Wow, what a piece…(Paleo Reese’s Pieces)

You are going to want to keep this Paleo recipe for Simple Peanut Butter Cups handy and pieces,jpgmake them often. The recipe is super quick and simple but they don’t last long! These honestly taste just like the real deal if not better. It just takes a few simple ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time to prepare. Amazing!

 

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Simple Paleo Reese Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup smooth Almond Butter (or peanut butter if not strict Paleo)
  2. ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  3. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place almond butter, oil and honey in a glass bowl then microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in shredded coconut until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into each opening of a mini muffin tin (fills 12 openings).
  2. Place the chocolate chips in the glass bowl then microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. Pour melted chocolate on top of each muffin tin then place the tin in freezer for about an hour.
  3. Take muffin tin out of freezer. Carefully scrape a knife around the edges and the peanut butter cups will pop out fairly easy. Handle with care.
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Here’s the Poop…ugh!

Burger King’s Halloween Burger Dyes Your Poop Green, and We Think We Know Why

 

 

Burger King's Halloween Burger Dyes Your Poop Green, and We Think We Know Why

Burger King’s Halloween Burger turns poop the kind of comically bright green that would humiliate most goths. The question on everybody’s lips, and other less-mention able parts, is why?

It’s been well-established that consuming this burger will likely leave you with lingering effects the next time you go to the bathroom. What goes in black will come out green. Not grass-green, but cartoon leprechaun-green. (Note: Be Warned. There is an actual picture.)

People have speculated as to why ever since. A few people think it’s the A-1 steak sauce. Medical Daily notes that green dye is often used to make black food coloring. Burger King has put out a list of components in the food, in which they state that all ingredients in the burger are common in the food industry and are within the Acceptable Daily Intake put out by the FDA. (They also insist on calling the burger the HA. 1. LOWEEN WHOPPER.)

But while the poop is indisputably green, the dye causing it might not be. The dyes that make the bun black are a combination of Yellow #6, Red #40, Caramel Color, and Blue #1. Blue #1 is also known as Brilliant Blue FCF. Brilliant Blue doesn’t absorb well in the intestines, so it often comes out in the poop—it just doesn’t come out blue. The internet is full of concerned parents talking about giving their kids a purple drink or smoothie (made with red and blue food coloring) only to change green diapers or find green stains on underwear. Brilliant blue is often combined with tartrazine, a yellow food dye, to make green dye. A site called The Poop Report claims that blue food dye (Blue #5 this time) combines with bile to make poop green, although bile by itself can turn poop green.
 

In the end, the green product of the black burger is probably the result of blue food coloring. The good news is that it’s coming out of you because it’s not getting absorbed into your body.

Show Us Your Peanuts!

As only he can report it,  John Oliver Calls Out Sugar Industry, Demands They #ShowUsYourPeanuts.  Aren’t you glad you enjoy the paleo lifestyle? 

 

Warning…Adult Language!

 
 

How much sugar are you eating? Odds are you don’t know, and as John Oliver pointed out Sunday on “Last Week Tonight,” it’s because food makers are doing their best to make sure you never find out.

For example, most cranberry products are packed with sugar, and for good reason.

“Cranberries are, I think we can all agree, nature’s most disgusting berry. Cranberries taste like cherries who hate you,” Oliver said. “Cranberries taste like what a raspberry drinks before its colonoscopy — and the industry knows it.”

That, he said, is why even cranberry companies are fighting against adding labels that would disclose added sugars.

“Which is tantamount to begging, ‘Please don’t make us tell everyone how much sugar we dump on our garbage bog-berry,'” Oliver said.

It’s not just the cranberry industry, either. Most food and beverage makers are fighting the proposed inclusion of an added sugars label on food packages. And, if there is a label, they don’t want sugars listed in teaspoons. They want it in grams, which Oliver says is because no one knows what a gram is.

So he’s offering a better solution.

“We are proposing, in the spirit of Halloween, that product manufacturers express their sugar content in the form of candy,” Oliver said. “Specifically, circus peanuts, the most disgusting of all the candies. They taste like an elephant ejaculated into a packet of Splenda.”

