As the days grow shorter and colder, it is extremely common to feel the effects of seasonal depression. One of the best ways to stave off the November blues is by adding specific foods to your diet.
Below are five delicious, mood-boosting items to enjoy this fall and winter.
Believe it or not, there is scientific research supporting the mood-boosting effects of drinking a bit of chocolate every day.
Not only is this a warm and comforting treat, but cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols that can have a positive effect on your mood. A dose of polyphenol-rich chocolate has been shown to help people feel calmer and happier.
You’ve likely heard the buzz surrounding probiotics and gut health. But did you know that researchers believe that when your gut is flourishing, your mood will improve too?
Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and kimchi can provide you with a large helping of probiotics.
Incorporating more fish into your diet can benefit you in a number of ways. Fish is packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, folates and other important vitamins and minerals that support your mental and physical well-being.
Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important for brain health, and science has shown that adding fish such as salmon, albacore, tuna and anchovy to your diet can reduce your risk of depression.
Chances are good that you’re not getting enough fresh fruit in your diet. Health Canada recommends eating roughly two cups of fruit per day, and it’s best to vary the types you consume.
Not only can fruit be a great way to satisfy a craving for sweets, but berries and bananas in particular are full of vitamins and nutrients that are known to lower your risk for depression.
Low-carb may be a diet trend right now, but eating the right kinds of carbs can actually help your mood. When you eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes and vegetables, your body can better produce mood-boosting brain chemicals like serotonin and tryptophan.
Complex carbs are also digested more slowly than simple carbs, which stabilizes your blood sugar and energy levels.
Beat the Blues With Your Food
Eating the right kinds of foods this November can help you to feel happier and more positive even if the days are dark and cold. Stop by Famous Foods to stock up on these essentials!
Many people enjoy sweet and salty snacks. Pairing these distinct flavours will keep your taste buds trick or treating this Halloween season. Famous Foods has many wholesome foods and specialty ingredients for your party snacks. Visit our store in Vancouver and stock your pantry with everything you need to prepare sweet and salty Halloween treats.
We stock bulk popcorn, including organic choices, at great value. Popcorn forms the base for popular sweet and salty goodies, like maple-nut popcorn. After popping and salting the corn, stir in some nuts and drizzle with maple syrup.
Pretzel Twists and Sticks
Pretzels provide salty infrastructure for countless Halloween snack recipes including “lucky black cat treats”. Cover the pretzel with chocolate and decorate it with candies to create a cat face. Pretzel sticks work wonderfully to make witch broom handles in other treat recipes.
We have any type of chocolate chip that you might need for your Halloween recipes. Melt white chocolate chips to blanket mummies in smooth and sweet wrappings. Prepare luscious brownies with bittersweet chocolate. Use mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Count on us for other specialty chips, like carob, peanut butter and dark chocolate.
Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas as they are also known, roast into crunchy snacks. You can flavour them with salt and your preferred sweeteners like maple syrup or vanilla sugar. Spice them up if you like with our bulk Cajun seasoning or ground cinnamon.
Our bulk section has nuts suitable for many Halloween treats. Choose from almonds, peanuts, filberts, cashews, pistachios and more. Salted nuts coated or drizzled with dark or white chocolate are easy to make and certain to please party guests.
We stock over a dozen trail mixes. Blends of nuts, dried fruit, candies, chips and crackers provide an off-the-shelf solution for a quick party snack. Choose the mixes with the salty and sweet ingredients that you like best.
Shop the bulk foods section at Famous Foods for everything on your Halloween snack list.
In addition to the wholesome quality and flavour of organic foods, consuming them reduces your exposure to harmful pesticides. When you seek out organic options, you support a food system that does not rely on chemicals known to damage the environment. Here are 5 scary facts about pesticides to keep you motivated to play your part in discouraging pesticide pollution.
Safety Studies Have Limited Scope
Scientists tasked with determining the safety of pesticides only study chemicals in isolation. They fail to consider that the pesticides will be part of a chemical cocktail that often increases toxicity. As a result, safety studies cannot provide a realistic report on the effects of a pesticide. Pesticide manufacturers tend to sponsor most of the safety research, which casts more doubt on the thoroughness of their conclusions.
Globally, farmers apply billions of pounds of pesticides on their crops every year. The Royal Society of Medicine reported that only 1% of pesticides actually act upon targeted pests. The rest drifts throughout the environment into people’s homes and yards and bodies of water.
Pesticides Linked to ADHD and Autism
According to the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the class of pesticides known as organophosphates appear to increase rates of ADHD among children. Pregnant women exposed to endosulfan, widely used on fruits and vegetables, faced an increased risk of bearing autistic children.
Pesticides Linked to Childhood Leukemia
The Sierra Club Canada warns that children living where pesticides are used in their yards or inside their houses had six times the risk of developing leukemia.
Pesticides Cannot Be Completely Washed Off
Although it’s important to wash your produce, you cannot succeed completely in scrubbing away harmful pesticide residues. Pesticides can penetrate beyond the surface of fruits and vegetables. Repeated applications of chemicals throughout the growing cycle can inject the pesticides throughout a plant’s system. The plant, as it draws in water and nutrients, will pick up the chemicals and incorporate them throughout the plant body or fruit. Popular fruits like apples, strawberries, bell peppers, and peaches frequently experience systemic contamination.
The produce buyers at Famous Foods work hard to include high-quality organic fruits and vegetables to provide you with the healthiest choices in Vancouver.
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