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You can lose weight twice as fast with this diet method, research shows

When we want to shed some pounds, we typically look to dropping sugars and carbs from our diets. But a new study reveals that cutting back on sweeteners and breads might not be the most effective method after all. The most successful weight loss could come from ditching something more dieter-friendly at first glance — meat. The research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revels that dieters adopting vegetarian diets not only boost their metabolism but end up losing more weight overall — twice as much weight, in fact. A group of 74 participants with type 2 diabetes followed strict vegetarian diets of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. What researchers saw was that the vegetarian diet was twice as effective as the more common diet method at helping people shed pounds. Participants on the veggie diet lost on average 14 pounds vs. the typical 7 pounds. But the participants didn’t…

Festive fruit kabobs perfect for patriotic holidays

Some people can pull off elaborate cakes that look like perfect American flags. Those works of art are inspiring, but hardly practical. For the party host who wants to add patriotic flair to the table, without staying up too late the night before, here is a simple recipe solution. These fruit and pound cake kabobs make for a cute and tasty table-topper. Just wash some berries, cube your favorite white cake (vanilla cake, angel food cake, etc.) and skewer away! To make this even easier, I used a store-bought vanilla pound cake. You can also use blueberries and strawberries instead if you prefer. Happy summer holidays! American Flag fruit kabobs Makes 10 kabobs Ingredients Approx. 50 raspberries, washed and dried Approx. blackberries, washed and dried 10 long skewers 1 half loaf of poundcake or angel food cake, cut in 3/4″ cubes Directions Starting with a red raspberry, alternate red raspberries…

Is it safe to eat watermelon seeds?

It turns out that story Mom used to tell you about watermelon seeds sprouting fruit in your stomach was all just a myth. While we’ll assume you’ve realized this already, have you ever wondered if the seeds are actually safe to eat? Well, not only are the seeds safe to consume, but they contain a lot of nutrients that you definitely don’t want to waste (okay, maybe spitting a few at your sibling is fine — just for the sake of nostalgia). Here’s what you need to know about eating those little black seeds dotting the fleshy part of this delicious summer fruit. NEWLY-SEEDED INTEREST “We’re seeing a increase in the popularity of watermelon seeds on their own, which is interesting because 90 percent of the watermelons nowadays are seedless,” said Stephanie Barlow, Senior Director of Communications for The National Watermelon Promotion Board. “But if you can get your hands on a juicy, seeded watermelon,…

Why you might need to find a new favorite ice cream flavor

Vanilla ice cream is the Old Faithful of the frozen treat world. Not only is it America’s favorite flavor, but it’s an essential part of floats, splits, Blizzards, and apple pie a la mode. So why then, is this beloved summer scoop starting to disappear from shop menus? Reuters reported, a March 2018 cyclone in Madagascar, the country that harvests 80 percent of the world’s vanilla, has damaged plantations. About 30 percent of the crop was estimated to be lost, but the true extent of the damage won’t be known until harvest time in July. A shortage of the popular spice led to a crippling prices last year, and with the new crop damage, those prices are estimated to continue this summer. Costs of vanilla pods have risen by up to 500 percent. The valuable commodity sold for around $20 a kg (about 2 pounds) in 2010, but now goes for around $500 a kg…

15 frozen lemonade recipes to kick back with

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to pass up on an ice cold, frozen lemonade slushy. You can make this delightfully refreshing drink a ton of different ways. Add strawberries, booze, toasted coconut — or even serve it as a pie! You’ll need a blender, some ice and a few lemons, and you’ll be on your way to being everyone’s new best friend at your party. Here are 15 recipes you’ll want to whip up summer long. Pink watermelon lemonade slushy Get the recipe. So many refreshing flavors in one slushy. Watermelon, lemon, mint — bring on the heat! Frozen Coconut Lemonade Get the recipe. Coconut screams summer. Make this frosty mix in your blender and enjoy this creamy frozen lemonade treat. Frozen Mango Lemonade Get the recipe.  Try mixing fruit pairings for awesome, original blends like this mango lemonade recipe. Frozen Lemonade Pie Get the recipe.  It might not…

