Time to Go Green with Online Grocery Shopping

If you thought that online grocery shopping is only for busy bees or couch potatoes, then it’s time to think again. A research conducted recently by the University of Washington has found out that shopping from the various grocery stores available online is more environment-friendly in comparison to heading to the store in your car. When you opt for grocery delivery, you actually cut down considerably on carbon dioxide emissions, to a minimum of 50% in comparison to individual automobile trips to the grocery shop.

Experienced teams delivering grocery delivery service can serve customers in a clustered manner, without missing their deadlines. This means that in a single trip, they can cover more than one customer across the same route. This eventually leads to minimization of trips that not only implies efficiency of the concerned store but also ensures an increasingly greener environment, again with reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Yes, many would indeed argue that there is nothing wrong in walking to the grocery store. But with all those stringent schedules hovering over the head, how many really consider walking to the grocery store, unless it is extremely close by, just like a next door neighbor? You will either take a bike or a car or catch a bus rather than doing some walking exercise. Given this realistic scenario, if you opt for online grocery shopping, it will definitely lead to the greenest results.

At the end of a long, monotonous and hectic day, it is much more hassle-free to get online in your laptop, mobile, tablet, desktop or Smartphone and order for your groceries. There’s no need to go for a late night run or an early morning rush to the store. So, leave your car or bike parked, and shop online for your grocery requirements, in turn making this earth at least a bit greener.

TIPS FOR SMART GROCERY SHOPPING!

It’s been a long week and just when you’re ready to sit down and relax, you realize that you’re in desperate need of a trip to the grocery store. Unfortunately, going to the store is often a hassle and can be very timely, costly and full of temptations. Grocery shopping requires that we spend time looking through the pantry, fridge and freezer to make sure our list is complete, walking up and down the isles of the store searching for each item, waiting in lines and then of course, requires travel time. While there may not be too many solutions for avoiding the long lines, we do have a few tips for how you can make grocery shopping, more efficient and less costly. By keeping these tips in mind, you will be more likely to only buy what you need and be able to avoid all of the snacks and desserts that are tempting you from every direction of the store.

 

  1. Make a shopping list and stick to it! With a list, you’ll remember exactly what you need to buy and you’ll be less likely to spend money on items that you don’t need. 


  2. Avoid extra shopping trips. Try to shop just once or twice a week because you’ll spend less money on impulse items and save a lot of time.
  3. First check supermarket specials printed in newspaper inserts and then do your menu planning based on store specials. Be aware that “limit” signs (“limit three per customer”) and messages such as “two for $5.00” (not “$2.50 each”) are marketing ploys to get consumers to buy more and they usually work!
  4. Clip or download coupons for items you really need. Be aware that items with coupons aren’t necessarily the best buy. Another brand or a similar food might be cheaper, even without a coupon. Go generic!
  5. Try not to shop when you’re hungry. You’ll be less likely to buy impulse items, which are often more expensive and less nutritious snack/dessert foods.
  6. Take advantage of seasonal produce. In season, the price for fresh fruit and vegetables may be lower, and the produce is often more flavorful. Depending on where you live you might even want to go directly to the farm to buy fresh and local produce.
  7. Buy the economy size or family packs only if you can use that much. There’s no savings if food spoils and must be discarded. For foods that freeze, take time to repackage food into smaller amounts in freezer bags, then freeze for later use.

*As always, when grocery shopping keep the main food groups in mind: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Proteins and Dairy. Many of these items are found around the perimeter of the store so try not to get sucked into the middle isles that will bombard you with many temptations that are often hard to resist! *

12 Grocery Shopping Tips from Nutritionists

Nutritionists—they’re just like us! Meaning, they’re hot, busy, and important people, hustling from meeting to meeting, trying to fit in workouts, and wondering what’s for dinner. Sometimes, they even have to sprint through the grocery store in sweaty gym clothes, too. But in any given aisle, they make small decisions, choosing this ingredient or that brand, for reasons you might not even realize. Those are the small steps that make a big difference in your diet: looking out for sneaky salt here, checking for added sugar there, or grabbing a certain type of milkor bread.

