How To Buy Organic Food Online
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Using a food delivery service eliminates the need for grocery shopping. This means there is no need to commute and sit in traffic in order to get food and groceries. Getting groceries delivered also encourages you to prepare and eat meals at home. This prevents you from spending even more money going out to eat or getting take-out.
However, not all delivery services are created equal. You should only sign up for one that is reputable, offers great value, and sends high-quality items. Keep reading to learn more about my choices for the best online delivery services for healthy, organic groceries!
Thrive Market is an incredible membership-based online store that sells healthy, organic groceries and natural products at 25-50% below retail prices. Amazing, right! I like to think of it like Amazon (online retailer) meets Costco (low, wholesale prices) meets Whole Foods (all nutritious, junk-free foods).
Items that are available for purchase include non-GMO groceries, wholesome pantry staples, healthy snacks, and better-for-you treats. You can find everything from organic cooking oils to gluten-free flours and pastas, junk-free granola, and protein bars. They also sell natural bath and body products, eco-friendly and non-toxic household basics, and more. It truly is a one-stop shop for budget-friendly healthy living products.
Thrive Market makes it super easy for people following a dedicated diet or who have food restrictions to shop online. Their user-friendly website allows people to search and filter items by a variety of diets. These diets include ketogenic, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, and more. The company also matches every paid Thrive Market membership with a free one for a low-income family, student, teacher, veteran, or first responder.
ButcherBox is a well-known meat and seafood delivery service that delivers antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and organic cuts directly to your door. Their meat selection includes 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, grass-fed and pasture-raised bison, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork. Additionally, ButcherBox offers wild-caught and sustainably-harvested seafood, such as Alaskan sockeye salmon, halibut, cod, lobster, sea scallops, and shrimp.
You can order a custom box, where you can pick the exact items you want, or a curated box, where ButcherBox pre-selects a special mix of cuts for you. The meat and seafood arrives frozen and individually vacuum-packed in an insulated, eco-friendly box. The price works out to less than $6 per meal and shipping is always free to the continental 48 states!
Trifecta Nutrition is a subscription-based organic meal delivery service. They specialize in providing fresh, flavor-packed, and nutritionally-balanced entrees. All of their meals feature sustainably-sourced, top-quality ingredients, including humanely-raised meat and organic produce.
They offer produce that major stores are unable sell, due to excess supply or because they look a bit different. Examples of different-looking produce include onions that are a bit too small and oddly-shaped bell peppers. These vegetables may not sell otherwise, so your orders directly benefit organic farmers. The service is designed to break the cycle of food waste. It specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away.
Hungryroot is a personalized online grocery service with several organic options. You tell them a little bit about yourself, and then each week they send fresh groceries to you. Additionally, they provide recipes to put your food to use, which makes it super easy to eat healthy. Here is how the service works:
If having a morning smoothie or post-workout protein shake is a part of your regular routine, I highly recommend checking out SmoothieBox. SmoothieBox is a smoothie kit delivery service that is organic, nutrient-dense, and free of added sugars.
To conclude, online delivery services are a fantastic way to save time, energy, and money. There truly are dependable and affordable organic grocery delivery services out there. All you need to do is sign up for one that suits your budget and preferences. That way you can ensure that you will always have healthy food and groceries on hand!
There are several eco-friendly alternatives to buying goods from big online retailers like Amazon. Sustainability-focused stores like Public Goods make buying organic foods online and other household items an ethical, easy, and environmentally conscious choice.
The best online organic food stores also incorporate charitable and sustainability-focused efforts into their business models. Imperfect Foods, for example, sells items (produce, cosmetics, etc.) that would normally be thrown out by traditional retailers for minor reasons.
Transparency is one of the distinguishing factors among the best online grocery stores. In the same way you can check ingredient labels in-store, online you can look at lists of ingredients, where items come from, specific environmental or humanitarian initiatives (as mentioned), and access more brand-related resources than in the aisles of a Whole Foods or other physical retailers.
With a commitment to stocking the best, delicious and allergy-friendly foods, Direct Eats prices are a little bit higher than other online retailers. Though this is to be expected with specialty foods, and with no membership requirement or fee, making it easy to select gluten-free options as often as you need them.
Imperfect Foods is a one-stop-shop for sustainable, affordable grocery delivery. Per their name, Imperfect Foods sells grocery items thrown out by other retailers for reasons ranging from cosmetic imperfections to surplus supply, discontinuation, or mislabeling. Their mission is to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone.
Sunbasket is a San Francisco-based meal delivery service shipping people fresh, organic ingredients and recipes each week. With organic, high-quality produce and an emphasis on health, each meal kit can be tailored to fit your exact needs from any allergies and diet preferences to the number of meals each week. You can choose from meal kits you can cook or ready-to-heat meals for busier schedules.
Sunbasket also engages in a variety of sustainability-focused initiatives, from donations to local food banks and programs providing nutritious meals to those in need, to cutting back on waste with nearly 100% of their packaging being recyclable or compostable.
Butcherbox delivers humanely raised meats right to your door. They offer 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, wild-caught seafood, and crate-free pork in a variety of cuts. You can choose from flexible box sizes, custom or curated, and set the delivery frequency best for your schedule.
Hungry Harvest is an online grocery delivery service providing organic produce and sustainably sourced groceries. With a mission to end food waste and hunger, they rescue farm-fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted. Each delivery saves at least 10 lbs of produce, helps close food access gaps, and reduces environmental impact all while bringing fresh, healthy produce right to your door.
Organic livestock raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products must be raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (such as the ability to graze on pasture) and fed organic feed and forage. They may not be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products.
How your food is grown or raised can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health as well as the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.
Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as synthetic fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.
Organic food is often fresher because it doesn't contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is sometimes (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms nearer to where it is sold.
Organic meat and milk can be richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.
Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.
The ongoing debate about the effects of GMOs on health and the environment is a controversial one. In most cases, GMOs are engineered to make food crops resistant to herbicides and/or to produce an insecticide. For example, much of the sweet corn consumed in the U.S. is genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup and to produce its own insecticide, Bt Toxin.
GMOs are also commonly found in U.S. crops such as soybeans, alfalfa, squash, zucchini, papaya, and canola, and are present in many breakfast cereals and much of the processed food that we eat. If the ingredients on a package include corn syrup or soy lecithin, chances are it contains GMOs.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the biotech companies that engineer GMOs insist they are safe, many food safety advocates point out that no long term studies have ever been conducted to confirm the safety of GMO use, while some animal studies have indicated that consuming GMOs may cause internal organ damage, slowed brain growth, and thickening of the digestive tract. 59ce067264