All posts by Joshua Stewart

Healthy Eating Tips for Spring

How many of you started a new year’s resolution to make better choices when it comes to food? I did! And here I am as Spring is approaching noticing that my motivation has disappeared and I’m right back to where I started. There’s good news though! It’s never too late to start over! Any time is a great time to find ways to be a healthier version of yourself. Why not start with making baby steps towards healthier eating habits now! Here are a few simple tips to get you started!

  1. Try new vegetables! Or, a different way to prepare them.

Vegetables are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. It can get old eating the same salad day after day. So, try to spruce it up! Add different vegetables such as broccoli or roasted sweet potatoes to your every day salad. Or, just try to prepare vegetables differently than you are used to. Try roasting them with a drizzle of olive oil or throwing them on the grill! You’d be surprised by the change of taste and texture that creates. Make extra so you can store some in your refrigerator for your next meal! 

  1. Try to eat smaller portions.

There are ways that you can actually trick yourself into eating smaller portions! Yep! Trick yourself! Buy smaller plates so it’s harder to load up. And, another way to trick yourself? Once you get your portions, put the leftovers away immediately. It takes more effort to get everything back out to eat another serving this will help you keep those portions small! 

  1. Meal prep! 

I know, this one is daunting! But once you get the hang of it, it’s not so bad! Not only will it help you with portion control, it saves time in the long run! It will also save you a trip to the nearest fast-food joint. When you spend the time to meal prep you are way more likely to reach for what is in your fridge than to run out to grab something! Keep it simple! Make large portions of the protein of your choice, roast some vegetables, add your favorite seasonings and throw them all together in to-go containers! 

  1. Snack wise

If you’re like me you like to snack! I will go through my day eating whatever is accessible and easy to grab! I have learned to meal prep small bags of different kinds of fruit that are easy to grab and go. That way I’m not grabbing the nearest bag of chips or box of candy! I still get my sweet treat but don’t have to feel guilty about it later! I also like to prep bags of nuts and different kinds of cheeses. I will even throw in a small amount of dark chocolate chips with my nuts to add that little bit of sweet that I crave! 

  1. Hydrate!

Train yourself to always have a large bottle of water with you at all times. Sometimes we simply just eat because we are bored. When you have a water bottle on hand it can help curve the craving to snack!  If you get sick of water or just hate the taste of it, try to spice it up a bit by throwing in some of your favorite fresh citrus fruits or herbs in to infuse it! Mix it up by adding something different every day! Fresh mint, cucumbers, lime, and berries are a few of my favorites! 

  1. Shop smart!

So, here’s the deal, you are probably going to eat what is in your house. Am I right? So why not start to shop smart! Choose a grocery store that has a wide variety of fresh and local produce? (psst… Kent’s Market is my favorite). Shop the perimeters of the store to ensure you aren’t consumed by all of the processed foods. Make sure you make a list of the items you need and stick to it! Fill your pantry and refrigerator full of nutritious foods to help keep you on track! 

There are a lot of ways to keep you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. But start small if you have to and implement new techniques as you go! We are all in this together! Try to find an accountability partner who will be cheering you on and walking along side you during this journey! Happy healthy eating! 

Back to Basics – Cooking from Home

I don’t know about you but I’ve been cooking from home a lot more often lately. And, I kind of love it! A few months ago, our busy life was basically put on hold, our world stopped spinning, the hustle and bustle was put to a halt and I literally had to find my bearings and remember how to cook again. I will be the first to admit that we ate out entirely too much. As much as I wanted the family dinners around the table, our schedules just never quite lined up. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped in quickly!  I have found a few awesome tips for getting back to basics and putting food back on the table. 

  • Buy in bulk. The staples that you know you will need, stock up on those! Keep your eyes open for sales such as Kent’s Market’s case lot sale! These sales come around often and you wouldn’t want to miss them! This will save you time and more importantly, money! 
  • Start grocery shopping ONLINE! It saves time and it’s a good way to keep your distance from other shoppers. Kent’s Market makes online shopping so simple and I trust that they will always get my order right!
  • Prep your meals! Take a day to make a few freezer meals! It’s worth the time and effort! You can find a lot of meal prep recipes on Pinterest! From freezer meals to weekly breakfast and lunch meals and more! Make sure you are adding your ingredients to your Kent’s Market online basket as you go! 
  • Find a good meal plan service! This has been a life saver for me and possibly by best tip yet! It will help switch things up a bit and will get you away from making the same dish too often! Give DinnerHub from Kent’s a try! You won’t be disappointed!

So, with all of the uncertainty going on in the world today, make certain that you are getting the family back around the table again! 