Dill pickle potato salad is a new take on a picnic time classic

Dill pickle potato salad is the perfect summer sidekick to barbecue, hot dogs, and just about any outdoor meal. Boiled potatoes are mixed with crunchy pickle pieces, minced onion, eggs and a creamy mustard dressing for a flavorful take on an old classic. Whether or not you’re a fan of potato salad, this is the recipe for you. As a full-blow mayo hater, I’m always looking for ways to work around recipes that call for it as an ingredient. This recipe still calls for some, but the zingy mustard and the briny pickles don’t let the taste, or consistency, of the mayo take center stage. Potato salad is usually just a side dish, but don’t be surprised if this one becomes the star of the meal. Dill Pickle Potato Salad Ingredients 5 russet potatoes, cubed (and peeled if you prefer) 1.5 tsp salt 5 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and roughly…

10 iced Starbucks drinks under 100 calories

As the temperature heats up, it’s harder to keep your drink orders to simple, low-calorie black coffee. Those iced drinks with their added sugar, cream and syrups can torpedo your whole day of healthy eating before you even head to work. There are plenty of ice-cold caffeinated drinks you can enjoy without any guilt. Here are 10 delicious cold Starbucks classics you’ll want to sip all summer long. Just remember to skip the whip and keep your order to the small (tall) size. Cold Brew Coffee. Cold brew coffee became all the rage a few years back, but you can benefit from this indulgent tasting, slow-steeped drink. It only has about 5 calories. Add a splash of nonfat milk and you’ll still only sip around 25 calories. Iced coffee. An unsweetened or “lightly sweetened” iced coffee will only set you back about 60 calories. Iced Skinny Mocha. It seems impossible this…

8 things you never knew about LaCroix

Once a drink favored by Midwestern moms, in recent years LaCroix has bubbled to the top of soda sales all over the United States. In the The low-calorie sparkling water beverage caught the eye of Americans, particularly Millennials, looking for a healthier alternative to regular sodas. Since the early 2000s, sales have exploded. And everyone seems to have a ranking on their favorite flavor. Here are a few things you might not know about this new beverage icon in your grocery aisle: 1. It’s PRONOUNCED la-croy The fizzy, flavored water has developed a seriously loyal following in recent years, yet many fans don’t pronounce the name correctly. If you’ve been faking some fancy French accent and saying “La-Kwah,” you should save yourself the embarrassment. The real name rhymes with “enjoy.” How can we be certain? It’s on the La Croix website. 2. What’s that mean? Lacroix translates to “The Cross” in French. 3. easy going origins LaCroix was invented in 1981…

Thunderstorm? Here’s why you should skip washing those dishes

Every grade school kid knows to seek shelter during a thunderstorm, but did you know that washing dishes or taking a shower can be dangerous during a storm? It turns out that lightning can still shock you through the pipes in your house. According to John Jensenius, a lightening safety specialist for the National Weather Service, during a storm, you need to stay away from anything that conducts electricity. That includes both wires and plumbing. “Certainly showers would be dangerous. It would be dangerous to be washing your hands or washing dishes,” Jensenius said. “Just avoid those any time you hear thunder.” Anything that plugs into a wall is also dangerous. That means avoid using dishwashers and washing machines, too. If you have plastic pipes in your home, you’re still at risk. Impurities in tap water can also conduct electricity. “Water can conduct electricity as well,” Jensenius said. “We see that on the outside…

Blueberry bars bring the first taste of summer

Blueberry season in North America runs from April through September, so now is the time to start enjoying those plump, juicy, blueberries in everything from salads and smoothies to muffins and more. These fresh blueberry bars are a quick and easy tasty treat. Every bite is bursting with blueberry flavor and crunchy walnut pieces. So give into those first cravings for fresh summer flavors and try this delicious blueberry bar recipe. Fresh blueberry bars Makes about 16 bars Ingredients 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup), room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 1/2 tsp quality vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (about 12 ounces) 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped 1/4 cup powdered sugar Lemon zest from 1 large lemon (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×13 inch pan or line pan with aluminum foil to make bars easy to remove. In…