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H-E-B Asks Customers to Limit Egg Purchases Due to Shortage

H-E-B has released the following statement concerning the current egg shortage:

Put this eggy baked French toast together the night before.

The United States is facing a temporary disruption in the supply of eggs due to the Avian Flu.  The avian flu this year has impacted a significant portion of the egg laying population in the United States (over 30 million birds).  This temporary constriction in the US market has caused an increase in price and shortage in availability of eggs. 

H-E-B works hard to absorb price increases and to level out the volatility in the commodity market for our customers.  H-E-B’s egg procurement team is monitoring the situation closely; we understand the importance of this product to all customers and take market availability matters seriously.  

H-E-B is committed to ensuring Texas families and households have access to eggs, our eggs are not for commercial sale. We are asking our customers to limit their purchase to three cartons per purchase. The signs placed on our shelves last week are to deter commercial users from buying eggs in bulk.

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Despite Rumors, Blue Bell Isn’t Headed to H-E-B Right Now

There have been stories going around that our beloved Blue Bell Ice Cream was headed back to the freezer cases at H-E-B.

blue bell1But that’s not the case, according to a statement from the supermarket company:

“H-E-B is not restocking Blue Bell at this time. Food and safety recalls are something that we take very seriously. We will independently assess whether to carry the brand again once its products are deemed safe. For the most current information on Blue Bell’s recall and status visit”

Soon, we hope.

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Have Dinner and a Drink at H-E-B’s New 3009

The staff at 3009, including general manager Josh Stager (right).

The staff at 3009, including general manager Josh Stager (right).

H-E-B doesn’t sell hard liquor, but you can get a cocktail as well as dinner at the supermarket chain’s new restaurant and bar, 3009 (that’s 3 Double-0 Nine, if you’re pronouncing it). It’s opening today next to the H-E-B Plus at 17460 I-35 and FM 3009 in Schertz.

3009's Korean Fried Chicken

3009’s Korean Fried Chicken

H-E-B has lavished a lot of attention on the 3009 menu, which includes street tacos, pizzas, small plates, sandwiches, salads and small plates. The burger lineup includes several variations on the classic, with or without cheese, made with prime beef as well as turkey, garden, ahi tuna and brisket burgers.

The Texas Creamsicle

The Texas Creamsicle

Houston chef Randy Evans, formerly of Haven and Brennan’s, was brought in to consult on the project and help create the food, which also includes a series of entrees ranging from Korean Fried Chicken and Creole Shrimp and Grits to Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Creamy Pesto Sauce and Penne with Spicy Sausage and Goat Cheese.

Central Texas-style post oak-smoked barbecue, including brisket, spare ribs, turkey, chicken and sausage, will be available by the plate or by the pound.

The exterior of 3009

The exterior of 3009

But it’s the cocktail menu that will likely intrigue first-time visitors because of the novelty of having a Texas Creamsicle made with rum or an Avocado Pineapple Martini before picking up that week’s groceries. A dozen Texas beers are on tap. Wines will be available by the glass or bottle. And cocktails made with an array of spirits, including many from Texas’s growing number of distilleries are featured.

In addition to the food, live music will be offered at 3009 on the weekends. There is also a large outdoor children’s play area.

This is the third H-E-B restaurant. The first was Oaks Crossing in Stone Oak, and the second is in Houston. Josh Stager, who helped open Oaks Crossing last year, is the general manager of the new 3009. He has been working for H-E-B for five years, and his previous experience includes managing military dining facilities in Afghanistan.

3009 Restaurant & Bar, 17460 I-35, is open daily. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday with brunch service until 2 p.m. For to-go orders, call (210) 651-0415.

The 3009 bar area

The 3009 bar area

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H-E-B Knows the Way to a Woman’s Heart

In recognition of American Heart Month and in support of the American Heart Association, H-E-B is seeking to raise awareness of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses in its more than 300 stores across Texas.
Throughout the month of February, H-E-B is offering customers the following discounts and services in stores, including a variety of health and wellness information from the American Heart Association:

  • $2.00 savings on lean cuts of beef from Feb. 13 through March 13 for customers to try options that fit into a heart healthy diet.
  • Free Heart Healthy Second Saturday Screenings at any H-E-B Pharmacy, encouraging customers to “Know Their Numbers” and learn about personal heart health and heart disease prevention.
  • Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping Tours every Wednesday at participating stores that will focus on heart healthy products, meals and snacks.
  • Heart Healthy Valentine’s Themed Cooking Classes for children and adults, offered at select stores.

