6 foods you should consider buying organic

Grocery shopping can be an overwhelming weekly mission. You make numerous significant decisions about the nutritional requirements of your family during what seems like the most insignificant task of the week – grocery shopping.

You are often bombarded with a plethora of choices at grocery stores – sugar-free vs regular desserts? Gluten-free vs whole wheat? GMO vs Non-GMO foods? frozen vs fresh? One big question we all can relate to is organic is really better than conventional options?  Let’s understand.

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Organic food

There is an increasing amount of research available online that clearly explains why organic food is better. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification mandates that for any food to be called organic it should be grown without chemical pesticides and be free of GMOs. Hence, it is not just a fancy label, but a clear indication of how the produce or product has been developed. This is also the reason why organic food is often more expensive. Here are some foods that you should consider buying organic-

  • Strawberries: They are constantly ranked as top food contaminated with pesticides. Strawberries have a short shelf life, hence even if you store them in the best way possible they don’t last more than 7-8 days. Consider washing them with a mix of water and apple cider winner and try investing in organic strawberries.
  • Apples: They are often highly contaminated because of the pesticide spraying process.  You often think washing is enough to remove the pesticides from the outer layer of the fruit but it is not enough. Switch to organic apples and see the difference.
  • Grapes: Naturally sweet and high in vitamins, eating grapes has several benefits. Unfortunately, they are also contaminated with strong pesticides. Wash them thoroughly before eating and select organic grapes over conventional options.
  • Spinach: If you are a salad lover, spinach will inevitably find its way in your kitchen. However, do you know a significant 97% conventional spinach sample contains pesticide residue? It can be detrimental to your health in the long run.
  • Tomatoes: This humble produce is often part of every meal in the household. Since it is practically used in every dish it is important to make sure you use the healthiest and most chemical-free option available and therefore we recommend organic tomatoes highly.
  • Dairy: If you are a home that loves its smoothies, cheese toast, and Greek yogurt. We recommend reaching out for organic dairy supplies – milk, cheese, yogurt,eggs. Certified organic dairy means the product is growth hormones free and cows did not receive any antibiotics.

If you are on a budget, reaching out for organic options can be a tricky task. We suggest starting small before introducing any big changes.

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There is more to Christmas Cookies than you think…

Baking Christmas cookies is a wonderful holiday tradition! Kids love them and we all agree they go wonderfully well with a cold glass of milk.

A baking marathon that brings your family and loved ones together to create these delicious cookies is a WINNER. If you are anything like us, you have already set the date for a fun baking session. Refer to our checklist to make sure you don’t miss any ingredient for a perfect baking session:

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Sugar
  • Spices  (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course ginger)
  • Eggs
  • Milk

Some fun facts about the Christmas cookies we bet you didn’t know. Thank us later !

  • Santa must thank Great Depression for the Christmas cookies: The practice of leaving cookies started in 1930’s during the time of economic depression. It was during this difficult time that parents encouraged the kids to leave cookies as a charitable deed. This has now become one of the most popular Christmas traditions and santa now enjoys a whole array of flavors now :-).
  • Queen Elizabeth I invented gingerbread men:  Queen Elizabeth I  requested her royal bakers to create gingerbread cookies shaped like visiting dignitaries in order to honor them. Who knew at that point that they will become an instrumental part of Christmas tradition.
  • On Christmas Eve Santa Claus eats over 300 million cookies.

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Did you know?

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

We bet you didn’t know these fun facts about mousse. Up your mousse knowledge with these fun facts:

  • The word “mousse” is the French word for “froth” or “foam”. A name that aptly fits the dish considering it’s a light, fluffy, and decadent confection.
  • The alphabet ‘u’ is silent in the word Mousse, it is pronounced as “moose.”
  • The most popular mousse dish is Chocolate mousse and April 3rd and May 2nd are officially dedicated to celebrating the yumminess of this dessert.
  • National mousse day is officially celebrated on November 30th of each year.
  • Mousse is a French dish that first came into being in the 18th century. As the time went by, a variety of mousses were developed in the 19th century.
  • The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.

