5 Ways Grocery Stores Are Helping You Get Healthier

By , SparkPeople Blogger
These days, grocery stores are more than just food and beverage repositories. In addition to housing all the ingredients you need to eat, drink and snack, they can also help you lead a healthier lifestyle. With the ongoing rise in obesity rates, more supermarkets are stepping up and implementing initiatives to help consumers make better choices about what they’re putting in their bodies.

Of course, there are still plenty of pockets of temptation, and not all stores are stepping up to the extent of these 10 healthiest grocery chains. While the end caps and checkout counters will always try to tempt you with prepackaged treats, it’s comforting to know that some stores are making headway toward some of these health services.

Nutritious Recipes

Meal planning is an essential ingredient of healthy living, and it all starts with the right recipes. Many grocery stores are bridging the gap between planning and preparing meals by providing consumers with nutritious recipes. Whole Foods has dozens on their website, and they also send a recipe newsletter with fresh ideas and cooking tips. To make it even easier, you can add the ingredients for any given recipe to your shopping list with a single click. KrogerTrader Joe’sHy-Vee and Meijer also offer online recipes in various categories.

Healthier Food Samples

Although you might still see some unhealthy freebies like potato chips, chocolates and bacon-wrapped hot dogs, some supermarkets are starting to hand out healthier fare, like veggies and hummus, sliced fruits and organic snacks. And while you still might see the infamous tray of cookies set out at the bakery counter, many grocery stores are starting to offer free fruit for kids to instill healthy habits at a young age. 

Ready-to-Cook Meals

Between work, school, kids and household duties, planning and prepping healthy family meals can seem like a pipedream, but you don’t want to fall for the alluring convenience of fast food drive-thrus. Savvy supermarkets are meeting the needs of busy, health-conscious consumers by offering pre-assembled, ready-to-go meals that can be cooked in minutes at home.

Kroger recently announced its foray into a meal kit service called Prep + Pared in hopes of giving meal delivery services like Blue Apron a run for their money. With meal kits, you get precisely the ingredients you need to cook a dish, along with step-by-step instructions delivered right to your door, no waste, no fuss. Consumers can also opt for fresh prepared options, which have already been assembled and just need to be heated and served. Kroger also offers oven-ready seafood at their counter—simply choose your seafood, seasonings and garnish, and they’ll provide you with a cooking pack complete with all your preferred herbs, spices and flavors. When you get home, just pop the packet into the oven, heat and eat.

Expanded Selections of Fresh and Organic Foods

As people become more aware of the downfalls of processed foods, major grocers are responding with larger offerings of fresh, locally grown and organic options. Whole Foods is known for its ample selection of grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, fresh seafood and oven-ready organic meals. Trader Joe’s store brand steers clear of preservatives, trans fats and artificial flavors and colors, and Aldi has made headlines for stepping up their organic offerings. Hy-Vee has also started offering more organic, gluten-free foods and positioning them near produce sections.

Curbside Pickup and Delivery

Whether you have small children, mobility issues or just limited time, navigating the grocery aisles can seem difficult or downright impossible. To stay competitive with online delivery services like AmazonFresh, local supermarkets are starting to offer shopping services that enable people to get their groceries without leaving their cars (or even their homes).

With Kroger’s ClickList service, you can order and pay for your groceries online, then pick them up in a designated area of the parking lot. The attendant will finalize the purchase at your window and then load your items into your car. Meijer has taken it a step further, partnering with delivery service Shipt to bring groceries right to your door—the driver will even bring your bags right into your kitchen. These types of convenient fulfillment options allow you to make more controlled, thoughtful purchases, prevent impulse purchases and remove the temptation of unhealthy fare. Plus, with the time you would have spent grocery shopping, you can get in a workout!

Have you seen any of these services at your local supermarket? What other initiatives would you like to see from grocery stores?


