“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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Hy-Vee One Step at Gage Elementary

by Kayley Gamm, RD, LD

Hy-Vee Inc. recently awarded 156 One Step Garden Grants totaling $156,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

Each recipient received $1,000. These grants will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens. One Step Garden Grants are given to community gardens that teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. The products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels, facial tissue, bath tissue, napkins and bottled water. Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes fund the One Step Garden Grants; for each bag a customer purchases, 5 cents goes toward funding the community garden grants.

Community groups and organizations applied online for the grants, and their applications were judged based on demonstrated participation of community stakeholders; consideration of challenges that come with maintaining a community garden; the integration of the garden into the community; and intended use of the garden’s produce.

Including this year’s recipients, Hy-Vee has awarded 740 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $1.3 million in product sales since its inception in 2011.

This year, Gage Elementary School received the grant to continue to grow its current community garden. Kayley Gamm, registered dietitian, and Joey Smith, manager from Hy-Vee on 37th St., went to the school to present the check. Following the check presentation, students and teachers planted the herbs that they had been growing in their classroom.

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.

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.

Diabetes Management Program

by Kayley Gamm, RD, LD

Hy-Vee at 37th St is partnering with 125live to bring you a 7 week long diabetes management program. Blending education and action, this 7 week program will highlight key elements of diabetes management and supervised physical activity. This program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-11am. Each Tuesday, participants will meet with our team of professionals: Registered Dietitian Kayley Gamm, Pharmacist Brian Fisk and Exercise Physiologists at 125live. Topics that will be covered will include blood glucose monitoring, diabetes medications, meal planning and grocery shopping, exercise and stress management. Then, every Thursday, participants will meet again for personalized, supervised exercise training with the experts at 125live.

This comprehensive diabetes management program is the first in the Rochester Area. For more information contact Hy-Vee dietitian, Kayley Gamm at 507-289-2066 or contact 125live at 507-287-1404 or via website at www.125livemn.org.

Our next class begins Tuesday, July 25th and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 until September 7th. Space is limited so register early to secure a spot. To register call 125live or visit https://secure.rec1.com/MN/rochester-senior-center/catalog.

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.