Masaba Gupta calls salad cheal meal; reveals she follows ayurvedic food principles – Republic World – Republic World

On Friday night, Masaba Gupta took to her Instagram and posted a picture of her dinner platter. The pic showed that Masaba opted for some kale, pumpkin seeds, apple, pomegranate and dried cranberries. Masaba expressed that she whipped up the ‘quickest, yummiest and crunchiest’ salad in between work calls. More so, the designer also revealed that she follows ‘ayurvedic food principles’. 

“Ayurvedic principle of warm, cooked food. But I was really craving this” she wrote. This is not the first time when Masaba shared her diet and fitness tips on social media. The actor time and again keeps sharing glimpses of her food and diet routine. 

Masaba follows ayurvedic food principles 

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Earlier this week, Masaba munched on a pizza with extra roasted garlic and green chillies. Sharing a picture of the same, she wrote, “What are Sunday’s for? Long, warm, luxurious Bourbon Vanilla baths, being generous with all the delicious skincare I’ve been hoarding for months and finally tucking into bed with that Pizza I’ve been thinking of all week! (with extra roasted garlic & green chillies)”. Along with the pizzas, Masaba also had some blackberries, cranberries and pomegranate. 

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Recently, Masaba Gupta also expressed that her PCOD has nearly vanished. She indulged in a ‘Question and Answer’ session on Instagram and replied to fans’ queries. A user asked, “Are you doing the 16 hours fast every day? How do you feel?”. Soon, Masaba Gupta replied that she feels great and added that she has more energy, more clarity, no acidity. More so, Gupta wrote, “My PCOD etc has nearly vanished.”

When another fan asked, “How do you deal with PCOD? I have PCOD for 7 years now and it just gets worse”, Masaba wrote, “Lose weight!! It’s the best way! But pls do it in a safe & slow way.” She added, “Do not get on some crap fad diet especially Keto-it messed my body up.”

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On the work front, Masaba Gupta was last seen in the Netflix series, Masaba Masaba. The show entails the story of how Bollywood fashion designer Masaba Gupta runs her business in the world of fashion and also manages her family. She then embarks on a new journey when she dips her toes in the dating world. The show stars actors Rytasha Rathore, Neena Gupta, Masaba Gupta and Neil Bhopalam in the lead roles. The series garnered positive reviews from fans. 

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(Promo image: Masaba Instagram)

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Weight loss: Drinking this twice a day can help shed belly fat fast – Express

Weight loss is often associated with intense exercise and extreme dieting but adding a certain drink into your diet could help you not only lose weight but also help to suppress your appetite. Dr Deborah Lee, Dr Fox Online Pharmacy has shared with how drinking apple cider vinegar daily could help you lose weight fast. 

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Apple cider vinegar is a popular condiment regularly used in cooking as well as baking. 

It is made from fermented apples – this means covering chopped apples with water and leaving them at room temperature until the natural sugars ferment.

Used as a health tonic for thousands of years, the benefits from drinking it daily include weight loss and reduced hunger. 

Dr Deborah Lee explains: “Most research on the effects of ACV on weight loss has been done in animals, with relatively few human studies, but some have had promising results.

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Weight loss: Drinking this twice a day can help shed belly fat fast

Weight loss: Drinking this twice a day can help shed belly fat fast (Image: Getty)

The benefits from drinking it daily include weight loss and reduced hunger

The benefits from drinking it daily include weight loss and reduced hunger (Image: Getty)

“Several human studies have shown ACV reduces appetite, improves satiety, helps regulate blood glucose levels, and interferes with fat deposition and storage.”

Apple cider vinegar helps the stomach to empty more slowly. This means there is a small reduction in insulin levels which according to the expert, “means you feel fuller for longer and are less likely to get sweet food cravings.”

However the expert explains that drinking apple cider vinegar alone will not result in weight loss.

Deborah said: “ACV can only aid weight loss if you also follow a calorie-restricted diet and increase your physical exercise.”

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Those who wish to try apple cider vinegar for weight loss should also research what one they buy as some contain higher amounts of acetic acid as well as containing lots of preservatives.

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is known to aid weight loss in several different ways.

This includes lowering blood sugar levels which can help aid weight loss.

The expert continued: “If you buy apple cider vinegar as a liquid, look for an organic, unfiltered product. Organic because it will be free from preservatives and pesticides. 

One tablespoon which is around 15ml of vinegar contains about three calories and no carbohydrates

One tablespoon which is around 15ml of vinegar contains about three calories and no carbohydrates (Image: Getty)


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“Unfiltered because during the production process, apples are fermented. If the pulp is filtered, the pulp residue called ‘mother’ is removed. This contains healthy bacteria and enzymes, good for your microbiome.”

The tonic should also always be diluted in water and Debroah recommends drinking it twice a day.

Only a small amount of vinegar is needed to show results and it has been proven to help reduce belly fat.

She added: “Always dilute 15ml in 500 ml of water and drink 250 ml morning and night before a meal.”

Apple cider vinegar has been associated with weight loss for many years

Apple cider vinegar has been associated with weight loss for many years (Image: Getty)

One tablespoon which is around 15ml of vinegar contains about three calories and no carbohydrates.

Drinking apple cider vinegar straight can cause damage to the tooth enamel as well as damage to the oesophagus. 

However there is a secret way to incorporate the vinegar into your diet without having to face the nasty taste or smell.

Deborah said: “There seems to be no difference in the bioavailability between the capsules or the liquid. If you prefer to take apple cider vinegar capsules instead, take two-six capsules per day, taking two capsules before each starchy meal.”

Although the benefits of apple cider vinegar extend weight loss, results can take up to 12 weeks to see and the expert recommends pairing the tonic with a healthy balanced diet. 

What is diabetes? A comprehensive guide to lower blood sugar and manage the condition – Insider – INSIDER

  • Diabetes is a chronic condition where your blood sugar is too high. 
  • If you have type 1 diabetes, your body is not able to produce insulin, and if you have type 2 diabetes, your body is not able to use insulin effectively. 
  • There are many ways to lower your blood sugar and manage diabetes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking medication like insulin or metformin. 
  • This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family-medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses insulin. This hormone controls how much blood sugar, also known as glucose, is released into your cells to be used as energy. 

Over 34 million people in the US have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed with lifestyle and dietary changes, or medication like insulin. 

Here’s what you need to know to manage diabetes and lower blood sugar levels. 

With all types of diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or isn’t able to use insulin effectively. 

Insulin is necessary to move blood sugar into your cells, where it is stored and used for energy. Without insulin, a condition called hyperglycemia can occur, where blood sugar builds up in your bloodstream instead of traveling into your cells. 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes makes up just 10% of all diagnosed diabetes cases in the US, according to the CDC. It is most commonly diagnosed in children, teenagers, and young adults.

Although the cause is unknown, type 1 diabetes may be due to an autoimmune response caused by an infection or other trigger. Your body mistakenly attacks and damages the beta cells in your pancreas that make insulin, so little or no insulin is produced. 

