How Health-Conscious Mom Melissa Wessely Proves Tasty and Healthy Can Get Along In a Bar

SuperPop Snack Bar Contains Less Sugar Than an Apple. What!?

It’s the age-old problem for snack bar lovers. How can you enjoy these treats without feeling guilty about the ingredients? Well, now it’s possible thanks to Super Pop. This is a sumptuous snack bar, creamy, crispy and nutritious. Think of it as a healthy cookie that really tastes good.

The brainchild of health-conscious mother Melissa Wessely, the Super Pop snack bars proves tasty and healthy can get along. Melissa started this in her kitchen but has since become a business. Built on the motto of “snack powerfully”, Super Pop Snacks are butter bars with popped quinoa and 100% free from dairy, gluten, and soy.

Other ingredients include soy/dairy free chocolate, dried blueberries, organic coconut oil, organic pea protein, organic honey, flax meal and organic brown rice crisps. Popped quinoa is the key ingredient as it is a complete protein source and allows Super Pop to have less sugar than apples.

These snack bars are also egg free and have no preservatives and artificial sugars. Four flavors are currently available, almond chocolate, almond blueberry, peanut butter honey and peanut butter chocolate.  The tastes vary but during preparation, the nut butter always comes first. In addition, Super Pop Snack Bars contain only healthy fats and plant-based protein.

Unlike other so-called sugar-free bars, Super Pop is free of sugar alcohols such as erythritol, prebiotic fiber or tapioca fiber. These sugar alcohols lead to a spike in blood sugar levels which can be dangerous. Instead, Super Pop Snack Bars use only organic honey which is delicious and nutritious.

Super Pop Snack Bars are handmade and prepared in batches to ensure quality control. Unlike other snack bars, they are not subject to intensive processing. Combined with its healthy ingredients and you’ve got the ideal protein bar.

Check out their Kickstarter page here.

Here are other healthy eating ideas.

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Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food, but it’s also a time for a great beer. Here are the best beers you need to try at particular times at your Thanksgiving festivities:

Beers for the Early Afternoon

This is your starting beer, to go with the first appetizers and the first football game on TV. So try any of the following:

Beers with Dinner

Congratulations, as you’re still quite sober for the main event. Make sure you get a beer glass for any of the following beers:

  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales’s Cellar Door Saison. Beer experts will love its complexity, but it’s still smooth enough even for the pickiest eaters. It goes well with a wide range of dishes, and the highly carbonated drink cleanses your tongue to keep the food tasting fresh and delicious.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Indian Brown Ale. It’s a truly underrated beer, but you should be able to appreciate it this Thanksgiving. It starts with the malty caramel you get from a Scotch ale, and then it’s mixed with lots of American hops for an insistent bitterness that mixes pine and grapefruit notes.
  • Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter. Porters like Black Butte Porter come with a lighter roast that’s wonderfully balanced by a certain level of hop. A porter isn’t like a stout, which is generally a bit more bitter. This porter goes very well with dark meat turkey and other roasted and caramelized goodies. In other words, it seems custom-made for Thanksgiving.

Beers with Dessert

What’s Thanksgiving without dessert? Also, what’s a Thanksgiving dessert without the right beer? You can answer these philosophical questions (or at least try) with the right beers, such as the following:

  • Allagash Brewing Company’s Curieux. The Allagash Brewing Company is the most famous brewery in Portland, Maine, and they’ve been making their Curiex since 2004. It’s a very rich brew, and you can get hints of coconut, honey, pear, spice, and apples. There’s also a very slight note of bourbon, along with a bit of vanilla. Basically, you need this beer with your apple pie.
  • Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. Yep, it’s a strong beer with 9.7% ABV, but then it’s for dessert after all. Here you get notes of brown sugar with molasses, cherry, raisin, and plum.
  • Oskar Blues’s Ten Fidy. This imperial stout is released every November, and you get notes of roast, caramel, and rich chocolate that are perfect with dessert!

 

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Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena’s ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

Minimal Design Desk by Pasadena's ArtCenter Alumni Henner Jahns

The NIK Desk seems like a simple, common-looking desk at first glance but upon closer inspection, you’ll find that it has an array of clever features. These features are well-integrated into the desk’s basic frame and designed to increase your work productivity, as well as become a conversation piece in your office. The desk has a sophisticated design yet it’s relatively easy to set up and use.  

