KFC is putting chicken and waffles back on the menu four months after ending the last limited-time offering of the popular dish. It includes a Belgian waffle and KFC chicken tenders, and a chicken and waffle sandwich is also being added to the menu.
An elementary school in Florida recently celebrated "plate day" by serving more locally sourced ingredients in their school lunches, including strawberries, lettuce and kale from a nearby farm. Beth Spratt, the farm-to-school outreach coordinator, says local food is fresher and healthier.
A story about the sweet treats that can be shaped using frozen whipped cream topped this week's list of most-read food-and-beverage stories, and Starbucks' revamped loyalty program also made the list. Triscuit's first non-cracker snacks and Smartwater's expansion into the flavored seltzer arena also resonated with readers.
Dunkin' is joining with Saucony to release a doughnut-themed running shoe to commemorate the Boston Marathon. The sneakers, which are a play on the brand's tagline "America Runs on Dunkin'," retail for $120 and come in a shoebox shaped like a pack of Dunkin's Munchkins doughnut holes.
Army veteran Jerry Flanagan founded junk-removal company JDog in 2011 with the intent of growing the business by hiring former servicemembers and help disprove the stereotype that veterans aren't ready to be in the civilian workplace. "When you watch it every day, how they deal with their struggles, it's amazing to see that they're very, very productive members of society," he says.
Restaurants working to eliminate single-use disposable containers in favor of compostables or other sustainable options face frustrations because the infrastructure often isn't there to process the used items properly. "If we're going to fix this, regulation is needed," said John Shin, who began using compostables when he opened Prawn in Los Angeles three years ago.
Pizza accounts for about 60% of US delivery orders, and pizza restaurants can stand out with creatively designed boxes that reinforce the brand. Brands can also make the boxes part of their social media strategy by creating exciting designs that customers want to share on Instagram, Phil Bagdasarian writes.
A Colorado school district has increased breakfast and lunch participation since they hired a new school lunch manager who focuses on a made-from-scratch menu. Lunches include such favorites as lasagna and roast turkey as well as a copious salad bar.
A Massachusetts elementary school has 17 teachers with certification from the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity to support students who have experienced trauma. Lauren Eramo, a fifth-grade teacher certified in the program, said students can be exposed to different traumas, including community violence, homelessness or a death in the family.
Juicing fruits and vegetables causes a loss of fiber, which could increase blood sugars more than if the produce was eaten whole, said registered dietitian nutritionist Robin Foroutan. The juice should be consumed right away because its antioxidants and enzymes become less active over time, Foroutan said.
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