Fat Rabbit Vegetarian Entrees

Fat Rabbit Vegetarian Frozen Entrée’s are a good source of fiber, protein, convenient, and with no artificial preservatives.  They include lots of vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and beans. Flavors include Lemon Feta Frenzy, Orange Cauliflower Renegade and Smoky Mole Madness.

Join us for sampling today, November 7, 2019, at the Northern Lights Hy-Vee in the HealthMarket 4-6pm.  For questions, ask your Hy-Vee Dietitian, Becky Guittar at bguittar@hy-vee.com

November POM

October is National Pork Month

There are great reasons to include lean pork in your diet:

Pork is a nutritional powerhouse! A 3 ounce serving of pork is an excellent source of protein, Vitamin B 6, thiamin, niacin and selenium. Looking for lean? Think loin and chop. Any kind of pork chop is a lean choice and the word loin like pork tenderloin.

The American Heart Association has certified the pork tenderloin and the sirloin as heart-healthy foods. Seven pork cuts – from the tenderloin to the ribeye pork chop – meet the USDA guidelines for “lean” with less than 10 grams fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat, and 95  milligrams of cholesterol per serving.

Cuban Pork Tenderloin                                    serves 6

All you need:

1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

All you do:

  1. Using a thin knife, trim silver skin from tenderloin. Mix orange juice, grapefruit juice, cilantro, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper flakes in a gallon-size zippered plastic bag. Add pork; close and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  2. Prepare outdoor grill for direct medium-hot grilling. For a gas grill, preheat grill on high. Adjust temperature to 400°F. For a charcoal grill, build fire and let burn until coals are covered with white ash. Spread coals and let burn for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil cooking grate. Remove pork from marinade, drain briefly, but do not scrape off solids. Place on grill and cover grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned and instant-read thermometer inserted in center of pork reads 145°F, about 20 to 27 minutes. Transfer to carving board and let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Cut on slight diagonal and serve over your favorite rice and black bean salad.

Cuban pork tenderloin

Nutrition facts per serving: 140 calories, 24g protein, 3g fat, 1g saturated fat, 220mg sodium, 75mg cholesterol, 3g carbohydrate

Come by the Meat Department at Hy-Vee on Friday October 18 from 4-6pm and Saturday, October 19 from 11-2pm to sample Cuban Pork Tenderloin, our Hy-Vee Dietitian’s Pick of the Month.

 

 

 

 

 

California Walnuts are the Dietitian’s Pick of the Month

Avocado toast with walnuts

Try this recipe for a wonderful taste explosion!  See your Hy-Vee Dietitian for come back coupons, free nutrition walk/tours and answers to questions in the store aisles.

Avocado, Arugula, Tomato and Walnut Toast

All you need

2 slices of whole grain bread

1/4 avocado

1/3 cup baby arugula

4 cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise

1/4 cup California walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

1 teaspoon balsamic glaze

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

All you do

  1. Toast bread in toaster or toaster oven. Scoop out avocado flesh and mash in small bowl with a fork. Spread mashed avocado evenly onto each toast slice.
  2. Top avocado with arugula leaves, tomato slices and chopped walnuts
  3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
  4. Makes 2 servings.  Nutrition facts per serving; 250 calories, 14 g fat, 258  mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 6.5 g fiber and 3 g protein.

Parents often struggle with packing school lunches. Here are a few tips for success.

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Have kids pack their own sack lunch with a lunch stations like this on your counter and

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in your refrigerator.

  • Purchase a Bento Box or similar style lunchbox
  • Use silicone cupcake liners for dips or sauces
  • Get kids involved in meal planning and lunchbox choices! Sit down with kids and make a list of their favorite food items then post this list for inspiration.
  • Make food fun!

-Cut sandwiches into shapes using cookie cutters

-Make fruit/veggie skewers or sandwiches on a stick, pack fresh grapes in a small sandwich bag

-Add raw veggies to a salad dressing container

-Make pinwheels by wrapping sandwich contents in a tortilla and roll it

-Hide notes of encouragement or “I love you” in the lunchbox

-Include a small treat like a few marshmallows or animal crackers

-Kids love to dip! Contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian for healthy dip recipes. Some ideas may include hummus, sunflower seed butter, guacamole, bean dip, yogurt ranch dip, vanilla Greek yogurt or spinach dip.

