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5 Fabulous Ingredients to Add to Your Smoothie

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-03-25 | no comments

Smoothies are a convenient, healthy and nutritious snack or meal replacement that can be enjoyed at any time of day. They’re much quicker to make than a salad, but can include just as many, if not more, of the vitamins and nutrients. Here are five ingredients to add to your next smoothie concoction. Don’t be afraid to be creative and experiment with this!

  1. Spirulina

Spirulina is a vegetable similar to a form of blue-green algae that grows in both fresh and salt water. This little-known vegetable is packed with protein and vitamins including iron, as well as fatty acids and a host of other nutritional benefits.

  1. Dark and Leafy Greens

Fruits and berries are common ingredients in smoothie recipes but if you haven’t started adding dark and leafy greens to your drinks, now’s the time to start. They are packed with nutrients, iron and protein. Popular leafy greens to include in smoothies are kale and spinach, but creative smoothie drinkers have branched out to include items such beetroots and celery with the leaves attached.

  1. Cucumber

Another surprising addition to many smoothie recipes is cucumber. Cucumbers are primarily made up of water, so they have been known to help detoxify the digestive system and boost kidney and liver function. To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, be sure to leave the skins on when you include cucumber.

  1. Plain Greek Yogurt

It only takes one scoop of plain Greek yogurt to add extra health benefits to your smoothie recipes. Aside from adding a creamy texture, plain Greek yogurt has a host of health benefits. Among these are probiotics which have been known to improve digestive health.

  1. Hemp Seeds

The hemp plant has historically been a source of nutrition for societies across the globe. In recent years, hemp has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity among health buffs. Hemp seeds are readily available and contain a rich palette of nutritional benefits. Like other seeds and nuts, hemp seeds contain high amounts of protein and fiber. They also have antioxidant benefits that can help the health of joints, the heart, and skin.

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3 Irish Dishes to Make At Home This St. Patrick’s Day

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-03-16 | no comments

St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate the rich Irish culture and history with family and friends. Too often, simply cooking something green is enough to pass for festive during St. Patrick’s Day.

Imagine impressing your family and friends with authentic Irish dishes that look, smell, and taste amazing. Sure, this may seem like a pipe dream for those of us who are less than skilled in the kitchen. Luckily, there are a number of great and easy Irish dishes that anyone can make to impress this St. Patrick’s Day.

Soda Bread

Many cultures have their local variations on bread recipes. Soda bread is a classic Irish bread recipe that has been around for countless generations. This recipe is easy to tailor to your tastes and likes.

The thing that sets soda bread aside from other bread recipes is the lack of yeast. Instead, soda bread uses baking soda as the leavening agent that allows the bread to rise. Buttermilk is essential to any soda bread recipe as it contains acids that react with the baking soda.

Make a delicious soda bread just like Grandma with this delicious and easy to customize Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

For the main course of your Irish meal, try a traditional corned beef and cabbage recipe.

Corned beef is not a hybrid of corn and meat, but is actually a salt-cured meat that is common in multiple areas of the world. The term corned refers to the corns of salt that were traditionally used to treat the meat.

Famed food personality Tyler Florence has designed an easy to handle corned beef and cabbage recipe. Remember to start early and customize the spices to fit your taste pallets.

Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce

Finish your St. Patrick’s Day feast with a dessert that is sure to make mouths water. This apple cake has just the slightest bit of spice to it. Top it off with a homemade custard sauce for a dish your guests will surely talk about until next St. Patrick’s Day. Check out this traditional Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce recipe.

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3 Healthy Valentine’s Day Meal Recipes

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-02-13 | no comments

You don’t have to disregard your health to enjoy a delicious meal on Valentine’s Day. We suggest trying these healthy meal recipes as you plan your Valentine’s Day dinner for two.

  1. Maple Salmon

Salmon proves that great flavour and healthy nutrition can come in the same package. This popular fish provides important omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and B vitamins within a delicious serving of protein. Because Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate sweethearts, this recipe sweetens the meal with a maple syrup marinade. Even lovers with busy schedules can indulge in this Maple Salmon recipe because it only requires 10 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of cooking time.

  1. Coconut Thai Borscht

The brilliant red colour of this beet soup makes it a natural choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The folate and vitamin C within the beets boost its nutritional profile while providing hearty flavour on a winter evening. This Coconut Thai Borscht recipe gives traditional borscht a spicy Asian makeover with Thai red curry paste, garlic and chopped ginger. When you choose the vegetable broth option for this recipe, it qualifies as a vegan dish.

  1. Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin

Sheet pan recipes are popular because they don’t leave you with a bunch of dirty pans to wash, and pork tenderloin is lean, relatively affordable and tasty. This Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin Recipe pairs the pork with roasted cauliflower and kale to create a super nutritious meal to share with a loved one. You’ll need to plan ahead a bit to serve this healthy meal on Valentine’s Day. The pork needs to soak in a honey mustard marinade for at least eight hours. After that, the meat should cook within about 20 minutes. While the meat rests wrapped in foil, you then roast the vegetables on the same pan for 15 minutes.

When healthy foods are a priority for you, shop at Famous Foods in Vancouver. We have fresh produce and ethically sourced meat and seafood so that you can make these healthy meal recipes with the finest ingredients.