From Store to Shore

By: Audrey Hasse

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we are all looking forward to leaving the ‘burbs behind as we head down the shore to relax with family and friends, lay on the beach and soak up some sun.  Inevitably, trips down the shore can mean grabbing unhealthy snacks for the car ride, sticky buns for breakfast, and eating everything along the boardwalk, all in the name of tradition.  While the obligatory pizza, ice cream and caramel corn are a warranted vacation indulgence, remembering the healthy eating habits that helped you get ready for bathing suit season can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you balance clean eating with your summer favorites while you’re down the shore.

Make your meals ahead of time.

Preparing meals ahead of time will help ensure that once you get to the beach, you have some quick, easy, and healthy meals to eat.  That way, you won’t have to rely on going out to eat or grabbing something unhealthy on the run.

Swing by Swiss Farms and grab your Store to Shore Cooler, already filled with a hoagie, ice, and a 6-pack of your favorite teas!  Then, reuse that cooler all summer long to tote your healthy made-ahead meals as you travel down the shore.

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Keep the good stuff visible

Instead of having the tempting treats sitting out on the counter or staring at you every time you open the fridge, keep the food and drinks that are good for you where you can see them.  Put all of the snacks back in the pantry when you’re done so they don’t tempt you every time you walk by, and keep the best options visible when you go back to grab something crunchy.

Fill the fridge with containers of fresh fruit, cut up vegetables and hummus, and hardboiled eggs for breakfast or snacks.

Keep your pantry stocked with Boomchickapop Popcorn, Garden of Eatin Chips, Pirate’s Booty, and some Good Natured Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels.

 

Pack your own snacks for the beach

Before you head to the beach for the day, pack your cooler with some good-for-you snacks and drinks so you have nothing to worry about all day except finishing your book and catching some waves.  Packing your own snacks ensures that you have something healthy to eat so you don’t give in to the temptations along the boardwalk.  It’s also a great money saver – total bonus!

Some great beach snacks and drinks are:

  • Fresh cut fruit
  • Boomchickapop Popcorn
  • Creative Snacks Cashews
  • Krave Beef Jerky
  • Deep River Potato Chips
  • Hint Water

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Plan your indulgences ahead of time

Summertime indulgences are more than likely going to happen. So, instead of pretending like they are not, or giving in completely to every tempting treat, pick the one thing you have been thinking about all year and make that your one indulgence for the day.  If you make a point to eat clean and healthy the rest of the day, you are sure to maintain a good balance of healthy and fun!

 

Farm Favorite This Month: 

Deep River Potato Chips

Varieties:

  • Original Salted
  • Sweet Maui Onion
  • Sea Salt & Vinegar
  • Nacho Cheese

Why We Love Them: 

 We love Deep River Snacks for a number of reasons.  First of all, they’re delicious, obviously.  But even more than that, Deep River is a company focused on giving back to the communities in which they live.  From buying, cooking, and packaging their products domestically to giving back to charitable organizations, Deep River strives to “Give a Chip”.  Each year, they donate at least 10% of their profits to various charities that have played a part in the lives of their employees.  They are also dedicated to sustainable practices in their LEED platinum manufacturing plant, where they use 30% less energy and sustainable packaging materials.  And finally, their ingredients speak for themselves- simple, clean, and real.  They are committed to using non-GMO ingredients, organic when available, and never compromising on their promise of great flavor and the highest quality.  Now that’s a chip we feel good eating!

Swiss Farms Featured in Be Well Philly!

Swiss Farms | Photo via Facebook

I’m told that if you grew up around Philly, you probably have some fond memories of stopping at Swiss Farms, a drive-through market that’s been around since 1968 and has 13 locations throughout Delaware and Chester counties. I did not grow up here, so I don’t have any Swiss Farms sweet tea-related memories to share, but I am very into the idea of a drive-through market — who knew grocery shopping from your car was a thing? — especially one that is now making a serious effort to offer healthier options to customers.

Audrey McKenna Hasse, a Delaware County-based dietitian (and also the lovely lady responsible for all our killer weekly workouts), was recently added to the Swiss Farms team and assigned the task of overhauling the shelves of the drive-through market’s 13 locations to replace not-so-good-for-you foods (think: Doritos) with healthier options (think: non-GMO, 90 percent organic Deep River Snacks Honchos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips).

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Hasse’s role is to look at every item in the stores and decide whether it should stay or go. But she isn’t simply judging items based on their nutrition labels — she’s also considering whether foods, while not so great for your waistline, have a special place in people’s hearts (hi, Tastykakes). As Hasse, who grew up going to Swiss Farms herself, says, “There’s a nostalgic piece of Swiss Farms that people love and we really want to preserve that nostalgia. We’re really looking to balance good-for-you products with local favorites.” That means you can take solace in knowing items like Swiss Farms’ teas and lemonades, their grab-and-go chicken salad, and local favorites like Tastykakes and Herr’s chips won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The idea is, now you’ll just have healthier options to fill your grocery bag with, too.

For instance, now you can pair some fresh-cut, Lancaster-grown fruit, a new addition to the drive-through’s offerings, with your Tastykake. While certain items that Gwyneth Paltrow would totally scold you for eating will stay on the shelves, when it comes to new items, Hasse has some requirements that will put a smile on most Goop readers’ faces: She tells us when it comes to new products to bring into the stores, she’s looking for labels that are free of artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and GMOs.

Like what, you ask? Well, when it comes to new items they’ve already added, Hasse tells us they started their makeover by tackling the snack category, bringing in more high-protein options like Krave Jerky, a staple amongst the CrossFit crowd, the fresh-cut fruit — a big hit — mentioned above, BoomChickaPop popcorn, and more. Then there are more dinner-friendly picks like Amy’s Organics frozen foods, Alexia organic frozen fries, Annie’s organic mac and cheese, and more items you’d find at, well, Whole Foods. Hasse also tells us they are thinking about partnering with local CSAs to have Swiss Farms locations serve as pick-up spots, and they also have some ideas about getting cage-free eggs on the shelves. (The stores already offer local eggs and farm-fresh milk free of antibiotics and added hormones.)

But, as Hasse says, “It’s just the beginning. Our end goal is to be a destination that people come to to be the solution in their busy lives. We want to offer better-for-you products, while also letting you get those indulgent things.” Because sometimes a busy person who is grocery shopping from their car because they are too tired to walk (we’ve all been there, right?) just wants a damn Tastykake — washed down with a swig of organic apple juice.

How Drive-Through Market Swiss Farms Is Becoming a Surprising Destination for Healthy Eaters

 

Brain Food by Creative Snacks PRODUCT RECALL

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June 21st

To Our Valued Guests:

We were alerted by our supplier Creative Snacks, that their product, Brain Food’s (SKU/Barcode 148080) following lot codes may be contaminated with Listeria:

2139073015 / 03/26/16
2145080415 / 03/31/16
2184081915 / 04/15/16
2241090315 / 04/30/16
2273091415 / 05/11/16
2293092315 / 05/20/16
2426102815 / 06/24/16
2361121015 / 08/06/16
2417122915 / 08/25/16
2430010716 / 09/03/16
2556021016 / 10/07/16
2063071015 / 03/06/16
2099072115 / 03/17/16
2251090815 / 05/05/16
2417122915 / 08/25/16
2481012016 / 09/16/16
2602022416 / 10/21/16

 

We removed Creative Snacks Brain Food with the affected codes from our shelves immediately. As it could still be in guest’s homes, we urge you to check your cabinet for products with the affected codes; please do not eat them. You should discard the product or return it to any Swiss Farms for a full refund.

If you have any questions, please call our Support Center at 610-356-2070. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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