What to Eat This Week: Mouthwatering Winter Salads

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This is the week it starts: holiday parties, holiday happy hours, holiday everything imaginable. And while I love me a good party, the bazillion hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails that come along with this season’s social calendar can leave anyone feeling, well, a bit heavy. That’s where these salads come in: On your off days, give yourself a break from the pigs-in-a-blanket fare with these light salads loaded with good-for-you winter veggies like squash, kale, beets and more. Happy, well, tossing!

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Meet Miss Buttersworth, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Photo via Kristin Facinelli

Photo via Kristin Facinelli

If you’re looking for a winter cuddle buddy, look no further: Miss Buttersworth is just as sweet as her name implies, and she loves to snuggle. She recently had pups, so she has yet to hit to the trails with the Monster Milers, but they predict she’ll be a lean mean running machine once she regains all of her energy. Learn more about this lovely lady below.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: The Ultimate Pump-Up Rap Playlist

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Finding the motivation to get out from under the covers and into your workout clothes can prove difficult in these colder months. I mean, Netflix calls, am I right? The thing is, ditching your workouts this season will just make for harsh realizations come summer, and that’s no fun. But not to fear, friends! Herein lies your cure for winter-gym reluctance: nearly two hours worth of the ultimate pump-up rap songs. Listen, get your sweat on, and thank us later.

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Discuss: What’s the Best Salad Bar Item at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods salad bar goodies | Photo via Flickr user 10outofsomething.

Whole Foods salad bar goodies | Photo via Flickr user 10outofsomething.

If you’ve ever found yourself standing frozen in front of the Whole Foods salad bar for 10 minutes straight, debating whether or not to ladle a scoop of never-before-tried Mediterranean chik’n salad into your cardboard to-go container, you are not alone. As we all know, trying a new item at the Whole Foods salad bar can be hit-or-miss: Sometimes, it’s the greatest $3 you’ve ever spent (thank you, seaweed salad!), and sometimes it’s a $3 scoop of sad, sad regret. Which is why we’re asking you: What’s your all-time favorite item at the Whole Foods cold salad bar? This way, the next time we brave the salad bar aisle, we can all try something new and know, prior to scooping, that it’s the bomb dot com.

I’ll go first. Whole Foods just so happens to be my happy place, so I’ve tried just about every vegetarian item their salad bar has to offer, and I’d say my favorite thus far is the seaweed salad I mentioned above: It tastes awesome piled onto a salad with tofu and spinach, or on it’s own, plus it’s cheaper than the seaweed salad sold at their sushi bar (and tastes better!). Now, your turn. Ready, set, comment!

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These Four Letters Could Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

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If you’re anything like me, in the past 24 hours you’ve made declarative statements like, “I’m never eating white flour again!” or “Today will be the day I stop watching so many Law & Order: SVU marathons!” Then you’ve promptly broken said vows with a bowl of cheese-stuffed ravioli in one hand and a remote control in the other—rinse, repeat.

The phrase “talk is cheap” comes to mind here, but next time I set my lofty goals, I might just be able to keep my word, thanks to this nifty trick: The folks over on Science of Us have clued us in to a four-step technique that research has shown helps people to actually achieve what they set out to do. Like, for instance, it helped people who wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables actually eat more fruits and vegetables—instead of, you know, just saying, “I’m going to eat more vegetables!” and eating pasta instead. Impressive.

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6 Philly Spots to Get Festive Gluten-Free and Vegan Holiday Sweets Right Now

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Gingerbread Smoothie Ice Cream // Photo via Sip-N-Glo

Come December 1st, it’s just about impossible to go anywhere—the local coffee shop, office kitchen, grocery store—without seeing a gingerbread cookie or a peppermint-frosted brownie or some type of sweet treat cut in the shape of Santa Claus. The only problem? Unless the resident gluten-free guy in your office made said Santa Claus-shaped goodies, they’re probably not gluten-free. And the same goes for vegan.

Satisfying your holiday cravings can prove a bit more difficult when you’re gluten-free or vegan (this is both a blessing and a curse), but not to fear, friend: We’ve got your holiday sweet tooth covered. From peppermint hot chocolate ice cream to gingerbread cookies, here are six delicious gluten-free and/or vegan (a few of these treats fit into both categories) holiday sweets to try around Philly. Enjoy!

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Win Three Months of Free Yoga at Dhyana Yoga (All You Need Is a Dog)

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Usually, when you’re doing yoga at home, you’re trying to kick your dog off your yoga mat—but not this week. Starting Thursday, Dhyana Yoga is teaming up with YogaLove to put on their Homes for the Holidays photo contest, which encourages folks to get their yoga pose on with their pets or a PAWS adoptable pet. The purpose of the contest is to bring awareness to PAWS, and all of the homeless animals out there hoping to find a home before the holidays. But there are some pretty sweet prizes in it for us humans, too: Prizes up for grabs include three months of free yoga, a basket of Pangea Organics Skincare, and more.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Holiday Gifts for Healthy Foodies

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We’ve all got a healthy foodie in our life: They call you crying when their food processor breaks, they jump with joy when they spot an organic cocktail on a bar menu, and they probably made their own mayonnaise the last time they invited you over for lunch. To help you find the perfect gift for the healthy foodie in your life, we enlisted Philly blogger Sherrie Scaglione Castellano, who writes all about being a healthy foodie over on her blog With Food + Love. Here, her top five picks for holiday gifts for the healthy foodies on your gift list.

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#MotivationMonday: 10 Awesome Photos from the 2014 Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run

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At 7 a.m. this past Saturday morning, while you were cozied up under the covers enjoying luxuries like sleep and heat, a super-inspirational (and maybe a little crazy) group of people were outside, in the cold, rainy Philadelphia-winter weather, gearing up to run the Rocky 50K. Yep, that’s right: 50K. The run, in its second year, takes the same 30.61-mile route Rocky seemingly ran in Rocky II, kicking off in South Philly and ending at the Art Museum. And let me tell you, the photos do not disappoint. So it only seemed fitting to use them as this week’s #MotivationMonday roundup. Below, a big fat dose of get-moving inspiration, courtesy of all the folks who bravely ran the Rocky 50K.

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