Win big with a Healthy Tailgate Party!

Tailgating is ttailgate with beef photohe quintessential fall activity! Whether you are grilling in your backyard or the stadium parking lot, tailgating brings a big crowd with big appetites. You don’t have to spend all day cooking for your hungry guest – let Hy-Vee be your resource for delicious “semi-homemade” tailgate treats!


    • Hy-Vee Hummus and FSTG multigrain chips. Make a wholesome snack!
    • Hy-Vee Salsa and HealthMarket Blue chips
    • Hy-Vee Sweet potato chips
    • Xochil corn chips with Desert Pepper Bean Dips Or Amy’s Black Bean Salsa with Corn
  • Hy-Vee plain yogurt for dips, add to ready-made dips
  • Black beans (no salt added) for salsa, tacos, burritos and eggs.
  • Hy-Vee Meat Counter
    • Pre-made BEEF kabobs (think school colors!)
    • Buy pre-cooked smoked pulled chicken and spend time preparing your secret sauce!
    • Hormel pre-seasoned pork loins are fantastic – ready on the grill in just 45 minutes – they are moist and tender! Try serving it sliced or on a ciabatta roll.
    • Whether you grill Alfresco or Aidell’s chicken sausages, you can spend your time with the many delicious toppings (sauerkraut, grilled onions and peppers, hot mustard sauce). Yum!
  • Salad Bar
    • Make your favorite dip with fat-free/light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, but let the Hy-Vee Salad bar cut up all those veggies and fruits for you!
  • Produce
    • Give your veggie tray some pizzazz by using vegetables for “dishes” – cabbages, tomatoes and peppers cored all make fantastic bowls for dips.
    • Fruit and vegetable kabobs can be served raw or grilled with your own special sauce or dip. Again, think School Colors (Nebraska – strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, alternated with small pieces of pound cake)
    • Avocados as a dip or a sandwich spread.

Team Spirit Steak Kabobs

All You Need
¼ cup finely chopped green onions
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1–½ tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound flat iron or sirloin steak, cut into small cubes
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (or use your favorite team colors!)

All You Do
1. Combine onions, soy sauce, brown sugar, water, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add marinade and steak to resealable plastic bag and marinate for 15 minutes to 2 hours in the fridge.

  1. Remove steak from marinade; discard remaining marinade. Thread strips of steak onto skewers alternating with bell pepper pieces. Transport assembled kabobs in clean resealable plastic bag in cooler to the game.
  2. Grill for 8-11 minutes, turning once. Use meat thermometer to check for doneness 145 degrees medium rare and 160 degrees for medium well.

Nutrition per 3-oz serving: 150 calories; 9 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 276 mg sodium; 4 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 13 g protein 

Mushroom Bites                           Serves 8

 All you need:

4 oz. mushrooms (Produce)

1 (15 oz) pkg Hy-Vee spinach dip

2 oz. grated cheese

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped (Produce)

1 medium orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped (Produce)

1 tbsp minced fresh basil (Produce)

 All you do:

    1. Remove stems from each mushroom. Using a spoon, scrape out and discard the black gills in each mushroom cap.
    2. Fill each mushroom with about 1 teaspoon spinach dip. Warm in oven for 12 min. 350 degrees.
    3. Top with cheese, chopped tomatoes and bell peppers.

 Win Big with Beef at your Tailgate Party

 Are you tailgating this Saturday at the Stadium?

 Watch out for our #Hy-Vee Dietitians Becky Guittar and Carrie Nielsen. Are you cooking beef for your tailgate party?  You could win a coupon for one of our BEEF Hy-Vee Mealtime Kits! Our dietitians will be browsing the Husker Nation Tailgate Party from 5 pm – 7 pm this Saturday!  All you have to do is cook BEEF with your family at your tailgate party and Win!