There are not many risk factors for type 1 diabetes, though genetics is believed to play a role. The odds of the children of men with type 1 diabetes developing the condition is 1 in 17, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). For the children of women with type 1 diabetes, the odds are 1 in 25 if the woman is under the age of 25, or 1 in 100 after the age of 25. 

A type 1 diabetes diagnosis requires some important lifestyle changes. You must take insulin every day in order to survive. Your blood sugar level needs to be frequently monitored. It’s essential to carefully plan your meals and count carbohydrates.

“This can be a frustrating and tiresome adjustment, but it is crucial that patients educate themselves on how certain foods impact glucose levels,” says endocrinologist Rocio Salas-Whalen, MD, of New York Endocrinology. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% of all diagnosed diabetes cases in the US. It is most often diagnosed in adults, but the CDC notes that it is becoming increasingly diagnosed in children and teenagers.

With type 2, your body can produce insulin, but it is not able to use it effectively. This is called insulin resistance, which happens when your liver, muscle, and fat cells don’t effectively take in the blood sugar from your blood to use it for energy. As a result, your blood sugar level increases, which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. 

You are more at risk for type 2 diabetes if you: 

  • Are 45 years old or older 
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don’t exercise regularly 
  • Have a family member with type 2 diabetes

In addition to eating a healthy diet, it’s very important for people with type 2 diabetes to maintain a healthy weight, Salas-Whalen says, because this can also help them control blood sugar levels. 

Gestational diabetes 

Pregnant people may develop gestational diabetes, which is caused by the body’s inability to produce the extra insulin needed during your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can put your baby at risk for health problems later in life, such as obesity or type 2 diabetes. 

About 7% of pregnant people in the US are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It usually begins in the middle of your pregnancy, without any symptoms. You should be tested for it between your 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. It typically goes away after your baby is born, but you will have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. 

If you have gestational diabetes, you’ll need to work with your doctor to develop a healthy eating plan, and you should also remain physically active to help keep your blood sugar levels low. If a healthy diet and exercise don’t lower your blood sugar levels, you may need to take insulin.


Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar levels are elevated, but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. However, if left untreated, prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes. 

More than a third of all US adults — over 88 million — have prediabetes, yet 84% of them don’t know they have it, the CDC notes. 

With lifestyle changes like a healthy diet, losing weight, and getting regular exercise, it’s possible for prediabetes to be reversed or delayed. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to help lower your blood sugar level.

“A prediabetic still has the potential to avoid diabetes, which should be avoided in every possible way,” Salas-Whalen says.

The signs of all types of diabetes can include the following:

  • Urinating frequently, especially at night
  • Feeling very thirsty or hungry
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Sores that take a long time to heal

However, these symptoms develop slowly over time, and it may be difficult to recognize them, especially if you have type 2 diabetes. The signs of type 1 diabetes may be more severe, and can also include nausea or vomiting. 

Target blood sugar levels are different for those with diabetes. The follow chart depicts normal blood sugar levels for diabetics and non-diabetics:  

blood sugar level

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Many people with diabetes with need to learn how to check their blood sugar multiple times a day using a glucose meter or a continuous glucose meter. 

“Try not to think of blood sugars as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or as a reflection of how well or bad you are doing,” says Shelley Nicholls, DNP, APRN, CDCES, director of patient education at the Diabetes Research Institute. “Having a good understanding of what affects blood sugars and which of them a person can control or influence is the best tool a person with diabetes can have.”

To treat diabetes, it is important to lower your blood sugar level and make sure it stays in a healthy range. 

Doing this will not only increase your energy, but according to the ADA, each percentage point of A1C lowered reduces the possibility of long-term health complications — which could include serious heart, kidney, brain, eye, or foot problems — by 40%.

These are some of the best natural ways to lower and manage your blood sugar levels over time:

  • Eat a healthy diet. This is critical for managing diabetes. “The best option is to meet with a dietitian to determine individual needs and goals,” Nicholls says. Some of the best foods to lower blood sugar include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, and nuts. 
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, improves type 2 diabetes blood sugar control, and improves insulin sensitivity for people with type 1 diabetes, according to the ADA. You should aim for about 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week if you have diabetes.
  • Lose weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent diabetes-related complications like heart disease and stroke, or help get rid of diabetes entirely. For example, nearly half of 140 adults with type 2 diabetes who participated in the United Kingdom-based Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) went into remission after following a weight-loss program for one year.
  • Drink lots of water. People who drank at least one liter of water a day were 28% less likely to have high blood sugar, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Diabetes Care.
  • Manage stress. The stress hormone cortisol impedes your body’s ability to use insulin effectively and increases your blood sugar level.

It’s important for people with diabetes to be careful about the foods they eat because they can impact your blood sugar levels. “Some foods can worsen diabetes, while other foods can actually improve diabetes control,” Salas-Whalen says.

Carbohydrates and fiber especially affect your blood sugar levels in the following ways:

  • Carbohydrates. These are quickly broken down into sugars in your body and affect your blood sugar level more than proteins and fats, Nicholls says. Because people with diabetes can’t efficiently process blood sugar, carbs can cause levels to spike, so it’s important to discuss how many carbs you should eat per day with your doctor. 
  • Fiber. Foods with a high fiber content are difficult to digest, so the sugar is absorbed more slowly into your blood. Eating foods high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains can help regulate your blood sugar. 

It can be helpful to follow a diet to manage your diabetes, as planning out your meals and snacks will help you control blood sugar levels effectively. 

“Every person has different needs, so there is no one diet that is recommended for people with diabetes,” Nicholls says. “The best option is to meet with a dietitian to determine individual needs and goals.”

Here are some of the best diets for diabetics

Mediterranean diet 

The Mediterranean diet includes plant-based foods, lean meats, and healthy fats. 

According to a 2009 study published in Diabetic Medicine, people who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet for three months had lower A1C percentages and lower blood sugar levels after meals than those who followed it less strictly. 

DASH diet 

The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is mainly used to lower blood pressure, but it can also help lower blood sugar. 

A 2017 study published in the ADA journal Diabetics Spectrum suggests that the DASH diet can lower insulin resistance and help you lose weight. A 2016 study published in the journal Nutrition found that a DASH diet can also help lower the risk for gestational diabetes by as much as 71%.

Keto diet

This high-fat, low-carb diet limits carbs to 20 to 50 grams daily in an effort to put your body in the metabolic state of ketosis, where you burn fat instead of carbs for fuel. 

A 2017 study published in Nutrition & Diabetes found that overweight adults with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes who followed a keto diet had lower A1C levels and lost over 4% more weight after one year than those who followed a moderate-carbohydrate/low-calorie/low-fat diet.

There are also some health risks associated with the keto diet. If you have type 1 diabetes, your lowered blood sugar level may lead to hypoglycemia and serious brain, kidney, or liver complications.

