When you think about it, mushrooms are pretty strange. They reproduce via spores. They’re not animals, but they’re not plants, either. Some will kill you dead if you take even a bite, a few will basically drive you temporarily insane, and others are totally harmless and delicious. Some people even think mushrooms are beings from outer space, but those folks may have eaten too many of the second variety.
Whatever the case may be, the Pacific Northwest and Oregon in particular are fertile hunting grounds for a wide variety of mushrooms. Let’s take a look at some of them.
There are plenty of benefits to eating veggies that are in season. First, when they’re in season, vegetables are typically much less expensive. That’s because out-of-season veggies often have to be shipped long distances before they make it to grocery store shelves. Transporting tons of produce across the world isn’t cheap, nor is it sustainable. Plus, out-of-season vegetables are more scarce, and the law of supply and demand applies to them, just as it would any commodity.
In-season veggies are also fresher than out-of-season ones, more nutritious, and often much more flavorful. Plus, only eating what’s in season ensures that you get a wide variety of produce throughout the year.
While you might not think of the winter as “harvest time,” here in the Pacific Northwest, there are plenty of delicious veggies that you can grow in your backyard garden, even when it’s cold outside. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Sodium is a naturally-occurring mineral present in much of the food that we eat. Our bodies need sodium to help regulate blood pressure, maintain nerve function, balance mineral levels, and remove excess fluid from the bloodstream.
The problem is that most of our diets contain way too much of the stuff. We only need between 1,200-1,500mg of sodium per day, but the average American takes in nearly three times that amount. Excess sodium can contribute to serious health problems, including high blood pressure, increased stroke risk, stomach cancer, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
And if those weren’t bad enough, it also causes the body to retain excess water, which can make you bloated and puffy. Yikes! Thankfully, there are some pretty easy ways to cut down on your sodium intake and curb your salt addiction.
Denizens of the Nevada desert are no strangers to visitors from outer space. Back in 1952, two US Air Force pilots sighted three UFOs traveling at a very high rate of speed between Reno and Sacramento. The sighting was never explained to anyone’s satisfaction. Of course, that wasn’t the last sighting to occur in the area.
Now, Reno residents are about be visited by a completely different type of extra terrestrial: the type that brings burritos. That’s right: this May, Laughing Planet Café will be opening a brand new location at 650 Tahoe St., in Reno Nevada!
For many of us, a steaming cup of coffee is an integral part of our morning ritual. There’s nothing like a hot, delicious cup of wake-up juice to chase the fog of sleep from the dusty corners of your mind, to pry your drooping eyelids open and make you say, “Monday? Pshaw! I’m going to make this Monday say, ‘Uncle!’”
It’s not just coffee that’s contributing to our rising intake of this widely used stimulant; teas also contain caffeine. Soda and energy drinks are full of the stuff. Adventurous folks can even get their fix from caffeinated water, soap, lollipops, and… beef jerky? Yes. That’s really a thing.
Most of us don’t think too much about the effects of our caffeine consumption but as it continues to rise, it’s worth considering caffeine’s effects on our bodies and minds. So, what are the pros and cons of caffeine?