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US Nutrition promotion starts Sunday, December 15th and is valid thru Saturday, December 21, 2013

Save $10 at ShopRite from Home when you spend $20 on participating US Nutrition and/or Kraft items in a single transaction. 

Enter promo code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout 12/15 – 12/21/13  to receive the discount. (Discount will appear on final register receipt)


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Nutrition for Moms-to-Be

Pregnancy is an exciting time as you prepare your home for the little one’s arrival. It’s also a time to evaluate your diet. You may need to add some foods to your daily meal plan that you’ve never tried before. This Mother’s Day we’re focusing on nutrition tips and guidelines for mothers-t0-be. *

 First Trimester: Weeks 1-12

Congratulations!  You’re expecting! First things first: talk to your doctor about getting started on a prenatal vitamin.  Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multivitamins because they contain more folic acid and iron which help prevent neural tube defects and anemia.  Some prenatal vitamins may even contain Omega-3 fish oils for healthy brain development.  Look for a prenatal vitamin that contains:1

Folic acid — 400 to 800 micrograms              Zinc – 15 milligrams

Calcium — 250 milligrams                                Copper – 2 milligrams

Iron — 30 milligrams                                          Vitamin B6 – 2 milligrams

Vitamin C — 50 milligrams                              Vitamin D – 40 international units

Next, familiarize yourself with the foods that should be avoided during pregnancy.2

  • Fish high in mercury – swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish and shark.  Limit canned white tuna, albacore tuna and tuna steak to 6 ounces a week.
  • Undercooked or raw seafood like sushi and sashimi, and ceviche.
  • Undercooked poultry, eggs and red meat.  Cook all red meats, poultry and eggs fully.  This means no runny yolks and no rare steaks and burgers.  If you are eating processed lunch meats, you must microwave them until steaming or avoid them completely. Avoid Caesar dressings and hollandaise sauce since they may contain raw egg yolks.
  • Unpasteurized soft cheeses like brie, feta, camembert and bleu cheese.

If you experience morning sickness, it’s best to have a few tricks and tips for keeping the nausea at bay.  Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any time of the day.  Your best defense is to stick to an eating schedule because an empty stomach triggers nausea during pregnancy. Try to eat small, frequent, easy-to-tolerate meals. If you are having trouble keeping food and drinks down, you’ll need to contact your doctor as dehydration can become a problem and certain anti-vomiting medications can be prescribed.  Helpful tips for dealing with nausea:

  • Sip on ginger tea or ginger ale
  • Dry crackers by bedside can help if you feel nausea during the night
  • Cold water with lemon

 Second Trimester: Weeks 13-27

Feeling better yet?  Your appetite might be coming back along with your energy.  The second trimester is a great time because many of your pregnancy symptoms start to disappear.  However, this is when you may begin to experience pregnancy cravings.  During pregnancy you will need to some extra calories, but “eating for two” is a myth.  The American Board of Pregnancy recommends adding an extra 300 extra calories y.  What exactly does 300 calories mean?  Try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a Greek yogurt with sliced almonds and fruit, or a smoothie made with fruit and low-fat milk. 

Keep in mind the guidelines for recommended weight gain during pregnancy: In general weight gained in the first trimester is 1-5lbs, and then it is about 1-2lbs per week in the second trimester, and 1-2lbs per week in the third. 3

  • 25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9
  • 28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5
  • 15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9
  • 11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30

 Third Trimester: Weeks 14-40

The baby is continuing to grow, which means your body has to make room for it. .  Heartburn, reflux and a loss of appetite can occur as digestive organs are pressed.  Here are some tips for digestive relief:

  • Avoid fatty, greasy, spicy and acidic foods.  They will just cause irritation.
  • Stick to small frequent meals
  • Avoid lying down after eating for at least 1 hour.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about over-the-counter heartburn relief that is safe during pregnancy.

 Here’s What You Need, Why You Need It, and Where to Find it.



  1. Mayoclinic.  Prenatal vitamins: Why they matter, how to choose
  2. Mayoclinic. Pregnancy nutrition: Foods to avoid during pregnancy.
  3. American Pregnancy Association.  Eating for Two When Over/Under Weight.

** This is general advice and you should always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.


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Are Your Young Athletes Getting The Nutrition They Need?