heartDuring American Heart Month, the goal of H-E-B registered dietitians and the American Heart Association is to help guide Texans to healthier choices by taking small steps in the grocery store that could lead to overall health improvement. Ten percent of the proceeds from each Heart Healthy grocery shopping tour and Valentine’s themed cooking class will be donated to the American Heart Association.
“We look forward to providing our customers with a variety of opportunities to learn about staying heart healthy for themselves and their loved ones,” said Kate Rogers, H-E-B vice president of Partner Communication and Engagement. “As one of the largest food retailers in the state of Texas, we are proud to be a part of the movement to help curb the devastating trend of heart disease and stroke.”
Heart disease affects more women than all forms of cancer combined, yet only one in five American women believe heart disease to be the number one health threat. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease – risk factors very similar to those for stroke.
To learn more about the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women campaign, visit For more information on dates, times and scheduling of an H-E-B heart healthy grocery shopping tour or cooking class, visit

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be Part of the Slim Down Showdown?

Can you lose weight, eat healthier and change your lifestyle for the better?
Changing your life for the better is the goal of the Slim Down Showdown.

Changing your life for the better is the goal of the Slim Down Showdown.

Thirty-five people from across the state hope so. H-E-B has named members of the public and their own employees to participate in the fifth anniversary of the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown. Presented with Nestle, Beanitos and belVita, this is a 16-week contest designed to provide contestants with the education and tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, and the chance to win cash prizes.

You may not have been chosen for the contest, but you, too, can take part. Details on that appear below.
In the Community Contest, 15 members of the public were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000. They will embark on a life-changing journey alongside 15 H-E-B employees, or partners, who are eligible for a separate grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000.
As part of the fifth anniversary celebration, H-E-B has selected five Second Chance partners who have previously participated in a past season of Slim Down Showdown. The Second Chance winner will receive $2,500.

The 15 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are:
  • Michael Plata, San Benito
  • Bonnie Tisdale, McAllen
  • Janie Ramirez, Edinburg
  • Darralyn Johnson, Austin
  • Robin Russelll, Granbury
  • Nathan Dennis, College Station
  • Veronica Allen, Houston
  • David Nungaray, San Antonio
  • Tamlynn Niemietz, New Braunfels
  • Cathleen Nogueron, San Antonio
  • Bobby Mowles, Victoria
  • Terra Gauvain, Austin
  • Michael Wise, Katy
  • Petra Pearce, San Antonio
  • Clay Jackson, Houston 
 The 15 Slim Down Showdown Partner Contestants are:
  • Jose Trevino, Mission
  • Lettie Tellez, Raymondville
  • Santos Segovia, Mission
  • Shay Malcolm, Austin
  • Rebecca Lockridge, Waxahachie
  • Courtney Combs, Austin
  • Brock Hartman, Corpus Christi
  • Michelle Mathis, Rosenberg
  • Brandon Singleton, Houston
  • Daisy Gallegos, Houston
  • James Griffith, San Antonio
  • Veronica Jones, San Antonio
  • Manuel Naredo, San Antonio
  • Laura Cuellar, San Antonio
  • Jeremy Peebles, Corpus Christi 

The 5 Slim Down Showdown “Second Chance” Partners are:

  • Jessica Flores, Houston
  • Douglas Macis, Austin
  • Albert Moreno, Weslaco
  • Anastacia Chadis, Corpus Christi
  • Jacquelyn Ary, Brownsville

Contestants were chosen based on their willingness to embrace the program and to publicly share their journey and the resulting lifestyle changes through blogs, vlogs and social media. Grand prize winners are selected based on overall health improvement, participation and fan engagement. Healthy Hero winners demonstrate the most progress on health markers such as body mass index, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
From Jan. 17-23, all contestants will come to San Antonio to participate in Fit Camp, an intensive, week-long wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare and the Cooper Aerobics Center. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness education. Methodist Healthcare provides medical oversight and testing for the program and Cooper provides expert speakers for Fit Camp.
Once they return home, contestants will receive one-on-one coaching and support from H-E-B’s registered dietitians in addition to their individual meal plans and fitness goals developed during Fit Camp. They also receive a one-year gym membership, courtesy of Gold’s Gym, to help them with their fitness routine. Winners will be announced on May 9 at a ceremony at the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center in conjunction with the H-E-B Health & Wellness Family Expo.  
Each week throughout the Showdown, the contestants will be blogging and vlogging about their experience. You can read about their journey at or participate yourself by taking part in the Slim Down Showdown Challenge, an online healthy living course with recipes, workouts, summaries, videos, and a mobile tracker for weight. Last year, nearly 9,600 people signed up for the online challenge and recorded losing a total of 71,429 pounds.
This year, participants can log their progress to help their hometown win the H-E-B Community Challenge, a one-of-a kind competition that runs from January through April and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, individuals and leaders toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health. Five communities will be named winners with one participating school in each of the winning communities receiving a $1,000 grant. Winning schools and communities will be recognized at the Slim Down Showdown Finale on May 9 in San Antonio.
For more information, visit

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H-E-B Wants Your ‘Primo’ New Product

H-E-B is looking for the best products that Texas-based food and beverage suppliers have to offer.

