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Apparently, you can make your own protein powder, and no surprise — it’s much cheaper

Protein powder is one of the most expensive things on a dieter’s grocery list. A regular sized container can run anywhere from $20 to $50. Even if you consider just the price per serving, you still may be paying more than the cost of a daily Starbucks.

Taking a little time to make your own will save a ton of cash. And the best part is, it’ll be custom.

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You can adjust your mixture to suit your tastes and dietary restrictions — make it chocolate, vanilla, vegan, or sugar-free. Mix it up even more with flavors like chocolate raspberry and peppermint vanilla. Plus, it’ll be free of all the extra chemicals and preservatives.

RELATED: These 5 next-level protein shakes are more like healthy milkshakes

Fit Life Creative shares a plant-based recipe, but you can always substitute something else for the protein source. Try whey, pea, or hemp powders, plus whatever flavor add-ins you want.

You will need:
  • ⅓ cup steel cut oats
  • ⅓ cup milled flax seed
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup red quinoa
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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17 years in prison have passed, but a lifetime of love awaits

At the age of 17, Kellie was convicted for her involvement in a heinous murder. She was only a senior in high school, and she had to accept the fact that her life would never be the same.

For the next 17 years, Kellie fought for her life within the prison system. She endured physical, mental and sexual abuse throughout her sentence, and sometimes didn’t wish to see the next day. On several occasions, when her freedom seemed too far from reality, she attempted suicide.

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Kellie’s destiny was not to die within the prison walls, and that rang true in 2015, when she was released. She explained that she was shocked she made it out alive.

“When I was released, I was overcome with disbelief. I had served 17 years, and I was still alive. I didn’t think I would have survived prison, but I did. When I accepted the fact that my life had finally started, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know how to live on my own, use a credit card, write a check, use the Internet or a cell phone, and all the  social media sites. It was overwhelming.”

Kellie moved back home with her parents, excited to truly start living. She got a job, learned the importance of good credit, and joined all the popular social media sites. Being the artist that she is, she was initially drawn to Instagram — here is a site that was based around photos, the perfect places to finally show the world her art.

The art pieces she was posting and emotional quotes she was writing immediately caught the eye of DC. He was drawn to her and knew he had to take a shot.

“I kept being drawn to her page. Kellie was so incredibly artistic and was posting just profound, emotional statements. I knew she was something special from the very beginning. I sent her a very simple message with my phone number. I asked her to give me a call, and I was lucky enough to receive a call.”

Kellie and DC talked for hours on the phone. They talked until the late evening, and then into the early morning. They talked about anything and everything. Countless times, their conversations were cut short by their alarms in the background, “waking” them for work. They had an immediate connection, and because of that, Kellie knew she needed to be honest with DC.

“When you have a past like mine, you can’t hide it. When you do try to hide it or you just don’t bring it up, it can really make people mad. Because of that, I really try to be honest in everything that I do. I was honest with DC, and I let him ask me any questions that he had. I didn’t want to be defined by the horrible decisions I made when I was a teenager, and the only way to do that is to be open and honest about where I’ve been and what I’ve done.”

Kellie and DC discussed her past, spent time talking about it, and moved on. DC was open to what Kellie had to say and wanted to move forward with the special connection they had.

They continued their friendship into the holiday season. Kellie’s family traveled from near and far to celebrate her first holiday of freedom.

In the chaos of the family reunion, Kellie was able to convenience her father to get a tattoo to commemorate the passing of her big brother, Chris. When Kellie was 12, Chris tragically died from an AIDS-related brain tumor. Kellie and her father broke away from the full house and went to get the red AIDS ribbon tattooed on their arms. After returning home with their fresh ink, Kellie received a text from DC.

“He wanted me to come over and hang out, but I told him I was just going to hang out with my family. Well, my house started to get a little overwhelming — you have to remember, I wasn’t use to all this attention and all the hugging. For 17 years, I was in a no-touch facility, so it was kind of hard to get touched by everyone. I love my family more than life, but I needed a little breather. I texted DC for his friend’s address, and I ended up joining them for their game night.”

