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New year, new you. You probably hear this saying (or see it in your Instagram feeda lot every time January 1st rolls around.  

For many, the start of a new year brings new goals and resolutions. According to Performance Health, about half of New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, or eating better. Clearly, people care about their health! 

But let’s face it: healthy choices are rarely easy, convenient, or the most delicious option. In today’s fast paced world, it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym. And, while we say we’re going to make a fresh, homecooked meal…well, drive-thru just sound a whole lot easier. 

But here’s the thing: creating healthy habits doesn’t have to be a dramatic lifestyle upheaval full of 4:00 AM cardio sessions and kale smoothies. Small changes can make a big difference. Consider snacking on fruit or a granola bar in place of potato chips. Or, go for a walk instead of binging another episode on Netflix. It all adds up! 

But wait, it gets better. What if we told you healthy options can be tasty and convenient? You’ll find plenty of good-for-you, guilt-free snacks and beverages in our 26 locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Here’s a few items you can pick up at The Store that have been handpicked by a local nutritionist to help get you started: 

Check out this short video for additional details! 

We care about the health of our communities, and we want to support you as you work to achieve your goals. Offering healthy, convenient and tasty options for you and your family is just one way we’re making it easier to stick to those resolutions! 

The Store is a proud sponsor of the Community Weight Race, an annual event promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes in the Stevens Point and Shawano communities Follow along on Facebook as we promote healthy options all winter long!   

The Store proud sponsor of Community Weight Race

The Store Gas Station Summer Drinks

Slowly but surely summer is making its way to the Midwest. Longer days, warmer weather, and sunny skies are fast approaching…we can’t wait 

Summer is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and spend time doing what you love to do.  

Whether your idea of the perfect summer day is spent on the water, traveling, grilling in the backyard or partaking in outdoor adventuresyou can always find the perfect beverage to complement your fun at The Store. 

1. First Things First…Coffee! 

If you’re like us, coffee isn’t just a want…it’s a need. At The Store, you’ll find options to meet every coffee craving 

Going for an early morning stroll? Beat the heat with tasty Stok Cold Brew or chilled Starbucks Espresso and Frappuccino drinks. No matter which you choose, you’ll be kick starting your day the tasty way! 

2. Sip some Positivi-TEA 

Next time you’re heading off for a day on the boat, be sure to grab a few cans of Peace TeaWith flavors like RazzleberryPeach, Mango and Tea & Lemonade, these beverages practically taste like summer!  

Now, sit back, relax, crack a refreshing Peace Tea and enjoy the day on the water. 

3. Calling all Grill Masters 

If grilling out is more your style, complement your next feast with Hubert’s Lemonade. After all, everyone knows lemonade is basically the unofficial drink of summertime.  

This sweet and tangy beverage comes in loads of fruity flavors the whole family will love. Plus, Hubert’s Lemonade bottles have a resealable cap so you can sip spill-free, even from the comfort of your hammock! 

4. Hiking, Biking & Hydrating…Oh My! 

Would you rather be exploring state parks, woodland trails or campsites?  

Before your next outdoor adventure, stock up on Propel Electrolyte WaterThis drink is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes to keep your body hydrated in the summer heat.  

Whether you’re hiking, biking, or simply exploring the great outdoors, Propel Electrolyte Water just became your new best friend! 

5. Road Trip, Anyone? 

Nothing says “road trip” like your favorite convenience store snacks.  

Think back to your childhood – what gives you those feelings of nostalgia? For us, it’s a candy bar and a bottle of soda.  

Before you start cruising down the road to your destination, make a stop at The Store for these treats. Coca-ColaPepsiSpriteFantaMountain Dew…you name it, The Store’s got it! 

6. Day at the Beach 

Next time you’re packing for a trip to the beach, add Vitamin Water to your checklist.  

Spending a whole day in the sun calls for some serious hydration! Luckily, Vitamin Water is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes to keep you energized…and the flavors are great! Plus, the bottle is plastic, so it is safe to bring to the beach. The cap is resealable, too, so you don’t have to worry about sand getting in your drink! 

