Starbucks’ Secret Purple Drink: We Tried It — And It Wasn’t Disgusting

Two secret purple drinks from Starbucks.

Two Purple Drinks from Starbucks | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Unless you’ve been ignoring the Internet at all costs in the last few days, you’ve probably seen at least one or two pieces documenting the rise of Instagram’s new favorite off-the-menu Starbucks drink, dubbed the secret Purple Drink. It is, well, just that: very purple and, until recently, very secret.

And considering the drink is really just unsweetened iced tea, dairy-free milk, blackberries and vanilla syrup (an optional addition, really), it’s on the healthier end of the specialty-Starbucks-drinks spectrum. So, being the dutiful health bloggers we are, Be Well editor Adjua and I set out to try the Purple Drink in order to report back to you all on whether it’s worth trading your usual afternoon pick-me-up in for. And this just in: Though we expected it to be totally gross — something about purple tea just seems … gross  — it’s honestly not all that bad. Read more »

Meet Jackie, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

jackie leadI’m going to go ahead and call this week’s adoptable running dog Jackie the Beyoncé of running dogs. Why’s that you ask? Well, for one, she has a GREAT smile (evidence to the left), and two, she can kind of do it all: She can match your pace while running, run alongside you as you bike, and cheer you up with kisses when you feel like you’re going to keel over mid-run. Learn more about this sweet gal below. Read more »

A Yogi’s Dream Happy Hour: Free Outdoor Yoga, Boozy Green Juice and Massages

As you know, we LOVE us some outdoor yoga, so when we heard about this 60-minute free session at Rittenhouse Square next week, we couldn’t help but squeal. Listen to this: The class, put on by The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 6 p.m. — and it ends with boozy green juice and chair massages. Yassss.
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Do This: Epic Spin/Run/Boot Camp/Brunch Workout (With Mimosas!)

Fit Academy | Photo via Facebook

Fit Academy | Photo via Facebook

If you’re feeling a bit blasé about your usual Saturday-morning workout and are looking for a workout that will kick your butt this weekend, you’re in luck: Tomorrow, June 25th, Body Cycle Studio and Fit Academy are teaming up for an epic midday sweat-and-brunch session, including a Spin class, a short run and a boot camp class. Followed by mimosas, of course.
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The Checkup: How to Get Tons of Protein Into Your Diet — Without Eating Meat

• As a human who doesn’t eat meat, I get this question from friends, coworkers and near-strangers often: “I’m thinking of giving up meat. But HOW will I get protein??????” Fear-filled eyes are a given. Well, here, friends: 20 ways to get tons of protein into your dietwithout eating meat. (Tip: Add hemp seeds to the list and you’ve got 21 ways!) [Runner’s World] Read more »

Hooray! Unite Fitness Announces Main Line Location 

Unite Fitness Announces Main Line Location

Photo courtesy Unite Fitness

Suburbanites, get ready to be VERY sore: Unite Fitness, the Midtown Village fitness studio known for their signature three-part workout that includes cardio intervals, strength training and a yoga recovery, just gave us word that they are bringing their workout to the Main Line, with a new location opening at 707 West Lancaster Avenue in Wayne. Read more »

What’s Going on With Gangster Vegan Organics? A Lot, Actually 

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Yesterday, West Philly Local noted that the location that, back in October, was announced as a new storefront for Gangster Vegan Organics, a Norristown-based shop all about plant-based food and juice, seemed to available to lease now. Meaning … no more Gangster Vegan planned for 4305 Locust Street?

We reached out to Gangster Vegan owner Vinny DePaul to see what was going on with the West Philly location and we found out that, one, he’s still planning on setting up shop in West Philly  — just not on Locust Street — and two, there’s a whole lot more in the works for Gangster Vegan this year, too. Read more »

Aerial Photo of Reading Viaduct Gives Runners Something to Daydream About

Earlier this spring, on one of the first really warm days of the year, I was locking my bike up near the base of the Reading Viaduct, the foot of the planned Rail Park and the spot where a PHS pop-up beer garden sits now. As I looked up from my U-Lock, I spotted a runner casually squeeze through a hole in the fence to the elevated rail line, the length of which is currently overgrown with weeds, and keep on running. I thought, Man, that girl is really desperate to run somewhere besides the grey, concrete streets of Callowhill. But hey, we’ve all been there, right?

So when I woke up this morning and saw an awesome aerial photo of the Reading Viaduct — slated to make up a chunk of the planned Rail Park, a three-mile linear park currently in the fundraising phase — I began daydreaming, for myself and for this fellow runner, about green, red-light-free (weeds-free!) city runs along a transformed elevated rail line. Read more »

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