Newsmakers: Hy-Vee Dietitian Gives Tips for Fall Meal Reset
Studies show people of all ages have gained weight during the pandemic.
Registered Dietician Melissa Jaeger from Hy-Vee says fall is a good time to reset the way we are thinking about eating.
“We’re transitioning out of that busy, maybe we’ve been more outside in the summer, maybe you’ve been doing a bit of traveling. Now we need to get back to that mindset of creating a plan and having good things on hand,” said Jaeger.
Jaeger says the plan includes having healthy snacks on hand in the fridge or pantry as well as healthy meals to go when you might be transporting kids to sports or at home on a busy weeknight.
Choices can often feel overwhelming in a grocery store, so Jaeger says shoppers can keep healthy eating easy with My Plate.
“The USDA came out with My Plate to really help us rethink the Food Guide Pyramid and really make it simpler for all of us,” said Jaeger.
Jaeger says you should be able to look at your plate, or your grocery cart, and see that it’s half full of fruits and veggies that are either fresh, frozen or canned.
“Can I make sure I am packing lean, quality protein sources into my cart and then making sure I’m getting some whole grains in there as well so I’m not lacking for fiber content which does so much for our digestive system,” said Jaeger.
There are a growing number of products located on the center aisles of the store too. Jaeger says look for quality nuts and seeds, healthy cooking oils and quality protein sources like beans or legumes.
“Even different fruit and vegetable products in the center aisles to keep things cost effective but still making sure you are getting the nutritious meal or snack,” said Jaeger.
Learn more through Hy-Vee Progarms
Hy-Vee does offer a variety of consultations and menu planning services. Connect with a dietician here.
The Hy-Vee Kids Fit Challenge is a free program for families, kids and schools. Learn more here.
In September, Hy-Vee is offering a virtual Family Friendly Freezer Meal Workshop for $10. You can register here.