in February: the Guard/Reserve Sales Schedule
asked, we listened! The Defense Commissary
Agency is happy to announce the Guard/Reserve
Sales Schedule newsletter for customers who have
requested e-mail updates
on DeCA's Guard/Reserve On-Site Sales program.
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sales schedule on a monthly basis, along with
sale information, points of contact, program
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special feature of this newsletter is that it
offers us the ability to send updates to
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in your state after we've announced it, we'll
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If your New Year's
resolution includes saving money, the
following sales events at your local
commissary should help you get a good start on
it and keep that resolution throughout the
helps with your New Year's resolutions
As eating healthy
and being more active may be on the top of
your New Year's resolutions, the Kellogg
Company is offering great deals on healthy
brands to help make that resolution a breeze.
The "Special K Challenge" encourages
everyone to lose weight and be more active.
So, watch for savings on many other Kellogg's
healthy brands such as Fiber Plus, Nutri-Grain
and Right Bites.
Look for product
demonstrations, military-only coupons offering
savings on produce items, and a two-page flyer
early this month that announces the
"Special K Challenge" and more ways
to save on Special K brands.
out Smucker's 'Good and Good for You Event'
The J.M. Smucker
Company is promoting your healthy eating with
a sale on "better for you" products,
including a number of Jif and Smucker's
You can find a
full-page ad with coupons on participating
products in the January issue of "Coupon
Connexion," as well as in-store demos
with those brands.
'Warming Up America'
General Mills is
once again having a "Souper Bowl" of
a soup sale this month to support its annual
"Warming up America" sale. Look for
special displays of Progresso Soup products at
great sale prices.
'Big Game, Bigger Savings Truckload Event' is
at your store
"Big Game, Bigger Savings Truckload
Event," ConAgra Foods kicks off 2011 with
great savings for you on brands such as
Banquet, Blue Bonnet, Egg Beaters, Healthy
Choice, Hebrew National and many more. This
event will provide you savings that are sure
to score a touchdown with your home team. Look
for the "Big Game, Bigger Savings"
displays to find coupons, recipe cards and
'Family Big Game Night'
month, the Coca-Cola Company is offering each
commissary a vintage full-sized, wheeled,
theater popcorn maker to giveaway to one lucky
shopper. You can visit your local commissary
to enter the drawing for the popcorn maker and
save $1 on the purchase of a Coca-Cola and
Orville Redenbacher product.
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the perfect meal and save money! Choose
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and any of their partners and treat your
family to a delicious meal and great
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for coupons and special offers for a
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and Pollux Pet Works offers innovative,
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to receive discounts and new product
announcements via e-mail.
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Monte Foods promotions
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and receive special offers and engaging
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Learn about Hormel's
money-saving coupons and special
promotions by visiting: www.hormel.com/updates/coupons/.
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and you'll receive e-mails packed with
recipes, special offers and promotions,
and fun ideas!
you become a member at www.Hunts.com,
you get access to great product offers,
tasty recipes and a personalized recipe
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Registering is quick and easy.
out the special offers, promotions and
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You can sign up for any or all of them.
for savings and promotions on all kinds of
Kraft food items.
lists more than 300 General Mills products
that are gluten-free and provides
resources, recipes and more to help you
live a gluten-free life.
Disinfect to Protect
offers room-by-room guides for a safer,
healthier home at www.lysol.com/products/.
There you'll learn ways to help stop the
spread of germs and illness.
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you can find online coupons and other
'It's also good to get'
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Milk-Bone offers, news and updates at www.milkbone.com/goodtoget.
up for the Cookie Jar today, www.motherscookies.com/Register.aspx,
to keep in touch with Mother's and
latest products, current promotions and
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www.motts.com/registration/, to sign
up for news and information from Mott's about
special promotions, events in your area
and other news.
Enjoy savings on the entire Newman's Own crop of goods, including its
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you want to be notified by e-mail about
Ocean Spray coupons, promotions and
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you will be among the first to receive
these offers as soon as they are
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Valley's philosophy and decisions are
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people, animals and the environment. You
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can find samples and coupons for Procter
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for a free monthly newsletter at P&G
Everyday Solutions, www.pgeverydaysolutions.ca/.
your favorite Pacific Natural products by
signing up at www.pacificfoods.com/where-to-buy/coupons
where you can get great coupons on the
foods you buy every day.
- 'Home is Calling'
about free money-saving food coupons,
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previews of new products.