Another issue associated with this diet are “keto flu” symptoms that may include headache, nausea, and vomiting. It’s important to consult with your doctor or a registered dietitian before starting a keto diet.

People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day in order to survive. If people with type 2 diabetes are unable to reach their blood sugar target levels with diet and exercise, they may also need medication like insulin or metformin. 


People with type 1 diabetes generally need to take three to four doses of insulin every day, according to the ADA. Women with gestational diabetes may need to take insulin daily during their pregnancy if their bodies aren’t producing enough of it naturally. Many people with type 2 diabetes may need one dose each day with or without other medications.

Insulin is injected in the fat under your skin using a syringe, insulin pen, or pump. It should be injected in the same area of the body, but not the same place each day. It’s best to inject insulin at mealtime so it is more effectively processed in your body.

There are many different types of insulin, and your doctor may even prescribe two or more of the following types: 

“The challenge with taking insulin is that it’s tough to know precisely how much to take,” Nicholls says. The amount is based on factors that may change throughout the day, such as food, exercise, and stress. “So, deciding on what dose of insulin to take is a complicated balancing act.” 

Taking an extra dose of insulin can also help you lower blood sugar fast if it’s an emergency, though you may want to check in with your doctor beforehand. 


If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe metformin, a medication that lowers blood sugar by slowing your liver’s production of glucose. It is the drug most commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes.

Metformin is available in a liquid, pill, or extended-release tablet. You take it orally at mealtime two to three times a day. The extended-release tablet only needs to be taken once daily.

According to a 2012 scientific review published in Diabetes Care, metformin can effectively reduce A1C levels for people with type 2 diabetes by an average of 1.12%.

Although it’s possible to control your diabetes and lower blood sugar levels, there is no specific cure. 

“Because of this reality, lifestyle changes must be permanent and not temporary in order to avoid the potential long-term complications of diabetes,” Salas-Whalen says. 

To develop the best plan of treatment for diabetes, it’s important to meet with your doctor for individualized recommendations. 

Enthuse Foundation: Calling All Female CPG Entrepreneurs 09/25/2020 – MediaPost Communications

Enthuse Foundation pitch competition co-founders Kristy Snyder (left) and Kim Lawton.

In 2016, friends Kristy Snyder and Kim Lawton founded Enthuse Marketing Group in Connecticut as a B2B event-marketing agency. For Snyder, it marked an exit from some two decades of teaching; for Lawton, it was the second marketing agency she helped establish.

But they weren’t content to just launch the women-led Enthuse, whose clients include spirits marketer Diageo and financial services provider UBS. Knowing the challenges that female-led startups face, they decided to help other women in the beverage, food and CPG space by starting the Enthuse Foundation.

Last year, the Foundation held its first pitch competition for women entrepreneurs with prizes that included cash and free marketing services.

In this interview, Snyder talks about the genesis of Enthuse Foundation and the upcoming, second annual pitch competition—which will be a virtual event, given the ongoing pandemic, for companies that are at least 51% women-owned.

CPG FYI: What was the motivation for starting a nonprofit foundation?

Kristy Snyder: We knew in founding Enthuse Marketing Group that we needed to have a passion project—something our employees could rally around in addition to their daily work. We wanted it to involve women business owners and support them. 

We were very fortunate to have the support to be able to start our own agency, but we recognized that many are not as fortunate. At that point in time, women-led companies were only receiving 2% of venture capital funding. 

CPG FYI: What are some of the obstacles women face when trying to start CPG companies?

Snyder: Through our interactions with other women business owners, we realized they felt ill-prepared with their business pitch and delivering it when they were going for funding. I think when they started receiving questions, they didn’t have that confidence that maybe a male might have in that same situation.

This led us to think about the opportunity of a pitch competition. We want to enable them to have the practice and positive feedback to bring to their pitch so they feel empowered and confident that they have a well-thought-out business plan, a viable idea and a great structure set up for success. 

CPG FYI: Tell us about last year’s pitch event.

Snyder: We held it in New York City at a WeWork event space with stadium seating. There were about 100 to 150 people present, and more than 40 applicants. After a review by our panel, we whittled that down to five who were selected to pitch. 

CPG FYI: Who were the two winning entries?

Snyder: The first-prize winner was Effie Panagopoulos, whose spirit product is called Kleos. It contains Mastiha, which is derived from the resin of a tree that is only found in a certain region in Greece. It has a fabulous taste. Effie walks around with a bottle of Kleos in her purse and she’s like, “Here, try some.”

The second-prize winner was Jen Pelka from Une Femme, which is an incredible champagne. She was part owner of a bar in New York City that, as a result of COVID-19, has since gone out of business. We’ve been working to help her develop the Une Femme brand and support her where she needs it.

CPG FYI: How will the Nov. 10 virtual pitch competition work?

Snyder: This year, we have to be creative like everybody in this new normal. We’re asking all our applicants to send a video pitch of their product. During the competition, we’ll view the top five contestants along with the judging panel. The contestants will be available live to answer the judges’ questions. Then we will [go] into breakout rooms, where the judges will decide who will be our first- and second-place winners. Then we’ll reconvene to announce the winners. 

On our foundation website we have stories about how to craft your video. We want to help and encourage participants to put in their applications. Anyone who’s on the fence, we just want them to take a chance. Reach out to us, and we’ll help walk you through the application process.

Editor’s note: Following this interview, due to the rigors of the pandemic work environment, Enthuse Foundation decided to make it easier to enter the Nov. 10 competition. Instead of a pitch deck and video, the video part of the application is now optional.

Snackers Bite Into Flavor – CStore Decisions – Convenience Store Decisions


With the nation enduring COVID-19 lockdown conditions, consumers are spending more time at home working and playing, and they’re reaching for snacks that make them feel good.

Indeed, the salty snack segment as a whole has been relatively flat for the year, seeing a 4.7% dip in convenience channel sales during the 21-week period ending July 25, 2020, compared to last year, according to Nielsen data. Conversely, meat snacks have seen an annual 5.9% lift and muscled an impressive 8.1% boost for that 21-week period — which roughly parallels the pandemic’s timeline.

One reason could be that, COVID-19 or not, manufacturers are staying aggressive with flavor innovation. 

Spicy Choices Heat Up

“Spicy is dominating everything, whether it be in meats or snacks,” said Robyn Gettleson, category manager for United Pacific, with 453 company-operated stores and 56 fee-operated locations along the West Coast and in Colorado. She said that holds true especially in urban areas with more culturally diverse markets.

April Gelber, category manager for Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Holmes Oil and its 26 Cruizers stores throughout the central region of the state, has observed the hotter snack trend as well. 

“Because, as you well know, right now people are looking for a lot of spicy flavors,” she said. 

As far as consumers’ meat snacks preferences, those can vary regionally. “We are particularly a meat sticks rather than jerky seller,” said Gelber. “We have the four core that we sell, the main stuff, obviously with the Jack Link’s.” 

