Thursday, January 14, 2010

NuVal for the New Year

If you’ve ever visited the healthy lifestyle blog, Carrots n Cake (Check out her new blog as well, Trading Up Downtown), you have probably heard of the company NuVal that Tina recently joined. I thought it was a great program from the get-go, and decided the concepts of their idea of healthy living would be perfect for the healthy New Years resolutions that many people strive for. Now that January is half way done, maybe your already lagging on the healthy eating front—if so NuVal is just one of the many nutritional tools available for your use and benefit in 2010.

NuVal in a nutshell--

  • Developed by an independent panel of nutrition and medical experts, the System helps you see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food you buy.
  • The NuVal System scores food on a scale of 1-100. The higher the NuVal Score, the better the nutrition.
  • Where can you find the NuVal scoring system? It is currently at Price Chopper, Meijer, and HyVee grocery chains—you can also suggest a store on the NuVal website.
  • You can even see how your current eats rate on the NuVal scale by clicking here. Find out even more nutrition by the numbers by becoming a member which is free!

So I decided to pick a few of the foods I’ve been eating quite a bit lately to see what my nutritional numbers are based on NuVal’s system. How do you think your foods would be rated on NuVal’s nutritional number scale?

  • Egg beaters 100% liquid egg white= 26

I was somewhat shocked by the low count for the Eggbeaters, but regular eggs are only 33, so not a huge difference—I would have thought eggs would have been in the 50-70’s range! Also if you do prefer Eggbeaters over regular eggs, you could choose to go with the ones mixed with yolks which would boost the nutritional number score to 36.

Clif Luna Bars







I thought since one of my main snacks on my vacation last week was Luna bars I’d see what they were rated. Unfortunately not too high at all which surprised me since they have so many vitamins and minerals in them.

  • 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soymilk=82

  • Regular fat-free milk=91

Not a huge difference between soymilk and fat-free dairy milk, which brings me again to this post.

  • Butternut Squash=100

Who knew a few sprays of FF cooking spray and 40 short minutes in the oven could produce a healthy squash fry?!

What tools do you use to implement healthy eating choices?

**All information adapted from**


Krista said...

I've heard of this system before but I doubt it'll get to Canada anytime soon, if ever. That's too bad becuase it sounds really neat and easy to use. I'm gonna go fiddle on the site for a bit, I think!! Thanks for all the info....

Jenny said...

I think NuVal is such a great program to inform people of what they're buying. Yay for promoting health :)

Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

so interesting -- great post!

p.s. my hair is real ;) thanks for the compliment, you are so sweet

Anonymous said...

Usually my healthy eating comprises of geeting loads of fruit and veggies in my diet and the main food groups. I try not to get too obsessed with it.
BTW don't worry about commenting, I don't always have the time myself.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're back at it on A Pinch of This and a Dash of That : )

I am SHOCKED at the NuVal scores for eggs and egg beaters! Sad! I wonder why the ones with the yolks are a bit higher. Maybe the lecithin? I think it's lecithin that's in the yolks that's good for brain health. Very interesting, thanks for sharing! I love NuVal scores!

sophia said...

I'm not that big of a fan of grading foods like that..but it's interesting to see how it dispels common misconceptions. Eggbeaters is NOT better than real, whole eggs!

And whoooppee that butternut squash reigns supreme! I suppose kabocha is in that category as well? ;p

Kim said...

Thank you for pointing out this system. It sure is interesting to see where things are rated. Yay for butternut squash. I would've thought eggs rated better too, hmm....Makes you think, doesn't it?

Maria said...

I did a post on Nuval last week:) Love yours. I didn't know the scores for Luna bars. Thanks!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

I am so jealous of the Nuval scores, it's SOOOOOO interesting!! Great post!!

Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) said...

This is a great post. I wish my local grocery stores had NuVal because even people thinking they're making healthy choices might be surprised. It's just another tool to help customers make informed shopping decisions.

Tina said...

Great post! I love all of the Luna Bar scores! Thanks so much for blogging about NuVal!

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