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and save on any 46-ounce bottle of V8
V-Fusion juices. It's a great chance to
try any of V8's juices, including
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THE NEWS DESK
Consumer Healthcare recalls
certain Rolaids products
Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily
recalling certain Rolaids products
because they may be contaminated
with foreign material, including
pieces of metal and wood
particles, according to a Dec. 9,
2010, announcement from the
company. As a result, the
following product has been removed
from commissary shelves:
Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews,
Cherry, 36-count bag, UPC:
McNeil recall also affects all
lots of Rolaids Extra Strength
plus Gas Softchews, and Rolaids
Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas
Softchews distributed in the
United States. However, these
products are not part of the
commissary product inventory.
McNeil Consumer Healthcare is
advising consumers who have
purchased these products not to
use them. Commissary customers can
return the recalled products to
the place of purchase for a
refund. Consumers with questions
can call McNeil Consumer
Healthcare at 888-222-6036 or
food-safety information, visit
www.commissaries.com, choose the
"News & Info" tab
and select Food Safety from the
Suter Company Inc. recalls some Bumble Bee Chicken kits
Company Inc. is voluntarily
recalling certain Bumble Bee
Chicken products because the
chicken salad may be contaminated
with pieces of hard plastic,
according to a Dec. 6, 2010,
announcement from the company. As
a result, the following products
have been removed from commissary
Bumble Bee Chicken with Crackers
Ready to Eat, UPC: 8660070350. The
chicken salad in question is part
of a kit that contains a 2.9-ounce
can of chicken salad in a carton
with a package of foil-wrapped
Bumble Bee Chicken Lunch on the
Run with Mixed Fruit Kits, UPC:
8660070741. The chicken salad in
question is part of a kit that
contains a 2.9-ounce can of
chicken salad in a carton with a
package of foil-wrapped crackers,
a cookie and mixed fruit.
customers can return the recalled
products to the place of purchase
for a refund. Consumers with
questions can call Suter's
consumer affairs team at
800-800-8572. For more information
about food-safety alerts and
product recalls affecting military
commissaries, go to the Food
Safety section on commissaries.com.
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Point Commissary hosted its
annual Special Olympic event
Jan. 5. A total of 13 athletes
competed in the games. Honored
guests included three members of
Special Olympics Team USA, who
will compete against athletes
from more than 185 countries
around the world. These world
games will be held at the
birthplace of the Olympics in
Athens, Greece, this summer.
Bass of Concord, N.C., will
compete in athletics and soccer.
Monica Hermandez of Raleigh will
compete in gymnastics, and Andy
Delafield of Greensboro will
compete in the 5K and 10K races.
Andy requested to run with some
Marines and 24 Marines from
Headquarters and Headquarters
Squadron, showed up in running
gear to make his dream a
reality. Andy led the Marines on
a 2 ½-mile run, shouting
cadence along with them. At the
end of the run, Andy and all the
Marines dropped and did 30
pushups in front of the
commissary. Other activities
included a scavenger hunt
through the store, turkey
bowling, pie eating, and several
games from the popular game show
Minute to Win it. These games
were "Junk in the
Trunk," "Face the
Mummy," and "Moving on
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we are talking with those who
visit the site about the latest
cost-saving programs, promotions
and events at DeCA's more than
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Your Commissary Cookie Exchange
DeCA Home Economist Kay
Resolve to 'vary your veggies' in the coming year
The dawning of the
new year brings forth
resolutions to spend wiser, to
lose weight, to eat healthier
and many more. This time
around, why not get specific
and resolve to eat more
vegetables - period. That one
action will help with losing
weight, eating healthier and spending
wisely (as long as you buy
those veggies at your
And, if you think
it's odd advice to increase
vegetable consumption in the
dead of winter, think again!
Root vegetables such as sweet
potatoes, parsnips, turnips,
Brussels sprouts, cauliflower,
celery root and more are in
prime season now, and are all
brimming with good nutrition.
If these veggies are not the
normal ones that find their
way into your shopping cart,
take a look at the recipes
featured this week to see if
one or two sound good. The
greater the variety of
vegetables you consume, the
more likely you are to get all
the nutrients you and your
Who knows, Kale
Chips, Bok Choy with Cashews,
and Turnip and Potato Patties
just might become family
These are super easy to make
and are the perfect healthy
snack, especially when served
with the Low-Fat Buttermilk
Ranch dressing recipe that's
Kale Chips (Serves
1 bunch (10 ounces) kale,
rinsed and dried well
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Preheat oven to
2. Remove and discard thick
stems from kale; tear kale
into large pieces.
3. Spread leaves in single
layer on 2 large cookie
sheets; spray leaves with
nonstick cooking spray to coat
lightly; sprinkle with salt.
4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until
kale chips are crisp but not
5. Cool on cookie sheets on
wire rack. Serve with low-fat
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
2 tablespoons chopped fresh
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed with
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground
Kale Chips: 15 calories per 1
cup serving. Low-Fat Ranch
Dressing: 30 calories per 2
Kitchen for the
rest of the recipes.]