Because United Pacific’s footprint is so large, Gettleson said she sees the differences even within her chain. “I know Denver is very much more in the jerky versus sticks,” she observed. “(The Pacific) Northwest is very heavily locally branded.”

But the spicy trend, Gettleson said, is cutting across the entire category. 

“I think it’s just going more to bold, spicy-type flavors; (I’m) seeing a lot more mixes out there,” she said. “So not just your plain old potato chip anymore — combining a couple different textures and flavors and that kind of thing within the salty.” 

One prime example, according to Cruizers’ Gelber, is the Takis chip. 

“The Takis Fuego (flavor) is one of the hottest items,” Gelber said. “I know they sell them out west, but here in our market area, it’s very, very popular. It does really well for us.”

An often-overlooked snack item is also grabbing flavor attention at United Pacific stores. 

“It looks like the ‘chicharrones,’ or the pork rinds, are coming back and in new flavors,” Gettleson said. “They’re doing Korean barbecue and Himalayan sea salt. So those are coming back. I think that has a lot to do with keto and low carb (trends).”

Health vs. Indulgence

Gettleson observed that the pandemic may have many consumers fighting the internal “health vs. indulgence” battle with their snacking choices. 

“Everyone’s straddling that fence,” Gettleson said. “They know they need to be eating healthier, and especially, they want to stay healthy so they don’t get sick; but I think people are stressed out.”

Multigrain snacks, generally perceived as “healthy snacks,” for example, have seen a slight dip in the 21 weeks ending July 25, 2020, according to Nielsen, but were up a strong 5.5% for the 52 weeks.

Cruizers’ Gelber said that for her stores, energy bars are weathering the pandemic lockdown storm quite well.

“They’re actually holding strong,” she said, “which means that even due to the traffic decrease, we haven’t seen a huge decline.”

That said, snackers are still embracing indulgence, especially during lockdown. Market research analyst Mintel found the pandemic is driving salty snack sales, which customers are turning to as a comfort food to alleviate stress.

And while category managers across the nation and product spectrum have had to compensate for pandemic-driven supply chain disruption, other products like popcorn and pretzels are filling in the snack aisle nicely at both United Pacific and Cruizers locations. 

Cruizers is holding strong in the subcategories within salty snacks, too. And while some manufacturers are pushing promotions back until there’s more clarity with the pandemic situation, consumers in general are still buying. “In fact, two weeks ago, we had the highest selling day since the opening of our company,” said Gelber.

United Pacific’s Gettleson sees similar robust business coming back to c-stores and in nearly all categories. “Washington and Oregon, we’re not seeing any declines,” she said. “We’re actually up over last year.”

8 places that will deliver groceries straight to your door – USA TODAY

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have avoided the grocery store and swapped to a grocery delivery service to adhere to social distancing and avoid contracting COVID-19. While it was initially challenging to even get a delivery time for some grocery delivery services, things have seemed to have cooled down. There are several services to choose from, but which one is right for you?

To help you out, we’re breaking down the eight most popular places that will deliver groceries straight to your door. Not only do grocery delivery services help limit your contact with others (all these services have a contactless delivery option), but they can be useful for those of us who are too busy to grocery shop or just hate the errand. Plus, it’s always nice getting a delivery—especially when it’s food.

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1. Instacart

Minimum order: $10

Delivery fee: Starts at $4 for non-members

Membership: Instacart Express: $99/year or $9.99/month for free delivery on all orders over $35

Instacart is probably the most well-known of the grocery delivery services, as it sends personal shoppers to a grocery store in your area of your choosing. Depending on where you’re located, options include Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Costco, and even non-grocery stores like CVS and Petco. You don’t need a membership to use the service, but you will be charged a delivery fee unless you purchase the Instacart Express membership.

We’ve tried Instacart before and found the site is easy to peruse, though it can be hard to request specific sizes on produce. Shopping for the most part is easy. Once you’ve chosen your grocery store, you can search through a variety of produce, non-perishables, and specialty items. After selecting an item, you have the option to choose substitutions, in case it’s sold out. After you’ve virtually shopped, you can select a time window for the delivery within an hour.

The initial subtotal will estimate the cost of your groceries (this will change to the precise total when the shopper is done), delivery fee, service fee, sales tax, and driver tip, making it pricier than your typical grocery run.

Shop for groceries at Instacart

2. Walmart+

Minimum order: $35

Delivery fee: Free with membership

Membership: Walmart+: $98/year or $12.95/month for free deliveries and a $35 minimum

Did you know Walmart delivers groceries? As long as you’re located near a participating store, you can get Walmart groceries shipped to you with no delivery cost with the new service Walmart+ (though you do need to front the membership cost). You can also order groceries without the membership, but there’s a $35 minimum. Plus, if you sign up for Walmart+, you can also get free shipping on other essentials, like paper towels, toys, dumbbells, and the like, so you can conquer all your shopping in one place.

Navigating the grocery page of Walmart is very similar to other food delivery services. The homepage features a variety of popular items, but it’s typically easier to search for the food you’re looking for or choose a department. Walmart will also feature “rollbacks” on certain food that’s on sale, so you’ll be in the know regarding deals. Once you’ve added everything to your virtual cart, you can select either a pickup time or a delivery time.

Shop for groceries at Walmart

3. Amazon Fresh

Minimum order: $35 for free delivery in most locations

Delivery fee: $10 for orders under $35

Membership: Amazon Prime: $12.99/month or $112/year to use the service

Amazon Fresh is a great option for those who already use Amazon Prime, as it’s the only way to order from the grocery delivery service. Shopping on Amazon Fresh works the same way as shopping for anything else on Amazon—you’re just looking for groceries instead. You can see an item is in stock (something not a lot of grocery delivery services offer), and you can even find coupons. But if you spend less than $35, you’ll be hit with a $9.99 delivery charge.

Groceries are sourced from Whole Foods as well as other neighboring grocery stores, depending on where you live. Once your cart is full, you can choose your delivery window for as early as same-day if it’s available. You can opt for an in-person delivery if you’d like, but you don’t need to be there to get your order.

Shop for groceries at Amazon Fresh

4. Peapod

Minimum order: $60

Delivery fee: From $2.95 to $9.95

Membership: None

Stop & Shop lovers will be big fans of Peapod, which exclusively delivers from the grocery chain. Therefore, this service is also only available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island where Stop & Shops are located. Peapod’s site features virtual aisles, but it’s much easier to just search for specific products.

When you click on the product, you get an in-depth look at the nutritional values and the ingredients, which is a nice feature considering you can’t see these specs on an apple when shopping IRL. You can also make suggestions for substitutions if your desired item is out of stock. After you’re done shopping, you can select a delivery time and select whether you’ll be home or not, or you can choose in-store pickup and waive the delivery fee.

