7 Unexpected Spots to Score Awesome Workout Gear in Philly

We’ve all been there: You realize that maaaaybe you’ve been rocking that T-shirt that was once white, but is now leaning much closer to a gray or yellow hue, and those shorts with a hole in the crotch (that is becoming increasingly noticeable) a bit too long. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it might be time to update your workout wardrobe. So, to take the guesswork out of the shopping experience, we asked some folks who wear workout clothes for a living — local fitness instructors — to dish on the unexpected spots where they find their favorite workout gear, right here in Philly and the ‘burbs.

Gina Mancuso of Core Fitness, Adriana Adelé of Three Queens Yoga and John Goldthorp of Fix Your Run spill on the hidden workout-gear gems nestled around town.  Read more »

Taste Test: We Tried Starbucks’ New Avocado Spread

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Here in Be Well Philly Land, avocado is life (see our Instagram for proof). So, when we caught wind of an organic avocado spread landing at Starbucks, we knew we had to try it … for the sake of our readers, of course. Now, we have tasted the lime-y, jalapeño-y organic avocado spread that you can buy from Starbucks and put on anything you damn well please. Below, our thorough analysis. Read more »

It’s That Time Again: How to Get a Free Tree for Your Yard

Are you, much like myself, trying to get into gardening this spring? Well, here, we have a great resource to help you get the wheels turning on your growth goals. TreePhilly is a program that offers young trees to Philadelphia residents to plant in their yards — for free! — in hopes of boosting the city’s tree count. As an added bonus: There are some serious health benefits to having more trees in your life. Read more »

What Philly Fitness Trainers Buy at Whole Foods

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

I’m just going to say it: Whole Foods is kind of a weird place to me. It’s a little bit intimidating with all of its trendy healthy foods. Some I’ve never even heard of, let alone know how to cook or cut into (I haven’t even mastered cutting mangos, so don’t you dare confront me with a jack fruit. Am I alone? … Help!). But they do have the Chao Vegan Cheese Slices I love, so I have popped in a few times to pick up some of that goodness.

I have not yet visited the new, beautiful and heath-foodie-friendly Whole Foods location on Pennsylvania Avenue (the shame!). But don’t worry, it’s on my to-do list for this weekend (really!). And now I have a cheat sheet of sorts for my first trip (and so do you!): Here, we got a slew of Philly personal trainers to dish on what they throw in their carts at Whole Foods. Their answers: 15 mostly healthy, must-try foods, from $3 frozen samosas to nori sheets you can sub in for wraps, and more. So grab some paper and a pencil because your grocery list is about to get a little bit longer. (Psst: If you’re headed to Trader Joe’s this weekend, we’ve got Philly fitness pro-approved buys for TJ’s here.)  Read more »

FYI: You Can Work Out With the Bachelorette’s Shawn Booth in Philly

CitySTRONG event | Photo credit: Zach Harrison Photography

CitySTRONG event | Photo credit: Zach Harrison Photography

On Saturday, March 25th, Philadelphia will be graced with the presence of two (2!) Bachelorette celebs: Shawn Booth, who won the heart and hand of Kaitlyn Bristowe on season 11 of the show, and the Bachelorette herself. And it gets better: They’re hosting a workout — and you’re invited. (We promise not to judge if you’re jumping with joy.)

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Stripp’d Juice’s Fishtown Grand Opening Is Friday (And They’re Offering a Sweet Deal!)

Acai Bowl at Stripp'd Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp'd Juice

Acai Bowl at Stripp’d Juice | Photo courtesy of Stripp’d Juice

Boys and girls, hang on to your hats, because the time has come: This Friday, March 17th, Stripp’d Juice’s brand-spankin’-new Fishtown location will be hosting its grand opening shindig from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. And, let me be the first to tell you: You’re going to want to get there right at 10 — the first 10 people in the door will get a free ginger shot.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Delivery

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Ahhhhhh, delivery. The ultimate savior on nights when you straight up don’t have time to cook, let alone go to the store to get items to cook — or for when you just want to curl up on the couch with your love (your dog, duh) and watch movies, unbothered by annoying tasks like cleaning dishes. And — I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way — doesn’t delivery just taste better than food untainted with the taste of your own effort?

One of the cool things about living in Philly is that delivery here is much more than just pizza. And with services like Caviar and GrubHub, we can get food from basically any restaurant in the city (and the suburbs) delivered right to our door. The side garden salad — “no cheese or croutons, with oil and vinegar instead of ranch, please!” — vegan delivery destiny is no more. Nowadays, I have to fight the urge to get Dizengoff delivered on the reg.

Now, you may even need help narrowing your vegan delivery options. That’s where this post comes in: We asked five Philly vegan foodies to spill on the best vegan delivery food they’ve ever had in Philly. Check out the list below for vegan delivery dishes (including a bangin’ breakfast sandwich!) that definitely won’t disappoint.  Read more »

Who Needs Delivery?: 10 Healthier (and Delicious) Pizza Recipes to Make at Home

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Snow is a comin’. And you know what happens when it snows? After a few hours cooped up in the house thinking about ordering delivery (we must fuel somehow), we pick up the phone and order delivery — and not the healthy, “Extra veggies with that, please” kind of delivery. We’re talkin’ pizza delivery. It’s warm, easy and delicious. It’s a snow-day no-brainer.

But if you’re trying to stay on your health game, a giant greasy delivery pizza pie all to yourself probably isn’t the answer. That’s where this list comes in: We have some other ways for you to temper your pizza cravings, sans guilt. Here, 10 healthier — but totally delicious! — homemade takes on pizza, from sweet potato crust to portobello mushroom cap pizzas and more. So when you’re braving the grocery store in preparation, grab a few items to whip one of these bad boys up when your pizza cravings start calling.
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Find Your Tribe: The Ultimate Guide to Running Groups in Philly

Let’s be honest: Running is much easier when you have someone to chat with to take your mind off of the fact that your legs might start a protest and stop moving on you any second. And I won’t even bring up the various foot issues or occasional chafing — you runners know exactly what I’m talking about. As it turns out, running groups are a means of both distraction and encouragement.

If you’re looking for both of those things this spring training season, peruse this list and you’re bound to stumble upon a running group that’s the right fit for you. We’ve got all the bases covered, from trail-running groups to training groups to beer-running groups, with meet-up locations all over Philly and in the ‘burbs. So take your pick and get movin’!  Read more »

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