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Ten tasty snacks under 200 calories, and four disappointing ones

(CNN)Nearly all Americans snack at least once a day, most often to satisfy cravings, according to a recent snacking report. For some, frequent snacking may replace a typical meal or two.

Regardless of your health goals, what you choose to snack on matters, especially if you snack often. A healthy nutrient-rich snack can fill in nutritional gaps and boost energy. But sugary junk foods can leave you feeling tired and craving more food fixes.
Pairing protein or small amounts of heart-healthy fat with carbohydrates promotes satiety and gives you sustained energy while keeping calories down. Below is our list of tasty, low added-sugar snacks under 200 calories (according to the counts at the USDA nutrient database unless otherwise linked to), which will keep your stomach full and your waistline slim.
Avocado on whole-wheat toast
 
 
This heart-healthy avocado spread on toast makes for a tasty, super-satisfying snack.
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread, toasted = 76 calories, 4g protein, 1g fat, 2g fiber, 1.4g sugar
  • ¼ avocado, mashed = 80 calories, 1g protein, 7.37g fat, 3.4g fiber, 0.33g sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste = 0 calories
  • Total: 156 calories, 5g protein, 8.4g fat, 5.4g fiber, 1.7g sugar
Banana peanut butter graham sandwich, open-faced
This delicious combo comes in handy as an after-school snack and is a favorite among (my) kids.
  • ½ small banana = 45 calories, 0.55g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.3g fiber, 6g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter = 64 calories, 2.4g protein, 5.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 1.1g sugar
  • 1 graham cracker sheet = 65 calories, 1g protein, 1.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 4g sugar
  • Total: 174 calories, 4g protein, 7.2g fat, 2.3g fiber, 11g sugar.
Popcorn with almonds and chocolate chips
Air-popped popcorn adds volume and texture to this indulgent snack, for few added calories.
  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn = 62 calories, 2.07g protein, 0.73g fat, 2.3g fiber, 0.1g sugars
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (0.6 oz), dry-roasted with salt = 102 calories, 3.6g protein, 9g fat, 2g fiber, 0.8g sugar
  • 0.5 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips (approx 2 tsp) = 35 calories, 0g protein, 2g fat, 0g fiber, 4g sugar
  • Total: 199 calories, 5.7g protein, 11.7g fat, 4.3g fiber, 4.9g sugar
Apple slices with sun butter
A savory spread made from sunflower seeds that is appropriate for those with peanut or tree nut allergies.
  • 1 medium apple (Gala), sliced = 98 calories, 0.43g protein, 0.21g fat, 4g fiber, 18g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter = 99 calories, 2.8g protein, 8.8g fat, 1g fiber, 1.7g sugar
  • Total: 197 calories, 3.2g protein, 9g fat, 5g fiber, 19.7g sugar
Greek yogurt with strawberries, sprinkled with flaxseed
Greek yogurt packs protein, strawberries boast vitamin C and antioxidants, and flaxseed boosts fiber and omega-3s.
  • 1 container plain low-fat Greek yogurt (7 oz; 200g) = 150 calories, 20g protein, 4g fat, 0g fiber, 8g sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced = 27 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.25g fat, 1.7g fiber, 4g sugar
  • 2 teaspoon flaxseed = 20 calories, 1g protein, 1g fat, 1.3g fiber, 0g sugar
  • Total: 197 calories, 21.6g protein, 5.25g fat, 3g fiber, 12g sugar
Shrimp cocktail
This filling low-calorie snack offers omega-3 fats and can double as an appetizer or mini-meal.
  • Jumbo cooked shrimp (5) = 100 calories, 19g protein, 1.5g fat, 0g fiber, 0g sugar
  • Cocktail sauce (2 tablespoons) = 40 calories, 0.5g protein, 0g fat, 0.5g fiber, 8g sugar
  • Total: 140 calories, 19.5g protein, 1.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 8g sugar
Edamame
A simple, fun-to-eat snack that is rich in soy protein, edamame can be bought frozen and quickly defrosted whenever hunger strikes.
  • ¾ cup edamame in pods (salted) = 165 calories, 13.5g protein, 5.25g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
  • Total: 165 calories, 13.5g protein, 5.3g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
Whipped cottage cheese with dried apricots on Wasa bread
Whipped cottage cheese works well as a protein-rich spread, while the dried apricots offer a hint of sweetness.
  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) low-fat whipped cottage cheese = 45 calories, 7.5g protein, 0.5g fat, 0g fiber, 2g sugar
  • 2 multigrain Wasa crackers = 90 calories, 4g protein, 0g fat, 4g fiber, 0g sugar
  • 6 dried apricot halves = 51 calories, 0.7g protein, 0.1g fat, 1.5g fiber, 11.2g sugar
  • Total: 186 calories, 12.2g protein, 0.6g fat, 5.5 g fiber, 13.2g sugar
Hummus with sugar snap peas
Any veggie pairs well with hummus, but sugar snap peas are a crunchy treat when they're in season.
  • 4 tablespoons hummus = 140 calories, 4g protein, 10g fat, 4g fiber, 0g sugar
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas = 35 calories, 2g protein, 0g fat, 2g fiber, 3g sugar
  • Total: 175 calories, 6g protein, 10g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
 
