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Published: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:28:56 -0800

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What President Trump Eats Every Day - and Why This Nutritionist Has Her Concerns

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:40:00 -0800

Image Source: Getty / Stephen Lovekin During a prepresidency interview with CNN, Donald Trump opened up about his predilection for fast food. He said, "I'm a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you're better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food's coming from. It's a certain standard." One nutritionist, however, recently shared her concerns about the president's poorly balanced diet. Jo Travers is an esteemed nutritionist and the author of The Low Fad Diet. She recently assessed Trump's everyday diet in an interview with The Guardian, and it was pretty eye-opening. For starters, Trump isn't a big breakfast fan and he's reportedly said, "My big thing is dinner." If he absolutely must have breakfast, he opts for bacon, eggs, or cornflakes. Travers strongly advised against the consumption of bacon. She said, "It's a processed pork product, which has been linked with cancer, so his risk of developing the disease will go up." Given that his usual breakfast is so protein-heavy, Travers recommended a better balance of protein and carbs. The president has also spoken about his love of meatloaf. He once prepared meatloaf with Martha Stewart and said he often likes to eat meatloaf sandwiches. Travers said meatloaf sandwiches are just fine if prepared with whole-wheat bread. She did, however, bemoan the lack of vegetables or fruit: "Meatloaf is essentially just meat. There's no roughage. And no fibre impacts on gut health. If you don't feed your gut bacteria with fruit and vegetables, that can impact the immune system and lead to infections." Then there's Trump's commitment to fast-food purveyors like McDonald's and KFC. Following his win during the primary election, Trump celebrated with McDonald's signature Big Mac and fries. Later that Summer, he shared a picture of himself eating fried chicken on his private plane. Albeit delicious, these aren't the healthiest choices. Travers noted these meals are packed with trans fats and linked to heart disease. Image Sources: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts, Flickr user su-lin, Flickr user zigazou76, and Flickr user powerplantop In addition to its physical effects, Trump's heavy diet may have mental and emotional implications, as well, specifically due to the lack of healthy fats and omega-3s. "His body will substitute with other types of fats, which are less fluid, making it harder for neuro transmitters to get through," Travers said, adding, "This is linked to mood disorders." Much like his policies, the president's diet is vastly different than that of Barack Obama, whose main late-night snack was once described as being "seven lightly salted almonds." [...]

The Best New Grocery Store Snacks of 2017 - So Far

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:55:00 -0800


If you're anything like us, you're constantly thinking about food . . . especially snacks. That's why we've already put 2016 behind us and officially begun the quest of finding the best new grocery store snacks of 2017. Last year's best new snacks included plenty of spicy chips, artisanal pork rinds, and pickle-flavored everything, but we're looking forward to even more creative and irresistible creations filling the aisles this year.

We've already found plenty of new products that made the cut this year, from vegan "beef" jerky to pasta-inspired chips and more. Read on to discover all the best new snacks we've discovered so far, and be sure to check back as we update the list with more snacks that deserve a spot in your shopping cart this year.

The Most Popular New Drink From McDonald's Shamrock Line Wasn't Even Advertised

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:08:00 -0800



When we heard about the new additions to McDonald's Shamrock drink menu this year, we were pumped. But it wasn't until we went to our nearest McDonald's to try all the new items that we realized the best one isn't even on the advertised menu. You're looking at the Shamrock Iced Coffee, which is a secret menu item that we managed to discover thanks to an insider tip from the McDonald's employee who made the Shamrock Mocha for us to try (which, by the way, is just as perfect as McDonald's Peppermint Mocha). The employee told us this is the most popular Shamrock drink, aside from the original Shamrock Shake.

The Shamrock Iced Coffee (about $2) did appear on the touchscreen self-ordering kiosk at our local McDonald's, but not every location's standard menu (above the cashiers) may feature this item. Since you might not find this iced coffee on the menu along with the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Shamrock Hot Chocolate, and Shamrock Mocha, here's how to order it.