5 reasons to keep a food diary during the holidays
fruits, veggies for good health
Contributing Dietitian Chris Halagarda,
Navy fitness and
performance enhancement dietitian
When it comes to
healthy food recommendations, it's
sometimes tough to not sound
restrictive by saying "avoid
this" or "limit that."
The truth is, we need to focus more on
what to add to our diets to maintain a
healthy weight and improve or maintain
good health just as much as looking at
what to reduce.
positive strategy I always encourage
is for clients to ensure they include
a piece of fruit and a serving of
vegetables with every meal. This
simple strategy not only makes
obtaining daily fruit and vegetable
goals a cinch, it also helps improve a
feeling of fullness.
If we feel full
from low-calorie fruits and
vegetables, we will eat less and have
an easier time maintaining healthy
weight. By eating more fruits and
vegetables, we'll increase the fiber
in our diet, which can also aid in
providing a feeling of fullness.
vegetables are also very high in water
content, which will help us stay
hydrated and ultimately give us more
energy, especially if we're
dehydrated. Staying hydrated is very
important, even in winter, when cool
weather deceives us into thinking we
need less fluid.
vegetables are also superior to almost
any other class of foods in vitamins
and minerals. Potassium, which is a
mineral responsible for regulating
fluid balance in the cells, has also
been shown to help reduce the risk
high blood pressure and stroke.
So be creative and
ambitious with your quest to add a
fruit and vegetable to every meal of
the day, and aim for a minimum of five
servings of fruits and vegetables a
day. But don't stop there! That's just
a minimum. Here are a few more
* Cook your morning
oatmeal with blueberries and peanut
butter. Add a pinch of cinnamon for
strawberries or bananas over your dry
cereal and top with low-fat milk.
Don't think cereal is for only
breakfast. Low-sugar cereals found in
your commissary make great snacks any
* Pack oranges and
bananas for snacks. Add a handful of
almonds for a perfect snack.
* Pack nutritious
workday snacks such as dried fruits,
baby carrots, grapes or celery sticks
with a low-fat dip.
* Skip the
traditional high-fat, high-sugar
dessert 90 percent of the time. If you
need something, replace it with a
fruit cocktail or baked apple with
* Use the slow
cooker that you've "been meaning
to use" to whip up a chili
recipe. Add plenty of beans, broccoli,
mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes,
cauliflower and onions.
* Whip up vegetable
soup for cold winter lunches.
* Don't rely on the
local sandwich shop for your
vegetable-filled sandwiches. Make your
own as many days a week as possible.
Add every vegetable that you like, and
serve the leftover vegetables as a
* Keep chopped-up
vegetables and a low-fat dip available
for nighttime munchies.
Most of the time,
we're not even hungry when we're
snacking after dinner, so make it
mandatory to eat vegetables as an
information on fruits and vegetables
information about making healthy
the Dietitian on www.commissaries.com
and post your questions on the DeCA
Be sure to look for
other useful information in the
Dietitian's Voice archive
Sign up with the
DeCA Dietitian on www.twitter.com, and
get messages sent to your cell phone
today. For delicious recipes, check
out Kay's Kitchen www.commissaries.com/kays_kitchen.cfm.
And to enjoy all your commissary
has to offer, sign up for the
Commissary Connection www.commissaries.com/subscribe.cfm.
Chris Halagarda is
the Navy fitness, performance
enhancement dietitian. Feel free to
contact him with your questions at
202-433-3472 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions regarding the "Savings
Aisle" or other commissary issues,
we encourage you to contact DeCA's Your
Action Line program at any time using
our online customer comments form at www.commissaries.com/YAL/customer_comments.cfm.
Policy Update Alert
Effective December 8, paragraph 4-7b of DeCAD 40-6, DeCA's Customer
Service policy, was changed to the
following regarding the use of
"The attendant will check each patron's ID before the patron begins
to scan their items. At this time,
the attendant will also ask if the
patron has any coupons to redeem.
The SCO attendant will verify the
coupons are valid and not expired
(in OCONUS they may be accepted up
to 6 months past the expiration
date). Additionally, the SCO
attendant must be alert when the
customer tenders the coupons to
ensure they are dropped into the
coupon acceptor after
The memo announcing the updated policy is available on our website,
www.commissaries.com, at the
following link: www.commissaries.com/inside_deca/publications/directives/DeCAD40_6_PC2.pdf.
Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of
commissaries providing groceries to military personnel,
retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping
environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a
5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new
commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an
average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to
commercial prices – savings worth about $3,000 annually for
a family of four. A core military family support element, and
a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries
contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life
for America’s military and their families, and help recruit
and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their