If your children are involved in extracurricular sports or exercise regularly, they need extra calories, vitamins and nutrients to help give them energy while exercising and support their growing bodies. If they don’t get enough of these vitamins and nutrients, or make unhealthy food choices, they may be less likely to reach their peak performance and may actually lose muscle mass instead of building it.

Listed below are some nutrition tips that you should keep in mind if your children are involved in sports.

Vitamins and Minerals

It is essential that your children get plenty of calcium and iron in their diet. Calcium is important because it helps build strong bones, which can help reduce the likelihood of stress fractures while exercising. Encourage your children to eat low-fat dairy products, including milk, cheese and yogurt. Iron transports oxygen to the muscles. If your children don’t get enough iron, they may tire easily since their muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen, which can in turn affect their athletic performance. To help make sure they get enough iron in their diet, offer your children iron-fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables and lean cuts of red meat.


Your children need carbohydrates, with a majority of them coming from whole-grain foods, to help fuel their bodies while they are exercising. Whole-grain foods, such as oats, whole wheat bread, pastas and cereals and starchy vegetables, also provide your children with fiber and nutrients they need to maintain their overall health.


Protein can help your children build strong muscles when combined with strength training and other forms of exercise. Many foods that are good sources of protein are also high in fat, however, so you need to educate your children about which ones to choose. Encourage your children to eat protein-rich foods such as fish, skinless white meat poultry, low-fat dairy products and soy products.


In addition to eating a healthy diet, it is also important that your children are properly hydrated when they are exercising. Your children need to drink plenty of water or other fluids before, during and after exercising to help avoid heat-related illnesses and dehydration. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has made the following recommendations regarding hydration and exercise:

  • Before exercise. Drink 17-20 ounces of fluid 2 to 3 hours before activity, and drink an additional 7 to 10 ounces 10 to 20 minutes prior to exercise.
  • During exercise. While exercising, you should drink 7 to 10 ounces every 15 minutes.
  • After exercise. Drink at least 20 ounces of fluid for every pound lost within 2 hours of finishing your workout.

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Affordable Nutrition in a Can!

Just because some of your favorite summertime foods aren’t in season doesn’t mean your diet has to hibernate this winter. Delicious foods that are full of nutrition are waiting for you in the canned foods aisle. Check out these healthy eating ideas for canned foods and don’t forget to stock up this week at our 40th Anniversary Can Can Sale!

Talk about a nutritional bang for your buck! Canned beans are loaded with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. You can make them the star of your meal or a simple side dish. Here are a few ideas:

  • Top a mixed green salad with chick peas, cannellini beans or kidney beans.
  • In a food processor, blend chick peas, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and olive oil to make a delicious bean dip to serve with fresh vegetables
  • Make a vegetarian chili with a mixture of your favorite beans. Try black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans.

What to look for: No-salt-added or low-sodium varieties (or simply drain and rinse canned beans to remove about 40% of the sodium)
Try: ShopRite beans, ShopRite Organic beans, Goya low sodium varieties

Canned fish is a low-cost way to get some heart-healthy nutrition into your diet. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week because it’s a good source of protein and low in saturated fat. Fatty fish, including trout, sardines, tuna, and salmon, are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Here are a few ideas:

  • Tuna salad with a twist: Add chopped fresh parsley, lemon juice, capers and a drizzle of olive oil to canned tuna. Serve over a mixed green salad or with whole grain bread.
  • Salmon salad sandwich: add diced celery, onion and light mayonnaise to canned salmon for a delicious sandwich.

What to look for: Canned fish packed in water, reduced sodium versions if available
Try: ShopRite Albacore Tuna in water, Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light in water 50% less sodium, Bumble Bee Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon

Fruits and Vegetables
You don’t have to sacrifice flavor or texture when using canned fruits and vegetables. Here are some great ideas for adding more canned fruits and vegetables to your diet:

  • Add canned artichoke hearts in water to pasta dishes or salads
  • Sauté canned spinach with garlic and olive oil for a simple side dish
  • Fold a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin into tomato soup for extra flavor and texture
  • Use canned peaches as a topping for low-fat ice cream or yogurt, a smoothie ingredient or as a snack on their own

What to look for: No-sugar-added canned fruit, no-salt-added or reduced sodium vegetables (or simply drain and rinse), fruit packed in its own juices
Try: ShopRite canned peaches in pear juice, ShopRite no salt added vegetables, Rienzi canned artichoke hearts.