Spinach and blueberry smoothie
Blend these ingredients for a delicious protein- and fiber-rich smoothie.
  • ¼ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt = 36 calories, 6g protein, 0g fat, 0g fiber, 2g sugar
  • ½ cup non-fat milk = 42 calories, 4g protein, 0g fat, 0g fiber, 6g sugar
  • ½ medium banana = 53 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.5g fiber, 7g sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries = 42 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.2g fat, 2g fiber, 7g sugar
  • 1 cup fresh spinach = 7 calories, 0.86g protein, 0.1g fat, 0.7g fiber, 0.1g sugar
  • Total: 180 calories, 12.6g protein, 0.5g fat, 4.2g fiber, 22g sugar
And there are also snacks under 200 calories that may sound good but are actually disappointing. Try to avoid these snack fails.
Half of a double chocolate cupcake
Just half of a chocolate cupcake delivers over 4 teaspoons of sugar.
A third of a bagel with cream cheese
A bagel with cream cheese has close to 450 calories. Share it with two friends to stay within your snack calorie budget.
  • One large bagel = 337 calories, 2g fat, 7g of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of cream cheese = 102 calories, 10g fat, 1g sugar
  • Total for a third: 146 calories, 4g fat, 3g sugar
Four tablespoons (¼ cup) of Ben and Jerry's Out of this Swirled Ice Cream
Eat only four spoons of this ice cream to stay under 200 calories. That small scoop will also deliver a quarter of your daily saturated fat limit and over 3 teaspoons of sugar.
  • ¼ cup (four tablespoons) of this Out of this Swirled = 155 calories, 5g saturated fat, 14g sugar
One ounce of frozen hot chocolate
A few long sips of this drinkable chocolate delivers 8 teaspoons of sugar -- your daily limit.

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06/Aug/2017

Is wine healthy?

(CNN)Yes, wine may protect our hearts when consumed in moderation -- defined as up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men, according to US dietary guidelines. Five ounces of wine is considered one drink.

Benefits of moderate alcohol consumption such as wine include a 30% reduction in the risk of heart attack compared to non-drinkers, a finding that has been repeated over 30 years and in various countries, according to Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition who has been researching the effects of alcohol and chronic disease for decades at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Additionally, alcohol consumption has been associated with a 30% to 40% reduction in the risk of Type 2 diabetes, compared to those who don't drink.
But more is not better. Excessive drinking can increase the risk of diseases, including heart disease, liver disease and certain cancers.
The pattern of drinking matters too, so saving up for a bottle of wine during a Saturday night dinner isn't quite the same as following a 'one-a-day' rule. "The maximum benefit appears to be when alcohol consumption is spread out over the course of a week, or at least every other day," said Rimm.

Isn't red wine better?

Red wine has been praised for its resveratrol content. Resveratrol is a polyphenol (plant chemical) found in the skin of red and purple grapes (less so in green). It has antioxidant properties and it also helps to make arteries more flexible, which lowers blood pressure. The amount of resveratrol in red wine is greater than in white and rosé wines, since grape skins are removed early during the production of white and rosé wines.
According to Rimm, a few studies suggest that consuming red wine may be more beneficial than drinking other alcoholic beverages. But, he adds, the amount of polyphenols in red wine is simply not enough to explain the benefits on health.
"If you are a woman, and you're drinking a glass of red wine each day, the amount of polyphenols is small compared to other sources of polyphenols in your diet, like blueberries, tea, apples and dark chocolate," he said.
For example, if you are consuming a glass of red wine daily and also consuming a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet, the polyphenols from red wine represent less than 5% of the total amount of polyphenols in your diet, according to Rimm.
By comparison, the amount of resveratrol given to mice in studies is equivalent to the amount that you would find in 8 to 10 bottles of red wine -- an amount considered unhealthy for humans.
What's more, research that has looked at resveratrol in humans isn't that promising. One recent study involving close to 800 men and women 65 years or older concluded that resveratrol consumed from dietary sources was not associated with longevity; nor did it decrease the incidence of heart disease or cancer.
"When you consume wine in moderation, most or all of the benefit is coming from the ethanol (alcohol) in wine," said Rimm. "Having a shot of spirits or a can of beer will give you equal benefit as wine."
Specifically, ethanol increases HDL, or "good" cholesterol, improves insulin sensitivity, and slows down the ability of blood to clot. It also helps to decrease inflammation inside of your arteries, according to Rimm.
"That being said, if you enjoy red wine, by all means, go for it," he said.

Calorie cutting?

