Can Too Much Hot Sauce Be Bad for You

Sometimes it can feel like your insides are on fire after biting into that burrito you just loaded with way too much heat. While your eyes are watering and you’re frantically searching for water, you’re thinking to yourself, “how much hot sauce is too much?”

There aren’t too many ingredients in hot sauce but a big one in most brands is sodium. There are low sodium hot sauces but make sure to check the label before hand because loading on the hot sauce can cause you to unintentionally consume way more than your recommended daily sodium intake.

It’s also not a good idea to overdo it on the hot sauce if you have a sensitive stomach because it can cause stomach aches very easily. Hot sauce can also cause acid reflux which isn’t a good addition to any meal.

But let’s not ignore all the benefits of hot sauce because it really does do a lot of good for the body. Capsaicin, which is responsible for making chilis spicy, has been reported to decrease inflammation, relieve soreness and help fight prostate cancer.

Splashing a bit of hot sauce on your food has also proven to help you eat less. The physical pain of eating spicy foods causes you to eat slower and the spice itself speeds up your metabolism.

It is true, as with most things, that there is a fatal dosage of chili peppers, but unless you are actively trying to break a world record of some sort (which I do not recommend) then it is highly unlikely that you’ll ever come close to consuming that amount of peppers.

According to the professor of horticulture at New Mexico State University and director of the Chile Pepper Institute, you’d have to eat about 3 pounds of the hottest pepper in a powdered form all at once and you’d most likely vomit before the peppers killed you.

Enjoy your hot sauce and don’t worry too much about harming yourself, just keep in mind that too much of anything is never a good idea. Your body can only take so much heat.

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5 Ways To Enjoy Lacroix All Day Long

The world was blessed in 1981 when a new beverage hit the market. 20 all natural flavors, no calories, no added sweeteners and no sodium. What is this magical elixir you ask? La Croix sparkling water, of course. The refreshing, light, crisp flavor of this God sent beverage has stolen America’s heart for 30 years, especially mine. La Croix, pronounced (la-CROY), is in my opinion, the world’s most versatile beverage.

Believe it or not, there is a way to enjoy La Croix at every hour of the day. Dawn till dusk, this bubbly brew never seems to disappoint. So, if you have already joined the growing La Croix cult or are looking to expand your beverage spectrum, I strongly recommend La Croix.

Breakfast: “Pure” LaCroix Alongside Espresso Or OJ

Wake up feeling groggy and tired of that boring Keurig coffee?Why not revolutionize your morning caffeine regiment by enjoying espresso the traditional way? Pair that morning joe with a “pure” (unflavored) LaCroix for an authentic coffee experience. The sparkling water acts as a palate cleanser so every sip is just as delicious as the first.

Hey, maybe you aren’t a coffee person. Mix half orange juice with half Cran-Rasberry LaCroix to add some fizz and a pop of flavor to your juice.

Aprés Gym: Tangerine La Croix

Spin, yoga, pilates, weight lifting, whatever you are into, LaCroix is there for you when you finish putting in work. Sweaty, fatigued and no longer attracted to that 32oz Nalgene you guzzled down and in need of something to replenish your muscles? Well, move over still water.

The light, effervescent flavor of Tangerine LaCroix is the perfect post-gym beverage. The flavor is not overwhelming yet, the mild citrus variety will give you just enough energy to hop in the shower and be on your way.

Lunch: Pick-me-up LaCroix

Imagine it’s the middle of your day, or even worse, the middle of your day in the middle of your school week. When I hit a slump, I live for lunch time. Another salad or sandwich accompanied by a boring bottle of water? Not today.

A can of LaCroix is easy to pack in your bag. So, whether lunch is in the library or at home, give that turkey sando a little life by washing it down with my favorite flavor of LaCroix, Pamplemousse (better know as grapefruit). The flavor of Pamplemousse LaCroix has just enough zest behind it to push you through until dinner time or if you are lucky, happy hour.

Happy Hour: Chaser LaCroix

#SpoonTip: Not crafty at the bar with your cocktails? Don’t worry. Follow these two steps:

1. Simply mix your booze of choice and a Crystal Light packet with any flavor of LaCroix and stir.

2. Enjoy reveling in this low-calorie delicious drink.

LaCroix 2.0: Shareable LaCroix

Not crazy about sharing a can? Well, who really is, especially when it is only 12oz of precious LaCroix? Have no fear, LaCroix is a sharable beverage, now available in one liter resealable bottles in 12 flavors. Perfect for on-the-go consumption. La Croix all around!

