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Domino's Stuffed Cheesy Bread
Plain old stuffed crust? That's so last decade — at least according to Domino's Pizza. Earlier this year, the chain rolled out a line of “Stuffed Cheesy Bread” that's full of “cheese, cheese, and more cheese.” In fact, the breads — which come in Spinach and Feta, Bacon and Jalapeño, and plain Cheese — contain as much cheese as an entire medium pizza.
KFC Chicken Bacon Bowl
A bowl can hardly contain “layers of your favorites” without including bacon. Or so was the logic at KFC, which added bacon as a limited-time topping to the chain's line of “Famous Bowls.” How did they do it? Well, they took a 680-calorie combo of mashed potatoes, corn, Popcorn Chicken, gravy, and cheese — then added bacon.
Starbucks' Trenta Drinks
Fast-food excess is hardly reserved for food alone. Take Starbucks' Trenta-sized cups, the veritable Big Gulps of coffee consumption, which each contain 31 ounces of caffeinated brew to pour down your gullet. And if caffeine-induced twitching isn't enough of a health risk, consumers should be advised to pace themselves: The cups are actually larger than the typical human stomach.
Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae
What's more horrifying than an ice cream sundae that features vanilla soft serve, maple syrup, and bacon bits? An entire menu of creations based on the same bacon-centric principle. Denny's, however, has gone there: The chain's “Baconalia!” menu included that cringeworthy sundae, along with a triple-decker BLT, Bacon Meatloaf, and Bacon Flapjacks.
Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse Burger
If fast food has taught us one thing, it is this: Any food item can be stuffed inside any other. Burger King's Stuffed Steakhouse Burger, introduced earlier this year, is a prime example. Not content to simply put cheese atop a burger patty, the chain stuffed bits of Cheddar and jalapeño inside the beef, for “an experience you can see and taste in every bite.”
Pizza Hut's Big Dinner Box
Pizza Hut's “epic-size” repast offers up two medium pizzas, eight wings, and five breadsticks — in one convenient box! For the low prize of $20, ravenous diners might be tempted to scarf down the entire thing themselves, but please, make this one a family affair: The items in a single box are estimated to contain around 5,000 calories.
Dunkin' Donuts Sausage Pancake Bites
If you're craving a pancake and sausage breakfast, but just can't find the time, Dunkin' Donuts discovered a solution in 2011. An order of the chain's Sausage Pancake Bites offered diners three nuggets of flapjack dough that each enclosed a sausage link. A trio of nuggets also managed to enclose 20 grams of fat, more than most doughnuts.
Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos
Think outside the bun — and the conventional taco shell. In an apparent bid to include as much junk as possible in a single meal, Taco Bell used California and Ohio residents as guinea pigs to test shells made entirely of Doritos' nacho-flavored chips. The cheesy delicacy might be introduced nationwide next year, when, presumably, the chain will also swap burrito wraps for potato chips.
Friendly's Ultimate Grilled-Cheese BurgerMelt
Why eat one sandwich, when you can eat three? The KFC Double Down may have replaced a burger bun with fried chicken, but this year, Friendly's managed to outdo even that monstrosity. They swapped out a cheeseburger's bread with two entire grilled cheese sandwiches. This gastronomical innovation, not surprisingly, is also a caloric nightmare: 1,500 per sandwich(es). Even that doesn't seem to be helping the company — the 76-year-old family-dining brand filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 5.
7 Popular Fast Foods You Should Never Eat
A burger and fries. Chicken nuggets. Onion rings. A milkshake. Just about everyone has a beloved fast-food item they treat themselves to. Hey, it's all about balance, right? Plus, there are new items being introduced all the time to these classic fast-food menus that surely will pique your interest.
And every fast-food restaurant has some truly iconic, forever popular menu items. If you're a fast-food fan, then there's a good chance these menu items are on your "must-try" list. However, not every meal offered deserves to make it beyond the drive-thru window and into your clutches. Some fast foods, no matter how popular, you just shouldn't bother eating. Ever.
Uncover which popular fast foods are truly trouble. Your waistline will thank you in the long-run! And instead, be sure to stock up on any of the healthiest foods you should be eating right now.
And while you're at it, be sure you're not adding on any of the popular sodas we ranked by how toxic they are to your meals, either!
