How the Stroopwafel Could Help Power Your Next Outdoor Adventure

If someone asked, “Want an energy waffle?” what would be the first thing that popped into your mind?

A crispy, fluffy Eggo smothered with some questionably healthy, sugar-coma-inducing toppings?

For those not “in the know” on the energy waffle, don’t be bummed. The phenomenon actually started centuries ago in the Netherlands, when bakers in the Dutch town of Gouda began making what they called Stroopwafels—literal translation “syrup waffle”—a hand-pressed treat concocted of sweet syrup made from beet sugar and thin, crisp wafers.

Heated over a cup of coffee or tea, the energy waffle is a warm, gooey energy source. Photo: Rip Van Wafels

But the small-yet-filling (and interestingly satisfying) treat has only really risen in US markets in recent years, particularly with the active outdoor crowd. Companies like Honey Stinger, GU Energy Labs and Rip Van Wafels, have unleashed

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Bridle your back-to-the-office angst | Health Beat

After spending months working remotely during the pandemic, some may find it difficult to transition back to the office environment. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Feeling anxious about going back to the office after months of working from home?

You’re not alone. A recent study by a leading software management company found that two-thirds of us are uncomfortable about returning to the workplace right now.

The chief concern? Health and safety.

The uncertainty borne out of events globally and nationally can trigger dangerous thought patterns that sometimes lead to a mindset therapists refer to as catastrophizing.

“Catastrophizing occurs when our minds jump to the worst-case scenario, such as imagining yourself or loved ones becoming severely ill,” said Allyn Richards, PhD, a psychologist with Spectrum Health.

“During periods of stress and uncertainty, our minds are more prone to focus in on potential threats and get stuck in negative thought patterns,” she

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Unprocessed, healthy foods contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that packaged and manufactured goods simply can’t provide. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Nutrition researchers tend to paint a grim picture when the typical American diet comes under scrutiny.

And for good reason.

About 3 in 4 people don’t get enough vegetables and fruits, according to federal research. They also don’t eat enough whole grains and other nutrient-rich foods.

Perhaps least surprising of all: The typical American diet is overladen with added sugars, saturated fats and sodium.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey report, “What we eat in America,” states it plainly: American diets are light on vegetables and fruits, heavy on salt, sugar, fat and protein from animal sources.

This standard American diet—researchers dub it the SAD diet—has long been implicated as a leading source of chronic disease.

Obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer are all associated

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