Queen Elizabeth hates eating Garlic

We already know Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a daily cocktail or twoand stays away from potatoes and pasta, but there’s another ingredient she despises so much that it’s not even allowed in the Buckingham Palace kitchen: garlic.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady dishes to RecipesPlus: “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” McGrady says. “We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”

John Higgins, another former chef who cooked for the Queen, shared similar thoughts with National Post, saying, “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”

So what does the Queen enjoy eating? McGrady says the Queen likes to eat what’s in season. “You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” he shares. “Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries. She absolutely does eat seasonal.”

What dietitians are eating this summer

Summer is here, and I can already hear the ice cream truck rolling down the street. With treats like ice cream sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, and frozen margaritas calling our names, it can feel impossible to eat healthy. I’m always on the lookout for ways to indulge in seasonal treats without overdoing it. That’s why I asked some of the leading dietitians and health experts what they’re eating this summer to stay satisfied and fit.

Jicama slices

Summer is all about easy, no-bake dishes, so fresh fruits and vegetables are high on the list. “Although not a seasonal summer food, I love munching on jicama slices on hot days,” Meg Hagar, an author, registered dietitian, and the founder of No Diet Nutrition, told me.

“It’s cool, watery, and crisp to bite into, and a great source of fiber and micronutrients such as folate and vitamin C! It’s also low in sugar and fat.” Try dipping the slices in salsa or enjoying them on their own.

Frozen grapes

If you’re an ice cream junkie like me, try keeping some grapes in your freezer at all times. They’re the perfect sweet and frozen snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

“If jicama is not available, another one of my favorite summer treats is frozen grapes,” shared Hagar. “Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, frozen grapes are a cooling snack to munch on during hot summer days!”

Fresh berries

It wouldn’t be summer without a big bowl of fresh berries in the refrigerator. “Berries are among the highest fiber fruits, and many Americans struggle to get enough fiber in their diets. They’re also packed with antioxidants and boast a high water content, which can help you feel refreshed on hot, humid days,” Dietitian Cara Harbstreet of Street Smart Nutrition told me.

“Try adding a few extra berries to your morning smoothie, layer into a yogurt parfait, or freeze for a simple addition to infused water. You can also get creative with berries by muddling them with fresh herbs for cocktails or mocktails or adding to a compote or marinade for grilled meats.”

Stock up at your local farmers market and start getting creative.

Smarter cocktails

You don’t only have to stick to fruit all summer. Even dietitians want to indulge sometimes! “There is nothing like a frosty margarita or ice cold beer on a hot day, but the fastest way to too many calories is through sugar-laden alcoholic drinks,” Jennifer Gibson, the head of Nutrition and Coaching at Vida Health, told me.

“Skip the sweet drinks such as margaritas, blended beverages, or mojitos, and go for a drink mixed with soda water instead. Save your beverages for optimal times, adding limits on your drinking hours, and avoid starting early in the day.”

If you do indulge in a little day drinking, we won’t judge you. Just be sure to drink plenty of water as well.

Chickpea salad

A great way to take advantage of warm summer days is to prepare meals and snacks over the weekend. This way you’ll be able to grab your healthy dishes and go.

“The last thing I want to do on hot summer days is cook, so my go-to summer dish is an easy chickpea salad,” Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the owner of Cultivate Healthy, Andrea Goergen, told me. “Just mix a can of chickpeas with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions, squeeze some lemon juice on top or use a little balsamic vinaigrette, and that’s it!”

Not only is this salad delicious and easy, it’s loaded with nutrients for your bikini bod. “This crisp, fresh salad is low in fat and calories, and loaded with protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium,” explained Goergen. “Add avocado for a creamier version that boosts the vitamin C and fiber with a delicious dose of healthy fat.

Everything We Know About The Avatar Sequels So Far

know the haters are louder, but you don’t get to be the biggest moneymaker in the history of film without having a whole lot of fans. You can definitely count me among them, too, as I thought seeing James Cameron’s original Avatar in stunning, stereoscopic, motion-capture-heavy 3D was easily one of the most exciting theater-going experiences I’ve ever had. If you saw it as such, tell me you weren’t fully transported to a magical-yet-realistic alien world for the entirety of the film.

So yeah, I’m plenty excited about the FOUR planned sequels that Cameron’s been hard at work on for many years now (by the time all is said and done, he may well have spent more of his life working on Avatar films than not, considering he wrote the initial 80-page treatment in 1994). If you’re like me and more than ready to return to the sublime and terrifying land of Pandora, only more fully realized with even more advanced tech, then follow along below to stay up to date on all the latest Avatar sequels news.

We’ll be keeping this good and updated for the entirety of the run, all the way through Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025.

The Latest

– The most recent big jaw dropper is that Stephen Lang’s gung-ho Colonel Miles Quaritch is not only alive (at least in some form), but he’s also very much the Big Bad in all four sequels. By our keen-eyed commenter Caleb Hale’s math, that will make Lang 73 years old when the last Avatar sequel drops.

– We also learned that Matt Gerald (Daredevil) is set to reprise his role of Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, one of Quaritch’s loyal soldiers, who also seemingly found himself dead in the last film. So perhaps using the avatar tech, the RDA Corporation has figured out a way to bring folks back from the dead, or at least the very sleepy.

Story

We don’t know much, but we have gotten hints …

– From Cameron: “The storyline in the sequels really follows Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.”

– From producer Jon Landau: “At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes … There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion … However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

– Cameron also mentions that the sequels will explore “whole new worlds, habitats and cultures.”

– That includes a deep dive into the world’s oceans, literally. Cameron has commissioned a submarine capable of filming in 3D some 36,000 feet below the surface!

– From Landau: “We always knew that Pandora was a place as diverse as Earth.”