The retailer is announcing the launch of H-E-B Primo Picks: Quest for Texas Best”, creating an opportunity for food and beverage suppliers to showcase their delicious and uniquely Texan products to win a cash prize along with the chance to have their product featured statewide as a Primo Picks at H-E-B stores.

HEB StoreInterested food and beverage suppliers may submit their product details online Sunday, February 2 through Monday, March 31, 2014 at

H-E-B’s business development managers will determine the top 25 applicants. The applicants will showcase their products before a panel of judges in Houston during August 2014. A panel of judges selected by H‑E‑B will determine the top four products and H-E-B will award the winners with a cash prize along with the possibility of gaining a coveted spot on H-E-B shelves statewide in 2015.

The third place winner will receive $10,000, the second place winner will receive $15,000, the first place winner will receive $20,000 and the top product selected and Grand Prize winner will receive $25,000 and be named a “Texas Best” Primo Pick.  Eligible products must not be available in any other large chain or retailer and the vendors must be willing to sell exclusively to H-E-B.  Additionally, Texas-based suppliers must also create, produce or co-pack the products in Texas.

HEB logo smallerTo help raise awareness of the product search and contest, along with educating consumers of the many products that H-E-B already sourced locally, two teams of H-E-B partners will be hitting the road during the months of February and March.  Teams will be visiting H-E-B locations throughout the state, offering current Primo Picks sampling and instructions to interested suppliers on how to register for the contest and make sure their products are retail ready.

Local food trucks and much more will round out the festivities at each road show event.  For a complete listing of the cities and dates that the H-E-B teams will be visiting, please visit.

H-E-B launched Primo Picks statewide in 2012 and invites customers to treat themselves to select products that are unique, delicious and that many customers may have never heard of or tried before.  All featured Primo Picks products represent the best of what’s in store.

HEB Primo Picks logo

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H-E-B’s ‘My Texas Table’ Lightens Up Your Family Favorites

HEB My Texas Table coverLet’s face it, most of us could stand to lose an inch or two off our waist. We love our rich foods so much that we indulge in most anything that tickles our taste buds.

That’s where H-E-B’s latest cookbook, “My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light” (H-E-B, $12.49), comes in handy. The cookbook features dozens of recipes, including French toast, Texas chili, a beefy Guisado and Ooey Gooey Red Velvet Butter Brownies, all remade by dietitians to have lower calories without featuring less flavor.

“Our goal with ‘My Texas Table’ is to inspire our customers to cook healthy at home by providing a guidebook tailored not just to our stores, but to their tastes. These are their recipes, their family favorites,” said Kate Rogers, vice president of communications and engagement at H-E-B. “As a culture, we have become too reliant on convenience food eaten outside the home. We need to get back to the basics of cooking and eating as a family, not just for our health but for our happiness.”

It’s a lofty goal, and one that the book addresses head on. The paperback volume begins with tips for cooking for healthfully, including oven baking and steaming instead of frying, before going to offer ideas on how to reduce sugar or increasing fiber in foods.

Asian Shrimp Stir-Fry

Asian Shrimp Stir-Fry

The recipes themselves are lighter versions of ideas submitted by both H-E-B employees and customers, each of whom is given credit, while a paragraph explains what was done to lighten it up or why it’s considered healthful. Consider this comment about the Pizza Margherita: “Pizza often gets relegated to the junk food category. Done right, however, it can be nutritious and tasty. Simply use whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese and lots of fresh basil to enjoy America’s favorite Italian pie guilt-free.”

But even the best intentions from the H-E-B dietitians, who compiled the book, can go somewhat awry, if you don’t pay close attention.

The recipe for the Asian Shrimp Stir-Fry suggests you should serve it over brown rice or buckwheat noodles. Yet the photo shows plenty of white pasta tossed with the shrimp, edamame and red peppers. Beware, that pasta is not included in the nutritional analysis and if you add it to the recipe, you could be adding 40 grams of carbohydrate to the dish, about double the daily allotment for many diabetics.

