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Coming in February: the Guard/Reserve Sales Schedule

You 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. When you subscribe to this newsletter, you will receive the on-site sales schedule on a monthly basis, along with sale information, points of contact, program updates and more, straight to your inbox... this newsletter will be a one-stop shop for on-site sale details!  

A special feature of this newsletter is that it offers us the ability to send updates to customers if sale information changes; just indicate the state in which you normally attend on-site sales when you subscribe to the newsletter, and if the details change for a sale in your state after we've announced it, we'll alert you - no worries! This feature affords our customers the peace of mind that comes with knowing they'll never have to miss a chance to save.  

We'll begin sending the Guard/Reserve Sales Schedule to customers this February, but don't wait - click this link to sign up today and help us bring the commissary benefit to you!



Please note: The Defense Commissary Agency does not and can not endorse any product mentioned in this newsletter; any product mentioned is for informational purposes only.  


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 year.  

Kellogg's 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.  

Check 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 brands.

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.  

Progresso's '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.  

The 'Big Game, Bigger Savings Truckload Event' is at your store

During its "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 product demonstrations.  

Coca-Cola 'Family Big Game Night'

This 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.



Arm & Hammer

Visit Arm & Hammer's Web site,, for savings on its products.

BOOST - Nutritional Energy Drink

For valuable offers and information from BOOST, visit  

Butterball ... Save big with these offers

Create the perfect meal and save money! Choose products from Butterball®,, and any of their partners and treat your family to a delicious meal and great savings, too.

Campbell's Kitchen - Savings Center

Visit for coupons and special offers for a variety of Campbell's products.

Castor and Pollux Pet Works offers innovative, natural, organic pet products

Log in to the company's Pet Parent site,, to receive discounts and new product announcements via e-mail.

Classico Inspired Italian Sauces  

Del Monte Foods promotions

Visit for the latest savings, sweepstakes and more from Del Monte Foods.


You can sign up for the Eukanuba newsletter,, and receive special offers and engaging articles tailored for your pet.

Heinz Tomato Ketchup ... Fresh news

Check out the latest news on


Learn about Hormel's money-saving coupons and special promotions by visiting:

Hungry Jack's Family Meal Time e-mail newsletter

Looking for new recipes? Want to be the first to hear about the offers and contests from Hungry Jack? If so, you can sign up now,, and you'll receive e-mails packed with recipes, special offers and promotions, and fun ideas!  


When you become a member at, you get access to great product offers, tasty recipes and a personalized recipe box filled with your favorite recipes. Registering is quick and easy.

Check out the special offers, promotions and newsletters the elves in their tree have to offer you and your family at


Kellogg's wants to keep your family informed about new product offerings, health and nutrition, delicious recipes, and company promotions. Check out their newsletters at You can sign up for any or all of them.

Kraft Foods

Check out, for savings and promotions on all kinds of Kraft food items.

This site,, 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.

LYSOL Disinfect to Protect

LYSOL offers room-by-room guides for a safer, healthier home at There you'll learn ways to help stop the spread of germs and illness.

Mahatma's 'Riceipe Club'

Help Mahatma help you by becoming a member of The Riceipe Club® and enjoying the benefits! If you sign up here at, you can find online coupons and other special offers.

Milk-Bone. 'It's also good to get'

Milk-Bone invites you to sign up for special Milk-Bone offers, news and updates at

Mother's Cookies

You can sign up for the Cookie Jar today,, to keep in touch with Mother's and learn about the latest products, current promotions and special offers. 

Mott's - Delicious servings of fruit in every glass and cup

Visit, to sign up for news and information from Mott's about special promotions, events in your area and other news.

Check out Nabisco's promotions page,, for the latest savings on Nabisco products.

Nestlé Family, nourishing healthy, happy families

Go to, to get the latest promotions, product samples, special offers and more from Nestlé Family

Newman's Own

Enjoy savings on the entire Newman's Own crop of goods, including its organic products, by selecting coupons from this site,

Ocean Spray

If you want to be notified by e-mail about Ocean Spray coupons, promotions and upcoming events, you can sign up for the Cranberry Club at


Visit Club Olay at to view the latest samples, coupons, exclusive offers and more. If you join, you will be among the first to receive these offers as soon as they are available.

