Quaker Breakfast Flats Review

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I was able to get 2 boxes of these for FREE at my local Food4Less/Kroger thanks to their Free Friday deal they have going on. If you live near a Kroger or Food4Less or any of their affiliated companies, definitly look into this. I have 2 different rewards cards, so whenever they have a FREE deal, I am able to indulge in twice the number of benefits and game the system. Granted, both cards belong to two different people in my household, so they both don’t belong to me.

They taste pretty OK. I got the Banana Honey and the Raisin Cinnamon kind, I much prefer the Banana Honey, but that might just be cause I am not a huge fan of cinnamon. I would not spend any money out of pocket to get these if I had the choice.

These are not all that filling, each pack comes in a set of 3 flats. They are crispy, and due to the fact that you are more likely than not going to eat more than one pack, high in calories. A single packet has about 180 Calories, 12 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. You can get much better nutrition from a half cup of another Quaker product which you can get more for your money for: Oatmeal. In fact, for cheap, you can make your own Oatmeal bars.

To make for a pretty good deal, however, is that these bars are Vegan. It’s hard enough to find good vegan foods, let alone good FREE vegan foods. But if you missed this deal, which was only available to load from the Kroger rewards card on 5/27/2016, no need to worry, every Friday is a new Freebie!

Why Global Warming Is Still A Fact Despite Ice Cap Increases

A weird phenomina is happening in terms of climatology, in which the arctic ice caps are melting, and at an all-time low, but the ANarctic ice caps are growing. Why is this?

Well, we can be rest assured that a cooling effect is not happened over the whole of Antarctica, in fact, temperatures in that area are drastically warming as well. And to be honest, this warming is probably the main cause of the ice cap increase.

“What? How can Global Warming cause MORE ice!? What about Al Gore!?”

The warmer ocean temperatures are creating for precipitation at the south pole, and as a result, the falling precipitation just adds to the already present ice. Along with a wide multitude of other complex factors, for insteance, SkepticalScience says:

“Increasing southern sea ice is due to a combination of complex phenomena including cyclonic winds around Antarctica and changes in ocean circulation.”

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I get it though, Al Gore said that he predicted the ice caps to be gone by 2014… but Al Gore is not even a scientist, so any prediction that he made is unqualified. He has no degree in environmental science and could not make such a precise claim, especially back in 2006 when all this debate among laymen was just starting.

This is why we should all be skeptical of claims by people, instead of just what the science says. Even if Al Gore had a PhD in environmental science, it would not have changed the facts much. Just having a degree doesn’t mean you are correct.

But in terms of human-caused climate change, the peer-reviewed scientific research on the field, as well as almost all scientists who continuously publish research findings in the field, agree that it is a thing. Resorting to petty excuses by those who don’t understand the basics of the science, does not do anything but to persuade gullible people who are likely to believe anything so long as it can be made into a conspiracy.

Through the acceptance of global warming and other environmental issues, we have developed technology that is lighter, uses less energy, costs less to use, and damages our planet less. Or in the terms of a famous comic strip:

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No Ma'am, I Don't Know If The Cheese Is Made From Animal Rennet

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I get comments like this often enough from people who really don’t help the Vegetarian (proper spelling of that word, btw) movement. I would not mind this comment if it wasn’t so condescending in tone. I am not trying to hide the fact that McDonalds fries are made with beef flavoring, I simply never knew. I heard from many vegans that McDonalds fries are vegan, so I guess it was my fault for taking them on their word instead of trying to find a particular ingredients list about that.

All of the information I get about my Eating Vegetarian At series comes from information that I am able to get from reliable sources, which tend to be Ingredient Lists and Menus. Such things don’t tell me how the cheese or whatnot was made, and much of the time they don’t even tell me what kind of oil they use. I had to go to the stores themselves and ask the managers what kind of oil they use for their foods. Other than that, and the picture I got to prove the one for Rally’s, there was NO evidence online by the company or anything else but a single mention on a web forum to show what kind of oil they use. So I try to be as accurate as I possibly can in regards to whether these foods are vegan or not.

