten. Furthermore, we want to ensure that our consumers are aware that allergens and gluten ingredients are susceptible to change. Deviation from the recipe, product substitution, manufacturing practices and other factors may take place. To note, manufacturers of the commercial foods UCSB Dining uses may change their formulation of ingredients or substitute other ingredients at any time, without notice. Students with food allergies, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are encouraged to contact our Registered Dietitian for additional information and/or support.
To better serve our guests with food allergies we strongly encourage them to self-identify as having food allergies and/or specific health related dietary restrictions and to meet with our dietitian and management team to review our protocols and available options to meet their specific need. We currently work with many guests with allergies and/or specific nutritional concerns and look forward to continuing to do so.