Women’s Shelter Wish List Drive

The Rochester Hy-Vee stores hosted a Wish List Drive for the Women’s Shelter on Saturday, June 3.

Women’s Shelter, Inc. assists victims of domestic violence and their children by establishing and maintaining a facility that provides temporary shelter and supplies to those who seek help.

Volunteers staffed tables at all four stores, greeting customers, handing out wish lists and recruiting donations.

At the end of the event, the Women’s Shelter gathered a total of $554 in cash and gift cards in addition to 26 packages of diapers, 48 packages of baby wipes and 86 personal care products. 

None of this could have been possible without the help of Hy-Vee’s generous customers.

Happy National Dairy Month!

Please join me in celebrating National Dairy Month.  Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese and kefir) is packed with essential nutrients and should be enjoyed every day, three times a day!

Join Hy-Vee Dietitian Caity on June 23 for Hy-Vee’s Dairy Event, featuring the Dairy Princess, a butter sculpture, shake-making, a friendly cow and dairy sampling!

Here are the top 8 reasons to enjoy dairy every day!

  1. Protein – Dairy milk, yogurts, cheese and kefir contain more protein per serving than any other milk/dairy alternative (such as almond milk).  In fact, this protein is considered a high quality protein, giving us all of the essential protein parts.
  2. Probiotics – Probiotics are found in yogurts and kefirs and help our digestive system stay comfortable and running smoothly.  Our Dietitian Pick of the Month this month is Dannon Activia yogurt; each serving has billions of probiotic bacteria!
  3. Heart Health – Dairy contains as much potassium as a banana.  Potassium – found in fruits, vegetables and dairy – helps reduce blood pressure and promotes heart health!
  4. Cheap Protein – Milk packs in 8 grams of protein per serving, which only costs about $0.25.  This makes milk one of the cheapest, high-quality proteins in our diet.
  5. Healthy Bones – Dairy products contain some of the highest amounts of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus per serving.  These essential nutrients help build our bones stronger and prevent them from breaking down as we get older.
  6. Safe – Enjoying a refreshing glass of milk from the grocery store is safe with the process of pasteurization, which kills all of the harmful bacteria in milk.
  7. Lactose – For those who are lactose intolerant (not able to have dairy sugar), there are dairy varieties available that are lactose-free.  See Caity for more information about lactose-free foods.
  8. Energy and Growth – Dairy contains vitamin A and 3 essential B vitamins that help the body grow and turn calories into energy.

Join your Hy-Vee dietitian today (and every day) by enjoying a refreshing glass of milk, or try adding Dannon Activia Greek yogurt to a smoothie today!

I am looking forward to seeing you all June 23 for Hy-Vee’s Dairy Event!

Caity is your Hy-Vee Barlow Plaza Registered Dietitian.  She is originally from Rochester, MN, and attended high school in Stewartville.  After high school, Caity received her Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  Through the program, Caity completed internships at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Madison, and Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL.  In the past, Caity has also worked with individuals with special needs in the Rochester community.  During her free time, Caity enjoys being active outdoors, dancing, reading, experimenting with new foods, and spending time with family. For more posts from Caity, click here.

Memorial Day Grilling Event

Your 37th Street Hy-Vee hosted a Memorial Day grilling event on Monday, May 29.  Customers were invited to purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, soda or water and support the perpetual care fund of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.  The event also showcased a flag display (US flag, POW-MIA flag as well as service branch flags), Bells for Eternity and volunteers representing the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee.

Fifteen percent of all proceeds were donated to help ensure that Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial remains one of the finest in the country.  At the end of the event, a grand total of $459.51 was presented to Terry Throndson, current board member and owner of the Bells for Eternity.

Click HERE to learn more about Hy-Vee’s commitment to our nation’s veterans and active military members.

Gluten Free Baking Tips

by Kayley Gamm, RD, LD

May is Celiac Disease Awareness month. Celiac Disease is a disease in which a person is unable to tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, causing stomach upset, headaches, joint pain and many other symptoms. One in 100 people have Celiac Disease around the world.

While the options for gluten-free items continue to grow, many people still want to bake items from scratch at home. Here are some tips to get the most success out of gluten-free baking:

  1. If a recipe calls for less than 4 tablespoons of flour, you can substitute with the gluten-free flour of your choice.
  2. You can make your own all-purpose gluten-free baking mix by combining 40% whole-grain flour such as brown rice, quinoa, corn or buckwheat flour and 60% white flour or starch such as white rice, arrowroot or potato flour or corn or potato starch. This baking mix can be substituted for flour with gluten at a ratio of 1:1 for all recipes.
  3. Another way to convert from flour with gluten to gluten-free flour is by weighing. 1 cup gluten flour is equal to 140g of gluten-free flour.
  4. To help your recipes rise, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda for every 140g flour.
  5. Xantham gum will add volume to breads. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon for every cup of your all-purpose gluten-free baking mix.
  6. If your recipe is a bit dry, try switching out white sugar for brown sugar; this will add moisture to the final product.

Here is a recipe for an all-purpose gluten-free baking mix to get you started!

Gluten-Free Baking Mix

Makes 9 Cups

All you need:

4 cups brown rice flour

2 cups white rice flour

2 cups potato starch

½ cup tapioca starch or flour

½ cup corn starch

5 tsp xanthan gum

All you do:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl using a wire whisk. Store in an airtight container in the pantry or in the refrigerator for longer storage.

Kayley Gamm, RD, LD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. After graduation, she moved to Quincy, IL where she worked as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian. While in Illinois, she developed a diabetes education program as well as a community-based wellness program. She then moved to Medford, OR, where she spent a year and a half as a diabetes educator. For the past year and a half she has been living and working in New Zealand. Kayley has a passion for program development and community education. Her most recent project was starting a medical clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, she acted as medical director and developed a telemedicine program to bring nutrition education to the country. Kayley grew up in Mantorville, so returns to the Rochester area to be closer to family and friends. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading and eating at new restaurants. For more posts from Kayley, click here.