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This Market Chain Just Dropped Candy From Its Checkout Lines

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That temptation of grabbing that last-minute candy bar at the grocery checkout line is all too real. East coast supermarket chain Aldi wants to get rid of that tempation for its shoppers.

Aldi has announced they’re losing the checkout sweets at their stores and replacing them with healthier alternatives, The Chicago Tribune reports. This includes getting rid of chocolates and sugary bites and replacing them with dried fruit, granola bars and trail mix.

The company wanted to give customers a way to “feel good” about the checkout choices they make when it comes to snacks.

With nearly 1,500 in the United States, Aldi wants to finish its transition by the end of 2016. Locations of Aldi stores in the United Kingdom have already finished swapping out sweets.

Those who immediately go to that angry place, calm down. You can still walk to the other side of the store where they sell candy. You just won’t find them at the checkout line.

You may also remember Target testing something similar a while back.

Photo: Aldi Facebook

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Organic Gatorade Is Coming Soon, Says Pepsi

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Looks like Gatorade is going organic.

Business Insider reports that the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, Al Carey, said the snack and beverage company will introduce a new organic variant of Gatorade sometime in the near future.

Thanks to consumer interest, the trend of wanting more products with non-genetically modified organisms and more organic options, PepsiCo will focus on making at least one version of the sports drink that meets those demands.

PepsiCo is looking expand the company outside of carbonated beverages. Their other product, Tropicana, will also feature some non-GMO juices sometime in 2016.

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Fast Food

A Vegetarian Drive-Thru Is Opening In California And We Are Pumped About It

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Vegetarians, rejoice. Amy’s Kitchen, a company that prepares vegetarian frozen meals and convenience food, is opening an all-vegetarian drive-thru restaurant in California next month.

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The drive-thru will serve meat-free burgers, burritos, pizza, salad, plus milkshakes and  vegan shakes. Menu items can be ordered vegan or gluten-free, and every ingredient is non-GMO. Hell yeah.

And it gets better. Over 95% of the products will be organic and most will be locally sourced. Plus the menu is peanut-free and egg-free. And everything will be prepared onsite, too. Hell yeah times a million.

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Don’t fear, the quality products and ingredients will not increase the menu item prices. For example, a single patty burger will cost $2.99, a basic burrito will cost $4.69, and salads made with seasonal produce will cost as little as $3.99.

Also, Amy’s Drive-Thru also plans to build a “living roof” covered with drought-tolerant plants, which has the potential to reduce a building’s energy needs. And the building will use an on-site water tower to collect rain to water the roof, and use a reclaimed water system for irrigation purposes. Why can’t all fast food restaurants be like you, Amy’s?

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Amy’s Kitchen aims to lead the fast food industry into a delicious, organic, non-GMO, sustainable future, and gives us all hope for the future of the fast food industry. Thank you, Amy’s Kitchen. Thank you.

Written by Megan Prendergast of SpoonUniversity

Read more about about the fast food industry here.

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How To Make Parmesan-Covered Zucchini Rounds

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We don’t talk about it much, but we do occasionally like to eat healthy. Take these Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds, for example.

Created by Five Heart Home, the rounds are made with only a few simple ingredients. All you need is some zucchini, freshly-grated Parmesan cheese and some salt & pepper.

You start by slicing up the zucchini into reasonably thin pieces. Then, scoop a bit of parmesan onto each surface and add your salt and pepper. Once you pop these into the oven for about 15 minutes, they’re good to go.

The full recipe, complete with details and measurements can be found at Five Heart Home.

Definitely making these.

 

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Wine Is Actually Really Good For You, According To Science

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Feeling guilty about your evening glass of Pinot Grigio? Well, you don’t have to anymore. Fitness Magazine has shown drinking wine can be good for your health. These reasons might be the best news you’ve heard all week.

 

It makes you more attractive.

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You read that right. Studies in alcohol and alcoholism showed that low doses of alcohol can make you more attractive by giving you a slight glow and subtle smile. Who doesn’t love a little glow?

 

It’s good for your heart.

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Polyphenol, a natural chemical in wine, has been credited for lowering risk of heart disease. Nutrition and Aging found in a study with over 300,000 women that moderate levels of wine resulted in a healthier heart.

 

It reduces stress.

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Alcohol is a depressant, as most of you may know. It can reduce stress levels by depressing brain activity and triggering a calming, sleep effect. Be careful with this one, too much of a depressant can disrupt the chemical balance of your brain.

 

It can prevent memory loss.

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Resveratrol, a component of wine, might help you recall where you’ve been leaving your keys. A study done by the Journal of Neuroscience showed adults who were given daily doses of resveratrol had better short term memory than those that were given a placebo. Maybe your grandma isn’t scatterbrained, she just needs a nice glass of wine.

 

It can burn fat.

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Dark red wine with muscadine grapes has been credited to slowing the growth of fat cells. Don’t replace the treadmill with a bottle of wine though; it won’t be your best weight loss plan. This article also explains how it can keep you slim.

 

It helps maintain muscle.

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Resveratrol, the same secret ingredient that prevents memory loss, has been linked to muscle mass and bone density. A study done with rats by French researchers showed that rats who did not receive resveratrol actually experienced reduced bone density, muscle mass, and strength. Apparently, rats like wine, too.