No matter how you choose to spend your summer, keep it fun, fresh, and flavorful with tasty drink options from The Store. You can count on us to fuel your adventures and keep you hydrated along the way! 

*Photo by Hubert’s Lemonade

The Store Convenience Store Healthy Snacks

We hope 2020 has been treating you well so far! What is your resolution for the new year?  

 

Did you know that the most popular resolutions — every year — are to lose weight and exercise more? Clearly, people care about their health. But we all know it’s not always easy to eat right and exercise regularly. Life gets in the way…schedules are busy, time is short, and we are always trying to do more than possible. Because of this, we crave convenience. After a long day at work, it’s easy to skip the gym and indulge in some of your favorite comfort foods.  

 

Because The Store is first and foremost a convenience store, we know all about convenienceand we’re proud of it, too! But, the fast food industry has instilled the notion that quick, convenient food has to be bad for you. What if we told you that’s not actually true? 

 

Intrigued 

 

We thought you might be.  

 

So, what’s this awesome news all about? We’re here to let you in on a secret: there are plenty of quick, convenient, and tasty snack options at The Store that are actually very healthy. That’s right, we said healthy! 

 

Thirsty? Let’s explore your beverage options. Instead of beelining it to the soda section, check out all of our delicious water and juice options. If you like carbonation, try a Bubly Sparkling water. There’s also Detox water, Vitamin Water Zero, and of course, plain water! Nothing wrong with the original, right?  

 

If you’re in the mood for fruity flavors, give Orchard Pure 100% Orange Juice a try. Tea is another healthy choice, and we’ve got lots of it! Whether you opt to sip on Pure Life Unsweetened Tea, Kombucha, or Lipton Green Tea, we think your taste buds will love it as much as your body does! 

 

And that’s still not all! When you skip the cream and sugar, coffee is actually a low calorie drink. If you’re a coffee-holic (you know we are!), try to slowly cut back on the sweeteners in your daily cup of joe. Try adding skim milk in place of creamer. By doing this, you’re avoiding a whole lot of extra sugars and calories, which, as we all know, add up over time!  

 

Alright, you’ve got your beverage picked out. Now we’ll head over to the snacks!  

 

Let’s start with the fruity side of things. In the mood for a cup of Dole Peaches or Mandarin Oranges? We’ve got you covered! You’ll also find Bare Apple, Banana, and Coconut Chips at The Store. These are packed full of vitamins and natural, healthy carbs and sugars…the kind your body needs to function! We’ve got many awesome granola options too, like Bear Naked Granola Bites, Nature Valley Bars, Kind Bars and Belvita Biscuits. Granola and grain are great sources of long-lasting energy for busy days on the go. 

 

If you’re in the mood for a salty snack, trade regular chips for a bag of Lay’s Baked Chips. Because they’re baked instead of fried, there is much less oil and fat in these tasty crisps as opposed to traditional chips. Plain Ritz Crackers, Skinny Pop Popcorn and Snyder’s Mini Pretzels are also healthier snack options available at The Store! 

 

If protein is what you’re after, we’ve got no shortage of that! Protein promotes muscle growth and repair and helps keep you feeling full longer…a win-win! Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats. Pick up a bag of Pistachios or unsweetened/unsalted Planter’s nuts. Chobani Greek Yogurt, Hard Boiled Eggs, and P3 Portable Protein Packs are additional protein-filled foods at The Store. And of course, meat is high in protein! Snack on Country Fresh Meats Smoked Chicken or pick up a Turkey Deli Sandwich for lunch.  

 

You may have noticed we’re skipping the candy aisle for now…sorry! While candy isn’t the most healthy snack offered at The Store, there can be treats every once in a while! 😊  

 

No matter what your taste in snacks – salty, sweet, savory, or otherwise – you’ll find healthy options you’ll love at The Store. We care about our local communities. The health of our Guests and their families is important. Making sure good-for-you options are quick and convenient is just one of the ways we ‘re helping to promote stronger communities. Eat healthier, feel better, be happier…we’ll help you achieve your new year goal every step of the way!