Eggcellent Eggs

We currently offer hen eggs regularly, and we’ve teamed up with The Sawmill Farm to bring you fresh duck and quail eggs every Friday. Are you scared to try them? Here we’re dishing on the pros of each; although, we think a well-balanced diet contains a well-balanced assortment of eggs.

Quail, chicken and duck eggs

Why Eggs?

For starters, all eggs are a source of high-quality protein. Not only that, but they contain all the B vitamins, plus choline, biotin, and folic acid. Although all eggs offer similar nutritional benefits, each type has their own key features that set them apart.

Duck eggs

Duck Eggs:

  • Have a harder shell so they stay fresher, longer
  • Fluff up your pastries and cakes because they are richer and contain albumen
  • Lead the charge in the Omega-3 fatty acid category
  • Higher in fat
  • Contain less allergens – if you’re allergic to hen eggs, ask your doc about giving duck eggs a try
  • Great for dishes all about the yolk, like a carbonara

Quail Eggs

Quail Eggs:

  • An entertainer’s delight, their small size and speckled shell make cocktail hour more fun
  • For all the hunters, these eggs are slightly gamier than their counterparts
  • High yolk-to-white ratio

Chicken Eggs:

  • Best combination of yolk and white
  • Higher water content, they aren’t as easy to overcook
  • Easy to whip, more versatile

All in all, eggs have many health benefits. The protein within eggs helps build strong muscles. Eggs contain the B vitamins and minerals needed for a well-functioning brain and strong energy production throughout the entire day. Another benefit of eggs is the healthy immune system they help to build; they also help with eyesight, weight loss, and maintenance. If you’re considering pregnancy or currently pregnant, eggs will help prevent certain birth defects; ask your doctor more about it. Although some people will tell you that all three varieties taste relatively similar, we encourage you to try them in different ways and see what your favorite is.

Do you have a favorite egg dish? Share it in the comments below.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy Without Emptying Your Wallet

You want to serve delicious food to your family. You want it to be healthy. And you want to walk away with both arms and both legs. Some days, though, it just seems easier (and cheaper) to pick up a greasy pizza on your way home from work. Sure, it might taste like the cardboard box it came in. But that’s life, right? “Eating healthy is expensive,” you sigh.

But what if it didn’t have to be?

SM1Food is our life here at Sea Mart. We eat, sleep and breathe it. So we know a thing or two about stretching a budget that still allows you to eat good food.

Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy without draining your wallet:

Our Sales Flyer Rocks

There’s nothing quite like the elation that comes from seeing a product you love go on sale. We get it. And it’s why we constantly offer savings and deals on some of your favorite items. Every Wednesday, our weekly sales flyer goes out into the world. We handpick items that we know our customers need. Meats, produce, staples… each and every week there’s a way for you to save. 

The Freezer is Your Friend

Stock up on fruits and veggies when they are in season. Eat some, save some. Most fruits and veggies freeze very well, up to 6 months for some items. And then, when it’s the middle of winter and you’re craving cherries, you can run to the freezer, grab what you love and not feel guilty about it.

Other foods that freeze well are:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Stocks and soups
  • Chili and stews
  • Bread, rolls and flour tortillas
  • Pizza dough
  • Eggs without shells
  • Cheese (slice or shred it first, otherwise it will crumble)

Beans are Magical

(No, not in that way!)

Beans are a super easy way to complement a tight budget and are excellent for enhancing meat dishes. A great source of protein, they add bulk when lighter fare just won’t cut it. Try adding them to lasagna or other Italian dishes. Mix them in with your hamburger.

From black to kidney, there’s a whole new world of beans out there waiting to be discovered.

Broaden Your Horizons

Try incorporating ethnic food into your diet, especially Mexican and Indian cuisines. Both rely heavily on inexpensive ingredients, such as rice. Many ingredients can also be used interchangeably. If you’re looking for a high “value to flavor ratio,” ethnic foods are the way to go.

Sometimes Boring is Good

Don’t be afraid to rotate through meals that fit your budget, are quick and easy to make, and that your family love. Think stir fry, pasta and tacos. When you see ingredients for these everyday meals on sale, snatch them up. Freeze the leftovers and use them the next time the meal makes its way through the rotation.

Healthy eating on a budget doesn’t have to be complicated. You can save money and eat quality food. All it takes is a bit of planning and creativity.

Need ideas on how to further stretch your budget? Ask away! That’s what we’re here for. Our mission is to provide only the best groceries… and the best deals… for our customers.