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Former top Republican has stark message for Biden as illegals infiltrate upscale town

A former top Republican in California is sending a stark message to President Biden and his fellow Democrats as suspected illegal immigrants continue to infiltrate the area surrounding an upscale beach town nearly 100 miles from the southern border.

Scott Baugh, the former minority leader in the California State Assembly who is running to represent the state’s 47th Congressional District, told Fox News Digital in an interview that it is because of Biden and his policies that more Americans are now living as if they were on the border’s edge.

“You have an open border, which is really an existential threat to this country, with 10 million illegal immigrants coming across the border since Joe Biden was elected,” Baugh said. “We need to stop that, and we need to reverse course and set this country back on the right path.”

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The district Baugh hopes to represent encompasses Newport Beach, an upscale town on the Southern California coast where, earlier this month, a group of around two dozen suspected illegal immigrants disembarked from a boat and escaped into the community unimpeded.

A viral video of the incident circulated on social media, but Baugh said such occurrences “happen regularly in Orange County,” and have indeed been increasingly happening along California’s southern coast.

“It makes even Newport Beach a border city, if you will, because migrants continue to come across, illegal immigrants come across. But this is a direct result of my opponent’s policies, where they give free health care and free benefits to illegal immigrants,” he said, referencing his Democrat opponent, state Sen. Dave Min.

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“All they have to do is land on our shore, and they qualify for free health care, free education and free benefits. When you continue to have a magnet that draws people in, that welcomes them in illegally, well, it doesn’t surprise you — it shouldn’t surprise you — that they continue to come,” he said.

“We have to stop those policies and stop the incentive for them coming in. And we just simply need to secure our border and have stronger enforcement,” he added.

Baugh also lamented California’s soft-on-crime policies, such as Proposition 47, a state ballot initiative passed in 2014 that softened penalties for certain crimes, and those preventing local law enforcement from turning illegal immigrants over to federal immigration authorities.

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“These policies are inviting crime. And when you don’t enforce crime, guess what happens. More people commit crime, because there’s no consequence,” he said. “It’s just a result of progressive policies where they don’t want to hold people accountable for their illegal actions.”

Baugh vowed that, if elected, he would first work to tackle the border crisis and America’s rising debt, which he said has been driving the massive levels of inflation seen under the Biden administration. 

He added that, in what is expected to be a tight race, undecided voters would ultimately trend his direction because they’re “fed up” with crime, inflation, illegal immigration, failing schools, and want a brighter future.

Fox News Digital reached out to Min for comment, who said, “While I’ll actually bring solutions to the table and work across the aisle to address the border crisis in Congress, Scott Baugh’s biggest supporters just tanked the most conservative immigration deal in a generation — a bipartisan, Border Patrol Union-backed agreement that would have funded cutting-edge fentanyl detection at our ports of entry and hired more than 1,500 new border agents and enforcement officers.” 

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“Baugh has yet to admit the truth: he would have tanked this border deal and stood in the way of our nation’s security interests, just like the rest of his do-nothing party, and voters here in CA-47 will see right through his empty attacks in 2024 just like they did in 2022,” he added.

Baugh served as a state assemblyman from 1995 to 2000 and as the minority leader from 1999-2000. In 2022, he ran to unseat Democrat Rep. Katie Porter, who currently represents the 47th Congressional District, but narrowly lost.

Elections analysts rate the race for California’s 47th Congressional District as either “lean Democratic,” “tilt Democratic” or a “tossup.”

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Veteran survives horrifying bear attack while hiking in popular national park

A disabled veteran Army reservist this week described a harrowing grizzly bear attack he survived by playing dead and holding onto his can of bear spray. 

Shayne Patrick Burke, 35, called the attack by the mama grizzly last Sunday the “most violent thing I have ever experienced.”

He added in an Instagram post: “I’ve experienced being shot at, mortared and IED explosions.” 

Burke said he was walking through the woods at Grand Teton National Park’s Signal Mountain in western Wyoming in an effort to photograph a Great Grey Owl last weekend. 

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His wife was waiting for him at the parking lot and he was trying to hurry back when he had a “really uncomfortable feeling. I was breaking branches, singing and talking to myself aloud. These are some things that can help prevent a ‘surprise encounter’ with a brown bear.’”

