Budget Bites to Help You Save Money

4 Tips To Save $$$

Grocery prices keep going up, and we are all looking for ways to stretch our food budgets. Here are a few tips we can all use to curb the waste, and stretch our food dollars even further.

USE MORE, WASTE LESS

If you don’t think you will use them before they go bad, freeze fruits and vegetables. Put them in freezer-safe containers or bags and mark with a date. These frozen portions are great to add to soups or smoothies. 

Save veggie scraps like potato rinds, ends of onions and celery pieces,  to make veggie broth. These vegetables will make a perfect vegetable broth that is delicious in soups.  

Use leftovers creatively. You can turn almost any leftovers into a completely different meal. For example, did you make roasted veggies as a side dish this week? Use the leftovers in a delicious omelet. You cook once and have two delicious meals. Plus, you save time in the kitchen. 

MAXIMIZE WIC BENEFITS

One of the best ways to maximize your WIC benefits is to use your SNAP benefits first. Your SNAP benefits roll over, but your WIC benefits expire at the end of the month. USE WIC FIRST. 

Make fewer trips. If you are making a trip to the WIC clinic, redeem your WIC benefits during the same trip. JC Food Mart, which caters to WIC clients, are conveniently located near WIC clinics. JC Food Mart caters to WIC clients and helps them redeem their benefits in one easy, fast trip. 

PLAN AHEAD

By planning ahead you can save time and money. Plan your menu for the week. See what ingredients can be used to do double duty in your recipes. For example, are you making a homemade soup and stir-fry dish this week? Get an onion that can be used for both. What other ingredients can be used in both meals? Stretch your food dollars by using simple recipes with less ingredients.  Plus, it is a great way for your kids to help. Make a menu together on a chalkboard or a colorful paper that they can help create. 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

One of the best ways to save money cooking is to make simple, nutritious recipes that don’t have a ton of ingredients. Buy pantry staples like seasonings on sale or in bulk. Make your own salad dressing using olive oil and simple seasonings.

Get all your WIC foods in one easy stop conviently located next to WIC clinics. Visit any JC Food Mart in San Antonio today.

 

 

 

By |2022-11-04T09:46:47-05:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fun Fall Events in November

Give thanks for your loved ones this November by spending some quality time together at these family friendly events.

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  1Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
2Museum of Art Playdates: Egyptian ExpeditionMuseum of Art Playdates: Egyptian ExpeditionTime: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity in toddlers ages 2–4 through stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, and movement. Ticket Price: Free with Museum admission
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX
3Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
4 5Family Movie Series: The BatmanFamily Movie Series: The BatmanTime: 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Enjoy FREE movies at Mission Marquee Plaza brought to you by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and picnics for an unforgettable outdoor experience. Or purchase snacks from our onsite food trucks. Venue opens at 7 p.m. and movies begin approximately 15 minutes after dusk. Admission is free! Parking On-site! The venue is pet-friendly!
Mission Marquee Plaza
3100 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78214
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7Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
8Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
9 10Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
11 12Movie in the Park: Trolls World TourMovie in the Park: Trolls World TourTime: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Grab a blanket and enjoy a free family-friendly motion picture under the stars every month.
Tower of the Americas
739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX
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14Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
15Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
16 17Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
Free Family Nights at The DoSeumFree Family Nights at The DoSeumTime: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The DoSeum is San Antonio’s only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering. Free Family Nights are a monthly event, registration required.
The DoSeum
2800 Broadway, San Antonio, TX
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21Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
22Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
23 24Crafternoon in the Kids LibraryCrafternoon in the Kids LibraryTime: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cody Library is hosting “Screen Free Thursdays” where computers are turned off, giving everyone a needed rest from technology. They will have craft kits ready for kids to do at the Kids’ Library or at home, plus a small snack, games, & books.
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
25Westover Field of LightsWestover Field of LightsTime: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join Westover Field of Lights for San Antonio's BEST walkthrough Christmas light show featuring over 300,000 synchronized lights and FUN for the entire family. Immerse yourself in over 300,000 synchronized lights and listen to your favorite Christmas music. Get a FREE printed photo with Santa and enjoy a Family Fun Zone filled with kid-friendly games, activities and more! $5 per person.
Westover Hills Church (Westover Sports Complex)
9340 Westover Hills Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78251
26Westover Field of LightsWestover Field of LightsTime: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join Westover Field of Lights for San Antonio's BEST walkthrough Christmas light show featuring over 300,000 synchronized lights and FUN for the entire family. Immerse yourself in over 300,000 synchronized lights and listen to your favorite Christmas music. Get a FREE printed photo with Santa and enjoy a Family Fun Zone filled with kid-friendly games, activities and more! $5 per person.
Westover Hills Church (Westover Sports Complex)
9340 Westover Hills Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78251
27Westover Field of LightsWestover Field of LightsTime: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join Westover Field of Lights for San Antonio's BEST walkthrough Christmas light show featuring over 300,000 synchronized lights and FUN for the entire family. Immerse yourself in over 300,000 synchronized lights and listen to your favorite Christmas music. Get a FREE printed photo with Santa and enjoy a Family Fun Zone filled with kid-friendly games, activities and more! $5 per person.
Westover Hills Church (Westover Sports Complex)
9340 Westover Hills Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78251
28Big Blue BlocksBig Blue BlocksTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Practice creative building with Big Blue Blocks every Monday on the Kelleher Family Lawn.
Hemisfair Park - Kelleher Family Lawn
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX
29Toddler Time at Cody LibraryToddler Time at Cody LibraryTime: 10:00 am - 10:20 am
Every Monday Morning, 10:00-10:20. Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver -short stories, music & movement, all to develop comfort in the Library & a love for books – it’s also a great networking time for adults!
Cody Library
11441 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX
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By |2022-11-03T10:28:39-05:00November 1st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