Cheers to LaCoix sparkling water for being adaptable to all hours of the day. A sensational drink that has truly earned a gold star. I highly suggest spending the next 24 hours incorporating LaCroix into your daily routine, you won’t regret it.

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Hillary Clintons 5 Favorite Hometown Restaurants

As a resident of Chappaqua, NY, Hillary Clinton’s hometown, I have had my fair share of Clinton spottings. Whether Hillary and Bill are taking a walk in Gedney park or marching in the Memorial Day parade, the Clintons are proud to be part of our sleepy commuter town—and especially when it comes to food.

Below are 5 of the restaurants Hillary loves to hit up when she’s spending time off at home.

1. Crabtree Kittle House

Crabtree Kittle House is the Clintons’ favorite restaurant not just in Chappaqua, but of all time. It’s easy to see why. Known for having the largest wine collection in the country, Crabtree Kittle House is a colonial inn where locals often dine for discounted oysters on Wednesdays.

2. Langes Little Store

If you live in Chappaqua, you know that Langes is the best place to get made-to-order sandwiches. Hillary has proclaimed it one of her local favorites many times, and she and Bill are often seen getting breakfast sandwiches from Langes to-go in brown paper bags.

3. Starbucks

Everyone’s favorite chain coffee shop isn’t too basic for the Clintons. If you want the best chance of spotting Bill in Chappaqua, you should hit up the local Starbucks. You’ll find him ordering coffees for Hillary and himself. Bill almost always orders a decaf venti and makes sure to include a nice tip.

4. Basilico

Basilico is Hillary’s go-to pizza place in Chappaqua. Like many New York pizzerias, the pizza here is thin-crust, flavorful and always hits the spot. Chappaqua itself is home to many pizza parlors, but this one always ranks at the top.

When I’m home, my friends and I often go out to Basilico or order the delicious pizza for delivery to one of our houses. And we never forget the garlic knots—they’re to die for. Recently, when Hillary was recovering from pneumonia, a Basilico delivery van was spotted bringing fresh pizza to Hillary’s Chappaqua home.

5. Le Jardin Du Roi

This cozy french bistro has also had its fair share of Clinton spottings. Serving perfectly cooked steaks for dinner and deliciously fluffy omelettes for brunch, Le Jardin du Roi is my personal favorite restaurant in Chappaqua, and evidently, a favorite of Hillary’s as well. Bill and Hillary have been spotted enjoying a weekend dinner here or catching up with friends over lunch on the outside patio.

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Make A Legitimate Pizza While on A Hiking Trail

When your friend has spent 45 days backpacking the Arctic Circle, she’s sure to know a thing or two about trail food. On a spontaneous trip to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, my friends and I discovered the beauty of trail pizza. Yeah, you heard that right. Trail pizza. With a few simple ingredients and a heavy duty pot, this recipe is sure to make any night cozy and delicious.

For this version we had the luxury of using fresh vegetables, which aren’t always available on long-term trips (where dehydrated food is common).

My friend, Lena, who taught me this recipe, is an insane adventurer. She’s been going on cross-country expeditions since she was 10 years old. Throughout her experiences of meeting bears, following caribou, or even chasing a cheesecake into the middle of a frozen lake, she’s learned a lot.

Not only has she led me on so many adventures, but she was also the one who inspired me to become pescatarian. She is a full-fledged vegan and I admire her so much for that. Therefore, as if it couldn’t get any better, this pizza is even cruelty-free. I hadn’t camped in years (besides in my own backyard), but outdoor exploration has always been something I’ve wanted to try my hand at. Lucky for me, Lena is the perfect voyager to guide me!

Now, all her camping experience seems a little intimidating, but with an open mind along with an eagerness to learn, anyone can do it. So for all you aspiring adventurers, get outside and make your very own trail pizza. Who knows? Pizza now, then camping trips–before you know it you’ll be a natural explorer.

In the end…

Camping isn’t for everyone, but getting outside with some of your best friends is a great way to create loads of laughs and memories that will last a lifetime. When you learn a recipe that means so much to someone you care about, you can’t help but love every bite. Thanks so much, Lena, I can’t wait to see what you continue to have in store for us

Check out our complete Devil’s Lake Fall-venture on Youtube and be sure to follow Lena’s amazing expeditions on Instagram @existingoutside

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7 Foods with Better Ad Campaigns Than Donald Trump

As the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaches, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are stepping up their ad game. With the release of each campaign ad, the American people grow further divided over the politics of our country. Trump only widens this divide by spending the majority of his ads attacking Clinton rather than providing concrete plans for his presidency.