Then he noticed a bear cub in front of him. “I knew this wasn’t good,” he wrote, adding “I unholstered my bear spray and saw the mother bear charging. I stood my ground, shouted and attempted to deploy the bear spray but as I did she already closed the gap.” 

With little time to think, he decided to lie on the ground on his stomach so the grizzly would attack his back instead of his front and interlocked his hands behind his neck to “protect my vitals.”

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He said the bear bit him on the shoulder, legs, buttocks, slammed him to the ground and stood on his back before going for his neck for a “kill bite.” 

“I still had my hands interlocked and my arms protecting my carotid arteries,” he wrote. “I never let go of the bear spray can. As she bit my hands in the back of my neck she simultaneously bit the bear spray can and it exploded in her mouth. This is what saved my life from the initial attack. I heard her run away, I looked up and instantly ran in the opposite direction up a hill.”

When hurrying back to his wife, he texted her “attacked” and applied improvised tourniquets to his legs. 

While they waited for help to arrive, he filmed a video saying goodbye to his loved ones in case the worst happened. But soon a helicopter and ambulance arrived and he was taken to a hospital. 

“The No. 1 thing that kept me alive during the attack was reading and understanding what to do in the event of a bear attack and being prepared with the bear spray,” he wrote. “Though I am not sure if I got to spray any at the bear, having it on me and keeping it in my hands while protecting my vitals 100% is the only reason I am telling my story now.”

He also thanked the “Jenny Lake Rangers who saved my life.” 

He also has no ill will toward the bear, telling the rangers the attack was just “wrong place, wrong time” and the mama bear was simply defending her cub. Park officials have confirmed the bear won’t be captured or killed, which Burke himself urged. 

“In fact, the second thing I said to the park rangers was please don’t kill the bear, she was defending her cub,” he wrote, adding, “I love and respect wildlife.”

“What happened up on Signal Mountain was a case of wrong place wrong time,” he wrote. 

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Burke is expected to make a full recovery. 

Olivia Dunne’s boyfriend almost speechless after seeing her swimsuit photoshoot

Sometimes, keeping it short and simple is all you need to do, and that’s exactly what Olivia Dunne’s boyfriend did after seeing her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photoshoot.

The LSU gymnast got the nod to be featured last year and is making another appearance in this go-around.

Well, her boyfriend, Paul Skenes, likes what he sees.

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When first getting tabbed to appear in the swimsuit edition, Dunne said it was a “dream come true.”

“There’s a lot of young girls who look up to me, and I feel like a lot of young girls also follow Sports Illustrated,” she said at the time. “So, both of our brands, I think, align because we both want to inspire the younger generation.”

Dunne was at a red-carpet event for her second shoot earlier this week, and when asked what Skenes said after seeing the shoot, Dunne said he was almost speechless.

“He was like, ‘Damn.’”

Skenes and Dunne began dating last year in what the former described as a “small world type” of thing, as they are both LSU Tigers (and national champions).

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Skenes was the ace of last year’s College World Series champions, which he parlayed into becoming the first overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He impressed in the minors so much and made his MLB debut earlier this month, and he is off to a scorching start.

He’s pitched to a 2.25 ERA in three starts, even tossing six no-hit innings in his second start in Chicago against the Cubs.

His ERA is only that “high” because in his MLB debut, relievers allowed inherited runners to score, charging them to Skenes. However, only two runners have crossed home plate with the 6’6″ pitcher on the mound. He is striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings, as well.

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As for Dunne, the gymnast boasts millions of followers on social media, and she became so popular that the school’s gymnastics team needed to bolster security, and she had to refrain from taking classes in person. Dunne and the rest of the gymnastics team won the national championship earlier this year.

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Jack Smith asks judge to bar Trump’s ‘inflammatory’ claims about FBI raid

Special Counsel Jack Smith asked a federal judge Friday to bar former President Donald Trump from characterizing the FBI’s 2022 search of Mar-a-Lago as a threat to him and his family, arguing that the claims put law enforcement agents in danger.

In the motion filed to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who is presiding over the classified documents case in Florida, Smith requested Trump be prohibited from making statements that “pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case.” Trump claimed in a campaign appeal that FBI agents were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

Court documents revealed this week that the FBI used its standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force except when the officer conducting the search has a reasonable belief that the “subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

“These deceptive and inflammatory claims expose the law enforcement professionals who are involved in this case to unjustified and unacceptable risks,” Smith’s filing reads.

