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Benefits of the Bento Box

The school bell will, once again, be ringing soon and that means packing a morning lunch for your hungry student. The challenge is likely the same as last year. What meal will be both delicious and nutritious? (After all, you don’t want your handmade fruit kabobs being traded for crème-filled snack cakes.)

A solution many parents are using with great success takes a cue from traditional Japanese bento boxes. In its most fundamental form, a bento box is a small, compartmentalized container used for holding food. Bento boxes traditionally include a fish or meat, rice and vegetables. However, the many compartments make creativity easy.

Beyond the wonderful artistic presentation, bento boxes offer health benefits including portion control and well-balanced meals. Reusable containers also cut down on waste from sandwich and snack wrappers. Any way you pack it, this fun alternative to peanut butter and jelly is perfect for fussy eaters who prefer food groups remain separate as well as more adventurous eaters who thrive on unique dining experiences.

To achieve the full benefit of a bento box, balance your meal with vegetables, protein and starch. You can also add dairy and fruit to the mix depending on dietary needs. Remember that cookie cutters turn ordinary bread and fruit into smiling faces, butterflies and more. Use olives or grapes for eyes and slivers of red pepper for smiley faces. The options are truly endless. Plus, if last night’s meat balls were a crowd-pleaser, bento boxes are a great way to use leftovers. (Just remember to refrigerate as needed.) Remember kids should eat every color of the rainbow throughout the day to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

Finally, don’t think of bento boxes as merely child’s play. A bento box lunch is the perfect solution to satisfy adult-sized hunger at the office as well.

 

Redeem your wallet credits with Lin’s To Go

We are excited to announce Lin’s To Go guests can now redeem their Lin’s Plus Rewards while shopping online!

If your Lin’s Plus card has already been added to your online Rosie account then there is no need to make adjustment. You’ll be able to use your wallet credits on your next order.

If your Lin’s Plus account is not set up with your Lin’s To Go account, click here for instructions. 

How to Redeem:

  • Your wallet credits can be redeemed during the third step of checkout.
  • Rosie will present you with your wallet credit balance and you can choose whether you would like to apply your entire balance, or wait to redeem the credits at another time.
  • To add your wallet credit balance, click the green ‘Add’ button.

Keep in mind…Wallet credits will be applied only to grocery items in your order. Credits will not be applied to taxes, convenience fees, bottle deposits, SNAP products or alcohol.

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Five Ways to Upcycle

It’s plain and simple; upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. But do you know what upcycling actually is? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something new or useful.

Each time you shop at the grocery store, you are sure to get boxes, cartons, jars, and other  containers that are easily upcycled. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Baby Food Jar Grass BuddyThis is the perfect project for kids. They love to watch things grow and making a friend out of it is fun too. All you need is a baby food jar, dirt, grass seeds, glue and some decorations (googly eyes, buttons, etc.) then follow these easy steps: 1) Fill about ¾ of the jar with dirt and then add the grass seeds. 2) Water the seeds and then place a little more dirt over them. 3) Create a face on the jar with the googly eyes, buttons and other decorations. 4) Watch the grass grow (and don’t forget to water it, when the dirt is dry).Wipe Canister
  2. Wipe Canister/Grocery Bag Dispenser
    Grocery bags are great to reuse for trash can liners, dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc. but storing those bags can often be a challenge. Our solution is to put all of the bags in a wipe canister, which makes them easy to pull out one at a time. If you are feeling ambitious you can also decorate the canister with fabric or paper.
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  3. Decorative Jar
    Take a pickle or pasta jar and create a cute jar to hold snacks for your kids, q-tips or any other items that need a jar. To create this  jar you will need a jar, sand paper, a drill, a knob, a washer and paint. Then follow these steps: 1) Sand the lid of your jar until the paint or writing on the jar is gone. 2) Paint the lid. 3) Very carefully drill a whole in the center of the lid. 4) Place the knob through the whole and twist the washer in place.
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  4. Mint Container Organizer
    Small things like poppy pins and paper clips can easily get lost in a drawer or purse. Use a mint container to easily organize these items and keep them together. You can also use them to store your head phone, this keeps them from getting tangled and makes them easy to find in your purse or back back.
  5. Tin Can Lantern
    Create a rustic tin can lantern for holiday decor, wedding or party. To get started find a tin can, remove the label and fill it with water. Then put the can in the freezer until the water is completely frozen. Then follow these steps: 1) Draw your desired design on a peice of paper. 2) Tape your paper to the outside of your can. 3) Use a small nail and a hammer to get each hole started. 4) Use your drill to complete the holes. Be sure to go very slowly, as the can is not very thick.  5) Cut five inch piece off a wire hanger and bend the wire to create a half circle for the handle. 6) use needle nose pliers to bend a small “c” at each end of wire. 7) Slide the wire in the hole on each side of your latern to create a handle.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to take another look at items you might consider trash and find a practical way to upcycle them.

Healthy Snacks On-the-Go

It is that time of year again where we are all running from store to store to make sure we get that perfect deal; but, with all the running around, sometimes meals get pushed back or forgotten. No worries though because we are here to help. We have so many healthy options you can come in and grab to take with you on all your errands to ensure you stay nourished. Come in and pick up these delicious drinks and treats and others today!

