Three foods you should pick up on your next visit to the grocery store

Every grocery shopper mostly breezes through the store trips. We remember the location of our favorite brands and the aisles in the grocery store.  Although great, this does mean that we tend to overlook foods and products that might add value to our health and kitchen.  Improving nutrition is a long-term goal, and if you are continually looking for ways to improve it, we are here to help:

Organic Spices

Organic Spices

  • Kefir:  Kefir is a fermented drink, conventionally made using cow’s or goat’s milk. The word ‘Kefir’ comes from the Turkish word keyif which means “feeling good.” The origins of the drink can be traced back to Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. It is made by adding kefir ‘grains’ to the milk. The grains are actually cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that look like cauliflower. The microorganism in kefir grains multiplies quickly in over few hours to the ferment the sugar in the milk, turning it into kefir. The grains are then removed, and the liquid is preserved in its purest form for consumption. The drink tastes sour like yogurts source the lactic acid bacteria turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid. Kefir is the most powerful natural probiotic source, stronger than yogurt. Kefir contains over 30 strains of bacteria’s making it a rich source of probiotics. If you are looking at a natural source of probiotics Kefir is a great product to start with, what makes it even better is the fact that it is tolerated pretty well by lactose intolerant.
  • Organic Spices:  We never really pay much attention to the spices we pick.  You might still be struggling with selecting the organic produce over the regular produce, but here is something you should consider the next time you are buying spices. Nearly every time we cook we end up using one or the other spice to enhance the flavor of the food. Herbs and spices are derived from plants and thus are exposed to bacteria, pests and others forms of contamination. Hence, investing in organic spices can ensure you are not consuming food that is tainted with pesticides and chemicals.
  • High-fiber pasta or quinoa instead of white pasta: Pasta is the staple food of every household. It is delicious, easy to make and the best part is kids love it. If you are family enjoys pasta at home now and then, we suggest replacing the regular white pasta with high fiber pasta or if you are up for a challenge we recommend – quinoa. Your taste palette will require some ‘getting used to’ time but believe us you will be much happier with your nutritional choices in the future. Quinoa is an excellent alternative for the white wheat pasta, it is known as the mother of all grains and is available in three main types -white, red and black. A cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. We think that’s a powerhouse of nutrition.

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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.

Organic Food at Burpy

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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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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Texas, Burpy is going MOBILE!

Launching Soon

Launching Soon

We have a BIG news to share. After an intense couple of weeks at Burpy which involved sleepless nights, brainstorming sessions and lots of hard work, we are finally ready to launch our official mobile app in the coming few days.

Hold on! We know what you are thinking. Another app!!

Believe us this will not just be another app on your mobile. Through our app, you will have access to your favorite grocery stores (Walmart, Kroger, H-E-B, Central Market, Whole Foods and PetcoNow) at your fingertips. What does this mean? You can now browse any of these stores at your convenience, order (grocery essentials) and receive delivery by our personal shoppers the same day.

Easy navigation and usability of the app will make the grocery shopping experience more convenient than ever for you.

Watch this space – more info is on the way.

 

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-

Food

  • 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.

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Hacks to host an amazing BBQ this 4th of July

BBQ

BBQ

Cleaned up your grill to host a BBQ for your family and friends this Independence Day weekend? Hosting a BBQ requires a lot of meticulous planning. You want to ensure you are a perfect host catering to the palate of everyone invited. We are ith you on this one! Here are some grilling tips for this season –

  • If you are a BBQ pro, you are probably aware of all the grilling methods available. There is always an ongoing debate regarding which serves better out of the two gas v/s charcoal. Our vote goes to the former because it does burn cleaner while emitting less carbon monoxide.
  • Preheating is your friend! Always fire up the grill early. A preheated grill allows the meat to cook for easily and reduces the risk of food sticking. Also, it will burn off any remnants from the previous grilling, making the entire process more hygienic.
  • Marinate your meats for at least 8 hours. Marinating infuses more flavors and prepares the meat to cook well. What this means is you get richer flavors in half the time. Get as creative as you can while choosing sauces for marinating.
  • Fries are a BBQ staple. Ensure you don’t end up serving soggy fries. Believe us no one is a fan of that. We suggest investing a little more time on this one. Have variables available such as – sweet potato fries, fries with spice mix, etc.
  • Follow the simple rule – “Know thy guest”. A sure way to be a good host is to know the likes and dislikes of your guests. You will be better prepared to meet the requirements of your guests quick and easy. Early preparation aids the task of grocery shopping – you will know exactly what meats (chicken, pork, beef, seafood) and vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, etc.) to choose along with the quantities.
  • Beer is the king of any BBQ party! However, make cocktails an important element of your BBQ bash. Get creative with Sangria, martinis and more.

