How many people do you know who really don’t like bacon? Probably not many.
And you most likely don’t know too many who don’t like chocolate, either. But what if chocolate and bacon joined forces? It might sound insane, but hear me out. You probably love the salty-sweet goodness of chocolate-covered pretzels, right? Well, think about amping up that taste sensation.
I’m already drooling. Someone make these for me, because I’m hopeless in the kitchen.
If you need me, I’ll be living my truth and chowing down.
I’ve been a hungry girl all my life, ever since I was a “little” girl. I would go to my grandparents’ house, open the top right kitchen drawer and unravel wrapped bags of the most amazing chocolate chip cookies.
As my elder, slender sister extended her long, delicate fingers to carefully extract the perfect one, I was already two-and-a-half deep. I loved sweets. You can practically see the dopamine receptors going crazy from the sugar high.
My grandpa, amused-but-wise said, “The difference between a healthy person and an overweight one is that even when full, the overweight person keeps eating.”
That stuck with me. Not in a damaging way, but more of an accurate way to describe my philosophy on feeding habits. I am always hungry, even when I’m full.
My penchant for eating-myself-sick began a young age. I was around 8 years old and throwing a wicked temper-tantrum in opposition to visiting the dentist.
My mom did what any desperate, overtired mother-of-a-really-hungry-child would do: She bribed me to behave with the promise of Burger King afterward (because duh, fast food is the ultimate win for hungry fat kids. The studies are all true.). I was in.
The dentist visit went smoothly and off we went to have it my way at Burger King. I still remember what I ordered to this day: 20 pieces of chicken nuggets and fries (because kids’-sized meals for anyone under 4 feet just wouldn’t do).
Side note: I don’t know if you know what 20 pieces of deep-fried chicken fingers looks like, because as a full grown woman, even I don’t even order that now. But it’s a lot. And for an 8-year-old, it’s just f*cking excessive.
As I anticipated, the Burger King went down nicely and as I anticipated, I wasn’t completely content after. I needed the sweet to match my salty, if you “big kids” know what I mean.
Conveniently, my sister wanted an ice cream cone from the Baskin-Robbins next door. Yes, here’s my opening, 8-year-old Fat Me thought.
Despite my mother’s protests (she wasn’t like, trying to make me fat, guys) I still managed to scream and cry my way into receiving a double-chip mint ice cream cone with sprinkles, gummy bears and fudge sauce. (May I add that I also had great taste from a very young age?)
Even though I was a hefty girl, I definitely couldn’t fit all of that into my grade-school tummy.
My mom commented that I didn’t appear well (How can they just tell?!), but like any neurotic Jewish mom, she urgently needed to buy chicken from the kosher butcher nearby for dinner tonight.
“It’ll be really quick, sweetie. Are you sure you’re okay?”
“Mom, I get it. I’m going to need to eat dinner too, ya know. We gotta go!” My final last words. Still talking about food.
When we arrived at the Blue Ribbon Kosher Butcher in New Jersey, I started to feel queasy. As promised, my mother was trying to be fast and quickly ushered my sister and me into the store.
And that’s when it happened. I vomited the entire contents of my stomach — from the 20, still fully in-tact chicken fingers, to the green chunky ice cream — right in the entryway of a KOSHER BUTCHER store (i.e. dairy is forbidden and Burger King is definitely out of the question).
To boot, (no pun intended) I had to shamefully wait for my mom to finish her grocery shopping as a nice, elderly Jewish butcher mopped my disgraceful mess and my sister basked in the glory of being the better child.
The story ends happily. We moved shortly thereafter, and now we laugh about the time Laura threw up at the butcher.
I haven’t stopped eating Burger King, though.
Here are the 56 struggles of a very, super hungry girl.
1. They say to ‘Never shop hungry’ but you can’t shop any other way.
2. You can never just get a drink with someone. You have to order something during, beforehand, and after.
3. You talk mad smack about getting McDonald’s breakfast.
4. You only go out because you know there’s late night after.
5. Whenever you pass by a food cart, you always remark that it smells good.
6. You can never pass up a free sample. Like the time you accidentally ate pig testicles in Barcelona.
7. You eat two dinners. One at 7 and one at 9.
8. You plan your days around your meals. For example, you refuse to take 1 o’clock meetings because that is prime feeding time.