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MARSHASHADOW 1/25/2018
I shop at Meijer and use Shipt. Both are awesome. Report
LOUIE-LILY 10/13/2017
Awesome! Report
_CYNDY55_ 10/6/2017
Thanks, great! Report
GKNIGHT69 9/29/2017
Good article! Thank you! Report
BILLTHOMSON 9/23/2017
Shop at Kroger, love it Report
SHOAPIE 9/21/2017
Great Report
TERRI1458 9/21/2017
I shop at Dillons, owned by Kroger, and they are always sending me recipes. Since I have been buying organic, I have noticed more organic chooses at the store. Report
ERICALEAHA 9/20/2017
Meal planning is the best for healthy eating. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 9/20/2017
not my grocery store. have to go to big box stores for the sampling and info. Report
CHAOTICCILLA 9/20/2017
Our local Kroger has been making many of these changes but a lot of the healthy foods have been burried by moving them and not making the new locations clear. Hopefully they will fix that soon. Report
-POOKIE- 9/20/2017
I am sure it's somewhat cynical of me to think how much profit they are raking in by spiralising some carrots.... a loose carrot cost about 10p, a box of curled bits costs a 1... some profit there!! Report
NANROCKS 9/15/2017
Super happy that grocery stores are getting the message that we want healthy, quick choices. Von's, out West seems a little more expensive but they are doing some the things mentioned and carry many organic and vegan items. Report
KATHYJO56 9/13/2017
Great article. Our stores all offer these services and we love them. Report
ADRIENALINE 9/11/2017
Good info but no supermarkets on the west coast except trader Joe's. I'd like to see info about Sprouts or Fresh and easy Report
MSLOUIE3 9/10/2017
GreatGreat info. Report
CHRISTOPHER63 8/27/2017
I absolutely love most vegetables Report
DEE107 8/27/2017
I love fresh veggies so good the farms come in town once a week Report
FRAN0426 8/26/2017
I enjoy shopping at a grocery store that has a great fruit and veggie department, even if the produce is a bit higher in price. Nothing like bringing home produce that gores bad within a couple of days. Report
JVANAM 8/24/2017
We must use time creatively.
- Martin Luther King Report
KWOOD1955 8/23/2017
Excellent article. Report
BILLTHOMSON 8/23/2017
Great article and input Report
WONDERGALE 8/23/2017
Interesting article. Report
ZELDA13 8/22/2017
I always make my shopping list on line. The local store does not deliver and does not offer pick up. I wish they would. So easy to shop that way and avoid the impulse purchases. Report
NANCYPAT1 8/22/2017
Nice Report
STAR135000 8/22/2017
I love Shipt! On the days when I hurt, it really helps! Report
SPARKLYSTARFISH 8/22/2017
I love curbside pick up. Seriously reduces impulse purchases for me. Report
ZRIE014 8/22/2017
thanks Report
ARKMOGAL 8/21/2017
I love our Kroger here, usually has great produce and lots to choose from and meats and all the foods I need to feed my family. Report
RHOOK20047 8/20/2017
A really good read.... Report
GARDENSFORLIFE 8/20/2017
Good article! Report
SKIMBRO 8/20/2017
About time! Report
4CONNIESHEALTH 8/20/2017
A great read! I'm glad health is in our future! Report
JIBBIE49 8/20/2017
Great Report
KATHYJO56 8/20/2017
These are all true at our grocery stores and I love it. Report
JIBBIE49 8/19/2017
Great Report
GABY1948 8/19/2017
I do shope the preimeter....never go to center. Report
BILLTHOMSON 8/19/2017
I've noticed many changes at my Kroger store Report
FISHGUT3 8/18/2017
good to see change Report
MAIZIEPAIGE 8/18/2017
Seeing many changes in our local grocery stores that I like. Report
JVANAM 8/18/2017
Love is a friendship set to music.
- Joseph Campbell Report
JIMA64 8/18/2017
Big business is all about money first. Report
GABY1948 8/18/2017
SO glad to see this happening! Report
SEAOFCARNAGE 8/18/2017
Safeway also has an online delivery service. I used it when I did not have a car and had a dog and cats to feed and get litter for, that is really hard to carry on a bike or the bus! I really liked Safeway delivery. Report
NISSANGIRL 8/18/2017
Great article Report
BIKE4HEALTH 8/18/2017
Thank you for this information...very helpful Report
ZRIE014 8/18/2017
helpful Report
PATRICIAANN46 8/17/2017
Excellent article.................Thank You. Report
SHOAPIE 8/17/2017
Great Report
STAR135000 8/17/2017
I shop at Meijer, and have used Shipt. I love it! I use it when I'm hurting so much that I can't leave the house, and I really need groceries. Free delivery if you order over a certain amount. It truly helps! Report
HOLLYM48 8/17/2017
Great information! Report
 
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