  • Fresh Cut Fruit-Perfect for snacking on when you want that pineapple or cantaloupe but can’t cut it up.
  • Apples, Bananas, Oranges-Fresh fruit is the perfect pick-me-up during your shopping.
  • Fresh Farms Mixes-These delicious different dried fruits and trail mixes go nicely in your purse or car and are there for you to snack on all day long.
  • Protein Bars-Not only are these delicious, but they give you good nutrients to help you keep going.
  • Drinks-Whether you are picking up a water, a V8 or any of your other favorite drinks, it will help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Making the Switch to Macey’s Perks

Plus to Perks. Get your questions answered!

Macey’s is coming to Holladay! We’re excited to announce our Holladay location will officially become a Macey’s on October 16th. To help make the transition easy for you, we’ve moved all your points, wallet credits, and coupons from your PLUS account to a Macey’s Perks account. The programs work the same and you will be able to continue to use the same phone number for your account.

We know you may have some questions about this change. Check out the FAQ below. If you have any additional questions, If you have any additional questions visit the customer service booth or our website http://maceys.com/perks

Macey’s Perks FAQ

Do I still have a PLUS account? Yes, if you visit any of our other Fresh Market, Dan’s, Dick’s Market or Lin’s you will still have a PLUS account to earn points and wallet credits.

What if I already have a Macey’s Perks account? If you were already a Macey’s shopper and had a Perks account, your PLUS points and wallet balances will be moved and combined with your existing Perks account. Your preferred store will be changed to Holladay. If you want to change this you can login to your Perks account on Macey’s website, http://maceys.com/perks and click on the “Account” tab.

Will I need to create a new user name and password to access digital coupons? Yes, for the Macey’s Holladay location you will access your account at http://maceys.com/perks and need to setup a new user name and password. This will give you access to your Perks points balance, wallet credit, and digital coupons. You can also view all of the offers we have already loaded to your account.

What are the benefits of the Perks program? You get the same great benefits of the PLUS program with your Perks account. You earn 1 point for every $1 spent in the store. Each quarter those points are converted to a wallet credit. The next quarter ends on December 10th. That will be the last day to earn points and all wallet credits will be issued on December 11th. Your wallet credit will be good for 14 days.  In addition to points, you will receive exclusive offers loaded to your Perks account and digital coupons.

Will I receive emails from Macey’s? Yes, now that you have a Macey’s Perks account you will receive weekly emails from maceys@accelimail.com. These emails contain upcoming promotions, weekly ads, and giveaways.

Can I have my points and wallet credits moved back my PLUS account? Yes, if you would like to move your points and/or wallet credits back to Fresh Market email perks@afstores.com with the request.

Everything you want to know about your Kickback Credit!

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Think of your Kickback wallet credit as your own in-store credit account. Every time you shop at Kent’s provide your Kickback phone number to earn points. Each point equals $1 spent instore* and your points add up monthly. On the first of each month money will loaded into your Kickback account based on the number of points you accrued the month before.

Here is how easy it is to use your Kent’s Kickback credit.

  • Make sure you have agreed to the terms and conditions of the Kickback program. You can do this by filling out the customer form in store or online. Your wallet credit can’t be used until this happens.
  • Provide the cashier with your Kickback phone number. If you have a Kickback wallet credit the cashier will ask you if you would like to use this credit on this order.
  • You can spend the wallet credit all at one time or just a little at a time. It’s your choice and under your control. Please note that some wallet credits have expiration dates and make sure you have your email in your profile to receive notification of wallet credit.
  • Your Kent’s Kickback wallet credit can be spent on anything in the store except tobacco, alcohol, money orders, fuel, gift cards and prescription.

You can always check your Kickback wallet credit and point balances.

  • Look at the bottom of your receipt – Both your points and kickback balances are listed
  • Go online at kentsgrocery.com/kickbacks and view your balance.

Use our Shopper Radar app to check balances.

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Guide to Apples

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Fall is here and the holidays are fast approaching. It’s time to turn on the ovens and start baking. Apples are one of the best fruits to bake with, especially this time of year. No holiday is complete without fresh apple pie, warm apple cider or tasty caramel apples.

Their are many apple varieties and we want to make sure you are using the perfect apples for your holiday baking. We have put together an easy guide to apples to help you narrow down your choices.

Baking: Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Pink Lady

Cider: Gala

Pies: Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Cortland

Caramel Dipped: Pink Lady, Galas, Fuji, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious

Happy fall and happy baking!

 

Build your Basket and Stock Up for School!

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It’s time to build your basket and stock up for school.

The best part about doing it today is the savings you’ll receive on the products you love. Right now, when you buy $15 worth of Suave®, Dove or AXE products, you’ll save $5 instantly throughout the month of August! To receive this exclusive discount, all you need to do is sign up to be a rewards member or enter your phone number if you already are. And by registering now, you’ll beat the rush of back-to-school shoppers while keeping some money in your wallet.

While you’re preparing for back to school, teach your kids simple ways to live more sustainable… starting in your bathroom.

Discover ideas and inspiration from Unilever by clicking here.