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Top Health Trends for 2020

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-01-20 | no comments

The new year is here, and with that comes a chance to make better health choices in your life. Stay on the cutting edge of healthy with these top health and wellness trends.

Technology Can Improve Our Health

The more we rely on technology in our daily lives, the more we hear about the negative effects it seems to have on our bodies. When used correctly, there is a lot of technology out there right now, and plenty more on the horizon, that could potentially help us live healthier lives. Of these, virtual reality (VR) is one of the most exciting. While still in the early stages, there are already training programs that incorporate VR aspects into their mix. It is also possible to take courses and programs via VR programs in some cases.

CBD Will Continue to Grow

As people realize there are benefits associated with a more natural way of living, they will be turning to CBD and CBD-infused products even more. It’s already pretty common to see CBD-infused products in all sorts of shops and varieties. In 2020 and beyond, we will see a much greater emphasis on not only CBD but on many of the other cannabinoids found within the hemp plant as well.

Intuitive Eating

2020 is not only a new year, but a new decade which offers potential for exciting change in a number of areas. Already, we hear the word “revolution” being used for everything from politics to bedspreads. Adding to our revolutions in 2020 is the dieting revolution dubbed “intuitive eating”. Created by two dieticians in the 1990s, intuitive eating is a way to ditch the diet mentality we have all been ingrained with and focus on what our bodies are telling us about what we eat.

Protein from Plant-Based Sources

With the introduction of more plant-based protein products, similar to Beyond and Impossible brands, there is going to be a trend towards more plant-based protein diets. More than just a marketing trend, eating a plant-based protein diet is better for the environment and improves the welfare of living creatures around the world.

Famous Foods carries a number of whole foods and organic items that can support your health and wellness endeavours in 2020. We look forward to seeing you more often in 2020!

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5 Ingredients to Cook With in 2020

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-01-06 | no comments

If you want to save money and eat more healthfully in 2020, look no further than your local grocer’s bulk section. Here are five ingredients to inspire your cuisine in the new year.

  1. Barberries

Wild barberries grow in temperate and subtropical regions around the world. These berries are packed with vitamin C and have strong sour taste. They are a staple in Persian recipes such as Barberry Rice and can add flavour to chicken dishes.

  1. Quinoa

Seeds are a great item to purchase in bulk thanks to their long shelf life, their many health benefits, and their wide variety of uses. A seed that has been gaining more and more popularity over the years is quinoa. Quinoa is a complete protein, is readily available and can be used in place of heavy carbs in many dishes or as topping on soups, salads, and food bowls.

  1. Kokum

Kokum is small, round tree fruit which is dried and sold in many bulk sections. It is spicy and often used in Indian dishes to add flavour. The ingredient has a sweet yet acidic taste that works especially well in coconut-milk based recipes.

  1. Lemon Pepper

Are you looking for a new flavour to try in 2020? Lemon pepper mixes lemon zest and cracked black pepper and can add “zing” to dressings, chicken dishes, seafood and soups.

  1. Chickpeas

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, add a rich, hearty flavour to soups, stews, salads and pastas. Originating in the Middle East, they are one of the first known cultivated legumes and are a great source of minerals and fibre. They have also been known to help with weight-management and improve digestion.

For a list of the grains, seeds, and spices we carry, please visit our website.

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How to Stay on a Keto Diet This Christmas

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-12-20 | no comments

The ketogenic diet restricts carbohydrates to roughly 10 per cent of daily calories and focuses on consuming protein and fat to launch the body into a fat-burning state called ketosis. Like most diets, Keto presents significant challenges during the holidays. Christmas tables laden with starchy vegetables, breads, alcohol and desserts could undermine a keto dieter’s regimen with a single course of food. The right strategy, however, can help you stay compliant with your keto diet. Here are some tips.

Choose Appetizers Carefully

Crackers form the base for many appetizer choices, but they are almost pure carbohydrates. Select instead olives, cheeses, sliced meats or shrimp.

Eat the Meat

Keto dieters can fill their plates with meat at a holiday meal featuring turkey, pork roast or prime rib. A holiday ham might work, but the sweet glaze should be cut away. People need to avoid gravies thickened with flour or cornstarch because of the carbohydrates.

Choose Green Leafy Vegetables

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and spinach represent ideal vegetable choices. They are packed with nutrients and low in carbohydrates. Keto dieters will need to skip popular holiday vegetables, like green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes. They contain too many carbohydrates. When you’re on the Keto diet, a single cup of mashed potatoes might contain a full daily allowance of carbohydrates.

Use Butter or Olive Oil

Many gravies, salad dressings and sauces contain carbohydrates that would quickly undermine a keto plan. Butter and olive oil, however, are pure fat and provide plenty of flavour to both meat and vegetables.

Dessert

Pie and cake will be off the keto dieter’s menu, but slices of fruit and nuts offer tasty alternatives.

Individuals concerned about maintaining their keto diets over the holidays should bring a dish that they can eat to a gathering. Famous Foods in Vancouver stocks many healthy foods and has a department devoted to ethically sourced meats and seafood.

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