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November produce: What’s in season?

Summer might seem like the time for the tastiest fruits and the vegetables, but there is plenty of produce that grows in colder weather or even in neighboring tropical climates. Fruits and veggies tastes best when you eat them in season, so while you might be bummed your favorite berries are bitter this time of year, there are still tons of great options for eating in season items that are ripe right now. Here is what will give you peak flavor in November: Apples Apples are the perfect fall ingredients, adding flavor to foods both sweet and savory. Plus, they’re delicious all on their own. Chop fresh apples in your oatmeal, bread, or yogurt for a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B-6, and vitamin C. Artichokes Artichokes are delicious and fun to eat. They make an appearance at many holiday tables because they are ripe and ready this time of year.…

Get free pizza delivered while you wait in line to vote

What’s worse than waiting in line? Waiting in line while hungry. Pizza To The Polls has a solution. The quirky nonprofit will deliver you and your fellow Americans FREE pizzas as you wait in line at your local polling station. Pizza To The Polls was founded in 2016, and has raised nearly $75,000 and delivered nearly 3,000 pizzas, as of November 4. The concept is simple, if you’re stuck in line, you can go to the organization’s website, enter a link to your social media post (like a Tweet or Instagram post) showing evidence of long lines. Enter the address of the polling place, then your phone number or email address if you want updates on the status of your pizza delivery. Pizza To The Polls will promptly receive your requests and act quickly to place an order for a local pizza shop to deliver your pie, pronto. It’s that simple. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeNtj0vA49u/…

16 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Forget to thaw the turkey? Traveling for work? Family 3,000 miles away? Whatever your reasons for not gorging on a home-cooked meal, rest assured that there are plenty of fast-food and sit down restaurants ready and waiting for you to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of some of them — just in case you need back-up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/?taken-by=applebees Applebee’s Call ahead just to confirm your specific location, but many Applebee’s locations will be open throughout the day and into the evening. They do have turkey options on the menu, so even if you just hate cooking, you may opt for Applebee’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuUqg7BpFl/?taken-by=bahamabreezeislandgrille Bahama Breeze Give your Thanksgiving Day a dose of Caribbean-style fun. Thanksgiving menu items will be served with a tropical twist. Then wash it all down with something fruity from the yummy cocktail menu. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpMzSdRgY3P/?taken-by=bobevansfarms Bob Evans If you want to avoid the hassle of…

This is why dogs can’t eat chocolate

While you’re on the fast track to a candy coma this Halloween, remember that just a small bite could have deadly consequences for your furry friend. All those rumors about chocolate being bad for dogs are true. Chocolate is never safe for dogs — not even on Halloween. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and can even be fatal. While most of us don’t purposely share things like brownies and chocolate bars with our pets, unfortunately, dogs have a way of sniffing around and finding those foods anyway. This means, you have to be careful, and instruct kids not to share candy with pets, as well. The best thing to do, is of course, keep candy well out of the reach of dogs — think air tight containers high on top of the refrigerator. Even then, remember that chocolate candy could show up where you least expect it (of all…

Tips for adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

Whether you love or hate Daylight Savings Time, you’re probably at least looking forward to getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday. The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 20 percent of Americans get less than six hours of sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked lack of sleep with other issues like vehicle crashes and on-the-job injuries. While, gaining an hour of sleep in thae fall is typically easier for people than the loss-of-sleep in the spring, it can still mess with your body’s rhythm and cause you to miss your body’s natural shut-eye cues. Adjusting to time changes is different for everyone, but there are a few tips you can take to help ease into the new schedule. Start preparing today. Sometimes, make the hour move in one day is too much, especially for families with kids. Begin pushing your daily routine a little…

Nutrition labels are about to look different

The next time you pick up a bag of chips at the grocery store, flip it over and look for the new nutrition label. The Food and Drug Administration announced that nutrition labels would be receiving a makeover that reflects new scientific findings. The changes will ultimately help you make better-informed choices about foods you and your family eat. The new labels will only be required of manufacturers who sell more than $10 million in food a year. Companies in this category have until 2020 to adopt the new label. Some manufacturers have already incorporated the new label into their packaging, so it might already look familiar if you’re a frequent label checker. One of the most noticeable changes comes with the serving size and calories. Serving sizes have been adjusted to reflect how much people actually eat, rather than an arbitrary number some companies were perviously using to skew…

Organic foods reduce your risk of certain cancers, study shows

If you’re still not a believer in organic food, consider a new study that suggests it can save you from some cancers. The study, published earlier this week in JAMA Internal medicine, found that those who frequently ate organic foods, had an overall lower risk of developing cancer. Specifically, those who primarily consumed organic foods where more likely to ward off postmenopausal breast cancer and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma than those who rarely or never ate organic. The study looked at the diets of 68,946 French adult volunteers. Researchers divided them into four groups depending on how often they said they ate organic foods including fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, ready-to-eat meals, vegetable oils and condiments, dietary supplements and other products. Participants were checked on, about four and a half years later. During that time, the volunteers developed 1,340 cancers. Breast cancer being the most common (459), followed by prostate cancer…

5 food trends that will be hot in 2019

While we’ve been captivated by two Royal weddings, #MeToo, and Hurricane Florence, we’ve hardly noticed that 2018 is coming to a close. It’s been a year deep in political turmoil, social causes, and online entertainment. But with all of the unknown ahead, one thing we know for sure is that we can count on surprising new and fun food trends. This past year had its own edible identifiers. Fermenting was all the rage, and growth is likely to continue. Booze-free beverages took the healthy Millennial scene by storm, and tech competed for dining dollars with DoorDash becoming a household name and Amazon Go announcing plans for more market stores. Cold brew coffee and natural wine were in our cups and Instagram caught everything on camera. A team of product developers, chefs, and innovators at The Kroger Co. all got together to discuss likely food trends and give us a sneak…

The truth behind 8 common food and drink urban legends

It turns out, some of the food urban legends you heard on the playground as a kid are still around today. While some of them ended up to be true (like, the occasional alligator living in a sewer), most are far from it (like, “throwing a penny from a skyscraper will kill someone”). But in the world of kid-dom, folklore is strong, and maybe never moreso than around Halloween time when the spookiness of the holiday mixes with the fear of approaching strangers houses. But frankly, we’ve all probably just had too much sugar. Whatever the reason, here are 8 of the most persistent food and drink related urban legends: https://youtu.be/vYEXzx-TINc The legend: Pop rocks Little Mikey from Life cereal died from eating Pop Rocks and soda. True or False? False The facts Little Mikey was known to all kids thanks to his television fame, yet few people knew his actual…

Six ingredients commonly found in gum, soda, candy banned by the FDA

Just in time to squash your Halloween fun, the Food and Drug Administration has nixed six synthetic flavorings commonly found in candy, soda, baked goods, booze, and gum. The ingredients in question have all been shown to directly contribute to cancer in animals. They included synthetically-derived benzophenone (also used in rubber reusable food containers), ethyl acrylate, eugenic methyl ether (methyl eugenol), myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine. Even if you’re an avid label checker, these names probably don’t look familiar to you. Since they fall under the umbrella of proprietary “artificial flavors,” the manufacturers don’t have to print them in the ingredients list, according the FDA. The additives are known to contribute floral, cinnamon, mint, citrus, mango, pineapple, garlic, roasted onion, and woody flavors, according to a petition.  The ingredients were proven to cause cancer in laboratory animals by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program. But no…