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Thrivenotes Travel Snacks

by adminadam in articles

What makes them worthy of the Thrivenotes designation?

  • High in potassium (good for blood pressure and heart health)
  • Portable (no-mess and 0-prep)

What should I bring with me to eat while traveling?

The following foods are high in potassium. The nuts and seeds are high in protein and healthy fats as well. All these can be great for camping, hiking, or taking with you on the airplane to balance out the pre-cooked, high-sodium meals-on-a-tray. They will help balance your electrolytes and help you stay hydrated as long as you are drinking enough water. (Smart Traveler – 1; Desert/Dessicated Cabin – 0!)

Listed in order of potassium content per 100 gram serving:

  • Dark Chocolate (72% DV)
  • Dry Roasted Soybeans (39% DV)
  • Dried Apricots (33% DV)
  • Pistachios (29% DV)
  • Pumpkin Seeds (26% DV)
  • Sunflower Seeds (24% DV)
  • Almonds (20% DV)
  • Dates (20% DV)
  • Dried Figs (19% DV)

Note: watch the sodium content on the nuts and seeds! Perhaps unsalted is wisest.

For the fruit and chocolate, know that these can be very high in sugar too. Best to mix it up with some of the nuts and seeds.

What to drink?

Coconut Juice (Contains 7% DV of potassium per 100 grams)
Orange Juice (6% DV of potassium – not too shabby!)

Since we’re talkin’ potassium, what about bananas?

Besides the fact that they quickly spoil and get squished when lugged around, their nutrient density is only about 10% of your daily value of potassium. (Not bad, really, but you can do much better!)

Any Honorable Mentions?

Sun-dried Tomatoes — with an astonishing 98% of your daily potassium needs! But then who eats straight-up sun-dried tomatoes 100-grams at a time? (Oh, sorry — I didn’t see you there, Tomato Larry!) Just know that they are good for you the next time you see them on the menu somewhere.

Bon Voyage!




Thrive Countries, 1st Issue

by adminadam in articles

This is a mostly personally relevant list of 10 countries I thought I ought to travel to or live in at some point. However, it does contain a few good general insights and some interesting cross-referenced information from the Index of Economic Freedom and the Freedom on the Net report (links below). For example, you may be interested to know that Estonia is among the top 15 economically free countries in the world, but that it also tops the charts in press freedom and has the world’s greatest internet freedom.

I have included crosses (†) to indicate my own interest in the culture of countries listed where applicable, in addition to minuses (–) to show places that I am not interested in going to or spending that much time in (for now). For example, the United States is ranked 9th in Economic Freedom, extremely high in Press and Internet Freedom, but nonetheless it is my country of origin and therefore less interesting to visit than many of the others. For this reason it gets a minus. Note that I am also very interested in learning other languages and that I studied Spanish and Japanese for many years. Hence, Australia is less interesting, while Japan, Chile, Brazil, and others are more so.

Press Freedom I haven’t included but hope to in future editions of my list; This is something that is, of course, intimately connected with Internet Freedom and very important for every nation on Earth. It is another attribute that, for me, increases the gravity and draw of a place. If you are curious about Press Freedom as well right now, know that Freedom House publishes both reports: (PRESS FREEDOM) and (FREEDOM ON THE NET 2011).

This list is comprised of well-established, demonstrably-free societies that also happen to interest me personally. In later lists I hope to include information from the Human Development Index, Press Freedom statistics, and more.

Top 10 Thrive Countries for 2011

1. United States
2. Germany (†)
3. Hong Kong
4. Switzerland (†)
5. Estonia (†)
6. Japan (††)
7. Singapore
8. Chile (††)
9. Brazil (††)
10. Australia

Thrive Countries, 1st Issue (PDF)

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