Savory Summer Delights

When you think of summer time – you think of barbeques, pool and park dates, and time spent with family. What goes along with these? FOOD! And at Kents Market – you have your pick of the best local and fresh meat, produce, bakery items, and deli selections.

Why is local and fresh so important? Our meats, produce, and deli items are served to you at their peak production and ripeness. Fresh = nutrient dense. At Kents Markets, not only do you get personalized service, but we serve our customers only the best. Serving local meat and produce also enhances the economy around us – so that is a win-win!


No BBQ is complete without the perfect steak or meat selection! Let the friendly and knowledgeable meat department butchers help you pick the best cuts of meat that will surely make your next get together one to remember. Our chicken, beef, pork and fish are all premium sourced.


Nothing goes better with the perfect cut of meat than the ripest vegetables! Pick out the perfect side in our produce department! From grilled, sautéed, or steamed – veggies are just the best. And you can never go wrong with the perfect fruit tray!


Kents Market hosts the BEST bakery items! Made fresh every day, you can’t go wrong. We have the experience and expertise when it comes to bread, rolls, cookies, cakes, and donuts! We even cater and take special orders! Browse our website for ideas and prices.


Want the perfect meal but don’t have the time? We have you covered! From fresh sliced deli meat, cheeses, as well as salads and sides – you can just swing into the Market and walk out with fresh food! Easy as that! We can also provide catering and deli trays! Craving something a little extra? We have fresh made sandwiches and SUSHI!

When you are wanting to make a big hit at your next gathering, remember Kents Market and all we have to offer! Check out our website!

5 Tips to Stay Healthy

In this time of uncertainty and disruption of our daily lives – we would like to pass on five tips for eating healthy and staying safe to our community and customers. You don’t need to look beyond your local Kent’s, we have you covered!

1.) As if you haven’t heard it enough lately, washing your hands and disinfecting your home and just about everything you touch is paramount to keeping germs at bay! Make this a daily, if not hourly practice in your daily routine. Kent’s is your one stop shop for hand wash, disinfecting wipes, and germ-killing cleansers.

2.) As more and more research emerges about how diet effects our health – it has never been more important to take a hard look at what you consume. Balanced diets rich in wholesome fruits and vegetables should be your first focus. The more colors of the rainbow you can add to your daily meals, the better! recommends at least five servings of both combined in a day! Shop our fresh produce here:

3.) What about Organic? Kent’s offers an exclusive line of organic items from Full Circle Market – a brand that carries produce, meat, and poultry, dairy, deli, and baby items. Organic foods are grown from responsible, sustainable farms that do not use persistent pesticides. If you want to take your health to the next level without major expense – take a look at what we have to offer in organic products!

4.) Get in the kitchen! Prepare your own meals from scratch with the knowledge and empowerment that you know what you are putting in your body! We can make it easy on our customers to choose healthy meals while providing all the necessary ingredients! Kent’s offers recipes which in turn helps you with your shopping list!

5.) Vitamins and Supplements – we all know our bodies are deficient in some manner. With the instruction and guidance from your health care professional – ask what you could be taking to supplement a healthy diet to improve your health that much more! Kent’s offers a wide range of dietary vitamins and supplements to benefit children, adults, and the aging. Again – coordinate with a health care professional – then bring your list to Kent’s!

A Real Life Story About Digital Coupons

I am a real- life Kent’s Market customer…I am not a blogger nor do I have an internet following on social media.  I am just a regular shopper trying to save money on groceries while feeding my family.  Here is my experience with using the Kent’s Market website and their digital coupons.

Kents has made it really easy to set up an account online and begin using all their great tools.  Just go to  to get started.  Set up your account and next time you need to login just put in your email and password!  The website has so much information…it even keeps track of your recent receipts and purchases! I am new to their digital coupons but I want to share my experience using them. I love Kent’s grocery store and have shopped there for about 12 years.  They have the best produce in town at the best prices and their meat department can’t be beat! Plus they have great customer service.  Kents is just a great home town grocery store…but they are really working on keeping up with what’s new in the marketing world. 

When you log in to the website there are three bars on the right side of the page – just click on that to bring up their menu.  Scroll down to ” digital coupons”.  Once you select digital coupons it brings up their coupon page where you can ‘clip away’!  Just scroll through the HUNDREDS of digital coupons and select the ones you want to add to your account.  

They are stored under your kickbacks rewards account and when you give the cashier your phone number they automatically are redeemed as the items are scanned at the register.  No need to fumble through your wallet for paper coupons!  It really was so easy! Plan your weekly meals around the items that are on sale in their Ad, plus use the digital coupons to really save money on your grocery bill.  

