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Don't let the sugar overload in your favorite Halloween candies trick you gut. Read on to see which of your childhood favorites are recommended treats.
- 19.Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup0 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 5 g sugar
- 18.Justin's Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsPer pieces: 70 calories, 4.3 g fat (2 g saturated), 9 g sugar
- 17.Reese's Pieces Snack SizePer pouch: 70 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated), 7 g sugar
From popcorn and hot cocoa to oatmeal, salad dressing and beyond, we have tons of creative ways to use your favorite caliente condiment! Here's how to add some spice to your life!
- •Spice Up Movie NightCue up Netflix and flip on the AC! Thanks to spicy popcorn, movie night with bae is about to get even hotter. We’re huge fans of the snack because it’s low-cal, easy to make, and packs a major flavor punch. To whip it up, melt some butter in a small saucepan along with a tablespoon or two of hot sauce. Pour the fiery butter mixture over popped kernels and sprinkle with black pepper, Cajun seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
- •Add it to EggsHot sauce can take just about any egg dish from “meh” to “wow!” but the spicy topper pairs especially well with Tex-Mex flavor combos like bell pepper, onion, and ham. Toss our suggested veggies and meat into a free-range scramble and top with your favorite spicy sauce to make breakfast a little more interesting.
- •Make a Flavor Packed Greek YogurtDitch the fatty chipotle mayo and make a homemade version with a protein-filled Greek yogurt base instead. To whip up a batch, mix a container of plain Greek yogurt with pepper, onion powder, minced garlic and hot sauce to taste. Store in a mason jar or Tupperware container and use on sandwiches, grilled fish, and burgers or even set it out with some veggies for last minute appetizer.
Forget your birthday and Christmas—Thursday, September 29th is officially the best day of the year, hands down. Why? It’s National Coffee Day! It gets better: In honor of the holiday, coffee chains, convenience stores, and eateries around the nation are giving away free and discounted cups of joe! Get your cup today!
- •Dunkin DonutsAll day long, every Dunkin' Donuts across the nation is giving away a medium cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee for 66 cents in honor of its 66 years of business.
- •StarbucksThe coffee house giant won’t be offering any discounts (cue the eye roll), but they will be planting a coffee tree on behalf of every customer who purchases a brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee. The trees will be distributed to coffee growers who have had their crops destroyed by a fungus known as coffee rust. The trees that Starbucks is donating are not affected by the fungus.
- •Cumberland FarmsText “FREECOFFEE” to 64827 to earn a free hot or iced coffee.
Because avocado toast on your Instagram is so 2014.
- •Nut Butter with Energizing SuperfoodsFirst pick your favorite nut butter—almond, cashew, peanut, etc.—and then sprinkle away! Try a variety of toppings like hemp seeds, chia seeds, dried goji berry, dried mulberries, pepitas, and so on; they will add essential nutrients to your snack, not to mention plenty of visual appeal to any variety of toast.
- •Cucumbers and Fatty FishAnother way to get your fill of omega-3s is to cut up some slices of cucumber, which will serve as your "bread," and top them with smoked salmon and sprouts.
- •Frozen BananaRoll a banana in yogurt (ideally fat-free Greek or something with no added sugar) and chopped nuts mix and then freeze it. Next, chop up the banana and layer it on toast or fiber crackers with a thin coating of almond butter. Yum—and fun!
Forget the $10-a-cup superfood smoothies and make your own at home using affordable weight loss foods — for about a buck a glass. Making smoothies can be a pretty freewheeling endeavor, which is certainly part of the fun, but we’ve established a few basic rules. Follow our guide and you’ll be ready for liquid liftoff.
- •No Ice CreamIf you want ice cream in your smoothie, call it what it is—a milk shake—and have it for dessert. We're firm believers that desserts have a place in any diet — if done right — but breakfast is not the time.
- •Use a Strong BlenderA weak blender won’t be able to crush the ice quickly enough, which means it melts and ultimately dilutes your precious creation, rather than giving it that bracing, velvety texture you want. If you're stuck with a less-than-stellar blender for the time being, try substituting in frozen banana slices for the standard ice cubes. They'll instantly chill your drink and lend an ice cream-like consistency that makes your slim-down smoothie feel indulgent.
- •Respect the RatioOnce you learn the basic proportions of liquids to solids, you can turn anything into a pretty drinkable smoothie. For every 3 cups of fruit, you’ll need about 1 cup of liquid. Keep in mind that both yogurt and ice will thicken your drink.
If a mile-long pizza is something you find yourself dreaming about on the reg, pinch yourself—because it’s now a real thing. So, close your mouth, wipe your drool, and read on to get the scoop on Italy’s impressive concoction.
