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April Food's Day

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT

Hy-Vee dietitian Linda Ashley is "In the Kitchen" on April Fool's Day to tell you whether common food myths are Fact or Fool!


Are the following statements nutritional facts or simply April fools?


Fact or Fool: Frozen foods aren’t as healthy as fresh.

Fool!

Compare the NuValtm scores on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and you’ll see no difference! The key is avoiding added salt and sugar, sometimes added to frozen fruits and vegetables as sauces or syrups.

In addition, take a look at single-serve frozen meals as healthy, convenient meals from time-to-time. Frozen meals, such as Healthy Choice, have come a long way to suit today’s gourmet tastes. With built-in portion control and the inclusion of vegetables, they make a convenient meal when you’re short on time.


Fact or Fool: The only known treatment for celiac disease is following a gluten-free diet.

Fact!

For those people with the autoimmune condition known as celiac disease, the protein in wheat, barley and rye causes intestinal damage that leads to malnutrition and health complications. For these consumers, a well-planned gluten-free diet is the key to good health. See a registered dietitian for assistance.


Fact or Fool: Eggs are bad for you.

Fool!

While eggs are high in cholesterol at just less than 200mg per yolk (a healthy diet limits total daily consumption of cholesterol to 300mg), saturated fat consumption has a greater effect on our blood cholesterol. Eggs provide superior-quality protein along with 13 important vitamins and minerals with just 5 grams of total fat (1-2gm of that saturated), or 8% of your daily limit for saturated fats.


The following lightened-up deviled egg recipe allows you to crack your egg and eat it, too!


Light & Fluffy Deviled Eggs

Swap out regular mayo for light mayo and save 6.5 grams of fat and 60 calories per tablespoon! This recipe takes it a step further and replaces some of the mayo with 1% low-fat cottage cheese keeping the filling velvety and rich. No one will know the difference!

All you need:

12 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled

1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish or fresh tarragon leaves

2 teaspoons yellow mustard

1/8 teaspoon salt

Paprika, for garnish


All you do:

1. Halve eggs lengthwise with a sharp knife. Gently remove the yolks and place in a food processor.

2. Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, chives (or scallion greens), relish, mustard and salt; process until smooth.

3. Spoon about 2 teaspoons yolk mixture into each egg white half. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.


Get creative with deviled egg garnishes and try whatever you like, such as dill, freshly cracked black pepper or diced avocado.
April Food's Day


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