  • Order your preferred size of an iced coffee, and ask to add the McCafé Mint Mocha Flavored Syrup. Depending on what size you order, you'll get two to four pumps mixed into your coffee.
  • You can order it with cream or no cream; just speak up about your preference.

The cold coffee drink is rich, chocolaty, minty, and refreshing. It honestly reminds us Bay Area residents of the (cheaper version of the) Philz Mint Mojito, one of the most popular drinks in San Francisco. Suffice it to say, if you love mint-chocolate anything, you'll want to order this iced coffee every morning, so try out the limited-edition off-menu item while you can.

5 Things to Crush, Crumble, and Smash With Your Citrus Squeezer

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -0800


A citrus squeezer is one of those tools that you can get a lot of mileage out of just in its intended use. Think of all the dishes, sauces, and beverages that call for citrus juice - salad dressings, micheladas, and, of course, fresh-squeezed lemonade - the humble citrus squeezer makes it all happen. However, citrus fruits aren't the only food that you can fit snugly in the bed of a citrus squeezer and violently squish with glee.

In fact, there are items that are neither citrus nor fruit that can use some squeezing in order to yield something useful for cooking. Here are five completely unexpected foods that you can transform with a citrus squeezer.

Your Disney-Loving Heart Is Going to Freak Out Over These Cute Macarons

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -0800


French macarons have been a chic trend for a few years now, but a new spin on the trend is decorating the pastries in adorable styles. Bakeries have been experimenting with icing their treats like animals, unicorns, and even Disney characters.

If you're a fan of the sweet, chewy snack (and who isn't?), you're about to fall in love with these Disney-themed designs. The creators of these delightful desserts have fashioned everything from Star Wars-themed sweets to Disney-princess-adorned morsels, making it so there is a macaron for every Disney-lover.

Getting inspired? Try making these tasty treats yourself with a DIY recipe and easy decorating tips.

Read on to see all the Disney magic.

This Ridiculously Huge Pan of Risotto-Style Spaghetti Will Put You in a Carb Coma

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:42:00 -0800


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Starbucks ombré drinks are officially taking over the secret menu. Just days after the matcha pink drink started taking over our Instagram feeds, the newest two-toned drink has taken its place - the Pink Purple Drink. Pictured above on the left, the vibrant iced beverage is exactly what it sounds like: a hybrid of the Starbucks Pink Drink and Starbucks Purple Drink, the two most popular drinks to come out of Starbucks's rainbow lineup last year.

According to Instagram user nonsteapeats, here's how to order the eye-catching pink and purple drink for yourself.

  • 1 part Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk) and 1 part Purple Drink (Passion Ice Tea with Soy milk, vanilla syrup, and blackberries)
  • Ask your barista to mix the Pink Drink first, add ice, and then slowly pour in the Purple Drink.

For people who can't wait to try the two-toned trend at Starbucks but aren't the biggest fans of matcha tea, this secret menu item is a no-brainer. Which ombré drink are you more excited to try?

How to Get a Taste of the Best New Snacks Before Anyone Else, Straight From an Expert

