Our Dietitians’ Local Favorites

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 Bars

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

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) 
  • 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!) 

Frozen Burrito with Salsa 

  • Serve with a side of fruit (look for the local logo on seasonal produce!) 

Chocolate Raspberry Kodiak Waffle 

  • Serve with a hot cup of black coffee from Café Ibis (Logan, UT) 

Local AB & J (Almond butter and jelly)

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 dietitian@harmonsgrocery.com 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.

Local Flour Power

Driving south on I-15 through Utah County, the Lehi Mills building is hard to miss. It’s a historic landmark on the west side of the freeway as you pass Lehi. If you talk about it, most people will know the name. Whether it’s because of the flour they’ve been producing for years, or the fact that parts of a well-known movie, Footloose, were filmed there, Lehi Mills is as local as it is famous.

Originally named Lehi Roller Mills, the company was recently rebranded to Lehi Mills, but is still producing the same quality flour as before. They also make baking mixes that make eating locally easy as pie…or muffins. Harmons not only carries Lehi Mills products in our stores, but we use their flour exclusively in our artisan breads.

In this episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, Sheri Brailsford Cutler and Steve Brailsford join our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young. Sheri and Steve are from KEB Enterprises, and their father Ken Brailsford purchased Lehi Roller Mills in 2013. You’ll want to listen to the story of how the original owner’s family, the Robinsons, are still involved in the mill, along with how the Brailsford family has managed to keep the Mills local. 

Another guest on this podcast is Todd Berry, who has a longstanding history with Lehi Mills going back 35 years. He has learned the business literally from the ground up (he started out sweeping flours), and he shares a lot of information about the past along with day-to-day doings in the business of making flour. 

The Turkey Red and Peacock Brand logos that were historically included on the cotton flour bags are still painted on the building.

You’ll want to tune into the podcast to learn more about this great local company and it’s past, present, and future. 

If you enjoyed this podcast, listen to our other episodes here. Recent episodes include “The Coral Reef Rescue” with Brent Anderson of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium and “The History of the Hamburger” with Chef Aaron Ballard.

Sheri Brailsford Cutler is the vice president for KEB Enterprises. She oversees marketing for each portfolio company, regulates the work environment, serves as the point of contact for each employee, and makes sure that they are succeeding in their positions. She also aids in planning and logistics.

When she’s not in meetings, you can find Sheri hiking, biking, kayaking, or traveling to a new place. Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband, five sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Steve Brailsford brings expansive leadership and management experience to KEB. As president, he oversees each portfolio company and investigates local companies for promising potential investments. Steve is a highly valued voice among top private equity firms.

Steve loves to escape—his favorite places to be are the water and the mountains. Steve is an avid scuba diver and also loves spending time with his family in the mountains (away from cell coverage). He is also a passionate cyclist and often commutes 12 miles to work on his bike. One of Steve’s dreams is to sail around the world, but first he needs to learn how!

Todd Berry has worked for Lehi Mills for 35 years, literally from the ground up. He is currently the milling superintendent and director of quality of assurance, but he started out sweeping floors, packing flour, driving delivery trucks, and as a flour miller, production supervisor, warehouse manager, customer service manager, and a food safety audit specialist.

He worked his way through college while at the Mills, and after graduating from Utah State University he was asked to be a part of the management team. He likes to spend his off time with his family. He and his wife Sherri have seven children two daughters-in-law, and one grandson, and is looking forward to more grandchildren.

At Harmons, we’re lucky to have incredibly talented artists at each store, and we’re sure you’ve seen their amazing chalk art as you wander throughout every location. We’re excited to be able to feature some of their work as the featured art on our podcast blog. This art is the work of Jeffrey Hansen at our Station Park location.