9. You get upset when you have a bad meal because you know there are (technically) only three.
10. You want your lunch break at 11 am in the morning.
11. When you use shopping bags to transport things, they are always takeout bags.
12. You order so much that they always give you enough cutlery for three people.
13. As you are eating lunch you’re planning dinner.
14. The free bread basket is like the Superman of your meal, saving you from hunger for absolutely nothing in return.
15. You can always be counted on to have snack in your bag. They don’t last for more than a day though.
16. You make sure to eat a snack before an event that is serving food. Hey, when it comes to nourishment, you can never be too prepared.
17. You’re the only one to eat at the pregame.
18. You can always be found at a party standing by the food.
19. You get really defensive when people eat off your plate.
20. During cocktail hour, the waiters pass around plates of food and know to stop by you first.
21. You are not responsible for anything you say when you’re hungry.
22. You die a little bit inside every time someone says, “Can I have some?”
23. You are unfamiliar with the concept of leftovers.
24. You’ve driven extreme lengths to dine at 24-hour places.
25. You can walk into a bodega and easily spend $20 on snacks.
26. When you and your friends eat at a restaurant, your friends know to let you be in charge of the ordering. It’s an art.
27. Truth: There is no line too long for you to wait on.
28. You enjoy food porn more than you enjoy human porn.
29. You open up bags of chips as you’re grocery shopping, still in the market.
30. You don’t like nice fancy restaurants because the portions are too small.
31. You make a list of all the food you’re going to eat on your birthday… six months before your birthday.
32. You calculate serving size by multiplying times three.
33. Even if you’re only mildly hungry (there’s no such thing as “not hungry”), you always order the largest the size. It’s become instinct.
34. When you go traveling, you select destinations based on their cuisines.
35. You snarl at people who scoop bagels, and then proceed to eat their insides (the bagels’ — not humans’).
36. You’re the first person to grab a treat when the office manager replenishes the snack drawer.
37. You always order super-sized “just to be sure.”
38. You crave sushi at 9:45 in the morning.
39. The biggest expense on your credit card is delivery.
40. Even while you’re eating, you know it’s not going to be enough.
41. You prefer to not eat out because you need to eat a lot.
42. You can always be counted on to split dessert.
43. You have a mini fridge in your room even though the kitchen is 2 feet away from your bedroom.
44. People know better than to ask you if you’re going to finish that.
45. When asked to describe you, your friends first employ the word, “hangry.”
46. You’re also known as “The Vulture.”
47. You stayed up all night to go to the deli when it opened up at 5.
48. Your drunk food game is on point.
49. You’re fairly sure you grew up in 7/11.
50. You smoke weed so you can eat more.
51. People always insist on splitting the bill after going out for meals with you because you order for two.
52. The only pregame you care about is your premeal.
53. You’ve been known to smuggle grilled cheese into the movie theater.
54. The only day that you’re on time to work is Bagel Wednesday.
55. You proclaim that you’re going to be financially responsible and cook your meals… and then buy a second lunch anyway.
56. The only leftovers you enjoy are the HBO show.
Nunavut is the northernmost Canadian territory and by far the worst one to buy groceries in. When a bag of chips will set you back just south of $10, odds are it’s going to cost a pretty penny to buy the makings for something that would even resemble a healthy meal for your family.
Citizens of the area are furious about the high, continuously rising prices and are protesting both in person and online. Nunavut Food Price is a Tumblr devoted to giving residents a place to share the outrageous sums of money they’re being asked to pay for everyday items. You won’t believe some of these stores are asking for!
Seen here is an Eastern chipmunk with cheeks filled with food. The cute critter was spotted in the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area in Quebec, Canada. The eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) is a chipmunk species found in eastern North America. A small species, it reaches about 30 cm in length including the tail, and a weight between 66 and 150 g. [source]
When football season rolls around, there’s nothing better than watching your favorite team surrounded by friends, beer, and cheesy snacks.
So what if I told you that I had a delicious recipe that combines the latter two into one epic treat? It exists, and it’s so yummy that your friends might even forget that the game is happening.
In between touchdowns, there’s plenty of time to indulge in beer cheese fondue. You can dip just about anything into this bowl of cheesy goodness, and the recipe will leave your guests coming back for more!
For most of us, sweet potatoes can be two things: a dessert or a side. For some kids, though, they could be a lifeline.
We all know that hunger is a big problem in Africa. Some sources say over 200 million people there are hungry or undernourished.