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5. Shipt

Minimum order: None

Delivery fee: $10

Membership: Shipt Everyday: $99/year for free deliveries on orders over $35

Like Instacart, Shipt ships groceries from local grocery stores as well as items from retailers like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Petco. You can get your haul delivered as soon as one hour after ordering, and you can place an order whenever the store is open, including 24/7 stores. The Shipt shopping page heavily focuses on deals, with icons showing various sale pages on specific groceries, toys, and more.

Adding items to cart is easy, and when you go to check out, the site tells you how much time you’ve “saved” from not going to the store, which is a feel-good stat. Once you go to checkout, just select your delivery time and add any special instructions. The delivery will cost $10, or you can reduce that price by purchasing bulk Shipt Passes or Shipt Everyday for $99.

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6. FreshDirect

Minimum order: $30

Delivery fee: Starting at $6

Membership: DeliveryPass: $79/six months or $129/year for unlimited free deliveries

If you live in New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C, consider using FreshDirect, which ships high-quality produce and meat selections to these areas. While FreshDirect isn’t associated with a particular grocery store, you can still browse a great selection of groceries. Shopping the site is easy and you can find everything from prepared foods to party platters to wine and spirits. You usually need to order a day in advance, especially for catered items, as they take time to prepare.

After shopping, you can set a delivery time or opt for a pickup location in your respective city. The delivery fee is typically $6, but you can also get a membership for unlimited free deliveries.

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7. Thrive Market

Minimum order: $49

Delivery fee: Included with membership

Membership: $9.95/month or $59/year

While Thrive Market doesn’t deliver fresh produce, it’s a great place to supplement your grocery runs with grains, snacks, specialty items, beauty products, and other non-perishable goods. To use Thrive Market, you do need a membership, which costs $10 a month. But for each membership sold, the company donates one for a teacher or person in need.

Before shopping the site, you’ll take a quiz to determine your food interests, which will impact the items you’ll most frequently see. There’s a focus on organic products as well as keto and vegan items at affordable prices. Thrive Market also has its own line of products and uses carbon-neutral delivery, for feel good purchases. You can fill your orders via the Thrive Market app or online on your internet browser, and then wait for your shipment to arrive.

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8. Boxed

Minimum order: $49 for free shipping

Delivery fee: $7 delivery fee on orders under $49

Membership: BoxedUp: $49/year for free shipping on all orders, 2% cash rewards, and additional discounts

Boxed specialties in bulk groceries and household supplies (think an online Costco). Our office used to get snacks shipped via Boxed during the before times and we loved the variety of choices. Navigating the site is simple, and you can also browse via the Boxed app. After placing an order, you simply wait for your shipment to arrive.

You can also get perishable goods shipped in bulk, too, like milk, eggs, fruit, and veggies with Boxed Express. Note that the selection is more limited and these shipments have different minimum orders and delivery fees, like any other grocery delivery service.

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Leather Can Be Sustainable OR Ethical — But, Can It Be Both?

Sustainability and fashion are notoriously disagreeable bedfellows with goals and ideals that are often at odds. This stalemate is most apparent when it comes to leather: a beloved and ancient material whose star is simultaneously enjoying a precipitous rise on the trend scene while also lighting up charged environmental controversy. In one camp is the argument that leather is a naturally sustainable material to be consumed consciously and passed on to future generations all while putting a byproduct of the mass meat industry to use. On the other side of the fence is the ethics-driven argument against animal cruelty and advocation for vegan leather — which, despite its organism-free composition, is often heavy with high-polluting synthetics. This begs the question: if animal-derived leather is sustainable, then can it also be ethical? And if a leather-lover wants to adhere to a lifestyle free of animal byproducts, then is their only option an environmentally harmful polyurethane substitute? “You can argue until you’re blue in the face about those kinds of things,” said Lyndsey Butler, founder of New York-based leather goods brand Veda. Below, with the help of industry experts, we dive a bit deeper into this conscious-fashion paradox. And, spoiler alert: while we may not land on one definitive resolution, we can provide context that will hopefully help inform more thoughtful consumer decisions for the future.> We do a lot of work to make sure that all the leather that we use is a byproduct, which would otherwise be waste. It would either end up in a landfill or burned.> > Ricky Lupp, head of product at NisoloWhen choosing to shop for leather with an eye on sustainability, it’s crucial to commit to pieces of the highest quality; it will ensure the item’s durability, longevity, and ability to be repaired (as opposed to replaced) over time. Silver & Riley founder Lola Banjo explained that shoppers should choose full grain leather (the highest-quality cross-section of the material) for a product with maximum heft. “It just [improves] as time goes on, because it has all the grain in the hide,” says Banjo. “Leather should get stronger, and not weaker.” Environmental harm also lurks in the often chemical-intensive finishing process, so shoppers should “look for vegetable-tanned or chrome-free [options],” advises Veda’s Lyndsey Butler. “Those are two ways that you know that the process of tanning is a little more environmentally friendly. The Leather Working Group is a great resource,” she adds, “because they can tell you [which tanneries] are meeting certain standards.” Leather is also inextricably linked to the meat industry, and most of what’s used to make garments is excess from industrial food production. Shoppers shouldn’t be shy about ensuring that the leather they’re buying is part of this supply chain. “We do a lot of work to make sure that all the leather that we use is a byproduct,” says Ricky Lupp, head of product at artisan-goods imprint Nisolo, “which would otherwise be waste. It would either end up in a landfill or burned.”> It’s always a lesser-of-evils question with all of this.> > Sydney Brown, Vegan footwear & handbag designer For shoppers in search of the most cruelty-free leather alternatives, there are a host of options on the market — but, many contain PVC or polyurethane (plastic compounds made up of imperishable toxic chemicals) and will degrade quickly. With these alternatives, explains Anna Fahle Björcke, head of communications at footwear brand Vagabond, “you must face either the durability issue or alternative environmental issues — in other words, materials deriving from nonrenewable fossil sources.” With these options making up the bulk of the leather-alternative world, shoppers have to dig deeper to find substitutes that are driven by natural materials. The goods news is, they do exist. Vegan footwear and handbag designer Sydney Brown explains that natural materials like cork, fennel, pineapple, mushroom, and even algae can be woven into materials with a hide-like hand that contains significantly less plastic than their synthetic counterparts. (While some of these options are not entirely plastic-free, explains Brown, “It’s always a lesser-of-evils question with all of this.”) One standout fiber, Piñatex (a leather invented by Dr. Carmen Hijosa, who spent seven years and a Royal College of Art Ph.D. developing the material) makes use of the 40,000 tons of pineapple-leaf waste that’s generated annually and has been used by H&M and Hugo Boss. “[There’s] a lot of trial and error,” explains Brown, when it comes to innovating new materials. “Research and development is our biggest part of the company, and we’re constantly testing things.”> [Consumers] should challenge the brands that they’re excited to buy products from.> > RICKY LUPP, HEAD OF PRODUCT AT NISOLOPerhaps the most significant thing that a shopper can do is use their spending power to take companies to task. “[Consumers] should challenge the brands that they’re excited to buy products from,” says Nisolo’s Lupp. “They should demand information from those brands and transparency and clarity around that. I think it’s impossible for the consumer to shop consciously if there’s not brands creating product consciously.” At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Everyone Wins When Leggings Meet Leather10 Eco-Goods We’re Loving Right NowGo Leather-Free With These Stylish Vegan Boots

New Study Finds that Popular Keto Diet Promotes Heart Disease – The Beet

Keto may help you lose weight fast, but it’s terrible for your heart health in the long term, a new study of the popular diet has found. Similarly, intermittent fasting helps people lose weight but the health effects depend largely on what people eat when they are in their “on” cycle. Both diets appear to work largely because of calorie restriction, as opposed to actual ketosis, the study finds.