Compared to other alcoholic beverages, wine is a good choice for those watching their weight, as it has fewer carbs than beer. Unlike beer, most of the calories in wine come from alcohol. (An exception is a sweet wine like a dessert wine, where sugar contributes to the total calorie count). Wine also lacks the sugar calories from mixers used for cocktails and other drinks.
For example, though they are all considered one standard "drink" with equivalent amounts of alcohol, 12 ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol) may have about 150 calories, 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol) may have about 120 calories, and 7 ounces of a rum (40% alcohol) plus cola may have about 155 calories according to US Dietary Guidelines.
But the higher the alcohol content, the more calories in wine. For example, a red Zinfandel with 15% alcohol is going to have more calories than a Riesling with 8% alcohol. Wines from warm climates often have 14% to 15% alcohol, according to Stephen Mutkoski, professor emeritus of wine education and management at the school of hotel administration at Cornell University.
According to Dwayne Bershaw, who teaches wine making classes in the department of food science at Cornell, most whites and rosés are lower in alcohol than most reds, so they have fewer calories compared to red wines.
And though many whites and rosés do contain a small amount of residual sugar, left over when not all of the sugar in grapes is used up to produce alcohol, the amount is not significant enough to outweigh the greater calorie difference from variations in alcohol content among reds, whites and rosés. "A half a percent of residual sugar will add 4 or 5 calories ... it's not that much," said Bershaw.
Bershaw said low calorie wine seems to be a trending item in some circles; this is simply wine with no residual sugar and a lower percent alcohol by volume (%ABV).

A note of caution

 
Alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer. For men, drinking a couple glasses of alcohol a day was associated with 26% increased risk of cancers such as liver, colon and esophagus. Women with a high risk of breast cancer (PDF) should be cautious when consuming wine.
"For someone who is at high risk for breast cancer, due to a strong family history or other risk factors, I wouldn't necessarily tell that woman to stop drinking," said Rimm, "but I would say if you are at high risk, drink a little less."
Rimm said while it's true that women who drink a drink per day have a 10% increased risk of breast cancer, it is nowhere near the 30% reduction in risk of heart disease achieved by consuming alcohol in moderation.
But if you are pregnant, nursing or have other health or medical issues where alcohol consumption is not advised, you should avoid alcohol completely. And drinking wine isn't more important than eating a nutritious diet, engaging in regular exercise, and avoiding smoking.
"Wine should be enjoyed along with other aspects of a healthy lifestyle," said Rimm.
Source:CNN
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30/Jul/2017

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I want to win a trophy for Ghana before quitting football – Sulley Muntari

Ghana midfielder, Sulley Ali Muntari has disclosed that he wants to win a trophy for the national team, the Black Stars, before retiring from football.

The Italy based player reiterated that the Black Stars need to win a trophy badly in this current time and he believes he can contribute to the team’s quality to make this happen.

He said from experience, Ghana can still qualify for the next World Cup though many think it’s impossible.

Speaking in an interview on GhOne’s Football Legends Show, Sulley said he never gives up and he will never give up until he has breath no more.

When asked about a possible Black Stars come back, he said “Yes, of course, national team, of course, I want to play again with the national team. You know many people are saying that probably we can’t make it to the World Cup, but I think we can do it“.

Detailing how the slim fate in the Russia 2018 can be possible, he continued that “You know why? Because if we win all our games. We did the same in 2006 when we qualified for the first time to the World Cup. We lost our first game, we drew away but then we won all our games, it’s the same situation now. I think we can do it.”

Sulley, Kelvin Prince Boateng and Michael Essien were suspended from the Black Stars after the 2014 Brazil World Cup. However, Muntari later apologized and has been tipped to join the national team soon.

“But coming back to me, of course, I want to play the national team but I have to start playing a club then after we see what happens,” the father of one added.

Source:CNN.com

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06/Aug/2017

Usain Bolt Fails to Win 100m Gold Medal at IAAF World Championships

Justin Gatlin spoiled Usain Bolt's final individual 100-meter race during Saturday's 2017 IAAF World Championships by beating out the Jamaican sprinter to take the gold medal.

The American nabbed the win with a late dip on the line, stunning the fans in London. Christian Coleman took silver, and Bolt had to settle for bronze.

Gatlin's win did not sit well with the fans, who have given the American plenty of tough nights over the years. Richard Osman shared these comments from commentator Steve Cram, which summed up how the British fans felt:

Bolt never played a significant role in the final, falling behind early after a mediocre start. Coleman appeared to be on his way to the gold, but Gatlin overtook his young compatriot in the final metres, winning thanks to a superior dip on the line.

The 35-year-old immediately sought out his rival, giving Bolt a lengthy hug, and he went even further, per Bleacher Report's Sean Swaby:

But no matter what he did, the fans were always going to boo him. Bolt has been a superb ambassador for the sport for years, and while he showed plenty of worrying signs during the qualifying heats, no one really thought he would walk away with anything other than gold.