– From Sigourney Weaver: “In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”

– Also notable, as opposed to working alone (or at least being credited alone), as he did on Avatar, Cameron has a team of screenwriters plugging away on the sequels, which includes Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Shane Salerno (Armageddon), and Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). “I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” said Cameron, “and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”

Technology

– While IMAX appears to be shifting away from 3D, that’s not in line with Cameron’s remarks while receiving an honorary membership to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers last year: “I’m going to push. Not only for better tools, workflow, high dynamic range and high frame rates — the things we are working toward. I’m still very bullish on 3D, but we need brighter projection, and ultimately I think it can happen — with no glasses. We’ll get there.”

– Cameron was rumored to be considering 60 frames per second, but has settled on 48: “My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market,” he says. “I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”

– Oh yeah, that submarine we mentioned above, Cameron wants to take it to film the Challenger Deep, the deepest spot on earth.

The Eagles Add More Shows With Vince Gill

After wrapping up their Classic East and Classic West festival shows, the Eagles have announced that they will (briefly) hit the road again this fall. Both Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, will again play with the band at each of the four upcoming shows.

The Eagles’ newest tour dates will take place in late October — from Oct. 17 through Oct. 27 — in Greensboro, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; and Detroit, Mich. Short stints on the road, like this one, will likely become the norm for the Eagles, the group’s guitarist, Joe Walsh, tells Rolling Stone.

“We’ve got some new blood. We all know the songs pretty good, but we just have to run the drill,” Walsh explains about the first string of shows since Glenn Frey died in 2016. “It’s like being an athlete and doing the reps to get into shape. The new guys [Deacon Frey and Gill] have to get to the point where it’s automatic or it’s transparent.”

According to the Eagles’ manager, Irving Azoff, the idea of adding Gill to the band’s lineup came about during December’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, during which Gill helped pay tribute to the Eagles.

“In my mind, I always thought I’d have made a good Eagle,” says Gill. “But in a million years, I never would have seen this coming. It’s pretty surreal. I turned 60 recently, and to get to be a part of this amazing legacy of songs, that’s the greatest part of all this for me.”

Following Frey’s death due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, Henley insisted that there was no chance the band would reunite but later hinted that Deacon Frey would be the only suitable stand-in for his father.

What regrets after a Break-Up might really mean

As a woman who has penned two books on matters of the heart (Inside of Me and Pure Heart), has been a relationships writer for about two decades, and is a marriage life coach, I’ll be the first to admit that breaking up is hard to do.

It sounds so cliche, right? That doesn’t make it any less true, though. No matter who did the breaking up, no matter how short or long the relationship lasted, no matter what the reason (or reasons, because there is usually more than one) why you and “yours” decided to call it quits, ending a relationship can sting — if not flat-out take your breath away.

But what if, in the process of processing everything, you come to the conclusion that you want your ex back?

Before sending a midnight text or hitting them up in their DMs, please save your time and heart the trouble by reading some of the reasons behind why you might regret your break-up. That way, if you do decide to give it another shot, you know exactly — more or less — what you’re getting yourself into. And why.

You broke up too soon

Relationships are work. Hard work, at times. Anyone who tells you otherwise has either not been in a relationship for more than a couple of months or someone within their relationship is not revealing all of their true feelings (probably in order to keep impressing the one they’re with, or to “keep the peace”).

Just because you’re with a great person (and you’re pretty impressive too), that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be ups and downs — and disagreements. If every time the two of you don’t see eye to eye on something, you end the relationship, you’re probably gonna have regrets. Not only that, but you’re also not going to do well in the next relationship. Why? It’s because you’re going to put yourself in the position of always running away from conflict. Every relationship has conflict.

If you broke up just because you got into a fight or you didn’t give the relationship enough time to really get to know the other person, I hate to say it, but you definitely broke up too soon.

You need to apologize

Pride has killed a lot of relationships. A huge part of the reason is because one or both people will make a mistake (intention or by accident) and refuse to either admit it and/or apologize for it.

If this point makes you feel uncomfortable, maybe you’re the one who fits the bill. Knowing that you need to apologize and refusing to do so is basically saying “My ego is more important to me than you or this relationship.” And really, who wants to stay with someone who thinks like that?

Dr. Phil used to ask on his show quite a bit, “Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be happy?” It’s a loaded question that has a simple answer.

If you know that saying “I’m sorry” could mend your relationship, maybe that’s why you regret breaking up. The good news is, you know what you can do to make things right.

You want a second chance

Sometimes it takes losing someone for you to realize what you had. Don’t feel bad if this is where you’re at right now. It happens to the best of us.

If you regret breaking up with someone because you hate how things went down or you know that you took them for granted but you’re working on changing your ways, don’t let your pride or fear get in the way of trying to get another chance with them. Try reaching out and owning where you messed up. That alone may convince them that you’re worth the risk of trying to make the relationship work.

Sometimes the second or third chance really is the charm. And that’s okay.

You don’t know how to be single

This is one of those uncomfortable questions that can actually help you to grow: Are you someone who always has to be in a relationship?

Think about your past three relationships. Why did you get in them? How long did they last? How long were you single before getting into a new one?

If you only feel complete if you’re with someone, then pretty much every time a relationship comes to an end, you’re gonna regret it. But it won’t be so much about the relationship, but the relational status that it puts you in.

If this is you, all day long, it’s time to start seeing being single in another light. Choose to see singleness as being whole and complete. Shift your mindset so you can see being single as an opportunity to discover who you are and what you really want out of life. That way, the next time you get into a relationship and you’re not getting your needs met, ending it won’t fill you with regret, but rather, relief. Relief that comes from knowing that you did what was best for you, followed by excitement about finding someone someday who will love you and make you happy — someone who will leave you with absolutely no regrets!