As you can see from my receipt I saved $21.40 on my total purchase using 18 digital coupons! Almost all the items I bought were already on sale in their weekly ad, and some were also an additional amount off using coupons I added online to my account! Double savings!!There were a few items I had digital coupons  for that I could not find in the store, but overall there were hundreds of coupons! You can select categories to help you find what you are looking for such as frozen foods, or dairy/ eggs/ cheese or paper/cleaning/home.  It stores all your added coupons under the tab ” My digital coupons”.  It also allows you to see what coupons you have redeemed or that are expired. 

I will be using Kent’s digital coupons from now on. It is so easy and so organized! Try it for yourself and see how much money you too can save! 

–A.S.– Perry 

Healthy Eating in 2021

Healthy Eating in 2021

Lemon, orange, celery, pomegranate with holiday decor

Making healthy eating a “resolution” can be tricky! It seems easy to tell yourself at the beginning of the year that you are going eat healthier and make some big changes! But soon you realize that “resolution” has faded away and you are back to your old ways.

Instead of making a resolution why not make a life style change? Taking away the deadline of a resolution can help reduce the stress and pressure of this big change in your life! Here are a few ways to get you started on the right track!

  • Meal Prep: Take any day of the week (preferably Sunday) and set aside about an hour to prep your meals for the week. It may seem daunting at first but once you have ready made meals you will thank yourself! Meal prepping cuts out the urge to eat out and will in turn save money. Win, Win!!
  • Prep your fruits and vegetables: How many times have you got home from the grocery store and just threw your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator and forgotten about them? Don’t let those go to waste! You are more likely to eat them when they are prepped and ready for you! When you get home, wash and cut them up! Place them in little bags or containers! Boom! Ready to eat!
  • Eat Naked: No… I don’t mean that eating while naked. I mean, eat foods that don’t come packaged. Fruits, vegetables, fresh meats from the deli, nuts and seeds that you can buy in bulk!
  • Invest in a good blender. Smoothies are a really good way to get a nice treat without all of the sugar! Plus, you can add vegetables like spinach and carrots to make it extra healthy without even tasting it! You can also meal prep smoothies! Have them in the freezer and ready to just dump into the blender! Time saving and healthy! Can’t go wrong there!
  • Read the labels: Make sure you are reading the labels of what you are buying! Look for whole ingredients. And, the less ingredients the better!!

Grocery Shopping from my Bed

Grocery Shopping from my Bed

I never thought the day would come when I could snuggle into my big cozy bed, throw the covers over myself, and do a whole month’s worth of… yep… you guessed it, GROCERY SHOPPING! There was absolutely no hesitation when grocery pick-up became available to me! I jumped on that train in less than a heartbeat!

I’m a mom of two young boys and a wife to a husband who works a lot of crazy hours. So, that leaves me to do most of the household chores. I can handle the dishes, the endless amounts of laundry, the mopping, and the constant picking up. I can handle the vacuuming and the dusting. I can even tackle the lawn in record time. But grocery shopping is the most dreaded chore of all.

You can say I’m a little “type A” especially when it comes to grocery shopping. I still write lists in the order of where the items are located in the store, starting with the outside aisles and working my way in. I like things to be neat, organized, and smooth sailing. But add two boys (ages 5 and 3) to the mix and it is just a recipe for disaster! Might as well rip the list up in the car before entering the store. Because it’s guaranteed that I will forget at least 3 of those items! Hot mess mom coming through.

My kids are (mostly) well behaved but there is just something about entering the market that turns them into complete monsters. I may have been a little naive when they were younger, thinking… “This will get easier the older they get.” Believing they would be able to walk nicely beside me while I calmly stroll the aisles. I imagined they would not hang off of the grocery cart like little monkeys, or running down aisles, or touching everything in their sight. Not whining and begging to buy everything with a sugar content higher than the temperature outside (ok, a little exaggeration, but really… they aren’t begging for that broccoli in the produce aisle). Nope. No such luck for me. Grocery shopping with two boys has become an Olympic sport for myself. I have come out of the market after an hour feeling like I just ran a marathon. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has felt this way?

So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard you can actually order groceries online and pick them up at a time you reserve!  This has been a huge life-saver! I can get my boys off to bed at night, sit in a quite home and add groceries to my cart with the click of a mouse. The process is so simple and very organized! Right up my ally!!

I have had people ask me if I would trust some random person to pick out my meat and produce. My answer: absolutely! I like to shop LOCAL and most small markets offer a produce guarantee. So, that is just a no brainer! I have yet to receive a bad order of produce or meat! In fact, I would say they do a better job than myself, I mean… they are the experts, right?

