Quinoa, Brown Rice and Chia Seed Pilaf
A few weeks back, I told you about the only quinoa recipe you would ever need. Well, you guys, I’m sorry to admit that I totally lied to you. Because over the weekend I discovered — rather, invented — another quinoa side dish that is absolutely, positively worth adding to your rotation.
Actually, it’s sort of a riff on the other recipe because it uses that same homemade vinaigrette that I just can’t seem to get enough of lately. This time, I whipped up a quinoa, brown rice and chia seed pilaf with sautéed spinach, doused in that there dressing, and you guys, it is INSPIRED. We used it as a hearty base for grilled chicken and veggie kebabs (Note: I also marinaded the chicken in the dressing because I’m smart like that), and it was honestly one of the most delicious homemade meals we’ve had in awhile.
You could use it as an easy side to chicken or fish, or mix in tofu and roasted seasonal veggies for a delicious vegan-friendly feast. Check it out below. Read more »
Fall in Tyler Arboretum | Photo by Barry Rubin via Facebook
I don’t understand people who don’t love fall. The cooler (but not yet cold) temperatures make it perfect for outdoor adventures of all stripes: walks, runs, hikes, even yoga. The red, yellow and orange leaves are drop-dead gorgeous. And pumpkin—wonderful, glorious, delicious pumpkin—is a main ingredient in just about everything. What’s not to love?
If you’re looking to take full advantage of the season, consider this your autumn bucket list: eight off-road running and walking spots where you can get up close and personal with our region’s beautiful fall foliage. (Note: I’m not including the Wissahickon or Fairmount Park on here because, well, duh.) See how many of the parks below you can hit over the next couple of weeks, and check them off as you go.
Challenge accepted? Thought so.
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• Researchers at Kennesaw State University tested a popular CrossFit workout and noticed an “impressive” calorie burn — to the tune of 261 calories in just 20 minutes. [Men’s Health]
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• You’ve probably wondered: Is a standing desk worth it? A new study found that people with adjustable standing desks — the ones that lower and raise for sitting or standing — sit about 60 fewer minutes each day than those of us with seated desks, and burn an extra 87 calories. Begging the question: Is a standing desk, um, worth it? [Men’s Fitness]
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John with 6abc’s Matt O’Donnell | Photo by Caitlyn of the Monster Milers
John, the terrier mix you see above who’s also our featured running dog of the week, is bit of a local celebrity. See, a couple of weeks ago, he appeared on 6abc with Action News morning anchor Matt O’Donnell in a promo spot for the Monster Milers’s Rescue Run 5K. And let me just say, John killed it on camera.
This spunky little celeb is looking for a forever home and a running buddy who will take him along on training runs. Could it be you? John is available for adoption through the Monster Milers. Read more about him below. Read more »
Earlier this week, Adjua and I decided to take a spur-of-the-moment lunchtime class at Body Cycle Studio, a perfectly timed 45-minute ride that allowed us to be back at our desks before we were missed. Instructor Ross MacKinnon led the group over hills, on flat roads, etc. etc., all to a soundtrack of what I would consider pretty typical workout songs: the trance-y gym tracks and repetitive pop songs that sort of wash over you without your brain really registering them.
And then, all of a sudden, I heard it: the sort of quiet, intriguing, leg-bouncing intro to Dave Matthews Band’s “Two Step.” “Is this ‘Two Step’?” I actually bellowed to Ross from across the room in the middle of the class. “Yes!” he shouted back. “I like to mix it up.” Read more »
Hey Philly cyclists, you’ll want to note this: On four Saturdays between now and mid-November, SPOKE Magazine and Hidden City Philadelphia are teaming up for a series of historical group bike rides around town. The first one is coming up next Saturday, October 17th. Read more »
Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA
Yoga and running dominate the fitness lineup this weekend, with a free outdoor yoga festival, 12-hour (!) trail run and more. Start filling your calendar … now. Read more »
Prime Fusion Fitness will be located at 123 Chestnut Street | Photo via Google Earth
If you haven’t noticed, Pilates is having a bit of a moment in our area. Philly’s veteran studios are as awesome as ever (Thrive Pilates in Rittenhouse, Urban Front in Center City, Ploome in Northern Liberties, among others), and the new kids on the block are adding some fun, fresh offerings to our Pilates plate (both the one-year-old Plank Studio in Wayne and the six-month-old Sculpt Fitness Studio in NoLibs specialize in trendy Megaformer classes).
Now, we’ve got a whole new concept all together: a Pilates studio housed inside the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia at 123 Chestnut Street in Old City. Helmed by former Thrive Pilates assistant director Lauren Kelly, the new studio, called Prime Fusion Fitness, will open on Monday, October 12th. Read more »
The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley
If you’re a runner in Philly, chances are you’ve done the Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Marathon. (Haven’t yet? Get on that!) But what about the Midnight Madness Run? Or the 26×1 Marathon Relay? Or a Run the Vineyards race? Add them — and the other awesome runs and races below — to your bucket list pronto. Read more »