Game night went wonderfully and ended with a date scheduled for the next day. Their first date included a casual dinner followed by a wonderful evening surrounded by the light of the local botanical garden. It went perfectly, and DC just couldn’t get enough of Kellie, so he invited her out the next evening, New Year’s Eve. It would be Kellie’s first New Year’s since prison, and she knew she wanted to spend it with DC.

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The next day, before the date, Kellie chose to go for a casual run. The afternoon took a dark turn when Kellie tripped and broke her femur. DC definitely thought that Kellie was blowing him off, trying to get out of their New Year’s Eve date.

“I though she was just trying to get out of the date, but then I realized that she really had broken her leg. I texted her the entire time, and I told her to call me if she still wanted to go out. She ended up calling me, and I went to pick her up. Her leg was in an immobilizer, but I managed to carry her to my car, and I just carried her the rest of the night.  It was a funny sight, but the night was perfect.”

They continued to date for the next year, and on their one-year anniversary, DC knew he needed to pop the question. Being the hopeless romantic that he is, he scheduled a private helicopter ride for the evening of their anniversary. He made a special point to have the pilot hover over the botanical gardens. While they reminisced about their first date, DC asked Kellie to marry him. She was completely blindsided, but of course she said yes.

Their love has continued to grow ever since their romantic proposal, but it hasn’t been an easy journey. Kellie explained that although she has found the love of her life, she still has to fight for her place in society.

“It’s not easy to live with the stigma that I carry around. I can’t be any more sorry for what happened when I was 17; no one can punish myself more that I have. I can’t take it back, but I wish I could. Because of what I did, I can’t find a decent job now that I’m free. I received multiple college degrees in prison, but it really hasn’t helped me to find solid employment. Because I can’t find a job, DC has to work even harder. It’s not fair for him to have to pay for my past, but he does.”

Kellie feels an enormous amount of guilt for her past and her present, but DC doesn’t mind helping her carry that burden.

“Jesus forgives; He was a man of forgiveness. If you put hate out into the work, hate will grow. If you put love out into the world, love will grow.”

Eating healthy diet also good for environment, study finds

Eating healthy is not only beneficial to your body -- it benefits the environment, too, according to a recent report.

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Researchers from universities in the Netherlands recently conducted an experiment, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, to determine how dietary choices impact the environment.

To do so, they used Exiobase, an input-output database that represents the world’s economy. The platform allows users to track the environmental costs of growing a variety of foods and the machinery needed to produce and distribute it to supermarkets. The site is also able to adjusts its figures based on a different countries’ production efficiency.

Scientists gathered information on the average diets of citizens living in 39 countries as well as its nationally recommended diets. They then entered the data into Exiobase to examine how it would affect greenhouse gas emissions, land use and eutrofication, which is the addition of nutrients to water sources that can lead to toxicities and lack of oxygen in water.

After analyzing the results, they found that if people in 28 high-income nations, including the United States, Germany and Japan, followed the dietary recommendations set by its respective governments, greenhouse gases related to the production of the food would drop by 13 to 25 percent. 

Additionally, the amount of land needed to grow the food would decrease by 17 percent.

“The study shows that choosing to follow an NRD over the average national diet would have the biggest environmental savings in the United States, Australia, Brazil and Canada. Most of these savings are due to the reduction of meat in the diet. There are reductions also in most EU nations, with Greece, Ireland, and the Netherlands saving the most,” the authors wrote in a statement

As for lower-income nations, researchers discovered following a NRD over the average national diet would result in higher environmental impacts, because these areas rely on higher consumption of animal product to combat low levels of protein. 

But they say the overall benefits would still be positive. 

