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It's Peep season! Marshmallow Peeps are lining the walls of grocery stores all across the country and will soon be consumed in mass quantities.
These sweet little sugar delights might be delicious – but if you are watching your weight, they are about as empty, calorically, as you can get. One serving of Peeps is five little chicken pieces, each containing 28 calories. This may not seem like a lot, but almost all of these calories come from sugar.
To put it in perspective, consider that a 2012 study showed that a high-intensity kettlebell workout could burn about 20 calories per minute. This means that you’d need to perform a 15-minute high-intensity kettlebell workout in order to burn off the calories from snacking on one pack of Peeps, or 2 servings. If you are going to indulge in a sweet treat, stick with the dark chocolate Easter bunny.
Are You A Smartphone Addict? by Professor Mark Griffiths from Nottingham Trent University and the Sun...
Answer either Yes or No after these statements if they apply to you.
1. My smartphone is the most important thing in my life
2. Conflicts have arisen between me and my family and/or my partner about the amount of time I spend on my smartphone
3. My smartphone use often gets in the way of other important things I should be doing (working, education, etc)
4. I spend more time on my smartphone than almost any other activity
5. I use my smartphone as a way of changing my mood
6. Over time I have increased the amount of time I spend on my phone during the day
7. If I am unable to use my smartphone I feel moody and irritable
8. I often have strong urges to use my smartphone
9. If I cut down the amount of time I spend on my smartphone, and then start using it again, I always end up spending as much time on it as I did before
10. I have lied to other people about how much I use my smartphone
If you answer Yes to six or more statements, it may indicate a problematic and/or abusive use of your smartphone
An article on the website blisstree.com offers up some non-toxic alternatives for coloring eggs with things you probably already have:
--To make orange, mix one cup of yellow onion skin with one teaspoon of vinegar and three cups of water. Boil for 30 minutes. Let it cool. Strain the onion skins and soak the hard-boiled eggs in the dye for 30 minutes.
--To make red, add two cups of grated raw beets and a tablespoon of vinegar to two cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes. After the water cools, add the eggs. The longer they soak, the deeper the shade of red.
--To make yellow, boil three tablespoons of turmeric or cumin in two to three cups of water. You can adjust the amount of water or spice to change the shade. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the dye. Allow it to cool before adding eggs.
--To make lavender, boil hibiscus tea bags and add eggs to the tea.
--To make blue, dice one-fourth of a head of purple or red cabbage. Add it to four cups of boiling water and stir in two tablespoons of vinegar. Let it cool to room temperature and strain before dying eggs.
--To make green, add parsley or spinach to boiling water. You can change the shade by adding both. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and allow to cool before adding in the eggs.
WATCH: The ladies of Sugarland and Sara Bareilles cover "Come on Eileen."
Water has replaced soda as Americans’ number 1 drink of choice! We now drink about 58 gallons of water a year on average, compared with 42 gallons a year back in 1998 (a 38% increase). While we used to guzzle 54 gallons of soda per year in ’98, that number has decreased 17% to around 44 gallons per year.