Temporary store hours and an update from Food City President/CEO Steve Smith about COVID-19. The safety of our valued customers and dedicated team of associates is our top priority.
Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN is the Corporate / Retail Registered Dietitian for Food City. She works with the Healthy Initiatives team and marketing to be a health and nutrition resource by providing education and media interviews as well as developing community partnerships in Food City stores and store areas. Elizabeth also manages content for the Food City Wellness Club, a free loyalty program for customers providing health-related content, recipes, and coupons on better-for-you products. Elizabeth is thrilled that her role promotes health in the familiar environment of a grocery store, where most people make their decisions about food, and hopes her message encourages positive change to improve the quality of life of Food City shoppers and their families.
During these uncertain times, picking the right groceries to stock your fridge and pantry shelves can be challenge. Selecting a variety of shelf-stable foods and combining with fresh ingredients, when available, is a great way to be prepared and to eat healthy at the same time. Get some great recipes and pantry stocking tips.
Ran out of an ingredient you needed or just unable to source your normal products? Don't worry, we are here to help with this list of common baking substitutions.
For every 1 teaspoon of baking powder called for in the recipe, combine ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar.
For every ¼ teaspoon used in the recipe, substitute 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Don't have time to make your own breadcrumbs? Use rolled oats or crushed bran cereal in the same ratio as the breadcrumbs in your recipe. For example, for 1/2 cup breadcrumbs use 1/2 cup rolled oats.
For each cup of brown sugar, substitute 1 scant cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses, or try 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup.
There are a lot of tried and true substitutes for butter in your recipes. For every 1/2 or one stick of butter try one of these replacements: ½ cup margarine (that contains at least 80% oil), ½ cup coconut oil, 6 tablespoons oil, ¼ cup applesauce, ¼ cup buttermilk, 2 tablespoons applesauce + 2 tablespoons buttermilk, ½ cup pureed avocado, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin, or ¼ cup Greek yogurt.
Sometimes you just forget to grab the buttermilk. You can always, for each cup of buttermilk, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar (white or cider) or fresh lemon juice with 1 cup of milk. Let stand for 5 minutes then use in your favorite recipe. Can't wait five minutes? You can also use 1 cup of plain yogurt
For every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, substitute 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour.
For bread, pancakes, waffles or other baked goods, you can mix 1 tablespoons ground flax meal and 3 tablespoons cold water for every 1 egg in the recipe. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes before adding. For every egg called for in a recipe you can also try one of the substitutions: ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, ¼ cup mashed banana or ¼ cup oil (vegetable or canola). Also 2 tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon oil + 2 teaspoons baking soda mixed together makes for another great equivalent for an egg when needed.
Don't have time to grab a gallon of milk, or just can't find it at the store? When baking, mix 1 cup of water with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter for every cup of whole milk in your recipe.
Use plain yogurt or buttermilk as a 1:1 replacement for your favorite baked goods.
For every teaspoon of vinegar use 2 teaspoons of white wine or 1 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice.
For every 1 cup of white sugar try one of these alternatives in your next recipe: 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar, ¾ cup honey, ¾ cup corn syrup or ¾ cup 100% maple syrup.
It’s March and that means it’s National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focused on the importance of making informed food choices.
Good nutrition helps to prevent acute and chronic illness. Several nutrients in foods build and support a healthy immune system which helps to fight infection and keep you from getting sick.
We all wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but why not eat green as well? Go green with your food and in a sustainable way with these tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Whole grains are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you fuller longer and promote a healthy digestive tract. Include more whole grains in your eating plan by learning about what they are and how to find them in the grocery store.
A plant-based diet is all the rage and for a good reason! Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants which keep you feeling great and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Being picky about produce means you not only care about the quality, but food safety as well.
While a scary statistic, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America. While we often think of disease as something to worry about later, when it comes to atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in the arteries, this accumulation of fatty deposits can start to occur at age two! Therefore, it is important that we instill heart-healthy habits in our kids at an early age. Celebrate February as American Heart Month by focusing on heart-healthy tips for your family.
What if someone told you there was a food that could improve your brain and heart health and takes only minutes to prepare? There is – Fish! Make fish a part of your routine by eating it at least two times per week to provide adequate omega-3 fatty acids. It’s the perfect way to support your heart this February for American Heart Month!
