15 Healthy Recipes for Your Labor Day Barbecue



If you have big BBQ plans for your day off on Monday, let us help you plan your menu. From mains to sides to drinks, here are healthy and delicious recipes for a fantastic end-of-summer picnic.

Main Dishes

Inside-Out Cheeseburgers
via Eating Well

Because what’s a good barbecue without a burger? These ooey-gooey patties are stuffed with two kinds of cheese—and still clock in at under 300 calories a pop.

At-Attention Grilled Chicken
via Taste of Home Recipes

If chicken’s more your bag, try this technique for grilling a whole bird. Spoiler: It includes inserting a can of beer inside the body cavity. (Seriously.)

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Sweat for a Cause: Charity Walks and Runs in Philadelphia This Fall


9/11 Heroes Run 2012
Date: Sunday, September 9th at 9 a.m.
Charity: Travis Manion Foundation, named for a soldier and Doylestown native who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. The organization assists veterans and families of fallen soldiers.
Location: Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.
Registration: $25. Learn more and register here.

Great Prostate Cancer Challenge
Date: Saturday, September 22nd at 9 a.m.
Charity: ZERO, an initiative to end prostate cancer.
Location: Campbell’s Field, 401 N Delaware Ave, Camden.
Registration: $25 for the 5K, $15 for the 1-mile course. Learn more and register here.

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To Do: Karaoke Yoga at Dhyana Old City

When you think of two things that go great together, what’s the first thing that crosses your mind? Maybe peanut butter and jelly, crackerjacks and baseball games, ham and cheese? Well, here’s a new one for you: karaoke and yoga.

This unlikely combination was brought together by California native and yoga instructor Jennifer Pastiloff, whose imaginative and fun approach to her classes have made her quite popular among yogis in the Los Angeles area. On September 7th, she’ll be stopping by Dhyana Yoga’s Old City location to host her signature Karaoke Yoga class. You’ll have a blast singing along (probably off-key) to your favorite Beetles, Journey, or Michael Jackson tunes with your fellow students. At the same time, you’ll connect with your practice and those around you in a new way, and get one heck of a workout to boot. For more information and to register, go here.

$30 before September 1st, $35 afterwards; Friday, September 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dhyana Yoga Old City, 68 North Second Street, Philadelphia.

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Celeb Pulse: Will Ryan Lochte Be the Next ‘Bachelor’ Star?

Olympian Ryan Lochte Has Sights Set on Reality TV, Fashion. Love him or hate him, I don’t think we’ll be shaking Ryan Lochte any time soon. The gold medalist has been spouting left and right his desire to be on a reality show like The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars. He also told Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY that he’s itching to move to LA to pursue fashion and design his own clothing line. You already know our thoughts on Michael Phelps, so we want to know: Do you want to see Lochte stay in the limelight, or are you ready for his 15 minutes to be over, already? Share in the comments. [Huffington Post]

Kristin Cavallari Welcomes Baby Boy. The former Laguna Beach star gave birth to her first son with fiance Jay Cutler, quarterback of the Chicago Bears. She tweeted the news on Wednesday, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Camden Jack Cutler into the world. He was born this morning weighing 7lbs 9oz. Everyone is doing great!” Could there be more Cavallari/Cutler spawn on the way? Yes. “We were talking about the possibility of having another kid right away and then getting married so we can have two kids close in age,” Cavallari told Glamoholic in March. “We want four kids, so we’re thinking maybe have one more, then get married, then have two more but we’ll see, it all depends on how the first one goes.” Congrats to the new family! Now, Jay, let’s see if you can score on the football field, too. [Los Angeles Times]

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To Do: Eagle National Bank 5K Walk/Run

The folks at Eagle National Bank are all about benefitting their community. For the past twenty years, Eagle National Bank has hosted an annual 5K run to help raise funds for the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. It’s raised over $500,000 since.

This year’s race is on September 29th. The 5K course will take you through the Drexel Park neighborhood. Afterwards, check out the health and wellness fair, which runs until noon. Early registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 15, ends September 18th. You can register on the day of the event for $5 more. And for those who want to register but cannot participate on the day of the race, you can still send donations through virtual registration. For more information about the 5K Walk/Run and registration, go here.

Early registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids, Saturday, September 29th at 10 a.m., Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 501 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill.

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New ‘Digital Pill’ Monitors Patients from the Inside

These days it seems like everything is getting a digital makeover, from our music to our vacuum cleaners to our doctors. Now we can add medications to the list, as earlier this week the FDA approved the use of a new “digital pill” that internally monitors patients who take prescription medications via a digital sensor powered by a person’s own stomach fluid. The hope is that the pill, combined with a readout for doctors, can help practitioners monitor whether a patient is taking his or her medication as prescribed.

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New Brain-Imaging Technique Offers Clues for Concussions

It’s always about this time of year when everyone starts talking about concussions. It’s no coincidence: Concussions are the most common type of brain injury. And with gobs of kids heading back to school for preseason and busy fall-sports schedules, concussions are on a lot of minds. (Pardon the pun.)

It’s certainly no coincidence that early last month, a new Pennsylvania state law went into effect, implementing new rules on schools, parents and coaches for how to handle athletes with suspected concussions. The law is an effort to curtail the rising rate of youth concussions; one national study found that ER visits for concussions doubled between 1997 and 2007.

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To Do: Sweat AC Fitness Festival with Jillian Michaels

This fall, over 20,000 fitness buffs will come together for the first ever Sweat AC fitness festival at Caesars Atlantic City. This three-day sweat-fest will feature over 50 classes, such as Zumba, kick-boxing, mixed martial arts, yoga, spinning, and cross-training, with instruction from the biggest celebs in the health and fitness worlds: Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, Kass Martin and more. Three-day entry to the expo, which features live music, giveaways, vendor booths and meet-and-greets with Michaels and others, is $39. But classes with the celebrity trainers are extra, anywhere from $49 to $99 each. For more information and registration, visit the Sweat AC website.

Starting at $39, Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd, Caesars, 2100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.

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To Do: Triple Threat Summer Relay in West Chester

The people down at the Great Guys Group have definitely earned their title. The non-profit organization has teamed up with Chester County Running Stores to host the Triple Threat Summer Relay on July 12th, starting at 6:30 p.m. It consists of two running options: a three-man team race on the Downtown West Chester loop, in which individuals tackle one loop (1.67 miles) each; or an individual race, in which a single runner completes three loops (5 miles total) alone. It’s obviously a great way to get into shape, but it’s a good cause, too: The Great Guys Group will donate a portion of the proceeds from the race to families in the region facing brain cancer. Registration for the three-member race is $90, and for the individual race $30. For more information and to register, go here.

$90 for three-member teams, $30 for individuals, Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m., Church and Market Street, West Chester.

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