  • Have kids help make homemade ice packs: soak a sponge in water, put it in a plastic bag and freeze overnight! As the “ice” melts the sponge will reabsorb it for repeated use.
  • Think outside the lunchbox-don’t feel obligated to serve only typical lunch food items. If your kid loves breakfast foods, serve them a peanut butter waffle sandwich in place of a regular sandwich to increase lunchtime excitement. If your kid enjoys snacks, turn snack foods into a meal!
  • Utilize “meal planning bins” to speed up your morning. Take time on the weekend to prep fruits, veggies, sandwiches, etc. into plastic bags. Fill refrigerator bins with items from different foods groups. In the morning simply grab a bag from each bin to put in the lunchbox.
  • Encourage water or milk as a beverage

 

 

 

Dietitian Picks of the Month are A+ for students

Aug POM Kashi Horizon milk

 

Five reasons to try Horizon Single Service Milk

  1. Horizon Organic Milk is an excellent source of Vitamins A and D to help improve immunity.
  2. With chocolate, vanilla and strawberry varieties, Horizon Organic Milks has options for all to enjoy.
  3. It’s perfect to pack in a lunch box or take on the go alongside a healthy meal or snack.
  4. Milk provides the body with all 9 essential amino acids to help you grow strong and flourish.
  5. It’s packed with protein and calcium to help keep your bones and muscles strong.
  6. Pair with our other Dietitian pick of the Month, Kashi cereal, for a powerful start to your day. Top with banana or berries for a filling and nutritious breakfast.  Kashi provides whole grain goodness in a variety of flavors.HoHor

 

Dietitian’s Pick of the Month is Northwest Cherries

Five reasons to try Northwest Cherries

  1. Cherries are a natural food for melatonin, which may help improve your sleep.
  2. Because of their anti-inflammatory benefit, cherries may help reduce your risk of gout attacks and pain.
  3. Cherries are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which may help in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.
  4. Cherries are a good source of Vitamin C that may help aid your immune system.
  5. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

Enjoy this wonderful fruit now in season!

Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT

 

Simple Fix Meal Assembly Class on March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Do you want to prepare fresh and healthy meals for you and your family? It’s easy with Simple Fix. You can assemble 3-6 meals that are ready to put in the freezer, in the oven or on the table in no time flat. Register with payment at Customer Service or contact Becky, your Hy-Vee dietitian. Class size is limited. Cost for 6 entrees is $99.00, entrees serve 4. Deadline is Tuesday, March 26. Our menu includes Chicken Enchiladas, All Veggie Minestrone Soup, Spicy Chicken, Tomato and Garlic Soup, Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Marinara, Southwest New York Strip Steak with Peppers and Salmon Loaf. Three recipes are oven-ready, 2 can be cooked in Instant Pot and/or Slow cooker. Visit 6 meal stations in the club room, to create 6 dietitian-approved entrees. Bring a cooler to carry your meals back home after the workshop.** If you are interested in a scheduling a private Simple FIX class for a group of friends, family or work team, with 8-12 participants, please contact me at 402-467-5505 and ask for Becky Guittar, Hy-Vee Dietitian. *** 

This photo is from a previous class.

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Follow your Gut to Digestive Health

Did you know that trillions of bacteria live in the body? Most are helpful; some aren’t. The term “microbiome” describes all the bacteria that live in your body, mostly in your digestive system. When you have more good than bad bacteria in your gut, you’re in healthy equilibrium.

Both probiotics and prebiotics contribute to digestive health. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in the gut. Prebiotic fiber is the food that fuels the good bacteria, helping maintain a healthy digestive balance. It’s a synergistic relationship. Without prebiotics as fuel, probiotics would starve. With prebiotics, probiotics thrive.

