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5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-09-03 | no comments

Whether back to school means virtual classes or packing a lunch for a busy day away from home, you have no shortage of healthy lunch ideas to choose from. Avoid those midafternoon slumps with these nutritious lunches.

1. Hummus Pita With Veggies

No one regrets having a package of pita bread on hand. Take one out, slice it in half, and you have two pockets for making a sandwich that you can eat. Fill each pita half with about 1/4 cup hummus and stuff in some alfalfa sprouts, diced tomatoes and cucumber slices.

2. Toaster Oven Tortilla Pizza

Whether you are a student preparing your meals in your dorm room or a parent homeschooling your kids, a toaster oven will be your best friend for this next easy pizza recipe.  Spread some tomato sauce on a tortilla and season it with garlic powder, basil and oregano. Cover with mozzarella and any lunch meat or vegetables that are hanging out in the refrigerator. Slide into the toaster oven until cheese is melted.

3. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad

Yes, bacon can be part of healthy lunch ideas! Bacon is easy to cook ahead of time and keep on hand in the refrigerator. This salad brings together the crunchy satisfaction of the BLT sandwich but without the bread, making it a great gluten-free option. Chop the lettuce of your choice and cover with diced tomatoes and crumbled bacon. Drizzle with mayonnaise and start eating. Add avocado slices for extra nutrition.

4. Hard-boiled Eggs With String Cheese and Carrot Sticks

Meal prepping hard-boiled eggs on the weekend places high-protein snacks at your fingertips throughout the school week. Pair a hard-boiled egg with some string cheese and carrot sticks for a lunch that is easy to transport between classes.

5. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Use whole-wheat bread to increase your intake of fiber, magnesium and zinc and choose your preferred white or yellow cheese. Slice some tomatoes, which provide vitamin C, B vitamins and iron. Assemble the sandwiches by placing slices of cheese on both sides of the tomato in the sandwich and grill up to perfection.

At Famous Foods, you can stock up on the fresh produce, fine cheeses, ethically sourced meats, over 1,000 bulk foods and bakery items that you need for back to school lunches. Visit our store in Vancouver today, for all your ingredients!

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5 Health benefits of seafood

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-08-21 | no comments

Incorporating more seafood into your diet is one of the best ways to ensure healthy eating when consuming many of your meals. Salmon, shellfish and other creatures of the sea are known to contain rich amounts of certain vitamins and nutrients that are lacking in many other foods. By eating more seafood, you can enjoy these five great health benefits.

1. Reduced Inflammation

The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in salmon, herring and other types of fish can help reduce inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation that’s caused by an injury or illness can leave you feeling more pain, and eating fish that’s plentiful in these acids can offer you relief. The reduction in inflammation may also help your body heal faster.

2. Lowers the Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

Consuming more food from the sea in your diet may help decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce heart disease risks and may prevent a heart attack. The chances of experiencing a stroke also lower when more fish is consumed.

3. Better Brain Health

Healthy eating is also linked to better brain health, and consuming more fish is a great way to boost your brain functioning. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in fish is crucial for better brain development. Pregnant women can help their growing babies’ brains develop better by eating more sardines and trout that are high in DHA but low in mercury.

4. Better Eye Health

The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that fish and other seafood contain can help you maintain a better vision for the long term. The part of the retina that extends to the back of the eye can become stronger when more food from the sea is eaten. The condition known as dry eye can also be prevented by eating more of this type of food.

5. Decreased Depression and other Mental Health Problems

In addition to your physical health, eating more seafood is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. The omega-3 fatty acids can help combat many of the effects of depression. This food may further help reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and general unease by increasing your energy levels and helping you stay motivated.

Seafood can work wonders for your health when you make it a regular part of your diet. Famous Foods carries great quality fish that is both wild caught and sustainably sourced. Learn more by visiting www.famousfoods.ca.

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4 Helpful Tips for Grocery Shopping

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-08-06 | no comments

Getting your food and household products from the grocery store doesn’t always have to be such a hassle. You can simplify your shopping and make your time at the store easier and more enjoyable by being smart with how you shop. Here are four tips that can help you while grocery shopping.

1. Use a Grocery List App

It is often difficult to read a grocery list that is written with bad handwriting on a crinkled, torn or wet piece of paper. A grocery store app can save you from this trouble by allowing you to write and view your grocery list digitally. The app can be downloaded to your mobile phone and show your list whenever you want to access it. Some apps let you organize foods on your list by category and even help you organize food and ingredients for recipes that are part of your meal plan.

2. Bring Your Own Grocery Bags

You can do some good for the environment by bringing your own reusable grocery store bags to our Vancouver grocery store instead of using plastic bags. Plus, you won’t have to worry about throwing away or recycling the disposable bags from the store if you use reusable bags from home. Some stores may even give you a small discount on your groceries if you bring your own bags.

3. Avoid Shopping When Hungry

Doing your grocery shopping on an empty stomach may cause you to buy more food than you need. The sights and smells of certain foods could cause you to make impulse purchases on items that aren’t on your list. You might also be tempted to buy sweets and other treats that aren’t as healthy for you if you shop while hungry.

4. Buy Fresh and Frozen Foods Last

If you plan to spend an extended amount of time in the store, you will want to buy your fresh and frozen foods last so that they don’t start to spoil or thaw too soon. Meat, dairy products and produce can lose their freshness quickly if they get too warm. Frozen meals that start to thaw because they’re outside of a freezer for a prolonged period often don’t cook or microwave as well and can lose their quality.

Famous Foods is a Vancouver grocery store where you can try out some of these tips the next time that you go grocery shopping. To learn more about the selections that Famous Foods offers, please visit www.famousfoods.ca.

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