One thing the people can agree on, however, is an appreciation for the culture of food. America’s favorite food and beverage companies bring in new customers while staying true to their promises, often implementing humor and inspiration into their ads. Here are several foods and drinks with better produced and more memorable ad campaigns than Donald Trump’s.

Nespresso

Featuring George Clooney and Danny DeVito, Nespresso raises the bar for ads. Clooney puts DeVito through a rigorous process, including a suit fitting and trip to an art museum, until he is ready to consume the Nespresso.

While the process to become president is even more rigorous, Trump’s ads imply that he can acquire the position without the political background and experience.

Dos Equis

Dos Equis ads are famous for their depiction of the most interesting man in the world, an aspiration Trump will never achieve. While the theme of the interesting man stays the same, each ad reveals the company’s innovation and humor. Overall, Dos Equis provides just the right amount of consistency—a department Trump could use some help in.

Fiber One

Fiber One ads feature hilarious constipation scenarios, including a bride on her wedding day and a pregnant man. I’m not sure if a Fiber One bar will cure the recurring stomach pain I feel while watching Trump’s ad campaign, but I’ll give it a try.

Snickers

This ad is a classic, with the famous “You’re not you when you’re hungry” line. Speaking from experience, there is no taste quite as satisfying as a Snickers bar after a long day. If their ads are correct in the assertion that hunger exaggerates people’s behavior, then perhaps Trump’s blatant exaggeration throughout his ads can be attributed to hunger.

Jack Links

Jack Links ads typically portray people teasing Sasquatch with beef jerky links, then cruelly tricking him. Sasquatch refuses to let his tormentors get away, whether that involves slamming them into the ground or pushing them into a wedding cake. Trump follows a similar campaign technique by threatening his enemies, but his ads are not intentionally humorous.

Doritos

Doritos ads debuted during various Super Bowls, gaining popularity for their humor and lasting impressions on the audience. They represent the clever nature and innovation that Trump’s ads lack—I mean, who can say no to the tempting offer of a Dorito? The one similarity between Doritos and Trump ads, however, is the prevalence of the color orange.

Skittles

A life-sized Skittles portrait of Steven Tyler, complete with his singing voice? That’s the only visual I need to purchase this sweet snack. Trump’s ads are not nearly as convincing as Skittles ads, and a slogan such as “taste the rainbow” doesn’t fit well with his anti-LGBTQ agenda.

Considering the lack of solid facts and implementable plans in Trump’s campaign, it isn’t difficult to find food and drink ads with more creativity and persuasive techniques than his presidential ads. Snacks such as Skittles and Doritos make America greater than any president ever will.

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5 Uiuc Campus Food Trucks You Need To Try Before

Food trucks are popping up everywhere. People seem to love them—especially college students. Thanks to to the fact that they are on wheels, they can get close to your on-campus classes during the day and right across the street from your favorite bar at night. It’s about time you check out these five UIUC trucks.

Cracked: The Egg Came First

Cracked Truck, a breakfast food truck created by University of Illinois graduates, is probably one of the most well-known food trucks on campus. College students seem to have a weird obsession with breakfast sandwiches, so Cracked is just what all of us need.

If you live or have class far into Urbana, you probably eat it for breakfast, and if you’re out during the week or and find yourself on Fifth Street, you’re probably eating it as drunchies. Either way, it’s one of the most popular food trucks on campus and if you graduate not having eaten there, did you really go to U of I?

You can find their updated location, hours and menu on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

What to Order: The Morning Bender and White Cheddar Bacon Tots if you’re really hungry.

#SpoonTip: Opt for sweet and spicy cream cheese on your Morning Bender and you won’t be disappointed.

Derald’s Food Truck

Every college campus needs a classic food truck like Derald’s. It’s been here for over 30 years making it the longest standing food truck at UIUC. It is conveniently located right next to the Main Quad on weekdays.

They have breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a diner-esque meal, Derald’s is sure to hit the spot. They are famous for their fish sandwich, which we should consider ourselves blessed to have, as it is only available on Friday.