It’s American Heart Month! Looking for a way to support your heart, but don’t like fish? Walnuts are the only nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This essential fatty acid is critical to many body processes including anti-inflammation, which helps to reduce risk of chronic diseases. Walnuts support heart health by affecting cholesterol, specifically lowering the amount of bad cholesterol while increasing the amount of good cholesterol and having a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Just one ounce of walnuts also provides 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Talk about a nutrient-boost!
It’s that time of year again: time for the Big Game! Whether you are rooting for your favorite team, love watching football, or are just excited to hang out with friends, all get-togethers are incomplete without delicious food! Coming off the holiday season, many of us have made healthy eating goals and tailgating snacks do not typically measure up. Most football snacks are fried, coated in cheese or a combination of both – not the healthiest options. This year, we have some tips to help you avoid being tackled by calorie-dense foods while watching the big game.
What exactly is inflammation? While the term typically has a negative connotation, inflammation in a healthy body is a natural part of normal homeostasis or your body’s mechanism to keep everything working properly.
Did you know that there is a whole day dedicated to celebrating kombucha? National Booch Day is January 15! What is kombucha? Kombucha is a tea that is made through a fermentation process. It’s sweet and fizzy and could have some health benefits by providing beneficial bacteria to the body.
Even though the holiday season is wrapping up, the cold weather is going to stick around for a bit longer. Let’s make the most of this cozy weather by celebrating National Soup Month this January! There is nothing quite like coming in from the cold and sitting down with the whole family to enjoy a steaming bowl of warm soup.
While the holiday season is fun and positive for many, for caregivers, it can be a time of stress and burnout. We sat down with Sarah Hines, LCSW, at the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute to find out how we can care for those who make it their job to care for others.
Holidays are about celebrating and enjoying time spent with loved ones, not obsessing over your food choices. Here are some tips make food decisions that don’t sacrifice your nutrition and health goals.
The fermentation process keeps foods from going bad by slowing the decomposition of fruits and vegetables while imparting foods with a uniquely satisfying texture and delicious flavor.
While the holiday season is fast-paced and fun, for many it is also a time of self-reflection to get ready for a season of renewal at the start of a new year. This self-reflection often leads to New Year’s resolutions to make a lifestyle change. It is estimated that just 8% of individuals who make resolutions actually keep them.
In October, we celebrated Vegetarian Month. As you close out the year, consider focusing on eating more plant-based proteins, even if you do still choose to eat meat!
You are finally on your way home from work or an after-school activity, when the inevitable question arises, "What's for dinner?" Oftentimes busyness might make the drive-thru line at fast food look enticing. The solution to your mealtime dilemma may be no further than the slow cooker on your kitchen counter. A slow cooker can be a great resource that allows you to come back at the end of the day to a nice, home-cooked meal.
The holiday season is here again! Thanksgiving is the perfect time to focus on family, friends, and all the other things we have to be thankful for. It’s a time of laughter, celebration, and reconnection.
Thanksgiving is over, but if you are like many families, the holiday lives on for several days through lots and lots of leftovers! Here are some tips to use your leftovers to re-create delicious meals safely.
Cooler fall weather brings delicious fall produce. Eating fruits and vegetables in season is not only fresher and cheaper, but it is more nutritious too! What’s in season depends on where you live, but there are few fall favorites that get lots of the attention this time of year.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Learn more about whta you can do to protect yourself and your family from your friends at your local Food City.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is every October, so we sat down with Janet Kramer-Mai, a Nurse Navigator at the Erlanger Cancer Institute, part of Erlanger Health System, in Chattanooga, TN. A Nurse Navigator plays a vital role in the care of patients during the initial phases of diagnostic breast screening and possible cancer diagnosis. The primary goal being to provide information and education, and hopefully reduce a lot of the stress involved.
October starts the end of the year holiday season, where we all tend to over-indulge. From Halloween to New Year’s includes trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinners, and lots of holiday parties. This is the best time of year to start practicing moderation and mindfulness in your eating pattern
It’s that time of year again! September is National Family Meals Month, a time of year when we all focus on getting back in the kitchen!
The words “healthy” and “tailgate” rarely appear in the same sentence! Tailgates are known for delicious foods that are typically high in calories, fat and sodium. While enjoying these foods can definitely be a part of an overall healthful eating pattern, it’s important to watch portion sizes and be aware of some ways to lighten up your tailgates while boosting nutrition. Foods that have the tastes you love with extra nutrients are always a win-win!
