Today, I chatted with Morgan Berman while she waited to hear whether or not her company, Philly-based sustainability app MilkCrate, will win the Forbes’ 30 under 30 Pressure-Cooker contest—the company was one in five chosen from all over the country to pitch their idea in a Shark Tank-like setting, with the hopes of winning a $400,000 prize. Sounds stressful, right?
What to Eat This Week: One-Bowl Dinners
Filled to the brim with sweet potatoes, kale, butternut squash, and more.
5 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Running
Confessions of a former running hater.
The Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List
25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian must do.
10 Best Under-15-Minute Workouts
C'mon—you have 15 spare minutes, right?
Grab your four-legged running buddy and get ready to race, you guys: This Saturday, October 25th, the first-ever Bark in the Park 5K race —complete with a pre-race yoga class, post-race massages, food trucks and a puppy kissing booth—will take over Media’s Rose Tree Park, and you and your pup are invited.
You wouldn’t expect a business best known for baking some of the best bread in the city to be home to a host of gluten-free soups, but Metropolitan Cafe—the much-loved Metropolitan Bakery’s only sit-down location, which opened in February 2013—offers just that: A steadily rotating seasonal soup selection, with a great deal of those soups boasting “gluten-free” and “vegan” titles.
And in case you’re wondering if they’re any good, the answer is Oh. My. Gosh. Heck. Yes. Last week, I went into the Cafe—located just a few steps away from Metropolitan’s Bakery’s Rittenhouse location—to get a taste of a few of their soups, and let me tell you, the cafe’s’ super seasonal and creative offerings are not the run of the mill tomato-basil concoctions you find at many cafes this time of year.
And we are officially on to Round 3! Time sure does fly.
This morning, we opened voting for our next group of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast a vote right here on our Facebook page.
Reminder: You’ll need to like us on Facebook to participate in the voting, and you may vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.
Read more about the the four challengers up for voting this week, then head over to Facebook to cast your vote:
• If you’ve ever made fruit jam, you know: It takes hours, and you have to sanitize everything you use, and it’s kind of a pain. But have you ever thought of just smashing your favorite fruit up with some chia seeds, and maybe some honey, smearing it on a piece of toast and calling it a day? So simple, yet So. Freakin’. Smart. [The Skinny Confidential]
When you’re short on time, or just looking for a way to boost your workout and burn more calories than you would in a regular cardio session, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do for this week’s workout: some high intensity intervals.
You’re going to start by warming up for five minutes with a walk or light jog. Then you’re going to do a combination of sprinting and resting for the duration of the workout. And the nice part is, you get to choose the length of your workout—you’re going to repeat the circuit of intervals as many times as you can during the time you’ve set aside. So if you only have 15 minutes to spare, that’s totally fine.
No matter what your fitness level, trust me: you can handle this sweat session. Maybe your sprint is just a faster walk, increased resistance on the elliptical, or increased incline on the treadmill—wherever you are on the fitness spectrum, just work as hard as you can during the sprint, and then take advantage of your recovery. Good luck!
Remember a few weeks ago, when we told you about Fairmount’s soon-to-open yoga studio, Priya Hot Yoga? Well, the studio—which comes complete with a front-of-house cafe, a lounge area, and, eventually, babysitting—is set to open shop on October 25th, and they’re hosting a big bash with free yoga, and lots of food and drink samples to celebrate. Um, yes, please.
Some mornings, (okay, most mornings), you just don’t have time to put together a brown-bag lunch. So to help you out on those busy days, we rounded up our five favorite healthy lunches for a workweek of grab-and-go perfection from places like HipCityVeg, Baco Juice and Taco Bar, P.S. and Co. and more. Just scroll over the dish to see what it is and where to get it, then run out and grab it for yourself.
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Welcome to the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read all about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below.
Name: Amanda Piccirilli
Day job: Communications coordinator at the Merion Cricket Club
Where she snapped this: Wildwood, N.J.
What she was doing: This picture was taken during a 5:30 a.m. sunrise run in Wildwood while I was on vacation with my family. This was my Week 5 “long run” as I am training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. It was so beautiful, I knew I HAD to snap a photo!