The FBI has said such contingencies are routine and that similar language was contained in an operational plan accompanying a subsequent search of President Biden’s properties in Delaware. 

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The Justice Department says the policy is routine and meant to limit, rather than encourage, the use of force during searches. Prosecutors noted that the search of the Florida property was intentionally conducted when Trump and his family were out of state and was coordinated in advance with the U.S. Secret Service. Still, the revelation that the dozens of agents sent to search the home were prepared for potential violence was jarring to Trump’s supporters, who say the two incidents don’t compare since the Justice Department is part of Biden’s own administration.

Smith’s filing cites Trump’s claim that the FBI “was authorized to shoot me,” and was “just itching to do the unthinkable.”

“They invite the sort of threats and harassment that have occurred when other participants in legal proceedings against Trump have been targeted by his invective,” Smith wrote. “Those risks have the potential to undermine the integrity of the proceedings as well as jeopardize the safety of law enforcement.”

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The operational plan was revealed when Trump’s legal team filed a motion asking that documents relating to the raid be made public. Smith says Trump’s attorneys omitted a key word —”only” in their motion earlier this week that prompted Trump to make the FBI accusations.

“Although Trump included the warrant and Operations Form as exhibits to his motion, the motion misquoted the Operations Form by omitting the crucial word “only” before “when necessary,” without any ellipsis reflecting the omission. The motion also left out language explaining that deadly force is necessary only “when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

“Those statements create a grossly misleading impression about the intentions and conduct of federal law enforcement agents — falsely suggesting that they were complicit in a plot to assassinate him — and expose those agents, some of whom will be witnesses at trial, to the risk of threats, violence, and harassment,” prosecutors added.

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said that “repeated attempts to silence President Trump during the presidential campaign are blatant attempts to interfere in the election.”

Trump is accused of keeping at his estate classified documents that he took with him after he left the White House in 2021, and then obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve them. The FBI agents seized 33 boxes of documents in the raid.

The investigation is overseen by Smith, who Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed. Smith has charged Trump with 40 felony counts, including violating the Espionage Act, making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Trump has pleaded not guilty, and slammed the case as an “Election Inference Scam” promoted by the Biden administration and “Deranged Jack Smith.”

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Earlier this month, Trump called for Smith’s arrest after the prosecutors handling the 45th president’s classified documents case admitted seized documents are no longer in their original order and sequence.  

Prosecutors admitted in a court filing that “there are some boxes where the order of items within that box is not the same as in the associated scans.” The prosecutors had previously told the court that the documents were “in their original, intact form as seized.”  

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Fox News’ Emma Colton and David Spunt, as well as The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wife of rodeo star shares tragic update on 3-year-old son who drove toy tractor into river

Kallie Wright, wife of rodeo star Spencer Wright, shared a heartbreaking update on their three-year-old son, Levi, who is in critical condition after an accident in the Utah River.

Levi nearly drowned and was feared brain-dead after he fell off a toy tractor into the river on Tuesday. Though he woke up briefly on Friday, the boy’s mother said on Friday the family is “shattered” after seeing the MRI result. 

“The MRI wasn’t good, we’re shattered but it is just images that suggest a certain quality of life,” wrote Kallie Wright, who has been posting updates about her son on Facebook. “Our real teller of all will be what Levi does over the course of a few days.”

Levi was admitted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City after his accident on Tuesday. Although the MRI results appeared discouraging, there were signs of progress earlier that gave the family hope. 

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Family friend Mindy Clark, who has also posted updates about the boy on social media, shared Friday that Levi’s EEG monitor showed brain activity when he heard his sister’s voice telling him “how she was hoping he’d get better and couldn’t wait for him to come home.” The monitor also reacted when the family played him dinosaur sounds from one of his favorite books and when his mother kissed him, Clark said.

Wright asked for prayers as the family continues to seek the best medical opinions and care for Levi.

“Please continue to pray! I’m not giving up on my baby just yet,” she wrote. “I’m working on getting any and all neurologists or other educated professionals with expertise in this area who are willing to view his MRI. Then just seeing what my strong boys does in the next few days. You might not hear from me for a few days, we are going to focus on our Beans!”

