What I Learned on a HyVee Health Market Tour

Posted January 29, 2015 in HyVee, healthy eating, grocery shopping, healthy living

Earlier this week I took a grocery store tour at HyVee, and I learned soooo much!

To be honest, I wasn't sure how much I would take away from the tour since I am at HyVee at least twice a week and I practically live in the Health Market. But Kaiti George, the store's dietician, shared so many fun facts. And lucky for you, she said I could share some of them with you!

I went on the tour with some of the girls from my Healthy Dinner Club group. During our Healthy Holiday Cocktail Party, we all decided that a grocery store tour would be fun. It was!

Kaiti decided to keep our tour within the six aisles of HyVee's Health Market because all of us are pretty health knowledgable already. That's right, we spent over an hour learning about the products in just six aisles! There was sooooo much to take in.

We started by learning about the Nuval Scoring System. The Nuval System scores food on a scale from 1-100. The higher the number, the higher the nutritional value of the food. The number can be found on the shelf tag of each grocery store item. You can check out the Nuval score of food throughout the entire store!

Pro Tip: Store natural peanut butter upside down. Most of the oil will combine with the peanut butter, and you won't have to stir as much!

Kaiti shared some info about the sports nutrition products offered at HyVee. They have a pretty huge selection of protein powders and other supplements. They even have some brown rice, vegan and rBGH-free whey protein powders (my style). But the thing I found interesting was her mention of branched-chain amino acids, which help reduce the breakdown of muscle during exercise. I don't love using lots of supplements, but this is probably something to research for heavy lifting, the desire to increase muscle mass or long distance running.

Kaiti's Pick: Jans 100% Soursop Juice - A juice box that was requested by some international students from the local university. Soursop is a fruit native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. The juice is full of vitamins and nutrients, and is perfect for a sweet treat.

What's Hot: Mint is one of the top food trends of 2015, according to Kaiti. This Metro Mint spearmint flavored water will help you stay hydrated with a burst of mint flavor. This would be perfect for those who have a hard time drinking plain water.

Pro Tip: Use powdered peanut butter when making granola or trail mix. It will give your granola or trail mix a peanut butter flavor without the added calories of creamy peanut butter.

Have you ever tried sprouted grain products? Sprouted grains are said to aid in digestion, improve nutrient absorption, be a good source of protein and contain tons of amino acids. I love Food for Life Ezekiel bread, but I didn't know you could buy sprouted grain pasta. It does have a pretty hefty price tag compared to whole wheat pasta, but it might be worth a try!

Kaiti's Pick: Coach's Oats - These oats are cracked and toasted giving them a crunchy texture than regular oats. Kaiti says she loves them!

Kaiti's Pick: Smude's Infused Sunflower Cooking Oils - These can be used to make salad dressings or for bread dipping. Also, sunflower oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids.

Pro Tip: HyVee takes product recommendations very seriously. A customer made a request for Nuun tablets, HyVee started carrying them and now they're a hot item! (If you are a runner or do super intense workouts, I highly recommend using Nuun!)

What's Hot: Use Liquid Aminos in place of soy sauce to avoid the MSG, excess sodium and preservatives that are found in soy sauce. Also, liquid aminos are a source of protein.

Here are some items Kaiti pointed out in the Health Market that I'm excited to try…

Blue Diamond Artisan Nut-Thins. I love the original Nut-Thins, so I'm excited to try these fancy flavors.

Simply 7 Quinoa Chips. With just seven ingredients, you can eat 20 chips per serving! I'm all about crunchy healthy snacks I can eat a large volume of.

Angie's Organic Boom Chicka Pop Maple Sea Salt Popcorn. I already love Boom Chicka Pop (read more on that here). Maple Sea Salt. Yes, please!

Silk Cashew Milk. I love almond milk, so I can only imagine that cashew milk is just as delicious.

Before we left, Kaiti gifted each of us with some snacks!

I feel like I learned so much from this tour! I can't wait to try some of the products Kaiti mentioned. I realized that I'm usually focused on my grocery list, and I don't always notice some of the fun products they have. And they have so much it can be overwhelming.

It was also great to hang out with the healthy dinner party girls!

What are your fave products from the HyVee Health Mart?

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