The Checkup: The Six Worst Treats to Get at an Ice Cream Truck

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• There is no sweeter sound than the ringing of an ice cream truck, right? But just how sweet some of the sweet treats on those trucks really are will make you gag: A simple ice cream sandwich can run you a whopping 500 calories and 40 grams of sugar. Here, what to steer clear of and what to get the next time the ice cream truck makes its way to your block. [Eat Clean]
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WEEKEND GUIDE: Free Beer Run, Beat the Commute Race, Free Cycling — And More Fit Things to Do in Philly 

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If this workweek felt long (even though it was shorter than most) I totally feel you. But the good news is, the weekend is oh-so-close and there are a ton of fun fitness events on the books to help you unwind, from a free beer run (yes, please!), to a challenge to see if you can beat a SEPTA bus, check out what’s on the roster, below.
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Philadelphia Farmers’ Market Guide 2015: 81 Farmers’ Markets in the Region

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Warm weather is finally upon us, folks, and with it comes dozens of farmers’ markets scattered throughout the Philly area. And who doesn’t love hand-picked, farm-fresh produce and baked goods? So, to make sure you don’t miss out on all of the amazing eats, we’ve compiled a list of 81 farmers’ markets within the city, the suburbs, and New Jersey. Happy farm-fresh shopping!

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The Checkup: This Is Exactly When to Drink Coffee to Get the Most Out of It

 

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• Between 9 a.m. and noon: That’s when science says you should reach for your first cup of coffee to get the most bang for your buck. You see, our cortisol levels — which naturally keep us alert — peak between 8 and 9 a.m., and coffee dulls that cortisol response. When you really need caffeine is after that, so wait until around 9:15 to down your La Colombe fix. You. Can. Do. It. [Refinery29]

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Yoga With Jake: 15-Minute Yoga Routine for Rock-Hard Abs

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Get ready to feel the burn, guys: This week’s yoga video, courtesy of local yoga instructor Jake Panasevich, is all about the abs — and ours are burning just watching it. The video will take you through core-centric poses like plank, along with counter-poses like bridge. And remember, as Panasevich explains, “The key to core work is to keep your core working without letting yourself misalign.” Got it?

Now hop to it and happy sweating — because, trust us, this core flow will make you sweat! (And note: We know the video is called Core Yoga Flow for Men — yoga for men is Panasevich’s specialty, after all — but this routine sculpts ladies’ abs just as well!)  Read more »

Taco Bell Is About to Get a Little Bit Healthier

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I never liked Taco Bell. Even as a five-year-old whose diet consisted mostly of highly-processed cheese products and bacon bits, I was not down with the fast-food chain. So news of Taco Bell really doesn’t pique my interest, but as my coworker explained to me earlier today, many people remember Taco Bell as their favorite childhood fast-food spot and therefore care about it deeply. (And, he also told me, some people think of it as their first foray into Mexican food, to which I cringed.)

So to all the Taco Bell fans out there, good news: The company just announced that they’ll be getting rid of all artificial colors, artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil in their food (except for sodas and co-branded items like the Doritos-flavored taco shells) by the end of 2015, ABC News reports.  Read more »

Make: Chocolate Cupcake Bites You Won’t Feel Bad About Eating

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Photo by Becca Boyd

The cupcake has been enjoying quite the season in the sun, from game shows to bakeries that sell nothing but the personal-sized treat. But you know who was miles ahead of the trend and will probably be enjoying them long after they’re no longer a “thing”? Kids. Kids love cupcakes, trendy or not.

And for good reason: They’re portion controlled, wrapped in pretty paper and have an excellent cake-to-icing ratio. The downside is what they do to your hip-to-waist ratio. I’ve made and tasted more than my share of “lightened-up” treats, and it’s rare that one will measure up in both flavor and texture, but believe me when I tell you, these fruit-enriched, deep chocolate cupcakes are honestly every bit as good as the real thing. And for way less calories! My three-year-old (who can sniff out hidden health with the best of them) didn’t have a clue.

So whip these up and enjoy — and don’t you dare feel bad about it. They’re sweetened with dates, after all. Read more »

The Bad News About City Living and Belly Fat

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If you live on a busy street with lots of traffic noise (hello, Broad Street dwellers), I’ve got some bad news for you: A new study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that all that traffic noise could be contributing to weight gain, specifically around your abdomen, CityLab reports.
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