The 30-year-old hadn't lost a 100-meter heat since 2013, until Coleman beat him in the semifinals by a hair. Bolt made history last year by becoming the first man to win three straight gold medals in the event at the Olympics, but he decided to return for one more major tournament rather than retire then.

As expected, plenty of people praised the Jamaican star for his wonderful career after his final 100-meter race, including Juventus football star Paulo Dybala:

For Gatlin, the gold is a form of redemption after two suspensions for doping in the past. He previously took the gold at the 2005 World Championships and won the 200-meter the same year.

Source:CNN

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06/Aug/2017

'Dark Tower' adaptation isn't fit for a King

'Dark Tower' adaptation isn't fit for a King

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(CNN)"The Dark Tower" feels like a throwback -- a trim, competently executed "B" popcorn movie, adapted from Stephen King's books with ample action but also lots of clunky exposition. That's not a great prescription for a would-be summer blockbuster, but more an endorsement to watch when it hits cable.

Although King's name is an obvious selling point -- his spotty page-to-screen track record notwithstanding -- the film's underlying tone and template owe debts to another Steven, Spielberg. From its adolescent hero discovering his greater purpose to the drawings that channel images deeply embedded in his consciousness, themes present in "E.T." and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" initially come to mind.
Of course, part of that has to do with the myriad sources that King drew upon in establishing this universe, which has been awkwardly condensed to fit into a 95-minute movie. The result is a film whose plot is sheer simplicity -- young boy teams with grizzled man-of-few-words to save the world -- while allowing the details to basically just spill out in between fight scenes.
Tom Taylor plays young Jake, whose disturbing visions have his widowed mom ("Vikings'" Katheryn Winnick) at her wits end. In fact, she's about to commit the lad to an asylum when Jake receives a tangible clue that his intricately sketched dreams are real, stumbling through a portal into Mid-World, an imperiled alternate universe that threatens our own. "What happens in one world echoes in others," Jake is told.
 
 
There, he meets Roland (Idris Elba), the last surviving gunslinger. A brooding knight, he has sworn vengeance against Walter (Matthew McConaughey), an evil sorcerer determined to bring down the Dark Tower, thus letting demons escape and wreak havoc on their domain.
Roland, naturally, is reluctant about toting a kid around, grudgingly realizing -- as Walter does -- that Jake's psychic "shine" might augur greater importance.
Directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, who's also one of four credited writers, "Dark Tower" sure feels like a work by committee. Its saving graces include casting the able Elba in a heroic role leavened by comedic fish-out-of-water moments, such as encountering Earth's great wonders, like sugary soda.
Tipping the scales toward the negative, meanwhile, are the clunky dialogue; a narrative that approximates a British tea-time show, only with bigger stars and a more expansive budget; and McConaughey. While the actor enjoyed a career renaissance with "True Detective" and "Dallas Buyers Club," tasked with playing a magically powered villain dashing off one-liners, to quote Dirty Harry, a man's got to know his limitations.
As noted, Hollywood has only sporadically mastered the art of conjuring movies and TV from King's work, and this is a busy year for such efforts, including Spike's series "The Mist" and the upcoming, eagerly anticipated movie version of "It."
"The Dark Tower" avoids the lowest rungs of that ladder. Taken on its terms it's hardly a disaster, delivering moments of fun on a basic level. But nor should anyone confuse this modestly scaled exercise with a towering accomplishment.
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06/Aug/2017

Jim Plunkett Says 'My Life Sucks,' Lives in Constant Pain from Football

im Plunkett spent 15 seasons as an NFL quarterback from 1971-86, with all those years of punishment taking a heavy toll on his body. 

In an interview with Elliott Almond of the Bay Area News Group, Plunkett said his "life sucks" and it's "no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts."

A former No. 1 overall pick by the New England Patriots in 1971, Plunkett is forced to regularly take 13 pills throughout the day for various health issues, including his heart and blood pressure, per Almond. 

"There are a couple other drugs I take—I can’t know them all," Plunkett told Almond. "I’ve got to take them every day to quote-unquote survive."

Former San Diego Chargers running back Hank Bauer told Almond that playing football is like "getting in 50 car wrecks a week for 20 straight weeks a year."

Plunkett was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college and the NFL during his playing days. He won the 1970 Heisman Trophy while playing at Stanford, was named AFC Rookie of the Year in 1971 and led the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles in 1981 and 1984. 

The 69-year-old Plunkett has had a litany of health issues both during and after his NFL career. He's undergone 18 surgical procedures to repair his back and to give him artificial knees and an artificial shoulder, according to Almond. 

Source:CNN.com

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06/Aug/2017

Ten tasty snacks under 200 calories, and four disappointing ones

(CNN)Nearly all Americans snack at least once a day, most often to satisfy cravings, according to a recent snacking report. For some, frequent snacking may replace a typical meal or two.

