OMI would like to thank all who have served our country and all those who continue to serve. We honor you all!
It is time to prepare for all the adorable little trick or treaters that will be coming out for Halloween. Usually the preparations take us to the local market for some bags of over-sugared candies that we parents usually end up eating. Well, this year you might want to try something a little more healthy so you won’t feel so guilty about sneaking a few here and there. There are many great candy companies out there that offer healthier alternatives to the standard Snickers, M&M’s and more. Here are some truly yummy organic and sugar-free options that kids will love.
Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruity Snacks
These fruit snacks may not be a traditional candy, but they are still sweet and delicious.
Unreal Candy Bars
Unreal candy bars offer a wide variety of candies that are modeled after conventional candy bars such as Snickers, Peanut M&M’s, Peanut Butter Cups and more.
Bug Bites Organic Milk Chocolate
Individual pieces of delicious milk chocolate that are perfect for passing out to all the kids in the neighborhood. Each square contains a fun and educational insect trading card.
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Halloween Treats
These tasty, fruity snacks are made with organic juice and no artificial colors or flavors.
Yum Earth Organic Pops
Another great alternative to the standard lollipop are these organic and healthy pops in many different tasty flavors, from Pomegranate to Razzmatazz Berry.
Halloween Glee Gum Pops
These gum pops are 100% natural, with a hard candy exterior and a delicious gummy middle. These gum pops come in 3 different flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange.
Whatever you chose to hand out to the kiddos, make sure it is an “eek”-o-friendly option!
Meet Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist who studies sleep patterns in the brain. In the following video, he speaks about a range of topics relating to the importance of sleep.
He first describes three theories on the main function of sleep, as well as which theory he subscribes to. He then discusses what happens to a person (and the person’s brain) when sleep is lacking, as well as ideas about how to improve sleep quality and duration. Foster debunks some common myths and misconceptions about sleep, then speaks about the correlation between mental health and sleep disruption. He urges people to take sleep more seriously and realize the huge role that it plays in making us happy and healthy.
Watch to learn more:
With the crisp Fall weather here, it’s time for all the delicious Fall favorite treats! I love all things pumpkin, but I needed to add a new recipe to my usual lineup. So after searching high and low, from the Internet to good old-fashioned cookbooks, I came across this delicious Pumpkin and Bourbon Cheesecake recipe. The original recipe comes from Epicurious, but I changed the recipe slightly to make an organic version. This cheesecake was such a hit with my family and friends that I will be making it again!
Makes 12 to 14 servings
1 1/2 cup organic graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated organic sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) organic unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 can (15 oz) organic pumpkin
3 large organic eggs
1/2 cup packed organic light brown sugar
2 tablespoons organic half and half
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon
1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated organic nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground organic ginger
1/2 teaspoon organic salt
3 (8-ounce) packages organic cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups organic sour cream (20 ounces)
2 tablespoons granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon
Stir together crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press in a single layer on the bottom and up sides of a springform pan. Chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, and liqueur in a bowl until combined.
Stir together granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in large bowl. Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, then add pumpkin mixture and beat until smooth.
Pour filling into crust, smoothing top, then put springform pan in a shallow baking pan (in case springform leaks). Bake until center is just set, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool 5 minutes.
Make topping: Whisk together sour cream, sugar, and liqueur in a bowl, then spread on top of cheesecake and bake 5 minutes.
Cool cheesecake completely in pan on rack, about 3 hours.
Chill, covered, until cold, at least 4 hours. Remove side of pan and bring to room temperature before serving.
Enjoy this yummy Fall dessert!
Dreams are a very mysterious nightly phenomenon. We can only speculate on the purpose of dreams, but they are usually extraordinary in nature and a bit confusing to analyze. Why is it that most of the time we forget what we dreamt about as soon as we wake? Why are our accounts of dreams often unreliable or distorted?
The following video delves into theories about REM sleep and how important it is for forming and storing memories. It also discusses lucid dreams, sleepwalking, and a theory behind why we have so many negative feelings like anxiety and anger while dreaming.