These days, it feels like the number one goal of grocery shopping is getting in and out as quickly as possible. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak up and ask for what you need. Whether it’s at the butcher counter or in the produce section, here’s when and how to get the help you need at the grocery store. 1. When you want your meat prepped… Your grocery store butcher can seriously cut down on your prep time in the kitchen. If you’re making a recipe that calls for butterflied chicken but you’re running late — or you’ve just never butterflied a chicken before — ask the butcher to do it for you. You can also ask the butcher to cut chicken into cubes for a stir-fry or skewers, debone or grind meat, or repackage pre-packaged meat. 2. When you don’t see the produce you want… Have you ever gone to the grocery store to buy a one particular item and it’s out of stock? That always seems to happen to me in the produce department, especially when it comes to things like herbs and more specialized produce such as radicchio or rainbow carrots. There are usually at least one or two employees manning the produce department, though, so go ahead and ask. More often than not, they just haven’t had a chance to restock. 3. When you want to order something they don’t stock… For years, I’d go to multiple grocery stores in search of something my regular supermarket didn’t have — and still come back empty handed. But before you run all over town, know that you can ask your store to order something they don’t usually carry. It’s within reason, of course, but you’ll be surprised by how much they can (and will) actually call in if you request it. Plus, they’ll appreciate that you’re such a devoted customer that you’d rather buy from them then from their competitors.
You’ve probably heard about the gut microbiome, or the billions of bacteria living in your digestive tract. You’ve probably also head of probiotic supplements, which help inoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria that have shown promise for improving digestion, mood, and even metabolism.
As much as the grocery store has a reputation for being expensive (maybe heard it being referred to as “Whole Paycheck”), I never really felt that was totally the case even when I was on a tight student budget. Whole Foods has always had good sales if you seek them out, which I did on the regular as a student and still do today.
If you want to save some money, remember these tips.
When I was living in New York City on a show-string student budget, Whole Foods was my neighborhood grocery store. My options were either to schlep bags home from the cheaper grocery store 10 blocks away or figure out how to make shopping at Whole Foods affordable.
Do you ever find yourself in the grocery store overwhelmed with the deluge of new products? You know there’s some interesting and healthy that will check all the requirements on your list — family friendly, tasty, and nutritious — but with all the options it’s hard to know where to start.
You work hard to eat clean whenever possible—we see you. Harder still: Finding clean, organic wine at your local grocery or liquor store.
One thing we always hear from friends and family is that it’s so expensive to buy healthy food, green cleaning products, etc. Plus, it’s also a hassle trying to find truly great products among the sea of ones that claim to be good for you, but still have questionable ingredients.
Are you passionate about wellness and helping others? This holiday season, give yourself an amazing gift—an exciting new career as a health coach.
Ancient remedies are squarely in vogue, with bone broth, essential oils, cupping and others enjoying plenty of press and celebrity Instagram love. Add honey to this group of cool, must-have, grandma-approved items, which humans have been utilizing for millennia.
New schedules, sports teams, classes—back-to-school time brings with it a ton of coordinating and running around. Add to that the daily grind of packing lunches, and you’ll be ready for spring break before the leaves even begin to change.
Shopping for healthy products should be a calm experience, where you get to peruse a big selection of good-for-you products at your leisure, find everything you need easily and pay a reasonable amount at checkout. But it never is, is it?
Filling our refrigerator and pantry from bed proved to as easy as ordering a movie on Netflix. Here’s why.
Why Jet.com is our new go-to resource for stocking up our picnic baskets, pantries and refrigerators.
Score a Free Jar of Raw Honey from Thrive Market
When it comes to honey, we’re not shy about our preferences: We like it raw. It’s packed with natural enzymes and nutrients that can help heal cuts and scrapes, boost immunity and soothe sore throats, all without spiking blood sugar like crazy. If you want to get your paws on the sticky-sweet stuff but have sticker shock at most prices, then you’re going to want to snag a free jar of Really Raw Honey from Thrive Market. This straight-from-the-hive organic honey is totally unprocessed, so it has a creamy texture, contains bits of honeycomb and pollen and smells deliciously of wildflowers. It tastes like you’ve just collected honey from a hive. Giving away free honey is just one way that Thrive Market can save you money. This enormous online marketplace specializes in selling the nation’s best healthy and organic products. They carry goods to fit every dietary preference, from vegan to gluten-free to Paleo, at prices up to 50 percent below retail and with free delivery to your doorstep. That can add up to thousands of dollars a year in savings. You’ll find your favorite and most trusted brands like Amy’s soups, Cascadian Farm cereals and Bob’s Red Mill grains. And—since they’re always adding new products to the lineup—you’ll have a chance to make fresh discoveries, too, like Alter Eco chocolate truffles and Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo. The carefully curated and ethically sourced offerings even include non-toxic cleaning supplies and organic health-and-beauty products. Whether you slather the honey on toast or onto your skin, this is an offer too sweet to pass up—so try Thrive Market today!