Levi was playing outside his family’s Beaver County home on Tuesday when his mother briefly went inside. By the time she returned, the toddler was nowhere to be found.

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“I need everyone in Beaver to come to my house and help find my son in the water,” she posted on Facebook during the search.

Although they didn’t disclose the child’s name, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement that it had received a call about a boy who had fallen into the river off a toy tractor around 6 p.m. that day. He was found unconscious in the water about a mile downstream, Clark told KUTV. 

“[Kallie] saw his little tractor overturned and immediately dialed 911 and jumped into the water to find him,” Clark told KUTV. “We don’t know how long he had been in the water, but he had been carried quite a ways.”

Initially, the family’s outlook was grim, but testing performed Wednesday began to lift their hopes. 

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“Our doctor was a little taken aback by her exam as they came in the room to end care. She felt strongly that we needed to give him more time,” the family said Wednesday. “Now this doesn’t mean that in 12 hours we won’t be right back in the same position with him in my arms preparing for goodbye but it does mean we have time for a miracle…. Don’t give up on my boy just yet.” 

Clark wrote that the family is “unbelievably humbled” by the love and prayers they’ve received since the child was injured.

The toddler’s father, 33-year-old Spencer Wright, is ranked No. 40 in the world in saddle bronc riding. He and his three brothers made history in 2014 when all four qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Wright ultimately won the championship.

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The family was the subject of the book “The Last Cowboys” and has been featured on an episode of “60 Minutes.” 

Earlier this year, Wright won the Rio Grande Livestock Show and Rodeo in Mercedes, Texas.

Fox News’ Christina Coulter contributed to this report.

New Yorkers show no love for ‘Squad’ member AOC at Trump rally near her district

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came under fire by New Yorkers attending former President Trump’s South Bronx rally after the “Squad” member criticized the event as “trick” that would be attended by many “out-of-towners.”

But “Jesse Watters Primetime” spotlighted a number of attendees, all self-proclaimed locals, who rejected AOC’s agenda and said nothing has changed since she was elected. 

“You need to tell her that she needs to stay out of the Bronx because look at all the people around. Everybody’s here for Trump,” one unidentified man said.

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As for her impact, one woman said the Democratic socialist representative has “done nothing” to help the community. 

Another woman, alternatively, urged AOC to visit and see firsthand the hardships facing their neighborhood.

“Let her come to the Bronx, and let her come among us people that struggle. She doesn’t even know what struggle is,” she said.

The Bronx borough of New York City voted more than 80% for President Biden in the 2020 presidential election. But after four years of the Democrat’s presidency, some residents have made it clear they’re ready for change.

Trump’s Thursday night rally drew a larger-than-expected crowd of more than 25,000 people, as he dubbed the event a “love fest” in his speech. 

Attendees, who waited in the rain for the former president’s arrival, responded with cheers and applause when Trump declared: “We love you.”

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Fox News spoke with a number of attendees who all expressed support for Trump for various reasons. The common thread, however, was a need to return to life under a Trump presidency.

One unidentified man praised Trump for being “for the people.”

Another said “everything was under control” until Biden took office.

“We had low inflation, we had gas under a buck-eighty,” he added. 

Bronx residents repeatedly voiced concerns about money and “extreme” prices, as well as crime, immigration and housing. 

Biden, many agreed, has not addressed any of the key issues plaguing New York City and minority communities.

“He’s done nothing but say ‘you ain’t Black,’” one woman said. “I guess I’ll say ‘I ain’t Black’ because I’m not voting for him.”

“I’m absolutely Black, and I support Trump,” a man said.

Host Jesse Watters noted that the former president spent more than an hour addressing those voters’ very concerns. 

“Biden is not getting the job done for the Bronx,” Trump said. “The minute crooked Joe Biden shuffles out the door, I will rapidly rebuild the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

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Some attendees identified as Democrats but said they plan to vote for Trump in the upcoming election, saying it’s time for change.

Cherie Corso, a New York voter who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, said Trump addressed all the key issues during his speech and was “loved” by everyone.

“He was on fire,” Corso told “Fox & Friends First” Friday.

“The Trump train has left the station. I am telling you, Trump is going to win. Look, he’s bombastic. He’s loud. There’s a lot of things we don’t like about him personally, but he’s a man that will get the job done.”

