Meet a Health Hero: Tanya Sen

Tanya Sen

Tanya Sen

» You can vote for Tanya on our Facebook page October 14th through 20th. Mark your calendar!

Name: Tanya Sen

Occupation: Nutrition program manager at the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and program director for the Coalition’s Green Light Pantries, a healthy food pantry program

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I just feel better when I eat healthy. I can really tell the difference in my energy level, mood and overall health when I eat well.

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Make: Coconut-Maple Quinoa Granola

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

I have to admit that sometimes I can be a tad judge-y when it comes to omission diets. There are tons of books touting dairy, gluten or sugar avoidance with amazing results guaranteed. I’ve consistently maintained a solid position on team “everything in moderation.” But while I still stand by my position, I’ve recently made a major modification out of necessity: my exclusively breast-fed baby hates when I eat dairy.

So here’s my new stance: Omission diets can be a lifesaver for certain people, if and when they actually help you feel better (or they help your baby not to scream like a fighting raccoon). This quinoa granola is a wonderful, high protein start to your day whether you’re avoiding dairy (or gluten, if you use gluten-free oats) or not. Serve up about a third of a cup (granola is high calorie, so watch your portions, please) with fresh fruit and almond milk for a quick and naturally sweet meal.

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Oof. Here’s How Many Calories Are in Those Wawa Pizzas

If you live in Philly and not under a rock, you probably heard that Wawa is selling pizza now. In the few days since its debut, the convenience store’s focaccia pizzas have gotten mixed reviews. The folks over at Philly.com got their hands on three of the five available pies—there are plain, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie and bacon-jalapeño in all—and were generally unimpressed. But over on Twitter, people seem to be digging it—or at least digging the concept.

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Start Your Day Off Right: 6 Ways to Eat Salad for Breakfast

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Salad for breakfast might sound like some cruel form of punishment that you totally don’t deserve—until you get a glimpse of these drool-worthy concoctions, that is. Who knew that getting your daily dose of morning veggies could be so Instagram-worthy?

And these breakfasts aren’t just a pretty plate: Chowing down on an egg-topped bed of kale (or spinach, or arugula) is an easy way to squeeze in your morning veggies without downing a green juice. Because green juice is great and all, but having it every single morning can get a bit old, am I right? But enough talk about salad for breakfast—let’s get to the recipes: Here, six salad-for-breakfast dishes that you’ll want to eat for lunch and dinner, too.

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BeWOW: How to Use a Medicine Ball to Shred Your Whole Body

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All you need for this week’s workout is a medicine ball and set of weights (or a weighted bar, if that’s more your style). And maybe a towel—you know, to wipe up your  buckets and buckets of sweat. You’re going to do a circuit of six exercises, with 20 reps of each exercise per set. The goal is get through the full circuit five times. And if you’ve ever tried doing a push-up with your hands on a medicine ball, then you know: It’s not going to be easy.

Happy sweating, friends!

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Meet a Health Hero: Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon

Pastor Herndon

Pastor W. Lonnie Herndon

» You can vote for Pastor Herndon on our Facebook page October 14th through 20th. Mark your calendar!

Name: W. Lonnie Herndon

Occupation: Pastor at Compassion Ministries

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Family—as a husband and father, I owe it to myself first and my wife and daughter to be healthy. In addition, as a role model for the thousands of members that call me their pastor and to the community who looks to me as a leader, I believe it is my responsibility to set the example to live a healthy life.

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