“Although I think we could do even better, the message is a positive one, overall, especially if middle- and high-income countries modify their diets to align with nationally recommended diets,” they wrote. “This will generally mean eating more plant products such as legumes and vegetables, and fewer animal products. If you know your diet isn't healthy, you have one more reason to change, for our environment too. It might just be possible to have your cake and eat it!”

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Atlanta duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair

The kinks. The waves. The twists. The blooming afro.

Atlanta photography duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt want to celebrate the versatility and beauty of natural hair.

A year ago, the owners of CreativeSoul Photography launched the “AfroArt” series, which features African-American girls in all their natural hair glory.

“We really feel that it’s important for our girls with natural hair to see themselves positively represented in the media,” said Kahran, a native of Greenville, S.C. “I definitely think when we started, there were not a lot of kids with natural hair. It’s been a struggle to get brands to buy into it.”

Although the series was shot a year ago, it recently went viral, thanks in part to social media shoutouts from celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut and Tia Mowry.

The collection is powerful in its entirety.

The collection includes 25 photos shot around the nation with various themes.

There was steampunk in New York. The Baroque period in Dallas. Bejeweled and crowned queens in Los Angeles and AfroEarth in Oakland, where natural elements were used to adorn the models’ hair. The girls range in age from 4 to 13.

“It was cool to showcase those eras in a new light,” she said. “This was not something people had seen before.”

The Bethencourts have released a calendar featuring some of the photographs (Henson recently bought 10) and are in talks with a publisher about a coffee-table book to be released perhaps in 2018. They also sell some of the photographs as prints or on canvas, ranging from $40 to $300.

When the husband-and-wife team first sent out calls for young models, parents would sometimes get their children’s hair straightened for the session, “because that’s what they thought they needed to get into the industry — to be a top model or actor.”

One of the girls pictured in the series is Phoenix Lyles, 10, a fifth-grader at King Springs Elementary School in Smyrna, who has worn natural hair since she was even younger.

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The attention doesn’t faze her. “I feel pretty good with natural hair,” she said.

It’s more acceptable in many circles. Commercials, print ads and films and television shows often feature children and teens with locs, Afros, twists and the like.

Rita Harrell, co-owner of Big Picture Casting in Atlanta, which has worked with clients like Nike and Wal-Mart and on projects like “Hangman” and “Vengeance: A Love Story,” said it’s much more commercially acceptable, “even desired” than it used to be.

She thinks it’s the general trend toward multiculturalism in advertising. “They want to make sure all types and all walks of life are represented.”

They often hear from parents who said they showed their daughters the photos “so they can love their natural hair. They go to school and they want to cover it up.”

The two enjoyed a bicoastal romance before marrying in 2011. Kahran, 37, lived in Oregon and Regis, 40, lived in his native Maryland. They met during an online graphics design forum. They decided to move to Atlanta, when Regis enrolled at Gwinnett Technical College to study photography.

His wife, who nurtured a love for photography, would learn along with him.

In 2009, they started a photography business. It was satisfying, but something was missing.

They slowly backed away from the part of the business they didn’t enjoy as much, such as shooting weddings and newborns.

“It did not make us as happy as when shooting kids,” she said. “They (children and youths) can be interesting. They like being in front of the camera, and they’re usually full of personality. A little bribe with Skittles and they’re good.”

Adults, on the other hand, were found to be more stressful, said Regis.

“I’m a child myself,” he said. “Adults are too worried about how people see them or things like their weight.”

The goal, said Regis, is to take the project global.

He said they’ve gotten requests from the United Kingdom and various nations in Africa. How are they dealing with their newfound fame?

“It’s weird to go to another country and people recognize you on the street,” he said. “I don’t think that’s normal for photographers.”

Melania Trump, Karen Pence stop at Whataburger, treat press to french fries

First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor of local cuisine. Trump and Pence flew through Corpus Christi, which means Whataburger.

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According to social media reports (including tweets from reporters along for the trip, as well as a White House official), the first and second lady stopped by the venerable Texas burger chain and walked out with at least some of those famous fries. The rest of their order is unknown (so far), but the tweets about the pit stop are quite a journey.

