By Anne B.
Welcome back Ramblers! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to kick 2019 in the butt! I bet many of you had a New Year’s resolution that involved leading a healthier lifestyle and a big part of being healthier is to have a healthy diet. Easier said than done though, am I right? Sometimes, the hardest part about eating healthy isn’t the actual eating part, it’s the shopping part.
Do you ever get to the store, wander through the veggie and fruit section, and then leave with just ice cream and cookies? Totally not saying that from personal experience… Anyways, I know the struggle of grocery shopping when you aren’t feeling inspired to cook something healthy or you’re very busy and instead go for a frozen meal or take-out. So, as I sip my wine and eat aforementioned cookies, let me give you some tips on making it easier and quicker to shop for healthy foods.
1. Make a Grocery List!
Whether you’re a pen and paper rambler or a digital rambler, creating a shopping list before going to the store will make your trip more efficient and you’ll be less likely to buy something unhealthy that’s not on your list (like the ice cream and cookies, oops).
For my pen and paper Ramblers, you can use anything that you can write on, but I recommend something that’s easy to carry and that’s aesthetically pleasing to you. You’ll be more likely to remember your grocery list if it has a bit more meaning than just a piece of paper. I also recommend categorizing your grocery list into different sections. For example, you could have Fresh, Frozen, Bulk, and Household. Or you could have Healthy, Comfort, Bulk and Household. Categorizing your list makes it easier to see if you have plenty of healthy foods on it or if you need more.
For my digital Ramblers, I personally use Google Keep to keep my grocery list in order because I can add items from my computer and phone. Plus, I always have my phone on me when I go to the store, so I know I’ll always have my grocery list with me. There are also some great apps out there that will kill two birds with one stone - healthy eating and a shopping list. For example, there are several meal planning apps like Pepperplate, Yummly, and Mealime.
2. Meal - Kit Delivery Services
In the past few years, meal-kit delivery services have become increasingly popular, especially for busy professionals. I have tried HelloFresh once and I can definitely understand why it’s so popular. When I tried HelloFresh, I chose the Veggie Plan and I got a list of 6-9 vegetarian recipes each week from which I could choose 3 recipes for that week. When my box arrived, all the ingredients for each recipe were inside, already measured out. All of the packaging was recyclable, which was amazing, and the food was fresh. I had a lot of fun doing the recipes and they all tasted wonderful. The main reason I didn’t continue HelloFresh was because it was a little too expensive for me. However, there is the option to skip weeks, so if you just want to do it once a month you can!
Some other meal-kit delivery services that I’ve heard good things about are GoodFood (Canada), Chefs Plate, Blue Apron, and AmazonFresh.
3. Get Your Groceries Delivered!
If you’re not a fan of meal-kits but don’t have time to go to the store sometimes, then using a grocery delivery service might be the answer! There are several different ways you can get your groceries delivered, from within two hours to once a week services.
If you need groceries ASAP, then services like Instacart and AmazonFresh are good choices. If you don’t need groceries immediately, then you can check with your local grocery stores and see if any of them offer online shopping and delivery or pick-up. Picking up your groceries already bagged will still save you some time. If you’re in Canada, IGA offers pick-up or delivery and I’ve had a good experience with that so far!
Finally, since this post is also about shopping more healthily, a grocery delivery service that’s becoming more popular is local, fresh produce delivery. Depending on where you live, these deliveries could be a weekly thing or you might be able to order whenever you want and then get the produce within 24 hours. I recently discovered Lufa Farms in Montreal. After you sign up, you get a weekly basket filled with local veggies. They also have a marketplace containing beauty products to bread to pantry items. You can add those items to your weekly basket and the Lufa team will go to local stores to get those items for you and deliver them with your veggie basket. Now Lufa Farms is only for Montreal, but if you do a little bit of googling, you might find a similar service that will deliver to you!
Alrighty Ramblers, that’s all the grocery shopping tips I have for you today! I hope you enjoyed these tips and that they will make your grocery shopping routine a little easier and healthier. I’d love it if you guys shared your grocery routine with us on social media. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and show us how you shop healthy!
Stay healthy and ramble on!