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Make It a Healthy Halloween With These 5 Treats

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-10-25 | no comments

As a consumer focused on healthy food, you might be terrified by the thought of pounds of sugar, artificial flavours, and hydrogenated oils coming and going from your home on Halloween. Fortunately, you can avoid possession by junk food demons with snacks from manufacturers devoted to natural ingredients. These companies make individually wrapped goodies that are safe and appropriate for passing out to neighbourhood kids. When shopping for healthy Halloween treats, remember to avoid products containing nuts, because some trick-or-treaters might have food allergies.

  1. Natural Fruit Leather

Kids will say they want candy bars, but they will happily eat fruit leather snacks. Look for fruit leathers with natural fruit flavourings and no added sugar.

  1. Natural Gummy Candies

These are the equivalent to the popular gummy worms or gummy bears. Kids will find them familiar except that you’ll be providing them with lower-sugar varieties that don’t contain artificial colours and flavours. Healthy gummy candies rely on the natural sugar already present in fruit.

  1. High-Quality Candy Bars

Halloween is a holiday, and you don’t have to banish actual candy bars if you don’t want to. Alternatives exist to the brand name candy bars packed with preservatives and bad fats. You can find chocolatey goodies free of GMO ingredients or hydrogenated oils. Dark chocolate products in particular will deliver luxurious flavour and give you and the kids an extra serving of antioxidants.

  1. Granola Bars

You might be used to these as afternoon snacks or quick breakfasts, but most kids will welcome them in their Halloween bag. Organic and natural ingredient products are plentiful with crunchy combinations of fruit, whole grains, coconut, and sometimes chocolate. Just watch out for any bars with nuts if you’re passing them out to the public.

  1. Dried Fruit

These have been the original healthy Halloween treat for generations. A little box of raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries will always deliver sweetness and nutrition.

From the staff at Famous Foods, we wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

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How to Boost Your Immune System For Cold and Flu Season

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-10-17 | no comments

Unless you’re a hermit on a remote island, you may be exposed to cold and flu viruses during fall and winter. To deflect the worst contagions this cold and flu season, you can build up your immune defenses with good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and strategic supplements.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Indulging in sweets and processed foods drags down your immune system. Packing your meals with fruits and vegetables keeps your body strong with a steady supply of vitamins and antioxidants. Empower your immune system with healthy foods like:

  • Citrus and peppers for Vitamin C.
  • Cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and bok choy.
  • Blueberries which are packed with vitamins A and C, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants.
  • Spinach and sweet potatoes.

Go With Your Gut

The bacteria inside your digestive system plays a vital role in nutrient absorption. Nutrition researchers now estimate that 70 percent of immune function arises in the gut.

Improve your resistance to colds or flu by nurturing beneficial bacteria in your gut. Probiotic supplements can directly enhance your digestive flora, but a diet that includes fermented foods, like kimchi, kefir, or unpasteurized sauerkraut, increases immunity as well.

Sleep and Exercise

Sleep deprivation makes your immune system tired too. Make it a priority to get seven hours or more sleep. Go to bed early if you feel a virus taking hold.

Staying active during the colder months could also fend off viral infections. Exercise enlivens your immune function, and people who get regular exercise report fewer colds.

Tea and Supplements

Hot tea soothes a scratchy throat or drippy nose. Green tea and turmeric and ginger tea impart many antioxidants. Green tea specifically contains the immune system booster catechin. Unsweetened elderberry extract is another supplement with antiviral properties.

You might choose to increase your dosages of vitamins C and D with capsule supplements. Look for buffered vitamin C tablets that include magnesium, potassium, and calcium because you might be low on those nutrients. Vitamin D supplements also support health during dark winter months. Research has associated vitamin D supplementation with the prevention of colds.

Famous Foods in Vancouver is a source of many nutritious foods to keep you healthy during the cold season. Also be sure to visit our vitamin and supplement section for natural cold remedies!

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