Derald’s also has a café in the Law Building that always has some great specials going on. Keep updated with their location and specials on their Twitter.

What to Order: Derald’s Famous Fish Sandwich, obviously.

Pandamonium Doughnuts

Pandamonium is the Dominique Ansel (creator of the Cronut) of UIUC. You have to wake up at the break of dawn to get to Pandamonium by 7 am to get one of these gourmet doughnuts. Yes, that’s right, they sell-out bright and early every day (usually by around 10 am they are gone).

And if it’s not because of how Instagram-able these doughnuts are, it’s probably because they are handmade often with organic and local ingredients. You can literally taste all the careful, creative craft that went into each sugar-filled bite.

What to Order: The menu changes every day with about five doughnuts, but if you catch a day that has s’mores or cookie dough, I would definitely recommend stocking up.

#SpoonTip: Since Pandamonium’s menu changes every day, follow them on Instagram where they usually post the next days flavors the night before. That way you’ll know if they’ll be selling your fave flavor.

Caribbean Grill

Caribbean Grill is typically a bit of a hike from campus but it’s definitely worth it since you really can’t get this kind of food anywhere else in Champaign. Being on a college budget, I can only justify buying food that I can’t make myself—and this is definitely one of those instances.

The jerk chicken is easily the best thing on the menu and the pineapple rum cake is on my foodie bucket list. You can catch Caribbean Grill on Thursday’s especially as they are on campus at Goodwin and Oregon near Krannert. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated with their location and hours.

What to Order: Fried plantains are my go-to.

#SpoonTip: Get the meal because you can try everything and determine what you like. Then, next time you might decide you only want plantains as a snack and or rice ‘n peas.

Burrito King

The Burrito King Food Truck is basically Burrito King (RIP Tortica’s) with a smaller menu and a lot more fun to go to. If you’re on the northeast end of campus during the day, it’s hard to miss this truck. Not only does it have a new bright red look this year, but it is always packed with people on Goodwin and Green at lunchtime.

This might be surprising if you thought Burrito King was only a late-night post-bars spot. It is in fact a great place to eat all hours of the day in a restaurant or at a truck. Make sure to keep checking their Facebook for updated locations.

What to Order: I’m a sucker for Nachos, but the most popular bite is probably the King Burrito.

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Freshen Up Dinnertime with Vegan Spring Rolls

Enjoy these spring rolls as an afternoon snack or even as your dinner’s main course. The rice vinegar adds a nice acidic bite while the sugar brings out the carrot’s natural sweetness. The flavor combo is divine, but you can really play with the fillings to tailor the roll to your taste. If you’re looking for some extra spice, add a slice of jalapeño or drizzle the whole roll in Sriracha.

I am blessed with taste buds that make cilantro taste good on everything, but if you’re part of the cilantro-hate club, try throwing a couple mint leaves in instead. I personally think that using purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and cilantro creates the perfect color-combo for a dope Instagram pic, but no matter what, it’s gonna look AND taste wonderful.

Don’t pass up on the vegan mayo Sriracha dip. It creates a nice smooth finish for the crunchy veggies. If you’re not vegan, I recommend using a low-fat mayo instead of the vegan mayo because it’s cheaper and it’s easier to find at a grocery store.

Even if you DO end up ripping the rice paper wrappers a little bit, I promise they taste just as grand. So get out your veggies and chop it like it’s hot because it may not be spring, but spring rolls are ALWAYS in season.

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Ultimate Food Guide To Nycs Meadows Festival

The Meadows is yet another New York City music festival coming to Citi Field on October 1st and 2nd, straight from the people who bring us Governors Ball each summer. Highlights from the lineup include Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, The 1975, and more. It’s that good.

Plus, The Infatuation has curated yet another amazing line up of food options with a lot of the classic festival eats. Check out the full list here (and for all you vegetarians and vegans, you can see which spots will have what you need.) But in case it’s too much, here’s a roundup of the best:

Uma Temekaria

Uma Temekaria, home to the sushi burrito, bowl, and hand roll, reinvents the definition of fresh food. I always go for the sushi burrito and am honestly always shocked that it doesn’t fall apart, but the seaweed wrap is pretty strong. It’s the perfect light but filling food to eat as you walk around Citi Field.

Cafe Habana

Cafe Habana makes some of the best corn eloté I have ever tasted. Not only do they rule the game in corn, they offer perfectly pressed Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos as well–all perfect and transportable festival foods.