September is National Family Meals Month! We sat down with Steve Fox MD, a physician at UT Family Practice in Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, to learn all about how to keep your family healthy starting with healthy meals at home.
September is not only National Family Meals Month, it’s also Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month! Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber – that’s why they should make up half of your plate at meals!
August is Kids Eat Right Month and an important part of health is serving safe foods to your kids, especially if food allergies are of concern. About one in 13 children, or roughly two students in every classroom have a food allergy. It is important to be mindful of food allergies when preparing snacks for school events and extracurricular activities or if your child likes to share food!
August is Kids Eat Right Month! Most of the time if kids are involved in the preparation of the food, they will be more likely to eat it! It is important to get your kids in the kitchen at a young age and help them master simple cooking skills before they get older and practice more complex ones. The following ideas are age-appropriate tasks to get your kids excited about cooking and eating healthfully!
Sleep is an important part of healthy living for adults and kids! With the new school year fast approaching, many of us will start to focus on getting back into the swing of routines and sleep schedules. We sat down with David Suhrbier, DO, who specializes in Pediatric Neurology at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, to find out to dos and don’ts of promoting restful sleep for your kids.
Does it seem like it's always snack time at your house? Snacking is common for adults and kids alike, and can be a healthy bridge to fuel the metabolism between meals. Unplanned grazing, however, can contribute to hunger and satiety issues and eating too many calories overall. Avoid a never-ending snack time, and focus on planned snacks at home and at after-school events with the following tips.
Warmer weather means it time to get outside and get grilling. Grilling is a great way to prepare meats and vegetables that are packed with flavor. Check out our steps for a cookout that’s tasty and good for you.
At Food City, fresh is important. That’s why we have the local growers program which allows us to purchase produce from local farmers to bring delicious fresh produce to our stores for everyone to enjoy!
Back to school brings excitement, some stress, and for a lot of us, a much needed shift back to schedules and routines. Get your kiddos back into the swing of things with these fun, easy, and healthy ideas for back to school lunch and quick weeknight meals.
Summer vacations are a time to relax, revitalize and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of new places. When it comes to maintaining a healthful eating plan on vacation, you can still enjoy the new, fun and exciting foods that come with traveling without overdoing it too much. If a road trip is part of your vacation, packing healthy foods is a great way to get some important nutrients in while arriving to your destination in record time.
It’s summertime which means it’s prime grilling season! We often focus on the delicious dishes we are going to create on the grill, but we often forget about cleaning the grill and food safety.
Healthy eating is important for all of us and men are no exception! Food is more than just fuel, and eating the right amount of servings of each food group can prevent men from developing long term diseases and keep them living longer.
June is National Dairy Month which is the perfect time to brush up on why dairy is an important part of a balanced eating plan. On average, most people need two to three servings of dairy each day to meet vitamin D and calcium recommendations. While this vitamin and mineral are essential for bone health, there are many any roles they play in the body including promoting mental health as well. Dairy foods can be found in abundance in the grocery store, so it’s easy to find lots of delicious ways to enjoy!
It’s getting hot out and the first official day of summer is just around the corner! Seasonal produce is abundant during the summer months and it’s also a great time to get out-doors, breathe in the fresh air, and get active! Lifestyle habits that include nutritious food choices and physical activity play a strong role in overall health.
Though small in size, eggs are still full of important nutrients and packed full of protein. Eggs are easy, versatile and great at any meal. Celebrate this month with some of these dietitian approved recipes.
Are you kicking off summer with a food-filled celebration this Memorial Day? While we often think about traditional fare like cheeseburgers or hot dogs, there are actually plenty of ways to enjoy delicious and nutritious foods at your cookout
Pump up your Cinco de Mayo party this year with refreshing and healthy pineapple!
The Mediterranean lifestyle is often synonymous with health and longevity. While we may not live near the coast of the Mediterranean sea, there are easy ways to include a Mediterranean flare to your meals on a daily basis.
Nutrition plays a huge role in physical health, but it can also affect your mental edge and overall mood. Try adding some “brain foods” to your plate this summer to keep you feeling healthy and happy!
Warmer weather and blooming flowers mean that Easter is coming soon. We have some great tips for you this month to ensure you have a bright and balanced Easter holiday that is healthier too.