Whole grain and other high fiber sources to help prevent tummy troubles

E7A0632E-DD9E-4E43-91D6-C284E3350251High-fiber Shopping list  for school lunches:

Regular Girl (GF and Fodmap friendly)

Beanitos chips  (GF)

Crunchin cuts Sweet Potato Fries (GF)  Pick up a free sample at the store. Email Becky at

Triscuit crackers

Blevita  breakfast biscuits (Dietitian’s Pick of the Month)

Whole wheat tortillas, English muffins

Crunchmaster multi-grain crackers  (GF)

Harvest Snaps black bean crisps (GF)

Clif bar (oats brownie bar)

Stay regular with more dietary fiber and probiotics.  Always go slow to add fiber to your meals and snacks and drink plenty of water.  See a Hy-Vee Dietitian for more help.

Regular Girl


When school starts, students and parents are packing lunches. It’s a good idea to think about including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Tummy troubles can be helped with more dietary fiber and water. Some good examples of whole grains are whole wheat tortillas, whole grain crackers, whole wheat English muffins or rolls. Choose foods with 3 grams of dietary fiber or more. Regular girl with 5 grams of prebiotic fiber per serving can also help with regularity and maintaining a healthy digestion. Regular girl is tasteless and odorless dietary supplement, in a packet. It’s so easy to mix  with water at  room temperature. For your student, add directly to cereal, overnight oats,  milk, juice or a smoothie. Plus, Regular girl also contains active probiotics, the healthy bacteria in your gut. I especially like because it is also gluten-free and is FODMAP friendly. See for more information or ideas.  You can find Regular Girl at Hy-Vee HealthMarkets or ask your Hy-Vee Dietitian to help you find it on the shelf.

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

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Use My Plate to guide food choices and fill the bento box

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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




Are you looking for no-sugar-added foods? Make SOLA your choice

OLA Greek Yogurt and Vanilla Almond Granola Parfait – scroll down for recipe


Sola sweetener, packets, nut bars, yogurt., ice cream and granola.

From diet drinks and candies to ice creams and yogurts, sugar substitutes are tough to ignore. Because so many products do contain sugar, there is room in your diet to occasionally need a product that has no-sugar-added. Sometimes there is also a medical reason to reduce your sugar intake.  Here is where SOLA products can provide some much needed relief to reduce your sugar intake. SOLA products are delicious, better-for-you foods without all the sugar, thus lower in carb.  At Hy-Vee, you can find SOLA nut bars, sweeteners/packets and yogurt in our HealthMarket. You can also find SOLA ice cream in the frozen aisle and SOLA granola in with our cereal section, with so many flavors, it is hard to choose.  Here is more information on sweeteners that you will find helpful. SOLA contains a unique blend of sweeteners, see below for more on these great new products.

How are sweeteners classified?

Sweeteners can be divided into two main categories: nutritive and nonnutritive. Nutritive sweeteners are any caloric sweeteners or sugars that provide carbohydrates (think table sugar, honey, or agave). Nonnutritive sweeteners are calorie-free or low-calorie alternatives, such as stevia, aspartame, and sucralose. And then there are sugar alcohols, which are technically considered nutritive sweeteners; they contain about half the amount of carbohydrates as table sugar. Examples include erythritol, maltitol, and xylitol. (Hint: The “ol” means alcohol, but not the intoxicating kind.)

  1. Why are they so popular?

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Now compare that to the American Heart Association’s recommendation of no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women; and 9 for men. In other words, most people are getting way too much added sugar, which can quickly lead to a host of complications, from obesity to heart disease. These low- and zero-calorie sweeteners may help with weight and diabetes control by reducing caloric intake, and by not causing spikes in blood sugar.

  1. Are they safe to consume?

In the U.S., the FDA must approve sweeteners or declare them “generally regarded as safe” before they can be used in food and drinks. According to the National Cancer Institute, there’s not significant evidence to support a claim that sugar substitutes cause cancer. However, it’s important to note that there’s still ongoing research regarding artificial sweeteners, including how they may affect gut bacteria.

