Cut down on grocery trips and food waste this holiday season.

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The dreaded grocery store could be a thing of the past for you this holiday season. Sounds like a Christmas miracle, right? Well, it’s actually true if you accept the help of the latest grocery delivery services in Canada.

Take the guesswork out of what you need and cut down on leftovers and food waste with healthy meal delivery services like HelloFresh ( and Chefs Plate ( Offering up new menus each week with two to four recipes included in a weekly subscription, you select your plan, pay online and on your designated delivery date, all your groceries and recipes arrive at your door. If you have a slightly pickier (adult) eater on your hands, Chefs Plate allows you to personally choose your meals each week, while HelloFresh features a set menu with a kid-friendly family plan.

One important note: Both only include the food needed to make your meals that week, so you’ll have to supplement other days with takeout or try tossing together a simple stir-fry or salad—meaning you’ll need some groceries. Enter Grocery Gateway by Longo’s, Loblaws Click-and-Collect or Fresh City Farms (, my top pick for local and organic food deliveries in the Greater Toronto Area.

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These three grocery delivery services allow you to order your groceries online, so you avoid the potential shopping cart collisions and long line-ups in-store. While Grocery Gateway and Fresh City Farms deliver, you’ll have to pick up your order from Loblaws (but you don’t have to get out of your car!). Order everything you’ll need for your festive family meal and have it delivered while you knock out some of that wrapping. Better still, Fresh City Farms also offers lunch bag plans with pre-made salads to make your mornings run a little smoother.

Another major benefit of having your groceries delivered? It helps eliminate food waste and also saves you money. You’ll be able to order directly from your home, meaning you can check the cupboards and fridge before buying something and avoid those “just-in-case-I-don’t-have-it” purchases that can add up on your grocery bill. Plus, you can repeat orders and modify them to make having fresh, healthy food in your house that much easier heading into 2017.

So, now that we’ve taken those stressful and time-consuming grocery-shopping trips off your to-do list, what’s next?

Psst! Keep checking back over the next 11 days to see the rest of our 12 Days of Holiday Hacks series for useful tips you can use to cut back on stress and help you nail this whole holiday cheer thing!

Photo credits: HelloFresh and Fresh City Farms Facebook page