The doctor who released the study, Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver, recommends that to lose weight and keep it off while eating a heart-healthy, diet people should eat a diet high in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. Here is the latest news on the heart effects of following a keto diet, which he points out, appears not to be sustainable over 12 months, so even people who lose weight initially appear to gain it all back within one year.

New Study Finds Keto and Intermittent Fasting Has Long-term Heart Health Effects

In a review of scientific studies on ketogenic and intermittent fasting diets, researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver concluded that while these diets work to help people lose weight n the short term, which may contribute to cardiovascular health initially, the diets also promote the consumption of foods high in saturated fat, which is knownAndrew-Freeman.jpg to increase cardiovascular risk long term. The doctors concluded that these diets are unlikely to be as effective at preventing heart disease over a lifetime as well-established nutritional guidelines currently recommended by health experts.

“With diets like keto and intermittent fasting, social and popular media has been flooded with claims, promises, and warnings that are at best unverified and at worst harmful to your health,” said Andrew Freeman, MD, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health and co-author of the study. “Diets recommended by health experts, such as plant-based and Mediterranean diets, have been extensively studied for safety and efficacy, and demonstrated conclusively to improve cardiovascular health.”

Keto Diets May Work Short Term, But Most People Gain It All Back ini12 Months

Keto is a very low carbohydrate dietary approach that sends the body into ketosis, a metabolic state in which it has reduced access to glucose and is instead mostly fueled by fat. While the limited study of the keto diet shows those who follow it lose weight initially, it tends not to be sustainable according to 12-month data. It is also unclear whether the weight loss is caused by achieving ketosis or simply by calorie restriction.

Researchers also have concerns about the type and amount of fat consumed by those following a keto diet. While existing studies strictly controlled the type of fat and foods participants consumed, many who try keto consume high amounts of unhealthy saturated fat, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and high lipid levels in the blood. There is also evidence that eating a keto diet for an extended period of time may lead to stiffening of the arteries, and several studies found that those who eat a keto diet have a greater risk of death.

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On a keto diet the point is to eat a diet high in fat and protein and low in carbs to force your body into ketosis where it burns fat for fuel, but doctors warn that this encourages foods high in saturated fat like meat and dairy, which drives up cholesterol, and low in fiber, such as vegetables, which is heart-protective and offers other health benefits such as promoting natural weight loss. Keto dieters often skip fruit because of its natural sugar but study after study shows that the antioxidants, as well as vitamins C, A, B, E, and K in colorful fruits and vegetables, help boost immunity, and protect against cancer and other diseases and skipping these naturally healthy plant foods increases your lifetime risk of cancer and heart disease. So even if you lose weight and your initial markers for heart disease such as cholesterol count or fasting blood sugar or blood pressure all go down, you are likely going to see them go right back up again when you add back carbs to your diet.

Keto Appears Most Effective for Diabetic Patients, But More Study is Needed

Keto diets do show promise as a potential treatment for diabetes, with studies showing improved glucose levels, as well as lower fasting glucose and insulin levels in mice, fed a keto diet. Further research is needed to confirm these benefits and assess risk before keto is clinically recommended for patients with diabetes.

Researchers are also optimistic about the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting but are concerned about possible pitfalls. There is a wide range of practices being called “intermittent fasting”, with some fasting without food for an entire day and others restricting meals to certain hours of the day. Experts also worry that the hunger that is induced by fasting causes many people to overeat when it is time for meals, or make unhealthy choices that have adverse effects on their cardiovascular health.

A majority of the current evidence regarding the potential benefits of intermittent fasting comes from animal studies in the lab, which have shown increased longevity, weight loss, decreased blood pressure, improved glucose tolerance, and controlled lipid levels via intermittent fasting.

The Heart Risk Comes from Foods High in Saturated Fat, Such as Meat and Dairy

“The potential risks of intermittent fasting that require further study include effects of starvation and how it may impact organ function,” Dr. Freeman said. “It is particularly important for diabetics to speak with their doctor before trying intermittent fasting, to discuss how to control their disease and the risk of hypoglycemia that may come with skipping regular meals.”

While there is modest evidence regarding favorable effects of both dietary approaches, neither the keto nor intermittent fasting is recommended for the treatment or prevention of any condition until large, long-term studies can more definitively examine their impact. Instead, experts recommend diets that have been extensively studied and scientifically proven to prevent or even reverse cardiovascular issues, which include the Mediterranean diet, a whole food plant-based diet, and the National Institutes of Health’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). All of these share a common foundation that includes a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.

There is a way to do a keto diet and be plant-based to lose weight without sat fat, but you need to work harder to get your fat macros from plant-based sources such as avocado and nuts. If you want to try intermittent fasting the healthy way, when you are eating during your 8 hours on (assuming you are fasting from dinner through until lunch) choose a diet that is high in whole-foods and plant-based meals that are full of fiber foods, like fruits and vegetables.

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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks With Over 7% Dividend Yield