Regardless of your health goals, what you choose to snack on matters, especially if you snack often. A healthy nutrient-rich snack can fill in nutritional gaps and boost energy. But sugary junk foods can leave you feeling tired and craving more food fixes.
Pairing protein or small amounts of heart-healthy fat with carbohydrates promotes satiety and gives you sustained energy while keeping calories down. Below is our list of tasty, low added-sugar snacks under 200 calories (according to the counts at the USDA nutrient database unless otherwise linked to), which will keep your stomach full and your waistline slim.
Avocado on whole-wheat toast
 
 
This heart-healthy avocado spread on toast makes for a tasty, super-satisfying snack.
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread, toasted = 76 calories, 4g protein, 1g fat, 2g fiber, 1.4g sugar
  • ¼ avocado, mashed = 80 calories, 1g protein, 7.37g fat, 3.4g fiber, 0.33g sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste = 0 calories
  • Total: 156 calories, 5g protein, 8.4g fat, 5.4g fiber, 1.7g sugar
Banana peanut butter graham sandwich, open-faced
This delicious combo comes in handy as an after-school snack and is a favorite among (my) kids.
  • ½ small banana = 45 calories, 0.55g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.3g fiber, 6g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter = 64 calories, 2.4g protein, 5.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 1.1g sugar
  • 1 graham cracker sheet = 65 calories, 1g protein, 1.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 4g sugar
  • Total: 174 calories, 4g protein, 7.2g fat, 2.3g fiber, 11g sugar.
Popcorn with almonds and chocolate chips
Air-popped popcorn adds volume and texture to this indulgent snack, for few added calories.
  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn = 62 calories, 2.07g protein, 0.73g fat, 2.3g fiber, 0.1g sugars
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (0.6 oz), dry-roasted with salt = 102 calories, 3.6g protein, 9g fat, 2g fiber, 0.8g sugar
  • 0.5 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips (approx 2 tsp) = 35 calories, 0g protein, 2g fat, 0g fiber, 4g sugar
  • Total: 199 calories, 5.7g protein, 11.7g fat, 4.3g fiber, 4.9g sugar
Apple slices with sun butter
A savory spread made from sunflower seeds that is appropriate for those with peanut or tree nut allergies.
  • 1 medium apple (Gala), sliced = 98 calories, 0.43g protein, 0.21g fat, 4g fiber, 18g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter = 99 calories, 2.8g protein, 8.8g fat, 1g fiber, 1.7g sugar
  • Total: 197 calories, 3.2g protein, 9g fat, 5g fiber, 19.7g sugar
Greek yogurt with strawberries, sprinkled with flaxseed
Greek yogurt packs protein, strawberries boast vitamin C and antioxidants, and flaxseed boosts fiber and omega-3s.
  • 1 container plain low-fat Greek yogurt (7 oz; 200g) = 150 calories, 20g protein, 4g fat, 0g fiber, 8g sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced = 27 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.25g fat, 1.7g fiber, 4g sugar
  • 2 teaspoon flaxseed = 20 calories, 1g protein, 1g fat, 1.3g fiber, 0g sugar
  • Total: 197 calories, 21.6g protein, 5.25g fat, 3g fiber, 12g sugar
Shrimp cocktail
This filling low-calorie snack offers omega-3 fats and can double as an appetizer or mini-meal.
  • Jumbo cooked shrimp (5) = 100 calories, 19g protein, 1.5g fat, 0g fiber, 0g sugar
  • Cocktail sauce (2 tablespoons) = 40 calories, 0.5g protein, 0g fat, 0.5g fiber, 8g sugar
  • Total: 140 calories, 19.5g protein, 1.5g fat, 0.5g fiber, 8g sugar
Edamame
A simple, fun-to-eat snack that is rich in soy protein, edamame can be bought frozen and quickly defrosted whenever hunger strikes.
  • ¾ cup edamame in pods (salted) = 165 calories, 13.5g protein, 5.25g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
  • Total: 165 calories, 13.5g protein, 5.3g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
Whipped cottage cheese with dried apricots on Wasa bread
Whipped cottage cheese works well as a protein-rich spread, while the dried apricots offer a hint of sweetness.
  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) low-fat whipped cottage cheese = 45 calories, 7.5g protein, 0.5g fat, 0g fiber, 2g sugar
  • 2 multigrain Wasa crackers = 90 calories, 4g protein, 0g fat, 4g fiber, 0g sugar
  • 6 dried apricot halves = 51 calories, 0.7g protein, 0.1g fat, 1.5g fiber, 11.2g sugar
  • Total: 186 calories, 12.2g protein, 0.6g fat, 5.5 g fiber, 13.2g sugar
Hummus with sugar snap peas
Any veggie pairs well with hummus, but sugar snap peas are a crunchy treat when they're in season.
  • 4 tablespoons hummus = 140 calories, 4g protein, 10g fat, 4g fiber, 0g sugar
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas = 35 calories, 2g protein, 0g fat, 2g fiber, 3g sugar
  • Total: 175 calories, 6g protein, 10g fat, 6g fiber, 3g sugar
 
