​The Best Gift to Give Yourself Before Vacation — Family Vacation

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Coming home from vacation can be rough: Not only are you not on vacation anymore, as evinced by the suitcases stuffed to the max with dirty laundry and the fact that your bedroom window probably doesn’t have a postcard-like view of white sand beaches or snow-capped mountains, but there is also regular life waiting for you. You have to deal with that inbox overflowing with emails and — here’s the real rub — you have to feed yourself! Through that pina colada-induced brain fog, you might (vaguely) recollect something known as meal planning.

When I used to come home from vacation to an empty fridge, I dealt with this return to reality with a jar of peanut butter and a bag of stale pretzels. They would satiate my hunger until I could dash to the grocery store.

Now that I have a baby and a toddler, I can’t employ the same laissez-faire technique. (Sadly, I don’t have a grocery genie to make food magically appear in my fridge when I arrive home.) As a mom, I’ve come to rely on a single strategy to ease the transition back to real life. It takes a little bit of planning ahead, but it’s definitely worth it.

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Americans Are Drinking More Alcohol and It’s a “Public Health Crisis” — Food News

American adults’ love for alcohol has grown over the past 10 years, a new study finds. The study, published earlier this month in JAMA Psychiatry, found more Americans are partaking in dangerous drinking habits. This phenomenon is seen across the board for adults in the U.S., but especially amongst women whose drinking habits are up by 58 percent. The study calls it “a public health crisis.”

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10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids and Grownups Alike — Think Outside the (Lunch) Box

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The lunchtime sandwich may be as American as the flag itself, but let’s face it: Slapping the same smears onto bread — day after day, week after week — can leave kids and parents a little bored.

Here are 10 ideas for sandwich-free lunches that take cues from home and abroad. Test drive them all with your little eaters (or yourself!) to find new, interesting lunch box variations that keep everyone’s appetites healthy. To pick which one you should start with, play our video recipe roulette. Simply hit pause whenever you like and let the universe choose for you.

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The 5 Best Frozen Foods to Cook in Your Instant Pot — Freezer to Table

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There is a lot to love about the Instant Pot, and if you snagged one on Amazon Prime Day you probably already know what I’m talking about. But the one feature that makes cooking more convenient above all else is the ability to use the pressure-cooking function to cook foods straight from the freezer. That’s right — no defrosting necessary. Here are five foods that can be cooked from frozen in your Instant Pot.

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10 Glorious Ways to Eat Your Weight in Melon — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If, like me, your mission every summer is to eat as much sweet, juicy melon as humanly possible, then there’s no reason to stop now. Summer’s not over and there’s still a lot of fresh melon to be had. If you’ve had your fill of eating those thick-cut slices of watermelon out of hand, know that there are still a lot of ways to put one of summer’s sweetest fruits to work.

From watermelon s’mores to two-ingredient sherbet, here are 10 sweet and juicy ways to get your fill of melon.

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