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:10:00 -0800

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry Do you ever wonder who spots the craziest new junk foods, like Firework Oreos and Twinkies ice cream, on store shelves before anyone else? Turns out, there's a whole community of junk-food hunters who constantly deliver the buzziest new products to their eager followers, including established Instagram accounts like The Junk Food Aisle. A few years ago, the Chicago-based blogger became obsessed with the idea of being the first to try the best and biggest new products before the rest of the world caught up. "With each new release it was always, "How can I get my hands on these ASAP? The real inspiration to finally sit down and make my own junk food news site came when I was introduced to the Sweets & Snacks Expo here in Chicago. After some digging I found that a media pass would be my best way in, and from there I really started to figure out what a junk food blog of my own would look like. The result was The Junk Food Aisle." Related:The Best New Grocery Store Snacks of 2017 - So Far Oreo addicts that we are, POPSUGAR Food editors reached out to the anonymous person behind the ingenious Instagram account to find out the expert's secrets. Are all those photos real? How does someone manage to find the most head-turning packaged foods before anyone else? Any tips for other like-minded snack aficionados? Discover all that and more, ahead. Look everywhere - including multiple stores. If you strike out at one store, that doesn't mean a second store won't have what you're looking for. The key is to look carefully every time you shop, because you never know what you'll find. The Instagram expert says, "At this point, with my page, I can't just stop in a grocery to pick up milk, I first have to take a lap down each aisle and see if any new products catch my eye. It also helps to know that no two stores are the same. Just because one Walmart doesn't have any new Pringles flavors doesn't mean the Walmart two miles away won't." Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts Don't underestimate the power of a hashtag. When in doubt, search your favorite brands on social to see if there are any sneak-peek announcements. "Social media and the internet in general are great resources, too - both for finding out what products are coming out and also just in helping to know where to look for certain things. It's just a matter of knowing where to look online, following junk food accounts like mine, and checking product hashtags on Instagram to know what's out there and where." Related:The Best New Trader Joe's Products From 2017 - So Far Keep an eye on the most innovative brands. With so many new products flooding snack shelves, there's got to be at least one brand standing out from all the rest. In the Junk Food Aisle's opinion, "Hostess has a lot going on right now, between their new snacks like the Chocolate Cake Twinkie and their new ice creams and frozen dessert offerings. They've unloaded a lot of cool new ideas in the past month or two." Some of the other most popular brands among the Junk Food Aisle's followers are Kit Kat and Reese's. "Tic Tacs do surprisingly well, too," the blogger admits. But the ultimate leader? Oreo - no surprise there. "Oreo once again is the leader of the pack here in my mind. Swedish Fish Oreos? That's such an outside-the-box idea, and even though a lot of people thought they were gross they certainly got everyone talking. I think it's great they would try something different like that and I hope they continue to. In addition to new flavors, we've also recently seen new products like Oreo Churros, Oreo Eggs, and the candy bars. I'm always excited to see what they come up with next!" Same, Junk Food Aisle. Same. [...]

How to Hack the Caffeinated Coffee Butter That's Launching in Japan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0800



Coffee butter has arrived to help you become a morning person, and no, we're not talking about Bulletproof Coffee, which is coffee made with butter. We're talking about butter made with coffee grounds, otherwise known as spreadable caffeine made for putting on your morning toast. The internet is buzzing about the coffee butter launching in Japan, and people are lucky enough to be able to buy it in stores there starting in March.

The spread, pictured above, is called Snow Brand Coffee Soft and is made by the Japanese company Megmilk Snow Brand Company. The company is known for its popular coffee, and to celebrate the milestone of selling the coffee for 55 years now, it's debuting this unusual butter. "The milky coffee will now be making its debut as a spread, designed to be used on bread and toast just like butter or margarine," according to Japan's Rocket News.

While we're sure this particular brand tastes uniquely awesome, there's a way to make coffee butter for yourself at home if you're hoping to re-create it. According to this recipe for homemade coffee butter from Get in My Mouf, all you need is heavy cream, ground coffee, powdered sugar, salt, and a cheese cloth. We have a feeling this buttery spread would be perfect with Japanese chocolate slices on toast. Here's to having a new coffee-related reason to hop out of bed!

Trader Joe's Is Recalling Its Applesauce For 1 Scary Reason

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:08:00 -0800



Trader Joe's is voluntarily recalling its apple sauce because the jars could potentially contain pieces of glass in the product.

The products affected by the recall include the following:

  • Trader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gavenstein Apple Sauce that have a "best before" date through Aug. 8, 2018
  • Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a "best before" date through Oct. 6, 2018
  • Trader Joe's All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a "best before" date through Dec. 16, 2018, in certain stores only

You can find the "best before" date on the top of the lid. According to Trader Joe's, all of the affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed. If this is one of your favorite snacks from the grocery chain, you can learn more about the recall - and how to get a refund - on Trader Joe's site.

