Trends You Can Expect to See in the Food Industry in 2019

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The food industry is changing drastically every day and even more on a yearly basis. Here are some predictions for where the food industry might go in 2019.

Transparency on Food Labels

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly more conscious of what we put in our body, and what we can put in our bodies to make it run better. This also results in an increasing demand for consumers to know exactly what industries are putting in their food, and even more so every day the food industry is being more and more transparent about their ingredients of choice as they improve the quality of their products.

High-Tech Veganism

This goes hand in hand with the idea of transparency. People consciousness and knowledge of what they are consuming are becoming increasingly vast, and alongside that veganism is becoming more popular than ever with approximately 6% of Americans identifying as vegan. This growing need feeds the growing market for new ways to modify and alter foods to make them fit the vegan model.

Mindful Eating

Mindfulness, as a whole, has become increasingly more popular as people seek new and effective ways to break the rhythm of everyday life. On that note, mindful eating is also becoming increasingly popular, as well as food that is intentionally made to be consumed with mindfulness in consideration.

Non-Alcoholic Carbonated Beverages

Non-alcoholic carbonated beverages have already taken off this year, however, the market is primarily centered around LaCroix. In the year to come, this market will likely expand to include many more types and flavors of non-alcoholic carbonated beverages for all to enjoy.

Root-to-Stem Fruits and Vegetables

The food industry has already moved in the direction of pushing people to compost food products that are considered unusual or unpreferable to include in a dish, such as broccoli stems or watermelon rinds. It is predictable that now, as people are becoming more eco-conscious, that they will find new ways to use these parts of foods that were previously thought of as being unpreferable.

Puffed Vegetable Snacks

Instead of chips, puffed vegetable snacks such as puffed edamame are on the rise. This leaves opportunity for a wide range of seasonings and natural flavors to be added, as the base is relatively plain, and also provides a snack that does not make you feel weighed down or unhealthy.

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Top Five Airbnb Rentals in Seattle

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If you’re planning a trip to Seattle sometime in the future, here are some of the coolest AirBnBs to consider checking out!

Historic Loft in Pioneer Square

This sweet loft is located right at the heart of Pioneer Square, with easy access and close proximity to numerous coffee shops and some of the best restaurants in Seattle. It is also just a short distance from some of the most desirable attractions, such as The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, downtown, and the ferry terminal and waterfront.

This loft has very distinct architectural and design features that make whoever is staying there feel like they are living in another time. It has exposed break, ornate adornment, decorative columns, and unique woodwork.

Private Studio Cottage in Fremont

This private studio cottage is right in the middle of Fremont, and located in convenient proximity with just about everything exciting in Seattle. Fremont is a radiant neighborhood, and the style and hip-ness of this cottage do a great job of providing a retreat from the urban environment, while also allowing you to optimize it.

Capitol Hill Stylish Garden Cottage

This garden cottage has a stylish studio space fit with every amenity you can imagine. It is tucked in a courtyard full of greenery and flowers of every kind, in the Harvard Belmont Historic District. You can enjoy walking through this space, or relaxing on the patio or in the gazebo. In addition to its aesthetic beauty, it has recent renovations in the bathroom and living room, which will be sure to help you feel like you are staying in luxury.

Seattle Loft Guest House

This loft guest house, located in Beacon Hill, boasts a stunning open floor plan that allows a lot of natural light to illuminate the space. The outdoor space, however, is just as beautiful. There is a private patio to enjoy, a garden, a grill for outdoor dining, and, best of all, a hot tub. It is just a couple minutes from downtown, and serves as a nice oasis to retreat to after a busy day of exploring.

Modern Beach Studio

This beautiful beach studio has a fantastic view of the ocean and is just a few steps away from Alki Beach. It has a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. This studio is in one of the best locations in West Seattle, and also is close to the water taxi, which will take you to downtown and back when you would like to explore.

Introverted: How to Thrive at a Business Conference

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Business conferences can be exhausting for anyone, but this proves especially true for an introvert who only has a limited amount of social energy. Here are some tips on how to ensure a positive experience while also being an introvert.

Take Time to Recharge

In order to maximize your experience, it will be important to take downtime in between the socially taxing parts of your day. Whether this is finding a quiet space to relax for a few minutes, grabbing a coffee by yourself, or taking a walk outside–find a place that you can go to recharge. When you get back, you will be able to truly enjoy the space after taking care of yourself and making sure that you get sufficient away time.

Surround Yourself with People You Enjoy

Don’t bite off more than you can chew by trying to meet every new person at the conference. Find some people who you enjoy socializing with or have met before, and spend some time with them. This will help you expend only small amounts of social energy while still feeling like you are involved in the conference.

