In today’s busy world it is easy to forget about the basic guidelines for healthy eating, including the importance of eating three square meals a day. But did you know that certain foods are considered good for your brain health and overall brain function?
We’ve rounded up our favorite “brain foods” that have been proven to help with focus, memory, and keeping you feeling more awake, alert and energized throughout your day. The following is a list of eight super-foods that should be part of your weekly meal plan. Each food will include information about the health benefits for specific brain-related function, as well as a quick recipe suggestion. So whether you’re looking for foods to help with memory, to help wake you up, or perhaps even to help you concentrate, these amazing nutritious foods are sure to provide.
1 – Avocado
Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. They contain fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, D, E, K and all of the B vitamins. Avocados are also high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats known as omega-3 fatty acids, which
In the kitchen, it can be all too easy to stick to what you know and love. This is especially true when it comes to baking, where an experiment gone wrong can land you with a batch of rock-hard gingersnaps, bitter brownies, or cake so gooey you would need a spoon to eat it.
On the other hand, playing it safe means your results are reliable, but never a delightful surprise. Some of the most delicious foods out there came from bakers and chefs who tried something new, often by mixing things that they love. So we decided to experiment by putting two of our favorite things together: cookies and candy.
Between those two types of treats, there’s a seemingly endless list of possible combinations, and not all of them are going to be a match made in heaven. We tested a variety of cookie/candy combinations to take the pressure off busy home cooks who might not have time to bake and eat several batches of treats. (You’re welcome!) These are a few of our favorites.
This amazing and relatively unknown fruit from India is high in protein, potassium and vitamin B, making it not only a convincing doppelganger for meat, but providing some of the same nutritional value.
How to use it: Pulled pork has been a hot trend in the professional culinary scene for a few years now because, well, it tastes amazing. Vegetarians can get in on the action (without clogging their arteries) by using jackfruit as a substitute in pulled pork dishes.
How to prepare it: The most important part of the preparation is finding green jackfruit. It is often sold in cans, a much better option than lugging home the giant, bulbous fruit itself. Go for the jackfruit in water or brine, not syrup.
Once you have some green jackfruit rinsed and cut into bite sized pieces, season it with barbecue spices.
Saute some onion and jalapeños if you like it spicy, and add the jackfruit to the pan.
Add about a cup of vegetable broth, cover, and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove the jackfruit from the saute pan and spread on
Key West is located approximately 120 miles (maybe I’m wrong) of Miami and it takes time to get there. There are many tour companies that transport. I took a tour with my family from Miami to Key West and had to spend a few hours in the city and to walk around and went snorkeling then. It was to verify a good and simple Key West. I had a little longer though remained. If you are not on a tight budget, check the main options Gray Line from the West. We were very pleased with the tour. They are either not expensive, but a normal price to pay a visit. It took about 4:01 way to go.
There is a Transportation Services public transport system that combines Key West to Marathon and a bus connects Marathon in Florida City. Hardcore for budget travelers can Searstown Key West Florida City (Wal-Mart) for a total of three dollars and get 90/4. It’s a great way to meet people, to work on site. I have not personally taken by bus to the City Marathon Florida. See the website of the list for more information on the two buses. Monroe
Wondering which drinks to learn first? As with any culinary endeavor, it’s best to start with the basics. Here are 10 of the most classic cocktail recipes that everyone should know how to make at home, along with a list of ingredients, steps to make each one, and a serving glass suggestion. Note: Each of these recipes makes one cocktail; a shot or jigger equals about 1.5 oz.
This classic (and endlessly classy) cocktail can be made with either vodka or gin, and has numerous variations, including:
Dry – no vermouth
MediumDry – a dash of vermouth
Wet – one part vermouth
Dirty – a dash of olive juice
Shaken – shaken with ice instead of stirring
On the Rocks – served over ice
With a Twist – served with a lemon twist instead of olives
Each one of these variations changes the drink slightly. For example, vermouth, a fortified wine flavored with herbs and other botanicals, changes the complexity of a martini’s flavor profile. James Bond famously took his gin martini shaken, not stirred, medium dry, with a twist. Below is the recipe for a James Bond martini:
Ride-share services like Uber and Lyft have officially taken over. According to Certify’s SpendSmart Report for quarter three of 2015, these services are now more popular than taxis or rental cars. However, some travelers still express concerns about safety in these vehicles. These concerns aren’t unfounded – there have been reports of assaults and robberies from Uber and Lyft drivers as the apps have become increasingly ubiquitous.
