Boost productivity with healthy office snacks

Yogurt with fruitEating healthy at the office can be a real challenge. We all have colleagues who bring sugary treats like donuts, cupcakes, etc., add to that the never-ending supply of coffee, soda and trans fat loaded treats sitting on the breakroom table. It takes considerable strength to say ‘no’ to that.  Furthermore, we are all guilty of a sedentary lifestyle and skipping the gym all too often.

Our best bet to remain healthy is to choose healthier eating options and in an era of online grocery shopping, it is easier than ever. There are countless readily available snacks that are not just wholesome, but are proven to improve productivity.  Burpy will let you in on its productivity enhancing snack list, so that the next time you cross office break room or panty you make a smarter choice -

Almonds: They are loaded with Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, in fact, they boast of significant amount of fiber and protein too.  Snacking on a handful of almonds everyday can improve your memory while reducing risk of some ghastly diseases.

Yogurt:  This is our personal favorite.  It’s not only yummy, but nutritious, it has probiotics, vitamin B, calcium and protein and is super easy to store. Interestingly, you can dress it up with your favorite fruits and get as many varieties as you want – non-fat, greek or flavored. You take your pick.

Banana – We don’t need to tell you why this fruit is preferred by athlete’s world-over. The word to describe this fruit is ‘powerhouse’ of nutrients. Biotin, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, you name it, the fruit is all you need to kick start your day.

Oatmeal: This is your go to snack for sustained energy. Add good old milk, a fruit or yogurt to rev up your mornings.

Hummus with Vegetables: Hummus with a choice of green vegetable can make for a refreshing office snack full of iron and protein.  Replace the usual tortillas and burgers for lunch with this interesting choice, if you want to up the flavors it can be part of your lunch with pita bread.

Get your office snack supplies right at your doorstep using Burpy.com

Grocery shopping tips from Burpy personal shoppers

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Just like us, we are certain you spend many hours in the week, grocery shopping and making meals for the family. We want you to design efficient grocery lists and make smarter eating decisions.  Whether you are an in-store or online grocery shopper, here are some 101’s from none other than Burpy personal shoppers to help you make intelligent choices:

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  • Plan weekly meals: Given today’s sporadic lifestyle we all suffer from an all prevalent phenomena – eating out. Hence, our first advice to you is to be realistic about the number of meals at home. Accommodate your groceries to fit your busy schedule to avoid wastage.
  • Prepare a personal grocery list:  Empty refrigerator calls for a trip to the nearest grocery store.Sometimes we tend to go unprepared thereby buying food we don’t necessarily need. Always take time to make your personal grocery list before you actually buy your daily essentials.
  • Stick to your list: It’s easy to be tempted when you are surrounded by delicious goodies. The trick to efficient grocery shopping is to buy only what you need or aleast try and stick to the list. Online grocery shopping is one of the most effective solution to “tempt-buying”
  • Be size sensible: You might think you are getting more value for your money when you buy a gallon of milk v/s quart of milk. However, if you’re investing in larger quantities that will be used only a couple of times a day, the product will most likely spoil before it is finished. Hence, invest wisely.
  • Hit the store early: Always venture out for your grocery shopping trips early in the day, this will ensure you have access to the freshest stocks, produce and meats.
  • Stock less perishable items: No one likes a midweek grocery store trip, but be cognizant of how much fresh produce and fruits you can stock in your refrigerator. These items have a shelve life of 3-4 days; hence buy only what you need.
  • Decide on a weekly budget: If you wish to optimize your weekly grocery shopping exercise, settle on a weekly spend that strikes a balance between your nutritional needs and luxury eats.
  • Don’t go hungry for grocery shopping: This might sound funny to a lot of you, but it is physiologically proven that a buyer tends to spend a lot more when hungry.  So, our word is never go hungry to a grocery store or even better use Burpy to stick to your grocery list.

If you have a smart-tip of your own to share with our readers, don’t forget to comment below.

7 things you didn’t know about Burpy!