Spring is in the air! Spring is a time for renewal and to restore healthy habits that may have slacked during the long winter months. When we talk about healthy eating, we often focus on what not to eat instead of highlighting foods we should be adding to our daily routine. Spring is a perfect time to hit the reset button and add these spring fruits and vegetables to your plate.
Making meals at home gives you more control over the nutrition in your food and can be better for your budget. However, most of us choose foods based on taste. How can you add more flavor to your meals at home to compete with the intense flavors of restaurant foods? Try these tips to keep your meals healthy and satisfying while keeping taste a top priority.
If you pack a lunch for work or school, do you think about food safety? Half of Americans admit that they often leave their lunch boxes out of the refrigerator even though they include perishable foods. If you throw your lunch in a non-insulated bag without an ice pack and leave it out of refrigeration for more than one to two hours, your food is at risk of being contaminated with microorganisms. As the weather gets warmer, the risk of foodborne illness gets higher, making it very important to refrigerate promptly.
March 27, 2019 is Whole Grains Sampling Day! Whole grains are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help keep you fuller longer and promote a healthy digestive tract. While most of us think of whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, or brown rice as whole grain options, quinoa is gaining popularity in Americans’ diets for its versatility and health benefits.
We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, special foods, and by wearing green of course! This year, serve up a fun and festive spread by going green with your food as well.
Spring brings warmer weather, greenery, flowers, and of course, seasonal fruits and vegetables! A great way to enjoy fresh, frozen, canned, or dried produce is in a delicious smoothie bowl, a trendy way to enjoy a classic smoothie with a spoon and crunchy toppings.
Reaching your health goals can seem like a daunting task. Celebrate National Nutrition Month® this March by getting back to the basics with these general principles for healthy living.
One of the biggest sports events of the year is coming. Traditional football snacks may not necessarily be the healthiest. Don’t worry, your game day spread is about to get so much more delicious and healthier.
We all know that February is all about hearts, but I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day and heart shaped candy boxes. February is American Heart Month! Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S.; therefore, it is important that we take care and protect our hearts.
There are many delicious, fresh foods that require little tinkering with flavor. One way to lighten up and enhance recipes is through the addition of spices, herbs or other flavorings.
It’s National Canned Foods Month! Canned foods help get food from the farm to your family’s table. The canning process locks in a foods' freshness until you’re ready to get cooking. Canned foods are Nutritious, Easy and Affordable.
Food City Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Hall has put together 9 Health and Nutrition tips to help you get your New Year started off on the right track.
When the temperatures drop and the days are shorter, energy levels can deplete as well, along with mood. We tend to be less active in the colder months, which can also dampen an upbeat mood. Kick off the new year with positive vibes by including a variety of produce items in your shopping cart.
As we enter a new year, it is easy to get caught up in the popular tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year the same resolution cycle occurs; we make drastic, life-altering goals and by February most have given up completely. In fact, in 2018 only 9.2% of people were still committed to a resolution past the first month.
National Blueberry Pancake Day is January 28! Blueberry pancakes are a wonderful treat to enjoy anytime of the day. They are nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner. Here are some tips to help you get ready for National Blueberry Pancake Day.
You’ve heard that healthy eating is all about balance. Let’s shed some light on each food group’s role in the body to prove that balance is best.
The Flu isn’t the only thing that can make us sick this time of year. Food is an integral part of the holiday season, but using proper food safety is key to making sure your meals are delicious and safe.
The holiday season is in full swing! Bright red and green decorations adorn our homes and communities, but it’s a good idea to use these colors to build a festive holiday plate as well.
This time of year, food is abundant for many of us. Between holiday parties, school and work events, and family get-togethers, you may find yourself with excess food that you don’t know what to do with. Forty percent of food in America gets trashed every year, often because we cook meals that are too big or don’t store food properly. It’s important throughout the holidays, and all year long, to live more sustainably and produce less food waste.
The end of the year and the start of a new one brings a time of reflection leading to the development of New Year’s resolutions. It is estimated that just 8% of individuals who make resolutions actually keep them.
Fall is here! Crisp autumn air and fall foliage are often accompanied with delicious fall produce, the most famous of which are pumpkins! Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year - in lattes, breads, muffins, and pies. Pumpkins are not only tasty, but they are nutritious too! Pumpkins are fat free, sodium free, and low in calories.
Creating your own soup is an easy way to get a meal on the table and use up any straggling vegetables that are about to go to waste. With a few simple steps you can create a delicious soup to warm you up on a cold day.
