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Healthy, Organic and Convenient!

When I think of organic cooking or baking my thoughts drift to a Martha Stuart type that bakes everything from scratch and doesn’t use pre-mixed, convenient products to assist her. Well thanks to SPUD, I’ve been able to tap into the best little helper for breakfast, plus it’s healthy and convenient.  My picky little clan has been using an organic, 7 grain pancake mix for months, and it’s their new favorite.  I love it because I’m not serving up refined, white flour produced pancake mix and my kids didn’t even notice when I made the switch.  The brand is called Anita’s Organic and is local to BC, but accessible for anyone either through SPUD or via the Anita’s Organic site.  More importantly to me, they’ve found a way to produce an organic mix, made with a large mixture of grains, and kept it kid-friendly, and convenient for moms. I make 1 batch and it lasts me two days, making an already rushed morning of trying to feed kids quickly and healthy, a snap!

For those that like to whip up pancakes from scratch (I’m in awe of you), Anita’s has organic flour that can be used to help make your from scratch mixes more healthy.  And hello!! I just noticed in the Anita blog, they’ve cooked up some special mixes just in time for the holidays (additive, preservative, pesticide free) new shortbread and gingerbread mixes! Although the cookie mix wasn’t well received at my house I’ll be trying the gingerbread mix so that we can do some stress-free Christmas baking and gingerbread decorating.

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SPUD Is Making Organic Sourcing Local, Fun & Easy

I’ve often wondered why convenience only exists in ways that saves me time but is expensive and super unhealthy.  Think of all the drive through eateries and the greasy food they serve – but it’s so darn easy!  Well I’ve just completed my first SPUD organic delivery experience and have been knocked out by the level of customer service, local community spirit, and how easy and convenient their website is.  SPUD services many communities in North America, (BC Lower Mainland including Whistler, Southern Vancouver Island, Calgary, Greater Seattle, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles). You can click here to view the delivery schedule. For US readers, visit www.SPUD.com and Cnd the URL is www.SPUD.ca 

What is a SPUD experience?  SPUD is a company that is successfully sourcing products, produce, bakery items, household, and meats that are organic, all-natural, and have a local footprint when available.  You can go to their website, create an account and start shopping.  You are told of the day your delivery will arrive and you can place your order right up until the day before delivery by 9:00am.  There is no longer a reason for busy individuals and families to not take advantage of the convenience of having fresh, organic food delivered to your door. 

When I first logged on to the SPUD site to start shopping, a few very helpful features caught my eye.  There is a daily specials section of the site. This is one of the many ways that SPUD helps to offset the higher cost of organic choices. Also, a Fresh Harvest Box that offers a variety of fruits and veggies, tailored to your family’s preferences. This is a great place to start for a novice SPUD shopper and once you receive the box you can make it a standing order, signify how much you want to spend on the box, and choose the option of receiving produce that is local whenever possible or Local only.  For example, this option means that berries will come from California or the States, until local BC berries are ready or if you’ve chosen to only receive local produce (unless of course you live in California), you will not receive blueberries, strawberries, etc. until a local farm has them ready.  This is a very cool option ~ especially for those that are following the 100 mile diet.  Even if you order produce individually without the Harvest Box, you can view where the product is coming from and it’s clearly marked if it’s local (took less than 800 km to arrive to the SPUD warehouse). Also above the price box of each product, you might see either a recipe card icon or the word local.                                       ↓

 You can select either of these buttons and a list of SPUD recipes will pop up to help with meal planning or a pop up box will appear when local is selected with a description of the product, how many kms it travelled to reach SPUD, and why you can be proud to support local business.  That is an incredible feature and again, for people tracking or interested in how far their food is traveling to reach their dinner table, having this information about what we are putting into our bodies is so fascinating.

SPUD has been around since 1998, making a local footprint and trying to give customers organic options. Over 10 years ago, we hadn’t heard from the experts about the danger of pesticides in our food and trying to compliment a local and organic diet.  My hat is off to readers that have already used SPUD or currently use this service. Not only is it convenient and helpful with meal planning, but your are helping keep your family healthy and less contaminated from the pesticides and chemicals that coat our food. We all know there are certain foods that we need to purchase from an organic source because of the amounts of pesticides used to have them produced. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide To Pesticides for more information. 

After placing the first order my first thoughts were “that was really easy” and “why haven’t I done this before?”  If you have children you get such a great feeling when sourcing food and household items that are local and organic.  With busy schedules it’s hard to always get to a local farmer’s market each weekend or to think you can depend on the big name stores to provide you with a full spectrum of organic choices. I am so tired of finding moldy fruit at the bottom of the container and literally shudder at the different texture you can feel on the outside of non-organic fruit. I love feeling like a better mom when my organic selections arrive that I know my kids will enjoy and eat.

If you are a SPUD newbie, I suggest you take advantage of the money saving options SPUD offers. A great option is the friend referral program that saves the person you refer $5 on their first order, $5 on their 2nd order, $5 on their 3rd order and $10 on their 4th order. That pays for the difference in price of the organic upgrade on multiple items.  Also an awesome cost saving option is if one of the people you refer to the site orders over $75, you’ll receive a $25 credit to shop.  That is so fun! So grab a few friends and setup a domino of referrals so that you are all saving money! Also, at checkout, the SPUD system will tell you how many dollars you are away from receiving free delivery. My delivery fee was $5 because my order was $40. If I had ordered $50, delivery would have been free. Once you become a SPUD expert, case lot or purchasing products in bulk will also save you money.

I didn’t know until today that SPUD donates on a daily basis to food outreach groups and is involved in local charities.  So those organic goodies that are brought in daily for freshness do not go to waste at the end of the day. Another example of SPUD helping build community pride and helping those to be healthy that can’t afford the basics in life.  SPUD also highlights food issues and local companies building a sustainable impact through a weekly newsletter.

My experience was obviously pretty amazing.  What can I foresee as not being convenient when you are waiting for home delivery? SPUD has a set route and can give you an estimate on when your order will be delivered. It would be tough to request an am or pm deliver…you need to contact their office to find out where on their delivery route you location falls. I also wonder in the high heat of summer how the quality of the produce will last.  The food is packed in materials to keep it fresh, like ice packs, and freezer bags, etc. I can’t wait to find out though, because I’ve just seen my first item to go into next week’s order ~ Organic cherries, Chelan variety, from my province of BC, that traveled 385 km to reach the SPUD warehouse. Produce is only one category in a large selection within the SPUD ‘get shopping’ directory. Check out all the buttons under the Go Shopping tab and start the fun of learning more about ingredients, food, where and why it was chosen to be on the SPUD roster.  More articles to follow on Mommy Footprint regarding organic alternatives for consumers.  It is great to know more options exist and are available to avoid disappoint with the selection big name stores offer.

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