Since there are more than 5 grams of sugar in each circus peanut, Oliver said food makers should put a picture of one circus peanut on the front of the package for every 5 grams of sugar in the product.

“Do it, food makers. Expose your peanuts to the world. Because if you’re going to shove your peanuts in our mouths, the very least you can do is tell us what we’re swallowing.”

Oliver called on viewers to support this idea by tweeting food makers with the hashtag #ShowUsYourPeanuts.

 
 
 
 
 

Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030

The U.S. Government Wants To Cut Food Waste In Half

 Food waste is a huge problem — each year, around 40 percent of food in the United States ends up as waste, contributing to food insecurity and climate change and costing the country billions of dollars. If the greenhouse gas emissions created when food waste decomposes were a country, it would rank only behind the United States and China in terms of contribution to global emissions.

Over the past few years, advocates — aided by successful pilot programs at some retail stores — have waged campaigns aimed at educating consumers about the woes of food waste. Now, the United States government is stepping up its contribution to the fight.

“The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply on earth, but too much of this food goes to waste,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said during the announcement. “An average family of four leaves more than two million calories, worth nearly $1,500, uneaten each year. Our new reduction goal demonstrates America’s leadership on a global level in in getting wholesome food to people who need it, protecting our natural resources, cutting environmental pollution and promoting innovative approaches for reducing food loss and waste.”

The announcement, which comes a week before the United Nations will meet to address global sustainable development goals, was met with praise by both environmental groups and industry. Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that since the food retail industry operates on “razor-thin” margins, reducing food waste makes good economic sense.

Dana Gunders, project scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Food and Agriculture program, told ThinkProgress that the announcement marked “a historic day for anyone who eats and wants to do so into the future.”

“We just can’t afford to continue wasting food, and I’m thrilled to see the administration is recognizing that,” Gunders said.

Food waste has been growing in the United States since the Second World War, nearly tripling from 12.2 million tons in the 1960s to 35 million tons in 2012. Over the same period of time, the number of food insecure Americans — those who have a problem enjoying consistent access to food — has grown from one in 20 in 1968 to one in six in 2014.

When food is thrown away without being consumed, however, it does more than contribute to food insecurity — it also helps to worsen climate change. Food that is thrown away ends up in landfills where decomposes, releasing methane — a potent greenhouse gas 86 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Globally, the total emissions released from food waste in 2007 was more than twice the amount of greenhouse gases released by all the road transportation in the United States in 2010. Food that is wasted also means that all the resources that go into making food — fossil fuels for farm equipment and transport, water for irrigation, land for farming — are wasted as well.

“Let’s feed people, not landfills,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said of the announcement. “By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations. Today’s announcement presents a major environmental, social and public health opportunity for the U.S., and we’re proud to be part of a national effort to reduce the food that goes into landfills.”

This isn’t the first time that the government has waded into the issue of food waste — in 2013, the USDA and EPA launched a program called the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, which brought together food producers, retailers, consumers, nonprofits, and government agencies for the shared purpose of reducing food waste. That program, however, did not set any official targets for reduction, instead focusing on reduction through increased awareness of the issue. Beyond setting a specific reduction target, it’s unclear how yesterday’s announcement goes beyond the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. As of publication, the USDA had yet to respond to a ThinkProgress request for clarification.

The reductions are voluntary, but Secretary Vilsack told NPR that there are many ways that even voluntary measures could help reduce food waste, such as programs that educate consumers about how to shop and cook in ways that reduce waste. According to NRDC, about 25 percent of the food that Americans buy is thrown away.

Still, some worry that the new targets put too much pressure on the consumer, without tackling food waste that occurs at the farm and retail level.

“I think [the reduction goals] are a good step to show federal leadership by way of a goal,” Jordan Figueiredo, food waste activist, told ThinkProgress. “However, they are very consumer-focused and seem to have forgotten that more than half of all wasted food comes before the store and home.”

