While coconut oil might not be the answer to all of life’s problems, it can certainly help with quite a few of them. Below are four ways that you can use coconut oil that just might surprise you.
You may know that coconut oil is a great remedy for dry skin and hair, but did you know that you can use it to cleanse your face as well?
The oil helps to break up and dissolve stubborn makeup residue, and you can wipe it off like cold cream. Those with dry skin get the added bonus of moisturization, but it can be followed up with your normal cleanser if you want to take the rest of the oil off.
If you like to DIY your hair colour, you’re probably familiar with the stains it can leave on your skin and clothing. Fortunately, you can prevent this with coconut oil.
To keep stains off of your skin, apply a little bit of coconut oil around your hairline and ears to act as a barrier to the dye. When you’re done, simply wipe away the oil with a damp washcloth.
Whether you prefer to apply it topically, ingest a spoonful as a supplement or use it while cooking, coconut oil has been shown to boost your metabolism, give you better skin, improve your cholesterol levels and speed up wound healing.
Vets also recommend it for dogs and cats too as it can help ease hairballs and itchy skin in some animals. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on anything new.
Instead of fussing with smelly wood and metal polishes, simply buff a little bit of coconut oil into your wood and metal furnishings to restore a glossy finish.
It works best to rub on a small amount with a soft cloth and then wait a few minutes before buffing it into the surface completely. Be sure that the surface you’re polishing is clean and dry beforehand.
The Versatility of Coconut Oil
The tips we listed above barely scratch the surface of everything you can do with this awesome oil. At Famous Foods, we carry a selection of different coconut oils, including organic, virgin, and refined. Grab a jar, and see how coconut oil can make your life better!
Because of this exponential market growth, there are emerging trends based on what this new target demographic is looking for. Below are four of the biggest, hottest trends in the industry right now.
While it has become commonplace to see gluten-free labels on grocery store shelves, companies are realizing that consumers want more at-a-glance information beyond this.
One of the biggest things customers want to see is allergen-friendly labelling. In general, people who are gluten-free tend to be much more selective of the foods they eat, and research has shown that consumers prefer brands that are both gluten-free and allergen-conscious.
Even as recently as five years ago, the selection of gluten-free foods in a supermarket was limited at best. In the last few years, however, the quantity and quality of these options have exploded in growth. Brands are continuing to expand their offerings and focusing specifically on prepackaged, ready-to-eat categories such as frozen foods and grab-and-go snacks.
In this same vein, retailers that choose to dedicate specific shelf space to gluten-free offerings, including basic, staple foods, would likely see a serious uptick in business because this is something consumers are vocal about wanting.
A recent trend in all areas of retail is to “shop small” at local retailers instead of big box stores. Consumers who are gluten-conscious often cannot find the things they need in local businesses, however.
The “shop small” trend shows no signs of slowing, so small business owners should consider expanding their gluten-free offerings to capitalize on this.
Some restaurants have become more vocal about offering gluten-free menu items, but this is a major trend that businesses can majorly benefit from. Consumers are significantly more likely to give return patronage to restaurants that accommodate not only gluten sensitivities but other allergens as well.
Polls have shown that many in the gluten-free community want to see better training around gluten and allergens in popular restaurants, so this is an easy area to work on.
Gluten-free is Ripe For Growth
There is plenty of room for innovation and expansion within the growing market of gluten-free and allergen-friendly products. Ultimately, consumers are looking for a broader range of affordable and great-tasting options that fit in with their lifestyle.
For an array of gluten-free groceries to choose from, visit us at Famous Foods.
As a consumer focused on healthy food, you might be terrified by the thought of pounds of sugar, artificial flavours, and hydrogenated oils coming and going from your home on Halloween. Fortunately, you can avoid possession by junk food demons with snacks from manufacturers devoted to natural ingredients. These companies make individually wrapped goodies that are safe and appropriate for passing out to neighbourhood kids. When shopping for healthy Halloween treats, remember to avoid products containing nuts, because some trick-or-treaters might have food allergies.
Kids will say they want candy bars, but they will happily eat fruit leather snacks. Look for fruit leathers with natural fruit flavourings and no added sugar.
These are the equivalent to the popular gummy worms or gummy bears. Kids will find them familiar except that you’ll be providing them with lower-sugar varieties that don’t contain artificial colours and flavours. Healthy gummy candies rely on the natural sugar already present in fruit.
Halloween is a holiday, and you don’t have to banish actual candy bars if you don’t want to. Alternatives exist to the brand name candy bars packed with preservatives and bad fats. You can find chocolatey goodies free of GMO ingredients or hydrogenated oils. Dark chocolate products in particular will deliver luxurious flavour and give you and the kids an extra serving of antioxidants.
You might be used to these as afternoon snacks or quick breakfasts, but most kids will welcome them in their Halloween bag. Organic and natural ingredient products are plentiful with crunchy combinations of fruit, whole grains, coconut, and sometimes chocolate. Just watch out for any bars with nuts if you’re passing them out to the public.
These have been the original healthy Halloween treat for generations. A little box of raisins, dried cherries, or dried cranberries will always deliver sweetness and nutrition.
From the staff at Famous Foods, we wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!
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