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12 Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes That Definitely Don’t Skimp on Flavor
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
MOST OVER-THE-TOP "HEALTHY" BREAKFAST
Bob Evans Multigrain Hotcakes
1,030 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated), 1,320 mg sodium
That's the calorie equivalent of: 10 Pepperidge Farm Whole-Wheat Mini Bagels
A great example of how too much of a good thing can go bad: While these hotcakes boast flax, sunflower and sesame seeds—giving them 5 grams of protein per disk—there are four enormous pancakes stacked up here. And more than 200 grams of carbs is no way to start your day unless you really are a lumberjack, especially since the more pancake you have, the more syrup and butter you need to add.
Eat This Instead!
Fruit & Yogurt Plate and Cup of Oatmeal
439 calories, 4 g fat (0 saturated), 78 mg sodium
Oatmeal is a slow-burning carb that provides long-lasting energy. Make similar smart choices all day long with these 11 Eating Habits That Uncover Your Abs!
11 of the Most Extreme Junk Foods Ever Created
It should come as no surprise that National Junk Food Day is traditionally celebrated on July 21—smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer, when the streets run thick with ice cream trucks and county fairs boast the kind of fried treats that can only be described as “awesome” (both in the modern sense and the more dated whoa, we are in awe of that usage). But National Junk Food Day shouldn’t be celebrated with commonplace junk food oh, no, it deserves something far bigger and better. So save your potato chips and chocolate bars for another day, and get ready to try some truly wild treats.
1. THE KFC DOUBLE DOWNKFC
Perhaps the most unexpectedly clever way to create a new extreme junk food item is to turn a non-junky foodstuff into something that just oozes calories and decadence. Fried chicken giant KFC knew that—and played it up to major effect—when they introduced the KFC Double Down to America back in 2010. The sandwich foregoes the most traditional aspect of any sandwich (the bread!) and substitutes two fried chicken filets. In between the two pieces of chicken? Bacon, two different kinds of cheese, and the Colonel’s “secret sauce.” There’s no room for a bun here, folks.
2. PIZZA HUT'S HOT DOG STUFFED CRUST PIZZA
We may associate items like fast food pizza and hot dog-stuffed anything with all-American palates, but cheesy juggernaut Pizza Hut saw things a bit differently. In 2012, the chain introduced a pizza with a hot dog-stuffed crust to our neighbors across the pond, treating their UK customers to the kind of taste sensation some people might have had literal nightmares about. Is it a pizza? Is it a hot dog? Somehow, it’s both—and yet something much more.
3. FRIENDLY'S GRILLED CHEESE BURGERMELTFriendly's
Once again, a wily restaurant chain took a normal food item—in this case, a hamburger—and amped up its junk factor by doing away with something as commonplace as buns, in favor of an entirely different (and, yes, very junky) item. In 2010, Friendly’s rolled out its very own spin on the Double Down, slamming a regular old burger between not one, but two grilled cheese sandwiches. Who needs buns when you can have four pieces of bread, gooey cheese, and unfathomable amounts of butter?
4. GUY FIERI'S CHEESECAKE CHALLENGE
Whiz-bang chef Guy Fieri has long drawn ire for his more wild culinary creations, but what sets his cuisine apart from that of other junk food aficionados is his steadfast dedication to the key elements of any extreme item: size and odd combinations. Fieri’s “Guy's Cheesecake Challenge” is currently on the menu of his Vegas Kitchen and Bar, but it’s easy enough to replicate at home: Just halve a cheesecake, throw it on a plate, and douse liberally with hot fudge, pretzels, and potato chips. (What, no bacon?)
5. DENNY'S FRIED CHEESE MELTDenny's
In August 2010, Denny’s introduced the Fried Cheese Melt, a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with fried mozzarella sticks. Yes, it was served with both French fries and a side of marinara sauce, because it’s important to eat vegetables with every meal.
6. DUNKIN' DONUTS'S GLAZED DONUT BREAKFAST SANDWICHDunkin' Donuts
If you’ve ever hit up your local Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast and found yourself stumped when it came time to decide if you wanted a donut or a breakfast sandwich to get your morning motor revving, Dunkin' Donuts came up with a brilliant culinary brainstorm in 2013: The fast food favorite unveiled a breakfast sandwich that used glazed donuts as “bread,” wrapped around bacon and peppered egg.
7. JACK IN THE BOX MUNCHIE MEAL
What Jack’s Munchie Meals lack in creativity, they more than make up for in pure, unadulterated size and content. Each Munchie Meal—there are four total—features a massive sandwich (from the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger to the Spicy Nacho Chicken Sandwich, and all sorts of wild fried things in between) accompanied with two beef tacos, “Halfsies” (a combo of fries and curly fries), and a 20-ounce fountain drink. These intense snack boxes are still available at most Jack in the Box locations, but you’ll have to wait until after 9 p.m. to procure your very own.
