Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bone Broth Bonanza

We’ve done green juice, and we’ve done exotic super-grains. We’ve even done seaweed! The next trendy superfood is… soup! Yes, the most recent food trend is as old as the hills, or at least as old as the restaurant business—literally. Eighteenth-century French wayside inns used to provide bowls of broth, called restoratifs, for their restorative powers to weary travelers. Soon, a “restaurant” became a place to find restorative broths and other foods.

Is bone broth the hottest new trend in nutrition?

It turns out that those early French restaurateurs may have been onto something. Bone broth—with its similarities to English stock, French bouillon, and Italian brodo—is experiencing its 15 minutes of fame. Trendy New York chef Marco Canora has opened a takeout restaurant called Brodo, which serves nothing but bone broth and lauds the “old world nutrition and comfort that comes in each cup.” Paleo diet aficionados love the protein and nutrients, not to mention the lack of carbs.

So, what is bone broth, and what is all they hype about? Bone broth is simply a liquid made by roasting animal bones and then simmering them in water with aromatics like onions, garlic, and herbs for many hours. Chefs and home cooks have been making such broths—usually called stocks— in the United States for hundreds of years. What makes bone broth different is the length of time it’s simmered: from 12 to 24 hours. The long simmer time breaks down the collagen, keratin, gelatin, and glucosamine and makes them easier to digest.

Bone broth’s proponents cite an array of health and personal benefits:

  • Improved immune system
  • Reduced cellulite
  • Stronger bones
  • Shinier hair
  • Better digestion, including the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and “leaky gut”

Science doesn’t necessarily back up all of these claims, but bone broth certainly isn’t an unhealthy food. It’s high in protein and low in fat and carbs, so if you use it as a replacement of an unhealthy snack, it’s certainly a good thing. And if you’ve got a cold, chicken bone broth has actually been proven to make you feel better. So drink your soup today!

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Healthier Choices

  • Turkey Provolone Pretzel Melt
  • Ocean Spray Orange Juice
  • Naked Juice Mighty Mango
  • Dove Dark Whole Cranberry
  • Kraft Mozzarella String Stick Single
  • Baked Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot
  • Baked Lays Cheddar & Sour Cream
  • Baked Cheetos Crunchy Hot
  • Sunchips Multigrain Harvest Cheddar
  • Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Bar
  • Food Should Taste Good Multi Grain Tortilla Chips
  • Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Sabra Roasted Garlic Pretzel

Frozen Meals and Snacks

  • Bacon Chicken Ranch Club Pretzel Melt
  • Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza Pretzel Melt
  • Twix Ice Cream Impulse Bar

Grab a Cold One

  • Snapple Peach, Diet Peach, Lemon, Strawberry Kiwi, Apple, Mango Madness, Diet Half-n-Half Bottles
  • Canada Dry 20-ounce Bottles
  • 7-Up 20-ounce Bottles
  • A&W and A&W Diet 20-ounce Bottles
  • Sunkist Orange and Diet Orange 20-ounce Bottles
  • Gatorade Fierce Grape and Fruit Punch
  • Lipton Peach Iced Tea, Pure Leaf Sweet Tea, and Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade
  • Mt. Dew Code Red and White Out
  • Starbucks Frappucino Mocha
  • Sobe Lifewater Dragon Fruit
  • Lipton Sparkling Peach
  • Izze  Sparkling Blackberry and Clementine
  • AMP Traction Grape
  • Pepsi Wild Cherry Bottle
  • Red Bull Red, Blue, Orange, and Yellow Editions

Feeling Sweet?

  • Reese’s Snack Mix
  • Hershey’s Snack Mix
  • Snack Bites Hershey Almond
  • Snack Bites Payday
  • Reese’s Minis King Size
  • Kit Kat Minis King Size
  • York Minis King Size
  • Reese’s Cups King Size
  • Kit Kat King Size
  • Twix Vend Size
  • Twix Bites
  • M&M Peanut Butter Share Size
  • M&M’s Peanut Butter Single
  • Dove Milk Choc Single
  • Wonka Chewy Spree
  • 100 Grand Bar
  • Butterfinger
  • Wonka Chewy Sours Sweetarts
  • Sweetarts Gummy Peg Bag, Mini Chewy, and Soft & Chewy Ropes

Pop a Pastry

  • Knott’s Strawberry and Raspberry Shortbread Cookies
  • Pop-Tarts: Frosted Strawberry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Blueberry, Cherry, S’Mores, Hot Fudge Sundae, and Chocolate Chip
  • Powdered Mini Donuts

Snack Time

  • Rold Gold Three-Cheese Pretzel Thins
  • Cool Ranch Doritos
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ Chips
  • Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion Chips
  • Fritos Twist Honey BBQ Corn Chips
  • Cheetos Puffs
  • Smartfood Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn
  • Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Kettle Cooked Salt and Vinegar, Horseradish, Jalapeno, Original, and Mesquite BBQ Chips
  • Lance Nip Cracker with Cheese

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