7 Best Places to Shop for Healthy Food (Besides the Supermarket)
Remember when grocery shopping was just a boring weekly chore? These days, it’s more like a logistical nightmare. To help maintain social distancing, you may have to wait in a long line just to get in the door. Once you’re inside, you may find many of your pantry staples are out of stock. And if you’re immunocompromised — or just playing it extra-safe — you may be trying to avoid grocery stores altogether.
Luckily, the supermarket isn’t the only place to stock up on healthy food. From local businesses to online delivery, here are a few great alternatives to grocery shopping.
1. Whole Foods on Amazon
If you have an Amazon Prime account, you may be able to get Whole Foods delivered for free. (Check Prime Now to see if Whole Foods delivery is offered in your zip code.) Along with the usual selection of healthy groceries, Whole Foods also delivers healthy pre-packaged meals — like sushi rolls and enchiladas — you can order if you’re in need of a cooking break.
2. Meal Kit Subscriptions
Avoid grocery stores entirely by having pre-planned meal kits delivered to your door. Meal subscription services like Hello Fresh, Sun Basket, and Blue Apron provide fresh ingredients and creative recipes — perfect for when you’re getting burnt out on eating the same meals over and over. If you follow a vegan diet plan, Purple Carrot offers plant-based meal kits. And if the produce aisle at your grocery store has been wiped out lately, Daily Harvest delivers ingredients to make smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, and snacks.
3. Local Restaurants
Want to support your favorite local restaurants? Think beyond takeout. Some restaurants have started selling basic grocery supplies — you might find a local pizzeria selling dough and shredded cheese, or a smoothie stand selling fresh produce, or a caterer selling large batches of soup. Follow your favorite local spots on social media so you know what they have available for pickup and delivery.
4. Online Grocers
Online grocers are convenient, simple, and time saving. (And if you’re trying to self-isolate, they basically require zero human interaction.) Try Fresh Direct or Thrive Market for fresh, healthy groceries. Boxed offers shelf-stable foods — like crackers and granola bars — in bulk. And if you have a Target nearby, get same-day delivery of groceries and other essentials via Shipt.
5. Local Farms
While some farmers’ markets are closed right now, many local farms are still offering co-ops, roadside stands, contactless porch pickups, and delivery. You’ll not only maintain social distancing, but you’ll be stocking up on healthy, locally-sourced foods like fruits, veggies, eggs, and local honey. Find your local farmer here.
6. Specialty Grocers
Specialty stores like Asian, Indian, and Mexican grocers often have loads of healthy options and may not be as crowded — or as ransacked — as the supermarket. Plus, you can use this as an opportunity to expand your cooking horizons with some new flavors.
7. Food Delivery Apps
If you’re still having trouble restocking your pantry, take advantage of the convenient takeout technology at your fingertips. Apps like UberEats, DoorDash, and Postmates, and other food delivery services are still operating, so you can support your favorite local restaurants and get a healthy meal delivered to your door.