The best part of grocery pick-up is, well, the pick-up!! I have the option to go into the store or have my groceries delivered to my car. I like to save myself the car-seat shuffle (moms… you get me?) and have them brought out to me! I’m always greeted with warm and friendly customer service, which is always a plus! They place my groceries in my car and I’m off. You just can’t beat a 10-minute grocery trip! Am I right?  What a pleasant experience! So, whether you are a mom or not I highly recommend giving it a try! I think you will be surprised by how enjoyable and time efficient grocery shopping can actually be!

Choosing the Best Produce

Choosing the best fruits or vegetables at the market shouldn’t be a mystery! Take the guess work out when you are shopping and follow these simple guidelines to pick the best of our favorite summer-time produce!

– Watermelons – Pick one that sounds hollow. You don’t want a ping (underripe) or a thud (overripe).

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– Avocados, Peaches and Nectarines- choose firm, no bruising, nice colors. A little softer can be good though, as it will be a little sweeter.

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– Cantaloupe – Look for a firm button, and you want to be able to smell the actual melon when you bring it close to your nose.

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– Cherries – Darker color means sweeter. Look for firmer ones.

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– Pineapple – It’s all about the color! Pineapples do not ripen after they are harvested, so the more yellow, the riper. Get a grip on the stem, if it’s very easy to pull out, it’s overripe. Too hard, underripe. Find a good middle ground.

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And, if you have any hesitations, feel free to ask any of our produce experts! We are sure to lead you into the right direction and always happy to help!

A few simple tricks to help you save money at the grocery store.

By Andrea Nay

In today’s world it seems the cost of everyday items keep going up, while our wages are staying the same. It is essential to save money where we can to maintain financial stability. Food is a huge one. We have to eat. There is just no way around that. Finding ways to save money in the grocery store can significantly cut everyday costs! Here are a few tricks to help you start saving today.


When food items with a long shelf life go on sale, stock up! Buy items that you like and are sure to use! If you have a lot of freezer space, buying meats and vegetables in bulk while they are on sale is an excellent idea!


When you head into the grocery store without a plan or a list you are more likely to buy random items that you don’t actually need. Making a list will help keep you on the right track and only buying the essentials. And, in turn, saving a lot of money!


Many grocery stores offer loyalty programs that you can sign up for to get items at a discount price! These programs don’t take a lot of time to sign up for but they can sure save you a lot of money!! Sign up for the programs!!


Apps such as IBOTTA are a great way to get some cash back!! IBOTTA is a free app that offers coupons and cash back on thousands of products. Shoppers earn by performing easy tasks, purchasing products, then providing proof of purchase (your receipt). It really is THAT simple!! Shopper Radar is also a great app, earn cash back just by shopping! Download the apps…because, who doesn’t love getting free cash for shopping??  


Fruits and vegetables that are in season are typically less expensive than those that are not. Plan your meals with items that are in season to be sure you are saving every time.  


This is undoubtedly one of the best ways to save! Unless there is a sale going on, the generic brand is almost always cheaper. A lot of times, some store brands are actually produced by national brand companies. Which means you are buying basically the same product at a fraction of the price!

Grocery Savings In The Digital Age

Grocery Savings In The Digital Age

Technology has changed the way we shop… seriously! Gone are the days of the ad in the sunday paper. (We know you loved those, so RIP!)

Saving money on groceries in a digital age can seem daunting. But there are SO many tools out there that make it easy. And if you play your cards right, you can save some big $$ at the register.

We’re going to let you in on a few secrets that we’ve found:

Use apps like Ibotta and Savingstar

These apps are great ways to save money on many common items at the grocery store. Manufacturers now use platforms like these to push their coupons for items they are trying to promote. Using them is pretty easy. Just setup an account, select a coupon online, then shop at your favorite store. When you use the apps in conjunction with your Kent’s Kickbacks Phone Number, the proof of purchase goes automatically to the manufacturer, and you receive money in your account almost immediately! You can cash out when you reach a certain threshold, usually $20. This is like free money!

Find Ads Online

Many retailers, including Kent’s Market, post their ads online. Not online that, but they will often post extra deals for online shoppers. Because they save money on advertising costs by having you find them on the internet, rather than printing and sending to you, you’ll often find great deals on online-online sales. Be sure to sign up weekly emails or follow your favorite store on social media.

Online Loyalty and Digital Coupons

Many grocers now have loyalty programs that tie to customer specific offers, similar to the Kent’s Kickbacks program. These are great ways for you to find offers that are custom to you! You can clip digital coupons online, add them to your account, then use your loyalty phone number when checking out and the savings will roll off your purchase automatically! To make it even sweeter, most rewards programs will give you a % back on your purchase. Access your account balances, coupons, etc on online portals like Kent’s Grocery Kickbacks portal.