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Hardworking Americans drive retirement accounts to levels not seen in years

Americans’ retirement account balances are at their highest level in more than two years due to a combination of increased savings rates and positive market conditions, new findings from Fidelity Investments show.

Fidelity’s Q1 2024 Retirement Analysis released Thursday, its latest update tracking the savings behaviors and balances of 45 million accounts, determined retirement balance averages hit a level not seen since the fourth quarter of 2021.

The study found average 401(k) savings rates hit a record high of 14.2% in the first three months of the year, while the average balance rose 6% to $125,900. Both employee and employer savings rates matched previous record levels of 9.4% and 4.8%, respectively.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) balances jumped 10% in the quarter to an average of $127,745, while 403(b) balances rose 7% to $113,000.

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Also last quarter, the average balance for an account for continuous 15-year savers from Gen X ($543,400) surpassed the average continuous balance for baby boomers ($543,200) who have contributed to their accounts for 15 years straight.

“We are encouraged to see account balances increase, providing solid proof that retirement savers are remaining invested and continuing to make steady contributions, while seeing the financial benefits as a result,” said Sharon Brovelli, president of Workplace Investing at Fidelity Investments. 

“With continued participation across generations and income levels, retirement savers will continue to build better financial futures, which is essential to the financial health of so many Americans and our economy.”

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Account balances also received a healthy boost due to growth in the markets at the start of 2024.

Atlanta-based investment firm Montag & Caldwell noted in its first-quarter market commentary that the U.S. economy remains “surprisingly resilient,” and the Federal Reserve’s suggestion that rate cuts could happen later this year contributed to strong market gains during the quarter.

The analysis pointed to positive signs in all market sectors except real estate and credited artificial intelligence as a driving factor behind much of the market’s momentum.

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“Looking ahead to the rest of the year, it is uncertain how long the consumer can sustain its spending habit, especially as savings continue to shrink,” M&C’s M. Scott Thompson wrote. “Slowing wage gains, growing credit balances, and rising interest payments and gas prices are becoming stiffer headwinds.

“We continue to expect the lagged effects of the Fed’s tightening to lead to further moderation in economic activity.”

Blue state business owners demand answers on fast food menu inflation

The voices of some can be louder than one, which is why a California-based McDonald’s franchise owner and his industry colleagues are joining together to sound off on the state’s high costs.

“We need more answers in the business community, particularly the family-owned business community. And that’s why a group of like-minded owners got together to launch an organization dedicated to protecting the equity and the solvency of our enterprises in California,” Scott Rodrick said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

“Its primary focus is to represent a unified voice to elected officials, to share our business aspirations and also our concerns with elected officials,” he continued, “so that we can demand real answers to the issues that challenge our business every day.”

Rodrick is a board member of the California Alliance of Family Owned Businesses, an organization fighting for the success of owner-operators who believe their business models define communities and provide work benefits like education and ESL classes, tuition assistance and career guidance.

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The recent inflation report for April showed that since President Biden took office, the cost of eating out at restaurants is up nearly 22%. However, fast food has been hit particularly hard, with prices dramatically rising at the most popular restaurant chains beginning even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Big Mac sandwich at McDonald’s, for example, cost $3.99 in 2019. Now, that price has more than doubled to $8.29, according to Fast Food Menu Prices, an online tracker.

“They notice when the price of a Big Mac goes up, when the price of a cup of coffee rises by a quarter on their every morning breakfast routine to work. So I’m obviously very conscious of this moment. McDonald’s has stood for tremendous value over decades. It’s been a key driver of my success in the fast food space,” Rodrick reacted.

“But I also recognize that my customers’ appetite for price increases is not limitless,” he added. “And across the industry, it is obvious that inflation across the country has impacted the frequency of Americans who dine out, and when they do, how much they want to spend in my restaurants.”

Gone, too, are the days of the $5 Footlong at Subway. A BLT Footlong that cost $5.50 in 2019 now costs customers $8.49 in 2024, though prices can vary by location. Additionally, Chipotle’s beloved chicken burrito that cost $6.50 in 2019 now runs customers $10.70.

Fast-food executives have pointed to rising wages and increased costs for ingredients as factors driving up the prices on their menus — and in the Golden State, specifically, the recent $20 minimum wage mandate.