At Burpy, our personal shoppers love hand-picking your essentials and delivering them to your doorstep. It makes us feel we are part of your family in a special way. We want to know you and your needs better. We also think you should get to know us a little better too. Read on to know all about us -

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  1. We are 3 : Burpy was incepted in 2012 and our exciting journey commenced in the fall of  2013, we are only three and  growing.
  2. School is where it all started: Burpy is an entrepreneurial venture started by five college friends who wanted to address the needs of on-campus students who had little to no time to go out and buy their own groceries. Look where we are today. Phenomenal! Isn’t it?
  3. Texas Proud: We are a homegrown Texas entrepreneurial business.  Our expedition started in Austin and we eventually expanded to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
  4. Crowdsourced shoppers: Our shoppers are people like you- intuitive with great knowledge of retail shelves. We deploy our network of crowd sourced shoppers to preferred local retailers to source the items our customers want.
  5. No Membership:   You don’t need a membership to benefit from our services. Need another reason to place your first order from Burpy?
  6. Our commitment: Our philosophy is simple – We are committed to saving your time by providing doorstep delivery of the exact groceries you want. We want you to have a little more time to invest in things you love.
  7. Our CEO is 24! : You heard that right, Aseem Ali – The CEO of Burpy is an engineer from the University of Texas at Austin.

We hope you now know us a little better. We would love to hear from you,  so don’t forget to comment below.

 

H-E-B actually makes everything better! We tell you why.

Founded in 1905, headquartered in San Antonio H-E-B shopping experience is quite like its name for the consumers – “everything is actually better here”. A billion dollar company, it currently operates more than 358 stores in varied formats including supermarkets, gourmet stores, and superstores. H-E-B has won many accolades over the years and was recognized by The Shelby Report as the “Southwest Region Retailer of the Year” 2014.

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Home is where the heart is: H-E-B is the largest privately owned business in Texas and one of the 15 largest privately held companies in the U.S.A. It was started by Florence Butt in her family home as C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, TX.

Produce Section: If you love your greens, than H-E-B should be your ‘go-to’ store. The produce section at H-E-B is known for its widest, freshest and healthiest offerings.

Private Labels: H-E-B is well-known for private-label foods. The variety of products is mind boggling. From the obvious butter, flour to the rare chips, sauces, you will find it at H-E-B.

Free Samples anyone? : At an H-E-B store, you will be greeted by smiling faces at sample kiosks and demo kitchens. Wine sampling is an H-E-B specialty. Every supermarket does sampling, but H-E-B is way ahead of its competitors in this game.

Delivering customer Delight: H-E-B has been recognized for its superior customer service. Great customer testimonials and constant appreciation on social media is a testimony to that.

Great Place to Work: The company lives by the theory “keep your employees happy who in turn will ensure happy consumers”. H-E-B was ranked #7 in Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2015 , certain employees can avail stock options under employee ownership plan and are called ‘partners’, in the success we think J.

Organic Love: The Company has a dedicated Organic Diversion Program, they strongly believe in reusing, reducing waste and recycling cardboard, plastics, organics, office paper, metals, and truck tires to protect Mother Nature.

Commitment to Education: H-E-B instated Excellence in Education Awards in 2002 with the aim of honoring outstanding public school and educators for their commitment. They grant more than $800,000 under this initiative to early childhood facilities, school districts and board’s teachers and principals.

Charitable: H-E-B is deeply involved with the communities it operates in and is recognized for its charitable donations. A significant 5 % of its annual pretax earnings are donated to pertinent to community causes.

Do we still need to give you more reasons on why everything is better at H-E-B?

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Your guide to the big fat ‘Summer Produce’

Summer is a great time to feast on gorgeous fruits and colorful vegetables. This season won’t last long, so make sure you are consuming the best it has to offer. Eating seasonally is not only easy on your wallet it also means you are consuming a juicer and fresher produce. Who would say no to that?

Summer Produce

Summer Produce

 

  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Okra
  • Summer Squash

Reasons why Burpy recommends summer produce?

