Monthly Archives: August 2016

Hot Summer Specials with Your USConnectMe Rewards Account!

Summer’s still hot, and so are our quarterly specials. All the items listed below are buy four, get the fifth free when you use your USConnect OneCard or the USConnectMe app.

Current Promotions

Healthier Choices

  • Sabra Red Pepper Pretzel
  • Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Almond
  • Special K Protein™ Meal Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Special K Protein™ Meal Bar Double Chocolate
  • Special K Protein™ Meal Bar Strawberry
  • Kashi GoLean Peanut Hemp Crunch
  • Kashi GoLean Salted Dark Chocolate & Nuts
  • Kashi GoLean Honey Pecan Baklava
  • Kraft Mozzarella String Stick Single
  • Naked Orange Juice

Meals

  • Signature Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich with Bacon

Grab a Cold One

  • 7up 20 oz PET
  • A&W 20 oz PET Bottle
  • A&W Diet 20 oz PET Bottle
  • AMP Elevate Berry
  • AMP Original
  • Canada Dry 20 oz PET Bottle
  • Gatorade Fierce Strawberry (Aug 15th – Sept 30th)
  • Izze Sparkling Grapefruit
  • Lipton Diet Green Tea Citrus
  • Lipton Pure Leaf Extra Sweet Tea
  • Lipton Pure Leaf Tea with Lemon
  • Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry Can
  • Mountain Dew Kickstart Hydration Pineapple Orange Mango
  • Pepsi Cherry Vanilla
  • Red Bull Sugar (Aug 15th – Sept 30th)
  • Red Bull Yellow Edition
  • Snapple 16 oz Peach, Diet Peach, Lemon, Strawberry Kiwi, Apple, Mango Madness, Diet Half n’ Half
  • Snapple 20 oz Peach, Diet Peach, Lemon, Strawberry Kiwi, Apple, Mango Madness, Diet Half n’ Half
  • Sobe Lifewater Fuji Apple Pear
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee Caramel
  • Sunkist Diet Orange 20 oz PET
  • Sunkist Orange 20 oz PET
  • Tropicana Raspberry Lemonade

Feeling Sweet?

  • Twizzlers Single
  • Mars 3 Musketeers Single
  • Mars M&M’s Peanut Sharing Size
  • Mars M&M’s Chocolate Sharing Size
  • Mars 3 Musketeers Bites
  • Sweetarts Chewy Mini
  • Sweetarts Soft & Chewy Ropes
  • Nestle Butterfinger Bites
  • Hershey Payday Peanut Bar Single
  • Mars M&M’s Chocolate Single (Aug 15th – Sept 30th)
  • Baby Ruth Single (Aug 15th – Sept 30th)

Pop a Pastry

  • Knott’s Strawberry and Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

Snack Time

  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper Chips
  • Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn
  • Bugles Ranch
  • Herrs Kettle Cooked Salt and Vinegar
  • Herrs Kettle Cooked Horse Radish
  • Herrs Kettle Cooked Jalapeno
  • Herrs Kettle Cooked Original
  • Herrs Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ

Remember, card holders earn 5 reward points for every dollar spent, and redeem online for cash back on your account. You’ll earn up to 2.5% back every day! Your rewards also give back. At participating locations, 1.5% of every dollar spent on your OneCard or the USConnectMe app goes to the charity of your choice. Now that’s truly rewarding! If you’re not already signed up for USConnectMe, register here. If you haven’t already downloaded the USConnectMe app, do it today at the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Ingredient du Jour: Coconut Water

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

It’s happening again; a new superfood is gaining popularity, and its proponents are clamoring to extol its health benefits. Today, it is coconut water’s turn.

The Claims:Ingredient du Jour: Coconut Water

If you believe the hype, coconut water can do these things:

  • Rehydrate better than sports drinks
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Act as a “heart tonic
  • Treat headaches
  • Promote weight loss
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Prevent cancer
  • Treat Alzheimer’s and dementia

The Pushback

Realistically, it’s unlikely that one substance could act like some sort of miracle elixir and solve the world’s health problems. Indeed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scrutinized many of the claims of coconut waters’ marketers and found that they come up short. Several companies selling “raw” coconut water have had to revise their claims, and coconut water makers in general have significantly reduced their assertions of what coconut water can do.

Coconut water’s main claims to health benefits are its electrolytes (the rehydrating element of sports drinks) and its high level of potassium. However, Vita Coco, a popular maker of the beverage, settled a class action lawsuit in 2012. Consumer plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that Vita Coco misrepresented coconut water by calling it “super-hydrating,” “nutrient-packed” and a “mega-electrolyte.” And in a case of “too much of a good thing,” a New York man became ill from an overdose of potassium from drinking too much coconut water.

The Takeaway

Coconut water does contain a good amount of the nutrients potassium (19 percent RDA), calcium (4 percent), and magnesium (4 percent). It is fairly high in electrolytes and has less sugar than most sports drinks or fruit juices. A 2012 study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that coconut water hydrated athletes just as well as sports drinks and that plain water hydrated just as well as both! When in doubt, you can rarely go wrong with plain water. If you’re craving something a little extra, coconut water is a healthier choice than juice, sports drinks, or soda.

 

Summer Produce: Enjoy Nature’s Bounty

Blueberries imported from Chile. Green beans imported from Mexico. Oranges imported from Spain. Modern shipping and storage technology has given us year-round access to any fruit or vegetable we might want at any time of year. However, this produce has often traveled thousands of miles to get to our plates, and as a result, it is not in its “first bloom of Summer Produce: Enjoy Nature’s Bountyyouth.”

Why buy imported when you can buy local? In the summer, nature’s goodness abounds, from local farmer’s markets to USConnect’s Bistro To Go!™ kiosks. Here’s your best guide to summer’s best fruits and vegetables.

Berries

Summer is the best time for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, which usually come into season in that specific order. From the first strawberries in May to the last raspberries of August, berries are full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

Pit Fruit

Peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plums come into season in June and last throughout the summer. Packed with vitamins A and C, manganese, and potassium, pit fruits can last longer and travel better than local berries.

Tomatoes

Although tomatoes are widely available year-round, the fresh tomatoes of summer bear little resemblance to the pale, mealy winter varieties. Slice them with some fresh basil, grill them, or chop them into a chilled gazpacho; their high level of lycopene will help keep your heart healthy.

Greens

Salads can be a healthy year-round meal, but the greens and lettuces of summer can’t be beat. Experiment beyond iceberg with darker, more flavorful greens like arugula, red leaf, and red Boston lettuce. The darker the leaf, the more nutrients like iron, folate, and vitamin K it will have.

Summer Squash

Summer squash and zucchini can be a little blah if just steamed, but try them on the grill with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, or sauté them in olive oil with some sweet onions for a delicious side dish. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin B6

Green Beans

Green beans last a long time in cold storage, which means that by the time you buy them from the grocery store, they could already be a month old. That’s a great reason to buy them in the summer, when they’re fresh. Green beans are high in beta-carotene and omega-3s.