 

It can help fight cavities.

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Having trouble keeping up with that flossing routine? Tell your dentist that you may not be flossing, but you are drinking wine. The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that the seeds in grapes can help reduce plaque-causing bacteria that forms on your teeth.

All of this must be considered in moderation—in this case, more is not merrier. But now you can explain why your Barefoot addiction is actually healthy thinking. And, to incorporate your daily dose of wine into a healthy smoothie, read this recipe. Cheers to looking out for your health.

Need more ideas on how to un-wine-d? Check these articles out:

This Article Written by Sarah Grace Nicholson of Spoon University

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Features

13 Souplantation Hacks That’ll Change Your Entire Experience

Souplantation is one of our guilty pleasures. It’s the one place we can eat as much as we want, yet still feel OK about ourselves because it’s mostly soups and salads. Mostly.

Recently, we took an extended lunch and played with some hacks and upgrades one can dabble with at any Souplantation. We gotta admit, we might have had a little too much fun. Though it’s all in the name of discovery, right?

Check out some of the upgrades you can perform to enhance your dining experience.

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Loaded Pasta

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Grab any pasta. Be it penne, mac & cheese, carbonara (spaghetti), or linguini and load it up. Throw some mushrooms, bacon bits, cheese, onions, anything you can get your hands on that’ll load it up. Don’t be afraid of dessert toppings as well.

Corn Bread Soup

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A popular hack, take a piece of corn bread and break it in half. Then, top it with chili and a little tomato soup. Let the cornbread soak everything up and add some sour cream, cheese and onions. The result should give you a moist, soup-soaked corn bread.

Clam Chowder Pizza

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One of our favorites. Roll over to the pizza bar and grab some slices on a plate. Then, head back to the soup bar and ladle a generous amount of clam chowder. We suggest topping it with shredded cheese. Amazing.

Creamy Mushroom Soup Penne

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Another popular hack, grab some penne from the pasta station. Then, go find the Cream of Mushroom from the soup bar and throw some one top the pasta. You’ll have a creamier pasta dish with more flavor and mushroom. Control the texture of the dish with how much pasta you add. Heads up, it’s gonna be rich.

3-Pepper Chili

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Sure, the chili at Souplantation is great but it could definitely be spicier. Three peppers spicier. Grab yourselves a bunch of jalapeños, a pepperoncini and a generous dash of black pepper. Should kick your chili up a notch.

Bacon Chowder Potato

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There’s a simple beauty to a baked potato with just butter and salt. However, if you’re doing all-you-can-eat, you’re gonna want to change it up. Split a baked potato in half and ladle some Clam Chowder on top. Then, throw some bacon on it!

Blueberry Muffin Top Ice Cream Sandwich

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Everyone’s favorite part of the muffin is the top. It’s been proven time and time again. So we took the top of two blueberry muffins and used them as the part of an ice cream sandwich. Feel free to get some rainbow sprinkles in there, you’re already this far.

All-The-Pasta

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Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Grab all the pastas you can get your hands on. Whether it’s in the pasta station, salad bar, or even if you feel like digging it out of soups. Toss them into a bowl and mix them together. God, those beautiful carbs.

Brownie Chocolate Bites

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Souplantation has plenty of chocolate. If you take a brownie from the bakery and break it in half, you can throw some chocolate mousse on top one piece. On the other, put some chocolate ice cream on top (we chose a combination swirl). Let Oreo cookies, or chocolate sprinkles, rain. Finally, drizzle some hot chocolate syrup on top of your dessert.

Vanilla Bacon Cone

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It’s often been proven that bacon goes great with dessert. So why not combine two of the most readily-avalible items at Souplantation? Make yourself a vanilla cone and sprinkle some bits of bacon on top. It’s delicious.

Sourdough BLT

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Feel like sandwiches? The bakery section should have some freshly baked sourdough slices. Grab yourselves two and head back to the salad station. There, choose from any salad. That’s your lettuce. Grab some cherry tomatoes (we had to dice them up real quick) and finally some bacon bits. If you like your sandwiches a little more moist, we suggest adding a little cream from whatever pasta available with a white sauce.

Loaded Baked Potato

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A simple, but essential upgrade. Find yourselves a hot baked potato and start piling. Cheese, onions, sour cream, green onions, basil, soup, bacon, anything you want. Load this baby up until you forget there’s a potato underneath.

Chili à la Mode

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Ice cream and chili. Just because we wanted to see what it looked like. Yeah, maybe skip this one.

Photos by Peter Pham

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Fast Food

McDonald’s to Add Cuties to Happy Meals

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Guess after so many years, kids are tired of apples.

Beginning this month, McDonald’s will be adding Cuties California Clementines to their Happy Meals. The Sun Pacific Cuties will be available in both Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals as a new option for sides. The clementines are said to provide a decent amount of vitamin C.

Like most citrus-based fruits, they can be peeled and eaten with the kid’s lunch or snacked on later.

Currently kids can pick between apple slices and Go-GURT low fat strawberry yogurt. Also, fries.

The Cuties are part of a growing trend of healthier options for kids at McDonald’s restaurants and will be available through March 2015. Their availability will coincide with peak clementine season.

Customers can also purchase Cuties individually from the kids’ menus.

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Guessing Lettuce Burger and Protein Burger Are Two Different Things

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