JC Food Mart Announces Special Labor Day Hours

Four San Antonio area locations will be open special hours for Labor Day.

Everyone at JC Food Mart wishes you  a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. For your convenience, we are opening four stores if you find yourself in need of baby formula, baby food, milk, bread and other WIC grocery items. SNAP is also accepted. 

The following stores will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM

WALZEM

The JC Food Mart location at 5271 Walzem Road. This store can be reached by calling 210-930-3244. 

MARBACK

JC Food Mart at 7428 W. Military Drive will be open. They can be reached at 210-645-0223.

SW MILITARY

JC Food Mart at 842 SW Military Drive will also be open. They can be reached by calling 210-922-1442.  

FREDERICKSBURG

Also, the JC Food Mart at 3534 Fredericksburg Road, Ste. 21 will be open. They can be reached by calling 210-732-2677. 

JC Food Mart is a primarily WIC grocery store that takes the hassle out of getting WIC groceries. 

 

By |2021-09-03T07:19:38-05:00September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Smoothies are a Nutritional Snack With WIC Foods

Chill Out With A Refreshing Smoothie

Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get an extra dose of fruits and vegetables. They also don’t require a lot of ingredients. Gather some of your favorite WIC foods and blend away.

Smoothies are a combination of fruits and/or vegetables, liquid, protein and ice (if you aren’t using frozen fruit) blended together. The fun part is that they are easy to switch up to find a fun new flavor. Some common smoothie ingredients include:

FRUITS (FROZEN OR FRESH): Bananas, Mangos, Apples, Berries and Even Avocados

VEGETABLES: Spinach, Carrots, Celery and Cucumbers

PROTEIN: Peanut Butter

LIQUIDS: Milk, Soy Milk, Yogurt, Juice or Water (like ice if you aren’t using frozen fruit)

OPTIONAL FOR FUN: Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice

There are so many WIC foods to pick from – Fruits, Veggies, Peanut Butter and Milk. Those are all super healthy WIC-approved foods you can include in your morning smoothie. The fun part is you don’t need a recipe. Use the recipe below provided by Texas WIC as a guide, but substitute any of the ingredients or combinations above to come up with new favorites.

Because smoothies are packed with nutrition (and WIC ingredients) they make a great breakfast or snack for adults and kids. They are especially tasty as the long hot days of Summer approach.