Ramen Burger

It’s never a music festival without the infamous ramen burger and if you’ve never had it, you have to try it. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t immediately fall apart in your hands. Plus, it tastes delicious.

Spaghetti Incident

If Spaghetti in a cone isn’t immediately appealing then I don’t know what is. Spaghetti Incident makes every kind of spaghetti imaginable: bolognese, carbonara, sausage and broccoli rabe, and more. Plus, it comes in a cone perfect to hold in one hand, so you can stand in a crowd, walk around, or multitask while eating your pasta.

Roberta’s

In my opinion, Roberta’s serves some of the best pizza in New York City. Really easy to grab and go, pizza is the perfect festival food and you won’t be disappointed in Roberta’s. It’s homemade, thoughtfully executed, and delicious.

Dough

Dough donuts are the biggest, dough-iest, mouthwatering donuts you could possibly eat. I was never the biggest fan of doughy donuts until I tried these. They’re perfect to eat by yourself or share, and Dough makes so many flavors to try like my personal favorite–mocha almond crunch–and other, more interesting flavors such as matcha and hibiscus.

Luke’s Lobster

Don’t let the summer foods go yet. Luke’s Lobster serves some of the best lobster rolls I’ve ever tasted, and they’re straight out of New York City (although they do have locations throughout the rest of the Northeast too.) My personal favorite thing to get isn’t the lobster roll, but the lobster grilled cheese which tastes heavenly. Either way, there’s no wrong choice.

The Bao Shoppe

Bao bun sandwiches have been all the rage lately. Bao buns are made out of a sweet and savory, fluffy dough that can be stuffed with pretty much anything. The Bao Shoppe serves up buns wrapped around things like popcorn shrimp, crispy tofu, and pork belly. Plus, they have bubble tea, which is always a fun drink because you drink and chew it.

Coolhaus

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7 Best Places To Get Queso Around Fort Worth

Hot, gooey, and tasty, queso is always a yes. In honor of getting my little in my sorority this past week, I wanted to write an article dedicated to her favorite food—queso. Queso is a classic Tex-Mex dip, but can also be found drizzled on enchiladas or packed in a burrito. Wherever you find it, you know it will be delicious.

In Texas, but especially in Fort Worth, you can get queso pretty much anywhere at any time. The trick is finding Insta-worthy, stomach-growl-inducing queso. I scouted out some of the best places to grab queso in the Fort Worth area, so grab some friends and try them yourself.

1. Torchy’s Tacos

While pretty much everything found at Torchy’s is tasty, this Texas heaven-sent restaurant truly makes a killer queso. The queso even comes with a spicy kick and a drop of house-made guacamole at the bottom.

#SpoonTip: Make any taco trashy with a splash of queso.

2. Spiral Diner

Calling all Fort Worth vegans, this hot spot offers a vegan-friendly queso that tastes anything but fake. Served with homemade crispy corn chips or drizzled over their famous nachos, this queso will make your tummy happy.

3. Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco is a DFW favorite, and it’s not only because they offer super tasty and nontraditional tacos. They’ve also got an unusual and amazing queso that’s made with red curry and coconut.

4. Taco Heads

Taco Heads has some of the best street tacos around, but they’ve also got a killer white cheese queso topped with fresh cilantro. Not to mention, they serve it with huge pile of hot, homemade sweetcorn tortilla chips to dip with.

5. Joe T. Garcia’s

A Fort Worth legend, Joe T.’s has an enticing environment, tasty Tex-Mex and great queso. The queso is perfect for spreading over your sizzling fajitas or even mixing in your beans.

#SpoonTip: Mix your queso and salsa together for an even more delicious dip.

6. Chuy’s

In honor of my little, I had to mention Chuy’s, her all time favorite place to get queso. Chuy’s may be known for their mouth watering green dip, but their queso is pretty dank as well. Made with fresh ground beef, guacamole, and pico, this is the perfect pairing for your tortilla chips.

7. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Where do you go when its 1am, and you need some chile-dusted chips and queso? No doubt it’s going to be Fuzzy’s. It’s conveniently placed right on the TCU campus and provides some tasty drunkies and margaritas.

Fort Worth holds many hidden gems, and after living in Texas for my whole life and Fort Worth for almost two years, I am lucky enough to have gotten to try all of these. Next time you’re in the DFW area, stop at any of these locations and you’ll be sure to leave happy.

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