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Reebok GL 6000 Mid “Flash Red”,

Just in time for the shift in seasons, Reebok premieres the GL 6000 Mid in a vibrant flash red colorway with boot-like upgrades. Aside from its taller silhouette and eye-grabbing color choice, this reimagined runner features contrasting brass D-ring eyelets and a construction that blends suede, leather and neoprene for a winterized makeover. Additional details include a padded sockliner with heel tab, a contrasting white sole unit, and subtle branding throughout. A sneaker-boot hybrid done just right, the Reebok GL 6000 Mid “Flash Red” is currently available at select retailers, including Wish in Atlanta.

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Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans,

September is a great time of year for fresh green beans here in Sacramento. I was too busy to plant them this year, but have been finding beauties at our local market. Usually we just boil them until tender, place a dab of butter on them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and call it a day.

Here’s a quick and easy way to take them up a notch,

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The Cryptarch Abides As Latest Destiny Patch Goes Live,

We hope you haven’t been hanging onto any legendary engrams in your Destiny vault. Now that the new Destiny patch is live, those are now blue but your chance (however slim) at purple gear from them hasn’t changed. There are some reasons to be happy about this patch, especially if you’re trying to boost your light level.

Blue (rare) engrams will now have a greater chance of pumping out a legendary item. This includes ascendent shards and ascendent energy, which are now considered legendary tier (upgraded from rare tier). Additionally, rare and legendary engram drops are now part of the reward table for the Vanguard: Tiger strike playlist, daily heroic missions, and weekly strikes (only the first time per play, though). Finally, Bungie is aware of a UI bug that doesn’t show added experience rewards for higher difficulties. You’ll still receive your bonus, though.

For crucible players, Bungie has reduced the map time on First Light and Bastion from 15 minutes to 12 minutes in control and clash modes. Those two maps will appear less frequently in the rotation now, too. If you’re playing, you’ll need to reload from the main menu to trigger the patch.

In addition to the game patch, the companion app has received a few tweaks. It’s now easier to review Grimoire cards in the app, and there are a number of usability changes that will help you find information about the tower and raids.

[Source: Bungie (1), (2)]

Our Take
I’m eager to dive back in and see how the changes impact my experience. I’ve been maligned by The Cryptarch more than a few times, but the next time I see a purple legendary engram, I know it will be something good. Probably. 


I want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with. Tell me why you loved them, then tell me why they loved you. Tell me about a day in your life you didn’t think you’d live through. Tell me what the word “home” means to you and tell me in a way that I’ll know your mothers name just by the way you describe your bed room when you were 8. See, I wanna know the first time you felt the weight of hate and if that day still trembles beneath your bones. Do you kiss your friends on the cheek? Do you think that anger is a sincere emotion or just the timid motion of a fragile heart trying to beat away its pain? See, I wanna know what you think of your first name. And if you often lie awake at night and imagine your mothers joy when she spoke it for the very first time. I want you tell me all the ways you’ve been unkind. Tell me all the ways you’ve been cruel. I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling good. I wanna know what you see in the mirror on a day a day you’re feeling bad. I wanna know the first person who ever taught you your beauty could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass. If you ever reach enlightenment, will you remember how to laugh? Have you ever been a song? See, I wanna know more than what you do for a living. I wanna know how much of your life you spend just giving. And if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes. I wanna know if you bleed sometimes through other people’s wounds. And if you dream sometimes that this life is just a balloon that if you wanted to you could pop—but you never would because you’d never want it to stop. — Andrea Gibson (via hefuckin)

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9 High-Protein Smoothies That Taste Like a Milkshake,

9 Milkshake-Inspired Protein Shake Recipes

Every week, the Greatist Team scours the Web for tasty, trendy, and (mostly) healthy recipes to help open both minds and palates to the wonders of food. Tune in next Wednesday to see what else we have in store!