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7 essentials to host the perfect Thanksgiving Day dinner

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday, nothing beats the fun of having a turkey meal with your family, friends and loved ones. If you are hosting the family this year, we totally get the anxiety you must be going through, after all, you want to make sure everything is perfect.

Thanksgiving

Here is a roundup of hacks that will ensure you are an awesome Thanksgiving host.:

  1. Plan: We are sure you are not surprised to see this on the list. Make sure you decide the flow of the dinner flawlessly. Try not to be experimental stick with the tried and tested rules of hosting.
  2. Keep a timeline: Have a timeline of your to-do list ready and start working backward on it. It’s easy to lose track of time when we are busy and you don’t want last minute overload.
  3. Deal with your grocery list: Schedule grocery shopping early. Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for grocery stores, you really don’t want to deal with the stress of shopping unprepared. So, get on this task early. If you totally want to avoid the busy aisles of a grocery store use online grocery store – Burpy to save time
  4. Non- food prep: We often tend to keep the non-food prep towards the end, but we recommend taking charge of this piece early. Remember you would need the silverware, cutlery, glasses, napkins and more. So, no harm in checking this off your list early. Set the table early, probably 2-3 hours before your guests arrive.
  5. Have the wine/cocktail ready: Keep the wine in the refrigerator or a pitcher of your favorite go-to cocktail ready. Pour it for the guests as soon as they arrive, if everyone has a drink in their hand fun conversations are sure to happen.
  6. Get the turkey ready early: Some people are not in favor of preparing the star dish of the meal ready day early if you are not one of them, we highly recommend getting it ready a day early. Believe us this will save you tonnes of time since you will have a lot to get out of your way on Thanksgiving Day.
  7. Keep light appetizers: An American consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day – owing to the large meal. Really don’t stress over the appetizers with the large meal.

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5 hacks to make dinner the quickest meal of the day

Getting dinner on the table during the week can be a difficult task. Meal-planning and grocery shopping are just the first steps in the whole process. Preparing healthy dinner while you are juggling a busy schedule can be nearly impossible. Whether it’s just soup or salad or a three-course meal we are sure these hacks will help make the task easy:

Dinner plate

Dinner plate

  • Use the Microwave: Often used for reheating food, microwave can be a real-life savior if you are looking to save time. Let’s say you want to bake potatoes or veggies, this task could take about 45 minutes in the oven compared to 20 minutes in the microwave. We think that’s a significant time to have for yourself :-).  Agree?
  • Invest in prepped vegetables. Grocery stores are full of them, you can get about any vegetable on your list in a prepped state now –mushroom, carrots, broccoli florets and more. You can also find pre-washed spinach. You will save loads of time.
  • Salad mix can be your friend: If you are a salad eater, you can find a range of salad mixes in the grocery store. You don’t need to wash or chop. Believe us you won’t regret investing your time stocking these. Plus, you can try a whole new range every week.
  • Frozen veggies and meals: Frozen vegetables and meals can come to your rescue every once in a while. Especially if you are cooking for one or two people. You can use them in soups and dinner preparations alike.
  • Marinate in the morning: If you are big on marinating, we suggest you spend five minutes taking care of this task first thing in the morning. Once you are back home from work your meat will be ready to be in the oven and ready in no time with amazing flavors.

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5 Must haves in a vegan kitchen

Vegan Diet

Vegan Diet

Veganism is a trendy diet that has found more and more followers in the past years owing to the many benefits it offers. We can almost always find a vegan dish on a restaurant menu. Vegan diet excludes all animal-derived products – meat, eggs and dairy products.Although this diet offers many benefits it can also lead to vitamin deficiencies that are so easy to find in protein-rich animal diet.
If you are a vegan or someone who is switching to a vegan diet, here are foods that must be a part of your diet to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Nuts:  Nuts are excellent for health and are proven to promote the well-being of the immune system. They are versatile and can be had alone, in the salads, smoothies, and help one live longer. They have long shelf life and an absolute must-have for a vegan.
  • Vegan Milk: There are an umpteen number of choices for vegans when it comes to milk. Coconut milk is rich in fiber and B vitamins, soymilk is loaded with protein, and almond milk is free of artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat. Make a choice that matches your taste
  • Pasta: We all know it is delicious and wholesome. It should be in every healthy pantry but for vegans, it is a must. Choose whole grain or eggless varieties to whip up scrumptious easy to cook meals.
  • Beans: The market is flooded with a variety of beans. Whether canned or dry they are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and protein. Black beans, red beans or chickpeas they are all great source for vegans to meet their nutritional requirements.
  • Quinoa: The magical quinoa is gluten-free and contains an abundance of protein with all nine essential amino acids. They are naturally tasteful and can be part of stews, salads or curries
Think this must have grocery list for vegans is incomplete? Tell us what are we missing by commenting below.
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Halloween Candy Trivia