Figueiredo is the figure behind @UglyFruitAndVeg, a social media campaign aimed at bringing attention to food waste caused by industry standards that encourage retailers to prioritize aesthetics over nutrition and safety. Earlier this summer, Figueiredo teamed up with nutritionist Stefanie Sacks to launch a petition aimed at encouraging Walmart and Whole Foods to sell “ugly” produce at a reduced cost, similar to programs piloted in France and the U.K.

Gunders cautioned, however, that there isn’t a silver bullet for tackling the issue of food waste.

“There’s not one action the government could take that is going to achieve these reductions. It’s going to need to be a set of different programs and policies and funding priorities, and it’s also going to need to be a partnership with the food industry, local governments, and Americans overall,” she said. As far as tangible steps the government could take to reduce food waste, Gunders suggests “low hanging fruit” like better food waste data or standardized expiration dates.

Gunders agrees with Figueiredo that the preliminary announcement lacked hard details on exactly how the USDA and EPA plan to cut Americans’ food waste in half in just 15 years, but she said that it signals a step in the right direction. When Gunders released NRDC’s initial report on food waste in 2012, she told ThinkProgress, hardly anyone was talking about the issue.

“Now it’s 2015, and we have our government setting pretty aggressive goals on the subject,” Gunders said. “Even if they don’t have all the nuts and bolts worked out, it’s a clear indication that we’ve come a long way.”

Chocolate Nirvana

Are you looking for an easy chocolate dessert recipe?  Search no further as we have found a perfect chocolate treat for….what the hell you don’t need a reason it is a chocolate Nirvana! Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThey’re decadent, oh-so-moist, and taste like a luxurious version of the most expensive piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever had.  As an added bonus  you can make them in a matter of minutes and YES, they are Paleo. 

 

 

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Chocolate Nirvana
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A perfect treat for....what the hell you don't need a reason it is a chocolate Nirvana!
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 2 tablespoons tapioca flour or starch
  3. 1/2 cup honey, raw
  4. 1/2 cup cacao powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat, chilled
  8. 2 tablespoons almond milk, unsweetened
  9. 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  10. 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, raw
  11. 4 drops stevia, liquid
  12. paper muffin liners
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk, mix thoroughly together until combined.
  3. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan and spoon the mix into each cup, dividing evenly. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. They will still feel a little soft in the center when they’re done. Don’t overcook or they will get dry.
  4. Top with strawberries and serve warm! Or place in a bowl and top with coconut whipped cream, coconut ice cream, almond butter, bananas, or eat them drenched in almond or coconut milk
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Isn’t everything at Whole Foods “Cage-free”….

“Prison labor?” Colbert said. “But everything at Whole Foods is supposed to be cage-free.”

By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post

 

 

Comedian Stephen Colbert addressed Monday night the controversy surrounding a now-abandoned Whole Foods program in which the chain sold products made by businesses using the labor of Colorado prisoners.

“It’s really be bumming me out to see Whole Food getting into a whole lot of organic, gluten-free trouble lately,” Colbert said on his “The Late Show.”

“Prison labor?” he added. “But everything at Whole Foods is supposed to be cage-free.”

Whole Foods stores will stop selling tilapia, trout and goat cheese products made by the Colorado work program by April, the Austin, Texas-based grocery operation says. It made the decision after a protest at one of its stores in Houston, where some customers cited discomfort with the wages paid to the inmates.

Colorado prison officials have expressed disappointment at the move, saying the operation, Colorado Correctional Industries, employs hundreds of inmates throughout Colorado’s 20 prisons to give offenders job-training opportunities.

“The whole time I thought Farmer Bob was making my goat cheese,” Colbert said. “It turns out it was some guy named Spider.”

 

Score one for the Good Guys!

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Aldi supermarket has pledged to remove hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, and added MSG from its stores. (Reuters)

Supermarkets are beginning to follow in the footsteps of food producers who are banning trans-fats and other ingredients in their food that the public has deemed unhealthy or unnecessary.

The Aldi supermarket chain Thursday announced that by the end of the year all of its branded products, which make up most of its offerings, will be free of synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and added MSG, reports Supermarket News.