- •First of all, how long was this thing? And how much did it weigh?The record-setting pizza was 1.15 delicious miles of cheesy, tomatoey goodness. In case you were wondering, that’s 6,082.2 feet, which is the length of nearly 17 football fields. It weighed a whopping 3,352.24 pounds.
- •Where’s this pizza hanging out? Can we eat some for dinner?In the land of pizza, of course: Naples, Italy. Onlookers were able to take a slice once the new record was confirmed and the remaining pizza was given to those in need.
- •If someone ate the entire pie, how many calories would that be? How long would it take to work off?We know, we know, nobody could eat an entire mile of pizza solo. But we can dream, can’t we? After crunching the numbers, we estimate that this mile-long pie packs about 14,118,357 calories. You’d have to do more than one hundred million jumping jacks to burn it off. Luckily for your collective waistlines, this masterpiece is for sharing—and on another continent.
Here's what you should be looking for—and exactly how to buy the best—when you're shopping for summer vegetables.
- •ArugulaThe Payoff: Vitamin K, which may improve insulin sensitivity, offering protection against diabetes.
- •BeetsThe Payoff: Nitrate, which may help lower blood pressure.
- •Bell PeppersThe Payoff: All bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants, especially vitamin C. Red peppers lead the pack, with nearly three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges.
Going to Dairy Queen and not ordering a Blizzard is like making it to the gym and not leaving the locker room: It just doesn’t make any sense—especially if a craving for the frozen treat was what brought you to the drive-thru window in the first place. To stay on track, order one of the five Blizzards below in a 6-ounce Mini or 12-ounce Small.
- •Oreo Cookie BlizzardThough the Heath and Snickers Blizzards both have fewer calories, the Oreo variety has less sugar and trans fat, earning it the number five spot on our list. To cut 240 calories and 25 grams of sugar, opt for the 6-ounce Mini treat instead of the Small. It packs just enough of the creamy treat to satisfy your sweet tooth and is easier on your middle.
- •Reese's Peanut Butter Cup BlizzardAs a rule, Dairy Queen blends all of its Blizzards with copious amounts of fat and sugar. And though the 67 grams of sugar in this Resse’s-studded treat is still high, it’s about 24 percent less than you’ll find in a Small M&M’s Chocolate Candy Blizzard, making it one of the chain’s most waist-friendly blended soft-serve picks.
- •Strawberry Cheesecake BlizzardPacked with chunks of creamy cheesecake, strawberries and sweet vanilla soft serve, it’s hard to believe this flavorful treat only has 520 calories—370 fewer calories than a slice of Olive Garden’s White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. We know which one we’re going with next time a cheesecake craving strikes.
It's not just peanuts and Cracker Jacks anymore. Two-foot hot dogs and nine-patty burgers are just a few of the fattest concessions you'll find in America's sports stadiums.
- •Texas Rangers: BroomstickThis three-pound, two-foot, $26 potato bun-encased hot dog, was named after the bat used by Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. While the sentiment is sweet, the meal itself is a disgrace—and arguably a bit dangerous for anyone with high cholesterol. Topped with chili, nacho cheese, jalapeños, and caramelized onions (read: fat, salt, and a hint of spice), this giant dish is well over the 1,000 calorie-mark.
- •Tampa Bay Rays: Fan vs. FoodThe Tampa Bay Rays are willing to bet you will. In their food eating challenge, Fan vs. Food, they give brave, burger-loving fans, a chance to score two tickets to a future Rays' game and a t-shirt, by eating a four-pound burger and a pound of fries. The catch? They only have a half-an-hour to clear their plate. For some perspective, four pounds of 85 percent lean hamburger meat packs a whopping 4,533 calories, while a pound of fries clocks in around the 1,375 calorie mark.
- •Yankees Stadium: Tape MeasureThis past spring season, Carl's Steaks at Yankee stadium debuted a two-foot-long cheesesteak dubbed the "Tape Measure." Its primary selling point: customers can either top it with American cheese or Cheez Whiz—fancy stuff! Though there's no nutrition information available on this 24-incher, Subway's half-foot Big Philly Cheesesteak packs a whopping 500 calories. So it's safe to assume that the Yank's Tape Measure carries four times that (or about 2,000 calories).
If going on a road trip is at the top of your summer bucket list, consider making it a food-related one. Venturing into different states can be like visiting a different culture with its own cuisine. From New York’s famous hot dogs to California’s creamy avocados, here’s the grub you can’t miss in the USA.
- •AlabamaFried Green Tomatoes