It’s easy to see why people might have reservations. Even those who use the apps can find themselves doubting the safety of their decision. For example, a woman in San Francisco recently fled from a moving Lyft car after her driver failed to stop when asked, according to SFGate. That situation happened to be a misunderstanding – the driver was hard of hearing – but that element of fear is still present. Here are some safety tips for those using car-sharing apps that might make you feel a little more secure:
As soon as you request a driver on your ride-share app, you should be given the driver’s name, and the make and model of the car. Most of the time, you will also be given a picture of the person driving the car. Use this information
The more frequently you stay in a hotel room, the higher the possibility that you will encounter bed bugs at some point. Since bed bugs are easily spread, it’s important to give your hotel room a thorough inspection to make sure there are no creepy-crawlies living in the mattress. If you’re not careful, you could easily bring some of these creatures home with you. Bed bugs are not only a nuisance, but they can also be incredibly expensive to treat. According to Angie’s List, full removal can cost between $500 and $1,500, depending on the size of the house and the intensity of the infestation.
Whether you’re checking in for business travel or on a family vacation, here’s what you should do to make sure your hotel room is in the clear:
Remove all of the sheets and comforters from the bed so you can see the bare mattress. Take a look in the corners, being sure to move the fabric so you can look into the nooks and crannies. Although there is a chance you’ll find bugs themselves here, you’re a lot more likely to find evidence they’ve left behind. Light brown, scaly flakes might be a sign of bed bugs, as this could be
Dealing with motion sickness on a flight can be terrible. There’s nothing worse than spending your time in the air dizzy, nauseous and – in some cases – vomiting. Fortunately there are ways to decrease your chances of experiencing motion sickness. Here are five things you can do to help make your next flight nausea-free.
1. Eat light
Although motion sickness usually isn’t caused by what you’ve eaten, certain foods can exacerbate the problem. Try to have light meals during the day before you get on the plane. Heavy, greasy or fatty foods can give you a stomach ache even in the best conditions, so avoid these types of dishes entirely. If you want to have a snack on the flight, consider getting some ginger candy. Ginger aids digestion and can help settle an uneasy stomach.
2. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can make motion sickness a whole lot worse. If you haven’t had enough water, you can end up feeling dizzy and nauseous before the plane even takes off. In addition, the air on flights tends to be pretty dry, which means you’ll be even more dehydrated throughout the course of your journey. Make sure you’re drinking enough water in the week before your trip, and
Most hotels today are safe and secure. In major cities, the larger hotel chains often have their own security staff to help enhance their guests’ safety. Whether you’re staying at a five-star luxury property or a basic motel, here are some hints to keep you and your possessions safe.
Before you leave, prepare an itinerary with the name and address of hotels at which you will be staying for friends and family so they can reach you in case of an emergency.
Look for the emergency exit closest to your room and memorize the number of doors and steps from your room to the exit in case of fire or other emergency.
Always use the peephole on your hotel room door before you open the door to someone.
Don’t give your room number to anyone you don’t know.
Put your valuables and passport in the in-room safe or check them in the hotel safe.
Always safety-lock the door to your hotel room. If you are concerned about the safety of your accommodations, consider a travel door lock or door jam. These can be obtained through a variety of vendors.
Don’t leave windows open at night if you’re on a low floor.
As technology continues to progress, so does the expansion of domestic and global business travel. According to the Global Business Travel Association, U.S. spending on work-related travel is projected to reach an all time high in 2015, with an estimated $310.2 billion being spent by companies on business-affiliated trips. When it comes to predicting what the latest innovations and trends are for work-related treks, understanding the roles that everything from social media to smartphone apps play in regard to making business travel more efficient can provide multiple advantages to a company. No one knows this better than travel industry expert Marco Aguilar.
Aguilar has spent 25 years working within the travel industry, doing everything from being a tour guide and travel agent to his current title, owner of Travel Pie, a travel industry marketing and public relations agency. Aguilar sat down to chat with us on a wide range of business travel-related subjects, from where he sees the future of the industry going to knowing the secrets that can make your employees succeed while out on the road or flying through the air.
Airport Hotel Guide: Thanks for chatting with us Marco, let’s get started by telling everyone a little about yourself.