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“Since more than 90 percent of the products we sell are under our exclusive brands, CEO Jason Hart said in a statement, “eliminating these ingredients will have a real impact on the over 30 million people who shop in our stores.”

The German-based supermarket chain has about 1,400 stores in the U.S. and mostly sells its own private-label items to keep prices low. It also offers no counter service (each store typically has just three to five employees working at a time) and even requires a $.25 deposit to use a shopping cart, which is returned.

Over the past several years, Aldi has increased its selection of organic produce and line of its SimplyNature line of products which is free from more than 125 ingredients. The chain decided to make the announcement about the most recent ingredients after the substances had already been removed.

Restaurant chains like Chipotle and Panera and food companies like General Mills have pledged to not sell products with artificial ingredients, coloring or preservatives in them, but Aldi, which is trying to position itself as a cross between a health food store and discount supermarket, is pledging to do so store-wide.

 

 

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EVOO we hardly knew…

Introducing the healthy and yet tasty “Jack of all Trades”…

Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

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Most of us think of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as strictly being something healthy that can be added to meals or drizzled over salads. And while the monounsaturated fats found within EVOO are great for these purposes, there are quite a few more uses for this heart-healthy oil.

Today we will cover 20  ways you may not have thought of to use EVOO around the house, on your skin and even on doors (seriously!). So read on and find out which of these ways you could try!

1. Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a Soothing Bath

While most of us usually think of bubble bath or other natural products, extra virgin olive oil works very well as a soothing bath additive. Add a few tablespoons the next time you are soaking, and feel the difference when you get out! You will be more refreshed and your skin will feel slightly smoother.

2. As a Face Exfoliator 

There are many ways to use EVOO on your skin, but exfoliating might be one of the best ways. After the olive oil, you may want to use salt as well, before you rinse off. Some people also recommend sugar, but this is a personal choice, not a requirement. Your skin will feel shiny and smooth after the dead skin cells have been scraped away. Warning: you may also smell and taste delicious!

3. Get Smooth Hair with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Once again, there are a multitude of ways to use EVOO on your hair, but one of the best is to eliminate frizzy ends and pat down the crazy “out of control” strands that sometimes occur. Combing just a little bit through your hair will also add a nice shine and coat – making your hair look better too. Win-win!

4. Shine Your Shoes

Interestingly, that same shine on your hair can be applied to your shoes, as well. Take a little olive oil and use it as shoe polish the next time your loafers are looking run down. Obviously you’ll want to check the type of material you are working with, to make sure olive oil won’t damage or stain your shoes.

5. Natural Shaving Cream

Olive oil can go just about anywhere on the body, and besides its natural moisturizing properties, it works as a good shaving cream – especially for those with sensitive skin. Again, you’ll get the delicious benefits of the smell of the oil, along with the sleek, smooth skin afterwards. If you’ve never tried this particular method before, I recommend giving it a try, as you may be surprised how nice it is to shave with EVOO, especially when compared with harsh artificial shaving creams.

6. On Your (Baby’s) Butt

Yes, you read that correctly! Olive oil can be used to help fight diaper rash. Since EVOO is rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants, it helps to combat many different kinds of inflammation and irritation.

7. Preserving Foods with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

That’s right – you can preserve your foods with extra virgin olive oil! Whether it’s veggies or even your own meats, EVOO works well. And if you are buying some wild-caught tuna, make sure it’s packed in EVOO – water or soy is not ideal.

8. Silence Squeaky Doors

Do you have an annoying hinge that always squeaks? Guess what may be able to help? That’s right – extra virgin olive oil. Get a paper towel or other oil-absorbing material, and dab a little bit of EVOO on it. Then, rub the top of the hinge and listen, as that annoying squeak is no longer there to bug you!

9. Rub Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Dry Feet

Make sure you have a fresh pair of socks for this one, and rub some olive oil on your feet right before bed. Any dryness or cracks will be improved, as the moisturizing properties of the EVOO will work wonders!