Oral-B HEALTHeSMILES newsletter

Get exclusive offers when you sign up for the free monthly e-mail newsletter at 

Ore-Ida Gluten-Free ... So you can worry less

Organic Valley - Proudly Organic, Farmer-Owned Since 1988

Organic Valley's philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the environment. You can find their coupon offers at

P&G Everyday Solutions

You can find samples and coupons for Procter & Gamble products as well as sign up for a free monthly newsletter at P&G Everyday Solutions,

Pacific Natural Foods

Save on your favorite Pacific Natural products by signing up at where you can get great coupons on the foods you buy every day.

Pillsbury - 'Home is Calling'

Learn about free money-saving food coupons, special events and offers from Pillsbury by visiting

Purex saves green

Save money on Ultra Purex Natural Elements natural detergent at


You can sign up for the Ragú® Newsletter, You will receive emails full of recipes, news, offers, tips and special promotions!

Stonyfield Farm

If you sign up at MyStonyfield at you can receive newsletters, special offers, coupons and your very own insider community. 


You too can join the Tropicana family by signing up at This will enable you to get great firsthand updates and important information that includes offers and previews of new products.


Get a coupon now at 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 Cranberry Blackberry, Strawberry Banana, Pomegranate Blueberry and many more.   


Welch's news from the grapevine allows you to be the first to hear about exclusive product and promotional announcements, coupons and valuable health and nutritional information. You can sign up by filling out the form at to begin receiving your member benefits.  

Wish-Bone... Sign up for newsletter to get coupons

 For the Wish-Bone newsletter and coupons, you can sign up at


McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls certain Rolaids products

McNeil 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: 30045064936.

The 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 visit

For food-safety information, visit, choose the "News & Info" tab and select Food Safety from the drop-down box.

Suter Company Inc. recalls some Bumble Bee Chicken kits 

Suter 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 shelves:

·  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 crackers.

·  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.

Commissary 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

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Special OlympicsCherry 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.


Amanda 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 Cookie," "Dizzy Mummy," and "Moving on Up."


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Your Commissary Cookie Exchange


By DeCA Home Economist Kay Blakley,  

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 commissary).  

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 family need.  

Who knows, Kale Chips, Bok Choy with Cashews, and Turnip and Potato Patties just might become family favorites!

Recipe #1:
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 included.

Kale Chips (Serves 6)
1 bunch (10 ounces) kale, rinsed and dried well
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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 browned.
5. Cool on cookie sheets on wire rack. Serve with low-fat buttermilk dressing.

Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed with garlic press
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Nutrient analysis: Kale Chips: 15 calories per 1 cup serving. Low-Fat Ranch Dressing: 30 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.  

[Visit Kay's Kitchen for the rest of the recipes.]




5 reasons to keep a food diary during the holidays

Enlist fruits, veggies for good health

By 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.  

One 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. 

Fruits and 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.  

Fruits and 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 suggestions:

* Cook your morning oatmeal with blueberries and peanut butter. Add a pinch of cinnamon for more flavor.

* Slice 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 time.

* 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 cinnamon.

* 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 salad.

* 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 evening snack.  

For more information on fruits and vegetables visit:


Karen Hawkins

For more information about making healthy choices, visit  

Ask the Dietitian on and post your questions on the DeCA Dietitian Forum  

Be sure to look for other useful information in the Dietitian's Voice archive  

Sign up with the DeCA Dietitian on, and get messages sent to your cell phone today. For delicious recipes, check out Kay's Kitchen  And to enjoy all your commissary has to offer, sign up for the Commissary Connection  

Chris Halagarda is the Navy fitness, performance enhancement dietitian. Feel free to contact him with your questions at 202-433-3472 or  


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



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 self-checkouts:  

"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 scanning."  

The memo announcing the updated policy is available on our website,, at the following link:




The Commissary ... It's Worth the Trip!                                                


About DeCA: The 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 country.