...and more healthy staples for less from Thrive Market
If your coconut oil lust rivals ours, you’re going to want to grab this chance to snag a free jar of organic virgin coconut oil from Thrive Market.
The Amazon's newest superfood, macambo
Quinoa, maca, cacao, lucuma, camu-camu…and now macambo, the new Amazonian superfood you need to try.
Our picks for better-for-you ketchup
We’re loving the healthier ketchup varieties from True Made Foods and Hatchup.
The new online market that's blown our minds
Try Thrive Market, your one-stop source for the best grocery items…
Want a holiday cocktail mixer that’s free of artificial anything? Try this one…with a surprising ingredient.
Which grain is gluten-free, has as much or more protein than quinoa, and doesn’t have to be rinsed before cooking? Discover kañiwa.
The name may be funny but the facts are not
Could chemicals called “obesogens” be making you fat? Find out which healthy foods contain them, and how to steer clear…
And why was it in sports drinks?
A certain chemical was just removed from Gatorade. What is it, and why was it there in the first place? Find out here.
The benefits of wild vs. farmed salmon
Ever noticed the words “color added” beside the salmon at your supermarket? Find out what that means.
Read our answer here!
Dear Clean Plates, I’ve seen something called “erythritol” on the labels of sodas and new foods in the health food section. Is it actually healthy? What is it? –Sugar Mama Dear Sugar Mama, Not quite as sweet as table sugar, erythritol is a sugar alcohol that has a low impact on blood sugar levels (read: low glycemic index). You’re likely seeing it in the health food section because of that and the fact that it’s considered a natural sweetener, like xylitol; it also has close to nil calories and carbs. In fact, it is found naturally in some fruits, mushrooms and fermented foods like wine and soy sauce. Erythritol is often blended with other more-intense sugars to mimic the mouthfeel of sucrose, as erythritol exhibits only about 60 to 70 percent of the sweetness of pure sugar. And while sugar alcohols generally “can act as a laxative in high quantities and also cause gastrointestinal distress like gas and bloating” according to Clean Plates founder Jared Koch, erythritol normally doesn’t cause as much gastrointestinal distress as other sugar alcohols since a majority of it is absorbed before it enters the large intestine. Still, in large doses, it can cause nausea. Two interesting facts: erythritol is certified tooth-friendly since sugar alcohol can’t be metabolized by oral bacteria, and it has a cooling effect (think: minty sensations) when it’s not already dissolved in water, such as when it’s used in frosting, chewing gum, or hard candy. “Erythritol can be a good option for many, but because it is a sugar alcohol, it can also have some side effects,” Koch says, referring back to the gastrointestinal distress. “There have also been some reported cases of allergic reactions. That being said, it might be worth trying to see if it works for your body.” You may have sweet success.
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Is there MSG hiding in your food? You might be surprised. Here are some secret ingredients to watch out for.
A staple of the Stone Age, a venerated foodstuff of the Vikings: Nordic Breads’ whole grain rye bread is a hearty find. Get a taste, plus a sandwich recipe.
Swapping out meat for tofu is the healthy way to go. Or is it? You might be surprised to learn which vegetarian foods aren’t actually good for you.
This Austin grocery store is zero-waste and package-free
In an effort to reduce packaging waste generated by food, a new Austin grocery store is shunning recycling in favor of “precycling,” the practice of avoiding recycling by not creating packaging in the first place.
Where to find them in NYC
Make a toast to your health and the environment by choosing an organic or biodynamic wine for your New Year’s celebration…
Visit With Love, From Brooklyn this holiday season
With Love, From Brooklyn is an online shop started by Culinary Institute of America grad Dara Furlow that’s offering some great gift ideas this holiday season.
Our picks for this holiday season
Warm a foodie’s heart (and belly) this holiday season with these eco-friendly and beautiful gifts…
The fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticide residue
The Environmental Working Group released its seventh annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists Monday, signifying those fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue upon peeling and washing.