Top Nutrition Questions Answered

Updated: 03/12/2014 7:19 AM
Created: 03/11/2014 10:20 AM

In celebration of National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on March 12, Hy-Vee Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will share answers to the top three most frequently asked questions she gets as a dietitian.  

Who are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists?

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

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Open-Faced Whole Wheat Waffle Sandwich


Serves 6.


6 – frozen whole wheat or whole grain waffles

6 slices Canadian Bacon

12 tablespoons Colby-Jack cheese


Preheat broiler to high heat.  Arrange waffles on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler for 2 minutes, watching closely.  Arrange a slice of Canadian bacon on each waffle, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese.  Return waffles to the broiler and broil until cheese melts, about 2 minutes more.  Serve immediately with a glass of milk.

Nutrition: 210 calories, 10 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 15 grams protein, 16 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 870 mg sodium, 153 mg calcium.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.