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13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/not-so-healthy/

Here Are 23 Uniquely Delicious Things You Never Thought To Do With Cake Mix

When it comes to desserts, cakes made from store-bought mixes are a little bit blah. But if you thought you could only make cake with the instant powdery mix, your mind is about to be blown. Check out these 23 unique and delicious ways to use cake mix…without actually baking a cake. You’ll be drooling by the end of this article.
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1. Cake batter and sprinkles bark sounds like a cavity but I don’t even care.

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2. Cheesecake is delicious and all, but it gets better with batter (obviously).

3. This colorful breakfast treat is made with funfetti cake mix.

4. With white chocolate chips and cake mix, this recipe is deliciously decadent.

5. You only need two ingredients to make this cake mix whipped cream.

6. Breakfast food can be a birthday cake, too with these funfetti waffles!

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7. I need this cake batter “cheese ball” in my life ASAP.

8. These no-bake cake truffles are to die for.

9. Cake batter French toast is definitely as good as it sounds.

10. Funfetti puppy chow has Chex, cake mix, powdered sugar, and white chocolate chips…excuse me while I drool.

11. This cake batter pull bread is a unique twist on just baking a cake.

12. This salty-sweet treat of cake batter-dipped pretzels is sure to please everyone.

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13. Cake batter-covered popcorn is the ultimate movie snack.

14. Bet you didn’t know you can make healthy(ish) oatmeal with cake mix.

15. You can make these milkshakes with whatever cake batter your heart desires.

16. This simple cake batter fudge recipe requires no baking.

17. These cake batter popsicles can be enjoyed year-round.

18. Yes, cake batter macarons exist…and yes, they’re delicious!

19. Donuts are good — ones made with funfetti and without frying are BETTER!

20. It’s impossible to eat just one of these cake batter crumb crispies.

21. Cake batter ice cream is actually super easy to make!

22. I’m salivating just looking at this cake batter smoothie.

23. Cake batter cinnamon rolls — aka So. Much. Deliciousness.

I love birthday cake-flavored ice cream, but I have a hard time finding it in stores. I’m going to try to whip up my own at home…or should I make cake batter fudge first? Which of these recipes had you running to your kitchen pantry in search of cake mix?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/recipes-with-cake-mix/

Something As Simple As Post-It Notes Transformed NYC Ad Agencies Into Children

If you’ve ever wondered what employees at fancy ad agencies do all day in New York City, here’s your answer…

While Canal Street is probably best known for its Chinese food, the NYC street is also home to countless advertising firms. And this past week, an epic war broke out between them.

It wasn’t over a potential client, money, or even a cool campaign…no, it was over which of the creative agencies could put together the most impressive Post-It Note window display.

What started out with a simple “Hi” spelled out by one competitor, has escalated into what must be eating up hours of their workdays…

First, supplies are gathered — in secret, of course.

Concepts are dreamed up — the sky is the limit.

Here’s just how long these windows take to make…

Make wine, not war.

An old classic.

Some take inspiration from children’s books.

While others tout their clients (or favorite social media companies).

The results are truly tremendous.

And the war wages on!

(via Mashable)

I guess this is a team-building exercise…so they’re not technically wasting crucial work hours, right?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/post-it-note-war/

These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren’t As Bad For You As You Once Thought

If you search the internet looking for the truth about healthy dos and don’ts, you’ll find some rather conflicting reports.

The news is always flooded with the latest university study announcing the next healthy habit to pursue or avoid.

As science develops, we have come to discover that many of the habits we once thought were horrible for our health, can actually be quite beneficial. From me to you, here’s a sampling of six lifestyle habits that aren’t so bad for you after all.

1. Exercising while tired

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After a long day at the office, the last thing on your mind is changing into your favorite workout clothes and hitting the gym. However, according to a study published by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, a simple 30-minute workout while feeling fatigued can actually have the reverse effect. It can quickly reduce your tiredness, improve mood, and reduce stress and anxiety.