  • Enhanced flavor: Seasonal produce offers superior flavors, which means you will enjoy nutritionally packed crispy, fragrant, juicy and colorful vegetables and fruits.
  • Cost : The simple formula of demand and supply applies here. When a product is available in plenty, the prices will be lower. So, feast on that seasonal bounty.
  • Organic / Free of Pesticides: Seasonal produce requires minimum external assistance in the forms of chemicals, preservatives and pesticides to grow. This means you will eat much cleaner.
  • Supporting the Ecosystem : Seasonal produce is perfectly designed to support your health. More berries, watermelons, cucumbers mean a cooler you in this scorching heat. Think about it.

 

Let’s get Grilling: Summer feast hacks decoded

Summers = beaches and backyard barbeques.
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We are summer ready to enjoy great grilling times with family and friends. Follow our simple hacks to win applause for your master grilling skills-
  • If you want your sauce to glaze the chicken flawlessly and caramelize onto it, instead of basting it at the beginning, start the process only 15 minutes before the chicken is done. Follow it with a good toss for a grilled chicken that is juicy and tender.
  • Know what separates a master griller from an amateur? Perfect Burger Patties!! Run a blast of cold water on your hands and then work quickly to ensure you don’t bruise or heat the meat for your patties.
  • Apply any sauce with high sugar content during the very last minutes of grilling to avoid browning or blackening of meat.
  • Must have dry rubs : Black Pepper, Paprika, and Dry Mustard Powder.
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Don’t forget it takes patience and a great deal of trial and error before you can claim to be a master griller. Be adventurous with your flavors, meats and methods while grilling, who know you might come up with a fantastic tip of your own to share the next season. We would love to know personal grilling hacks so, do comment below. Happy grilling!
Let Burpy deliver the supplies you need to keep the party going.
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ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING DEMYSTIFIED – TOP TWENTY QUESTIONS AUSTIN RESIDENTS ASK

 

  1. What is online grocery shopping and what are the benefits?

Online grocery shopping is a fast growing concept wherein you can order your daily or weekly grocery items from a website and have it delivered to your door, at a minimum cost, often lower than the costs that you would usually incur in buying the groceries from the store yourself.

  1. Can I be sure of my money?

In most cases, you are making a safe online transaction with your credit card. This means that you are free to cancel your order and have your refunds at any time. Besides this, another important thing to remember is that many online grocery delivery services, like burpy.com in Austin, do not directly charge your card until the deliveries have been made.

  1. What is the biggest advantage of online grocery shopping?

Saving time and money. These two are possibly the biggest concerns for any urban consumer in today’s world, and as such, these two criteria are very easily met by online grocery delivery services.  Besides these, there are also some other advantages like having a well trained shopper check your produce for you.

  1. What are the different kinds of online grocery deliveries that I can choose from?

There are several kinds, from supermarket chains selling their own products, to services like burpy.com in Texas, which offer your choice of grocery stores and have their highly trained personal shoppers pick up the groceries for you, making a same day delivery.

  1. What are the other advantages of online grocery shopping?

Saving on your trip to the store, if you just need to make a usual refill tip. Besides, having an expert do the shopping who will go above and beyond for maintaining customer services standards is a huge plus. You also get the advantage of having a shopper visit multiple stores which is another big benefit

 

  1. Is it more expensive to shop online for groceries?

It is, in fact, cheaper to shop for groceries online than most other methods. Many of these online stores, including the ones serving the Austin area are known for offering prices that are in fact, lower than shelf prices in many examples.

  1. Who are the major players in the US market right now?

Amazon, Burpy and Instacart are the major players in select cities right now. Burpy serves Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio area, one of the largest coverages in Texas.

  1. Why did my neighbor advise me to go shopping online for my groceries instead?

This is probably because you have a busy schedule or have some problem with mobility. It is very easy to get someone who is a trained expert to do your mundane grocery shopping for you at none to very little extra cost.