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Reasons why Burpy personal shoppers are amazing!

If you have been grocery shopping with us, you have already met one of our wonderful personal shoppers. Our shoppers have perfected the art of simplifying ‘your life’.  Here is everything you need to know about them, let us know what you think -

Personal Shoppers

  • Give you the ‘Me-Time’:  A few years ago who would have thought assigning the simple task of weekly grocery shopping to someone else can buy you the much needed ‘me-time’. We all need to recharge timely, it is known to boost our productivity and keep our creative side alive.  Our personal shoppers make this happen all the time.
  • They love ‘shopping’ groceries: We all love shopping, but do we all love grocery shopping? We don’t think so.  However, our personal shoppers are self-confessed grocery shopping loves <3. They are in it for the love of fresh PRODUCE!
  • They put in more efforts: How many times have you skipped on buying something because you couldn’t find in the store or were simply too impatient. All too many times, right? Our shoppers know how to get you exactly what you need and from where if they can’t find it in your favorite grocery store.
  • Erratic hours: Our personal shoppers work around the clock. They work on a non-traditional schedule; this means they work harder during holidays to deliver your kitchen essentials.
  • Grocery fanatics: They know a good produce from bad. They are geniuses at reading food labels, this means their food recommendations are as good as Google if not better.  :-)
  • They love to hear from you: We are not exaggerating when we say this, believe us or not they have some amazing stories to share from their experiences while interacting with you all. They say it brightens their day. <3

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Busy mom’s guide to simplifying grocery shopping

Online  Grocery Shopping
Every household spends significant time grocery shopping each week, especially mom’s who spend most of their weekend grocery shopping. Online grocery shopping has changed the way grocery shopping has been done forever.This means we can now simply order the groceries online and spend time doing things we love.  This is a lovely convenience but since we are looking at our kitchen essentials online, we are bound to miss out on nutritional aspects of the food.

Here is a simple guide that will help moms and everyone else understands what to look for while picking up groceries online:

  • Organics:  Organic food simply means that the food has had less exposure to chemicals and therefore is a healthier option to consume.  One can always turn to organic options for food that is consumed in larger quantities at home such as – milk, produce, eggs.
  • Unprocessed Food: Unprocessed food is always more expensive than the processed food but also a better option to replace refined, heavily processed foods from the diet.
  • Food Labels: It is important to always read the food labels of the items that will be stocked in your kitchen. We all are wired to pick up the first thing that comes in our hand without reading the labels. More so when we are shopping groceries online. Always make it a point that you are familiar with the ingredients that form an item.
  • Produce and Fruits:  Greens and fruits should be part of your kid’s meal every day and hence make sure they are part of your online grocery shopping cart.

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5 ways Online Grocery Shopping will change your life forever

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Online Grocery Shopping

  • Easy as a Sunday morning: Even if you are not a selfie addict, we are certain you end up spending 60 minutes on an average on your phone daily. Online grocery shopping means you are in the grocery store virtually. This means can shop for the groceries with one click of a button, it also means you need not get up from the couch for the tedious task of grocery shopping.
  • You will save money: When you shop online, shopping is always more intentional. What it means is that you are less likely to spend on an impulse than when you are in the store physically. We think it’s a great plus.
  • Save time: Online grocery shopping will save you over two hours each week along with fuel. It’s often said wasted time is worse than wasted money and we couldn’t agree more. Additional time can be devoted to relaxing, learning new things or finally starting your own project.
  • Because finally, the task of picking produce will belong to someone else:  Let’s face it not all of us are champions we think we are in picking produce. Most of us get by the task just fine. The personal shoppers are typically passionate about the task of picking groceries and make the effort of delivering only the best to your doorstep.
  • No more wait in the checkout lane: Can you imagine grocery shopping without having to wait in the checkout lane? With online grocery shopping, you can. Even during vacations and the busy festive season.

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