Asking me if the cheese is made from Animal Rennet is like asking me if the meat they use is Grass Fed when it’s not mentioned anywhere. I have contacted companies before to ask them for information about certain products, much of the time I never get a reply.

And on the accusation that I don’t mention that fast food companies don’t have vegan fries, that is an utter lie. Anyone who has read more than a single post of mine knows that I have called out Rally’s, Popeyes, and Arby’s for using beef tallow or lard in the production of their fried foods, anyone here can check for themselves by looking at my Eating Vegetarian At posts for each of those three restaurants.

The main part of this post is to tell everyone that I am sorry if I make a mistake. Point it out to me and provide a source. I am only human, so of course I am going to miss certain aspects or get something wrong. No need to be passive-aggressive about it as if I am hiding something. And also, if you are going to point out that food item A or B or whatnot has beef flavoring, or lard, or whatnot in it, please provide a source. I will not change any of the information I have written without a reliable source.

I appreciate all of the discussion on this site. I have received a ton of great messages, and as I said, if I have said anything incorrect, tell me and provide a source.

Eating Healthy At: Taco Bell

Eating healthy foods at Taco Bell is surprisingly easy, and even moreso if you do a few substitutions. All beef items can be made with Pinto Beans instead, which is fairly healthy, despite being high in sodium.

In terms of making a food product Fresco Style, you simply remove all cheese, sauce, sour cream, and/or Guacamole, and replace it all with Pico De Gallo, which is simply a vinegar, tomato, and onion blend with cilantro. It is caimed to be able to reduce the calorie count by as much as 25%, but of course, that varies on food item, as the amount of calories reduced from a 7-Layer will be higher than that removed from a simple Bean Burrito.

Fresco Black Bean Burrito

22392_Burritos_BlackBeanBurrito_300x300One of the healthiest items you can buy would probably be a Fresco Black Bean Burrito, A Fresco black bean burrito is 340 calories and 14 grams of protein. It also has 8 grams of dietary fiber, which is wonderful for digestion. It is also high in sodium, but you can avoid some of this by asking for no or easy red sauce.

Fresco Bean Burrito

This one is like the Fresco Black Bean Burrito, but with Pinto Beans instead of Black Beans. Due to it being Fresco it is lower in both Fat and calories. It has 350 calories, 13 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat. It does have 1050 mg of sodium, but by removing the Red Sauce you can remove 150 mg.

Chicken or Veggie Cantina Power Bowl

22488_Specialties_CantinaPowerBowlChicken_600x600The Chicken Cantina power bowl is delicious, but is high in calories and fat. it has 20 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat, which by itself isn’t alot, but for some people that might be far too much. So here is a way to make the Cantina Bowl even more healthy. Do NOT ask for it Fresco Style, because you want to keep the Guacamole as a form of dressing, because Avocado might be high in fat, but it is still a rather healthy food.

Remove the Sour Cream, Avocado Ranch Sauce, and the Cheese. Doing so reduces the fat content to 11 grams, and the Saturated Fat content to 2 grams. It also reduces the Sodium content from 1300 to 1140, which is still high, but eating low sodium at fast food is near impossible. The chicken bowl still has 24 grams of protein, the veggie version would have 8 grams.

Grilled Chicken Crunchy Taco Fresco

This would be more expensive, and would turn a cheaper taco into probably 2 dollar plus taco, but is fairly healthy and low in sodium. The Flour shells are much higher in Sodium than the corn one’s tend to be, so if you are watching your sodium intake, it is vital to order crunchy taco shells instead of soft ones. It would be 270 mg of sodium per taco, with 9 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat. You can even add more vitamins an minerals, but also more on the price tag, by asking to substitute lettuce to Romaine.

Black Beans and Rice

teaThis could be a small staple to your Taco Bell visit, having only 180 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of fat. It also has 430 mg of Sodium, which is fairly high, but not too high.