Every year, the Global Business Travel Association hosts one of the largest gatherings of business travel industry experts and workers in the world. The annual GBTA Convention is a means for bringing together some of the most forward-thinking individuals within the corporate travel trade to not only share and enlighten crowds on the latest and future trends affecting the field, but also to encourage and inspire companies and employees looking to improve their business travel practices. At this year’s event, which took place from July 25-29 in Orlando, Florida, there were plenty of incredible guest speakers on hand, on top of unveilings of the latest travel innovations and a variety of surprises. Take a look at some of the highlights that made this year’s GBTA Convention one for the ages:
GBTA 2015 Convention spotlights #Sharing
With nearly 7,000 people in attendance at this year’s gathering, the GBTA Convention prides itself as being the largest “annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers anywhere in the world.” In addition to providing industry insight from renowned keynote speakers, the convention features more than 80 industry-leading education sessions, an expansive expo floor featuring booths and stages dedicated to providing attendees with
Whether it’s flying across the world to meet a potential new client or taking out a rental car to drive down to corporate headquarters, companies are spending more on business travel than ever before. According to a recent report published by the Global Business Travel Association, spending on business-related travel across the globe is expected to reach a record $1.25 trillion in 2015, a 6.5 percent increase from 2014. Furthermore, spending in this field is expected to continue to rise, as the researchers are already predicting a 6.9 increase on business travel costs for 2016. With so much money and time on the line, making each trip reach its full potential is an essential task for those assigned to corporate travel management duties. Whether it’s minimizing overall costs or effectively using new forms of technology, here are a few tips managers should consider to maximize an employee’s time during business travel:
Efficient technology use
With a new app or website seemingly popping up with every blink of an eye, knowing the most efficient technology to incorporate in an employee’s business travel trip is essential for a variety of reasons. In fact, a survey conducted by the GBTA discovered that 84 percent of business travel managers envision their
Anyone who frequently has to travel for business has their own preferences when it comes to on-the-road hospitality. Obviously concerns such as strong Wi-Fi connection and, of course, a free, hearty continental breakfast might be the most pressing factors that business travelers take into consideration, but you can find those qualities in just about every hotel. So what really makes a resort completely accommodating to business travel? Let’s take a look at several surveys, reports and evaluations of the U.S. hotels that are considered the best when it comes to obliging to the needs of the traveling employee:
And the survey says…
In a collaboration between Fortune and Travel + Leisure, the two publications issued a survey to experienced business travelers to find out which U.S. hotel brands they’ve come to trust and rely on over the years and why. Typical questions revolved around issues such as what type of amenities are the most pressing to them while they’re away on travel, or what are the biggest turn-offs a hotel could do that would forever terminate their relationship as customers. The top three hotels according to the survey results were as follows: Ritz-Carlton, Luxury Collection and Kimpton. The Ritz-Carlton and Kimpton chains were applauded
From a chorus of crying babies to the occasional turbulence, there are plenty of distractions and unavoidable obstacles that can get in the way of catching a few z’s during your flight. Nothing can get in the way of kicking off a business trip or vacation like not resting up on the flight beforehand, but despite all the in-flight hurdles getting between you and sleep, there are a few ways you can improve your odds of getting a solid nap in prior to your arrival. From strategically choosing your seating location to bringing along some essential resting accessories, here are five tips that may help you sleep better during your next flight:
All About Location
Out of the three airplane seating options available in every row, there’s only one that’s far superior when it comes to accommodating for sleep. The window seat provides you with everything from having a stable backdrop to lean your pillow against to controlling how much sunlight gets let in through the window. When compared to seating in the aisle spot and having to get up every time someone needs out or being crammed in the middle, there’s no competition when it comes to securing a
While everyone can use an upgrade while traveling once in awhile, employees who are constantly hitting the road or soaring the skies for work certainly don’t mind reaping in a few benefits every now and then. Sure, it’s easy to get settled into a routine of cramming into the business class plane seating or making the most of a budget motel room, but who says luxury business travel has to be reserved solely for those in the upper corporate hierarchy? There are plenty of little things you can do to experience those little tastes of the high life while you’re out of town for work, even without having to shell out company money or swipe your own credit card. If you’re a business travel frequent flyer or road warrior, here are four simple ways you can potentially upgrade your experience and live it up on the job:
1. Reap your rewards
The easiest way to get complimentary upgrades for your business travel escapades is by signing up for various reward programs. If you’re someone who tends to use the same rental car company, airline or stay at the same hotel, you should most certainly be recognized for your loyalty. Many lodging chains, popular airlines and
It’s important to follow social rules and etiquette when you’re traveling for business. At your office, you have daily opportunities to prove you’re a great person to have around. When you’re traveling, each moment is far more important: Anything you do that’s rude or thoughtless will leave the wrong impression. On the other hand, a trip free of faux pas will demonstrate your value. Here are five business travel etiquette tips:
Whenever you’re heading out to a new city for work, do some research about the place you’re visiting. This will benefit you in a number of ways, from planning the clothes you’ll need for the weather to having topics of conversation to bring up with clients or colleagues. You don’t need to become an expert: Just make sure you know enough that you would be able to answer basic questions about the area.
