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Stepping Up Our Game With Bento Box-Style Lunches!

Posted by , March 18th, 2016

My son (and my husband, believe it or not) loves to eat those pre-packaged lunch meals. They usually contain cheese, meat, crackers, and some kind of dessert-y treat, but I just can not with those. They are expensive, full of sodium, and the meat is always sweaty for some reason. Read More »

Spiced Apricot Ginger Wild Salmon

Posted by , March 16th, 2016

One of our family’s favorite fun holidays is Saint Patrick’s Day, yes even though we are not Irish. My best friend Liz told me once, that everyone can be Irish on Saint Patrick’s day, and she is Irish, so I’ll take it!! Read More »

Founders Breakfast Stout Braised Short Ribs

Posted by , March 15th, 2016

As a kid, our house always smelled like delicious food. Once breakfast was done, my grandmother would start sautéing garlic or julienning carrots for the next meal. It was an ongoing cycle, and one that we all enjoyed. Looking back, I consider myself lucky to have had the luxury of home-cooked meals all day, every day. Read More »

Slow Cooker Beef Ravioli Soup

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Most really good soups are an all-day affair with some babysitting here and there. This one cooks for 6 hours all by itself before it needs any tending. It’s hearty enough for a full meal on its own and uses frozen ravioli, one of the most versatile ingredients in a busy family’s pantry. Read More »

One Pot Meal: Pan Fried Gnocchi with Sausage and Sautéed Kale

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! With daylight savings upon us, the days will get longer allowing us more time to pack extra activities into our already busy lives. Read More »

Can a Registered Dietitian Help You?

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Can a Registered Dietitian Help You?

It’s dinner time. You’ve just arrived home after a long day. So now you’re staring into your fridge, or maybe your pantry, and although it’s filled with all kinds of wonderful groceries, you’re still wondering – what am I going to make for dinner? How can I make it healthy? How can I make it fast? How can I make something that my whole family with enjoy?

Luckily, we have an answer. Why not visit a ShopRite Dietitian and get some ideas, help or assistance with your meal planning and recipes? They can work with you to schedule a FREE one-on-one counseling session to help create shopping lists, menus and recipe options that not only meet your dietary needs, but can help you achieve your health and nutrition goals.

Whether you want to lose weight, feel more energetic, eat healthier, or “lighten up” the traditional meals and snacks that you and your family enjoy, our team of nearly 120 dietitians are here at your disposal, ready and willing to help you (and your family) eat well and be happy.

Perhaps you are dealing with a specific medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues or high blood pressure, or perhaps you are just curious about buzz words such as “organics” or “gluten free” – our dietitians are happy to provide clarity. They’ll even go shopping with you to teach you how to read labels and understand what foods are best for you.

Plus, if you want to improve your cooking skills, each month our dietitians offer informational Culinary Classes (you can check out the schedule online at, where you can learn to cook and then sample your creations right at the store, and even better, there’s no clean up afterwards.

These services don’t just stop at adults, they even work with kids! Our team of dietitians are available to do tours, scavenger hunts or other kinds of kid-friendly events all year round.

To find a dietitian near you, search our store locater HERE.  Plus, you can always check out your local retail dietitian events calendar (also available online at, to see what programs and events are happening each month.

Recipe Renovations to Lighten Your Meals For Spring

Posted by , March 7th, 2016

Now that the weather has turned warmer and we’re about to trade in our bulky sweaters for lighter spring wardrobes, it’s also a good time to think about trading in our “bulky” winter recipes for “lighter” spring fare. There are so many simple ways to reduce the fat and calories in our diets without sacrificing flavor. Here are just a few:

  • Swap white flour for whole-wheat flour versions when it comes to pancakes, pasta, bagels and breads.

Take it one step further and switch (at least half) of the flour in cake and cookie recipes, and no one will even notice. Unlike whole-wheat flour, white flour is stripped of the bran and the germ of the wheat grain – robbing consumers of essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

  • Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute for sour cream in dips and sauces, as is unsweetened applesauce for butter and oil in most cake recipes. Blended herbs and spice mixes negate the need for salt in soups, salads and savory dishes. Evaporated skim milk can often be exchanged for heavy cream, and dates can replace white sugar to keep your snacks sweet without the spike in your blood sugar level.

Most dessert recipes will work just as well with less added sugar. So if your favorite cookie recipe calls for 1 cup white sugar, begin to reduce the amount by a ¼ cup, or thinking about adding a “baking-friendly” version of your favorite sweetener substitute.

  • Not ready to give up those familiar flavors? Try a festive frittata with low-fat cottage cheese and reduced-fat sour cream. Or make kid-friendly lasagna cups with part-skim ricotta cheese and ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Subbing skim milk for whole milk, which is higher in saturated fats, is perhaps one of the easiest exchanges you can make.

There are lots of easy and creative ingredient swaps that will make meals healthier and leave us feeling as light and bright as a warm spring afternoon. Ask your local ShopRite dietitian for more ideas on how to make your favorite foods healthier without any drastic differences in taste, or visit us at to get more information.

Recipe Renovations to Lighten Your Meals For Spring

Low Fat Bran Muffins


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Calamut baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups Post 100% Bran cereal
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% reduced fat milk
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup applesauce


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in large bowl.
  3. Mix cereal, milk and sugar in another bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in egg and applesauce. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.)
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pan which has been sprayed with no stick cooking spray, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

How My Slow Cooker Saved My Sanity

Posted by , March 2nd, 2016

In late October, my microwave broke. I use my microwave heavily, for everything from thawing meat that I forgot to pull out of the freezer, to cooking rice or oatmeal or steamed veggies, to reheating leftovers. My kids play multiple sports, my husband and I joined an adult soccer league, and we’re busy with work and family, so FAST is imperative when it comes to meals in our house. Read More »

GETTING YOUR KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY. (Yes, it can be done!)

Posted by , March 1st, 2016

It’s never too early to encourage your children to have good eating habits. And guess what else? It’s never too late. So whether your kids are toddlers, teens, or somewhere in between, getting even your pickiest eater to enjoy more fruits and veggies with their meals doesn’t have to be a chore – in fact, it can be fun! Here are some tips to get your brood excited about eating healthy foods!

Kids are way more likely to eat whatever it is they spend time making. While you should be sure to involve them in age-appropriate tasks, kids love chopping, cutting, kneading, mashing and peeling – the more colorful or “strange” the fruit or vegetable, the better. Even the littlest helper can drop ingredients into a blender and press the “puree” button to make a cool-colored smoothie that might be healthier than they know!

The fruit and vegetable aisles at ShopRite are filled with produce items that have been gathered from nearly every corner of the globe. Don’t shy away from those exotic looking fruit and veggies, instead try something new! Most kids love playing the “game” of selecting a “mysterious” fruit while shopping in the aisles, and then experiment with it at home.

Most kids love “making” things – so let them get creative with foods that practically beg for toppings such as pizza (start with whole wheat dough and sauce, let them top it with whatever they like). For youngsters with a sweet tooth, why not start with a healthy yogurt, then give the kids the option to mix in some granola, fruits and all sorts of chopped up nuts.

This blog was provided by Diana Fransis, Retail Dietitian Supervisor at ShopRite. For more ideas and great healthy recipes to share with your kids, please visit or stop in and speak with your local in-store retail dietitian.

Chicken Soup for the Hurried

Posted by , February 25th, 2016

If I made a resolution for the new year—which I did, vaguely— it involved both being in less of a hurry, and less prone to dawdling. The complete opposite of each other, but relating to the same question: where did the time go? I’m looking at you, Instagram and Election 2016…  Read More »

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