  1. Can I use sugar substitutes in recipes?

Yes, but because each sugar substitute or substitute blend has a different level of sweetness and chemical structure, it’s important to check with the manufacturer for baking ratios. Products like the Sola sweetener at Hy-Vee contain zero added sugar but can still be used in place of sugar in a 1:1 ratio.

5. Will using sugar substitutes make me gain weight?

While several studies have noted a correlation (not causation) between weight gain and the use of artificial sweeteners, the reasons remain unknown. Again, moderation, exercise, and being mindful of overall diet are the pillars for good health management.  I have included some information on the different types of sugar alternatives.

Monk Fruit Extract This nonnutritive sweetener is extracted from a small Asian fruit and is 150 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.


Stevia is a nonnutritive sweetener extracted from the stevia plant, a native of South America. Stevia can be 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.


 Sugar Alcohols

Maltitol, Erythitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol, and Xylitol are all sugar alcohols that can be found in candies, ice cream, chewing gums, and more. Gram for gram they are lower in calories than sugar and about half to 70 percent as sweet. Often, you’ll find sugar alcohols mixed with other sweeteners to achieve an ideal amount of sweetness.


Because sugar substitutes behave differently depending on how they’re used—stirred into coffee vs. baked into a cake, for example—manufacturers are developing blended formulas to achieve the best results for different uses. Some, like Whole Earth, use a blend of stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract, erythitol, fructose, and chicory root fiber for sweetener packets; while others, such as SOLA, use erythritol, tagatose, maltitol, stevia leaf extract, and monk fruit extract. The idea is to blend the really, really sweet extracts with the less sweet sugar alcohols in a way that reduces a metallic after-taste and yields quality results.

I tried the SOLA ice cream, of course, a chocolate fudge brownie and was not disappointed, so creamy and yummy.    I also made a  Non dairy fruit sauce/smoothie for Angel food cake using 4 oz silken tofu, 10 oz frozen strawberries, 1 cup fresh strawberries, and 2 tablespoons SOLA sweetener.  Or, serve over SOLA Granola instead of cake. This was a big hit in our Diabetes Prevention Class and Kid’s Cooking Class.


Johnson RK, Appel LJ, Brands M, et al. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2009;120:1011-20.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

American Heart Association: Sugar & Sweetener

Lohner S, Toew L, Meerpohl JJ. Health outcomes of non-nutritive sweeteners: analysis of the research landscape. Nutr J. 2017. Sep 8; 16(1):55.


Sola™ Greek Yogurt and Vanilla Almond Granola Parfait

Makes: 2 Servings Prep time: 2 Minutes


2 (150 g) containers Sola™ Vanilla Greek Yogurt

8 Tablespoons Sola™ Vanilla Almond Granola

1 cup fresh berries of your choice


  1. Spoon half of the yogurt into serving glasses and top with half of the berries and half of the granola, repeat and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving (calculated with ¼ cup raspberries and ¼ cup blackberries): 240 calories, 11g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 27g carbohydrate, *7g net carbs, 4g fiber, 10g sugar, 11 sugar alcohols 18g protein



Dietitian’s Pick of the Month – California Walnuts!

Basil spinach pesto with Walnuts

(recipe below)

What makes walnuts heart healthy?

Walnuts are the only nut that have omega 3 fats, they can reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

They contain powerful antioxidants. Walnuts are loaded with healthy fat and fiber — two things that can help you feel full, contributing to weight loss.

Cooking with walnuts

Mix into breading for fish or chicken, a great gluten-free option.
Toast and top salads, pastas, or soups.
Stir into batter for baked goods.  I love in pancakes or muffins.
Puree into sauces, spreads, and dips.

