8 Foods You’re Wasting Money (and Calories) On If You Buy Them at the Store

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I must preface this post with an admission: I am pretty much the furthest thing from a “serious” home cook you’ll ever encounter. I don’t spend my weekends working my way through a Julia Child cookbook. I don’t obsessively pin recipe ideas on a Pinterest board. I don’t make piles of baked goods for the office just because I happened to be playing round with a snickerdoodle recipe the night before. Heck, I don’t even measure when I cook.

So yes, I’m a pretty lazy home cook. I have my stable of a dozen or so go-to recipes that I simply make over and over and over again. These recipes contain just a few simple ingredients I almost always have on hand, and they come together in 20 minutes or less. Sure, they’re delicious, but they are anything but complicated or creative.

I say all of this by way of background for today’s post, because I want you to understand that if a lazy home cook like me can muster the energy/creativity to make the items below at home, rather than buy them at the store, you can, too. Based on my culinary track record alone, you can trust the fact that these recipes are so embarrassingly simple, you’ll wonder why you ever store-bought them in the first place.

So here goes: My list of eight no-brainer, easy-to-make-at-home foods you’d be crazy to buy at the store ever again.

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Yoga White Party at the Art Museum on New Year’s Eve

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Yoga at the Art Museum

Here’s one New Year’s Eve event that won’t leave you with a killer hangover come New Year’s Day: The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Pay-What-You-Wish Yoga White Party. As you might already know, the Art Museum hosts pay-what-you-can yoga every Wednesday evening and, in celebration of New Year’s Eve, next Wednesday, the 31st, they’ll be going all out.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Perfect Pairs

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This week, you have 2 exercises at at time.  You are going to start with one rep of each exercise, then two of each, then three of each, and so on until you do 10 reps of each exercise. Challenge yourself to work hard and work fast through each set. You could even set a timer to see how long the workout takes. Then, try it again next week and beat your time.

Good luck!

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January Is … Veganuary?

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Remember back last year, when Beyoncé and Jay Z embarked on a 22-day vegan stint? Well, this is probably the closest you’ll ever get to being Queen Bey: Starting January 1st, you’re invited to join in on the second annual Veganuary, a 31-day vegan challenge aimed at encouraging regular meat-loving folks across the world to ditch animal products for the month of January in the hopes of giving the planet—and their bodies—a break. A New Year’s resolution that ends after just one month? Yes, please.

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The Checkup: Here’s What Actually Happens to Fat When You Lose Weight

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• I’m sure you’ve heard any number of theories as to what happens to fat when you lose weight: Cells shrink but never actually disappear. Cells burn up and—poof!—vanish into thin air. One scientist in Australia was determined to figure out what really happens. His discovery will absolutely knock your socks off. [Yahoo Health]

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6 Ways Not to Go Completely Stir-Crazy Over the Holiday Break

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If you’re looking forward to your time off (You did remember to take time off this week, right?) with just the tiniest hint of cabin fever-induced trepidation, I feel ya. While staying in and cozying up with some good ol’ fashioned daytime TV is fun for like, a day, you certainly can’t fathom doing that for seven days straight.

So if you’re looking to fill your calendar with activities that’ll get your blood flowing, check out our ideas below. (Surprise—not all of them involve working up a sweat!)

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 25 Christmas Songs You Can Work Out To

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

I know—it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit with all those year-end deadlines looming. But guys, I have good news: We’re officially in the homestretch, so the end is in sight!

To help you catch the Christmas bug—and fast!—we put together a very special holiday playlist featuring 25 festive tunes we think you’ll be happy to sweat to. So plug in your headphones, hit the trail for a run, and let the visions of dancing sugar-plum fairies begin … now.

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Shane Montgomery Fundraiser 5K Planned This Weekend in Manayunk

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CBS Philly is reporting that there will be a 5K happening in Manayunk on Saturday to help raise money for the Help Find Shane Montgomery fund. It will start at 9 a.m. outside of Goals Fit (4450 Main Street) and be led by Goals Fit owner Kasey Manwaring. The run is free but donations are encouraged.

Schuyler Nunn, owner of Indigo Schuy in Chestnut Hill and co-founder of the iRunTheHill Facebook group, says she will also be collecting optional donations for the Shane Montgomery fund at this weekend’s free Phrosty 5K in the Wissahickon.

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