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


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.

turkey chili meal kit

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

“The best peach yogurt ever!”




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.


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.


Simple Fix Photo Album



I have made a photo album from previous Simple Fix – meal assembly classes to give you a better description of the class and the awesome food you take home to your families.

Most of the photos were taken of meals right before they were packed to go home. Some are final products if on plates. Hover over photo for captions and descriptions.

The is the accumulation of 3 years of classes done monthly at the Hy-Vee  Club room, 1601 N. 84th St, Lincoln, Ne.   Call me for more details at 402-467-5505 or

Dietitian Pick of the Month is KIWI

Things to Know About Kiwifruit – Dietitian Pick of the Month kiwi

Bursting with sweet-tart flavor and amazing health benefits, meet the unsung winter fruit, kiwi. We should all be adding to the menu.

On the outside, it looks like a small oval coconut, with its translucent brown fuzzy skin. But on the inside, it’s vibrant lime green flesh is bursting with flavor and nutrients. When ripe, it has a juicy sweet-tart flavor that tastes like a blend of pineapple, melon, and strawberry. Its texture is soft but sliceable or scoop-able, making it a versatile ingredient in everything from salsa to smoothies.

Despite tasting like a summer fruit, kiwi is in season October through March, often getting overshadowed by an abundance of winter citrus. But if it’s vitamin C you’re after, you might be surprised to learn that, per gram, kiwifruit has twice the amount of vitamin C found in an orange. Plus, kiwifruits are an excellent source of vitamin K, and contain other healthful nutrients such as copper, fiber, and potassium. Here’s six more things you should know about kiwifruit.

Does a Gut Good

Two kiwifruits have fewer calories than a medium banana and more fiber, at around 4 grams. Add them to smoothies, yogurt parfaits, or salads for an extra boost of the nutrient that’s good for our gut.

Kiwis Heart You

In addition to heart-healthy vitamin C, kiwifruit contains polyphenols—antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease.

Sweet to the Touch

By holding them between your thumb and forefinger and gently applying pressure, you can tell how sweet the kiwi will be. Those that yield gently to pressure with be the sweetest ones.

They’re Great on Sandwiches

Sounds weird until you try it, but Kiwifruit’s sweet and puckery flavor pairs well with savory deli meats, like ham, turkey, or roast chicken. And if you’re feeling really daring, try using thin sliced kiwi or kiwi puree instead of jam on a peanut butter sandwiches. Who knows, maybe “kiwiches” will be the next best lunchbox favorite.

It’s Got a Kitchen Secret

Similar to pineapple and papaya, kiwifruit contains an enzyme that helps break down protein in tough cuts of meat, making it an excellent natural meat tenderizer.

Formerly Known as Chinese Gooseberry

Kiwifruit is native to China and is sometimes stilled referred to as a Chinese gooseberry. It wasn’t until the fruit was commercially produced in New Zealand that it was renamed by Westerners to kiwi, after the national bird of New Zealand.

This would make a perfect holiday salad. Add sliced strawberries for a colorful red and green salad! I will be sampling today in our Produce Department, stop by the store!

Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serves 4   10 minutes


2 tsp. Hy-Vee granulated sugar

3 tbsp. Hy-Vee canola oil

2 tbsp. raspberry balsamic vinegar

½ tsp. Hy-Vee light soy sauce

1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted*

½ tsp. poppy seeds (optional) not added today.

4 c. fresh spinach

1 c. sliced fresh strawberries

2 medium kiwi, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
  2. In a large bowl, toss spinach, strawberries and kiwi. Add dressing and toss to coat.

*To toast sesame seeds, place in single layer on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Nutrition facts per serving: 170 calories, 12g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 9g sugar, 2g protein.
Vitamin A: 20%, Vitamin C: 120%, Iron: 8%, Calcium: 6%

  I am available to help you find good-for-you foods in the store. Stop by my office next to customer service or email me for assistance. For a nutrition education tour, go to customer service for dates and times and to register.

Do you need help prepping meals or shopping? Join our Simple fix class held monthly in our club room.

      Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT – Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian

     1601 N. 84th St Lincoln, Ne 68507




Are you helping to prepare a Gluten-free Thanksgiving? See this Hy-Vee Product Guide

Gluten free holiday essentials tag

GF holiday product guide 2018 updated


GF holiday product guide 2 updated

It’s a lot easier these days to prepare a gluten-free holiday meal with gravy, green bean casserole, turkey, ham and a variety of pies.  Let me know if I can help you find gluten-free products in the HealthMarket or in the store. Remember to produce your gluten-free dinner, be aware of possible cross contamination/contact with gluten rich foods. Prepare in a separate gluten-free food prep stations, with gluten-free utensils and cookware. Use disposables whenever possible. If questions, contact  Hy-Vee Dietitian Becky Guittar, RD at 402-467-5505


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.

429E5EAA-F181-4F60-9B73-38459478D43DUse My Plate to guide food choices and fill the bento box,

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

pick from bin

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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