The Most Mouthwatering Chilled Soups at Philly Restaurants Right Now

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If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.

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7 Healthy Make-Ahead Lunches to Eat All Week Long

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When it comes to lunch, I always have super-healthy goals. I’m going to wake up early to make a giant salad to take with me, or stir-fry some veggies the night before. But when I’m curled up on the couch at the end of a long day or hitting snooze for the third time, all of those plans go right out the window, and I end up shoving a sandwich into my bag or getting takeout at work instead.

Cue make-ahead meals. Whip up a big batch of one of the recipes below on Sunday night, separate it into containers, and bam—lunch for the week. All you have to do is grab-and-go on your way out the door. Even better? All of the recipes will taste just as good on Friday as they did on Monday.

You might be thinking, “Why in the world would I want to waste my Sunday night putting things in Tupperware when I could be doing anything else?” And believe me, I’m with you on that one. But think of it this way: An hour or two of preparation saves you money on takeout, adds precious minutes of sleep-time in the morning, and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll have delicious and healthy meals at your fingertips all week. Totally worth it, right? Read more »

Better Business Bureau Warns About Theme Runs

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If you’re getting ready to sign up for a new fun run or theme race, you might want to take a closer look before you register. The folks over at Runner’s World shared news this week that the Better Business Bureau is advising theme-race registrants to proceed with caution. The warning comes on the heels of a flood of complaints the Bureau received about organizations canceling runs and not issuing refunds. Read more »

Yoga and Wine at Valley Green Inn with Pop Up Yoga Philly

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The folks over at Pop Up Yoga Philly are on a roll, people. The same gals who put together the $10 class at the Porch at 30th Street Station just announced a brand-new event: a 60-minute Vinyasa class followed by a wine happy hour at the pavilion at Valley Green Inn. Can you think of a better way to unwind after a long workweek? Because I totally can’t. Read more »

How 5 Philly Fitness Pros Clean Up Post-Workout

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We’ve all seen those people who look phenomenal after a workout. You know, the ones who leave an hour-long spin class, let their hair down, and go about their lives just like that? I’m not one of those people. I practically break a sweat when I think about exercise. So forgoing a shower after a workout, especially in the middle of the summer? Forget about it. But sometimes, there’s no choice. It’s a lunch break sweat sesh or a pre-dinner run—or it’s nothing.

So I asked the people who sweat for a living how they get it together after a workout. I expected these ladies to recommend a dry shampoo or two, but what I got instead was an arsenal of amazing tips and products that are guaranteed get you out the door, looking fresh, in no time. Consider this my gift to you, my sweaty, sweaty friends.  Read more »

Is Kamut Wheat the Next Quinoa?

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Maybe it’s just me, but all of a sudden I’ve seen Kamut wheat popping up all over the place—as a toss-in at my favorite salad spot, at farmers’ markets, on food blogs everywhere. I’ve even heard people tout it as—gasp—the next quinoa. But I had no idea what the heck this mystery grain is, and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one.

Turns out, Kamut wheat is a modern brand of the ancient khorosan wheat. (It’s pronounced kah-MOOT, I found out, after pronouncing it wrong for the past two weeks.) It’s organically grown, high in protein, and high in minerals like selenium and zinc. The most common form are Kamut berries, which look like wheat berries or farro, just bigger. Read more »

Why America Is Obese: We’re Not Exercising Enough, Study Says

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A new study by Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that America’s obesity epidemic might be more influenced by a lack of exercise than excess calorie consumption, the LA Times reports. The research shows that while obesity has risen in the past 22 years, the amount of time we spend exercising has taken a major dive.

In 2010, 52 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported doing no exercise in their free time, up from 19 percent and 11 percent in 1998. But here’s the kicker: The number of calories we consume has remained the same.

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