2. Late-night eating

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I’ve been known to work some odd hours of the day, and inevitably, I may not eat dinner until closer to 9 or 10 p.m. I always think that I shouldn’t eat so late…but thanks to two researchers, I can finally ignore those silly thoughts. Apparently, ignoring late-night cravings can actually cause restless sleep. Eating at odd hours of the night won’t actually cause you to gain weight, as long as you stay within your allotted calorie range for the day.

3. Not showering regularly

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According to New York-based Dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, many Americans bathe every day because it has become the societal norm. We’re actually a lot cleaner than we think!

But by showering less frequently, you’ll allow the “good” bacteria time to grow. This bacteria helps fight off infection and dangerous chemicals that would otherwise soak directly through our skin into our blood streams. Over-showering can also dry out your skin and leave your hair feeling flat and dull.

4. Drinking tequila

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Who knew that tequila could actually aid in weight loss? That’s right, according to the British Journal of Nutritiona regulated amount of tequila can help stimulate your metabolism. The secret is the agavins (or sugars) found in tequila. With their simpler molecular structure, these sugars go almost undetected in the bloodstream.

Taking a shot of tequila right after a meal can also aid in food digestion. It is also considered to be both a prebiotic and probiotic, can fight off osteoporosis, prevent Type 2 diabetes, and lower your chances of developing dementia.

5. Not brushing your teeth after eating

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Howard R. Gamble, former president of the Academy of General Dentistry has said that in addition to brushing daily, it’s important to brush your teeth at the right times. Brushing immediately after eating can actually cause the acid from certain foods to speed up the damage done to your enamel. Instead, try waiting 30 minutes to an hour before brushing those pearly whites.

6. Drinking non-diet soda

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Diet Pepsi has the word ‘diet’ in the name, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong!

Research conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that adults who drank diet soda consumed more food calories throughout the day than those who drank regular soda.

In addition, most diet soft drinks offer up promises of being “low-cal” or “no-sugar added.” The problem with these promises is that in order to take something out, something else has to be added. In this case, sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here improving my metabolism!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lifestyle-rehaul/

These Stunning Japanese Cakes Are Designed With Trust Issues In Mind (Just Wait)

There are certain things in life that you just don’t mess with, and cake is one of them.

Unless you’re Vegedeco Salad Cafe in Japan, that is. What they’re creating flies in the face of everything we know and love about the undisputed champion of dessert. Instead of allowing patrons to eat their feelings with a side of buttercream frosting, they do the unthinkable by making deceptively beautiful cakes out of vegetables.

Trust no one.

A food stylist by the name of Mitsuki Moriyasu came up with the idea, presumably after giving up on life.

This princess-party-worthy confection, for example, rests on a bed of lies (and beets).

That being said, Moriyasu paved the road away from happiness with good intentions.

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Instead of dropping salads (otherwise known as edible sadness) in front of customers, she adds some visual appeal to the situation.

These counterfeit creations were such a hit back in 2015 that Moriyasu and a few restaurateurs decided to open a joint called Vegedeco Salad Cafe that’s dedicated to the distribution of this culinary crime against humanity.

Healthiness aside, I have to admit that they’re beautiful. Blast you, Mitsuki Moriyasu!

Nothing is sacred anymore, friends. To learn more about this cafe and the food designer behind its signature dish, check out Vegedeco Salad Cafe’s website and follow them on Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/salad-cakes/

This New Jersey Farm Is Using Cloth And LED Lighting To Grow The Freshest Veggies

You may have heard of corn that will be knee-high by the fourth of July, but this New Jersey farm has greater expectations. AeroFarms, located in Newark, New Jersey, is in the process of redefining agriculture.

The basis of AeroFarms is to bring fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to cities that might not have the agricultural means for traditional farming. These farms tower over 30 feet high and specialize in aeroponic technology. To put that in less scientific terms, these fruits and veggies don’t require soil to grow, and they use significantly less water than traditional farms and gardens.

Could this change the face of farming as we know it? Check out the video below to learn more.

The world is rapidly changing, and our practices have to change along with it if we want to strengthen and protect the planet that gives us so much.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/new-age-farming/

Got Bad Breath? The Reason Why Might Surprise You.

Nothing is worse than realizing that your breath smells absolutely disgusting.