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“That was a key driver. But there’s a bunch of other inflation drivers that have challenged the running of my family-owned franchise,” Rodrick said.

“And of course, just like a customer experiences walking out of a grocery store, looking at their basket of goods and wondering, ‘Wow, that was expensive,’ my cost of eggs and potatoes and dairy, you name it, they’ve skyrocketed as well.”

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FOX Business’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

Unusual baking hack takes the internet by storm: ‘Best idea I’ve ever seen’

Protein, protein and more protein: This seems to be the latest health and wellness trend on social media. And some TikTok creators have found what they consider the next best way to implement more protein into people’s diets. 

TikTokers are taking cottage cheese and baking it in the oven. 

Hundreds of videos pop up when searching for “baked cottage cheese” on the social media app as users try out the new trend for themselves. 

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People are essentially spreading a layer of their favorite brand of cottage cheese onto a baking sheet — typically with a parchment paper lining — and popping it in the oven. 

Victoria Minell is a TikTok creator from Sydney with over 1.2 million followers who shared a basic baked cottage cheese how-to video with her audience.

She told Fox News Digital the protein hack is “super versatile, high in protein, low-carb and a great gluten-free option.”

Minell showed her online audience how to make the bread substitute and how to make it into a prosciutto and tomato wrap — and it’s garnered nearly 11 million views.

Fox News Digital also spoke to Ashley McCrary, known as Healthy Little Peach on social media. Her TikTok video of baking cottage cheese currently has over 2.5 million views. 

“People are always looking for delicious ways to boost their protein intake.”

The content creator from Springfield, Missouri, has been sharing recipes on the internet for seven years and said this trend is flavorful.

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“People are always looking for delicious ways to boost their protein intake, and cottage cheese has recently become incredibly popular,” she said. 

With over 760,000 Instagram followers, McCrary shared a baked cottage cheese recipe with her audience that packs 37 grams of protein into the serving. 

“Versatile and delicious, you can use it as a wrap or even as a pizza crust. It’s also an excellent choice for those following a low-carb lifestyle,” she said. 

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The recipe she created, with inspiration from others, has a few more ingredients — including one cup of cottage cheese, two eggs, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder and 1 ½ teaspoons of Italian seasoning. 

McCrary uses a blender or food processor to blend the ingredients before lining a baking pan with parchment paper and pouring the cheese evenly on the pan. 

From there, she bakes it for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a crispy, protein-filled addition to her meal. 

Best to check with nutritionists, other experts first

Tanya Freirich, a registered dietitian nutritionist from Charlotte, North Carolina, told Fox News Digital that although cottage cheese is a high-protein food, there are some potential cons to the hack.

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“While low-carb diets have been popular for a few decades now in one form or another, carbohydrates are a necessary piece of a balanced diet,” she said. 

“You can do that with cottage cheese?!?” 

She noted that if people looking to make this new trendy food item are very active and exercising a lot, then taking out tortillas, bread, wraps and other carbs from the diet may lead people to “overconsume protein and fall short of other nutrients.”

Freirich also said she would not recommend the baked cottage cheese trend to those who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy, as cottage cheese is milk-based. 

“I recommend that everyone discuss your potential nutrient needs with a registered dietitian to ensure that your dietary choices are best supporting your health goals,” she added. 

Lauren Harris-Pincus, a New York-based registered dietitian and nutritionist, also advised against baking cottage cheese for those who are sensitive to high amounts of sodium. 

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“[A] potential disadvantage includes a high sodium content, which can equal more than 1/3 of the recommended daily intake,” she told Fox News Digital.

Harris-Pincus also noted that cottage cheese lacks fiber, which can be found in whole grain bread and tortillas and can cost much more than your average loaf. 

“Bread contains nutrients like iron and B vitamins, such as folic acid, that are very important for women of childbearing age,” she also explained.  

The response online has been mixed — some social media users saying it’s a “game changer,” while others have said they “hate cottage cheese.”

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One user commented on Minell’s TikTok video and said, “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! You can do that with cottage cheese?!” 

Another wrote, “The way I immediately got up and threw cottage cheese in the oven!”

Some users are shaking their head at the idea — with one commenting, “I really hate cottage cheese … It sits in my fridge until it goes in the trash.”

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