Hy-Vee at Midday: Fueling a Family "On The Go"

By Kimberly Proctor, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Vegetable tray with ranch dip, seen here on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Cedar Rapids Gazette photo studio in Cedar Rapids. (Amanda LaRae Larkin/The Gazette)

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By Ashley Hinson

Fueling a Family on the Go

It’s the busy season of ball games, park outings and outdoor fun. How do you keep your family eating well when time is scarce, but appetites are not? Forego the fast food lane and concession stand fare, and pack your own meals to go! Today, Hy-Vee dietitian and busy mom Kimberly Proctor, RD LD will share some ideas for the hectic summer days ahead.

Eat the MyPlate Way, even when you’re away. Try these portable ideas from each food group. Be sure to pack a cooler with ice to keep cold items cold. Don’t forget to pack re-fillable water bottles to help you stay hydrated for your busy day!

Fruits
• Whole fruits are ideally packaged and ready to eat. Firm fruits like apples, bananas and oranges travel well.
• Fill a re-closeable bag with cut up melon. Melon’s high water content makes it a good hydrating choice for hot weather.
• Try dried fruits tossed in a trail mix for a high-energy snack.
• Try “squeezable” 100% fruit purees with no added sugar for a quick boost.

Vegetables
• Baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and grape tomatoes are good finger-foods that require no preparation.
• Celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese are a classic favorite with kids.
• Pepper strips, cucumber slices and fresh broccoli or cauliflower make good dippers with light ranch dressing.

Grains
• Fiber-rich dry cereals are great for snacking, or as part of a trail mix.
• Popcorn makes a crunchy, inexpensive whole-grain treat.
• Lower-sugar granola bars are a kid-friendly way to incorporate whole grains.
• Whole wheat crackers are a good option served with cheese.

Protein
• Peanut or other nut butters lend protein and flavor to apple slices, crackers or celery.
• Pistachios and sunflower seeds in the shell are not only fun to eat, they’re full of heart-healthy fat and protein, too!
• Hummus is a good dip for whole-grain pita chips. Look for shelf-stable to-go packs for added convenience.
• Boiled eggs are perfectly portable. Check the dairy department for pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.

Dairy
• Cheese sticks or cubes are a “dairy-licious” treat.
• For young athletes, consider chocolate milk as a replenishing post-game beverage.
• Yogurt comes in several fun flavors. Look for tube-style or drinkable yogurt if you want to skip the spoon.


Turkey Roll-ups
(source: Kimberly Proctor, RD LD)
all you need:
1 Hy-Vee 100% whole wheat tortilla
2-3 Tablespoons hummus
½ cup fresh spinach leaves
2 slices DiLusso Low-Sodium Turkey
1 slice Hy-Vee reduced fat Colby-Jack cheese made with 2% milk
all you do:
Spread tortilla with hummus. Top with spinach. Add turkey slices and cheese. Roll up tightly into a wrap. Can serve whole as a meal, or cut into slices and secure with toothpick for snacking.


Power Poppers
Adapted from: Hy-Vee Seasons January 2012
all you need:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
¾ cup honey
1 cup peanut (or other nut butter)
1 cup milled flaxseed
1 cup Hy-Vee vanilla 100% whey protein powder
1 cup Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips
1 cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries
all you do:
In a large bowl, combine oats, honey, nut butter, flaxseed and protein powder using a sturdy spoon or electric mixer. Stir in chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Using a cookie scoop, dip mixture into balls and roll in your hands to smooth. Place on cookie sheet. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.


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