I visited with Kahoa Elementary students last week to introduce them to 3 different varietes of oranges. They were happy to sample and follow the proper etiquette for sampling new foods. We had a contest where they voted for the best- tasting orange.
But first, there was observations and descriptions like “plump, light yellow, and smooth.” We then smelled the oranges. Followed with licking to prepare the taste buds for the explosion of flavor and then finally chewing, swishing back and forth to give all the different taste buds full exposure to the flavors. The students recieved a card to vote for the best-tasting orange and earned a coupon for a free orange at our store.
The contest participants were:
Cara Cara vs. Tangelo vs. Navel
Cara cara was the winner, followed by navel and then tangelo. Many of the kids and parents had not had a cara cara orange. It was described as having less acid, sweeter and slightly pink or reddish tint. Try one soon! It is definitely a seasonal produce item you don’t want to miss right now.
Fresh Produce Tips from Becky:
#1 – Eat the rainbow
Pick a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Each color will have different nutrients.
#2 – Challenge yourself
Eat the MyPlate way, fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
#3 – Buy in season
In the winter, citrus fruits, pears, mushrooms, potatoes, winter squash and other cold growing produce are going to be cheaper, better tasting and higher in nutrients.
#4 – If not in season, consider canned or frozen
You will be able to get these foods year round at a good price with about the same benefit.
#5 – Cool your fruits and vegetables
Refrigeration will often times double the life of most produce. For example, apples on the counter will last 3-5 days but in the refrigerator will last up to 3 months.
Cut them up so they are ready-to-go and place in a snack drawer for kids to find easily.
Dietitian Services Include:
*Complimentary Shopping Assistance *Answers in the Aisles * Physician-Referred Medical Nutrition Therapy *Health Screenings * Luncheon Presentations * Kids’ Nutrition Classes *Scouts Badges
Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT
Registered Dietitian – Northern Lights Hy-Vee 1601 N. 84th St. Lincoln, Ne
So I am sure many of you have made New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and include more activity for health and fitness. I constantly try to change lifestyle habits and set goals for myself. After all those wonderful indulgences over the holidays, it feels like the natural thing to do. To help customers shop for better choices I have posted nutrition information of some of the food choices from our Hy-Vee food court. Remember to think about better choices not a strict fad diet that won’t last and make you feel deprived. Moderation, variety and balance are the keys to a healthy relationship with food.
Delicatessen choices – 6 in American Sub 560 cal (48 g carb)
– 6 in Beef and Co Jack 560 cal (48 g carb)
– 6 in Turkey and Cheddar 520 cal (48 g carb) photo above
-Light & Lean Turkey Panini 500 cal (64 g carb)
• Rio Grande Wrap half 337 cal (28 g carb) * My pick!
• NY Wrap half 375 calories (28g carb)
• Caesar Wrap half 362 calories (28 g carb)
• Calif. Wrap half 360 calories (28 g carb)
• Tuna Salad Harvester 525 calories (77 g carb)
• Chicken Salad Harvester 525 calories (74 g carb)
• Ham Salad Harvester 540 calories (78 g carb
Tuscano cheese or summer vegetable 140 cal per slice ( 1/9) 13g carb
16 inch Thin crust: 1/8
BBQ chicken 270 cal,
Tomato Margarita 290 cal,
Spinach Artichoke 280 cal, (34g carb)
Cheese 260 cal,
Canadian Bacon 270 cal
Chicken Delight 261 cal, (30 g carb) *My pick! photo above This is an exclusive pizza from our store! Made with olive oil,
garlic, chicken fajita strips, 3 blend cheese, bell pepper, mushrooms, red
onion, roma tomatoes and mushrooms. Yummy!
16 inch Traditional crust: 1/8
Cheese 410 calories (52 g carb)
BBQ 370 calories (53 g carb)
Tomato Margarita 400 calories (50 g carb)
Adobe SW chicken 390 calories (51 g carb)
* Chicken w/ vegetables, green beans or broccoli, 1 cup 210 cal (17 g carb)
* Vegetable delight house special 1 cup 110 cal
* Vegetable egg roll 125 cal (20 g carb)
Produce• Berry Chicken Salad 160 cal (13 g carb)
• Classic Chef’s Salad 190 cal (11 g carb)
• Chicken Caesar Salad 210 cal (16 g carb)
• Chicken Club Salad 190 cal (12 g carb)
Soup Station 1 cup portion
• Hearty chicken & wild rice 150 cal (19 g carb) * My pick! photo above
• Cheesy California medley 150 cal (18 g carb)
• Cream of broccoli w/cheese 120 cal (15 g carb)