A healthy heart can promote a longer life so that you can spend many years with the ones you love. Why not take the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to cook with ingredients that promote cardiovascular health? These five ingredients are easy to incorporate into a Valentine’s Day meal, and into your daily diet after that.
Kale, spinach, cabbage, and collard greens are nutrient powerhouses that appear on just about any list of healthy foods. On top of supplying you with many vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, leafy green vegetables contain vitamin K. Your body uses vitamin K to maintain healthy arteries. You can go beyond salad with these vegetables because they are a great addition to stir-fry and soup recipes.
Because it’s Valentine’s Day, chocolate definitely has a place on our list of heart-healthy ingredients. Choose dark chocolate to increase your intake of antioxidants. Multiple studies have concluded that people who eat chocolate enjoy a reduced risk of heart disease.
These magenta berries match Valentine’s Day decor and possess a sweet and sour flavour worthy of your love. They are a good source of vitamin C and fiber, which both contribute to a heart-healthy diet. Raspberries make a wonderful addition to both salads and desserts.
For thousands of years, Mediterranean cultures have benefited from cooking with olive oil. Along with providing antioxidants, olive oil appears to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation helps your heart because chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease and cancer. For best results, choose extra virgin olive oil.
Mashed avocado can serve as a butter or egg substitute in some recipes. Although avocado is a fatty fruit, its fats are monounsaturated and considered a good ingredient if you are trying to lower your bad cholesterol. Look to avocados to combat chronic inflammation that can harden the walls of your arteries.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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