11 Store-Bought Foods That Taste Better Homemade

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Photo via Tori Avey

As any healthy eater knows, shopping for nutritious food isn’t exactly cheap. But what if I told you, you could make your favorite grocery store staples at home? Not only will they taste better than those store brands, they’re better for you; knowing exactly what goes into your food means no sneaky ingredients. Healthy and cheap? Time to break out the mixing bowls and get cooking!

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Indigo Schuy and Balance Chestnut Hill Team Up for Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K Training

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In preparation for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon that’s coming up on September 20th, Balance gym has teamed up with Indigo Schuy to create the Rock Your Way to a 5K training program. There are four different training levels in the program, so whether you’re a newbie to the running trails or a more advanced runner focusing on speed, this program will help you to improve your running game in time for race day.

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The Be Well Philly Summer Reading List

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The dog days of summer are a time to relax and recharge. And what better way to do exactly that than laying out (sunscreen on, please) with a good book? We asked Philly fitness experts for their healthy summer reading lists, so you can find a few books to add to yours. Read more »

Consumer Reports: Don’t Use Spray Sunscreens on Kids (Or Anyone, Really)

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The FDA released an announcement in June that they were investigating the health risks of spray sunscreens. For now, Consumer Reports is urging parents to steer clear of spray sunscreens completely, if possible. One spray sunscreen in particular, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, was even removed from their list of recommended sunscreens due to the fact that it is marketed specifically for children.

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12 Gorgeous Printed Yoga Mats You Have to See

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Shopping for workout gear is one of my favorite pastimes. It combines two of my great loves: shopping and fitness. Plus, what’s better motivation to work out than looking at (and inevitably, buying) workout gear? And while yes, yoga is less about having the trendiest leggings and more about inner peace, we can still ogle these gorgeous yoga mats, right? Right.

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Mark Your Calendars: Philadelphia Dance Day Set for July 26th

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Since its start in 2010, National Dance Day, a day devoted to celebrating dance, has become a huge event across the country. This year, Philadelphia Dance Day has an amazing schedule planned, with workshops and live performances happening all day long, and a massive dance party to end the night. Local studios like Philly Dance Fitness, Studio 1831 and Major Moment Studio are participating, which means the lineup is packed with fun classes ranging from ballet to tango to Zumba, and even—gasp!— striptease. And the best part? This entire day, packed with workshops and classes galore, costs next to nothing—in fact, all of the workshops offered before 5:30 p.m. are completely free.

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Free Wine, Yoga Class and Discounts at Trail Creek Outfitters This Thursday

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This Thursday, July 10th, is Yoga Night at Glen Mill’s Trail Creek Outfitters. You’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Yoga Night?” Well, friends, it’s a night of free yoga and drinks. Jackpot! First, Marcy Flynn, of Transcend Wellness and Yoga, will guide you through a short yoga class. Then, post-yoga, you’ll be free to snack and shop your night away. Not only will you stretch and de-stress, there will also be complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, prAna giveaways, and lots of discounted yoga gear for sale.

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14 Recipes for a Healthier Fourth of July

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Fourth of July weekend always includes a few food staples: potato salad, burgers, an all-American pie. Another, less appealing, staple of the holiday is a post-barbecue bloat (and guilt). For a healthier holiday this year, opt for the lighter versions of your Fourth favorites. Happy Fourth of July, Philly!

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Wake Up Your Water: 15 Fruit Infusion Recipes You Have To Try

In my humble opinion, water is the number-one summer drink. Not only is it oh-so refreshing, it’s also healthier than other summer favorites like lemonade, sweetened iced tea and soda. But drinking the stuff all day, every day, can get boring. If you’re looking for a way to kick your H2O up a notch, we’ve got you covered; here are 15 of the tastiest fruit infusion recipes around. So go on, drink up!

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