Spinach and blueberry smoothie
Blend these ingredients for a delicious protein- and fiber-rich smoothie.
  • ¼ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt = 36 calories, 6g protein, 0g fat, 0g fiber, 2g sugar
  • ½ cup non-fat milk = 42 calories, 4g protein, 0g fat, 0g fiber, 6g sugar
  • ½ medium banana = 53 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.2g fat, 1.5g fiber, 7g sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries = 42 calories, 0.6g protein, 0.2g fat, 2g fiber, 7g sugar
  • 1 cup fresh spinach = 7 calories, 0.86g protein, 0.1g fat, 0.7g fiber, 0.1g sugar
  • Total: 180 calories, 12.6g protein, 0.5g fat, 4.2g fiber, 22g sugar
And there are also snacks under 200 calories that may sound good but are actually disappointing. Try to avoid these snack fails.
Half of a double chocolate cupcake
Just half of a chocolate cupcake delivers over 4 teaspoons of sugar.
A third of a bagel with cream cheese
A bagel with cream cheese has close to 450 calories. Share it with two friends to stay within your snack calorie budget.
  • One large bagel = 337 calories, 2g fat, 7g of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of cream cheese = 102 calories, 10g fat, 1g sugar
  • Total for a third: 146 calories, 4g fat, 3g sugar
Four tablespoons (¼ cup) of Ben and Jerry's Out of this Swirled Ice Cream
Eat only four spoons of this ice cream to stay under 200 calories. That small scoop will also deliver a quarter of your daily saturated fat limit and over 3 teaspoons of sugar.
  • ¼ cup (four tablespoons) of this Out of this Swirled = 155 calories, 5g saturated fat, 14g sugar
One ounce of frozen hot chocolate
A few long sips of this drinkable chocolate delivers 8 teaspoons of sugar -- your daily limit.

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06/Aug/2017

US foreign aid cuts could be a 'death sentence' to women in Malawi

Blantyre, Malawi (CNN)When the women come to him, they are desperate.

They meet the traditional healer in a sparsely furnished room, a half-hour's bumpy ride outside Blantyre, in southern Malawi.
"I mix these secret herbs with hot water," he says, gesturing to a concoction in a plastic container. "They all want a shortcut to terminate their pregnancy."
"Once a woman drinks the mixture, she starts bleeding in less than an hour," he says, adding that the whole process takes only a few hours.
The healer, who asked CNN not to be identified because abortion is illegal in Malawi, shows us where the women wait after he administers his mixture — a crumbling redbrick structure with a bamboo mat on a dirt floor.
In this wretched place, the herbs begin to work and the women start to bleed, often uncontrollably.
He dismisses the very real danger the women are in, saying that they wanted a shortcut and he can provide it.
"I tell them if they start bleeding too heavily, they should go to the hospital to seek post-abortion care," he says.
New research suggests that there were as many as 141,000 abortions in Malawi in 2015 -- most of them in clandestine situations like this. The rate of maternal deaths in Malawi is among the highest globally and illegal abortions are a significant reason.
Now public health officials, aid professionals and doctors in Malawi fear it could get even worse. The impoverished East African nation could be one of the hardest hit in Africa by proposed cuts to US foreign aid.

Funding Cuts

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump made public a budget proposing zeroing out global family-planning assistance administered chiefly through USAID.
The proposal shocked many in the global health and foreign aid world.
"There is a lot at stake. The US is the largest provider of family planning in the world and has been a real leader in providing support for many low- and middle-income countries," said Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV/AIDS at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The White House said that the proposed cuts to family planning -- and foreign aid more broadly -- were a way to save money for other budget areas like defense and to help realize Trump's "America First Policy."
And the family-planning cuts are just part of the story.
Like previous Republican presidents, Trump has reintroduced and now expanded the reach of the so-called Mexico City policy, also known as the "global gag rule," which mandates US funding withdrawals from any international non-governmental group that gives advice or helps women access abortions.
The US has also pulled all funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) -- a UN agency that promotes family planning -- for allegedly supporting coercive abortion in China.
The UNFPA calls the allegation "erroneous."

Politics versus real people?

