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Top 10 healthy stocking stuffers

By Paige Green, Hy-Vee Dietitian on Monday, December 3, 2018


Stuff your stockings with fun and flavorful treats this holiday season. Hy-Vee Dietitian Paige Green has scoured the Waukee store for her favorite healthy items:

10. Dried herbs and spices

Naughty or nice, herbs and spice(s) are the perfect addition to any holiday table. With a little sprinkle of nutmeg or a dash of cinnamon, these accents add the perfect amount of cheer to every dish.

9. Bulk nuts  

Bulk up this holiday season with nuts found in the Hy-Vee bulk section! From dried cranberries and pistachios, to walnuts and roasted almonds, there’s a combination for all the nuts on your list.

8. Kitchen gadgets  

Microplanes, spiralizers, and hand-held juicers — oh my! Kitchen gadgets not only make cooking easier during the holiday season, but more fun all year round.

zooles

Use a spiralizer to make "zoodles" out of zucchini. Zoodles make a great alternative to regular noodles in any pasta dish. Get tips for eating more fruits and vegetables year round. 

7. Essential oil body spray 

Relax and renew with a variety of calming and refreshing body sprays. Give your loved ones the gift of relaxation after the hustle and bustle of the season. Check out our Basin department for other gift and stocking stuffer ideas.

6. Blender bottle 

Shake, shake, shake! Hit the gym with a new bottle in hand and knock your 2019 health goals out of the park.

LIVE 5-2-1-0: Get 1 hour of physical activity every day

5. Chewing gum

Curb the calories, but not the gum. Enjoy a minty stick to help satisfy your cravings and resist those high-caloric treats.

4. Fresh fruit (Kiwifruit!)  

The Hy-Vee Dietitian Pick of the Month for December are Kiwifruit! Packed with potassium and vitamin C, kiwifruits are the perfect pop of color to any festive holiday party.

kiwi

The Hy-Vee Dietitian Pick of the Month for December are Kiwifruit. Try this recipe for Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing

3. Picky Bar 

Do you have a picky person to shop for? We have just the thing! Picky Bars are the perfect snack that provides the right amount of protein and carbs to keep you jingling all the way. 

2. Fuel for Fire smoothie pouches  

No blender needed. Found in the HealthMarket, these smoothie pouches that are shelf-stable and are made with real ingredients. Slurp your smoothies without the clean-up!

LIVE 5-2-1-0: Eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day

1. Superseedz 

Who knew SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds were so, well… SUPER! Packed with protein and magnesium, these under-the-radar seeds have a nutrient powerhouse that will keep you satisfied and less Grinch-like! Located in the HealthMarket.

paige greenPaige Green received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. She pursued her passion for nutrition at Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics during the spring of 2015. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Paige truly sets out to educate individuals on finding a healthy balance in life and her passion for people and nutrition inspires clients of all ages. You can find Paige at the Waukee Hy-Vee.