Now through the end of the year, Starbucks is giving away free cups of coffee to first responders and health care workers. It's not the first time the coffee chain has put a charitable food forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Anyone who is a frontline worker is eligible for a free tall brewed or iced coffee from now until Dec. 31, the company announced on Tuesday. The offer is valid at U.S. company-operated locations, as well as select licensed stores.Among those who can take advantage of the special promotion are: doctors and nurses; dentists and dental hygienists; pharmacists; hospital staff, including housekeeping, janitors, and security; mental and public health workers; active-duty military; police officers; and firefighters, paramedics, and dispatchers. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)"Our hope with this is to reignite the movement of gratitude and to show those on the front line how much they are appreciated," Virginia Tenpenny, vice president of global social impact at Starbucks, said in an interview with USA Today.This is the second time during the pandemic that Starbucks is showing its appreciation for essential workers. Between March and end of May, the company reportedly handed out more than 2 million free cups of coffee. It was one of the first companies to offer up such a promotion."Hopefully, other brands will join us in thinking about how they can use their platform to again show support," Tenpenny said. "Little deposits in morale can really go a long way, just so that they feel the support from our community."Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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Today, seven-time Grand Slam Champion and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Venus Williams announced the launch of Happy Viking, a new protein shake line co-founded in partnership with beverage company Dyla Brands.Happy Viking is 100% vegan and packed with 20 grams of protein, and was inspired by Williams' plant-based diet, which she's been following for nearly 10 years ever since she was diagnosed with Sjögren's Syndrome—an autoimmune disorder that causes the body's immune system to attack its healthy cells. In 2011, the syndrome caused her to drop out of the U.S. Open, after which, Williams got to work at home on refining a protein shake that was rich in anti-inflammatory, plant-based protein sources. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)It was this switch to a primarily plant-based diet that helped the star-studded athlete make a comeback. "It really was able to open a lot of doors for me," Williams tells Eat This, Not That! "I couldn't play anymore, and this was my way to get back into what I love—into the game."Now, with the help of leading nutritionists and registered dietitians, Williams developed the Happy Viking protein blend, a combination of yellow pea and brown rice protein that's rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and gut-friendly prebiotic fiber. "Happy Viking is the only product on the market with all five key macronutrients: fats, protein, carbs, water, and fiber," says co-founder Neel Premkumar, who's also the CEO of Dyla Brands.Below, Williams fills us in on the inspiration behind her new protein shakes and shares her top tips for adopting a more plant-based diet.Williams' InspirationAt the time of Williams' diagnosis, there weren't a lot of plant-based protein shake options to choose from, and as an athlete of her caliber, the convenience of having a recovery drink on-hand after practice was (and still is) critical for replenishing muscles."You need that opportunity to reach for something healthy, quickly, that way you don't reach for something very unhealthy quickly," says Williams. "That's why I was so excited to be able to offer Happy Viking. It really really keeps in mind what we need in our bodies to be at optimum performance, which is something that I need to do every day."Of course, the product name wasn't just chosen by random, either. As Williams notes, Happy Viking is a striking name that stays in your memory. "It's about being a warrior for health, being a warrior for you, and being a warrior for what you put in your body," she says.The Shake's DetailsAs of right now, you can get the all-new protein shakes on Amazon or drinkhappyviking.com, and they're available in 11-ounce bottles or one-liter containers. By spring 2021, Kroger will be selling the product in stores nationwide. Nutrition for Triple Chocolate (11 ounces): 160 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 540 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 20 g protein Happy Viking's Triple Chocolate has hints of sunflower oil, which makes it taste both nutty and earthy. The shake also has a thinner consistency, which is ideal for those who need a quick way to refuel. (In other words, you won't get a stomach ache with this formula. And the chocolate flavor makes for a delightful treat.) Nutrition for Vanilla Bean (11 ounces): 150 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 530 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 20 g protein For those whole love vanilla bean ice cream, you're bound to love this protein shake. It's creamy and spiced just right.Williams' Advice for Going Plant-Based"Don't be afraid about not getting enough protein, you will," says Williams. "Quite honestly, I think most people start to feel a lot better, have a lot more energy, and be a lot more clear-minded when they switch to it."As is the case with any change in diet, it can be challenging to make the switch, especially if you do so abruptly. Williams says patience and not getting down on yourself are key factors in the process."Be forgiving, when you fall short that's fine just jump right back on. Try to do it often, so you can start with one meal per day that's plant-based," says Williams. "The most important part is to try and be consistent. Sometimes it takes time, especially when it's big life changes."For more, be sure to read up on Here's Exactly How a Plant-Based Diet Can Protect You From Disease, According to Experts.
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Elliot Page, the actor formerly known as Ellen, has announced he is transgender and non-binary. The 33-year-old revealed his identity Tuesday morning in a lengthy post and also changed his social media handles."Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society," he wrote. View this post on InstagramA post shared by @elliotpage Page explained that he is using he/him and they/them pronouns, and neither identifies as a man or woman. He also used the moment to raise awareness of the potential mental health struggles that many individuals in the transgender community deal with. "To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren't being 'cancelled,' you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks.""I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better." As for yourself, stay healthy out there: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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