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. Who doesn’t love the costumes, candy and pumpkin carving? What we love the most is trick-or-treating. Here are some fun facts about the much celebrated Halloween candy.

Halloween

Halloween

  • Every state has a favorite Halloween candy, Starburst is the favorite Halloween candy of Texans.
  • Candy corn is the most popular Halloween candy bought across the USA.
  • Americans buy approximately over 600 million pounds of candy on Halloween.
  • A kids Halloween loot bag typically has over 1,100 calories. That’s quite unhealthy.
  • The traditional Halloween colors Black and Orange are the colors of the festival for a reason. Orange was chosen due to its association with the fall harvest and black due to its link with darkness.
  • Trick-or-treating draws its inspiration from All Souls’ Day, where unfortunate would beg for the food and rich would donate the food and them to pray for them.
  • The beloved Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to dismiss haunted spirits.

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15 best Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween is fast approaching, read our list to stock the best candies of the year.

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1.  Skittles Original Candy
2.  Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment Candy Bag
3.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
4.  Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
5.  Dum-Dums Lollipops
6.  Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy
7.   Frankford Gummy Body Parts Candy
8.   Airheads Mini Bars
9.   Mars Chocolate Favorites Fun Size Variety Pack
10. M&M’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies
11. Kit-Kat Mini Chocolate Candies
12. Nestle Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
13. Nestle Crunch Size Halloween Candy Bars
14. Twizzlers Twists
15. Snickers Mini Candy Bars

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Burpy Mobile App is finally here.

 

Burpy App is here

Burpy App is here

IT’S FINALLY HERE!

We are so excited to announce that after months of hard work and sleepless nights we have launched– our very own Burpy Mobile App.

If you are someone who leads a busy life, a working mom or just someone who would rather spend time doing important tasks than grocery shopping, you are going to LOVE our app!

Our app is an extension of our website, it allows you to:

  • Access your favorite grocery store anytime from your mobile
  • Receive same-day grocery delivery by our personal shoppers
  • Save time and money
  • Receive automated notifications about latest offers
  • Free to download

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Beat your sweet tooth with these sugar substitutes

A recent Consumer Report survey reveals 73% of shoppers seek labels that state “all natural ingredients”. Most of us are aware that sugar isn’t the healthiest food item, however, artificial sweeteners can prove detrimental to one’s health in the long run. It’s therefore, no surprise that more and more consumers are moving towards sugar-free products or natural sugar products. If you are one of them, here are some great sugar  substitutes that are healthy-

Bowls

MAPLE SYRUP: Maple syrup comes from a plant’s sap and contains over 50 antioxidants. That’s pretty amazing we think. The nutrients found in maple syrup include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. So, make sure you spread plenty over your waffles and leave the unnatural syrups behind.

HONEY: This is one of the most popular natural sweeteners. Known as the nectar of gods, honey has been used topically to heal wounds and fight infections for the longest time. Honey possesses nutrients, antioxidants, and antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory compounds, making it a healthy substitute for sugar.

GRAPEFRUIT: Grapefruit contains a high dose of Vitamin C, the next time you are having a drink that needs sugar, substitute it with Grapefruit to add a sweet and sour kick to your drink and avoid all the calories of an artificial sweetener.

PROCESSED DATES: Dates can be a perfect sugar substitute for your next baking experiment. With low glycemic index and surge of antioxidants, they can impart subtle sweetness to cakes and brownies.

COCONUT SUGAR : Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut flowers. Its available in plenty of variations – block, paste, and  granulated form. It is also loaded with potassium and helps main bones.

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