How Healthy Can A Sweet TReat Be?

Joyce Bridges and Dawn Hawkins are the proud owners of TReats, located in Travelers Rest. This mom and daughter duo are local women who wanted to share their passion for healthy treats with the community. TReats is the only smoothie and juice cafe in the area. All of the ingredients used are 100% organic meaning there are no chemicals, additives, or artificial flavorings. TReats offers a number of different fresh pressed juices and smoothies, as well as wheat grass shots and protein energy balls.

When I visited TReats I ordered the black-n-blue smoothie which consists of blueberries, blackberries, banana, spinach, kale, and almond milk. It was 222 calories of pure deliciousness. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves tart smoothies. Plus they give students and teachers a 10% discount! 

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Photo taken by Ashley Trice at TReats

On my next trip to TReats I may be adventurous and try a wheat grass shot (no promises…) HOWEVER, I am absolutely going to try one of the protein energy balls. These are super simple to make at home, plus they are a great snack!

Ingredients:

  • oats
  • peanut butter
  • whey protein powder
  • chocolate chips
  • honey

All you have to do is mix up the ingredients and roll the dough into bite size balls, then refrigerate. Simple, right?

Now let’s talk carbohydrates.

When most people think of carbs, they immediately think bread, pasta, grains, etc, BUT, did you know fruit and vegetables are also carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for your body. Fruits and vegetables contain sugars such as fructose and glucose which are simple carbohydrates. These sugars are different from sugar found in processed foods. Fruits and vegetables are among the more nutritious sources to get your daily dose of carbohydrates.

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Smoothies Galore! Photo taken by Ashley Trice at TReats

Smoothies are a great option because not only are they super tasty, they are a healthy option that are easy to make yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit/vegetables, and a base (water, milk, yogurt, etc.) Smoothies are also great because you can always change up the ingredients and make a whole new creation!

The Evolution of Journalism.

Journalism for a Digital Age | Brian Carroll

 

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! SOCIAL MEDIA TAKES OVER!

As technology continues to evolve, news continues to stray away from print and expand throughout media. More and more people are accessing social media and online sources to get their news rather than reading newspapers. Could we be approaching the end of the newspaper?!

Our generation is becoming increasingly dependent on gathering news from media sources. As experienced social media users, we are more actively involved in sharing and commenting about what we read. Twitter, for example, allows people to be highly interactive by liking, retweeting, or responding to tweets. The controversy behind these sources is demonstrated when crowd-sourced news is mistaken.

Public or Private? Most digital spaces allow users to decide what can be viewed publicly and what should be kept private. Online news sources decided to allow readers to individually turn off comments in response to news articles they find “cruel, vile, or vicious”. Other news sites are beginning to disallow anonymity as well.

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Source: Twitter

Story Time! | Brian Carroll & Lynda Felder

Everyone loves a good story, right? How could you not? Lynda Felder in her book “Writing for the Web” lists all the main components of a good story:

  • characters
  • conflict
  • place
  • plot
  • premise
  • backstory
  • theme
  • tone

The question is: How do we start? Most people try to begin writing their story from the beginning when in fact, it is easier to begin smack dab in the middle. Starting from the middle allows the rest of the story to blossom and shape itself around the climax.

When it comes to writing for digital media, it is important to keep in mind that readers do not always finish the story (FYI our generation’s attention spans are dwindling by the minute) so try to incorporate as much important information towards the beginning of the story as possible to keep the reader engaged.

Begin with a hook. Draw in your readers; make them want more! Creating a sense of curiosity in your readers is key.

 

 

Back to the basics.

Edit everything. As nagging as it can be, it is SO important! Editing shows how dedicated the writer is to their work. It entails fixing grammatical or spelling errors, making sure the words you wrote down actually make sense, and even rewriting entire sections of your blog. Like Brian Carroll says, “Editing is mostly about making choices and decisions – lots and lots of decisions.” You have to be picky. Decide what works and what doesn’t.

Identify your audience. This strategy is by far, one of the most important of them all. A good writer needs to have a clear understanding of who his/her audience is in order to get the message across appropriately. Once you identify your audience, you need to determine how your audience wants to interact with your content.

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source: Google

HEADLINES! They’re all about excitement. Headlines are meant to catch your attention and make you want to dive in and read more, however, they still need to be direct, clear, and straightforward. It is important to maintain a balance between a logical headline and a fun headline. A well-written headline will summarize the content and give it visual identity, but most importantly, it will be simple. Brian Carroll provides two basic steps to compose a headline: “Determine what to highlight and decide how to phrase it given the limitations on space.”

Search engine optimization (SEO). This is just a fancy way of saying #hashtag. SEOs use key words, looking especially in headlines. The better the key words, the higher your content ranks in search results. Keep in mind: proper nouns make the best key words.

Include links for your readers to browse. There are different types of links, but they all determine where the reader goes when clicked. Some links connect to sites separate from the site or onto a new page and some take the reader to another post within the same page. Ugh, more decisions.

Writing techniques. Lynda Felder suggests tips and tricks for being a skilled writer on the web. She explains when it is appropriate to use certain punctuation, how to format paragraphs, maintain simplicity, and show your attitude. I incorporated some of these tips into this very blog post.