Sponsored: Will this diet work?

It seems like every year (and sometimes every month) there’s a new weight loss diet that makes the news. From the “Grapefruit Diet” and the “Cabbage Soup” diet where specific foods are eaten regularly to versions of low carbohydrate diets like Atkins and Keto and more recently some version of fasting. But will these diets work for you if your goal is weight loss?

Sponsored: Kids in the Supermarket

Do you grocery shop at Ingles Markets with your children? Sometimes this can be stressful and difficult to manage. Here are some ideas on how to keep kids engaged, learn something new… and maybe even lend a helping hand.

Sponsored: Pickle trivia

How’s your pickle knowledge?

Sponsored: Enjoy a Vegan or Vegetarian Burger

Whether you are following a vegan or vegetarian diet or just looking for a meatless or meat-free burger option for a quick meal, you will appreciate the selection of products you can find at your local Ingles Markets. 

Sponsored: Caffeine

As an ingredient, caffeine is found naturally in coffee, tea, mate and chocolate and is added to caffeinated sodas, some “energy” waters, coffee-flavored foods like ice cream and meal replacement bars, as well as candy, gum and non-prescription medications that have added caffeine. 

Sponsored: You Can’t Have a Resolution unless you have a PLAN

In the post-holiday frenzy we hear a lot about making resolutions regarding our health and fitness. Many of us start with good intentions, but our aspirations fall flat after just a few weeks because we never figured out a plan to execute our resolutions. 

Sponsored: Add, Don’t Eliminate!

This time of year there seems to be a lot of talk about eliminating foods. How about if instead we let talk about ADDING more food from plants to our meals - this is actually the recommendation of the US Dietary Guidelines and My Plate!

Sponsored: What is calcium carbonate?

Calcium carbonate comes from limestone. You may know it in over-the-counter medication to relieve heartburn or for indigestion (antacid) or as a calcium supplement in tablets or in various beverages like plant-based beverages that have no naturally occurring calcium. 

Sponsored: Soy lecithin

I noticed “soy lecithin” on a I noticed “soy lecithin” on a list of ingredients. What is it?

Sponsored: Chocolate milk and sugar

What are your thoughts about kids having chocolate milk? Doesn’t it have too much sugar?

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