Don’t Try to Do Everything

You don’t have to make an appearance at every panel discussion, lecture, social hour, or event to get the most out of the conference. Instead of going for more, instead, go for better. Attend the things that you really want to attend and get the most out of them, and let yourself skip out on the things that are not exciting to you or mandatory.

Find Other Introverts

Finding other introverts to hang around with and eat some meals with will give you some good in-between time with significant mutual understanding. You’ll be able to be together while understanding the beauty of quiet as well. Finding other introverts who may need quiet meals or coffee breaks as well, or won’t need to small talk while waiting for events to start, will be crucial to staying charged, especially when you’re at the reserve of your energy.

Create a Great Space to Go Back To

Something really important in giving yourself the ability to prosper at a high energy business profit is creating a great space to go back to. If you are going back to a mess at the end of the day you’ll be adding so much more effort to your decompression process than necessary. Keep your hotel room tidy and organized, and maybe even bring some things from home that will help you feel most in your element.

Lessons Preschoolers Can Learn from Playing Soccer

 

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A soccer field is a place that can teach many valuable skills, ones that inevitably will roll over to every other aspect of life. Having kids play soccer, as early as preschool, can instill some really positive traits early and teach them invaluable lessons.

How to Work Together

Soccer is an undoubtedly a team-oriented sport, one which not only cannot succeed without teamwork but is also not fun at all without cooperation. By learning to work toward a common goal on the field, kids are also learning invaluable skills in how to interact with others in a positive way that will build a foundation for future interactions and endeavors.

How to Work Hard

Preschoolers will be put in an environment where practice and commitment to the sport pay off. They will be able to see the direct benefits of their practice, especially at this level where they are learning the very foundations of many skills, and see how that benefits them when they are on the field. This is an attitude that will undoubtedly relate to their future, whether it be in school, sport, or other aspects of life. They will learn the muscle memory that hard work and dedication leads to success, and slacking and laziness feeds failure.

How to Take Criticism

By playing soccer at an early age kids will learn how to take constructive criticism, and apply that to what they are doing in order to improve. This is a crucial skill to have in just about every aspect of life. Feedback doesn’t need to and will not always be positive, but learning how to take the constructive aspects of coaches and apply it will be imperative to improvement.

How to Handle Failure

Losing at some point is inevitable. It is not about the loss, but instead about how the child handles and grows from the loss. Soccer will give your child an opportunity to learn how to handle loss with grace and turn it into positive growth. For instance, instead of taking it as an end all be all, your child will have an opportunity to learn that it is a good way to look back on their strategy and technique and find ways to do better. They will learn that failure is a natural part of life, one that fuels and feeds positive growth and pushes them to work harder. It will build skills on the field in addition to character and mentality off the field.

 

Great Snacks for Young Athletes

Every youth sports parents knows that you can’t show up to a soccer match or baseball game without a tub of snacks and drinks in tow. However, the unhealthy eats that tend to be on sale during sports season aren’t always the most nutritious option for an active child. When considering pre-, mid-, and post-activity snacks, avoid doling out candy, chips, crackers and other foods that are high in fats and sugars and lacking in necessary nutrients. Create snacks and quick meals that offer vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fluids. Snacks for young athletes provide necessary nutrients while still appealing to their craving for salty, sweet, and refreshing foods. Water and fresh fruit are great for half-time and after performances. However, parents can choose from a number of creative options that children will love. Remember, young athletes should always have a snack one to two hours before their activities!

Pre-Game Energy Boosters

Apple slices with nut butter offer protein, vitamins and fluid. Strawberry cheesecake roll-ups are simply low-fat or fat-free cream cheese spread on a tortilla and topped with sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of sugar. Roll and cut into bite-sized pieces. Both options also provide the carbohydrates needed as fuel. The fiber and protein also stay in the stomach longer, which ensures the energy boost lasts. Other good carbohydrate options include meals containing meat and starchy or brightly-colored vegetables. Macaroni and cheese remains an all-time favorite with children.

