It can be hard to stay on track with your workouts in the winter, let alone your meals, so when we discovered Busy Bee Organics, it was love at first sight (or should we say bite). This Jersey City-based organic meal delivery service delivers organic, gluten-free, and customizable meals to the Hoboken and Jersey City area on a weekly basis, and we wanted to share the wealth with our readers about all that this local company offers. Read on for a peek inside this local company that revolves around meal delivery in Hoboken and Jersey City.
The Start of Busy Bee Organics
Busy Bee Organics got its start at the Grove Street Farmers Market in 2014 and was founded by Michelle Berckes, a Certified Health Supportive Chef who has a BS in Dietetic Nutrition and is a long-time resident of Jersey City. Now, Michelle and her Busy Bee team of culinary-trained experts in the field of nutrition, culinary arts + herbal medicine have a commercial kitchen space in Jersey City. Busy Bee has been in business for almost nine years and has earned multiple honors in HG’s Best of the Year Winners for four years in a row.
Busy Bee is located at 451 Palisade Avenue in The Heights, where they offer a 100% gluten-free and allergy-friendly menu of grab + go breakfasts, lunches, full bakery, coffee and healing beverages seven days a week 8AM-3PM. They also offer weekly meal delivery every Monday, 7 Day food-based cleanse + holistic health programs (their Signature Beetox Program kicks off again on Monday, March 6th), and offsite wellness retreats in locations like Puerto Rico, the Catskills, and more. The next Busy Bee wellness retreat will also take place in Puerto Rico with Erin Kumpf Acupuncture + Herbs (EKAH) from May 9th-13th, 2023.
Why is Busy Bee gluten-free, whole food based, and refined sugar-free? The brand values itself on health support and flavor, focusing on the quality of the ingredients that are proven to enhance your immunity, balance blood sugar, and support heart health, digestion, blood pressure, and overall quality of life.
The gluten-free bakery includes a variety of sweet treats that are nutritionally balanced, and diabetic-friendly — giving you the best quality ingredients while still enjoying something indulgent (and keeping your blood sugar balanced). All of the baked goods use either raw sugar or maple syrup to sweeten, and unrefined, gluten-free flours.
High-integrity ingredients not only taste better — they provide nutritional value which supports our physical, emotional, and mental health. When your body is provided with essential vitamins and minerals from these foods, energy levels are higher, sleep is better, and you have a better chance of fighting infection and disease. Busy Bee can also confidently cook for a variety of health ailments — including anything from diabetes to cancer support.
Organic, Local Meals
All of the food is organic or local, in-season, and made with love. Everything is SO yummy and feels homemade. Everything is macro + micro-nutrient balanced and designed with your health in mind. Busy Bee focuses on health support and bringing a lot of flavor to “healthy” cuisine.
If you head to their website, you can see that food options change weekly, as Michelle and her team are devoted to finding the freshest local, farm-to-table organic fruits, and vegetables so the menu isn’t ever exactly the same. The options are always very health focused — with dairy-free, meat-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. For those customers seeking them, Busy Bee also offers humanely-raised animal proteins — including pasture-raised chicken sourced from Lancaster Farms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as wild-caught fish and shrimp as an add-on. Busy Bee calls them “protein packs” — which you can add to your order a la carte for an extra boost throughout the week with your meals (chickpeas, chicken, etc are offered weekly on the menu for these protein boosts).
A few recent menu favorites (as we shared, it changes weekly so you should hop on their mailing list to keep up!):
You MUST try Busy Bee’s Buffins: These are high protein muffins (‘Buff’ — get it?). Michelle explained that for breakfast, the idea of muffins sounds healthy, but it’s really not — muffins are filled with sugar. To combat this but still get the fruits of carb-loving heaven, she created Buffins. She is happy to report that these bad boys sustain her clients for 2-3 hours, are grain-free, contains nutrient-dense almonds, hemp protein, and are rich in potassium. Each buffin contains 13 grams of protein and five grams of fiber, and is their answer for a healthier protein bar. They’re a great pre or post-workout fuel, a grab + go snack, or even a meal replacement. Their flavors change regularly and seasonally (sweet potato chocolate chip is our current fave in rotation!)
Thai Coconut Curry: A flavorful favorite and a MUST-TRY when offered on meal delivery. This dish is a delicious blend of seasonal roasted veggies in Busy Bee’s tasty Thai Coconut Curry Sauce over GF brown rice noodles.
Butternut Squash Mac + Cheese: Gluten-free elbow pasta in house-made decadent and creamy vegan butternut cheese sauce (Side note: Busy Bee can also add dairy cheese if you’re into it)
A few of our other favorite must-try menu staples from the cafe:
Breakfast Burrito: A hearty and delicious way to start your day (and served all day long!) The burrito is a combination of pasture-raised eggs from Lancaster Farms (and can be made vegan using tofu!), organic roasted potatoes, black beans, fresh greens, house-made chipotle vegan cheese sauce (made from butternut squash, sweet potatoes, + coconut) and a side of house-made salsa.
Lentil Meatball Parm Sandwich: Delicious vegan lentil “meatballs” with house made marinara and fresh greens served on a gluten-free millet bun — served with your choice of organic dairy cheese, vegan cheese or dairy-free.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Diabetic-friendly, nut-free, and so delicious you won’t even know it’s also vegan!
Every other month, Busy Bee offers a Signature 7-Day Beetox, a food-based cleanse designed to help you support your digestion, reduce inflammation, reduce your sugar cravings, support your body’s natural detoxification process, and give you a flatter belly. This program includes whole food ingredients (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, + snacks) and is equipped with a step-by-step daily schedule, coaching, and access to holistic care like acupuncture, yoga, and a cooking class with Chef Michelle — their version of an at-home retreat experience. The next Busy Bee Beetox will start on March 6th, 2023.
Busy Bee also offers a weekly 3-day Beetox on their meal delivery menu which includes nutritious meals & snacks for 3 days of healthy eating without the stress, planning or effort, a great way to reset your eating habits & add structure to your eating routine.
To order, hop on to their site here, and each week Friday through Sunday night you can order — for Monday delivery to Hoboken and Jersey City (or pick-up in Jersey City on Monday after 4PM, or anytime on Tuesday 8AM-3PM). The best part about Busy Bee compared to other meal delivery services is that you can CUSTOMIZE your orders — each dish is anywhere between $7-$17, protein add-ons versus vegetarian, and sizing will all determine. They also have the cutest meal size options — hungry or hangry — we’ll let you guess which is the bigger size.
There is no subscription or minimum, so enjoy the food at your own pace. If you want three meals per day for five days one week or simply want to try one meal at a time, you can enjoy it as you please. Michelle also works with clients individually to help with any additional food allergies.
It’s clear that Busy Bee is making its way to the forefront of healthy eating mixed with comfort food, and we can’t wait to see what’s on the menu next.
Busy Bee Organics is located at 451 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City — cafe hours are from 8AM-3PM, seven days a week. You can visit the website and order online here.