Rejuvenation is the essence of spring, and the season is a great time to detox your diet. After a winter of semi-hibernation and comfort food, your body needs some spring cleaning. A healthy diet will naturally reboot your liver and digestive system’s ability to remove toxins. Curbing or halting your intake of sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fats while consuming meals of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats will deliver the energy-boosting results that you seek.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables With Every Meal
Just as herbivores relish the fresh shoots of spring, you need to centre your diet around fruits and vegetables. Their nutrient density and fibre supply your body with the tools to repair cells. Add fruit to your cereal in the morning. Choose a salad instead of a sandwich at lunch. Make sure that your dinner includes vegetable side dishes.
Cut Down on Sugar
Reducing your sugar consumption will make you feel better. Your body will stop dumping excess insulin into your bloodstream that inflames your arteries and strains your heart over time. In addition to eliminating obvious sugar bombs like soft drinks, sports drinks, and cookies, check labels on cereal, yogurt, and granola bars. Their sugar content can vary wildly. You’ll want to choose low-sugar products.
Improve Gut Health With the 3 Ps
The 3 Ps stand for pulses, prunes, and pears. Pulses are beans, chickpeas, peas, and lentils. Regular consumption of pulses strengthens gut tissues and counteracts gut diseases like irritable bowel syndrome. Prunes nourish good bacteria. Finally, pears possess prebiotic fibre that also helps beneficial bacteria to flourish.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
This may not be popular advice, but your body will appreciate your temperance. Alcohol dehydrates you, which stresses your body. Drinking also makes you more vulnerable to the temptation to eat junk food.
Eat Healthier Fats
Partially hydrogenated fats can increase levels of bad cholesterol. You’ll see this type of fat in many processed foods. You’ll want to avoid those. When you’re cooking or making salad dressing, use healthier monounsaturated fats like olive oil, sesame oil, or peanut oil. Nuts, seeds, and avocados contain this healthy fat as well.
Take the opportunity this spring to detox your diet by shopping at Famous Foods. We’re an ideal place to find healthy foods, including organic produce.
More time at home means more time for meal planning and preparation. And with spring’s arrival many people are inspired to cook lighter, healthier fare. Famous Foods carries a variety of fresh and organic produce and other ingredients that can help you create nutrient-rich and satisfying meals for your family. Here are three recipes to try:
Superfoods are extremely nutrient-dense and can help keep your body in top form.
This salad includes powerhouse ingredients such as fresh ginger, chopped garlic, parsley, lemon, kale and celery. While ginger and lemon have long been touted for their immune-boosting properties, kale is a great source of fibre, protein, iron and magnesium, and parsley contains important vitamins A, K and C.
This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, however meat-, fish- and cheese-lovers can add chicken, tuna, chickpeas or goat cheese.
In it, you’ll find an array of hearty veggies including artichoke hearts, avocado, asparagus, cucumbers and radishes, as well as refreshing herbs dill and mint.
Artichoke hearts are low in calories but high in vitamin C, fiber, folate and magnesium. Radishes are packed with antioxidants, and asparagus is a great source of vitamins A, C, E and K.
Not a fan of leafy greens? This unique recipe combines broccoli, red grapes sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and red onion with decadent cheddar cubes and bacon crumbles (yum!).
Broccoli and sunflower seeds are both sources of vitamins A, B6, C and E while cranberries contain antioxidants. If you want to add more nutrient density, you can slice in bell peppers or toss in chickpeas for an extra boost.
Famous Foods is here to supply customers with the ingredients they need to make healthful meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Please check our website regularly for udpates on business hours and services.
Social distancing may have put a damper on the community Easter egg hunt that was planned this year, but you can still get creative by organizing a fun event in your front yard, backyard or your home’s interior.
And if you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar consumption in your household it is still possible to organize an Easter egg hunt your kids will love.
Here are a few ideas.
Purchase fillable plastic eggs online and stuff them with healthful snacks that you can buy in bulk from Famous Foods. Kids love real fruit gummies, raisins, pretzels or trail mix. Cocoa nibs, nuts, seeds and dried fruit such as mango, apple, pear and apricots are also great options.
If you have children who are old enough, you can put all of that loose change you’ve collected to good use. Hide coins in the yard or around the house and let them scavenge to collect it all. You can even hide one or two paper money prizes in tricky locations to make it more fun.
Keep the kids occupied long after Easter is over by filling plastic eggs with colourful sidewalk chalk. You can also give your children an Easter basket filled with games such as a deck of cards and a jump rope.
Fill plastic eggs with crayons, pouches of beads and string or elastic cord, and after the egg hunt is over, everyone can pool their crafting goodies to make something fun.
Remember that you can mix and match any of the ideas above, especially if you have children of varying ages that want to participate. of Famous Foods is here to help you organize a fun and memorable Easter celebration. Visit our bulk section for an array of items to include in your Easter egg hunt. Be sure to stay up-to-date on our store hours by visiting our website.
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