But often the answer isn’t just getting food to those in need it’s getting them the right kinds of food.
Lots of rice, beans, and corn. Not a lot of nutrients. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images.
Jane Howard of the World Food Programme told the BBC, “There are certainly extreme circumstances where children starve to death. … But the truth is that the vast majority of those numbers that we’re talking about are children who, because they haven’t had the right nutrition in the very earliest parts of their lives, are really very susceptible to infectious diseases.”
That’s where the sweet potato comes in.
Poor families in Africa often have access to cheap crops, but they lack important micronutrients like Vitamin A.
In sub-Saharan African countries like Uganda and Ethiopia, it’s not too hard to get foods like rice and corn. And while those crops might be good for a full belly, they’re far too light on critical micronutrients.
Vitamin A deficiency, or VAD, sounds pretty tame compared to AIDS or malaria, but don’t let the name fool you. It can cause growth issues in kids, decreased immunity to infections, and even blindness, which, in children, often results in death.
With a little help from science, the sweet potato is becoming an unlikely hero in the fight against Vitamin A deficiency.
Many years ago, researchers with the United Nations found that if they could give kids in Africa a Vitamin A capsule even just once every six months, they could cut the mortality rate for those kids by 25%. That’s huge.
But it would be even bigger if they could find a way to give Africans in poverty a sustainable, inexpensive source of Vitamin A year round that they could grow and trade themselves.
That’s where the idea of tackling the problem with “biofortification” came from taking those cheap local crops and selectively breeding them to carry more nutrients.
Some of the most exciting progress so far comes in the form of … that’s right … the sweet potato. Best known for being the only food that can be eaten as both a pie and a fry, the orange sweet potatoes we enjoy here in the U.S. are already high in beta carotene (which our body turns into Vitamin A). The ones that grow in Africa, while popular and allegedly delicious, aren’t.
Scientists have been homing in on the perfect breed of sweet potato: great flavor, easy growing, and plenty of Vitamin A.
Sweet potatoes can be turned into all kinds of yummy, Vitamin-A rich dishes. Photo by Avital Pinnick/Flickr.
Recently, Sunette Laurie, a senior researcher with the Agricultural Research Council, published a study detailing her team’s efforts to create the perfect sweet potato.
Step one is ratcheting up the beta carotene levels. But to have the kind of impact they’re imagining, Laurie’s team needs a strain of sweet potato that’s really easy to plant and grow and has a texture and flavor that Africans really dig.
She thinks they’ve got a couple of promising options, both with exotic-sounding names like “Impilo” and “Purple Sunset,” and now she’s working with local officials to get these fortified sweet potatoes in the hands of the community so they can start saving lives, whether the potatoes be casseroled, muffined, or simply steamed to taste.
Save room on that plate, though, for some Golden Rice, some Miraculous Maize, and a Super Banana.
While Laurie’s team is hard at work building a better sweet potato, other research teams around the world are tinkering with the rest of Africa’s local, nutrient-deficient crops.
The Golden Rice Project just got an award from the White House for its biofortified rice, while a team at the Queensland University of Technology is trying out genetically enhanced bananas in Uganda with the hopes of spreading them across the continent soon. There’s even special “orange maize” being grown in Zambia with supercharged levels of Vitamin A.
The more options malnourished kids all over the world have for getting access to nutrients, the better. What’s especially cool about these biofortified crops is that, in time, they’ll become a natural part of the local food trade and easily available to nearly everyone.
Maybe then we can “mash” VAD into obscurity, for good.
Correction: This article originally stated that the sweet potatoes are genetically engineered. They’re not. They are conventionally bred by selective breeding of crops. Thanks to Vidushi Sinha at HarvestPlus for the correction.
When asking the question “What fast food items should we try to avoid?” the simple answer is probably, “Don’t ever eat any fast food. Ever!” But sadly, for many people that’s just not a realistic option (financial reasons etc). So to help us out, numerous fast food workers were asked for their behind the scenes advice on what items we should really stay away from ordering at their work establishment. From the Reddit thread titled, “Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?”, here are the results:
Some of the answers brought out some amazingly gross things to light, some expected and some very unexpected. One thing’s for sure, cooking at home is always best. Another thing’s for sure… I’ll probably still eat all of this stuff. Source: Reddit / Foodbeast Share this interesting list of fast food items to avoid with your friends below.