One of the many things Harmons excels at is supporting local products. With over 6,000 local products to choose from, there’s no shortage of variety if you’re looking for food grown or made close to home. You’ll notice local products are clearly tagged on our shelves and our eShop website with a blue local logo.
Another tag unique to Harmons is our Dietitians Choice tag. This helps you find a healthier choice in any given category instantly with the ease of seeing the green logo. There is a select group of products that we carry that meet criteria for both the “local” and “Dietitians Choice” tags. When you buy these items, you support local businesses and make a nutritious choice to fuel a healthy lifestyle. Now that’s a winning combination.
With that in mind, we’d like to spotlight some of our favorite local, Dietitians Choice foods and meals using them.
Oakdell Farms Eggs
Oakdell Farms started with one of the founders being gifted 10 chickens back in 1905. They have since built their business into three operation sites with the closest being in Lewiston, Utah. Lewiston lies in the beautiful wide-open space on the border of Utah and Idaho. Their eggs provide inexpensive, quick-cooking protein that can be used to make a meal satisfying and tasty. Try the omega-3 eggs for an extra boost of healthy fat that may lower risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and cognitive dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s. If you are not a fan of seafood, it is important to consciously get omega-3’s from other sources like these eggs.
Laziz Foods Dips
Laziz is Lebanese for “tasty and lighthearted.” Laziz Foods got their start by selling hummus at farmers markets in Utah. They’ve now expanded into a restaurant in Salt Lake City called Laziz Kitchen, and produce other Lebanese dips for Harmons stores such as baba ghanouj (eggplant-based dip), garlic toum, and beet dip. These sauces are perfect for crisp cut veggies, pita, pita chips, or spread on wraps. Because they are chickpea, eggplant, garlic, or beet based, they are nutritious picks. Additionally, they contain less sodium and calories than their competitors while still packing a flavorful punch.
Salsa Del Diablo
Salsa Del Diablo began with Daniel Benites making homemade salsas for his friends. Eventually his wife suggested that they start selling them. Their variety of flavors offers a favorite for all tastebuds and diets. Many of the flavors are gluten free and vegan. The special reserve salsa is a traditional combination of roasted tomatoes and peppers, tomatillo guacamole salsa offers a slightly creamy take on tomatillo salsa, and cashew dream is a smoky, creamy dip. Cashews are the magic ingredient for creamy vegan sauces.
G2G protein bars opened their doors in Orem, Utah in 2010. These nut butter and whey protein isolate-based bars are rich in healthy fat and protein. They’re sure to fill you up and keep you satisfied until your next meal. One indication of freshness of these bars is that they are stored in the refrigerator. Every bar is gluten free and offers 18 grams of protein. The company shares their tagline which is, “when you eat one, you’ll know!” We do indeed know that these bars are locally manufactured, healthy goodness that we want to share with our customers.
Pop Zero Popcorn comes out of Provo, Utah and uses two unique ingredients, algae oil and pea protein! This plant-based popcorn is a wonderful option with all the flavor but less salt and saturated fat than other popcorn. Algae oil combined with their winning flavors (cinnamon toast, sea salt, and cinema) makes for a perfect snack. Like fish oil, algae oil contains the valuable omega-3 fatty acids that are mentioned above.
Meals that Hit Close to Home
Here are some simple meal combinations from some tasty local Dietitians Choice products. If you have 15 minutes to spare, you have time to prepare these meals!
Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
- Toast a Bubba’s 100% whole wheat skinny bagel (South Jordan, UT)
- Next, top with one of our Cache Valley brand sliced cheeses (Cache County, UT)
- Fry an Omega-3 Harmons egg and place on top of cheese (Lewiston, UT)
- Add spinach on top of egg and put the other half of the bagel on top
- Serve with a side of fruit (look for the local logo on seasonal produce!)
We hope you try out some of our favorite local and Dietitians Choice products. Did we mention you receive 2x fuel points on all purchased products with the blue local tag through October 2, 2021? Enjoy what is grown and made close to home, it‘s both good food and good for you. Contact your store’s dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org for more nutrition guidance.
Heather’s interest in nutrition sparked from her passion for both delicious food and overall wellness. She completed her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics through Utah State University, and her dietetic internship in the St. George area.
Learn more about Heather here.