If you have fresh fruit you think might go bad before you eat it (like bananas or berries), just cut and put it in a freezer-safe container and store for your next smoothie.

SMOOTHIE BOWL

Smoothie bowls are a hot trend and is a fun new way to eat smoothies. Smoothie Bowl With WIC Foods

If your tot isn’t ready to drink from a straw, but is trying purees, this version might be perfect for them. If making for a child, be mindful to avoid certain ingredients (like nuts because of choking) and even peanut butter if you haven’t yet determined if they aren’t allergic. Also, skip adding the whole fruit on top.

Note: It’s best to try ingredients that a child might be allergic to one at a time instead of blending multiple items together. This is helpful so you can easily identify which food might have caused the allergy. Once a child has individually tried all the ingredients you want to add to a smoothie bowl, you should be safe. Just make sure everything is blended well.

A smoothie bowl is also a fun way for adults to enjoy fruits and veggies. You can even top off your bowl with a handful of fresh berries or sliced fruit for extra texture.

RECIPE FROM TEXASWIC.ORG

Texas WIC offers this recipe on their website. Of course you can add more or substitute as you like:

FRUIT SMOOTHIE

1 Banana

2 cups frozen Strawberries (without added sugar)

¾ cup Milk

8 ounces low-fat Vanilla Yogurt

Tips: You can use any fruit – try mangoes, peaches or blueberries! If using all fresh fruit, try blending in ice cubes to thicken it up. You can also use 100% fruit juice or soy milk instead of milk, or even silken tofu instead of yogurt!

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

APPLY FOR TEXAS WIC

Texas WIC is a supplemental nutrition program for expectant mothers and their children up to age 5 who meet certain criteria. The program provides nutrition counseling and support, free monthly food packages and breastfeeding support. To find out if you may be eligible, visit TexasWIC.org to apply.

Get the ingredients for your smoothie at JC Food Mart, a primarily WIC grocery store chain in San Antonio. To find a location near you, visit jcfoodmart.com/locations.

By |2021-06-15T10:05:25-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

4 Healthy Lunches With WIC Foods

Looking for new, healthy lunches with WIC foods? We have 4 new recipes to help make your lunch a little more exciting.

These easy and quick, less-fuss recipes are easy to make and perfect for prepping early in the week to make your lunches easy and fast to grab. Afterall, nobody wants to waste precious time during the week fussing over cooking. If you are meal prepping, consider our notes at the end of each recipe to help make it even easier.

The best part about all these recipes is they are easily adjustable to add or subtract some of your favorite ingredients to make it perfectly yours. Here are 4 lunches with WIC foods:

Rice Bowl Using WIC Foods

 

 

 

 

 

VEGGIE RICE BOWL

1 Cup Brown Rice, cooked

1/2 Cup Sliced Cucumbers

1 Sliced Tomato

Sliced Onion

1 Avocado

1/2 cup Cooked Green Peas

2 teaspoon Olive Oil

Juice from a Lemon or Lime

2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to package directions. Put cooked rice in a large bowl. Slice all vegetables and add to the bowl with the rice. Make a dressing in a separate bowl by combining olive oil, lemon or lime juice and dijon mustard. Mix dressing into the rice and vegetable bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2 bowls. Enjoy!

MEAL PREP TIP: To make this recipe faster, prep the dressing in advance and store in the refrigerator. You can also pre-cook the rice and store in the fridge. Slice and dice cucumbers, tomato and onion (along with cooked peas) when prepping and store in the refrigerator. Add avocado right before eating.

Stuffed Peppers with WIC Foods

 

 

 

 

 

BEAN & VEGGIE STUFFED PEPPERS

4 Bell Peppers

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

1/2 cup Onion, Diced

½ cup of Corn, optional

1 15 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Chili Powder

1 8 oz can of Tomato Sauce

1 cup cooked Brown Rice

1 cup of Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove tops from peppers. Scoop out and clean the inside of the peppers. Saute onions in olive oil until they are tender. Add garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Stir in mashed black beans, cooked corn, cumin and chili powder. Add tomato sauce and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice. Fill peppers with the mixture and place inside a baking dish. Top each pepper with shredded cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

MEAL PREP TIP: This meal can be cooked a day in advance and stored in the fridge. Reheat before serving.