Meet our Team

 Natalie  dianna Mel3  Allison

Natalie Menza

Manager of
Health and Wellness

Diana Fransis

Nutrition Supervisor

Melanie Dwornik

Dietitian & Culinary
Nutrition Supervisor

Allison Shields

Health and Wellness
Category Manager

Natalie Menza has been with Wakefern Food Corp. since February 2005. As a registered dietitian, she serves as the Manager of Health and Wellness for the company, overseeing the Health and Wellness department.

Natalie joined Wakefern as the corporate dietitian. After six years in this role, she was named the Manager of Health and Wellness. In that role, she manages ShopRite’s Retail Dietitian Program, which includes more than 100 in-store registered dietitians. She is also responsible for health and wellness marketing and advertising initiatives, in-store wellness culinary classes, as well as all of the in-store nutrition education programs.

Natalie also develops consumer education materials including recipes, shopping lists and brochures – always with the goal of providing customers with healthy and nutritious meal and snack choices. She also shares that information online at, where customers can contact her with specific questions.

Natalie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nutrition also from UMDNJ.

As the Health and Wellness Category Manager for Wakefern Food Corp., Allison Shields is the link between the ShopRite Retail Dietitians, Wakefern procurement divisions and vendor partners.  Allison works closely with vendor partners to execute marketing programs that showcase ShopRite’s dedication to wellness throughout the aisles, including the Dietitian Selection product program.Allison has a passion for healthy living and as a Wakefern health and wellness team member, can continue to spread a wellness message through in store activation, digital messaging and in print.  Partnering with more than 100 registered dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, Allison helps to coordinate store level wellness programs for customers to participate in.  Together the health and wellness team offers nutrition advice, meal planning and community outreach to ShopRite customers. As Dietitian and Culinary Nutrition Supervisor, Melanie Dwornik works closely with Wakefern Corporate Dietitian Natalie Menza to manage the more than 100 retail dietitians who offer free health and wellness services in ShopRite stores.

Melanie coordinates the efforts of the dietitian team, developing nutritional programs and providing educational materials and tools to help them better service their customers in ShopRite stores throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.  ShopRite’s in-store dietitians conduct grocery shopping tours, healthy cooking classes, offer recipe and pantry makeovers and coordinate health and wellness initiatives and nutritional programs both in the store and in the local community.  Additionally, Melanie manages Wakefern’s culinary nutrition efforts, including the Culinary Workshop, hands on “healthy” cooking classes for adults and children as well as children’s birthday parties and the Dietitian Selection recipe program.

Before joining Wakefern’s Corporate team, Melanie was the retail dietitian for the ShopRite of Warwick, New York.  She has also served the Oncology and Infectious Disease units at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey in addition to working with the elderly in rehabilitation centers in both states.

Melanie is a Registered Dietitian who graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.   She has a Masters in Food Studies from New York University and a certificate of Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute’s Culinary Honors Program.

Melanie is also the immediate Past President of the Mid Hudson Valley’s Dietetic Association and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

As the Health and Wellness Category Manager for Wakefern Food Corp., Allison Shields is the link between the ShopRite Retail Dietitians, Wakefern procurement divisions and vendor partners.  Allison works closely with vendor partners to execute marketing programs that showcase ShopRite’s dedication to wellness throughout the aisles, including the Dietitian Selection product program.Allison has a passion for healthy living and as a Wakefern health and wellness team member, can continue to spread a wellness message through in store activation, digital messaging and in print.  Partnering with more than 100 registered dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, Allison helps to coordinate store level wellness programs for customers to participate in.  Together the health and wellness team offers nutrition advice, meal planning and community outreach to ShopRite customers.

10 Reasons to Think Rice for Gluten-Free Diets

If you want safe, nutritious, sustainable, locally-grown food, Think Rice. Naturally gluten-free and the least allergenic of all grains, U.S.-grown rice gives those who are gluten-free a healthy grain option. Enriched white rice and whole grain brown rice are staples in many cooking styles and cuisines, proving that flavor and nutrition don’t have to be sacrificed when following a gluten-free diet.