  1. What if I am not satisfied with my online grocery shopping?

Most online grocery delivery services provide a customer friendly return and refund policy. You can always return the groceries that you don’t find suitable

10. I’ve heard that I can even get wholesale deal prices if I shop for groceries                   online. Is it true?

Yes, though you’d have to order in larger quantities. The benefits of savings are huge. Some stires like burpy.com have shoppers with ready Costco cards. You can add to your savings by choosing to shop from these warehouse-like retail formats.

11. Is this trend only prevalent in the US or is it growing in other countries, too?

Online grocery delivery services are growing with the advent of the internet in almost every country with a growing urban population of internet users.

12. What about my usual shopping list methods?

 

Its easier to just click on the items you want. Some sites even let you upload a scanned image of your shopping list. Just take a pic and upload.

13. Who shops for my groceries when I shop online?

Every grocery delivery company has trained shoppers that shop for only the freshest produce when you shop online.

Healthy & Flavorful Salad Dressings

We’ve all heard the saying “summer bodies are made in the winter,” but whether you’re trying to look good for the warmer months or working towards a healthier lifestyle, it’s not always easy to know which foods are working against you. Salads have always been my go-to meal when I’m trying to eat healthier. I mean you can’t go wrong with a salad, right? Wrong. All the yummy vegetables are great for you, but lathering your salad with unhealthy dressings can hike up the sodium content and calories. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck eating an unflavored salad.

Here are some healthy ways to enjoy your favorite salad dressings!

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The Frugal Valentine

Is your piggybank crying from the thought of grocery stores lined with oversized bears and chocolate hearts? Does the thought of walking into another jewelry store make you cringe? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you my friend are the frugal valentine.

Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated by spreading love to those you care most about. Many people use gifts as symbols of their affection, but the higher the price tag doesn’t always mean the higher the appreciation. There are plenty of heartfelt gifts that you can gift your loved ones without leaving a hole in your wallet. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

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Healthy Holiday Alternatives!

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The holiday season is filled with friends, family, and food. With holiday festivities in full swing, eating a ton of delicious food is certainly to be expected. From appetizers to the desserts, some may be concerned about over eating, and the very unwelcomed holiday weight-gain. However, there are healthy alternatives for holiday food! These recipes will give you some ideas about healthier meals. You can enjoy the holiday season and the delicious food in a healthy way!

APPETIZERS 

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Roasted Grape Brie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound red grapes
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound brie
  • 1 tablespoon good quality honey
  • Pinch flaked sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Wash and dry the grapes. Toss grapes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Place grapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then, place in oven and roast for 15-20 minutes until the grapes burst and lose their juices. (Make sure juices do not burn)

3. Place the brie wheel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven        for 5-10 minutes until soft to the touch. Carefully place the brie onto a serving plater.

4. Top the brie with the roasted grapes and their juices. Drizzle the grapes with honey            and a pinch of flaked sea salt. Serve with water crackers or toasted french bread                slices.

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SIDE DISHES

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Goat Cheese and Spinach Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs of dried (or fresh) thyme

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. While potatoes cook, saute shallots with olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat until softened and just starting the brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Combine cooked potatoes, sauteed shallots, spinach, goat cheese, milk and thyme if using in a medium bowl.
  4. Mash together with a potato masher or fork until well combined.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste and mash again.
  6. Serve warm.

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DESSERTS:

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Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

(for the cookie dough)

  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup grass-fed gelatin
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. real salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2. Tbs. organic maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

(for the chocolate coating)

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

(For the cookie dough):

1. Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips)in a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

2. Scoop out small dough balls onto a cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

3. Take slightly chilled dough balls out and mold them into balls. Place back in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

For the chocolate coating:

1. Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and everything is well combined. Turn heat off but leave the pan on the warm stove top.

Assembling your truffles:

1. Pull out your chilled dough balls. Drop one in the chocolate sauce and with two forks gently toss it around until it’s fully covered. Tenderly scoop the ball up using the two forks and allow the excess chocolate drip off before transferring back to the cookie sheet.

2. Once all dough balls are covered, chill covered truffles in the fridge for another 15 – 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is well set.

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