In low-income countries like Malawi, family-planning cuts could be devastating.
"They are giving a death sentence to our women in this part of the world," says Chisale Mhango, an obstetrician at Blantyre's main referral hospital.
"It is a matter of women's lives. And with women's lives, they don't know what the issues are in Washington."
Mhango, a staunch advocate of women's reproductive rights, treats between 10 and 15 post-abortion cases every day at the hospital.
Though abortion is illegal -- except to save the mother's life -- it is up to the public system to treat women who suffer complications.
He says that family-planning assistance, significantly funded by USAID in the country, has helped Malawian couples and women make big strides in avoiding unplanned pregnancies -- adding that condom use is on the rise and fertility rates have dropped as a result of the educational programs.
"There are a lot of associated economic and development indicators that go hand in hand with family planning. It has a direct impact on people's lives but also has a significant impact for the country's development," Kates, from the Kaiser Family Foundation says.
But Mhango puts it more bluntly.
"If USAID says we can not provide this service, then it is almost like saying, 'Well, our women are going to die and we know they are going to die but we are not going to help you because our president says there is no more money for you'."
A USAID official noted the agency is currently the largest overall global health donor.
"While the United States will continue significant funding for global health programs, even while refocusing foreign assistance, other stakeholders must do more to contribute their fair share to global health initiatives," the official said.

Living through hell

Flora, whose real name has been changed for her protection from possible prosecution, remembers the day she visited the traditional healer -- April 5, 2005.
"I lived through hell. After I started taking the medicine I started bleeding heavily. Then things got worse. I couldn't work. They had to fetch me in an ox cart to take me to hospital and when I was in hospital they removed my uterus," she says.
Flora's unwanted pregnancy came before the current level of family-planning education and assistance was available in Malawi. She felt her only option was to get an illegal abortion.
"I had an unexpected and unplanned pregnancy. I fell pregnant when I had a very little baby. And there was no way that I could have two little babies at the same time," she says. Flora says their meager earnings as subsistence farmers would make it impossible to care for two children in quick succession.
Flora says that if the help now offered by USAID and others in Malawi were available to her in 2005, she would never have gotten pregnant again, sought out an illegal abortion or lost her uterus.

It's up to Congress

Advocates of foreign aid are still hoping to avoid the cuts because the White House doesn't set the budget -- Congress does.
But the House Appropriations Committee's latest proposal cuts 24% of family-planning aid, supports the expanded Mexico City policy, and continues to withhold all UNFPA funding.
It could come down to the US Senate to preserve funding for global family planning. Policy experts hope that the Senate will remain true to recent bipartisan calls for the importance of foreign aid.
"A lot of negotiation still has to happen. We don't know what the final picture will be. This White House has taken a very different direction from previous ones. It is a direction that appears to withdraw American Leadership from the world," said Ian Koski of the One Campaign, an international non-partisan advocacy organization.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the proposed bilateral House cuts could mean more than 591,000 more abortions globally per year -- and a spike in maternal deaths.
In Malawi, they are nervous that any cuts could reverse the progress they have made.
Flora has a simple message.
"Funding for family-planning services should continue so that Malawian women can benefit."
Otherwise, she says, more women could live through the hell that she did.
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06/Aug/2017

Usain Bolt Fails to Win 100m Gold Medal at IAAF World Championships

Justin Gatlin spoiled Usain Bolt's final individual 100-meter race during Saturday's 2017 IAAF World Championships by beating out the Jamaican sprinter to take the gold medal.

The American nabbed the win with a late dip on the line, stunning the fans in London. Christian Coleman took silver, and Bolt had to settle for bronze.

Gatlin's win did not sit well with the fans, who have given the American plenty of tough nights over the years. Richard Osman shared these comments from commentator Steve Cram, which summed up how the British fans felt:

Bolt never played a significant role in the final, falling behind early after a mediocre start. Coleman appeared to be on his way to the gold, but Gatlin overtook his young compatriot in the final metres, winning thanks to a superior dip on the line.

The 35-year-old immediately sought out his rival, giving Bolt a lengthy hug, and he went even further, per Bleacher Report's Sean Swaby:

But no matter what he did, the fans were always going to boo him. Bolt has been a superb ambassador for the sport for years, and while he showed plenty of worrying signs during the qualifying heats, no one really thought he would walk away with anything other than gold.

The 30-year-old hadn't lost a 100-meter heat since 2013, until Coleman beat him in the semifinals by a hair. Bolt made history last year by becoming the first man to win three straight gold medals in the event at the Olympics, but he decided to return for one more major tournament rather than retire then.

As expected, plenty of people praised the Jamaican star for his wonderful career after his final 100-meter race, including Juventus football star Paulo Dybala:

For Gatlin, the gold is a form of redemption after two suspensions for doping in the past. He previously took the gold at the 2005 World Championships and won the 200-meter the same year.

Source:CNN

06/Aug/2017

'Dark Tower' adaptation isn't fit for a King

'Dark Tower' adaptation isn't fit for a King

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(CNN)"The Dark Tower" feels like a throwback -- a trim, competently executed "B" popcorn movie, adapted from Stephen King's books with ample action but also lots of clunky exposition. That's not a great prescription for a would-be summer blockbuster, but more an endorsement to watch when it hits cable.

