Is Sweetgreen’s Zahav Bowl Worth Trading Your Custom Salad Order in For? 

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Around 12 p.m. today, like Santa or Oprah, the Sweetgreen gods dropped a gift into my lap just in time for lunch: The new Zahav Bowl, the product of a collaboration with Philly chef Michael Solomonov of restaurant favorites like Zahav (duh), Dizengoff, and more.

The bowl, available at Philly’s Sweetgreen locations through May, debuted today, and I’m not going to lie: I wasn’t particularly excited about. Literally every single ingredient in the salad is an item that, when I am at Sweetgreen crafting my custom salad (soooo, just about every day), I scan over and think to myself HARD pass on that.

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The Vegan Milkshake You Need to Drink Now

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Look, I know what you’re thinking because I was thinking the same thing. A tehina milkshake? That sounds…weird. Like drinking creamy peanut butter maybe. Or somehow worse. Like sipping cold, deconstructed hummus. Like somehow turning sesame seeds into a liquid dessert.

I get it. I do. I was suspicious at first, too. People kept telling me that I had to go to Goldie to try it. That no matter what I thought it was going to taste like, I was wrong. And I wasn’t interested at all until I went to Goldie — until I had to stand in line with what I assume was every single person in Center City and wait while the line shuffled slowly forward. By the time I got close to the counter and the guy working the shake machine asked me if I wanted anything, I just said, “Sure.” At that point, I was hungry enough and bored enough that I would’ve been happy with just an empty cup to play with. But then he handed me my chocolate tehina shake and I tasted it.

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Why This Year Will Be the Last for the 5,000 Yards Dash’s Delaware Avenue Race Course 

A view of the Ben Franklin Bridge, which the race course passes | fullvalue/iStock.com

A view of the Ben Franklin Bridge, which the race course passes | fullvalue/iStock.com

Last year, Great American Brewery Runs announced that they’d be bringing a new race into the mix, this one starting and ending at Yard’s Brewing Company, taking runners out and back along the northbound lanes of Delaware Avenue, which don’t get much foot traffic. (See what I did there?) But this year, the second year for the 5,000 Yards Dash, will be the last chance runners will have to run the race’s Delaware River course.

But before you freak out, rest assured knowing the 2.84-mile race isn’t going anywhere — Yards is. Yards is gearing up for a move to 5th and Spring Garden streets, which means, the race organizers tell us, the route, designed to start and end at the brewery, will have to change. So, if you want in on the Delaware River course on October 8th, you’re going to want to mark your calendar for Thursday, May 4th. That, dear beer-loving runners, is when registration opens.

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What Happened When I Quit Sugar for 21 Days

For the past five years, one to two times a year I’ve done my own version of a cleanse or reboot. Generally, I do this as the seasons change — I find it gives my digestion system some well-deserved attention after being an avid participant in the Philadelphia foodie scene, traveling, and holiday celebrating (and all the indulgence that comes along with that).

This year, instead of the familiar cleanse I’ve used in the past, I created a sort of elimination diet in an attempt to address some potential food allergies and hormonal imbalances. Some of the foods I refrained from eating for 21 days included dairy, gluten, bananas, coffee, and — dun, dun, dun — sugar, in all forms (with the exception being limited amounts of blueberries, sweet potatoes and butternut squash).

I found that 21 days without any sugar is just as difficult as it sounds — but it’s not miserable! If you are trying cut down on your sugar intake (after, most of us eat way too much of it), you can prep yourself for the road ahead by reading what I learned from the process below.

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The Checkup: This Food Pyramid Makes Mastering an Anti-Inflammatory Diet WAY Easier 

 

• I can’t go a single day without seeing the word anti-inflammatory more often than I see an enraged Facebook status about Donald Trump — which is reallllly often. And for good reason: Inflammation is linked to everything from acne to heart disease. Which is why this nutritionist-crafted anti-inflammatory foods pyramid is SO darn handy. Hint: kimchi is your friend. [Well + Good]

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Broad Street Run Training: You’re About to Begin the Most Important Week of Training

One of my favorite running quotes is “The race is just a victory lap.” How you perform on race day is mostly a result of weeks and months of training. If you prepare properly, your finishing time is your reward for the months of sweat, exhaustion and hard work.

Running is not like studying for a test. There is no last minute cramming; no last minute workouts; no last-minute secrets that will suddenly help you gain fitness and drop minutes. Understanding this important fact will help you avoid making mistakes as you enter what could be the most important week of your Broad Street training. This week starts Sunday.  Read more »

Make This: One-Skillet Citrus-Chili Shrimp and Green Beans

Citrus-chili shrimp and green beans | Photo by Becca Boyd

Citrus-chili shrimp and green beans | Photo by Becca Boyd

I’m a big fan of dishes where the meat and vegetables cook together in the same sauce. Typically I avoid short cuts (like prepared sauces) because they can be loaded with sugar, salt and preservatives, but frozen vegetables, when they work in a recipe, are fantastic timesavers. Why clean, trim and steam green beans when they come prepped (and are just as healthy)? You’re right: There is no logical reason.

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