When given the choice between a decadent milkshake or healthy smoothie, what would you choose? If personally faced with this dilemma, one of two things would happen. In the first scenario, I’d pick the smoothie without hesitation, convincing myself that yes, kale does taste great in smoothies. (Kale is the new chocolate, right?) In the second scenario, I’d order a double-chocolate milkshake with the works: whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a side of sweet potato fries while I’m at it. #TreatYoself.

But why choose? We’ve discovered a happy middle ground here. One where you can have your cake and your Kale, too.

With the rich flavors of our favorite milkshakes, a touch of protein, and a whole lot of nutrients, these protein shakes will satisfy your sweet tooth and nourish your body—making the healthy choice also the easy (and delicious!) one. Bottoms up!

Milkshake-Inspired Protein Shakes: Almond Joy Smoothie
Photo: Kelli Dunn

1. Almond Joy Smoothie
Candy bar or smoothie? Vegan or filled with ice cream? These are questions you wouldn’t be able to answer by simply sipping this shake. Made with coconut water, almond milk, cocoa powder, and almond butter, this smoothie is great as a post-workout snack, breakfast, or dessert.

2. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake
Frozen bananas are a great way to mimic the taste of ice cream without overloading on sugar. And they give smoothies the same creamy texture. (We dare you to find someone who can taste the difference.) With chocolate protein powder, peppermint extract, cocoa powder, and non-dairy milk, this recipe is everything you love about the holiday season—minus the stomachache.

3. Butterfinger Protein Shake
As a child, I would trade almost all of my Halloween candy for Butterfingers. Fortunately this habit didn’t lead to excessive cavities, but it did make me crave this crunchy chocolate bar every fall. This shake uses chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and sugar-free Butterscotch pudding mix to create the classic candy bar flavor while providing plenty of protein and healthy fats. Now trick-or-treating feels less tempting.

Milkshake-Inspired Protein Shakes: High-Protein Oreo Shake
Photo: Honey and Figs

4. High-Protein Oreo Shake
Whether you like Oreos à la carte, dipped in milk, or smothered with peanut butter, this recipe will make you ditch the cookie binge and head to the blender instead. Made with real cookies (repeat: real cookies), fat-free cottage cheese, skim milk, and a few natural sweeteners, it’ll be tough to stop at just one serving. But that’s a-OK, because this smoothie is actually pretty healthy! (Don’t let the taste fool you… Or do.)

5. Chocolate Cake Batter Protein Shake
No, you aren’t in a deep slumber dreaming of the best shake ever—this is the real deal. While healthy and cake batter are two terms that don’t seem to belong in the same sentence, they’re joined together here with one secret ingredient: butter extract. Mixed with almond butter, cocoa powder, cottage cheese, and chocolate protein powder, this smoothie is a piece of cake to make. Bonus: It tastes just like one, too.

6. Cookie Dough Protein Shake
When you’re feeling in the dumps (or even when you’re not), few things sound better than sitting on the couch with your best friend: a tub of cookie dough. And while certain occasions warrant just that (boo for break-ups), it’s also easy to get your cookie fix in a healthier way. Made with vanilla protein powder, maple extract, raw oats, and chocolate chips, this smoothie is almost as good as a tube of Toll House.

Milkshake-Inspired Protein Shakes: Caramel Apple Pie Protein Shake
Photo: Dashing Dish

7. Caramel Apple Pie Protein Shake
Sadly this shake doesn’t fill the room with a seductive scent of fresh-baked apple pie, but it does have all the same flavors—with caramel to boot. Sweetened with stevia, pumpkin spice, applesauce, and butterscotch pudding mix, you won’t even miss the pie’s doughy exterior. And hey, if you really miss that smell, treat yourself to a scented candle.

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Chocolate and peanut butter is a strong argument for soul mates. It’s clear the flavors are made for each other. So it’s no surprise this smoothie made our list. With banana, Greek yogurt, honey, and peanut butter, this shake isn’t far off from the common protein shake combo, but it does break away from the pack with vegan whipped cream and chocolate syrup. You can even sneak in a handful of spinach!

9. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
Pumpkin pie lovers, rejoice! There’s a way to enjoy your favorite pie year-round without feeling like a stuffed Thanksgiving turkey. This shake blends vanilla almond milk, banana, pumpkin purée, yogurt, and a variety of spices and natural sweeteners to create the pie filling flavor you love without excessive sugar. Even those who claim they’re “not pie people” will enjoy it. (We don’t believe you anyway.)

6 Delicious Breakfast Salads From Around the Web,

Healthy Breakfast Salad Recipes

Healthy Breakfast Salad Recipes

Here’s a wild idea: Why not eat a salad for breakfast? We know, it’s a little crazy. But hear us out.

While breakfast in America tends to feature foods like eggs, oatmeal, and cereals, there is no one right way to eat the first meal of the day—in fact, people around the world eat a wide variety of breakfast foods, from rice to Vegemite.

Combine this with the fact that we could all stand to eat more vegetables every day, and you’ve got a convincing argument for tossing out outdated concepts about what breakfast “has” to be and swapping in some greens for your morning meal. The latest nutrition guidelines call for five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (depending on age and activity level), and the more the better: Higher levels of fruit and veggie intake have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke [1] [2]. Add some protein, such as an egg, tofu scramble, or quinoa to your morning produce, and you’ll be doing your body good and keeping it fueled the whole way to lunch.

Ready to become a lean, green, salad-for-breakfast eating machine? Check out the breakfast-ready salad recipes below!

Healthy Breakfast Salad RecipesPhoto: Phyllis / Food 52

Romaine Salad with Bacon, 5-Minute Eggs, and Pesto Dressing
Bacon and eggs have been classic breakfast foods for over 200 years, so combining them with greens is the perfect way to ease into eating salad for breakfast. Plus, the saturated fat in these staples can have some legitimate health benefits (no, we’re not pulling your leg). This simple salad combines these two delicious breakfast foods with superfood spinach for an easy, filling power-breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast Salad RecipesPhoto: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

Spinach and Strawberry Salad
If eggs and bacon aren’t your thing, this sweet-and-savory recipe featuring strawberries and pecans also makes for a great gateway breakfast salad. Make the honey-balsamic vinaigrette dressing in advance and store it in your fridge so that it’s ready to go in the morning—that way, you can get out the door faster (and will have fewer excuses to not eat your veggies!).

Healthy Breakfast Salad RecipesPhoto: Jeanine / Love & Lemons

Brussels Sprout and Avocado Salad
Skeptical about breakfast salads because you feel like you’ll die by noon if you don’t have some morning carbs? Then give this recipe—which features whole-grain black rice—a try. It’s also packed with heaps of vegetables: greens, Brussels sprouts, avocados, and broccolini (or broccoli as a substitute).

Healthy Breakfast Salad RecipesPhoto: Deb Perelman / Smitten Kitchen

Arugula, Potato, and Green Bean Salad
What’s one thing most Americans love with their breakfast? Potatoes! But don’t worry, you won’t eat too many in this salad—there are just enough to compliment the sharp arugula, fresh green beans, and tasty walnuts in this delicious breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast Salad RecipesPhoto: Sommer / A Spicy Perspective

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette
This recipe pulls out all the stops—let’s just leave it at “maple syrup vinaigrette” and “cinnamon toast croutons”. If possible, use Ceylon or “true” cinnamon, which has a number of health benefits, such as helping to fight the flu and potentially stabilizing blood sugar.

READ THIS NEXT: 52 Healthier Versions of Classic Late-Night Snacks

Works Cited +

  1. Increased consumption of fruit and vegetables is related to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: meta-analysis of cohort studies. He, FJ, Nowson, CA, Lucas, M., et al. Journal of Human Hypertension, 2007 Sep;21(9):717-28 &#10548
  2. Fruit and vegetable consumption and stroke: meta-analysis of cohort studies. He, FJ, Nowson, CA, MacGregor, GA. Lancet, 2006 Jan 28;367(9507):320-6 &#10548

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9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes That Are Totally Easy to Make,

9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes

Every week, the Greatist Team scours the web for tasty, trendy, and (mostly) healthy recipes to help open both minds and palates to the wonders of food. Tune in next Wednesday to see what else we have in store!