Basil-Spinach Pesto with Walnuts

Recipe courtesy of Makes 16 servings


⅓ c. Hy-Vee walnuts, finely chopped

1 c. packed basil leaves (about 2 oz)

1 c. packed spinach leaves (about 2 oz)

½ c. Hy-Vee finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. minced garlic

½ tsp. Hy-Vee kosher sea salt

pinch red pepper flakes, optional

⅔ c. Hy-Vee Select extra-virgin olive oil 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes; remove and set aside to cool.
  3. In a food processor, combine basil, spinach, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes, if desired. Cover and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add oil and process until thoroughly combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to one month. Thaw frozen pesto in refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition facts per serving: 110 calories, 11g fat, 2g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 2g protein

Besides snacking on them, what are some interesting ways to eat walnuts? Although each type of nuts has a distinct flavor, you can easily swap in walnuts for other nuts in recipes. Try incorporating them into breading for chicken or fish; in baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and breads; on top of cereals, yogurts, and fruits; and they’re especially nice when toasted and used to top pasta and soups. Other ideas include using them in salsas, pestos, aiolis, or ground and mixed into meatloaf, burger patties, or meatballs.

What’s the best way to store walnuts? Because of their high fat content, walnuts can go rancid rather quickly. If you plan to use them right away, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just remember to keep them away from odorous foods such as onions. For longer storage, store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Contact Hy-Vee Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT at, 402-567-5505 or for questions or assistance. I have cooking classes and tours for adults and kids, consultations, and more available.  Find more recipes at




Are you looking for quick meal solutions?

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Hy-Vee can help.

We offer dietitian selections for lunch boxes and meal assembly classes designed just for you.

Look for

Dietitian Choice Lunchboxes in the DiLusso Sandwich case.

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Simple Fix  

Make. Take. Enjoy

Meals made affordable.

Time made for Family.

 You can create home-cooked meals for you and your family.  Each entrée serves 4. Cost for all 6 meals (24 servings) is $99.00.  Do you need more servings? Choose 3 choices and assemble for 8 servings.  Bring a cooler to carry meals home.  Call Hy-Vee Dietitian Becky Guittar for questions about recipes.  Each entrée includes easy cooking instructions so you can thaw and enjoy at your convenience. We have several oven-ready and slow cooker meals choices this month. Gluten-free is easily accommodated. For 8 servings, just let Becky know your 3 menu choices.

Date is Friday, January 26, 2018.  To register, see Customer Service, Hy-Vee 1601 N. 84th St. Lincoln, Ne. Deadline is January 22, sessions fill up fast.  Payment is required at registration. To pay by credit card or for questions, contact Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT at or 402-467-5505. Deadline is Monday, January 22. This month’s menu includes:

Beef Stroganoff

Italian Meatloaf

Lemon Chicken over Spiralized Zucchini

Salmon with Walnut Maple Crust Turkey Chili

Winter Salad Kits* with samples of Performance-Inspired Protein Whey


Gingerbread House Workshop

Saturday, December 16                                               10:30 am to 11:30 am  

Join us for Gingerbread House Decorating Fun in the club room at Northern Lights Hy-Vee. Kids will enjoy decorating their own gingerbread house. $10.00 per house. Please register at customer service or with  Hy-Vee Dietitian Becky Guittar, , 402-467-5505.

Simple Fix-your meal solution!

B752D793-0075-4688-AF30-574DCDAE5DE9Are you rushed for meals during the holidays?

Simple Fix at Hy-Vee can help!

Next Date:Wednesday, December 20, 2017

In as little 1 ½ hours, you can create home-cooked meals for you and your family. Each entrée serves 4. Cost for all 6 meals (24 servings) is $99.00. Gluten-free is easily accommodated. Bring a cooler to carry meals home. Call Hy-Vee Dietitian Becky Guittar for questions about recipes/menu. Menu includes Cheesy Egg Bake with Chorizo, Sundried Tomatoes/Goat cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Beef Enchiladas, Salmon with Mustard Glaze, Hearty Pork and Vegetable Soup, Veggie Sloppy Joes. Each entrée includes easy cooking instructions so you can thaw and enjoy at your convenience. All meals are Hy-Vee Dietitian-approved and have nutrition analysis..   For quicker option, cook the meals the night before to microwave the next day. Deadline is Friday, December 15. Register at customer service, Hy-Vee 1601 N. 84th St. or contact Becky at 402-467-5505.