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There is no "magic score" you should aim for when buying food. We believe a balanced diet consists of foods from all categories and can be found all over the NuVal® System scale.  The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System gives you the information to make an informed decision.

Nutrition By The Numbers

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Learn how you can make your meals even more nutritious by using foods with higher NuVal® scores. Take this classic, simple Four Cheese Mac & Cheese Recipe from and see how easy it is to Trade Up with the NuVal® Nutritional Scoring System.


Classic Four Cheese Mac  & Cheese



Original Recipe



1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil 




Trade Up With NuVal® Version



1 Tablespoon Canola Oil




1 Package of Prince Elbow Macaroni




1 Package DaVinci Whole Wheat Penne




9 Tablespoons of Butter (salted sticks)




9 Tablespoons Naturals Cholestesterol Free Spread




1/2 Cup Bistro Classics Muenster Cheese




1/2 Cup Boar's Head Muenster Cheese




1/2 Cup Kraft Natural Cheddar Cheese Shredded  




1/2 Cup Lisanatti Soy Sation Cheddar Cheese




1/2 Cup Kraft Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese




1/2 Cup Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese




1 1/2 Cup Cabot Monterey Jack Shredded Cheese 




1/2 Cup Weight Watchers Monterey Jack Cheese




1 1/2 Cups Land O Lakes Regular Half and Half




1/ 1/2 Cups Land O Lakes Fat Free Half and Half




2 Regular Eggs, Beaten




Egg Beaters Original Liquid Egg Product




1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/8th Teaspoon Pepper

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1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/8th Teaspoon Pepper

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1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil, drizzle in oil. Place macaroni in the saucepan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
3. Spread the cheddar cheese over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a thin layer of macaroni. Top macaroni with all cheese. Pour the egg over all, followed by the half and half.

4. Bake in the preheated oven 20 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Add pepper to taste.



By switching to soy based cheese, whole wheat pasta, and reduced fat spread, you're trading up to a healthier meal!

                      For more recipes using NuVal® Scores, check out some of our blogger's favorites:



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The Incredible Vegetable Sandwich



German Style Beef Roast