Few meals top the combination of mounds of melted cheese and perfectly toasted bread that make up the beloved grilled cheese. Add avocado, bacon, caramelized onions, or extra Brie, and you’ve got what we like to call a mouthgasm. 

Before running to the nearest sandwich shop in hopes of finding your taste buds’ cheesy soul mate, consider this: Grilled cheese is one of the easiest (and cheapest!) sandwiches you can make at home. And odds are you have the ingredients on hand. It’s also easy to transform the bread-and-cheese confections from simple to gourmet—meaning they’re ideal to entertain both kids and foodies. 

These nine grilled cheese recipes make you look like a Top Chef while leaving your savings account in tact. Stay cheesy, my friends.

9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes: Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms, and OnionsPhoto: She Wears Many Hats

1. Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms, and Onions
To anyone who says grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t healthy, simply respond, “I see your claim and raise you roasted veggies!” Made with more onions and mushrooms than cheese, this sandwich is pretty darn close to a health nut’s dream. It even tastes great with added greens like kale or Brussels sprouts.

2. Mediterranean Grilled Cheese
Sure, Greek salads are delicious. But the flavors are even more delicious when melted between two pieces of sourdough bread. Loaded with vitamin-rich spinach, tomatoes, olives, red onions, and plenty of Feta cheese, this sandwich will leave both your heart and YOU happy. Literally! The Mediterranean diet can boost your mood.

3. Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese
No, we’re not talking about the awesome ‘90s movie. (Though it’s absolutely worth watching.) But this recipe is full offried green tomatoes. And pimento cheese. Andbacon—if you’re looking to add extra protein and deliciousness. Just add two slices of rye, and you’re ready to rock.

9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes: Green GoddessPhoto: TasteSpotting

4. Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
There’s going green, then there’s eating green. While we’re fans of both, this grilled cheese found its way to our hearts with, well… cheese. But it’s also chock full of nutrients: Healthy fats in the avocado, iron from the kale, and assorted vitamins from the blend of fresh herbs. Though the recipe uses white bread, you can choose a whole-grain variety for extra fiber and flavor.

5. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese
Full of antioxidants, fiber, and loads of vitamin C, blueberries are one super superfood. And while they might not seem like a natural fit for a grilled cheese, this recipe indicates otherwise. With your white cheese of choice (we suggest goat), a handful of greens, and plenty of berries, this sandwich just may be our favorite.

6. Lasagna Grilled Cheese
Some hybrid foods are hard to get behind. (Ramen burger, anyone?) But the combination of two delicious comfort foods? Now that, we support. Filled with ricotta, mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes, this sandwich makes you nostalgic for a home-cooked Italian feast. (Even if that feast only happened in a dream.)

9 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipes: HawaiianPhoto: House of Yumm

7. Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
When a Hawaiian getaway isn’t a realistic option, bring tropical flavors to your mouth instead. Stuffed with fresh pineapple, Canadian bacon, and a hefty handful of cheese, this sandwich is the new and improved Hawaiian pizza. Eating while hula dancing is optional. 

8. Grilled Cheese Rolls
Though this recipe may not qualify as gourmet, it’s certainly creative. And who doesn’t love a fresh (literal) twist on a classic? With only American cheese, whole-wheat bread, and butter, these cheese-filled roll-ups are great for dipping into almost any soup or just eating on their own.

9. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Talk about a trifecta of taste! This sandwich includes all our favorite ingredients: bacon, cheese, and guacamole. Though it may not scream fine dining, we’re firm believers that the recipes with the fewest ingredients tend to taste the best. So set that bacon to sizzle, mash up some avocado, sprinkle some cheese, press those bad boys together, and realize that yes, this is what heaven is like.

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