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5 Morning Rituals That Can Change Your Life

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-04-03 | no comments

Whether you’re a “morning person” or not, how you begin the day can set you up for either success or failure. It’s often the small things that can make or break your day. To ensure you’re starting it off right, here are five morning rituals that may truly change your life.

  1. Write a task list.

This doesn’t have to be a lengthy to-do list. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Every morning, take a few minutes to decide on three to five important tasks that you want to complete that day. This will help you feel more focused and energized, and it can also keep you from overloading yourself.

  1. Nourish your body.

Not everyone likes to eat in the mornings, but that doesn’t mean you should skip nourishing yourself. If you enjoy eating breakfast, be sure that it is well-balanced and full of foods that will give you steady energy to get throughout the day.

If you don’t enjoy eating early, consider making a small smoothie packed with greens and vitamins to help you feel awake and alert.

  1. Get up and get moving.

For some people, a morning workout is the perfect way to start the day. However, even if you don’t want to sweat it out first thing, you should consider adding low-impact movement into your routine.

Simple yoga stretches, tai chi poses and active breathing exercises are all great ways to transition your body and mind into wakefulness and help improve your mood.

  1. Curate a morning playlist.

Instead of turning on the news, turn on a playlist that will make you feel energized and ready to take on the day. Music has a lot of influence over mood, so starting the day with upbeat and energetic songs can help you feel more awake and happy.

  1. Wake with your circadian rhythm.

This isn’t always feasible for everyone, but timing your morning alarm to go off when you’re in your lightest stage of sleep can help tremendously when it comes to feeling refreshed.

There are free and paid apps for your smartphone that can intelligently predict when to wake you up within a certain time frame, and they can even give you tips on how to improve your sleep so that you feel better when you wake.

Simple Rituals Can Have a Ripple Effect

Remember that it’s often the little habits you cultivate that lead to the biggest changes in life, so implementing these morning rituals can have a big effect.

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3 Great Springtime Smoothie Recipes

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-03-20 | no comments

Are you having trouble meeting your daily fruit and veggie quota? Smoothies are an easy way to pump up the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet. They are powerhouses packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Whether you want to cleanse, increase nutrients, reduce calorie-intake or just try something new, you can begin by exploring the diverse world of smoothies with these recipes. Feel free to switch out the ingredients and make them your own!

Creamy Ginger Green Smoothie

This drink has tummy-soothing ginger, leafy greens, and protein supplied by tahini. The smoothie includes filling avocado and banana, and dates deliver sweetness.

10 or 12 leaves organic spinach

250 mL (1 cup) filtered water

1/2 avocado

1 medium banana

15 mL (1 tablespoon) tahini

2 pitted dates

15 mL (1 tablespoon) fresh ginger root, chopped

Juice of 1 Meyer lemon

Add everything to an electric blender and mix until creamy. On warm days, ice may be included if desired. To increase protein content, you can add a scoop of your preferred protein powder.

Skinny Pineapple Smoothie

You only need a handful of foods on hand to whip up this satisfying drink. The pineapple serves as a natural sweetener for the smoothie. If you want to make a non-dairy version, you can replace the yogurt with more coconut milk.

250 mL (1 cup) frozen pineapple chunks

1/2 medium banana

125 mL (1/2 cup) crushed ice

125 mL (1/2 cup) vanilla yogurt

375 mL (1-1/2 cups) skim milk OR coconut milk

Use a blender to puree pineapple, banana, ice, and yogurt (if using). Start to blend in 250 mL of milk or coconut milk and then check the smoothie’s consistency. If you want a thinner smoothie, add up to another 125 mL of liquid.

Tropical Carrot Smoothie

Carrots are full of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. This smoothie couples the carrots with goji berries to boost the immune system. Goji berries provide trace minerals, and the hemp seeds are an excellent plant-based source of omega fatty acids and protein.

125 g chopped carrots

125 g chopped pineapple

1 pear, chopped

30 mL (2 tablespoons) goji berries

30 mL (2 tablespoons) hemp seeds

250 mL (1 cup) water

250 mL (1 cup) ice

After chopping fruit and vegetables, add all ingredients to the blender. Process ingredients until you achieve a drinkable consistency. You might need to pulse the blender a few times to make sure the seeds get ground up.

From fresh, organic produce to bulk goods, Famous Foods carries everything you need to make healthful and hearty smoothies.

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The Pros and Cons of a Vegan Diet

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-03-06 | no comments

A vegan diet relies solely on plant-based foods. Unlike basic vegetarianism, veganism excludes dairy and eggs as well as other animal products like honey or gelatin. Although eating vegan requires attention to detail when selecting foods, many health benefits arise from the complete elimination of animal products.

People also frequently choose vegan diets because of concerns about animal welfare and environmental problems caused by some agricultural practices. Despite the positive aspects of the vegan lifestyle, you’ll need to adjust to nutritional and social challenges to avoid the disadvantages of the vegan diet.

Pros of the Vegan Diet

By consuming more fruits and vegetables, you’ll greatly increase your intake of most vitamins and antioxidants. An antioxidant-rich diet helps combat free radicals which attack your cells.

As a vegan, you’ll likely realize improvements in health, which may include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and weight loss. Research has shown that those who follow vegan diets have a reduced risk for some cancers and cardiovascular disease.

The availability of plant-based proteins and other vegan foods is increasing due to demand. You’ll find fresh produce and vegan options at Famous Foods that will make it easy and enjoyable to maintain your vegan diet.

If you are environmentally and ethically minded, following a vegan diet could align well with your values. Removing meat from your diet could help lessen your environmental footprint and help promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Cons of the Vegan Diet

As a vegan, you could suffer from nutritional deficiencies unless great care is taken to acquire all necessary vitamins and minerals. Supplementation with vitamin B12 will likely be necessary. Fatigue, weakness, and constipation may arise from a lack of B12. Consuming enough calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and zinc might prove difficult as well. Advice from a physician or nutritionist should accompany your transition to a vegan diet.

You’ll likely encounter difficulty ordering food at some restaurants. Veganism could also limit your choices at family gatherings and other events.

Consuming enough protein might present a challenge. Without meat, cheese, yogurt or eggs, vegans must get their necessary protein from sources such as soy, beans, lentils, quinoa or amaranth.

The transition to a vegan diet could bring bloating or other digestive discomfort. Your body will need time to get used to digesting protein only from plant sources although the problems should resolve with time.

Ready to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle? Famous Foods offers a variety of vegan options, including the popular Beyond Meat Burger, that will help you achieve good nutrition and enjoy the health benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.

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