Although King's name is an obvious selling point -- his spotty page-to-screen track record notwithstanding -- the film's underlying tone and template owe debts to another Steven, Spielberg. From its adolescent hero discovering his greater purpose to the drawings that channel images deeply embedded in his consciousness, themes present in "E.T." and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" initially come to mind.
Of course, part of that has to do with the myriad sources that King drew upon in establishing this universe, which has been awkwardly condensed to fit into a 95-minute movie. The result is a film whose plot is sheer simplicity -- young boy teams with grizzled man-of-few-words to save the world -- while allowing the details to basically just spill out in between fight scenes.
Tom Taylor plays young Jake, whose disturbing visions have his widowed mom ("Vikings'" Katheryn Winnick) at her wits end. In fact, she's about to commit the lad to an asylum when Jake receives a tangible clue that his intricately sketched dreams are real, stumbling through a portal into Mid-World, an imperiled alternate universe that threatens our own. "What happens in one world echoes in others," Jake is told.
 
 
There, he meets Roland (Idris Elba), the last surviving gunslinger. A brooding knight, he has sworn vengeance against Walter (Matthew McConaughey), an evil sorcerer determined to bring down the Dark Tower, thus letting demons escape and wreak havoc on their domain.
Roland, naturally, is reluctant about toting a kid around, grudgingly realizing -- as Walter does -- that Jake's psychic "shine" might augur greater importance.
Directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, who's also one of four credited writers, "Dark Tower" sure feels like a work by committee. Its saving graces include casting the able Elba in a heroic role leavened by comedic fish-out-of-water moments, such as encountering Earth's great wonders, like sugary soda.
Tipping the scales toward the negative, meanwhile, are the clunky dialogue; a narrative that approximates a British tea-time show, only with bigger stars and a more expansive budget; and McConaughey. While the actor enjoyed a career renaissance with "True Detective" and "Dallas Buyers Club," tasked with playing a magically powered villain dashing off one-liners, to quote Dirty Harry, a man's got to know his limitations.
As noted, Hollywood has only sporadically mastered the art of conjuring movies and TV from King's work, and this is a busy year for such efforts, including Spike's series "The Mist" and the upcoming, eagerly anticipated movie version of "It."
"The Dark Tower" avoids the lowest rungs of that ladder. Taken on its terms it's hardly a disaster, delivering moments of fun on a basic level. But nor should anyone confuse this modestly scaled exercise with a towering accomplishment.
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30/Jul/2017

Hulu snags rights to 'TGIF' library

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(CNN)TGIF is making a comeback on Hulu, only this time you can watch your favorite shows from the '90s any day of the week.

The streaming service has landed the exclusive streaming rights to five beloved TV shows that once lived on ABC's so-called TGIF lineup, a programming block that highlighted family-friendly network offerings and dominated Friday night ratings in the '90s.
"Full House," "Family Matters," "Step by Step," "Perfect Strangers" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" are set to hit Hulu on September 29.
The acquisition agreement, made with Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, marks the latest large content deal for the service. (The agreement includes more than 800 episodes of television.)
While Hulu is still very much in the classic TV acquisition game, it's also had success in the originals space. Hulu's dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" scored 13 Emmy nominations, including one for best drama.
The achievement marked a major breakthrough for the streaming service, which has until now struggled to have an original drama break through in a crowded content market.
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30/Jul/2017

Tracy Morgan on return to TV after accident: 'Thank God'

(CNN)Tracy Morgan returns to scripted comedy in "The Last O.G," but the actor feels a lot has changed since he was last on the small screen -- mainly himself.

In the TBS show, Morgan stars as a man who experiences culture shock when he returns to a gentrified Brooklyn after 15 years in prison.
He's surrounded by an ensemble that includes Cedric the Entertainer, "Girls Trip" star Tiffany Haddish and actor Allen Maldonado.
Asked during a panel for the series during the Television Critics Association press tour why he chose to star in a show with a strong ensemble -- versus, say, an auteur-driven comedy like those which has been popular as of late -- Morgan said he felt that wasn't the right approach.
 
 
"Maybe I'm just a better man now since the accident," he said, referencing a June 2014 crash that left him severely injured. "It ain't about me. It's bigger than me."
Morgan was in a coma for two weeks after a Walmart truck hit a limousine in which he was a passenger. Comedian James McNair, who was with Morgan, was killed in the crash.
Morgan said he takes breaks on set and is encouraged to do so by his production staff and fellow cast members.
"I have my crew and I love them and they make sure I sit down," he said. "I'm taken care of by my people, and I love them with my heart."
Following the accident, the "30 Rock" alum made a slow but steady return to the stage, first with a surprise appearance at the 2015 Emmy awards and then one month later as host of "Saturday Night Live."
A running theme in "The Last O.G.," Morgan and producers said, is the importance of second chances.
Asked what it meant to him to make his return to TV in what could be viewed as his own second chance, Morgan said he had only one response: "Thank God."
"The Last O.G." premieres October 24.
Source:CNN