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Wellness Gift Guide

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-12-01 | no comments

Give your loved ones the gift of health and wellness with these gifts, available on our store shelves.

Beeswax Candles

Pure beeswax candles are an excellent gift for friends, family, party hosts and coworkers. They’re all-natural with no artificial ingredients, have a distinctively pleasant scent, and burn brightly and slowly. Bonus: they have an antibacterial quality that helps clean the air.

High-Quality Cooking Oils

For friends who are on a diet to lose weight or who are trying to eat healthy, high-quality vegetable oils become a delicious replacement for butter and animal oils. The use of olive oil in Mediterranean cooking is well-known but also available is coconut oil, which is high in healthy saturated fats, and truffle oil, which grants the taste of truffles without the expense and is rich in monounsaturated fats.

Essential Oils for Wellness

Fragrant essential oils, which can be applied directly to the skin, added to a bubble bath or diffused into the air, make a beautiful gift for friends and family including older adults and new parents. You can buy individual bottles, such of tea tree for skin ailments or lavender as a sedative, or look for sets that offer different oils. A hand-made potpourri of the matching herb makes a fragrant reminder of your kindness. If your recipient is unfamiliar with how to use essential oils, hand-writing a few instructions on a card adds a personal touch.

High-Quality Tea and Coffee

This gift works well for co-workers and gift exchanges as it’s not too personal and is available at different price points. Pairing a bag of organic ground coffee or a box of tea bags with organic fair-trade chocolate would make an excellent gift for the boss.

Meal in a Box

A Meal in a Box works well for the chef or foodie in your life. Put together all the ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home along with a recipe or two that you print from the Internet. One suggestion: a frozen organic filet of salmon with seasonal vegetables and potatoes plus a bottle of white wine. Tell your recipient to open this gift as soon as he or she gets it, so any perishables can be refrigerated or frozen immediately.

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4 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-11-25 | no comments
Coconut oil has recently exploded in popularity thanks to the Internet. Wellness-minded people have been using it in every conceivable way as a sort of universal salve for any issue you might have.

While coconut oil might not be the answer to all of life’s problems, it can certainly help with quite a few of them. Below are four ways that you can use coconut oil that just might surprise you.

  1. Facial Cleanser

You may know that coconut oil is a great remedy for dry skin and hair, but did you know that you can use it to cleanse your face as well?

The oil helps to break up and dissolve stubborn makeup residue, and you can wipe it off like cold cream. Those with dry skin get the added bonus of moisturization, but it can be followed up with your normal cleanser if you want to take the rest of the oil off.

  1. Stain Fighter

If you like to DIY your hair colour, you’re probably familiar with the stains it can leave on your skin and clothing. Fortunately, you can prevent this with coconut oil.

To keep stains off of your skin, apply a little bit of coconut oil around your hairline and ears to act as a barrier to the dye. When you’re done, simply wipe away the oil with a damp washcloth.

  1. Health Support

Whether you prefer to apply it topically, ingest a spoonful as a supplement or use it while cooking, coconut oil has been shown to boost your metabolism, give you better skin, improve your cholesterol levels and speed up wound healing.

Vets also recommend it for dogs and cats too as it can help ease hairballs and itchy skin in some animals. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on anything new.

  1. Wood and Metal Polish

Instead of fussing with smelly wood and metal polishes, simply buff a little bit of coconut oil into your wood and metal furnishings to restore a glossy finish.

It works best to rub on a small amount with a soft cloth and then wait a few minutes before buffing it into the surface completely. Be sure that the surface you’re polishing is clean and dry beforehand.

The Versatility of Coconut Oil

The tips we listed above barely scratch the surface of everything you can do with this awesome oil. At Famous Foods, we carry a selection of different coconut oils, including organic, virgin, and refined. Grab a jar, and see how coconut oil can make your life better!

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Top Trends in Gluten-Free Products

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-11-13 | no comments
Recent trend reports show that there are at least 44 million people in the market for gluten-free options. This includes those suffering from celiac disease as well as people with wheat allergies and those who prefer to cut gluten from their diets as a lifestyle change.

Because of this exponential market growth, there are emerging trends based on what this new target demographic is looking for. Below are four of the biggest, hottest trends in the industry right now.

  1. Allergy-friendly Claims

While it has become commonplace to see gluten-free labels on grocery store shelves, companies are realizing that consumers want more at-a-glance information beyond this.

One of the biggest things customers want to see is allergen-friendly labelling. In general, people who are gluten-free tend to be much more selective of the foods they eat, and research has shown that consumers prefer brands that are both gluten-free and allergen-conscious.

  1. Ready-to-Eat Expansion

Even as recently as five years ago, the selection of gluten-free foods in a supermarket was limited at best. In the last few years, however, the quantity and quality of these options have exploded in growth. Brands are continuing to expand their offerings and focusing specifically on prepackaged, ready-to-eat categories such as frozen foods and grab-and-go snacks.

In this same vein, retailers that choose to dedicate specific shelf space to gluten-free offerings, including basic, staple foods, would likely see a serious uptick in business because this is something consumers are vocal about wanting.

  1. Going Local

A recent trend in all areas of retail is to “shop small” at local retailers instead of big box stores. Consumers who are gluten-conscious often cannot find the things they need in local businesses, however.

The “shop small” trend shows no signs of slowing, so small business owners should consider expanding their gluten-free offerings to capitalize on this.

  1. More Restaurant Options

Some restaurants have become more vocal about offering gluten-free menu items, but this is a major trend that businesses can majorly benefit from. Consumers are significantly more likely to give return patronage to restaurants that accommodate not only gluten sensitivities but other allergens as well.

Polls have shown that many in the gluten-free community want to see better training around gluten and allergens in popular restaurants, so this is an easy area to work on.

Gluten-free is Ripe For Growth

There is plenty of room for innovation and expansion within the growing market of gluten-free and allergen-friendly products. Ultimately, consumers are looking for a broader range of affordable and great-tasting options that fit in with their lifestyle.

For an array of gluten-free groceries to choose from, visit us at Famous Foods.

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