Drinks

The healthiest drink that you can buy here at this store is Unsweetened Tea. You can then either drink it black, or combine it with some Splenda or Sweet-n-low for some non-caloric beverage options. Coffee the same way, without creamer, is also an option when it comes to Taco Bell. Although it is best if you can avoid it, you can also drink Diet Mountain Dew or Diet Pepsi as choices. Both are calorie free and won’t negitively effect your health if consumed in moderation.

Dear Readers

Dear Readers…

I love writing on this site, and plan to continue doing so. I also plan on expanding my posts to also include other scientific topics, including biology, astronomy, geology, and the like. I write on here in my spare time, and due to having a lot to do I don’t have a ton of time to spend continually writing on here full time, but I do wish to upload more frequently, and apologize that I have not done so before.

One of the main issues I have been having is the fact that this blog might not make it into 2017. Ad revenue is meant to help this site grow, but as of right now, almost no revenue is being generated. I also started making videos of some posts to put on YouTube, hoping that the video revenue will also help the site grow. So far I have not gotten much from that either.

This site is only run by a single person, and lately I have been having finacial troubles. Which is only going to get worse as time goes on, including having to pay a lot for insurance, as well as having to pay back student loans, on top of all the other things I already have to pay for, so as I said before, this site might not be able to exist next year.

So I do ask, if you want to help this site grow, to consider giving a small tip, which you can do using Patreon. The basic necessities of the site costs me a little over 200 dollars a year out of pocket, and as of right now, about 30% of that is paid via ads and Patreon.

I want to continue to grow this site, and make it interesting through my Eating Vegetarian At series, Eating Healthy At series, and other posts and editorials about many different topics, from health to veganism. I also want to give research-laden articles about scientific topics and to fight the evergrowing desire for clickbait articles, kinda like how IFLS went in their desire for popularity.

Dispelling myths and debating politics is a passion of mine, and this blog reaches about 1000 people a month according to my view count, and that is only growing. So if you desire to help out, it will be much appreciated. I am sorry for asking this, as I despise requesting assistance, but I promise it won’t be in vain!

Frost Flowers, Snow Donuts, and Ice Tornadoes

Well, not exactly Ice Tornadoes, they are called Brinicles. All three of these weather phenomona have to do with ice in some way, shape, or form, so I thought it would be nifty for all of you who are interested in such things.

  1. Frost Flowers

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Frost Flowers are intricate patterns of ice that emerge (usually on the surface of water-ice but have been seen on land too) that form a kind of flower shape. This happens when moist air suddenly condenses into ice and clumps together, which is why Frost Flowers can usually be seen in patches. They can grow to be 3-4 inches in diameter.

“Under these extreme circumstances ice vaporises into the dry air and then refreezes in the form of a frost flower. The pair confirmed this by recreating such conditions in the laboratory. They grew frost flowers from fresh water at 0  °C by cooling the surrounding air to around -25  °C.”

They are wonderful-looking phenomena, but sadly only happens in the arctic. This is a phenomena very similar to Hair Ice.

2. Snow Donuts

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At first I thought they were fake, as they don’t look as if they could be formed without some kind of human touch. Like Crop Circles.

where do they come from? Well, know they are really brittle to the touch, and can crumble, so you can’t ride them around. Some can be icy enough to play with, however. They need extremely specific conditions to form, including sticky snow, high (but not too powerful) winds, the perfect temperatures, a downword slope, and the right amount of light.

The way it occurs is like rolling up an old carpet before tossing it out. A little bit of snow rips off due to the wind, the loose snow circles around and gets stuck on some sticky snow further down the hill. And then wind and gravity just pushes it down as it grabs more snow in the process. Not unlike those snowballs that roll downhill and get larger in cartoons or video games.

3. Brinicles (Ice Tornadoes)

Brinicles form when supercold Brine (a salt solution higher than 5%) becomes dense due to the temperature and composition and start to sink the the bottom of the seafloor. Because the supercold brine is colder than freezing point, the water around it freezes as it drops.

Once this pillar touches the ocean floor, it quickly coats the bottom of the seafloor to ice, killing everything in its path. It’s easier to see than explain:

You can also learn much more about this awesome but deadly ice formation on the excellent channel on YouTube: SciShow.