Every NIK Desk has standard features that make it a truly versatile work desk for students, professionals, and executives. The all-around metal frame has a strong, stable and sturdy quality to it and, in fact, it’s designed to withstand external impact.

The connections between parts are metal-to-metal, which adds to its sturdiness. The adjustable glides also contribute to its stable – no wobbling – quality.

The dock shelf’s primary use is for holding and charging tablets and smartphones. You can also use it as small shelves and/or as bookends.

You have easy access to its cable tray, too, which contains peripherals like power supplies and USB ports. The cable tray also keeps the wires organized, and it’s also adjustable to your varying cable needs. You can also use the detachable in-feed channel to keep your cables to a minimum.  

There are two small hooks that can be used for hanging your bags, keys and other objects. These are hidden underneath the desk so you can keep these things in a more discreet and out-of-the-way area.

The edges are designed with ergonomic use in mind. You can work on the NIK desk with your arms resting on its rounded bull-nose for many hours yet you won’t feel tired so fast.  There are also no hard edges on the table.

The tempered glass privacy screen acts as a shield against prying eyes without cutting you off completely. It’s one of the reasons the NIK desk can be configured for use as interconnected cubicles, of sorts.

The NIK desk comes shipped in a flat box and it can be assembled in 5 minutes or less.

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The Goods Mart – New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

The Good Mart - New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

Located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart is a convenience store for healthy snacks. Parents and millennials concerned with healthy eating are often dismayed when there’s really not much to choose from when they’re at a gas mart. You’ve got greasy pizza, gummies, and soda, none of which are even remotely healthy. The best you can hope for is to find beef jerky or nuts, which at best can be considered somewhat nutritious.

But now there’s The Goods Mart. Described as a lovechild between 7-Eleven and Whole Foods Market, this is the healthy convenience store that very few people even thought possible. Everyone knows that convenience store snacks are unhealthy, but The Goods Mart founder Rachel Krupa didn’t get that memo.

Here are the features that distinguish The Goods Mart from the competition:

  • It is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood in LA. This is a trendy spot for young well-off millennials, with a median age of 35 and an average household income greater than $68,000. The spot is even accessible to walking traffic, which you don’t really find in LA.
  • Like marts, it offers itself as an alternative to the grocery store for shoppers with no time to waste. Yet at the same time, its wares offer healthy snacks, which are items you don’t normally find in places like 7-Eleven. The décor in the store makes you feel like it’s a “normal” convenience shop, though the predominance of health alternatives can make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every single item in the mart will not contain health no-nos such as artificial flavors, sweeteners, and coloring. There will be no growth hormones or disruptors.
  • Items with animal proteins come from humanely raised stock, and they’re all free of GMOs, antibiotics, and nitrates. The pork rinds are Paleo-friendly, and they’re healthier because they’ve been seasoned with pink Himalayan salt.
  • Yes, there are processed items here which you can just get on the fly, like chocolate bars, ramen cups, and cheese puffs. But in The Goods Mart, they’re made with healthier alternative ingredients such as chia seeds and quinoa.
  • The slushy machine doesn’t serve soda, but instead produces a kombucha variety with a tropical flavor. Instead of energy drinks, you can instead grab yerba mate.
  • If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can get fruit from LA’s local GrubMarket. You just have to avoid judging the book by its cover, as the fruits are tasty despite their ugly and imperfect shapes. They’re like goofy-looking mutts as the ugly lemons and oranges are placed in huge weave baskets right beside the front door.
  • The condoms here are all made from vegan, certified Fairtrade rubber. You can find your bathroom basics like shavers and toilet paper at the back of the store, and they’re all made from sustainable materials.
  • At the checkout, customers can also check out the iPads that offer info about the mission of each brand they have on their shelves. The mart also provided extended training for the staff so that they can answer questions regarding vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options.

The Goods Mart will work as a test case. If it does work, then they may eventually become ubiquitous throughout the country. When you stop at a gas mart in the future, you may find yourself looking at healthier snack options instead.

Check out this 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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