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Apples vs Coffee

Do Apples Have Caffeine?

No. Not even a little bit. Apples, as a pomaceous fruit, do not naturally contain caffeine. They do, however, have about 13 grams of sugar – natural sugar, which is much healthier than the 4 grams of Sweet’N Low mixed into your daily coffee. So despite the high sugar levels, eating an apple is a much healthier alternative to drinking coffee. The sugars are also one of the main reasons apples have similar effects to caffeine.

Vitamins from apples, specifically the skin, are released slowly throughout the body, making you feel more awake. There is no jolt of energy. No mood swings. And, most importantly, no crash. The results wear off as gradually as they started. With this argument, though, any healthy snack can help fight sleepiness. (Snacks that are too sugary or fatty will actually have the opposite effect, causing your body to crash.) So why apples? What do they have that other healthy foods don’t?

Scrumptious Pesto Pasta


  • PESTO:
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino-romano


  • PASTA:
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (preferably yukon gold)
  • 2 pounds pasta, such as gemelli, farfalle, or fusilli
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Make the pesto: Put the basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into a small bowl and stir in the Pecorino. Check the seasonings to taste.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch until they turn bright green and are tender, approximately 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beans to a colander and run under cold water to keep them from cooking any further. Set aside.
  • While the beans are cooking, peel the potatoes. Once you’ve removed the beans from the pot of boiling water, add the potatoes and boil until they are soft and can be broken apart with a wooden spoon, approximately 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to the colander. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the potatoes, green beans, and pesto in a large bowl. Drain the pasta and add to the bowl.
  • Mix together with a wooden spoon. The potatoes should be broken up into chunks in a rustic fashion. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more olive oil.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Saturn and Mars Viewable 5.10

Saturn, the ringed beauty of the solar system, will put on its best show of the year for stargazers tonight (May 10), and you can catch live telescope views of the planet online.

The online Slooh community telescope will offer live views of Saturn from a remotely operated telescope in the Canary Islands, off the western coast of Africa, as the ringed planet reaches opposition, a point in its orbit when it is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

Slooh’s feed of Saturn will begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT (0130 May 11 GMT) and feature commentary from astronomer Bob Berman and Slooh host Geoff Fox. You can also watch the Saturn webcast live on in addition to the Slooh website. Viewers will be able to ask questions about Saturn at opposition using the Twitter hashtag #Slooh.

saturn-opposition-may-2014 Watch the  video on the website to get a better idea of when the planets will be visible SPACE.COM

ART x.x.x Y O G A

I rode over to Flamingo park only to be bombarded with a better idea to go to Wynwood Art Walk and do some Yoga!



I have always had a thing for doodle collage art work … just reminds me of school when I use to draw while the teachers taught whatever it was they were teaching!
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I was surprised this Art Piece was still up and fresh. Last year during art basel they put this colorful deer up along with a baby hulk! I remember seeing the same artist put up a huge building size piece of baby hulk in New York on Lafayette Ave

This is Why You Should Drink Coconut Water!

Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – these are just a few of the many benefits ascribed to America’s latest health craze: coconut water.

Dubbed “Mother Nature’s sports drink” by marketers, the demand is skyrocketing, propelled by celebrity and athlete endorsements and promises to hydrate the body and help with a whole host of conditions, from hangovers to cancer and kidney stones.

What Is Coconut Water?

Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains

  • 5.45 calories
  • 1.3 grams sugar
  • 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium,
  • 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories
  • 1.75 grams of sugar
  • 3.75 mg of potassium
  • 13.75 mg of sodium

Better Than Some Sugary Drinks

Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices. Plain coconut water could be a better choice for adults and kids looking for a beverage that is less sweet.

Source – WebMD