An Upscale, Trader Joe's-Like Grocery Store Is Coming to America

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:52:00 -0800


Lidl, a German supermarket chain, plans to open 100 stores in the East Coast by mid-2018, Business Insider reports. Though this isn't a household name in America, Lidl is a direct competitor to Aldi, another German discount grocery chain who owns Trader Joe's. Given the popularity of both brands in the States, it makes perfect sense that Lidl would expand to the US.

However, the Lidl grocery stores opening in America won't look anything like they do in Europe. Though in Germany, the UK, and 24 other European nations, Lidl positions itself as a discount grocery chain, Lidl stores in America will be "[u]nlike Aldi . . . the Lidl will be a hybrid similar to Trader Joe's or Harris Teeter, but closer to a Trader Joe's," according to a company presentation obtained by BI. "We will sell high-end brands, quality not quantity, best products only." In other words, Lidl is setting itself up as an upscale Trader Joe's. There will be locally sourced products, wine, and coffee. While we don't have an exact idea of what products will be stocked on store shelves, here's an idea, based on Lidl's Instagram account.

You can expect the first 20 stores to open this Summer in Virgina, North Carolina, and South Carolina. And if you're not in the East Coast, the chain may eventually open as many as 600 stores in the US. So, are you intrigued by this new grocery store?

Avocado Fans Will Love This Chocolate Pudding

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0800

We can all agree that avocados make any dish better. But did you know you can use them to improve your sweets? Let chef Donal Skehan show you how to make a killer chocolate avocado pudding that doubles as a frosting for healthy cakes. You'll never look at avocados the same again! For more recipes like this, be sure to check out Donal's cookbook Fresh. Related:You Have to Try This Avocado Ice Cream - It's a Game Changer!Bake Eggs in Avocados For the Ultimate Breakfast Trick Chocolate Avocado Pudding From Donal Skehan Ingredients3 ripe avocados 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon espresso powder 1/3 cup honey 3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs, plus extra for sprinkling Directions Slice open avocados, remove the stones, and scoop the flesh into a food processor. Add the cocoa powder, espresso powder, honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt into the food processor and blitz until smooth. Stir through the raw cacao nibs until combined. Transfer the mixture to 4 individual serving dishes, cover with cling film, and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until slightly firm. When ready to serve, sprinkle with a little more sea salt and raw cacao nibs. Information Category Desserts, Puddings/Mousse Yield 4 servings Cook Time 40 minutes Average ( votes): Print recipe [...]

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16 Recipes From Chrissy Teigen That Will Transform the Way You Cook

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:00 -0800


Chrissy Teigen has amazing recipes, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The title of her cookbook, Cravings, says it all: the model-turned-food-blogger-turned-cookbook-author likes to eat foods she actually craves, and she has an entire book dedicated to recipes you won't be able to resist. We're talking chicken pot pie soup, lemony spaghetti cacio e pepe, fried chicken wings with honey butter, mac and cheese with garlicky breadcrumbs, and much more. If you need any more convincing that Chrissy Teigen is the ultimate cooking muse, read on to discover 16 of her best recipes you'd be crazy not to try.

Surprise-Inside French Toast Will Transform Your Brunch Routine

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0800

To add a little mystery to your mornings, look no further than this surprise-inside french toast. Also known as Shibuya toast, this sky-high breakfast treat is stuffed with fruit, chocolate, and crunchy honey bread. It's bound to satisfy any sweet tooth and seriously amp up your brunch Snapchat game. Related:French Toast Just Got S'more BetterWin Breakfast With This Indulgent Fruit-and-Honey-Stuffed French Toast Surprise-Inside French Toast From Megan Lutz, POPSUGAR Food Ingredients1/3 loaf of white bread, unsliced 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 5 strawberries 1/2 banana 1/2 cup blueberries 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips Scoop of ice cream Whipped cream, for garnish Drizzle of honey, for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice the loaf of bread in half and cut out a large square chunk in the center, leaving the rest of the bread intact (like a square bread bowl). Slice the chunk you removed into cubes. Mix honey, butter, and cinnamon together into a bowl and evenly coat the bread squares and the inside of the hollowed-out bread. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. While the bread is baking, chop strawberries and bananas into small squares. Mix blueberries, chocolate chips, strawberries, and bananas into a bowl and set aside. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool for 1 minute. Fill the hollowed-out bread with the berry and chocolate mixture and the bread squares. Top it off with ice cream, whipped cream, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy immediately! Information Category Breakfast/Brunch, French Toast Yield 1 serving Cook Time 20 minutes Average ( votes): Print recipe [...]