10. On Your Lips

The same moisturizing effects that olive oil has on your skin and feet also works wonders for your lips. If you’re anything like me, you may have to carry around a permanent stick of lip balm to keep your mouth from looking like a children’s birthday party clown (especially in the winter). A little dab of olive oil can serve the same purpose – but be careful. You may be much hungrier throughout the day, as a result!

11. On Acne

Remember the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of EVOO that I mentioned earlier? That’s right – these properties will work in favor of healing your acne, too! Start with small amounts, and make sure your skin responds favorably. If this works for you, you have also just simplified your weekly shopping list, as you will no longer need to buy acne creams, gels, etc.!

12. Make DIY Soap

If you like to save money, this may be a good use for you! Using a mixture of fat you may have purchased or saved, add an equal amount of olive oil and let sit. Soap made with EVOO may take longer to cure, and this is by no means a comprehensive guide to making soap. So if you are interested in this process, consult a more thorough guide.

13. Moisturize Cuticles

Did you know that you can even use extra virgin olive oil on your nails? That’s right, extra virgin olive oil works as an effective moisturizer for your cuticles. A simple fix to one of life’s annoying little problems!

14. Give Someone a Sensual Massage

If you mix extra virgin olive oil with other oils (coconut or jojoba), you can make a nice, healthy massage oil. Of course, you don’t have to limit the massage to others – feel free to give yourself a nice rubdown! The vitamin E in the EVOO will work wonders as an antioxidant, and your skin will be renewed and fresh afterwards.

15. As a Total-Body Moisturizer

In case you haven’t been paying enough attention, extra virgin olive oil works wonders as a moisturizer all over the body. It even works in the shower! However, this is a very important point to remember, as many people are very sensitive to artificial and harsh ingredients, which are very common in mass-market brands. EVOO is a good, more natural, solution.

16. On Your Sunburn

In summer, the opportunity and likelihood of incurring sunburn is much greater. EVOO can help with this, too. Oleocanthal is a phenolic compound found in extra virgin olive oil, and it may even help prevent some forms of cancer (though the research is still being done). Another awesome use for the green stuff!

17. On Paint

We have all likely had the unfortunate event of helping a friend paint their house or apartment, only to notice we now have paint all over our arms and hands! Did you know that extra virgin olive oil can help remove this pesky paint? Dab on your skin, let sit for a few minutes, and then wash off. Say goodbye forever to those awkward turquoise spots on your hands!

18. Banish Dandruff

Okay, admittedly this one may take getting used to. But for those that suffer from dandruff, a cure is very much sought after. By simply putting a little bit of EVOO in your hair, and letting it sit for 5 minutes, you will cut down on your dandruff drastically.

19. DIY Makeup Remover

Ditch expensive makeup removers and use EVOO instead. Simply dab some on a cotton ball and wipe away any makeup on your face. It’s a healthier, more natural way to do it and saves you money.

20. As a Facial Mask

Since we’ve covered the benefits of EVOO on acne, and its exfoliating properties, it’s important to realize that EVOO can also be used on a regular basis as a simple face mask. Though I am writing this from a male perspective with no experience in face masks, the vitamin E and antioxidant qualities which are so wonderful inside our body, will work very well on the outside of your body as well. That is because skin is actually the largest organ in your body!

In The End…

I hope you’ve enjoyed these 20 uncommon uses for extra virgin olive oil – I know I learned a thing or two! So make sure you go home and use this potent antioxidant on many different things – whether it’s in your salad or on your dandruff.

In this modern world, we can tend to forget the many diverse uses common household oils may have. Save yourself some money, and learn to be more resourceful with your EVOO!

 

In the news…What’s the Matter, Whole Foods?

What’s the Matter, Whole Foods?

by Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

The upscale grocery store chain is laying off 1,500 employees as competition mounts and consumers demand lower prices.