Reporters in the press pool said the first and second lady treated them to fries.

Officials in Texas approved. The orange and the white, as ever, proved to be a unifying force.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Trump and Pence stopped at the Whataburger at 602 Padre Island Drive. 

Magnetic slime is the latest twist on the goo craze that will blow your kids’ minds

The only thing more fun for kid than slime is magnetic slime.

Boy genius Anson Wong recently made magnetic slime with his producer, Jessica.

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Slime is made by combining school glue with borax and water or liquid starch. To make it magnetic, you simply have to add iron oxide powder to the slime.

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Here’s what you need for this experiment:

  1. Liquid starch
  2. Iron oxide powder
  3. School glue
  4. Strong magnets

A grown up should definitely be around to supervise kids trying this experiment. Iron oxide powder can stain clothes and furniture and can be dangerous if ingested.

Here’s what you need to do for this experiment:

Step 1:  Add 1/4 cup of liquid starch into a bowl.  Add 2 Tablespoons of iron powder. Stir.

Step 2:  Add 1/4 cup white school glue and mix, even if it looks like a huge mess.

Step 3:  Take the slime out of the bowl and mix with your hands. Don’t worry if there’s extra liquid left in the bowl.

Step 4:  Pat the slime dry with a paper towel to get rid of any excess liquid. If you pat it dry enough, it shouldn’t turn your hands black.

When you’re done making your magnetic slime, grab a magnet. You’ll need a pretty powerful one to feel the effects of the iron oxide in the slime.

Slime is a polymer, which means it’s a long chain of identical molecules. School glue is also a polymer. When the starch is added, the polymers become thicker, changing the structure and ultimately turning the glue into slime.

Slime is called a non-Newtonian fluid. It’s neither a true liquid nor a true solid. The thickness of fluids is called viscosity, so the more viscous a substance is, the slower it flows.

Anson’s Answers features a 5-year-old genius. He has a college-level grasp on various areas of science, dreams of becoming the president and can speak multiple languages. Did you catch that he’s just 5 years old? Anson has a passion for teaching others and loves to share videos explaining the human body, the laws of physics and his ideas for the future. Grab a seat, because Professor Anson’s class is in session!

Stay in touch with Anson by following him on Facebook! 

Expecting mom says pregnancy photos show late husband's spirit

An expecting mom is honoring her late husband in a touching photo shoot.

Kelly Luethe’s husband, Jarrett, was killed in a car crash in August by a man who police say admitted to driving after drinking, the Star Tribune reports.

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The couple from New Prague, Minnesota, had two children and another on the way in January.

Kelly recently had a maternity photo shoot ahead of the baby’s arrival. Photographer Jessica Brandau shared the stunning images to her Facebook page last week.

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Many of the photos captured rainbows and lens flares, which Brandau calls “orbs.”

“As we were doing the shoot, I noticed that a rainbow had popped up in a few of the photos,” Brandau wrote on Facebook. “Kelly and I talked about how neat/cool/weird it was, and I literally had goosebumps/was on the verge of tears for most of her session.”

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According to the Epoch Times, orbs are usually caused by light reflecting off dust in photographs, but some believe they represent the supernatural – like spirits or ghosts.

“Imagine how insane it was when I opened up the files on my computer and realized that the rainbows and orbs (yes I totally believe in orbs. Read up on them if you haven’t heard of them!) show up in almost all of the photos that we took that day,” Brandau wrote. 

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Kelly shared her story with news personality Frank Sommerville on Facebook. Kelly said she believed her husband was watching over her that day.

She wrote: "There is a rainbow on my belly in almost every picture and we had a miscarriage earlier this year and so our little man (who will be named after his Daddy) is our rainbow baby. And the orbs that are shown are of my favorite color green and from doing some research on what the color of an orb means, green is from a happy spirit visiting, sending healing energy. I truly believe my husband was there and is watching over the kids and I."

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