“How much do I need?” “Where do I find pre- and probiotics at the store?” These are common questions I hear from shoppers. Read on to learn the answers.

Prebiotic Fibers

While all fiber is important to feeling your best every day, only certain fibers are what we call prebiotics. Aim for about
5 grams of prebiotic fibers every day. Foods with prebiotic fiber include:

  • Fruits and vegetables such as bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus and jicama. You’ll get the most prebiotic benefit if you eat them raw; if you do cook, choose steaming instead of boiling or roasting.
  • Black, kidney, navy and garbanzo beans. Canned varieties are convenient and can easily be added to soups, stews and chilis.
  • Green, brown and red lentils. Once cooked, try adding to your kids’ mac and cheese or your favorite spaghetti sauce. Or puree and add to ground beef when making casseroles or mixed dishes like tacos or meat loaf.
  • On days when you feel your prebiotic fiber intake is light, add a scoop of Regular Girl fiber blend, our Pick of the Month, to water, juice, or yogurt.

Probiotics

There is no “Daily Value” for probiotics because each strain is unique, and the beneficial dose varies. The best way to select a probiotic is to research those that are known to offer the health benefit you seek and the dose recommended. Generally, probiotics should be consumed daily in amounts exceeding one billion CFU. Look for these probiotic choices at Hy-Vee stores:

  • Yogurts. On the label, look for the statement “live and active cultures” as an indicator that the product contains probiotics. Choose yogurts that are lower in sugar.
  • Kefir. Often thought of as a drinkable yogurt, kefir has different types of probiotics than yogurt. It’s made by fermenting milk with a yeast and bacteria and can be found in our Health Markets.
  • Kombucha. This is a fermented beverage made from green or black tea.
  • Fermented vegetables. Selections such as fresh sauerkraut and kimchi can be added to sandwiches and tacos or used as a topping on pizzas or avocado toast. The brine can be used in salad dressings or even Bloody Marys!
  • Our March Pick of the Month is Regular Girl, which offers the combined benefit of 5 grams prebiotic fiber and 8 billion active probiotics per serving. Try it in our Zoodles with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce, a perfect lunch or dinner.

Including pre- and probiotics in your daily eating habits can help you feel the benefits of a healthy digestive system, which may include comfortable regularity, immune support, heart well-being, and potentially, help with mood.

Zoodles* with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Makes 4 Servings (*Zoodles are veggie noodles made from Zucchini)

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized  Green Giant or Hy-Vee Short Cuts
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

For the avocado sauce:

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 ripe avocados pitted, and peeled
  • Large handful of cilantro, about 1/3 cup loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Water as needed
  • 4 scoops Regular Girl fiber blend

Directions

1. Prepare zoodles: heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add spiralized zucchini and cook until softened, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan, keep warm. Drain any excess water. *Or if you don’t have a spiralizer, look for pre-packaged zoodles in the produce or freezer department at the store, then cook zoodles according to package directions. Drain any excess water.

2. While the zoodles are cooking, cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Add the avocado to a blender along with the minced garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, water and Regular Girl fiber blend.

3. Blend until mixture is creamy, adding additional water until the sauce is at the desired consistency.

4. Add the sauce to your zoodles. Toss with avocado sauce. Or chill! This dish is also delicious cold.

5. Top with halved cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese before serving.

Optional: For additional flavor, sauté zoodles with olive oil, garlic, mushrooms and red pepper flakes for a few minutes before adding the sauce. Zoodles tend to pick up the flavor of whatever they are cooked in.

Nutrition information (per serving): 270 calories, 22 g fat, 15 g monounsaturated fat, 4 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 14 g fiber, 4 g protein, 310 mg sodium, 20% Daily Value for potassium, 70% Daily Value for vitamin C.

Adapted from: By Katie Schaeffer, RD, LD
Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian

For questions, a sample of Regular Girl,  or help in the aisle, contact Hy-Vee Dietitian Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT

bguittar@hy-vee.com or 402-467-5505.

