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Bella’s Beyond® Product Review

Posted by , February 5th, 2016

Hello my non-furry friends! Bella here, checking in to update you on my New Year’s Resolution to shed more than just fur this season! My family has been helping me stay on track by monitoring my treats and increasing my trips to the dog park.

Mom goes to ShopRite to keep me stocked with Beyond® Natural Pet Food by Purina®. Let me tell you, it sure gets my tail wagging! I like it so much, that we set up a very important business meeting with Purina’s Pet Nutritionist Team. They taught me why Beyond is a great choice for dogs (and cats too!). Check out my interview – I give it two paws up.

Bella’s Very Official Interview with the Purina Pet Nutritionist Team

Bella: Ruuuuff! Welcome to my blog! First thing’s first, can you tell me what a “Pet Nutritionist” does at Purina? It sure sounds like a fetching job to me.

Purina Team: Thanks for having us Bella! Well, we’re the team that oversees the formulation of pet food recipes – that’s why we’re so happy to hear you love the taste of Beyond. We want to make sure that the food tastes good and makes you FEEL good, too! Our backgrounds are in all-aspects of animal nutrition, so we know how to deliver food that’s packed with nothing more than natural ingredients and essential nutrients – all the stuff that gives you the energy to run and play.

Bella: Wow you must really care about pups like me! What do “natural ingredients” mean?

Purina Team: Great question! We make real meat, poultry or fish the #1 ingredient in our dry recipes. At Beyond, you’ll never find corn, wheat or soy, poultry by-product meal or added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in any of our dog or cat food recipes. We even offer recipes created for specific needs and preferences, like our Superfood Blend recipes made with nutrient-dense ingredients, and Grain Free recipes that provide a back-to-basics, protein-rich approach to supporting any pet’s health and well-being.

Bella: Oh, I’m happy you make cat food too! Contrary to popular opinion – I think felines are great (but maybe not as cute as me.) All families should have a furry friend to love!

Purina Team: We definitely agree. At Purina, there are no “cat-people” or “dog-people” – we love all breeds alike! We hold ALL of our pet food to our own high standards, as well as to the standards set forth by the USDA, FDA and AAFCO. In some cases, we even exceed them.

Bella: Thank you for all you do to keep pets safe! I know my friends reading the ShopRite Blog thank you too!


And there you have it, I hope you learned something new to share with your four-legged friends. Remember to show me your pet pictures on social media with the hashtag #ShopRiteBella and come back to see me soon!


“Score” Healthier Snacks for your Big Game Celebration

Posted by , February 5th, 2016

There’s one day a year when sitting on the couch, screaming at the TV and paying super-close attention to all the commercials between the main event is an American tradition. Yes, you know what I’m talking about…The Big Game. If you’re ready to have a super time and eat lots of fun snacks out of all kinds of funky plastic bowls (okay, you get the point), I’ve got some great, game-changing suggestions for you on how to make your Big Game celebration a little healthier without sacrificing the appetizers you and your home team loves.

Some suggestions to kick-off your night in style?

Everyone loves wings, right? Well for a healthier option, try broiling or baking them instead of frying. For a dipping sauce, I suggest a spinach artichoke dip using half plain, nonfat Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

To add to the menu, huddle up you family and serve tons of veggies with healthy dunking snacks such as fresh guacamole, homemade hummus, or whip up a ranch dip made with non-fat sour cream. If you crave something crispy, whole grain crackers or baked pita hit the spot. As always watch portion sizes, you don’t want to be “running back” to refill your plate all night long.

If you feel like adding something more adventurous to your playbook, why not create skewers of fruit with a honey yogurt dip on the side, but beware, it might all be devoured before half-time is over.

Lastly, if it’s popcorn your brood hungers for, run with it! Since popcorn is a whole grain, it provides over 3 grams of fiber per serving. Pop your popcorn in an air popper, in the microwave, or on the stovetop. Before serving, sprinkle on a mixture of chili powder, cumin, pepper, paprika and get ready for a fiery kick that will be as good as anything you see on TV!

Enjoy the game!

Football Veges

This “Serving of Health” is brought to you by Diana, Retail Dietitian Supervisor at ShopRite. 

A Heart-y Valentine’s Day Brunch

Posted by , February 5th, 2016

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Valentine’s Day. It always seems to sneak up on the calendar. Although, I worked in the flower industry for a while and it never quite snuck up on me then… And, consequently, is always on my mind now (solidarity for the busy florists)! However, for most of the general public, its arrival can come as a surprise! Read More »

Tu B’Shevat is here – the New Year for the trees!

Posted by , January 25th, 2016

It’s time to celebrate Israel’s Arbor Day.

Tu B’Shevat falls on the 15th day of Shevat. The word Tu means 15, Shevat is the month on the Hebrew calendar and ‘B’ translates to ‘of’. Now that we have the translation out of the way, let’s paint a picture… Read More »


Bella’s New Year’s Resolutions: Everything you need to know about pet diets 

Posted by , January 21st, 2016

My tail can’t stop wagging – I’m so happy to be back to the blog! It’s a little ruff getting back into shape after the holidays? I might have indulged in a few too many treats and stolen a table scrap here or there – hey, it was Christmas! The parties have come and gone, and now my collar is feeling a little snug. I keep hearing everyone barking about “resolutions,” and it’s time for me to join the pack. Read More »


The New(ish) You: 7 Days of Donut Affirmations for 2016

Posted by , January 21st, 2016

Are you alone? Can you find a mirror? Look lovingly into your eyes and repeat after me, “I like myself.” And again, “I like myself.” Now, say it in your deepest voice, your best James Earl Jones impression, “I…like…myself.” Read More »

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Perfect Finger Food for Game Day Tailgating

Posted by , January 9th, 2016

It’s unquestionably more American than apple pie — throwing the pigskin around on asphalt, absorbing the sharp pain on your fingers as you make a catch, and soaking in all the sights and smells of the most coveted game-day tradition. Yes, we’re talking about tailgating. Read More »

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3…2…1… Happy New Year!

Posted by , December 31st, 2015

Bubbles dancing around chilled amber liquid is reminiscent of bringing in the New Year with style. We are referring to sparkling apple cider, of course. Come on, what do you think we were talking about? Here are a couple fruity mocktails that your guests are sure to love! Don’t worry about pleasing everyone at the party, we have that covered with our excellent selection to satisfy every palette. Read More »

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Favorite Italian Tomato Sauce a Can Away

Posted by , December 24th, 2015

One thing I can never have too much of in my pantry this time of year…sugar, brown sugar, flour, vanilla extract, nuts, chocolate, oats, more sugar, maple syrup, honey and….. Read More »

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Bella’s Blog: Holiday Pet Safety

Posted by , December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas, pet lovers! All of my favorite people have been stopping by to say hi and drop boxes underneath the big inside tree. I was sniffing around and found my favorite ShopRite Bacon-Flavored Jerky Strips! I may have opened them a little early… Read More »

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