8. PIZZA HUT CHEESY BITES REMIX PIZZA
Apparently, there’s nothing that Pizza Hut loves more than using its crust as a delivery system for other junk food items. The hut that pizza built may have crammed hot dogs and hamburgers on to their pie sides, but there was something special about the Cheesy Bites Remix pizza. It featured fried cheese pockets stuffed with three different varieties of extra junk, from spicy seasoning to cream cheese and sesame to mozzarella and parmesan.
9. DEEP FRIED BUTTER
County and state fairs have long been hotbeds (sizzling, oily hotbeds) of wild, deep-frying invention. Dunking things in batter and then tossing them into a vat of oil is a nifty way to turn almost anything into a delicious crisp pocket of junky decadence, perfect for utensil-free eating—but that doesn’t mean that everything needs to get the deep-fried treatment. While deep-fried Oreos may be a stroke of brilliance, deep fried butter is just plain madness. Here’s a quick test: If you wouldn’t eat something if it weren’t deep-fried, don’t eat it if it is deep-fried. When was the last time you ate an entire stick of butter? See? Point proven.
10. THE BACON BUN BURGERKristen Rolfzen/Pinterest
Not content to have a bacon sandwich between two chicken filets? Is a grilled cheese bun replacement not for you? Then try making your very own hamburger buns out of bacon. Carbs are bad for you, right?
11. FRIED ICE CREAM SANDWICH
The Florida State Fair is the proud home of the first fried ice cream sandwich, a junky treat that bears a name that doesn’t even begin to explain what it holds between its buns. It’s not a fried ice cream sandwich so much as a bacon cheeseburger (technically a sandwich) topped with a ball of fried ice cream. It might be a good meal for multi-taskers—no need to worry about dessert—but it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing good for anything else.
Breakfast: Cereal With Raisins & Almonds Half Grapefruit With Honey
Mix 1 cup whole-grain cereal with 1/2 cup 1 percent milk and 2 tbsp each raisins and sliced almonds. Serve with 1/2 grapefruit drizzled with 2 tsp honey.
Lunch: Zippy Egg-Salad Sandwich
In a bowl, mash 2 hard-boiled eggs and 1 hard-boiled egg white with 2 tsp each hummus and mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp each Dijon mustard and lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp turmeric. Spoon between 2 slices whole-grain toast with 1/4 cup baby spinach and 1/2 sliced tomato. Serve with 1/2 cup carrot sticks and 1 orange.
Dinner: Steak Salad
In a skillet over high heat, sear 4 oz flank steak in 1/2 tsp vegetable oil until medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes per side. In a bowl, whisk 1 diced scallion with 2 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Set aside 1 tsp dressing. Add 1 1/2 cups torn romaine to bowl with dressing, then add 1/2 cup each halved grape tomatoes and chopped bell pepper, and 1/3 cup corn toss. Top with sliced steak, 1/4 chopped avocado and reserved 1 tsp dressing. Brush 1 slice whole-grain toast with 1/2 tsp olive oil and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan broil until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve.
The 8 Most Overhyped Superfoods On The Internet
Google "superfoods" and you'll be bombarded with more than 4 million links to websites, blogs, and books all touting the magical health properties of "super" foods, beverages, powders, and pills. Marketers of superfoods claim that their products can do everything from increasing your lifespan and preventing cancer to boosting your libido and fighting wrinkles more effectively than a face-lift.
But if it sounds too good to be true, well, you know how it goes. Nutrition experts believe that placing too much emphasis on single foods detracts from what really improves health, which is your overall diet&mdashadding a few "superfoods" here and there isn't going to make up for your serious fast-food habit, for example. Oh, and about the whole "superfood" term in the first place? Yeah, it's not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning marketers can essentially use the word as they wish.
While the following 7 "superfoods" do offer health benefits, they're not quite worthy of their health halo. Before you hit the checkout line, see if you've been duped by these overhyped, overpriced "superfoods."
Açaí literally means "fruit that cries," but you'll be the one shedding a few tears if you waste your money on açaí berry products, says Joan Salge-Blake, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. "There are no human studies to support the use of açaí berries to help you shed excess pounds, fight aging, or for any health issue, for that matter," he says. All berries are rich in beneficial antioxidants, but there's no reason that these natives of Central and South America deserve top billing.
Better bet: Enjoy locally-grown berries whenever they're in season and opt for frozen (with no sugar added) when they're not.
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The tiny black and white seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant are grown primarily in Mexico and South America. They're often promoted as a natural diet aid, but there's not much to back that up. When it comes to weight loss, one short-term human study did not find any weight loss benefits of chia seeds, says Salge-Blake.
