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Best Foods to Pack for Your Next Hike

When you’re out backpacking for the day, you need to be sure to bring food that will energize, nourish and strengthen you, but also tastes good. Here are some suggestions for your next hike:   Trail Mix Trail mix is an obvious choice for hiking snacks because it is lightweight and easily portable. Usually it is a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit tossed together without cooking or lightly roasting. It provides a good source of protein to energize you and carbohydrates to keep you going. Stop at the store to pick some up for your next hike, or

Healthy Foods to Eat in July

July is right around the corner and that means it will be the best time to eat these delicious (and healthy!) foods:   Plumcots Or pluots, or apriums, apriclums, or apricums, or apricotandplummixedtogether. America has a grand tradition of bending nature to suit the shortsighted needs of its citizens, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plumcot, an apricot-plum hybrid designed to titillate your easily bored taste buds. These little stone fruits can be eaten by the half-dozen, and apparently research has shown the nutrient level of plumcots to be higher than the “much-touted” blueberry, so FUCK YOU, BLUEBERRIES. Shows

Breakfast in Tempe

Breakfast is a very important meal you shouldn’t skip out on. It kick-starts your metabolism helping you burn calories throughout the day, and gives you the energy you need to focus and get things done. It is also very delicious. From the classic bacon and eggs to a sweet stack of pancakes or savory breakfast burrito, there are endless options for breakfast lovers. As Leslie Knope in Parks and Rec said, “why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” Here are some local favorites in Tempe:   Harlow’s Cafe 1021 W University Dr Since 1980 Harlow’s Cafe has been

Why You Should Join a Summer Sports League

Summer can bring back great memories of playing on summer leagues as a kid. Not only was it fun, it was physically and mentally healthy, although we didn’t know it then. There are many benefits, in fact, to playing on a summer sports league even as an adult. Reach Your Fitness Goals Sticking to fitness goals can be difficult when it feels like a chore to go to the gym. Luckily nowadays you don’t need to turn into a gym rat in order to get fit. There are tons of classes offered providing a different type of workout, including barre,

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors

Keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs year round with these herbs that thrive indoors. Lemon Balm Lemon balm is a very easy plant to grow indoors because it requires low/little light, however it does need regular watering. To avoid the lag time it takes to raise the plant to a harvest-able size, buy an already-started plant and grow it in freely draining potting soil. Lemon balm’s fresh lemon fragrance and flavor pairs nicely with fish and chicken dishes and fruit, and can easily be used to make herbal tea. Cilantro Cilantro prefers cooler temperatures than most plants, so keeping

The Best Dogs for Apartment Living

Dogs are one of the best companions a person can have – they are even considered “man’s best friend”. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have that same companionship. Here is a list of some of the best dog breeds for small space living. Basenji Native to Africa, the Basenji is a small hound dog ideally suited for apartment living. These dogs are only 25 pounds when fully grown, do not shed and don’t bark, although they do yodel. They are fiercely loyal and protective and will make your apartment their home. Basenji can be

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Valley

Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year will be amped up because the holiday falls on a Saturday. There are a ton of festivals and events happening this weekend, check some of them out below! Cinco de Mayo Fiesta El Mirage, May 4th El Mirage will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Gentry Park, 4010 N El Mirage Rd, on Friday, May 4. The festival will have mariachi and other musical performances, traditional dances, a kids area with pony rides and games, and a community market. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden serving beer and

Stargazing in Arizona

Stargazing is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy whenever there’s a beautiful night sky. But we know that Arizona takes stargazing up a few notches. Flagstaff and Sedona have some stellar nighttime sights. According to Airbnb, those two cities top its list of 10 places to stargaze, base on the percentage of host profiles who promote stargazing as a selling point. No matter what city you’re in, you can find a dark sky to observe a starry night not far away. Kitt Peak National Observatory Home of the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the

Tempe Bike Trails to Check Out

Tempe is a great city for biking. In 2015 it became a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award winner with over 175 miles of bike paths and trails. If you don’t have your own bike, grab a rental and hit up one of these great biking trails: Rio Salado Pathway Length: 12 miles The Rio Salado Pathway (aka Tempe Town Lake Trail) is a paved trail that runs along both banks of the Salt River. Starting west of Tempe, the trail passes by Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue, the Tempe Marketplace and Sloan Park to end in Riverview Park in Mesa.

Health Benefits of Kombucha

Though kombucha didn’t appear on the shelves of U.S. health food stores until the 1990s, humans have been swilling the fermented tea for more than 2,000 years. Legend holds that this mystical brew was first consumed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Whether you drink kombucha for those very purported health benefits or just because you enjoy the taste of the fermented tea drink, kombucha has a storied history with human health. Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, homemade kombucha is fermented by a colony of bacteria

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