Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope you all had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. And for those of you who don’t celebrate Labor Day…well, happy Monday 😉 If there is such a thing…
I want to kick off today’s Mish Mosh with some links I found today. One of the most interesting things I read was about a process called hormesis. You know the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? I definitely think that can apply to many areas of life – I mean, we couldn’t appreciate success without a little bit of failure mixed in there somewhere, right? Although I’ll be the first to admit that failure doesn’t exactly feel good 😉 Anyway, back to the topic at hand! I came across this article which talks about this issue in terms of nutrients for the body.
The article talks about a bunch of interesting – and possibly controversial – ideas, such as exposing our cells to stress to actually reduce the effects of aging – crazy! It also mentions the idea of calorie restriction with a diet high in omega-3 fats in order to live longer (?!?!?!) and secondly, eating according to our nutritional types. I thought these last two issues would be most relevant for discussion here – if you’re interested, check out the article and let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section!
This next link is more of a “FYI” for those of us who are always trying to make sure we are drinking enough water. Instead of getting caught up in drinking fluid, the article goes into detail about ways to eat fluids to stay hydrated.
Quick fact: did you know that on average, food “provides 20 percent of the fluid we need – and far more if you choose water-rich fare”? Pretty snazzy!
But perhaps my favorite part of the article is the paragraph that discusses the caffeine issue. It has long been rumored that caffeine is a source of dehydration but, according to this article, “the Institute of Medicine reports caffeinated beverages contribute to our daily water needs as much as noncaffeinated drinks.” I know this is just one article’s perspective, but I’m sold 😉 Anything for my Coffee Cocoa!!
Finally, I want to share something new I found at Whole Foods that is very tasty!
These Organic Just Fruit Munchies came highly recommended by my cousin Lisa. While they are on the pricey side – a 3 oz. tub is roughly $5.50! – they do last a while and I decided that I had to try them at least just this once per her recommendation I looked up the company online and came up with Just-Good-Stuff. The company makes a lot of different tubs – from Just Apples or Just Bananas to Just Veggies and Just Carrots…you get the idea! Freeze dried fruits and veggies galore!
Obviously, I took this picture after trying some 😉 But I couldn’t contain myself – they are really good! This version has freeze dried apples, raisins, blueberries, sour cherries, mango, pineapple and raspberries. They taste great over oatmeal or mixed in with cereal and a little almond milk, or simply by the handful, as I clearly demonstrate here:
Each 1 oz. serving has 100 calories and is nutritionally equivalent to eating real fruit. I definitely can see myself buying a container again as a special occasion treat. I am also very curious as to how the veggies might taste?!
Has anyone else had these or any of the other versions before?
I hope everyone has a great night and a Terrific Tuesday