When we think about October, we may think about Halloween, treats, and parties, but there is another day to celebrate: National Oatmeal Day! You may not think celebrating this humble breakfast dish is warranted, but after discovering all the health benefits, you may change your mind and realize that oatmeal is worthy of its own day. Here are some reasons to enjoy oatmeal, not just on October 29, but all year long.
It’s October and that means it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Excluding skin cancer, more women are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other form. The American Cancer Society estimates that 41,400 deaths (40,920 women and 480 men) will occur from breast cancer this year.
Halloween is a fun day full of costumes, parties, and of course, candy! It is also a great opportunity to teach kids to enjoy special treats in moderation as a part of an overall healthy diet. Here are a few tips to keep your Halloween both happy and healthy.
Researchers and health experts agree that family meals produce lifelong benefits! Studies show that families who take the time to eat together at home are not only happier, but healthier as well. Regular family meals are linked to positive outcomes for kids including better grades, higher self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behaviors. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members
Every good tailgating party always involves delicious foods that are typically high in calories, fat and sodium. You can still have a great time and good eats without feeling guilty about the food choices you make before the big game.
It’s five o’clock and you’re finally on your way home when the inevitable question arises, “What’s for dinner?” The solution may be no further than the slow cooker on your kitchen counter.
Flu season is upon us! Good nutrition and frequent exercise is essential to a strong and healthy immune system. You can protect yourself against infection and boost your immunity by including these nutrients in your eating plan.
August is Kids Eat Right Month! This is the perfect time to focus on incorporating more healthy foods into your child’s meal patterns, including fruits and vegetables.
Sugar often gets a bad reputation, but it is actually, very important to body functioning. Sugars come in different forms in food, specifically naturally occurring or added sugars.
Back-to-school brings lots of excitement and some stress too. For many of us, back-to-school means back to regular schedules and routines; and mealtimes are no exception. Help your kids get back into the swing of things by planning nourishing lunches that keep them energized and focused at school.
Snacking is common for adults and kids alike, and can be a healthy bridge to fuel the metabolism between meals. Unplanned grazing, however, can contribute to hunger and satiety issues and eating too many calories overall.
We all know fruits and vegetables are good for us, but local produce is even better! At Food City, we purchase produce from local farmers so you get the freshest and most nutritious food for your family’s table.
Warmer weather means it's time to get out of the kitchen and fire up the barbecue. Grilling is a great way to prepare meats and vegetables that are packed with flavor and often lower in fat.We have some simple tips to help you cookout a little healtier.
It is a time to relax, get rejuvenated, and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of new places. When it comes to maintaining a healthful eating plan on vacation, you can still enjoy the new, fun and exciting foods that come with traveling without feeling bad about eating differently than normal.
A Fourth of July cookout is the perfect place to honor all of the traditional, healthy, and delicious food grown in the United States. Celebrate the United “Tastes” of America with healthy sauces and sides for the 4th of July.
Vitamin D is a growing nutrient of concern for many Americans. Dairy isn’t the only source of Vitamin D. Did you know that mushrooms can be a source of vitamin D
June is Men’s Health Month! This month is about heightening awareness of preventable health problems that affect men and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease. It has never been a better time for men to focus on their health.
The beginning of summer brings the unofficial start of grilling season and a delicious spread of seasonal produce. Spice up any cookout by adding fruits and vegetables to the menu.
Most of us should be getting two to three servings of dairy each day to meet our calcium and vitamin D needs for bone health. Dairy foods dominate the shelves at the grocery store, so it’s easy to find lots of delicious ways to enjoy diary as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Moms everywhere deserve special treatment on Mother’s Day. Your mom wants you to be healthy, so planning some healthy activities for Mother’s Day could be a great way to celebrate.
Nutrition plays a huge role in physical health, but it can also affect your mental edge and overall mood. Incorporate plenty of “brain foods” on your plate to keep you feeling healthy and happy this spring!
Red, sweet, juicy strawberries are one healthy fruit that you won't have any trouble getting your child to eat. Strawberries are one of America's most loved fruits, with the average American consuming eight pounds per year. With strawberry season fast approaching, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy this nutrient-packed fruit while supporting local farmers this spring.
Most of us have heard about the Mediterranean diet and its positive effect on longevity and health. The Mediterranean-style of eating is less of a “diet” and more of a lifestyle that can be beneficial for adults and kids of any age.