1601 N. 84th St.

Lincoln, Ne 68505

 

Dietitian Choice Meal solutions at Hy-Vee

Hello friends

It has been a cold snowy winter and so difficult to get out and about.  When you do go shopping think about some dietitian choice quick meal solutions for you.

I have shopped just for you and made some meal kits.  They include dietitian choice lunch boxes:

Morning Pro Fit

Pro Go Hardboiled eggs (2), Natural Choice Ham/Cheese OR Bacon Club Wrap, Grape Tomatoes, and Grapes. 425 calories, 15 grams fat, 34 grams carbohydrate and 22 grams protein.

Omega Boost Protein Pack

Hy-Vee Tuna pouch, Petite Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, Cauliflower Crackers, Grapes, Walnuts and Dove dark chocolate. 310 calories, 10.5 grams fat, 38 grams carbohydrate and 19 grams protein

Warrior

A popular box with Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurt, Chia Seeds, Laughing Cow Cheese Dippers, Grapes, Hy-Vee Hummus, Celery sticks and Dove Dark chocolate. 412 calories, 15.5 grams fat, 47.7 grams carbohydrate and 21.5 grams protein.

These can be found in the Deli Sandwich case at Hy-Vee on 84th and Holdrege.

 

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I also have shopped for a Dietitian Choice Turkey Chili Meal Kit. This is located in the Meat Case for $14.99 and sure to serve 6-8.  Cut up a few veggies, cook your ground turkey and add some perfectly chosen no-salt-added beans and tomatoes for a yummy chili.

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Do you have some ideas for meal kits or lunch boxes?  Let me know, I can certainly give it a try. Stay warm and healthy.

 

 

 

Choosing the Perfect Yogurt

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“The best peach yogurt ever!”

 

 

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Visiting with my grandson Louie, I got a great endorsement for this month’s Dietitian Pick of the Month, Two Good Greek Yogurt.

What yogurt should I Choose?

Of course, that depends on your overall preferences and health goals, but there are still a few things to consider. The good news is that mostly all yogurts contain the good-for-your-gut probiotics. But if you’re looking for a low-sugar snack, always check the label. You’d be surprised how many yogurts have 25-plus grams of sugar in a single serving. Under 10 grams of sugar is a good start; bonus points for no added sugar.

Danone recently came out with a Two Good Greek Yogurt line that contains only 2 grams of sugar and doesn’t contain the sugar substitutes aspartame, sucralose or acesulfame K. This is achieved by using a slow-straining process that removes some of the sugar from the milk. Because it’s still high in protein and calcium and low in sugar and sodium, it’s a good choice for anyone with diabetes or high blood pressure.

If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, pair a low-sugar yogurt with something that’s high in fiber, like raspberries or ground flaxseeds. Not only will it be more filling, the extra fiber is what helps remove cholesterol from your blood.

To learn more about how yogurt can help you reach your health goals, join one of the free Hy-Vee dietitian store tours, every Monday, or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays are focused on diabetes and Fridays are focused on blood pressure/cholesterol. Call me to schedule or go by customer service. Visit with your Hy-Vee Dietitian on Thursday, January 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for more helpful hints, as we tour the Dairy Department.

COCONUTTY CREAM PIE YOGURT DIP

Humor your sweet tooth without the extra fat and calories.

Yield:  1 serving

Prep time: 5 minutes

All you need:

1 5.3 oz container Two Good Greek Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt

1 tbsp creamy almond butter (or other nut butter)

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp shredded and toasted coconut

1 tsp mini chocolate chips

Pineapple chunks or spears, and strawberries (for dipping)

All you do:

  1. Mix yogurt, nut butter and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle coconut and chocolate chips on top.

Serve with fruit for dipping.

Nutrition Information:

Estimated calories (dip only no fruit) 200, 12.3 grams fat, 2.3 grams saturated fat, 98 mg sodium, 10.2 grams total carbohydrate, 2.2 grams fiber, 5.7 grams sugar, and 16 grams protein.

Vanilla Two Good Yogurt contains 80 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 35 mg sodium. 3 grams total carbohydrate, 2 grams sugar and 12 grams of protein.