Tuna Lettuce Wraps with WIC Foods

 

 

 

 

 

LETTUCE TUNA SALAD WRAPS

¼ cup diced Bell Pepper

¼ cup diced Cucumber

¼ cup diced Onion

1 can of Tuna, drained

¼ cup of Mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 large torn Lettuce Leafs

Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Chill before serving. Scoop desired amount of tuna salad into a large lettuce leaf and roll up. Enjoy!

MEAL PREP TIP: Tuna can be made and stored in the fridge for a few days.

Avocado Toast with WIC Foods

 

 

 

 

 

AVOCADO, BOILED EGG ON WHOLE WHEAT TOAST

1 slice of Whole Wheat Toast

1 Egg, boiled

½ Avocado, mashed

Salt and pepper to taste

Boil egg in water for 10 minutes, until cooked. Drain, rinse and cool before removing shell and slice. Mash the inside of avocado and spread onto toast. Place sliced boiled egg on top of avocado toast. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

MEAL PREP TIP: Boil egg in advance and store in fridge.

Interested in joining Texas WIC? Apply online at TexasWIC.org. Shop JC Food Mart to easily pick up WIC groceries. Learn more about the products JC Food Mart offers. Also, learn more about JC Food Mart online.

By |2021-06-15T10:10:02-05:00April 27th, 2021|Categories: Meal Planning, Recipes, Texas WIC, Uncategorized, WIC Food, WIC Nutrition|0 Comments

WIC Babies Grow Healthy & Strong

WIC Helps Mothers Achieve Baby Milestones

As babies grow from infants to toddlers they graduate dozens of baby milestones, from eating purees, finger foods and walking. Your baby’s pediatrician can help you learn if your baby is on track. Being aware of major developments can ensure your tot is staying on track. Texas WIC can also help your baby stay on track to grow healthy and strong.

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and process – how to feed, making sure they are safe and loved, learning to decode their baby language. As you get to know your baby and all the traits that make them uniquely them, you will also start picking up on your baby’s developments. It’s something you can observe and watch from Day 1. It’s also one of the biggest joys of being a parent, watching your baby grow and learn.

There are endless resources online about baby milestones, but don’t get overwhelmed and remember they are just a guide. Your baby’s doctors are the ultimate resource. Plus, any resource you use (online, book, etc.) are only tools to help you ask the right questions to your doctor. 

One great online resource is, Texas WIC. Their experts have outlined some of the milestone highlights of a baby’s first year online.

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By |2021-06-15T10:12:18-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Recipes, San Antonio, Texas WIC, Uncategorized, WIC Food, WIC Nutrition|0 Comments

Texas WIC Classes at Your Fingertips

As soon as your baby is born you’re expected to know everything about taking care of an infant. You have to learn how to nurse your baby and everything the little one is trying to communicate every time they cry.  There’s a lot to learn, but luckily Texas WIC offers a catalog of online classes for mothers. It’s all 100% free of charge.

If you are a Texas WIC client, taking the courses is part of the free program. It’s designed to help pregnant and breastfeeding mothers get a healthy start for their infants and children up to age 5. The program also offers access to its WIC clinics and provides free nutritional WIC-approved food.

Some of the classes are live during scheduled dates and times. Other classes are “Click and Learn” presentations.

Even if you aren’t part of Texas WIC, you can participate in some of the classes online. Topics range on everything from “What to Expect Year to Year,” “The Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression” and “Smart Snacks for Children”

There are even entertainment programs for kids. “A Dance Party with Zobey” allows you to be active with your child. It also encourages trying new foods that are all colors of the rainbow.

The WIC classes are an excellent resource to learn how to be a better parent and how to care for yourself. To find out if you qualify for Texas WIC, apply online or visit a WIC clinic.

By |2021-04-06T16:10:11-05:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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