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.

Hy-Vee Balance Magazine

Have you seen the latest Hy-Vee Balance magazine inside our stores?

Hy-Vee Balance magazine empowers readers with a dynamic mix of smart, timely health and fitness information, plus practical solutions for better eating, disease prevention and weight loss management.

Hy-Vee believes that being healthy is not about being skinny, but rather is about promoting an attitude and lifestyle of healthy behavior.

Here’s what you’ll find in the March issue:

  • What Fuels Mark Wahlberg: Find out how this famous 45-year-old stays fit.
  • Finish Strong.  Make an impact. Check out a high-intensity workout for keeping trim.
  • By the Glass.  Make a nutritional splash with milk and its alternatives.
  • Breath of Life.  An Iowa mom finds help for her child with Cystic Fibrosis, and a friend for life, at her Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

All issues are free inside the stores.  Otherwise, click HERE for more information on purchasing a subscription.  This year-long subscription costs $10.00 and includes 6 issues of Hy-Vee Balance Magazine to begin delivery at the next available month.

Hy-Vee Supports FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace

This past weekend, your Rochester Hy-Vee stores participated in the third annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace at the Mayo Civic Center.  img_4237

The FEAST Local Food Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system which encourages innovation.  Friday’s industry-only tradeshow event offered Hy-Vee an opportunity to network with local food producers, in hopes to increase the number of local products you will find on store shelves.  Saturday’s festival showcased Hy-Vee as a destination for health and wellness. 

The Hy-Vee dietitians’ booth offered attendees a chance to learn more about KidsFit – a fun, free, at-home fitness program designed for kids and their families to incorporate exercise, nutrition and general health into their daily lives. img_8090The Roll-the-Dice game was a hit with both children and adults who completed burpees, push-ups, sit-ups and more, all for a chance to take home a KidsFit water-bottle or KIND bar. They also had the chance to test their nutritional knowledge through the Mystery Fruit and Vegetable bag game – where they had to correctly guess Brussels sprouts, pomegranates and mangoes by relying solely on touch. A wide-variety of recipes and were also available for all to take home.

To learn more about Hy-Vee’s Homegrown initiative and our commitment to providing fresh, local products for our customers, visit https://www.hy-

To learn more about Hy-Vee KidsFit or get registered for the 5-week challenge today visit: https://www.hy-veekidsfit.com/

For more information on how a Rochester Hy-Vee dietitian can help you, check out our Dietitian Services page.