Hi, it’s Erin here on the food team. This week, we announced that we are updating some of our food recipes to include fewer ingredients. We’ve eliminated some unnecessary “stuff” including artificial flavors, artificial dyes and artificial trans fats. We are also no longer using high-fructose corn syrup. Providing options with more natural ingredients is a top priority for the Food team and we know it is on your minds as well. We are also continuing to work on increasing the number of nutritious food offerings and reducing calories and sodium levels.
One of my favorite items coming out at participating stores on June 30 is the new Blueberry Streusel Muffin which is now packed full of plump, Oregon blueberries - long gone is the artificial blueberry flavor. And our Banana Walnut Bread is nearly one third pure banana! It is so yummy you will probably want to know how to bake it yourself at home! Well, you can. Recipe cards will be available in store and on our website so you can do just that.
Many of you had the chance to hear from Chris via his blog (here) in May and he has also been instrumental in the recipe development for our new food. Chris and the rest of the product development team worked through hundreds of recipes and tweaked them until they were just right. He baked (and tasted!) more than 130 versions of our Double Chocolate Brownie (made with premium chocolate and cocoa) to achieve the perfect balance of cakey and fudgey texture.
In addition to some of our indulgent offerings highlighted above, we also have a selection of more wholesome choices. The Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast sandwich will now have egg whites and the multigrain English muffin is made with wheat, flaxseed and barley. All for only 340 calories and 21 grams of hunger-blasting protein! If you need a quick lunch on the go grab one of our new green salads- the all-natural balsamic vinaigrette dressing comes on the side so you decide how much to use.
Soon our food will start to look a little different, come in and give it a try. I am sure you will find it is even more delicious than before.
Please keep your food ideas coming!
High Fructose Corn Syrup
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