October Shop Smart, Eat Smart Partner of the Month: Food Country USA in Saltville

Food Country USA in Saltville, Va., may be laid out like many other grocery stores, but it stands out among the rest because of the care toward its customers.  “I think our people are unique, the employees are definitely unique here. It’s more of a hometown feel for sure,” store manager Jeff Eldreth said. 

Combat High Blood Pressure with These Tips

Many of us have felt the symptoms of increased blood pressure lately: your heart starts beating faster, you feel nervous and jittery and you can’t settle down. Even the healthiest people experience high blood pressure occasionally as a physical response to anxiety, fear, worry or stress. However, 37 million Americans have chronic hypertension, or high… Read more »

Go Start the Grill!

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and that means grilling season is coming to a close, too. Whether you’re a charcoal, wood chip or gas-powered grill master, there are plenty of tips and tricks you use to perfect your flame-fueled meal! 

Sneaky Ways Pandemic Stress Affects Your Health

The pandemic has been nothing short of stressful. The uncertainty and anxiety we’re all experiencing is, well, unprecedented (I’m sure we’re all tired of that word). There are many different types of stress you could be experiencing, such as personal stress from isolation, cultural stress from what’s going on in your community, or financial stress… Read more »

Putting the “Pro” in Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria and other microorganisms that help our bodies get the most out of our foods during digestion. There are five bacteria and/or yeasts that are considered “good” bacteria, hence the name “probiotic.” The most common probiotics are bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, and saccharomyces boulardii, which is a yeast. These microbiome bacteria and yeast balance… Read more »

Tips and Tricks to Use for Your Picky Eaters at Mealtime

Mealtime can be a fun way to bring the family together. However, the fun may not last long if you have picky eaters! Listed below are a few creative ways to make meal or snack time entertaining and increase the chances of getting your children to eat – even their fruits and veggies!  Cookie Cutters.… Read more »

Quick Guide for Healthy Family Lunches

Are you always running around, from driving the kids to sports practice to coming and going from work? Having little time to make lunches for these busy days may make you think you can’t make healthy lunches. But don’t go for the fast food yet – you can make healthy food, fast, right at home… Read more »

Freeze More to Spend Less

Freezing produce and buying in-season are two easy ways to save money. Freezing leads to less waste, and shopping seasonally allows you to buy produce at a lower cost. What’s even better is that freezing ripe produce means you keep the item at its highest nutrient content. A freezer of prepped produce saves trips to… Read more »