Leading into the Paleo Challenge you might already be thinking about how to better organise your grocery shopping and food preparation. We all live busy lifestyles and it can be a challenge to have healthy snacks and meals prepared when you’re juggling work, training, families and other commitments.
So I put together a few places to source fresh food and produce for Paleo nutrition and lifestyle:
We’ve been using Nuts Online the past two years to source nuts and seeds, they also sell almond meal and dried fruit. We’ve found the pricing to be far better than the supermarket and the quality is great. Keep your eye on the specials page as its often 40%+ off.
Food Box is a novel idea for in season fruit and veg, I believe they also do eggs. We trialed the food box for two last year. The fruit and veg was full of variety and fresh. They allow you to change out 3 products from the standard box – so you can Paleo’ize it to some extent, ie. substitute potato to kumera etc. Only criticism here is that because the change limit is set at 3 items, we still received a number of veggies we eliminate from our diet which are essentially waste. The home page says “If there’s something you absolutely don’t want, just ban it in your ‘myFoodbox’ account and we’ll replace it with something you do like – simple”. (We’re yet to check this feature out for future orders). Delivery is free, and they include tips and recipes cards to encourage use of a wide range of local grown produce. (Also a great service if we weren’t Paleo!)
The choices for Auckland home delivery fruit and vegetables are far more than this time last year. Countdown and New World supermarkets both offer home delivery grocery services which is also a great way to eliminate temptation and over spending that often occurs when you wonder the supermarket isle. These sights usually allow you to save your “regular” items, making repeat future orders quicker. You can also download a free app for Countdown and create a shopping list that will itemise which isle and location in your chosen local supermarket, making shopping faster, or you can transfer your shopping list to the online store and schedule a home delivery.
If you’re going organic – Organic Direct runs an online outlet linking people to the organic suppliers in New Zealand. If you’re interesting in finding out more about organics or sustainable living, they post articles and resources. Organic has come to mean products and produce grown in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. You can identify them with certification marks, Biogro or AsureQuality, so you know the food is from New Zealand and has been independently audited and certified as organic.
If you use local retailers or online stores to purchase produce and groceries at great prices, please share to blog comments so all members can benefit from your recommendations. Don’t keep it a secret…