Coronavirus: Safety Tips if You Are Out Grocery Shopping

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) READINESSWe understand this is a challenging time, and everyone wants to know what they can do to protect themselves and their families. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, and it is crucial to follow guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control along with social distancing to curtail this pandemic. We also understand that there are specific everyday requirements such as -groceries for which you may end up going out of your home. We recommend avoiding that and relying on a grocery delivery service. However, if you must venture out, it is essential to follow safety tips to prevent the risk of catching the disease during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Plan Ahead: It is more important than ever that you spend time planning your meals. Stock supplies at least for 7-10 days when you are at the grocery. You do not want to miss one item and make multiple runs to the grocery store.
  • Clean the cart: Avoid touching the carts, COVID 19 spreads through objects that might have been touched by an infected person. Spend time cleaning the cart with a sanitizing wipe before you head into the grocery store.
  • Avoid putting hands on your face, nose, and mouth: You will be touching produce, frozen goods and much more inside a grocery store. Make sure you sanitize your hands after and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: Even at the grocery store practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands: Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds  to clean your hands after coming back home.
  • Wash the produce and sanitize the bought goods: You can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. Spend 5 minutes washing the produce to wash off any germs that might be sitting there and use a sanitizing wipe to clean any bottles or other essentials before you store them in the house.

We hope these tips will help keep you safe and healthy if you are grocery shopping.

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Our commitment to safety as we navigate Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Burpy, the health and safety of our customers and shopper community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local authorities to proactively monitor the situation and ensure we’re operating safely with minimal disruption to service. Below are some of the things we’re doing to address the challenge of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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For Our Customers

  • We have introduced “Leave at the door delivery” feature, which now gives you flexibility while placing an order to provide special instructions to the shopper to leave your groceries by the door.
  • Our shopper community has been instructed to practice safe food handling while delivering your essentials
  • We are encouraging our shopper community to monitor their health and well-being closely.
  • We recommend that our customers also practice safe food handling at home.

How to reduce the spread of the virus?

  • We encourage our customers to follow the CDC’s suggested hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unclean hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces at home and work.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

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7 Must-Have Grocery Items in a Bachelor’s Kitchen

A well-stocked kitchen is a haven that lets you pull together flavorful meals all day long. Keeping the kitchen stocked can be a task for anyone but more so or bachelors who mostly rely on grab-and-go food supplies. That’s why we decided to make a must-have food list for bachelors that can help your breeze through meal time.

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  • Oatmeal: Often called the healthiest breakfast choice, oatmeal should find its rightful place in every kitchen. Oatmeal is known to help lower cholesterol and control appetite. A great combination for anyone who is health-conscious and looking for an easy to cook option.
  • Broth: Add veggies, chicken or beef, and your dinner is ready. Broth can come handy in more than one way, and one doesn’t need to fret over the storage since an unopened carton can be safely kept in the pantry for a long time. Additionally, the broth is low in calories and contains 5 grams of protein.
  • Banana: Powerhouse of nutrients bananas can be used to whip a smoothie, quick snack or on top of a toast. Additionally, they are economical and available all year long.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the kind nutrient-dense food that you can eat every. single day. No matter your cooking skillset, you can do a million things with egg – scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, the options are unlimited. We think eggs should be every bachelor’s kitchen best friend.
  • Olive Oil: If you are cooking in the kitchen, you will most likely use a lot of oil. Although grocery store aisles are packed with oil options, we recommend olive oil as it is healthy and contains good fats.
  • Ground Chicken or Turkey: Rely on lean sources of meat for your daily protein requirements. It can be easily stashed in the freezer and thawed when ready to eat.
  • Produce: Greens should always find their way in every meal. We highly recommend stocking your favorite veggies for easy meal prep.

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Six Great Non-Candy Halloween Treats

Are you looking to skip the candy treats this Halloween? We have some great ideas for alternative Non-candy Halloween Treats. These options are just as fun and fabulous if you want to be part of Halloween in a healthy way. What’s more these ideas are also great for kids with allergies and we bet kids will be excited about these treats long after Halloween is over:

