Author: Lisa Detoma

Food Delivery Services

Availability may vary by zip code.

 

Oven Ready Meal Delivery

Name Benefits Vegan/Vegetarian Options Price Per Serving
Sun Basket

(As of April 2020, service temporarily sold out)

Organic Produce;

Wild caught seafood;

Antibiotic/hormone

free meat and eggs

Yes $10.99-$12.99
Home Chef Accommodates allergies and preferences Yes Starts at $6.99
Freshly Meals are rated; heat in microwave Yes $7.99-$11.50

Pre-Prepped Meal Delivery

Name Benefits Vegan/ Vegetarian Options Meal Selections Price Per Meal
Sun Basket

(As of April 2020, service temporarily sold out)

Organic Produce; Wild caught seafood;

Antibiotic/hormone

free meat and eggs

Yes Mix and Match from standard meals $10.99-$12.99
Hello Fresh Flexible plan – cancel at anytime

Prepackaged food ingredients

Yes Select from 3-4 weekly menu options $7.49-$8.99
EveryPlate Flexible plan – cancel anytime

Simple ingredients, less packaging

Yes, limited options Limited options weekly $4.99-$6.99
Blue Apron Non-GMO ingredients;

Sustainable Seafood;

Antibiotic/hormone free meats

WW partner

Yes Mix and match from standard meals $7.49 – $9.99
Home Chef Completely customizable Yes Upgrade/swap ingredients Start at $6.99

Fruit and Vegetable Delivery

Name Benefit Price
Misfits Market “Ugly” organic produce; cancel anytime $22 for 10-13 lb.
Perfectly Imperfect Produce “Ugly” produce; purchase supports food donations; organic options $14 for 10-12 lb.
Imperfect Foods Completely customizable; fruits, vegetables, dairy, and more Dependent on items

 

Meat and Seafood Delivery

Name Benefit Price
Butcher Box

(Waitlist as of April 2020)

Choose options including seafood, beef, pork, and chicken $4.97-$5.38 per meal

 

Grocery Delivery

Name Benefit Price
Peapod Shop online at Stop and Shop, delivery $9.95 delivery fee
Instacart Shop online at major grocery stores, delivery $7.99 delivery fee
ShopRite at Home Shop online at ShopRite, delivery $10 delivery fee
Walmart Shop online at Walmart, delivery $9.95 delivery fee with $30 minimum order
Shipt Shop online at Target, delivery; other stores may be available based on your zip code Membership: $99 annual, or $14 monthly

*As of April 2020, many grocery services do not have actual delivery times available. Some may offer curbside pickup if you have transportation available.

 

Resources provided by Sodexo.

Incorporate the 6 Dimensions of Wellness During Times of Uncertainty

Physical

  • Staying active
  • Nutrition
    • Kerry Coughlin, Sodexo Registered Dietitian provided the following:
      • Keep regular mealtimes. You’ll be able to eat more mindfully, and avoid the temptation to graze all day.
      • Focus on including plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Frozen products without added ingredients are just as nutritious as fresh, and you won’t need to replenish your stock as often.
      • If you are spending more time at home, consider trying a new recipe that utilizes what you have on hand. The whole family can get involved, and you can help teach your kids valuable skills including math and science.

Social

  • Check in on seniors or other who are isolated
  • During this time of social distancing you can still maintain your relationships through phone calls, Skype, and FaceTime.

Intellectual

  • Ways to expand your knowledge and skills:
    • Read
    • Crossword puzzles
    • Word search
    • Sudoku
    • Puzzles

Spiritual

  • To help with your sense of purpose and meaning in life

Emotional

  • Protect the mental health of your family, friends and neighbors
  • EAP Resources

Occupational

  • Find the benefits and positives in your current job

Pandemic Grocery Shopping List

New Englanders are hardy people; after dashing out for bread and milk, we’re ready to ride out any winter storm. However, grocery shopping during a pandemic is a lot more challenging. You want to minimize your trips to the grocery store, but have plenty of food to make nutritious balanced meals. So what should be on your shopping list?

First, make sure to get plenty of vegetables. Fresh vegetables may be in short supply, but asparagus has been plentiful lately. Don’t forget onions, carrots, and celery to use as a base for soups. Potatoes and winter squash have a longer shelf life, so these are also good choices. Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh, if there are any available. Last but not least, don’t forget some cans! Canned tomatoes can be used in a variety of recipes, and if you do buy other canned vegetables, you can rinse them to remove some of the sodium.

Next, you’ll want to get some fruit. Fresh fruit may also be in short supply, but frozen fruit with no added sugar is a good option. You can also look for unsweetened applesauce, canned fruit packed in juice, and dried fruit such as raisins which have a longer shelf life.

Beef and chicken have been in short supply, but eggs, cottage cheese, and yogurt are all good sources of animal protein. You may also find chicken and tuna in cans. Beans are a great source of plant based protein, and you can buy them either dried or canned. Nuts and nut butters are a source of protein and healthy fat. You’ll also want to make sure you have a heart healthy oil on hand such as olive or canola.

Finally, look for whole grains including oats, barley, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. If the bread shelf is empty, you might pick up some flour and try to bake your own. And don’t forget popcorn which is a whole grain and makes an excellent snack!

Remember to use good hand hygiene and follow standard food safety practices including cooking food to the appropriate temperature and refrigerating leftovers promptly. For more information on food safety, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

Written by: Kerry Coughlin, Sodexo Registered Dietitian

Helpful Tips to Stay Active at Home

While many of you are away from UConn Health during this time here are a few ways to stay active.

Tips to Stay Healthy & Active While Home: