Tips and tricks of a dietitian

We’ve all seen similar headlines relating to nutrition on magazine covers and social media posts coming from the latest and greatest reality TV star or music artist, so what makes this article different? It’s written by a Registered Dietitian, and more specifically one who works for Hy-Vee, whose “office” is essentially an entire grocery store. Every day I get to help people translate the science of nutrition into solutions that fit their lifestyle by navigating through the grocery store, So it’s great when I get to take my nutrition expertise beyond the aisles and share a few of my favorite tips and tricks with you. Remember, that small changes in our lifestyles can make a big difference!

How much versus what we eat. Is one more important that the other? Not necessarily; both are equally important. You want the majority of your calories to be nutrient dense, meaning rich in nutrients for the number of calories involved. For example, 500 calories from candy (low nutrient density) is quite different than 500 calories from blueberries (high nutrient density). For a nutrient dense soup, check out the Turkey-White Bean Chili recipe at the end of this article.

Best Fork Forward:

Snack Smarter. Perhaps it’s your sweet tooth that’s the hardest to satisfy while still making an effort to live a healthy lifestyle. For the sweet and salty combination, try mixing dark chocolate chips into a homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Purchase chocolate-covered berries and dried fruit; then portion into single-serving bags so you are ready to curb those sweet cravings and still stay on track.

Ask the experts. Because Hy-Vee knows the value of health and the impact it can have on our lives, the company has a force of more than 225 registered dietitians ready to help you reach your wellness goals. Registered dietitians are the real nutrition experts. From store tours to cooking classes to individual consultations, Hy-Vee registered dietitians offer many different services to make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

If not ow, when? Put your best foot and fork forward in celebration of March being National Nutrition Month!

Turkey-White Bean Chili

Serves 4

All you need:

Hy-Vee nonstick olive oil cooking spray

1 lb. 99%-lean ground turkey breast

1 cup chopped onion

1 (1.25-oz.) packet Hy-Vee 30%-less-sodium taco seasoning mix

½ cup chopped red bell pepper

½ cup chopped green bell pepper

2 cups Hy-Vee 33%-less-sodium chicken broth

1 (15.8-oz.) can reduced sodium great northern beans

1 (10-oz.) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies

1 (8-oz.) can Hy-Vee tomato sauce

Desired toppings: Hy-Vee plain Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro, avocado slices or

Hy-Vee reduced-fat finely shredded Mexican cheese blend

All you do:

1. Spray a stock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Place turkey, onion and seasoning mix in stock pot. Cook over medium heat until turkey is brown and onion is tender.

2. Stir in bell pepper, broth, beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.

Dietitian’s Tip: Top this chili with a few slices of the dietitian’s pick of the month – avocado!

Nutrition Facts per serving: 330 calories, 1.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 1490mg sodium, 41g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 12g sugar, 40g protein. Daily values: 40% vitamin A, 90% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 20% iron

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Source: Hy-Vee Balance

The information is not intended as medical advice.

Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Laura Schmidt is a registered dietitian representing Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.

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