  • Stickers: Everyone loves swag, and kids are no different. Ever noticed, kids can spend hours decorating there drawing books and notebooks with cool adhesives. Halloween also happens to be the time when it will be easy for you to get your hands on bright and playful stickers. If you are trying to get away from the usual Halloween candy, this might be just what you need to please the young little trick-o-treaters.
  • Temporary Tattoos: These fun themed tattoos are easy to wear, and kids will enjoy showing them off just like the face painting. They also happen to be absolutely safe to distribute them away without any stress.
  • Play-Doh: Creative or not, every kid loves to get their hands dirty with play-doh. You can pick only Halloween colors or a mix of bright shades. This is one treat that kids will enjoy long after Halloween is over.
  • Stationary: Every school going kid’s parents are sure to appreciate this treat. It is not sugary, and this is one thing that kids will end up utilizing every day. You can make small packages carrying pencils, sharpeners, and erasers.
  • Bubble Bottles: You can’t deny that bubble bottles have always been a favorite with kids and adults alike. They are fascinating and make for an exciting Halloween giveaway.
  • Glow Sticks: A glow accessory serves two purposes, it keeps kids safe when they are out in the dark trick or treating with our without parents and they make for a cool accessory.

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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.

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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 Must haves in a vegan kitchen

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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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How to read Food Labels like a pro

Grocery shopping also means reading the food labels diligently to get the maximum nutrition from your food. Let’s be honest most of us don’t pay attention to this task, some of us are also guilty of completely ignoring it. If you are committed to the health of your family, we recommend you make label reading a priority before welcoming any food product into the kitchen. Here is what will help-

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  • Every packaged food will have a nutritional facts table at the back. The table will provide information on – Calories, Fat, Saturated fat, Trans fat, protein, cholesterol, carbohydrate, Fiber, Sugar, Vitamins, Calcium, and Iron. Essentially an overview on all the food nutrients.
  • Watch out for the serving size, it refers to the standardized amount to help you compare the nutrition content of various foods. What this means is if you eat the exact serving size listed on the Nutrition Facts Table you will obtain the precise amount of calories and nutrients that are listed.
  •  Pay attention to calories on the Nutrition Facts Table. The listed calories tell you much energy you will get per serving of the food.
  • Percent Daily Value (DV) on the Nutrition Facts label is a guide to the nutrients in one serving of food. DVs are based on a 2,000-calorie diet for healthy adults. For example, if the label lists 7 percent for iron, it means that one serving provides 7 percent of the iron your body needs to function in a healthy manner each day.
  • Try to get more of the healthy nutrients from your foods. Healthy nutrients include Iron, Calcium, Fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C
  • Try to get less of these nutrients from your food – Fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, cholesterol. Don’t get us wrong, these nutrients are essential for the body, completely eliminating them from the diet can cause major health concerns. However, we must be extra cautious of the amount per serving for these nutrients.

This is a beginner’s guide to reading food labels. Make sure if you haven’t been already reading the food labels till now you start today.

Think we forget something important about reading the food labels? Let us know by commenting below.

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Happy National Hot Dog Day

Hot dogs are a must have a staple at every summer BBQ. On the National Hot Dog day. Here are fun facts about Hotdogs!

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American favorite – Hot Dogs

  • Hot dogs are not just American favorites, they also originated in the US. Sausages themselves are from Germany, but it was an American genius who thought about putting them in a bun.
  • The origin of the word hot dog still remains a mystery. There are several theories but not a clear one yet.
  • Selling hot dogs at a baseball game dates back to 1880s. Hence, it’s no surprise that baseball fans are the biggest hot dog consumers.
  • Mustard sauce is the most popular hot dog topping followed by ketchup.
  • Hotdogs have traveled to space – NASA has approved hot dogs as a regular item on Apollo moon flights, Skylab missions, and space shuttle flights. Phew!!
  • New Yorkers eat the most hot dogs, more than any other city in the country.

Have an interesting fact about hot dogs that we missed mentioning here. Share it with us.

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Memorial Day : Fun Facts

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of Summer. Besides being a long weekend that provides everyone much-needed break to enjoy grilled meats, this day commemorates the soldiers who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Here are some fun facts about this holiday-

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  • It wasn’t always called the Memorial Day: Originally this day was called Decoration Day as soldiers would get together to honor their fellow soldiers and decorate their graves with flowers, flags, and wreaths. It was only in 1967 that the day was officially titled as Memorial Day.
  • Waterloo, New York is known as the birthplace of Memorial Day: The city began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. The practice later reached several cities, however, Waterloo won congressional recognition as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • General John A. Logan is the founder of this day:  He issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day to commemorate for over 60,000 soldiers that were killed in the Civil War. People were encouraged to honor the deceased veterans by laying flowers on their graves on Memorial Day (earlier known as Decoration Day).
  • One is required to observe a National Moment of Remembrance “legally”:  Congress passed a law in December 2000 that requires Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day  to observe silence in remembrance of the fallen soldiers
  • Confederate Memorial Day: In addition to the national holiday, nine states officially set aside a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War: Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia.

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