Sleep, Zinc and Halloween and a great Trail Mix Recipe at the end!
It's that time of year again that makes my dogs bark non-stop as the kids trick-or-treat through the neighborhood or my neighbor has their "last to the wee hours of the morning" haunted house in their back yard. It's a time I don't look forward to I have to say because I become sleep deprived. So if you are in the rush of things or just sleep deprived like me - try to get extra rest now - especially with weather changing to cooler temperatures and allergies and flus running around.
Did you know that sleep helps repair the body, keeps the heart healthy, reduces stress, improves memory and helps with weight! Check that out on the web - but try to get your zzzzzs in!
And, for times when you don't and you are getting runned down and under the weather - try zinc! Whenever I start getting a sore throat, I try a zinc supplement. You see zinc in lozenges so we thought we'd go straight to the source and get a zinc supplement. But below is information I took from The Benefits of Zinc website. Google zinc and see all the benefits this mineral has for you - you may be surprised!
"To fight colds, use a zinc nasal spray four times a day or suck on zinc lozenges that contain 15 to 25 mg of zinc gluconate every two to four hours as soon as you notice symptoms. Stop when symptoms subside. Consuming zinc on an empty stomach can cause nausea, so take zinc supplements with food. " -
By: Dr. George Obikoya
Trick or Treat Trail Mix
1 cup of reduced-fat cheese crackers (such as Reduced Fat Cheese Nips)
1 cup lightly salted roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
1/2 cup Halloween M&Ms (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well and enjoy
- Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.