Organic vegetables are shown at a Whole Foods Market in LaJolla, California in this May 13, 2008 file photo. As recession tests the middle-class commitment to healthy eating and environmentally sound farming, sales of organic food are slowing, but so far not falling. How green are our wallets? To match feature FINANCIAL/FOOD-ORGANIC REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files (UNITED STATES) - RTR23YED

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Earlier this week, Whole Foods announced it would lay off 1,500 employees as the upscale grocery chain aims to save money and lower its prices. On the same day as the announcement, Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb told the crowd at a Fortune conference the entire food industry is in the midst of a “tectonic shift” as organic food goes mainstream.

That’s a pretty breezy explanation from the co-head of a company whose shares have fallen about 38 percent this year. It’s true that Whole Foods’s storied growth has been undercut by all the grocers muscling in on the company’s turf. As Helaine Olen noted in Slate:

Once an upstart, Whole Foods is now so successful that it’s spawned its own competitors. A decade ago, organic and other food like gluten-free items were considered specialty products. Whole Foods could charge high prices, because many of their customers were choosing between Whole Foods and … Whole Foods. Now Walmart carries the organic Wild Oats line of food.

But as the market for organic food has grown, there are other reasons why ever-loyal consumers have become less apt to walk down the aisle in search of powdered vinegar. Items like vegan teethers, ornamental kale, and the short-lived asparagus water—infamously, a $6 bottle of water with three stalks of asparagus inside—have buoyed the troubling “Whole Foods-Whole Paycheck” reputation.

And even if you are among the lucky many who don’t blink at the prices or perhaps buy into some dubious aisle-side huckstering, it certainly doesn’t help that the company has been repeatedly brought to task for overcharging customers.

In 2014, California regulators fined Whole Foods $800,000 following a year-long investigation into its pricing. More recently, the company was accused of “systemic overcharging for pre-packaged foods” with hundreds of violations logged in its New York City stores. Inspectors from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs called it “the worst case of mislabeling they have seen in their careers.”

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For a company whose noble ethics are baked into its marketing materials, this is particularly bad news. But, despite having lost part of its footing in a market that it pioneered, Whole Foods is both still growing and finally taking action that goes beyond laying off 1.6 percent of its workforce.

To combat the “whole paycheck” perception, the company is angling to lower prices as well as launch a chain of ostensibly Millennial-friendly stores with cheaper “curated” selections. It also has invested in technology and apps to streamline the shopping experience.

It’s also trying new ways to market itself. As we noted in June, Whole Foods recently introduced a new food-rating system called “Responsibly Grown” in its stores. The classification system is controversial because it undercuts the organic designation, but it also highlights less pricey, non-organic offerings.

One way it can truly win is by continuing to do what it does especially well: Providing solid-paying work and above-average benefits to its employees. Even if that ultimately means laying some off, presenting relatively generous severance packages is a good thing, too.

Cool and FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Have the coolest carved pumpkin in the neighborhood!

The Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils You Need To Try This Year

It’s time to step up your jack-o-lantern game.

 
 

If you thought carving a pumpkin was as simple as grabbing a gourd, a knife and hacking away, we wouldn’t say you were wrong, but we would say you’re missing out.

The classic jack-o-lantern gets a serious upgrade with the carving stencils below, provided by Better Homes & Gardens, your one-stop shop for some of the greatest pumpkin carving designs on the Internet. 

“People don’t realize they’ve been carving their pumpkins all wrong!” said Katherine Parker, Senior Digital Editor for BHG.com Holidays. Besides carving the same ol’ design each year, most people’s mistake is starting at the wrong end.

“Instead of starting at the top, carve a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin. It will sit straight and stable, and you won’t find yourself struggling to get that stem back on. You can place the pumpkin over a candle instead having to maneuver it in from the top.”

Regardless of the design you choose below, make sure to roast those pumpkin seeds.

  • Hipster Pumpkin

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Thai one on…(Grilled Thai Coconut Lime Skirt Steak)

It seems like it was just last week when the grill was getting readied to kick-off the thaiseason! Since there are still but a a few precious weeks away from saying so-long to the BBQ, we thought it only fair we give you one more recipe to try…Grilled Thai Coconut Lime Skirt Steak.