Markets are volatile, there can be no doubt. So far this month, the S&P 500 has fallen 9% from its peak. The tech-heavy NASDAQ, which had led the gainers all summer, is now leading the on the fall, having lost 11% since September 2. The three-week tumble has investors worried that we may be on the brink of another bear market.The headwinds are strong. The usual September swoon, the upcoming election, doubts about another round of economic stimulus – all are putting downward pressure on the stock markets.Which doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities. As the old saw goes, “Bulls and bears can both make money, while the pigs get slaughtered.” A falling market may worry investors, but a smart strategy can prevent the portfolio from losing too much long-term value while maintaining a steady income. Dividend stocks, which feed into the income stream, can be a key part of such a strategy.Using the data available in the TipRanks database, we’ve pulled up three stocks with high yields – from 7% to 11%, or up to 6 times the average dividend found on the S&P 500 index. Even better, these stocks are seen as Strong Buys by Wall Street’s analysts. Let’s find out why.Williams Companies (WMB)We start with Williams Companies, an Oklahoma-based energy company. Williams controls pipelines connecting Rocky Mountain natural gas fields with the Pacific Northwest region, and Appalachian and Texan fields with users in the Northeast and transport terminals on the Gulf Coast. The company’s primary operations are the processing and transport of natural gas, with additional ops in crude oil and energy generation. Williams handles nearly one-third of all US commercial and residential natural gas use.The essential nature of Williams’ business – really, modern society simply cannot get along without reliable energy sources – has insulated the company from some of the economic turndown in 1H20. Quarterly revenues slid from $2.1 billion at the end of last year to $1.9 billion in Q1 and $1.7 billion in Q2. EPS in the first half was 26 cents for Q1 and 25 cents for Q2 – but this was consistent with EPS results for the previous three quarters. The generally sound financial base supported the company’s reliable dividend. Williams has been raising that payment for the past four years, and even the corona crisis could not derail it. At 40 cents per common share, the dividend annualizes to $1.60 and yields an impressive 7.7%. The next payment is scheduled for September 28.Truist analyst Tristan Richardson sees Williams as one of the midstream sector’s best positioned companies.“We continue to look to WMB as a defensive component of midstream and favor its 2H prospects as broader midstream grasps at recovery… Beyond 2020 we see the value proposition as a stable footprint with free cash flow generation even in the current environment. We also see room for incremental leverage reduction throughout our forecast period on scaled back capital plans and even with the stable dividend. We look for modestly lower capex in 2021, however unlike more G&P oriented midstream firms, we see a project backlog in downstream that should support very modest growth,” Richardson noted.Accordingly, Richardson rates WMB shares as a Buy, and his $26 price target implies a 30% upside potential from current levels. (To watch Richardson’s track record, click here)Overall, the Strong Buy analyst consensus rating on WMB is based on 11 Buy reviews against just a single Hold. The stock’s current share price is $19.91 and the average price target is $24.58, making the one-year upside potential 23%. (See WMB stock analysis on TipRanks)Magellan Midstream (MMP)The second stock on our list is another midstream energy company, Magellan. This is another Oklahoma-based firm, with a network of assets across much of the US from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Valley, and into the Southeast. Magellan’s network transports crude oil and refined products, and includes Gulf Coast export shipping terminals.Magellan’s total revenues rose sequentially to $782.8 in Q1, and EPS came in at $1.28, well above the forecast. These numbers turned down drastically in Q2, as revenue fell to $460.4 million and EPS collapsed to 65 cents. The outlook for Q3 predicts a modest recovery, with EPS forecast at 85 cents. The company strengthened its position in the second quarter with an issue of 10-year senior notes, totaling $500 million, at 3.25%. This reduced the company’s debt service payments, and shored up liquidity, making possible the maintenance of the dividend.The dividend was kept steady at $1.0275 per common share quarterly. Annualized, this comes to $4.11, a good absolute return, and gives a yield of 11.1%, giving MMP a far higher return than Treasury bonds or the average S&P-listed stock.Well Fargo analyst Praneeth Satish believes that MMP has strong prospects for recovery. “[We] view near-term weakness in refined products demand as temporary and recovering. In the interim, MMP remains well positioned given its strong balance sheet and liquidity position, and ratable cash flow stream…” Satish goes on to note that the dividend appears secure for the near-term: “The company plans to maintain the current quarterly distribution for the rest of the year.”In line with this generally upbeat outlook, Satish gives MMP an Overweight (i.e. Buy) rating, and a $54 price target that implies 57% growth in the coming year. (To watch Satish’s track record, click here)Net net, MMP shares have a unanimous Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, a show of confidence by Wall Street’s analyst corps. The stock is selling for $33.44, and the average price target of $51.13 implies 53% growth in the year ahead. (See MMP stock analysis on TipRanks)Ready Capital Corporation (RC)The second stock on our list is a real estate investment trust. No surprise finding one of these in a list of strong dividend payers – REITs have long been known for their high dividend payments. Ready Capital, which focuses on the commercial mortgage niche of the REIT sector, has a portfolio of loans in real estate securities and multi-family dwellings. RC has provided more than $3 billion in capital to its loan customers.In the first quarter of this year, when the coronavirus hit, the economy turned south, and business came to a standstill, Ready Capital took a heavy blow. Revenues fell by 58%, and Q1 EPS came in at just one penny. Things turned around in Q2, however, after the company took measures – including increasing liquidity, reducing liabilities, and increasing involvement in government-sponsored lending – to shore up business. Revenues rose to $87 million and EPS rebounded to 70 cents.In the wake of the strong Q2 results, RC also started restoring its dividend. In Q1 the company had slashed the payment from 40 cents to 25 cents; in the most recent declaration, for an October 30 payment, the new dividend is set at 30 cents per share. This annualizes to $1.20 and gives a strong yield of 9.9%.Crispin Love, writing from Piper Sandler, notes the company’s success in getting back on track.“Given low interest rates, Ready Capital had a record $1.2B in residential mortgage originations versus our $1.1B estimate. Gain on sale margins were also at record levels. We are calculating gain on sale margins of 3.7%, up from 2.4% in 1Q20,” Love wrote.In a separate note, written after the dividend declaration, Love added, “We believe that the Board’s actions show an increased confidence for the company to get back to its pre-pandemic $0.40 dividend. In recent earnings calls, management has commented that its goal is to get back to stabilized earnings above $0.40, which would support a dividend more in-line with pre-pandemic levels.”To this end, Love rates RC an Overweight (i.e. Buy) along with a $12 price target, suggesting an upside of 14%. (To watch Love’s track record, click here)All in all, Ready Capital has a unanimous Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, based on 4 recent positive reviews. The stock has an average price target of $11.50, which gives a 9% upside from the current share price of $10.51. (See RC stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for dividend stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

10 home chefs in Kolkata whose divine menus we are ordering from – Lifestyle Asia

One of the pandemic trends that we hope is here to stay, is the recent rise of home chefs who are serving up authentic treats with the guarantee of safe and sanitised kitchens. There’s an array of different cuisines to choose from spanning burgers to baked goodies and ghar ka khana.  Here’s our round-up of the best home chefs in Kolkata. 

Some of the best home chefs in Kolkata you can order from –

Devil’s Lure

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Let’s start by addressing those sweet cravings. Devil’s Lure by Laila Mallik is pure joy. Her desserts range from classic tea cakes like Victoria Sponge to Lemon and Lavender and Coffee Walnut, tarts, pies and puddings like Sticky Toffee Pudding, Banoffee Pie, and more. “The Devil’s Lure is my attempt to share with others all the desserts I grew up enjoying, some of which are now lost in time,” says Mallik. As if that wasn’t enough, she has branched into a curated weekend three-course specials (starter, choice of mains, and dessert). You can choose from Thai, Burmese, Chinese and Continental cuisines.

Recommended Dish: Butterscotch Cake with Toffee drizzle, Dark Chocolate and Orange Brownies.
Availability: Items need to be ordered 24 – 48 hours in advance.
Location: Golf Green area
Delivery Mode: Call +91 99033 04212 to arrange pickup or delivery.