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It's Time to Settle This Once and For All: Are These Frosted Cookies Trash or Amazing?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:15:00 -0800



You know those soft frosted sugar cookies from the bakery section in the grocery store? They're delicious, right? Or maybe you think they're a sad excuse for cookies and wouldn't dare eat one voluntarily. It turns out the sugary cookies are very polarizing, and a viral tweet has thrown the internet into a serious debate.

Twitter user taysux tweeted a photo of the cookies, saying, "It's that time of year again when stores sell these bottom of the barrel, flavorless piece of sh*t things they have the nerve to call cookies." With 14,000 "likes" and counting, it seems plenty of people agree with her extreme opinion of the dessert. Others, however, couldn't disagree more. "Delete this blasphemous tweet. They're the god of all cookies," one person tweeted in response. "These are a delicacy and should be treated as such," another tweeted.

The POPSUGAR office is just as torn as the internet on this highly controversial subject. "It's not even a good cookie, but you still eat it because it has a lot of nostalgic feelings. It's disgustingly delicious," POPSUGAR editor Victor Verdugo said. It's time to settle this debate once and for all: are these frosted sugar cookies from the grocery store disgusting or delicious?

Starbucks and Lilly Pulitzer Teamed Up to Create 1 Line of Crazy Popular Water Bottles

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:15:00 -0800


Starbucks recently collaborated with Lilly Pulitzer and S'well to create a limited-edition collection of water bottles that are about to be practically ubiquitous. On Feb. 15, Starbucks announced the exciting collection in a press release. The water bottles are currently available in 4,000 locations in four unique prints: Palm Beach Jungle, Fresh Squeezed, Siren's Calling, and Resort Escape Floral. They'll also be available online later this Spring.

In the press release, the S'well CEO Sarah Kauss said, "Wrapping Lilly Pulitzer prints on our bottles instantly transported us to Summer days and had us itching to head to the beach." Adding, "They are the perfect accessory for warm, sunny days or for daydreaming about them in the middle of Winter."

While the initial frenzy may make it difficult to snag one of the coveted water bottles, Starbucks does plan on making them available online this Spring. In the meantime, look ahead for some mood-boosting shots.

We Tried Starbucks's 2 New Spring Macchiatos - and 1 Will Be Your New Favorite

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:05:00 -0800



Starting Feb. 28, Starbucks will have two brand-new macchiatos on the menu, and the best part is that they aren't limited edition. Once you know how each one is made, you can order them to your heart's content. Each of the macchiatos, as with all of Starbucks's macchiatos, can be ordered hot or iced, but these new ones are being featured one each, hot and iced, to show off the flavors in the drinks.

The first is the Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. This hot drink starts with coconut milk and a white chocolate mocha sauce that then has espresso poured over it. It's topped with a caramel drizzle and a swirl of mocha sauce. The coconut milk in this drink provides a richness that you don't normally get from a macchiato made with dairy milk. While the caramel and mocha sauces provide sweetness to balance out the strong espresso, it's not overly sweet. This drink may be new for Spring, but I think it'd be perfect for a chilly day.


The second new macchiato is the Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato, which may be my new favorite Starbucks drink. As with all macchiatos, it starts with the milk, and for this one it's Starbucks's Almondmilk. Add to that a kick of the sweet cinnamon dolce syrup, the signature espresso, the caramel drizzle, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and you've got a refreshing iced drink that is so full of flavor. The ground cinnamon is the real star of the show in this drink, and the almond milk provides a slight nuttiness to complement the espresso. You really can't go wrong with this order.