For the South Texas Oatmeal Cookies, margarine is used instead of butter, but there’s a continuing debate in the medical community over whether that’s a wise choice or not. The end result might mean fewer calories, but that’s not the only yardstick that a recipe’s healthfulness is measured by. Even Weight Watchers has changed its formula to include healthful fats from olive oil, nuts and avocado, among other items, and to restrict carb counts as much as watching calories.

Julie Meza's Guisado

Julie Meza’s Guisado

But that’s where you come into the picture. Recipes are only guidelines, after all. These will get you started, and the rest is up to you. When you’re making the Spicy Bean Burgers, you can wrap them in lettuce leaves instead of carb-heavy bread or leave out the pie crust on the Very Berry Pie with a Twist. Or you could cut the sugar in the Skinny Scones by using chopped nuts instead of dried cranberries, which are almost always coated in sugar.

Making such decisions will help you take greater control over your diet and will hopefully give you greater discipline about what you eat. “My Texas Table” is a good place to start.

“My Texas Table” is available at H-E-B stores. Customers can sign up for this year’s Ready, Set, Cook! challenge through May 26 to try a new healthful recipe each week and for a change to win prizes.

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Guisado Goes on the Table Quickly. And It’s Good for You, Too.

Julie Meza's Guisado

Julie Meza’s Guisado

Need a dinner recipe that goes to together and ends up on the table in less than a half hour?

That’s one great aspect of this Mexican American dish, featured in H-E-B’s “My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light” (H-E-B, $12.49).

It comes from Julie Meza of Weslaco. Or, actually, it comes from her mother, “who threw some leftovers into a pot one day with delicious results,” the book says. “We tweaked Julie’s recipe a bit, substituting diced tomatoes and chiles for picante sauce and omitting smoked sausage to lighten the calorie load.”

If you want to avoid adding carbs to your meal, server this on lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound sirloin steak, cubed
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 onion, diced
1 /2 green bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (15-ounce) can H-E-B Tomatoes with Green Chiles

Saute the beef with pepper, onion and garlic.

Saute the beef with pepper, onion and garlic.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak cubes with chili powder, garlic powder salt and cumin.

Add steak to hot skillet and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Add onion, peppers and minced garlic, cooking until tender.

Pour tomatoes with chilies into pan and simmer 1 minute or until warmed throughout.

Approximate nutritional value per serving: 230 calories, 12 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugars, 21 g protein.

0.5 carbohydrate choice.

Makes 4 servings.

From Julie Meza, Weslaco/”My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light”

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Pizza Made Healthful by New H-E-B Cookbook

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

“Pizza often gets relegated to the junk food category,” says “My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light” (H-E-B, $12.49). “Done right, however, it can be nutritious and tasty. Simply use whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese and lots of fresh basil to enjoy America’s favorite Italian pie guilt-free.”

We don’t need to add anything except: Buon appetito.

Pizza Margherita

1 H-E-B 100 Percent Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust
1 tablespoon H-E-B Olive Oil
1 cup H-E-B Marinara Sauce
12 large fresh basil leaves
1 cup sliced or shredded H-E-B Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush pizza crust with olive oil.

Spread marinara sauce on crust. Place basil leaves evenly over sauce, then top with cheese.

Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugars, 7 g protein.

1 carbohydrate choice.

Makes 6 servings.

From Melissa Vela-Williamson, San Antonio/”My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light”

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South Texas Oatmeal Cookie Cuts Calories, Not Flavor

South Texas Oatmeal Cookies

South Texas Oatmeal Cookies

Desserts don’t have to leave you feeling guilty. These South Texas Oatmeal Cookies, as included in “My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light” (H-E-B, $12.49), are healthful, but they taste great.

The recipe comes from Anna Herrera of Premont. “We pushed down the calorie count on Anna’s recipe by replacing the lard and butter with margarine and applesauce and using egg whites instead of whole eggs,” the book says. “Don’t worry, you won’t miss them.”

South Texas Oatmeal Cookie

Non-stick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons margarine, at room temperature
3/4 cup H-E-B Applesauce
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups H-E-B Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup H-E-B Raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Mix well.

In a large bowl, beat sugars and margarine until well blended. Add applesauce, egg whites, milk and vanilla; beat well.

Slowly add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.

Approximate nutritional value per serving (1 cookie): 90 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates; 1g dietary fiber, 1o g sugar, 2 g protein.

1 carbohydrate choice.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

From Anna Herrera, Premont/”My Texas Table: 100 Family Favorites Done Light”

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