Geetika’s Goodies 

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Geetika Seth is another home baker that we can’t get enough of. “Everyone needs a little sugar and solace during these difficult times,” says Seth, who finds comfort in baking. “Baking is my ikigai! Each recipe is baked with love and has a different emotion.” And we find comfort in devouring her delicious Key Lime Pie, Nutella Cheesecake, and decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake with Almond Nougat. There are eggless options available, and she also takes custom orders. 

Recommended Dish: Chocolate Ganache Cake with Almond Nougat
Availability: Items need to be ordered a minimum of 24 hours in advance, so it’s best to order in advance.
Location: Alipore
Delivery Mode: WhatsApp or call +91 98311 31863 to arrange pickup or delivery.

Trufire Kitchen

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This is the brainchild of home chef Madhavi Puri. “I love cooking. Very often my friends would request me to make a dish or two for their parties, and I would always be happy to oblige,” she says. Finding herself free without any upcoming travel she decided to start Trufire Kitchen. “People do not wholly trust restaurants at the moment, so I decided to give them a safe and trusted option.” There are several choices ranging from Mutton Yakhni PulaoGoan Prawn Curry and Appams with Stew to continental bakes such as Tetrazinis and Casseroles (Veg and Non-Veg.)  

Recommended DishChicken Chettinad
Availability: It is preferable if you order 24 hours in advance.
Location: Ballygunge area
Delivery Mode: WhatsApp or call +91 90389 66999, 033 4008 5599 to arrange pick up or delivery

Thy Hungry Panda 

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Bombay-based lawyer Arnab Ghosh had quit his job to follow his dream of starting a food truck when the pandemic struck, and he found himself back in Kolkata. “I’m on Keto, and I noticed that the city has hardly any Keto-friendly deliveries, so I decided to start one.“ What began with Keto-friendly cakes and bakes has expanded to a full menu, which caters to any special dietary requirements or allergies, and to which end Ghosh has armed himself with certification on food and nutrition. From Keto Garlic Naan and Afghani Chicken to Pork Chops with Garlic Balsamic Glaze to Delicious Flourless Cakes, you can find them here. 

Recommended Dish: Pork Chops with Garlic Balsamic Glaze
Availability: It is preferable if you order 24 hours in advance.
Location: Palm Avenue
Delivery Mode: WhatsApp or call on +91 98187 04317 to arrange pickup or delivery or DM on Instagram

Nilufer Babaycon 

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If you are looking to try some authentic Sri Lankan or Parsi home cooking, Nilufer Babaycon is the one to call. “Since my mom is from Columbo, I used to visit my grandparents there every summer, and Sri Lankan food is what I grew up with. It has now become the comfort cuisine of my entire family, and I wanted to share my love for Sri Lankan food with more people.” Her menu includes dishes like String Hoppers, LumpraisBrinjal Pahi, Chicken Badun, Seeni Sombol, etc. Being Parsi she also has a lot of Parsi dishes on offer such as Iranian Berry PulauChicken Sali, and Fish Biriyani. 

Recommended DishString Hoppers, Lumprais
Availability: Items need to be ordered 24 hours in advance.
Location: Bhawanipore
Delivery Mode: Call +91 98303 60358 to arrange for pick up or delivery 

Sima’s Kitchen Secrets

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For years Sima Ahmed has been delighting her friends and family with her homemade biryani, the recipe which has been passed down in her family for generations. Her secret is the special mix of spices that she grinds herself. After many years of being badgered to cater professionally, she has finally started Ahmed’s Kitchen Secrets. In addition to her famous Murg and Gosht Biryani are a whole host of Kebabs including Chaapli KebabShami Tikiya (Gosht,) Murg Khaas Kebab, and other dishes such as Murg Pasinda and more.

Recommended Dish: Gosht Biriyani
Availability: Items need to be ordered a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
Location: Hastings area
Delivery Mode: Call +91 87775 90538, +91 98315 54588 to arrange for pick up or delivery. 

The Fat Little Penguin

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These artisanal ice creams are made from fresh ingredients and churned in small batches at home by pastry chef Jayatri Biswas. “I love playing with flavours, and I have always been a science nerd, and ice cream is a lot about science,” says Biswas. “When I returned from abroad, I realised this city has very few options for artisanal ice cream, so I decided to combine my love for science and ice cream.” Pretend you are on a tropical vacation with their Pina Loco, a sherbet that combines pineapples and coconut cream; or try Mulato, a mix of dark coffee and white chocolate. They have a whole host of flavours and dairy-free vegan options as well.

Recommended Dish: Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich
Availability: Pre-order 24 hours in advance to get your hands on the flavour of your choice
Location: Palm Avenue
Delivery Mode: Call +91 96545 31646 to arrange for pick up or delivery

Dre’s Burgers

What can be more comforting than a good old-fashioned burger? Thanks to Andre Dragwidge, we have a variety of yummy homemade burgers to choose from. Try a Pulled Pork Burger (slow-cooked shredded pork shoulder tossed with melted cheese, and topped off with homemade BBQ sauce). Or even a Vegan option made with chickpeas and kidney beans. “I didn’t know how to cook when I first left home. I used to call my mom and ask her for tips! I slowly got into cooking and experimenting with flavours. Working for an airline opened up the world for me and gave me exposure, but it’s been my dream to open a restaurant and the great reactions Dre’s is getting gives me confidence,” says Dragwidge.

Recommended Dish: Dre’s Special
Availability: Order 24 hours in advance
Location: Palm Avenue
Delivery Mode: Call +91 98199 70755 to arrange for pick up or delivery 

Joyee’s Weekly Bake Sale

If you are searching for freshly baked tarts, flatbreads, focaccias, quiches, pies, or anything fresh from the oven, look no further. Bijoyini Sarkar, the home chef behind Joyee’s, grew up in a family of cooks and restaurateurs and is an expert baker. She has some boozy bakes such as Rum Chocolate Mousse and Gin and Lime Cheesecake; or try her Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate brownies to satisfy your sweet cravings. She also has an assortment of savouries and snacks such as Cheese Sesame Herb Biscuits or Ham and Cheese Quiche. There are also Keto options available.

Recommended Dish: Gin and Lime Cheesecake
Availability: Order 24 hours in advance 
Delivery Mode: Call +91 96745 62633 to arrange for pick up or delivery 

Baked with Love

Hunting for eggless vegetarian bakes can be tough. Baked with Love started by Puja Tandon is a great place to start. In addition to a variety of freshly baked breads like Thyme Romary and Olive Focaccia, Cheese Garlic Pull Apart Bread with melting cheese inside, Spinach and Beetroot Loaf, etc., she has fresh pasta dishes and risotto as well. Try her homemade Ravioli stuffed with Spinach and Cheese or Gnocchi in Pomodoro Sauce. “In the lockdown, I started out experimenting with different bakes. When my friends found out they began requesting me to bake for them and through word of mouth it grew into a full-fledged service because of the high demand,” says Tandon.

Recommended Dish: Gnocchi in Pomodoro sauce
Availability: Order 24 hours in advance
Location: Alipore
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