Skirt steak is so flavorful and inexpensive and easy to prepare if you keep a few things in mind. It’s very thin, so it is easy to overcook it. And you have to cut it across the grain to make sure it isn’t too tough. 

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Thai one on...(Grilled Thai Lime Coconut Skirt Steak)
Skirt steak is so flavorful and inexpensive and easy to prepare if you keep a few things in mind
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup lite coconut milk
  2. ¼ cup coconut sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons lime zest
  4. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  5. 2 teaspoons Thai fish sauce
  6. 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  7. 1 pound beef skirt steak, preferably grass fed, cut into 4-inch lengths
  8. ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk coconut milk, coconut sugar, lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce and ginger in a small bowl. Place skirt steak in a 1 gallon resealable bag. Pour marinade over the steak. Press out air and seal bag shut. Refrigerate the steak 4 to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to high heat.
  3. Drain steak and discard marinade.
  4. Pat steaks dry and sprinkle with salt. Oil grill rack and immediately place steaks on the grill.
  5. Cook 2 minutes and turn a quarter turn to create hash mark.
  6. Continue cooking 30 to 90 seconds more on first side.
  7. Flip steaks over and continue cooking 2 ½ to 5 minutes on the second side to desired temperature. (5 to 8 minutes total depending on thickness of the steaks).
  8. Let steaks rest on carving board at least 4 minutes before cutting lengthwise across the grain.
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‘The worst storm in retail history’ is heading straight for Walmart, Kroger, and Whole Foods

Aldi Albrecht DiscountTwo highly competitive German grocery stores, Aldi and Lidl, are plotting to take over the US — and that’s terrible news for Walmart, Kroger, and Whole Foods. ((AP Photo /Martin Meissner)
 

Aldi and Lidl have upended the UK grocery market over the past several years by sending the nation’s largest supermarkets into a crippling price war that has dented profits, triggered layoffs, and sent the companies’ share prices tumbling, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

The CEO of Asda, the UK’s second-largest grocery chain, has called the new competitive environment created by Aldi and Lidl “the worst storm in retail history.”

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“When we set the plan, I don’t think anyone anticipated the market being in meltdown,” Asda CEO Andy Clarke said last month after the Walmart-owned company reported its worst ever quarterly sales drop.

Now Aldi and Lidl are targeting the US, where they hope to eat away at the market share belonging to discount chains, traditional grocers, and even high-end stores like Whole Foods.

Aldi recently revealed plans to open roughly 600 stores over the next three years as part of a $3 billion expansion in the US, bringing its total number of stores to 2,000.

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Immediately after Aldi’s announcement, Lidl revealed that it had opened a US headquarters in Virginia in preparation for its own US launch, The Journal reports.

Aldi and Lidl have become a threat to the grocery industry because of their insanely cheap prices.

In the US, where Aldi has roughly 1,400 stores, Aldi’s prices are roughly 22% lower than Walmart’s, according to a price check.

Aldi and Lidl keep prices so low by limiting inventory to a lean selection of private-label items. Aldi, for example, carries just 5% of the inventory found in traditional grocery stores, according to Cheapism’s Raechel Conover.

Both stores are also investing far less in customer service and merchandising than traditional grocers.

They save money by requiring customers to bring their own shopping bags and bag their own groceries, and customers at Aldi pay a 25-cent deposit to use carts. The deposit is returned when customers return the carts, so Aldi doesn’t have to pay employees to round them up and return them to the front of the store.

A customer takes a caddy outside a Lidl store in Saint Sebastien-sur-Loire near Nantes, June 16 2011. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The no-frills shopping experience isn’t just cheaper — it’s also highly efficient.

At Lidl, workers don’t have to unpack boxes of groceries to stock them on shelves. The products are delivered in boxes with an open side, so they can be thrown onto a shelf without being unpacked, according to The Journal.

It may not seem as if Aldi and Lidl could compete with a high-end chain like Whole Foods, which attracts higher-income customers.

But Aldi and Lidl are now starting to offer “fancier” foods, like artisanal cheeses and smoked salmon, according to The Journal.