Chia seeds do contain antioxidants and ALA, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid an ounce (2 Tbsp) of chia seeds has 140 calories, 10 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, 9 grams fat, and 180 mg calcium. So, chia seeds are a healthy, fiber-rich addition to your diet, but beyond providing good nutrition, they don&rsquot offer additional benefits.
Better bet: Opt for nuts and seeds of all types, which are naturally rich in antioxidants, protein, and fiber.
Coconut oil is the latest cure-all that supposedly can improve immune function and reduce the risk of thyroid disease, heart disease, dementia, obesity, and cancer. However, virtually all of the research is still considered preliminary, because studies are primarily conducted with rodents or based on limited data. One proven fact about coconut oil: 87% of its fat is saturated. That means you get 13.5 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon of coconut oil along with 120 calories. To to put that into perspective, the American Heart Association recommends limiting your daily saturated fat intake fat to about 14 grams total.
Better bet: Stick with vegetable oils that are low in saturated fat, like canola and olive oil, both of which have been been proven to help lower harmful LDL-cholesterol levels in numerous of human clinical studies. Canola has more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than coconut oil, and olive oil is one of the richest sources of monounsaturated fat.
Hollywood A-listers and CrossFitters may be cuckoo for coconut water, but this latest craze may not be all it's cracked up to be. Marketed as being a superior hydrator, diet aid, acne fighter, and hangover helper, the only thing that's been proven about coconut water is that an 8-ounce serving comes with 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar and at least 50 calories.
Better bet: "Plain water is more than adequate to stay hydrated, even after a workout," says Salge-Blake. Bonus: good old tap water's calorie-free and costs nothing. (Bored with water? Shake things up with these 25 slimming Sassy Water recipes.)
Goji berries come from the Lycium barbarum plant that's grown throughout Asia. Marketers claim the berries have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties, improve vision and fertility, and temper inflammation. And while several preliminary laboratory and animal studies suggest goji berries may provide health properties (and one human study actually reported that subjects receiving goji juice reported higher levels of subjective feelings of well-being), the jury's still out as to whether these berries are deserving of a "super" status.
Better bet: "Goji berries, açaí berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and all other berries are powerful packages of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients," says Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. "But no scientific evidence shows that any one of them provides health benefits that are significantly better than the other&mdashso enjoy them all." Strawberries, for example, pack a similar nutritional punch as gogi berries, and they're available fresh year-round at a fraction of the price.
Kombucha tea is a black tea that's fermented with kombucha (which is actually a yeast), bacteria, and sugar. Many claim that the tea helps detoxify the body, bolsters the immune system, and provides PMS relief, among other benefits. But there's little proof in all the hype. "Kombucha tea has been touted to increase energy and improve digestion, among other things, but no human trial has ever been conducted to support these claims," explains Toby Amidor, author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen.
To improve the somewhat vinegary taste, the teas often come with high sugar counts. Kombucha tea may become contaminated with fungus and bacteria, making it potentially dangerous for those with a weakened immune system such as older adults, pregnant women, and children. And, because the fermentation processes creates a small amount of alcohol, anyone with a drinking problem should avoid it.
Better bet: Drink regular tea&mdashwhether it's black, green, or oolong. Hundreds of published, peer-reviewed studies show that drinking tea can help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, and may provide a mild lift to your metabolic rate. For beneficial bacteria, opt for yogurt and kefir.
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Label: Never operate your speakerphone while driving.
Product: Jabra Drive 'N' Talk
The 2010 winner of the annual Wacky Warning Label contest, which challenges Americans to find the most ridiculous warning labels in the country. The Jabra Drive 'N' Talk is a Bluetooth speakerphone accessory for cellphones to be used in the car. The Drive 'N' Talk carries this contradictory warning label: "Never operate your speakerphone while driving." So should it just be called the "Talk"?
Closing the gap
The fact remains many minimum wage jobs aren't worth paying $10 per hour, let alone the $15 many activists demand. The positions that garner the $7.25 rate are low-skill jobs that are meant for entry level workers, not a means for sustaining a family. Minimum wage jobs were intended for workers just starting out, and were designed to teach the skills necessary to climb the ladder to higher paying positions.
Many retailers and restaurants are already operating at razor thin profit margins and arbitrarily doubling the minimum wage will be devastating to them and their employees. And pay alone isn't the only thing workers look for in a job benefits also rank highly. Fortunately for those willing to invest time in looking, there are plenty of companies that pay above the minimum wage, sometimes even well above it.
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