Research done by University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna into the effects that size labels on food and drinks has garnered some interesting (if maybe just a little predictable) results.
In one experiment using cookies, she gave test subjects the same size cookie but labeled as medium and as large. She found that those eating the “medium” cookies tended to eat more of them and thought they’d eaten less than if they’d eaten the “large.” Which totally explains why Americans are all so fat, right?
“Krishna said the psychological principle at work has big ramifications because a 32-ounce soda at McDonald’s is called a large soda, but the same drink at Wendy’s is called a medium,” write NPR’s Helen Thompson and Shankar Vedantam. “A small coffee is 10 ounces at Dunkin’ Donuts and 12 ounces at Caribou Coffee. When you trust labels, you could end up eating and drinking a lot more than you thought.”
So give some thought to these things the next time you eat out. We’re not telling you not to eat fast food. I mean, what are we, a nanny-state government? (We say, only half-seriously.) But you’re young. You want to live forever don’t you? Let’s get smarter about what we put into our bodies!
Dip. What’s more fun than dip? Especially cheesy dip and one that taste just like Dunkaroo dip from those little packages. YUMMY!
1. Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip with Toasty Bread
Photo is totally the property of Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
2. Hot Bacon Cheese Dip
Photo is totally the property of Karly @ BunsInMyOven.com
3. Dunkaroo Dip
Combine 1 box funfetti cake mix, 1/2 container plain yogurt, 1/2 container of whipped cream. Serve with animal crackers, graham crackers, or teddy grahams.
Summer time means seafood to me. Here are four seafood recipes I’m digging at the moment:
1. Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli
2. Scampi Stuffed and Roasted Shrimp
3. Lemon Butter Baked Shrimp
Melt a stick of butter in the pan. Slice one lemon and layer it on top of the butter. Put down fresh shrimp, then sprinkle one pack of dried Italian seasoning. Put in the oven and bake at 350 for 15 min.
4. Crab-Filled Crescent Wontons
I can’t even believe it. I mean, I had a chocolate cake shot on my birthday (1/2 citrus vodka, 1/2 hazelnut liquor, finished with a sugared or salted lemon). But this? This just feels too good to be true. It’s a Funfetti Cake Batter Martini.
Yes, you read me right. A Funfetti Cake Batter Martini. Just look at that baby! It looks just like cake batter. Which really, ya know, makes me want to race home to my kitchen and my hand mixer, but something that looks and tastes like cake batter, plus alcoholic goodness? Yes, please.
Check out the recipe over on SheKnows.com. And if, you know, you want to thank me for springing this joy on you early on a Wednesday morning, let me know when and where to meet you for a girls’ night in. I’m thinking these martinis would go exceptionally well with a John Hughes marathon.
It’s also the perfect way to celebrate No Copay Day.
1. Linguine with Garlicky Bread Crumbs
This one is pretty easy. To dress up plain noodles, simply toss pasta with 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil, breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon juice, garlic powder salt, and black pepper. Yum!
2. Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
This one looks like a lot of work, but for those of you who like some kick in your food, this looks like a good one.
3. Penne Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
This one comes from Nestle’s recipes site, VeryBestBaking.com, and it sounds pretty easy to make and really delicious!
4. Spaghetti With Sauteed Chicken And Grape Tomatoes
I am newly obsessed with grape tomatoes and I love that this recipe calls for them.
5. Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto and Fresh Peas
This looks like the kind of dish you’d be charged $20 for at a hipster restaurant. So why not make it at home and be impressed with your skills?
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Crescent Rolls. Pillsbury’s gift to man. There are so many things you can do with crescent rolls! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from Pinterest.
1. Breakfast Pizza
2. Jalapeno Poppers
3. Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls
4. Hocus Pocus
From Pinterest: “Marshmallows dipped in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar, wrapped in crescent rolls and baked. They’re called Hocus Pocus buns because the marshmallows disappear!”
5. Desert Pizza
I’d never heard of red velvet cake until a year or two ago. And then everybody was talking about it! Well, now that I’ve tasted red velvet cookies, I’m curious what other versions of velvet cake there are. Here are three ways to play with the original, as found on Pinterest:
1. Red Velvet Cake Rolls
2. Blue Velvet Cake
3. Purple Velvet Cupcakes
Which one are you most excited to bite into?
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Chicken. There are so many yummy things you can do with it. Here are four recipes we found on Pinterest that we can’t WAIT to gobble down:
1. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
2. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers
Boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins wrapped in bacon and then top with a mixture of cream of chicken soup and a cup of sour cream. Cover with foil and bake at 225 for about 4 hours. Then remove foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
3. Mini Chicken Pot Pies with Bisquick
4. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
Which looks like the most delicious to you?