Here are 12 grocery shopping tips from top dietitians. Check out what they’re putting in their grocery carts.

1. They always take a list. Literally, every pro on this page writes out a grocery list. Even if they only have 5 minutes. Even if it’s on their phone. Even if they literally scribble, “some kind of salad.” Don’t sweat it! But do walk into the store with a plan.

2. They never shop hungry. Again, total agreement. It’s old advice, but sound advice. Nothing good ever came from strolling the chip aisle hungry.

3. They fill half the cart with fruits and vegetables. “You can always count on seeing colorful veggies in my basket,” says Jackie Newgent, RDN, culinary nutritionist, and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook. “Just like I suggest filling half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, I like to see half a grocery cart filled the same way!”

4. They check for sodium. In the dry goods aisle, they’re spinning cans. “For anything that has a label, the first thing I look at is ingredients,” says Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN. “I’m big on comparing labels. For example, if I’m choosing canned beans or peanut butter, the one with the least amount of sodium winds up in my cart.”

5. They check for sugar. “I always double check my condiments, sauces, and salad dressings,” says Jim White, RD, ACSM, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “They’re common sources of hidden sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Also, even if a label claims ‘no sugar added,’ that doesn’t mean that food contains zero sugar.”

6. They don’t do flavored dairy. These experts heart Greek yogurt. But only plain, low-fat, never sweetened. “The dairy aisle can be confusing,” says Newgent. “Fruity yogurts, in particular. Yogurt starts as a nutrient-rich food, but too often it has a significant amount of added sugars, sometimes disguised as real fruit.”

7. They totally eat carbs. Healthy carbs, that is. These pros put whole grains in their carts, such as whole-wheat bread, tortillas, rolled oats, brown rice, and more. They love sweet potatoes and bananas. They even eat whole-wheat pasta. Yes, pasta.

8. They’re not afraid of the freezer aisle. “There’s more than just TV dinners, pizza, and ice cream behind those doors!” explains Tracy Morris, Fitbit’s Nutritionist. “Frozen veggies, like peas, edamame, and spinach, are great to have on hand. Frozen fruit, like berries and mango, are perfect for smoothies. Frozen fish is another must-have. Just make sure it’s real fish, without butter, batter, or crumbs.”

9. They skip the chips, cookies, and soda. In fact, they wish they could fling all highly processed foods from your cart. The one aisle to wheel past? “The junk food aisle,” says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, and spokesperson for the Academy. “For some people, that means salty snacks like chips and pretzels, for others who have a sweet tooth like me, that’s desserts. Save your treats for when you’re out of the house.”

10. They’re suspicious of misleading labels. A cookie is still a cookie, even if it’s “gluten-free,” “natural,” and “organic.” “Don’t just look at the front of the package, pay more attention to what’s on the label on the back,” recommends Newgent. “The front is more promotional; the back shows you the proof.”

11. They’re not afraid to try something new, whether that’s a weird vegetable or unfamiliar recipe. White picks one new recipe a week, to shake up his routine. Gans says, “Be adventurous. If you see a fruit or veggie that you aren’t familiar with, buy it and give it a try. These days, lots of markets offer info in stores or online, with tips and recipes for how to enjoy seasonal produce.”

12. They delegate to get it done. “I don’t dread or enjoy grocery shopping,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, and author of The Superfood Swap. “It’s a self-care task, like brushing my teeth. Often I make a shopping list but ask my husband to go. I also love delivery services, to keep things super easy.”

Most important: Make grocery shopping a habit. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing a big shop once a week, or smaller stops every other day. “Smart grocery shopping is the single most important step to eating right. So prioritize getting it done, by yourself, with help, or with a delivery service. Keep it simple, make it delish, and set yourself up for success,” says Blatner. This group of experts included a professional chef who regularly browses farmers’ markets, as well as a working mom with three kids who does all of her shopping online. They’re both passionate about healthy eating. They both make great choices for their households. It’s just a question of what works for you and your lifestyle.

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