Here are 10 Reasons to Think Rice for Gluten-Free Diets

  1. U.S.-grown rice is gluten-free and GMO-free.
  2. Brown, red, black and wild rice are 100% whole grain.
  3. Rice is a good source of 15 vitamins and minerals including folate and other B-vitamins, as well as iron and zinc.
  4. Rice fits the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
  5. U.S.-grown rice is low in calories, providing approximately 100 calories per ½ cup cooked serving.
  6. Both enriched white rice and whole grain brown rice are considered nutrient-rich complex carbohydrates and can be part of a sustainable, gluten-free diet that promotes optimal health.
  7. Naturally sodium-, cholesterol-, trans fat- and gluten-free, with just a trace of fat, rice also helps consumers meet government guidelines for a healthful diet.
  8. Rice is comprised of complex carbohydrates that are more slowly digested and provide energy that fuels the body’s physical activity.
  9. Research shows that people who consume rice eat less sugar and less saturated fat, another key to an overall healthy diet.
  10. Whole grains, such as brown rice, help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Rice eaters may also lower their risk of high blood pressure by 34%.


1 Batres-Marquez SP, Jenson HH, Upton L. Rice consumption in the United States: recent evidence from food consumption surveys. J AM Diet Assoc. 2009;109 (10):1719-1727

² Fulgoni III VL, fulgoni SA, Upton JL, Moon M. Diet quality and markers for human health in rice eaters versus non-rice eaters: an analysis of the U.S. national health and nutrition examination survey, 1999-2004. Nutr Today. 2010;45(6):262-272



A Dietitian’s Guide to Building a Heart Healthy Life

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? This year, help decrease your risk of heart disease by incorporating simple meal choice changes into your life. Start by adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and plant proteins into your diet.

With the Heart-Check mark, The American Heart Association makes changing your food choices easy and convenient. Found on the packaging of food products that meet the AHA’s nutrition requirements, the Heart-Check mark takes the guess work out of grocery shopping and ensures that you’re buying foods that are low in fat, low in saturated fat, controlled in sodium and cholesterol and packed with positive nutrients.

Now is the perfect time to begin implementing healthier habits. To help get you started, Kristin Reimers, a Registered Dietitian at ConAgra Foods, is here to offer tips on how Healthy Choice can help build a heart healthy life.

Are any of the Healthy Choice products Heart-Check certified?

All of the complete meals from Healthy Choice are Heart-Check Certified by the American Heart Association.

Besides incorporating Heart-Check foods into your diet, what are some other ways to implement a heart healthy diet into your life?

One of the most important characteristics of a heart healthy diet, or any healthy diet, is that it’s balanced in calories. That means you’re not over eating. When we

over eat we gain body fat and that can lead to becoming overweight. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease. People can be assured that when they’re choosing a Healthy Choice meal that they are choosing a very appropriate calorie level. That’s due in part to the appropriate portion size of the meal.

Why choose a Healthy Choice meal rather than a homemade meal or a meal from a restaurant?

Healthy Choice meals often offer a better nutritional profile. Instead of adding flavors through more fat or salt, they add flavors through herbs, wines, and other spices that will give the same pleasurable flavor without the extra calories and saturated fats.

How fresh are the vegetables and pasta found in a Healthy Choice meal?

Because they are frozen so quickly, the ingredients in a frozen meal are often fresher then the raw produce you would find in the grocer aisle. The vegetables are harvested and frozen within a day. They’re shipped, plated, and remain frozen and protected from heat, light, and air that can destroy nutrients.  Much of our pasta is made fresh, right on sight. The flour, water, and eggs are mixed and plated within hours.

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Frozen Delights

Frozen Delights

Did you know that the freezer aisle of your local ShopRite is packed full of healthy choices? frozenYou can create delicious meals with frozen vegetables, meat, or seafood. The freezer even offers some great side dishes like rice, grains and potatoes. And don’t forget about the single serve, instant entrees: pizza, veggie burgers and frozen soups.

Here’s a rundown of some of our frozen favorites!

Skip the Prep

Frozen vegetables take all the hassle out of the prep work. No more cleaning, slicing or dicing. What’s even better, you can buy frozen vegetable blends, which include different varieties and combinations, to add more flavor, color and nutrition to meals.
Center of the Plate

Frozen cuts of meat, lean beef or turkey burgers, and fish fillets make it easy to add protein to your meal. Plus many items are vacuum packed in single serving portions so you can take out just what you need. Looking for a vegetarian option, choose one of the varieties of vegetable burgers like Dr. Praegers, Morningstar, or Boca.

