March 8, 2014
Every year during the month of March, Harmons and Special Olympics Utah join forces to promote National Frozen Food Month. Harmons donates a portion of frozen food sales during this time and receives incredible support from the vendor community.
Are you tired of your usual breakfast routine and need some fresh ideas to get you excited about the most important meal of the day? Look no further than your Harmons frozen food aisle! Breakfast… frozen… what?!?! If you usually peruse the cereal aisle for breakfast, consider the many QUICK options available in the frozen section. This is not the first place I think to go for breakfast, but after a quick stroll, I realized all of the convenient, healthy, and delicious breakfasts I’ve been missing. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Amy’s Tofu Scramble—get the day started with 22 grams of protein!
- Good Food Made Simple Unsweetened Steel Cut Oats—high fiber, whole grain breakfast in only 3-1/2 – 5 minutes! Add some slivered almonds or peanut butter for added protein and top with frozen berries for a serving of fruit.
- Whole grain waffles, like Van’s 8 Whole Grains or Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus—start the day with a peanut butter and banana waffle “sandwich.”
- Smoothie pouches, like Western Family or Jamba Juice—these can be high in added sugar, so make sure to choose one that has lots of fruit in the ingredient list before added sugar. Blend with milk instead of juice for added protein and less sugar.
- Amy’s Rice and Bean Burrito with Cheddar—balanced and filling! It’s always great to sneak in some beans so early in the day!
Choosing the healthiest breakfast from the frozen section is a cinch when you look for our Dietitians Choice tags! We have included frozen breakfast foods, frozen fruit, and frozen meals, so you will have a great variety of nutritious and convenient options. In general, watch out for high sodium, added sugar, and saturated fat in frozen breakfast options. For a complete breakfast, you should aim for 600mg of sodium or less, no more than 3-4 grams of saturated fat, and as little added sugar as possible.
March 7, 2014
Phil, Pharmacy Manager
Nasacort and Oxytrol are the newest prescription medications that you can now get over the counter (OTC). Nasacort is a steroid nasal spray for allergies. We have this in stock and there is a coupon on their website at www.nasacort.com. It is also on sale this month at our stores. Oxytrol is patch used for overactive bladder. You can learn more about this medication at www.oxytrol.com.
Some of the recent medications that were prescription and are now OTC are Allegra, Allegra-D, Prevacid, Zegerid, Alli, Zyrtec, Zyrtec-D, Plan B, Miralax, Zaditor, Lamisil, Prilosec, Claritin, and Claritin-D.
This helps more patients to have access to these medications and is more convenient since you don’t need a prescription. If you take a prescription version of these medications you may see some changes with your insurance.
If you have any questions about these medications we are here to help you. Just ask your local Harmons pharmacist.
March 6, 2014
Hey everybody! Nature’s Bounty vitamins are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE throughout the month of March!
So get ready for the spring season and outdoor activities with some Glucosamine for your joint health.
Stop by any Harmons and find them in the vitamin section of the store. Hope to see you!
March 6, 2014
Every week one of our chefs answers your toughest culinary questions on KSL’s Ask a Chef. Email your questions to email@example.com.
This week’s question comes from Misty:
“With my busy schedule I love to use our crockpot to make dinner. However, my family is starting to get bored with the same old chili and soup recipes. Do you have a any fun new ideas I can try?”
With work, school, kids and other time commitments, many families find making dinner a daunting task. Instead of spending another night ordering pizza or hitting the drive-through, crock-pot cooking allows you to throw all of your ingredients in the pot, set it and forget it. By the time you are ready for dinner your house will be filled with the aroma of a delicious home cooked meal, and all you’ll have left to do is enjoy (before doing the dishes that is).
Here are a couple of our favorite crock-pot recipes:
Crock-Pot Beef Shank & Adobo Chicken
- 4 to 6 beef shanks
- 1 whole onion (chopped)
- 4 carrots (chopped)
- 4 celery stocks (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/8 C. olive oil
- 2 C. red wine or apple juice, grape or even beer
- 3 C. stock (beef or vegetable)
- 1 Tbs. dry parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 1.5 pounds bone in, skin-on, chicken breast/thighs/legs
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons garlic, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup chicken stock/broth
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Set your crock-pot to its highest setting andn add the oil and garlic. Allow the garlic to cook and become aromatic.
- Add the beef shanks to the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Add the onion, celery and carrots let them cook for about 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add the salt, pepper and dry parsley then stir to mix everything evenly throughout the crock-pot.
- Add all the liquid to the crock-pot then turn the heat to low and cover.
- Allow at least 5 to 6 hours for simmering or until the meat begins to separate from the bone.
- Heat pan over medium-high heat.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil.
- Place chicken, skin side down and brown well, approximately 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken freely releases from pan. Turn over and brown on second side.
- Remove chicken from pan and place in crock-pot bowl. Reduce heat to medium.
- Add remaining canola oil to pan and allow to heat.
- Add onions and garlic and allow to soften.Season with salt and pepper.
- Add flour and stir to coat onions and garlic well.
- Cook for approximately 1 minute to allow time for starch to cook off.
- Next add chicken stock, tomato sauce and bay leaf.
- Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Pour over chicken in crock-pot bowl.
- Set to high and cook approximately 2 to 2.5 hours or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165F.
- Serve with white rice or couscous.
- Crock-Pot Beef Shank Tip: If you would like to add a gravy over the top of the meat, remove the shanks from the crock-pot then strain the remaining liquid to remove any chunks. Set the liquid aside. In a medium sauce pan cook equal parts flour and butter to make a roux then add the strained liquid and allow the gravy to reduce. Drizzle over meat as desired.
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March 4, 2014
Though nutrition plays a role in food choices, consumer research has shown that the main reason people purchase one food over another is due to taste. In order to make any lasting dietary changes, it’s important to find nutritious foods that you enjoy eating, because the foods people like most are the ones they will eat most often. Hate broccoli? Don’t waste time (or money!) by trying to force yourself to eat it. Try other vegetables like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. Find new ways of cooking or seasoning foods that make you look forward to eating them, and don’t be afraid to experiment. By finding nutritious foods you enjoy eating, you will make it easier to incorporate them into your daily life.
March is National Nutrition Month, an initiative by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information on how to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” contact one of Harmons’ dietitians.