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9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A

A fast food chain with the word “Chick” in its name just doesn’t sound like a safe place for vegans. But inevitable road trips and late night sustenance requirements land folks of almost any diet at a take-out window now and again. It’s good to know where you can go when you’re in a pinch. Here are 9 items vegans can safely order at Chick-fil-A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoMmvFolV4o/?taken-by=chickfila 1. Waffle Fries Yes, Chick-fil-A’s best selling menu item — the iconic waffle fries — are made with only three ingredients (potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt), making them undoubtedly vegan. You can even dunk them in the BBQ, Polynesian, or Sriracha sauces — all of which are also vegan, but is anything better than classic ketchup (also vegan)? https://www.instagram.com/p/BS_QZsCh906/?taken-by=chickfila 2. Hashbrowns Because morning rushes happen, too. You can pick up a box of these perfectly golden tots and pair them with ketchup and…

Americans urged to get flu shots after last year’s 80,000 death toll reported

Eighty thousand people died from the flu last year — that’s more than the number of people killed in car accidents, gun violence, or opioid overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to get flu shots early this year, especially those who are vulnerable or those with weakened immune systems including pregnant women, children, and older adults. The new data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said last year was the deadliest flu season in more than four decades. Flu experts knew it was going to be a bad season, but the tally was nearly twice the estimate health officials originally projected. The high mortality rate last winter was driven by a type of flu that tends to land more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. Making the situation worse, the flu vaccine didn’t work very well. Despite the limitations of…

Creepy new cooking show coming to Netflix in time for Halloween

There’s a new cooking show headed to Netflix in October, and it sounds perfect addition to our Halloween fun. According to the streaming service’s description, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell stars the “wickedly talented baker and artist” Christine McConnell. Fans will recognize McConnell from Instagram where the baker/artist/photographer has over 260,000 followers for her creepy cakes, pies and other macabre makings. The show is being produced by Wilshire Studios and Henson Alternative, the grown-up side of the Jim Henson Company, so we just might see some creepy puppet critters lending Christine a hand in the kitchen. The entire season is expected to drop on Netflix Oct. 12. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkL4qqzBdRM/?taken-by=christinehmcconnell The streaming service has released a new poster in advance of the show, which features McConnell in an ET/Stranger Things-esqu style. McConnell described the show to MyRecipes.com saying, “It’s like if Morticia Addams stopped in the the middle of the movie…

Junk food increases your risk of depression, study shows

While you may think that burger from your favorite fast food joint will bring you a boost of happiness, a new study shows that the opposite is actually true. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that eating junk food raises the risk of depression, the Guardian reported. The research calls for doctors to give dietary advice to patients along with their other individualized treatment for depression. The findings are the results of the analysis of researchers from Britain, Spain, Finland and Australia, among other countries, who data-mined 41 other previous studies linking diet and depression. Researchers found that foods containing lots of sugar, fat, or those that are highly processed, commonly let to inflammation in the body. The study said that chronic inflammation can negatively affect brain chemistry, leading to illnesses like depression. Junk foods can also impact the neurotransmitters responsible for mood swings, so that quick…

Dunkin’ Donuts officially drops ‘Donuts’ from name

After 68 years, Dunkin’ Donuts is officially changing its name. The popular donut and coffee chain announced Tuesday that it will no longer go by the moniker “Dunkin’ Donuts.” Instead, they’re just “Dunkin.” The name changes come after months of speculation and a few new restaurants opening under the new name. According to a press release, the “Donuts” drop “officially puts the company on a first name basis with customers.” The change will take place in January 2019, meaning, all the packaging and signage you see after that will just read “Dunkin.” Pushing on the “first name basis” thing, the company released this tweet: https://twitter.com/dunkindonuts/status/1044647776943058944 Some would argue that the name was simple enough, or that the common reference to “DD” was a better alternative. But regardless, Dunkin’ will still serve the same great coffee and delicious donuts, so, will it really matter? Also see, 8 ways to recycle used…

Where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29, 2018

While true coffee lovers worship the steamy drink all year long, there is one day every year that we set aside for a true celebration — National Coffee Day. On September 29, coffee shops across the country with mark the occasion by offering free or steeply discounted cups of coffee to visitors. Here are what some of the chains are brewing up:   7-Eleven On Sept. 29, get a free coffee with purchase of a breakfast sandwich more than $2. Cumberland Farms Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receive a mobile coupon for a free hot or iced cup of joe. Dunkin’ Donuts BOGO free deal on all hot coffee purchases. Krispy Kreme America’s favorite coffee chain is offering coffee lovers a free hot or iced java of any size. Peet’s Coffee Enjoy a free drip coffee or tea at participating locations, as well as 25% off a pound of beans…

Book Review: Canning goes Back to Basics for beginners

This time of year always seems to turn in to a game of pass the produce. Your neighbor has too many tomatoes. Your friend gets extra cucumbers in her CSA. And every week, your co-worker tries to pawn off a basket of his peppers. There are worse problems to have. This year, instead of saying no — or continuing to pass the goods down the line to other friends — pick up a new skill for this plethora of produce, and learn to can. Canning is the next natural extension of our increasing national awareness of eating fresh, healthy and local. Grandma knew canning could feed her family healthy meals all year long, and what’s old usually becomes new again. Canning — much like knitting (can you believe it?) — is back on the scene. But between tools, temperatures and safety measures, the age-old practice can leave first-timers at a loss (and wishing Grandma was still…

Is plastic better than wood?: The cutting board debate

Whether you cook three times a day or three times a year, you probably own a cutting board. It’s a kitchen staple with one simple job, but without it, you wouldn’t have anywhere to cut, chop, dice, or slice your meats, apples, and onions. While you may know you need a cutting board, do you know when you should choose a wooden board over a plastic one, or vice versa? After all, anything your food touches can be a source of contamination and foodborne illness, so kitchen tools and care are no small decision. As it turns out, there are some major differences between boards you should know before you head to the store. Wood versus plastic For most of history, chopping blocks then cutting boards were all made of wood. But the invention of modern plastics in 1907 meant that plastic utensils slowly began making its way into people’s…

Airport security bins are dirtier than toilets, study shows

The dirtiest thing you’ll encounter at the airport isn’t the toilet seat. Nor is the tray tables or even your sniffling seat mate. According to a study from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, it’s those plastic security trays that are the filled with the most infectious diseases. The research was published in BMC Infectious Diseases, which found 10 respiratory viruses including the flu and common cold lingering on various surfaces through the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland. Scientists visited several times during the 2015-16 flu season and collected germ samples at various times of the day. As it turns out, the bins that hold your cell phone, shoes, purse, coat, and other belongings that need scanned for security, had more germs than any other area tested — including toilet, elevator buttons, and even the flight check-in kiosks. The virus found could easily cause you…

Whole milk might be healthier than skim milk, study shows

For years, experts have been telling us that full-fat dairy products like whole milk are loaded with scary saturated fats and the low-fat dairy options like skim milk are better for us. But recent research suggests that full-fat dairy may actually be healthier than and more beneficial than previously thought. The new research, published in The Lancet, found that people who eat full-fat dairy aren’t any more likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who opted for the low-fat versions. In fact, they might even be less likely to pack on the pounds. The observational study compiled data from about 136,000 adults across 21 countries on five continues. None of the participants had a history of heart disease, and they all completed detailed surveys, answering questions about type and frequency of dairy intake. The study found that dairy consumptions — no matter what kind — was…