I’ve always been terrified of this happening to me, so I make sure to brush and floss like my life depends on it. Even if you are following proper dental hygiene, though, you can still fall victim to the horrors of halitosis. Here are a few ways in which you might be bringing bad breath upon yourself.

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Don’t worry — we’ve got some great solutions, too.

If you find yourself skipping breakfast, this could be causing your dragon breath.

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While we sleep, our saliva is depleted and can’t clean our plaque. This causes morning breath. Try eating sour foods like oranges for breakfast, as these help produce more saliva.

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Working out is great for your body, but overdoing it will make you dehydrated. This also prevents saliva from doing its job and leaves you with a nasty case of halitosis.

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Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day and while you exercise.

Your sweet tooth could be the reason why your breath is scaring people off.

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The bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugary foods and produces a nasty sulfur smell as they break them down. Parsley contains compounds that kill bacteria, so chewing on the herb will get rid of them.

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Going on a low-carbohydrate diet forces your body to get energy from ketones in your blood. This produces a seriously gross odor in your mouth.

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If you’re not ready to give up that diet, try adding crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots. They work to stimulate saliva production and clear plaque.

Coffee and alcoholic drinks are so yummy, but they totally dry out your mouth, leaving you with stinky breath.

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The best solution is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. But If you’re in a pinch and need a quick fix, use a cloth to rub toothpaste onto your teeth — it will scrub out bacteria and give your mouth a minty fresh feeling.

(via Daily Mail)

There, now you’ll never have to worry about assaulting anyone’s nostrils ever again. You’re welcome, world.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/halitosis-causes-and-solutions/

These 9 Health Benefits Of Bananas Will Convince You To Eat Them Every Day

Many parents encourage their kids to eat bananas every day…

But did you know there are solid, scientific reasons why that’s a good idea? It’s not just a silly, quirky thing that parents do. (Unlike saying goodbye on a phone call, only to keep talking. That’s a parental quirk that scientists will never, ever explain.)

As it turns out, eating a banana every day can be great for you, and here are 9 reasons why.

1. You should try to eat a banana if you’re stressed out.

They control your blood pressure, give you energy, regulate your digestive system, and they contain tryptophan, which can help relax you.

2. Believe it or not, bananas can help you cool down.

Bananas are an astringent food. That means they can cause your tissue to shrink, allowing for more water to be absorbed. (Grapes and beans are also astringent foods.)

3. Bananas naturally prevent/treat heartburn.

Although experts aren’t sure why, bananas can act as a natural antacid (and are definitely more delicious than chalky tablets).

4. The fiber in bananas can help with constipation.

Backed up? Eat some bananas. They’re a great source of dietary fiber, the roughage you need to eliminate successfully. They also contain pectin, which may soften up some of the stuff you have in your system.

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5. Eating bananas can help lower your blood pressure.

Since bananas are a source of potassium, eating them can help lower your blood pressure.

6. They’re a great source of energy.

Eating a banana before exercise can give you energy. They’re a source of Tyrosine, Vitamin B6, and natural sugar, all of which will help give you a surge of pep.

7. If you’re anemic, you should eat bananas.

Anemia, which is basically a hemoglobin deficiency, is a very common blood disorder. It can make you feel fatigued (among other things). To help your anemic body out, you can eat bananas, which are a source of iron.

8. Bananas are safe to eat if you’re suffering from a stomach ulcer.

There’s something known as a “sitoindoside” in dried, unripe bananas that can help increase mucus in the digestive tract. That mucus can serve as a protective coating that can help prevent and heal ulcers. Not only that, but bananas can also promote cell growth in the GI tract. Basically, if you’re having stomach issues, eat bananas!

9. If you are feeling depressed, eat a banana.

Or, rather, consistently eat bananas. They contain B vitamins and other helpful compounds that will improve your mood and give you energy.

“An apple a day”? Psht. Eating a banana a day will keep every bad thing ever away.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/banana-health-benefits/

12 Of The Most Contaminated Fruits And Veggies — You Probably Eat These Every Day!

As kids, we had tons of reasons for not eating our fruits and veggies — they’re yucky, they look funny, they smell…

Nowadays, though, we know that there’s no excuse. Fruits and vegetables are essential ingredients in a healthy diet, providing a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants that keep us living long and happy lives.

