SPUD: Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery

I was having a quick lunch with my food savvy pediatrician friend who loves to cook, but doesn’t have loads of time to grocery shop. She tells me she uses www.spud.com. I had never heard of SPUD, but after reviewing their website, I was completely hooked. I had to tweet:@SpudLosAngeles Sustainable produce delivered! Spud needs to be all over the country. I placed my first order. They delivered. My second tweet was:

@SpudLosAngeles Received first delivery 2day. Beautiful cilantro! More orders to follow for sure. Thanks for all you do. 

Cyberspace can be so much fun. The company contacted me to tell me how grateful they were for my tweets. They graciously offered me a bit of a credit to try more of their products. You may remember my January 2012 New Years’ Resolution Blog Post. Click here:


My intention this year is to thank companies that are helping all of us live healthier lives and SPUD.com qualifies. I accepted their kind offer and ordered. I wanted to share my experience with you.

• THE NAME: SPUD stands for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery. What is better when you are super busy, want to eat as healthy as possible and take our earth into consideration all at the same time? SPUD is your grocery delivery answer.
• RECIPES: There are loads of recipes on their website you can use to help plan weekly menus. Shopping becomes a snap.
• SPECIAL DIETS: Whether you follow a gluten free, nut free, kosher, vegan, wheat and yeast free diet, they have products easily organized for you to simply click and order. This is such a nice touch for food allergic families and those with Celiac Disease.
• DELIVERY BOXES: Everything I ordered was beautifully packaged. I have tried other grocery delivery services and the food was thrown into a box like no one cared. I can tell someone at SPUD took serious time handling and respecting my food. They also encourage you to save the boxes to be returned at your next order, which I would expect from them.
• GARLIC PRESS: No, this was not a kitchen gadget they delivered. This is the name of their adorable newsletter on the back my order information. A Deal of the Week is featured and they also provide a recipe to go along with the deal. Planning meals is a large part of what I recommend to families and this deal of the week gimmick helps with planning.
• MY TWO FAVORITES: I ordered 17 items, but two stood out: chocolate and beef. I ordered the Xan Confection Healthy Chocolate Coco HEART for two reasons. First, I had never heard of this company and was curious. Second, truth be told, I was craving chocolate at the time I placed the order so they landed in my cart (oops!). The chocolates are absolutely delicious so I’m sold on Xan. The beef was from Paso Prime and is grass fed. I made homemade meatballs with my Paso Prime beef and they turned out to be delicious. My husband and kids ate them up.

• NOT CHEAP: SPUD does offer some weekly deals on their food, but it is still on the pricey side. I believe this will change as more people in our country realize how important sustainable organic food is and demand it.
• SOLD OUT/ITEMS MISSING: I wanted to order some Daiya cheese, but it was sold out. I did order blueberry muffins from LaBrea Bakery, but they were missing in my order. Perhaps Spud could have contacted me via email or phone ahead of time to warn me they couldn’t fill my muffin order instead of finding out when the order was delivered. Maybe they could have substituted something else for the muffins?

There are many more PROS then CONS to ordering from www.spud.com. Since I have been introduced to the company I have added them to my client resource list and recommend them often. For now, SPUD is available in the United States in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

I meant what I said in my first tweet. SPUD needs to be all over this country. I hope it happens soon. I am placing my third order this week.

About Melanie Silverman

Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.