Speedy Sides

Protein and vegetables – check. But what about grains? We got that covered too! There are many options to choose from like brown or wild rice, quinoa, and red, white or sweet potatoes.

Sweet Endings

What’s a meal without dessert? There are a lot of better-for-you sweet treats in the frozen foods aisle. Look for lower-fat frozen ice cream varieties or reduced-fat ice cream bars and cones. You can also opt for frozen fruit and pair with low-fat pudding or cool whip. If portion control is a concern, try the single serve frozen desserts. One of our favorites is Dole Dippers – frozen bananas or strawberries covered in dark chocolate.

Meal Solutions

Looking for a whole meal in minutes? If you’re dining alone, choose one of the healthier single serve entrees (that are lower in fat and sodium). Luvo meals and flatbreads, Artisan Bistro and Healthy Choice Café Steamers are some of our favorites. If you’re looking for a larger meal, try one of the healthier meal starters. Most require you to just add your protein of choice for a healthy, complete dinner in minutes.
Here are just a few more reasons to love frozen foods:

  • Frozen foods, like fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh since they’re frozen at the peak of freshness, locking in their nutritional value.
  • They are a budget-friendly option since most frozen items are not subject to seasonal price changes, keeping their cost consistent.   Plus, frozen foods have a longer shelf life giving you less chance for waste.
  • Many frozen items come in single serving sizes, which makes them great for small families or if you’re dining alone.

So don’t forget to head down the freezer aisle next time you stop at your local ShopRite.



Lucy’s Products

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Lucy’s, maker of gluten-free and allergy-friendly baked goods, has had a hand in transforming the gluten-free market since 2007, when Lucy’s cookies first hit store shelves. Dr. Lucy Gibney, an Emergency Physician and now also a Food Industry Executive and Entrepreneur, started the company to address food allergy concerns in her family and in doing so has helped others as well.

At the time that Lucy’s launched in 2007, there were not many tasty gluten-free options available. After literally trying every gluten-free flour on the market, Dr. Gibney came up with her own special gluten-free flour blend, which includes oat, garbanzo, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum, and fava. The flour blend, which she calls “magic,” is quite unique and leads to the perfect balance of taste, texture, and nutrition. Lucy’s blend is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. Lucy’s products are so delicious and high quality because the company uses the best ingredients available, including very high quality vegan margarine and organic cane sugar.

With a mission of “baking life better”, Lucy’s provides customers with a selection of healthy, convenient, tasty treats. Lucy’s currently offers a variety of flavors of gluten-free, allergy-friendly cookies—Chocolate Chip, Ginger Snap, Cinnamon Thin, Sugar, and Oatmeal—packaged in 5.5 ounce boxes. Select flavors are also available in snack sizes, which are perfect for lunchboxes and snacks on the go.

This winter Lucy’s will be introducing its Triple Chocolate Brownie Crisp, featuring a delicious mix of 72 percent dark chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, cocoa, and Madagascar vanilla. This decadent treat is a symphony of deep, rich chocolate flavor with a satisfying crisp snap. Even so, there are only 100 calories for three crisps. (This new dessert will first be available in a 4.5 oz. pouch with a resealable top.) Like all Lucy’s products, these Brownie Crisps are gluten free and allergy friendly as they are made without wheat, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or tree nuts.

The increasing availability of gluten-free food items is great for people who cannot eat wheat, barley, and/or rye. Still, Dr. Gibney understands that a gluten-free diet means certain challenges with eating out, traveling, social occasions, and definitely with convenience food purchasing. “At Lucy’s, we truly love providing delicious desserts to people who are either living with special diets or are just looking for a better-for-you option,” said Lucy’s Founder and Chairman, Dr. Lucy Gibney. “Launching the new Brownie Crisp not only expands our line but gives health conscious consumers another option for a scrumptious gluten-free dessert.”

Dr. Gibney has really enjoyed being part of the gluten-free growth surge. When she and her husband attended the Fancy Food Show in 2006 and decided to launch Lucy’s, part of their confidence came from the many conversations they overheard about the need for more gluten-free products in the market place. Well, gluten free has arrived.

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