Kandi S.


Kandi S. wrote her first short story at nine-years-old and has been a lover of the written word ever since, which makes The Publix Checkout one of her favorite things about working for Publix! Starting as a cashier in 2005, Kandi has since incorporated her love for writing and social media with her passion for the company focused on customer service. She enjoys fitness, writing, live music and local food and beverages. Kandi hopes you walk away from our blog each day with a new-found appreciation for the grocery store where shopping is a pleasure.

Posts by Kandi S.

nutritious breakfast

When you’re trying to start your day off right, it can be tough to find easy, on-the-go breakfasts that don’t crash your nutritional goals for the day. If you’re tired of the processed pastries, greasy fast food bags, and sugary bowls of cereal, check out these good eats recommended by Publix Nutrition Specialist, Berenice H. Marin, RDN, LDN. These meal hacks are easy to fix and even simpler to eat on the run!

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What’s more on-the-go than breakfast in a to-go cup? “One of my favorite breakfasts is a delicious smoothie,” Berenice says. “You can easily bag up all the individual ingredients in small plastic snack bags and then just pop them in the blender in the morning before pouring into your favorite tumbler or thermos.”

Another benefit to smoothies? You can knock out a lot of nutritional goals along with getting a great-tasting treat! Try mixing in banana, spinach, strawberry, low-fat yogurt, water, and a scoop of protein or peanut butter. You can also substitute low-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of the low-fat plain yogurt to get even more protein!  Yummy and filling? Yes, please!

An Eggscellent Grab-n-Go

When you’re meal prepping, why not bake up an easy breakfast that can last all week? Berenice shares this tip:

“For egg lovers, you can do eggs mixed with vegetables like peppers and onions along with low-fat cheese. Bake it in muffin tins the night before or when you do meal prep. Then you have a little muffin you can eat on the go!”

Toss in a slice of whole wheat toast and you’re set for eggscellence. (We’re so punny!)

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You’ve probably heard of the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), but what about GOATmeal? No, this has nothing to do with the cute furry animal, but rather whipping up a fast, easy-to-take-with-you bowl of oatmeal greatness. Similar to your smoothie hack, it’s easy to pack up all the ingredients for your oatmeal into little plastic snack baggies and just pour hot water over them at work or at the house before leaving.

“Another trick is Overnight Oats,” adds Berenice. “Just put all your ingredients in a bowl, milk and all, and let it sit in the fridge overnight so they’re ready to eat by morning. For instance, try a half cup of low-fat milk with bananas, oats, nuts, and cinnamon. This is a remix on the hot treat, too, as you eat your Overnight Oats cold.”

The Roll-Up-And-Roll-Out

“Breakfast burritos are a great on-the-go option, just make sure you have the right ingredients,” Berenice advises. “For instance, for a Mexican style, try adding scrambled eggs with some salsa, beans, and low-fat cheese. Roll it up in a whole wheat wrap and you’re ready to go!”

A great benefit to this breakfast wrap is you can mix it up every day if you’d like, which will make it easy to avoid those boredom blues that come with eating the same thing over and over. In addition, it’s an easy way to pack in your veggies. Score!

Pancake Magic

Sometimes you just need those sweet, home-style favorites – like pancakes! For those with a sweet tooth, Berenice suggests buying a whole wheat variety of your favorite frozen waffles or pancakes. Instead of syrup, try tossing some yogurt, fruit, nuts, and cinnamon on top to finish it all off. Eat before leaving the house or pack up ingredients separately to toast and prep at work and – voila! You’ve got pancake perfection that people will have to see to believe.


There you have it, five new breakfast solutions to integrate into your morning routine. Which one are you most excited about trying? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

red plums in a basket

When we’re young, our parents or guardians provide for us in many ways — grocery shopping and cooking included. When the time comes to move out on our own, we have to learn how to navigate the aisles and properly store, clean, and cook our own food. One tricky subject area is fruit — after … (Read the full story)

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

Each January, Publix associates and customers team up to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics, an organization focused on empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. You have most likely already heard of this amazing organization, but there’s more to their story than meets the eye. Take a look at these interesting facts about Special Olympics!

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

  • The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the late 1950s.
  • The first Special Olympics Summer Games were held in 1968. More than 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities participated.
  • The first Special Olympics Winter Games weren’t held until 1977.
  • Barbra Streisand performed live at the Special Olympics Gala held in 1975.
  • In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released as a benefit album for the organization. It sold more than two million copies that year and continues to impact the organization with sales today. It is the most successful benefit recording series in music history.
  • Special Olympics offers more than 1.4 million free health examinations to athletes in more than 120 countries.
  • Athletes compete in virtually every Olympic event, including Sailing, Bocce, and Floorball.
  • Special Olympics is one of only two organizations authorized to use the name “Olympics.”
  • Special Olympics educates others about people with intellectual disabilities. You can read more on their website.
  • Publix was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • The first Special Olympics World Games held outside of the United States were hosted in Salzburg and Schladming, Austria.
  • People with intellectual disabilities began serving as officials in the games in 1995.
  • Special Olympics released the most comprehensive global study on how people around the world view those with intellectual disabilities in 2003. The study was called, “The Multinational Study of Attitudes toward Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.”
  • “The Ringer,” a 2005 movie starring Johnny Knoxville, has appearances from over 150 Special Olympics athletes.
  • As of 2014, Special Olympics includes more than 4.4 million athletes worldwide.
  • Publix has been an active Special Olympics partner for more than 40 years.


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Here’s to a truly special organization and all they stand for. Find out more about Special Olympics and how you can donate and volunteer for the cause at www.specialolympics.org. Also, ask your cashier next time you’re shopping with us how you can give back with Publix!


Has your life been positively impacted by Special Olympics in some way? Tell us about it in the comments!