• A carrot-cake smoothie—now you’re speaking my language. And it’s loaded with protein and fiber to boot. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
13 Chic Backpacks for Bike Commuters
Say goodbye to your tired Jansport and hello to these alternatives.
10 Insanely Delicious Picnic Recipes
Boozy green lemonade, included.
The Ultimate Philly Runner’s Brunch Guide
The best brunch spots near popular local running trails.
Dessert for Breakfast
This peanut butter-banana smoothie is as good as a milkshake.
We all know we’re supposed to eat less salt for the sake of our hearts. But as you go to add one more shake to that steak, chances are you’re thinking: How much difference can it really make?
As it turns out, a lot.
Dreams do come true, my friends. Remember a few weeks back when I shared what is absolutely, most definitely the best #ThrowbackThursday post of all time: a photo of the original Broad Street Run race shirt from 1980? Well. The Blue Cross Broad Street Run must have a pretty smart marketing/PR department, because they’ve just reissued the shirt, thanks to all the positive feedback from their #TBT, and are selling it through Modell’s Sporting Goods.
If your workout routine has been feeling a bit blah lately, pay attention: Philly’s Unite Fitness training studio is running a contest right now to give away 10 weeks of free workouts to one lucky winner.
You’ll have access to one of Unite’s personal trainers for one private session a week, and you can take as many group workouts as you’d like, if you win. You can also choose to go through Unite’s three-phase nutrition program if your eating habits need a little rehab. The contest is aimed at giving you a swift kick in the pants toward a healthier, happier you.
For the beginner or casual runner, the idea of running 10 miles can be more than a little intimidating. Or, if you’re me, just the thought of it makes you feel out of breath without even leaving your desk chair. And with the first weekend of May right around the corner, Broad Street hype is bigger than ever.
But what if you still want to get in on the running (or walking!) action that weekend without all the mileage? Fear not; I have the solution for you.
If Tax Day has you down in the dumps (Ugh, I’m with you.), this ought to cheer you right up: Raja Yoga, located in Graduate Hospital, has teamed up with Groupon to bring you some seriously sweet deals. The studio is offering 10 yoga classes for $45 or 25 classes for $75. With the first deal ringing in at $4.50 per class, and the second at a measly 3 bucks per class, this deal is kind of insane.
Now that spring has sprung, many of us are trading in our morning SEPTA commute for a commuter bike. This is both a blessing and a curse: On one hand, biking to work means you get to soak up some sun, see the city and get a workout in, all before 9 a.m. Talk about a productive morning, huh? On the other hand, it also means you have to find a backpack that fits all your crap and doesn’t scream Hi, I think I’m lost. Can you point me to the nearest high school? when you walk into the office. If you’ve ever tried to find said backpack, you know: It’s a truly miserable task.
But don’t give up and resort to your so-old-it’s-probably-vintage monogrammed L.L. Bean backpack quite yet. We did some hunting and found the 13 chicest commuter-friendly backpacks for men and women. (Some of them are so chic, they don’t even remotely resemble a backpack. See slide number six.) Now all you’ve got to do is pick one.
I wasn’t planning to talk about the crazy post on Jezebel last Friday about the Australian girl who says she eats 51 bananas a day and claims that her nearly entirely raw, banana-heavy diet has led to a 40-pound weight loss. But then no fewer than five different people sent me a link to that post, with questions ranging from “Whaaaaaa?” to “HOW CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE?!” so I thought I’d weigh in.
Actually, I did better than that. I talked to Main Line Health dietician Judy Matusky, who works at Bryn Mawr and Paoli hospitals, about what such a diet might do to a person’s body. Our conversation was pure conjecture, of course—Matusky didn’t personally examine the aforementioned Banana Girl—but the outcomes are based on fact, on what consuming that many bananas would most likely do to a person’s body.
Here, seven scary things I learned from our conversation.
You’re probably wondering why I’m posting a soup recipe on a day when temperatures are poised to reach nearly 80 degrees. Here’s why: I eat soup throughout the year—it’s easy to make in big batches, wonderfully freezable, and perfect for grab-and-go lunches—so I don’t let the thermometer determine my soup habits. If you’re a cold-weather soup eater only, save this recipe for Wednesday, when we’re back in the 50s.
This soup is one of my sneakiest recipes to date—sneaky because it tastes so creamy you’ll think it’s loaded with fat and calories, but in fact it’s just the opposite. The low-fat sour cream and buttermilk are the cream-makers here, and they work their magic for a fraction of the bad stuff.