Similarly, make sure you’re ready for any meetings you’ll have during your trip. Prepare as much as possible before you leave: Don’t plan to make notes on the plane or in your hotel room. Assume there will be travel hiccups that might eat up any free time you had scheduled so if there are, you won’t be forced to
The approach that many business travelers take when it comes to booking their accommodations for work-related trips has significantly changed over the past decade. With so many options to choose from today, the abundance of travel resources can seem overwhelming to some, while others may not be getting the best deal possible. A new study conducted by the Global Business Travel Association has analyzed the different types of methods of booking trips employees take when traveling on business. Take a look at the most preferred ways by employees to make their travel accommodations:
Key findings in booking strategies
The GBTA surveyed more than 500 business travelers located throughout the U.S., asking them particular questions regarding how they or their company go about booking hotel rooms. Participants ranged in age as well as the size of the business they worked for to get a better perspective of how employees for bigger or smaller companies approach business travel booking. Undoubtedly, one of the major concerns regarding hotel reservations was affordability, with 56 percent of those surveyed replying that “finding the right price” was one of their top three booking priorities for business travel.
“Fifty-four percent of business travelers book hotel rooms directly.”
Flying with a service dog can seem like an intimidating proposition if you’ve never done it before, but have no fear: Airline rules are designed to make it simple and straightforward to take your service dog with you on your travels. There are extra steps that need to be taken into consideration, but once you’re familiar with the process, you and your service dog can be airbound in no time.
The TSA rules themselves are fairly straightforward. Knowing them well, however, will empower you to go through security with confidence and without fear of confusion or discrimination. According to TSA rules, you will never be asked to separate from your service animal. You are asked to inform TSA personnel that you are traveling with a service dog, and to allow extra time for screening. If you need to leave the airport to relieve your dog after you’ve gone through security, you will need to go through the process again.
Airline to Airline
Different airlines have different policies and interpretations of the TSA guidelines. It’s always best to call ahead and ask about specific rules and procedures. For example, different airlines request different forms of confirmation that your service dog is, in fact, a registered service dog.
No matter how healthy you are, travel takes a toll on your well-being. In many ways, going on a trip is the perfect storm of unhealthy factors. To start, your body experiences a lot of stress when it’s out of its usual environment. This causes your immune system to be weaken, which might not be a problem if you weren’t being exposed to lots of germs from all the people traveling around you. If you’re flying to your destination, those germs are in much higher concentrations than they are in your day-to-day life. Add to that the dehydrating effect of air travel, and the trip out alone can be enough to leave you under the weather.
Once you’ve arrived, there’s still the matter of disruption to your routine. Whatever healthy food and exercise habits you have at home often go out the window when faced with the rushed schedules and frequent restaurant meals. Although this break in the habit may only last the duration of the trip, many people find it hard to get back into their healthy routine once they get back home – possibly because they also caught a cold or stomach bug on the flight home and don’t feel up to it. All of these factors add up
When you’re checking into a hotel on a business trip, you need different things from that hotel than the average traveler. You need to keep your hotel in mind when booking and make sure it’s offering the amenities and features you’ll need to stay productive when you’re out of the main office. Business travelers often find their hotel has to function as both a living space and an office – these are the things you need to make that possible:
1. Fast, free Wi-Fi
In this day and age, reliable Internet access isn’t a perk for business travelers; it’s a must. The modern road warrior must be able to log in at all times, so hotels that have slow Wi-Fi – or worse, none at all, just won’t work. Ideally, the hotel’s Wi-Fi will be free, as well. This isn’t exclusively about expecting a free service, although that’s a part of it. It more comes down to the issue of logging in. No one wants to have to select their Wi-Fi plan every single time they want to quickly send an email. When you’re looking at your potential hotels’ Internet offerings, keep in mind whether or