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NuVal Nutrional Scoring

NuVal Nutrional Scoring

Happy Friday! I have today and Monday off. It is going to be a fabulous weekend!

I am a huge fan of Tina’s blog Carrots N’ Cake. Hopefully some of you saw my guest post about controlling portion sizes. Tina recently started working for NuVal; that is how I heard about their nutritional scoring system.  If you haven’t heard about NuVal, here is a brief overview.

Making better food choices can be confusing and time-consuming. The NuVal System helps you see, at a glance, the nutritional value of the food you buy. Foods are scored on a scale from 1-100. The higher the NuVal Score, the better the nutrition. It’s that simple. For example, blueberries score 100 while Cheetos only score a 5.

The NuVal System considers more than the nutrition label. NuVal also looks at 30 nutrients when developing a score – including carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It accounts for how these nutrients influence health outcomes. This information is used to create a number that consumers can understand and use to make wiser food choices.

Scores are displayed on grocery shelf price tags, so you can compare overall nutrition the same way you compare prices. I love this idea. When you are in the bread aisle at the store, NuVal can help you choose the most nutritious bread without much thought. You just look at the numbers on the tag and put the bread with the highest score in your cart. You don’t have to stand in the aisle comparing labels for hours. NuVal makes purchasing healthy food much easier.

Unfortunately, Nuval scoring isn’t in all grocery stores yet. To see if a store near you uses NuVal, click here. I hope they will come to Utah soon:) If NuVal scores aren’t in your favorite store, don’t worry. You can view scores on their website and plan your grocery list before going to the store.

NuVal scores are very helpful at home too. You can use the scores to “trade up” to better food choices. For example, instead of eating Capn’ Crunch for breakfast (score of 5) you can eat Shredded Wheat N Bran (score of 91). I just learned that Eden’s Pinto Beans score a 100 so I am going to incorporate them into my meals more often. They don’t have scores for everything yet, but they are working on it. There are a lot of foods out there:)

NuVal makes it easier to make the healthy choice the easy choice. For more information about NuVal-go to these sites:

NuValTrading Up Downtown
Carrots N’ Cake
A Better Bag of Groceries

Here are a few of my recipes that score well with NuVal:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Agave Nectar and Fresh Rosemary (Sweet Potatoes-96)
Mushroom Barley Soup (Mushrooms-96, Barley-91)
Spinach Salad with Oranges, Pomegranate, and Almonds (Spinach-76, Oranges-100, Pomegranate-91, Almonds-82)
Green Beans with Lemon and Shallots (Green Beans-100)
Black Bean, Avocado, Mango Salad (Black Beans-53, Avocado-89, Mango-93, Tomato-96, Red Onion-93)

**For those of you participating in the 10 in 10 Challenge-how is it going? I hope this NuVal information was helpful! Remember to look at your goals often and reevaluate if you need to.

I had a good week. I enjoyed my workouts and made sure I incorporated more protein into my diet.  I still need to work on getting enough calories and fat. It takes a lot of food to gain weight, but I am working on it!**

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14 Responses to “NuVal Nutrional Scoring”

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    Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me — January 15, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    Ten in ten is going pretty well…this past week was a little rough as far as keeping up on my workout schedule but I had good reason (burst pipe in our home!!). Other than that, great! Have a great day!

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    stephchows — January 15, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    I wish it was near me! Looks like it is in NY all over… but not in rochester… maybe soon :)

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    Julie @ Pickley Pear — January 15, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Hey Maria – here in MI, we have Meijer stores, which uses NuVal scoring! I did a little research myself at Meijer this week. I picked up a pamphlet of produce scores (btw, pomegranate score = 91). I’m going to keep this for future reference, although nearly ALL produce scores high, except coconut (24), for the fat content I would assume (?), and some specific spices score low. Thanks for the great post, and hopefully you will see NuVal in Utah soon!

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    Melissa — January 15, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    Please let Steph from Rochester, NY know that NuVal is live in Price Chopper supermarkets. Great post, Maria! We are doing everything we can to get NuVal to supermarkets around the country, including Utah!

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    twopeas — January 15, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Julie-You are lucky you have NuVal in your stores, thanks for the info!

    Melissa-Thanks for stopping by. I hope NuVal comes to UT soon:)

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    Blond Duck — January 15, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    How do you know all this and still bake the way you do?

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    Scorpio Woman — January 15, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    I live in Montreal, Canada. No NuVal here. It would be a great thing :)

    Also I wanted to say that I gave you an award : http://scorpiowoman.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/happy-awards/

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    Angela@SpinachTiger — January 15, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    That is super information. I’m very intrigued. I wonder why spinach is only 76 and an orange is 100. How’s the Ten in 2010 going?

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    Michelle — January 16, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    What a great way to keep track of your food. I like this idea. I have not heard of it and Im pretty sure it’s not in any of our grocery stores yet. Im going to check though! It sounds like your eating great and still baking and enjoying that part. Im tyring to find a good balance. I found I was baking way to much and having way to many sweets avalible for my kids. Since I have cut back baking my daughter has lost five pounds..she is in track and a sprinter so this has been so good for her! I felt kind of bad(like oh man I should have quit baking like that awhile ago). So anyways..Im rambling on here;).Thanks for the great information!

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 16, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Maria, thanks for the awareness and the excellent post about NuVal. This nutrition scoring system sounds like a great way to help get folks on the right track with healthy eating. I just tweeted this post and I am gonna go Facebook it as well.

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    Lesley Lifting Life — January 16, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    I shop at Hyvee and my Hyvee store recently put the NuVal system in place … I think it’s a great idea.

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    Lori — January 16, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    What a great idea. Hopefully people will step up to the plate with better nutrition.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 17, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    Wow – great information! I will definitely keep reading about the NuVal scoring system. Sounds like a great way to make informed, healthy choices.

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