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Snacking your way into productivity

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Smartbox Snacks

By: Brandon Stallings, CEO, SmartBox Company

We’ve all experienced that afternoon slump. When you’re hungry, your brain has a hard time staying focused. Sure, you can devour the closest thing edible, but that’s not always the best route to productivity.

Ingredients from the food we consume enter the brain through our blood stream. These elements will help you either focus or lose focus. Most of what we eat will be broken down into a single thing – glucose. What we consume controls how we release glucose to our blood and brain. Certain foods release glucose quickly, while others have a slow release. The brain works best with a small amount of glucose circulating in the blood steam.

Getting enough glucose into your body is fairly simple, but the decision becomes more important when an 8-hour workday comes into play. For example, after eating a donut, a person will experience about 20 minutes of alertness and then a rapid drop in glucose level leaving them unfocused and tired. It’s like putting your foot down on the gas pedal until you’ve used all your fuel. On the other hand, a whole foods bar releases sugar as glucose much slower allowing us to minimize swings in blood sugar. This means a person will have a steady glucose level, better focus and higher attention levels for longer.

Being at the mercy of your office vending machines, unless they have healthier choices like SmartBox, doesn’t make healthy snacking too easy. When hunger strikes, choose a snack that you can enjoy on the go, like a Justin’s All-Natural peanut butter packet with whole grain crackers or a Lara Bar, which has a combination of protein and fiber to fill you up.

By having brain-friendly snacks handy, you give yourself a chance of overriding that afternoon slump.

San Sebastian Winery: A tasty hotspot!

Posted in: Fresh Local Flavor , Healthy Eating, Preventative Health // 811 Comments

San Sebastian Winery has donated a large selection of wine for the 2013 Healthsource’s Hula in the City: Celebration of Nurses event on July 18th. Visit the Facebook Page for more information and to RSVP!

San Sebastian Winery offers complimentary winery tours and tasting daily. Discover the art of winemaking during an interesting audio-visual presentation and a guided walking tour of the wine production facility. Enjoy the fun and educational wine tasting, offering a selection of San Sebastian wines.
The San Sebastian Wine shop features gourmet foods, unique gift items, wine accessories and gift baskets. Winery Hours Open: Mon-Sat 10 – 6 and Sun 11 – 6.

The Cellar Upstairs Wine, Jazz and Blues Bar Featuring top class live music including Jazz, R&B and Blues. Enjoy a variety of light appetizers to accompany the selection of your favorite San Sebastian Wines, as well as craft and bottled beers. Located atop San Sebastian Winery, enjoy the comfort, relax and take in the spectacular views from the open-air deck while listening to the live music. Open weekends. There is no cover charge.

Introducing a new addition to San Sebastian’s current line-up of PremiumTable Wines: Sweet Ride Red and Sweet Ride White feature a retro-inspired motorcycle themed label already proving popular with Floridians. Smooth and bursting full of fruit, Sweet Ride is perfect for making sangria or simply enjoying chilled.

San Sebastian Winery
157 King St. Historic Downtown St. Augustine
(904) 826-1594

A sauce for any occasion!

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By Virginia Pillsbury

This is a great sauce for use over a light fish, recommended over sautéed Sea Bass. Recipe makes
enough to ladle over six fish filets

½ lb. Butter
1/8 cup Red Onion, chopped
2 cloves Minced Garlic
¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
½ cup White Wine
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¼ cup Heavy Cream
1/8 cup Roasted Jalapenos, seeds removed, finely chopped
1/3 cup Tomato, diced
½ tablespoon Cilantro, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan over medium flame until the butter melts.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and black pepper. Sauté until the onions and garlic become soft.
  3. Add the wine and lime juice. Cook until it is reduced to a glaze. (Until the wine has almost
  4. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce flame to low and add the remaining butter a little at a time. Use a wire whip to incorporate
    the butter into the sauce completely.
    Note: The sauce should have a creamy texture.
  6. Place a handstrainer over a bowl. Remove the sauce from the heat and strain the sauce thru the
  7. Add jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro and salt. Fold into the sauce. Ladle over cooked fish filets.

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