Reducing your food packaging waste can be tricky, especially if the majority of the products you use, have plastic packaging. Statistics Canada reports that a vast majority of Canadian households use at least one recycling program that dispose of glass, plastic, and paper waste. If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly way to save money and still eat well, we may have a solution for you! Welcome to buying in bulk at Famous Foods! When you buy in bulk, keep in mind that you can help the environment and save some money in the following ways:
With the ability to try out small quantities of new products, you can have fun trying different foods, herbs and spices. Check out our bulk food aisle at Famous Foods to see what you can add to your menu this week.
As summer temperatures soar, you have to work harder to stay hydrated. Your body needs to maintain a healthy fluid balance to carry oxygen to the cells, regulate its temperature and eliminate wastes and toxins. You can quench your thirst during the worst heat waves with plain water, or you can mix it up a bit with some fun, flavourful alternatives.
Revitalizing with Juicy Fruits and Veggies
Seasonal fruits and vegetables can be excellent thirst-quenchers, and they contain critical nutrients and fibre. Some steamy weather must-tries include:
This humble veggie has more water than any other food and is a great source of iron, vitamin K and vitamin B6. Add chunks to a salad, eat a few slices or blend cucumber with yogurt and dill for a refreshing summer dip. You can also slice a cucumber and add it to your water with mint sprigs for an icy cool drink.
While dark, leafy greens tend to get the most attention when it comes to nutrient-dense leaves, lettuces such as green leaf, romaine, butterhead and even iceberg are refreshingly light and hydrating. Pile your salad plate high, or use lettuce leaves in place of wraps and buns to cool down your summer cookout.
“Water” is right in the name of this luscious summer mainstay, but the fluid content of watermelon is only part of the reason watermelon is a great summer rehydrator. It is a great source of magnesium, salt, potassium and calcium, which your body must replace especially after heavy sweating. Eat watermelon straight, or mix it up with cantaloupe and strawberries for a sweet summery fruit salad.
Picking just one fruit or veggie to keep hydrated can be tough, so consider juicing your favorites or whirling several together for a flavorful, fiber-rich smoothie.
After a workout or time in the sun, you might be thirsty. Quench that thirst with water, or reach for something a little more revitalizing. Some great alternatives to tap water include:
The sweet, tropical taste of coconut water puts this drink light years ahead of plain water, but unlike fruit-flavoured sports drinks, coconut water is low in carbohydrates. Thanks to its high potassium content, it can even help rehydrate you after light sweating. Add citrus slices for an extra burst of freshness.
While tea gets a bad rap sometimes due to its caffeine content, it can hydrate you just as well as water. Black, white and green teas are all packed with antioxidant power, and herbal teas can be just as refreshing. Toss a few berries, mint sprigs or citrus slices in your brew for extra flavour.
Aloe Vera Juice
You might be more familiar with the idea of treating sunburned skin with aloe vera, but the invigoratingly sour juice of this prickly succulent is packed with immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory nutrients, including vitamins B, C and E, and can just as effectively quench your thirst.
Take care of your body this summer, and don’t forget to keep hydrated. All of the products we mentioned above can be found at Famous Foods, drop in and stock up!
Do you know how far your food traveled before it got to your plate? To protect the environment, and to support Canadian grown foods, people are choosing to buy local and in-season. Getting the best local produce is easy when you know the seasons of your favorite foods. Preparing your meal plan by season also ensures you’re getting the best quality, best-tasting, and most nutritious food year-round. Here’s what’s available in the South West of BC this summer.
While many greens prefer the cooler weather of spring, you can still find plenty of fresh options for more heat-tolerant varieties. This includes spinach, kale and Swiss chard amongst more traditional head and leaf lettuces. Greens of all kinds are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, they also contain antioxidants that can help fight off disease and reduce inflammation in the body. In most cases, the darker the green, the more nutritious the food, so try branching out from standard iceberg lettuce for your next salad. Instead, try options like kale, spinach and mixed salad blends with dark leafy greens.
Root vegetables start to make their appearance in the market by late June, early July. These veggies include carrots, beets, radishes, rutabagas and parsnips. Many more types of vegetables are now available, including new heirloom varieties with better taste and a wide range of colors. More color and variety means a more diverse range of nutrition – look out for purple, yellow, and even red carrots!
Vegetables Do More Than Taste Great
While many vegetables will ripen later in the summer and into early fall, summer marks the start of earlier varieties of your favorites hitting the market. Cucumbers are great on their own or in salads and help boost immunity. Different varieties of flavonoid-rich eggplants can also be found that can help lower your risks of heart disease. Don’t forget the many types and colours of carotenoid-filled peppers to help protect against chronic diseases. Choose a few chili peppers as well for additional health benefits from their capsaicin, which can improve digestion.
Fruits of Summer
Not to be left out are the many fruits that start to ripen as Mother Nature turns up the thermostat. Local, fresh fruits and berries like apricots, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, cherries, melons and strawberries are such a treat. These fruits go great on homemade ice cream, or made into fresh-baked pies or preserves. Have fun this summer with our local bounty, and improve your nutrition at the same time!