Half-Time Break Snacks

As time is limited, quick snacks of fresh fruit provide vitamins, minerals and an energy boost along with much-needed rehydration. Fruit juice infused water is the right combination for replacing lost fluid and electrolytes. Fresh fruit is always an ideal option and may include:

  • Clementine or orange slices
  • Apple and pear slices
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Halved bananas
  • Melon chunks

Post-game Snacks

After a practice, game or other physically demanding activity, youngsters need to rehydrate. If they perspired under the hot sun, they also need to replenish their electrolytes. A combination of carbohydrates and protein before and after activities helps replenish energy while providing muscles and connective tissues with the nutrients needed to recover and repair. Good post-activity recommendations include:

  • Fresh fruit, frozen fruit pops or fruit leather
  • Fig bar or oatmeal cookies
  • Bagels or crackers topped with nut butter, low-fat or fat-free cream cheese and fruit slices
  • Pudding cups
  • String cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Yogurt

 

*Originally posted on PhilipWardSeattle.org

Strategies for Effective Delegation

Entrepreneurs are detail-oriented people. They know what they want, when they want it, and exactly which steps they need to take to achieve their business goals. This dual focus on big-picture goals and tiny details is invaluable for those working to get their startups or small businesses off the ground. It can, however, sometimes get in the way for entrepreneurs who have made their business dreams a reality and are trying to maintain that iron grip over the venture’s day-to-day happenings. At some point, even the most control-oriented entrepreneur needs to trust that the employees she delegates to can handle the work – maybe even better than she herself can! Here, I outline a few tips I’ve found useful as a delegating entrepreneur.

Prepare

Don’t just throw a task on an employee’s desk and expect it to be done the way you imagine. Before you even reach out to the employee, you should outline the specifics of the task you plan to delegate. Put yourself in your subordinate’s shoes: what would you ask a manager if they dropped this assignment in your inbox? Have a few answers prepared and ready at hand. Remember, you yourself need to have a clear understanding of the task at hand – otherwise, how could you possibly convey it properly?

Communicate Clearly

A worker needs to know what you expect to be done, how you expect it to be done, and when you need it to be done by. By setting clear expectations upfront, you pave the way to a smooth project execution and delivery later on. That said, managers must keep in mind that how information is conveyed matters just as much as the information itself. Check your tone and attitude! Do employees feel willing to ask questions? If not, you may find yourself needing to rectify miscommunications and mishandled projects down the line.

Confirm Understanding and Commitment

Never assume that an employee understands a project without confirming with them first. Misunderstandings can lead workers to complete tasks incorrectly and ultimately waste their time – and yours! Before you formally hand off a project, ask the employee questions about the task at hand to ensure that they fully understand their responsibilities, deliverables, and deadlines.

Follow Up

Effective communication is a two-way street. Periodically check in with your subordinates to make sure that their projects are on-track and that they themselves are comfortable and engaged in their work. Ideally, they should feel comfortable reaching out to you when they encounter a problem or need clarification on project details. Regular communication between manager and employee builds accountability, and accountability prevents last-minute mistakes.

Don’t Hover

Relinquishing control can be difficult for detail-driven entrepreneurs, but it is an absolute necessity for long-term business success. One individual can’t handle every aspect of a business! Don’t try to hover or micromanage projects, but trust that the people you hired can handle what you give them. If an employee seems to be veering off-course, try coaching them through the problem rather than stealing the task back. Remember, taking projects you’ve delegated back only overloads your own plate, undermines the employee’s confidence, and produces a lesser-quality product.

*Originally posted on PhilipWardSeattle.com

Benefits of After-School Sports

After-school sports have a lot to offer children as they grow into young adults. In addition to being great for a young person’s physical health and well-being, youth sports have a wide range of mental and social benefits; they teach children the value of teamwork, resilience, and hard work. As a parent, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits that after-school athletics can offer children, and I highly recommend that other parents consider signing their children up for a seasonal sport or extracurricular activity. Let’s take a look at how after-school activities can benefit youths.

Establish Discipline and Commitment

Committing to a sport means waking up early on a game day – even when you don’t feel like rolling out of bed. This dedication is a great lesson for children to learn in preparation for becoming a young adult. It takes time and discipline to achieve an athletic skill set; over time, the children will learn firsthand that they have to work for what they want. They will also feel proud of themselves for going on those days when putting in the effort led to their having a good time or reaching a new milestone.

Learn Emotional Management

It can be frustrating to lose a game or struggle over a new skill. Experiencing these difficulties will teach your child to better handle negative emotions and prioritize good sportsmanship over personal frustrations. This will ultimately lead to more emotional stability and helping the child better process emotionally charged situations off of the field. Learning how to win gracefully has a similarly positive impact; children can both build their confidence and learn how to celebrate with humility.

Maintain Physical Health

Participating in team sports helps your child maintain their physical health and refine their basic motor-skills. It is also an opportunity for your child to learn their limits and athletic capabilities. Knowing when to push harder and when to stop is essential, and taking part in a  sport is one of the best ways to test (and set) limits and boundaries. Parents can help push this self-care even further by showing their athletes how eating the right foods can impact their game positively or negatively. You are never too young to benefit from healthy eating habits.

*Originally posted on PhilipWardSeattle.org