But as it turns out, there may be one big reason we didn’t realize…some of those fruits and vegetables are pretty dangerous to our health.

A recent report published by the Environmental Working Group states that these 12 fruits and veggies are incredibly susceptible to harmful pesticides. The chemicals have been linked to hormone problems, cancers, and various other illnesses. So before you eat these foods, definitely give them a good washing.

Here are the fruits and vegetables from “The Dirty Dozen,” ranked from the most contaminated to least.

1. Strawberries

2. Apples

3. Nectarines

4. Peaches

5. Celery

6. Grapes

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7. Cherries

8. Spinach

9. Tomatoes

10. Sweet bell peppers

11. Cherry tomatoes

12. Cucumbers

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If this has got you down, the study also released a list of the fruits and vegetables least likely to be susceptible to pesticides.

The roundup, known as “The Clean 15,” features fruits and vegetables that contain either no traces or insignificant traces of pesticides that shouldn’t have any negative effect on your health.

1. Avocado

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Sweet peas

6. Onions

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Papaya

10. Kiwis

11. Eggplant

12. Honeydew

13. Grapefruit

14. Cantaloupe

15. Cauliflower

(via Elite Daily)

It’s always good to know what goes into your food and what it contains. You can combat many of the effects of pesticides by either washing your fruits and veggies thoroughly or opting for organic produce.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dirty-fruits-vegetables/

It’s (Finally!) Soup Season, So Warm Up To These 23 Easy Recipes

Now that it’s getting cold outside, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about all those soup recipes you want to try.

Oh, you don’t have any? Well, then look no further!

Not only is soup warm and filling, most of the time it can be made in a Crock-Pot, making it an easy solution for a busy person on the go. Whether you love meat or vegetables, broth or cream bases, you can find the perfect soup for any crisp fall night in this list of easy recipes.

1. This takeout favorite is easy to pull off at home, too.

2. Fresh rosemary really takes this creamy chicken and mushroom soup to the next level.

3. You can turn almost any classic dish into an insanely good soup.

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4. Pasta AND soup? Yes, please!

Read More: He Dumped 3 Pounds Of Onions Into A Pan. By The End, I Was Drooling

5. This bean and bacon soup is just the right amount of healthy.

6. This soup is a fresh twist on chili and is sure to warm you right up.

7. I can’t wait to eat a steaming bowl of this sausage, potato, and spinach soup on a cold night.

8. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you, veggie lovers!

9. Taco soup is the perfect excuse to load up on cheese and sour cream.

10. Back to basics: there is no meal more perfect than a good tomato soup with gooey grilled cheese.

11. If you don’t cook much with barley, you are missing out. This beef soup is a must try.

12. This vegan recipe features sweet potato, garlic, and chili.

13. Instead of getting all messy with wings, this soup might become your go-to for game day.

14. If there are two things I can’t resist, they’re cheeseburger and macaroni. Together, I’m in heaven.

Read More: If You Weren’t Already Excited For Fall, These 22 Delicious Recipes Will Change Your Mind

15. Lentils are another under-utilized ingredient, and here they take center stage.

16. If you’ve got the flu, chicken noodle soup is the go-to for feeling a tiny bit better. Check out this gluten-free version.

17. This chicken noodle soup adds an Asian spin on the traditional dish.

18. This one definitely counts as a stew, but it’s a set-it-and-forget-it recipe perfect for your slow cooker.

19. If there’s anything that could make me like cabbage, it’s this savory soup.

20. Minestrone is another classic with the added benefit of being pretty good for you. It’s also another great option if you’re gluten-free.

21. Bring some variety into your meal choices! Even if you don’t normally eat peas, soup has a way of making everything delicious.

22. You could even dip some biscuits in this chicken pot pie soup to make it more like the real thing.

23. Soup season is also a time to get adventurous. Try cooking spicy Thai soup at home instead of ordering takeout.

There are so many delicious soup options to choose from! Which one’s your favorite? Let us know what’s cookin’ in the comments below.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/soup-recipes/