Make: Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

You might see this title and say to yourself, “Soup … in July?” But the amazing thing about cooking with seasonal produce is that the temperature doesn’t really matter. Whether you eat this soup hot or at room temperature, it’s simply bursting with the fresh, summery flavors of tender zucchini and fragrant basil. The lime juice lends a bit of interest and zip (not to mention lessens the need for salt), and as I poured myself a second bowl I secretly hoped my kids would turn up their little noses at the green color so I could save it all for my weekday lunches.

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PHL Distance Walkers Has a Sweet New Website

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A few weeks ago, we told you about the awesome new Facebook community that is the PHL Distance Walkers, which aims to connect all Philadelphians who enjoy long walks, whether that means three miles or thirteen (now that’s a long walk). Since then, the group has amassed over 370 members on Facebook. Woohoo!  

Motivated by the group’s initial success, founder J Nathan Bazzel just launched a PHL Distance Walkers website to keep the momentum going. The site will eventually include a blog, tips for distance walking, suggested walking routes, and a full calendar of organized events. So useful, right? And when we checked out the website, we realized, the PHL Distance Walkers have some awesome events coming up. Check them out below. Read more »

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Healthy Food-Truck Finds

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Like many cities, our city has a love affair with food trucks. They’re quick, convenient, reasonable, and can showcase some of the trendiest cuisine around. While often guaranteed to be tasty, many food-truck offerings are definitely not guaranteed to be a paragon of health and nutrition. I personally realized this two weeks ago at The Food Trust’s Night Market Callowhill. I was surrounded by a ton of Philly’s food trucks, overwhelmed by mouthwatering choices but starved (pun intended) for something I could be sure was figure-friendly.

Inspired by that experience, I went on the hunt for the most delicious healthy food-truck items in Philly, and who better to consult than some of our local health-minded, food-loving registered dietitians? Below, Philly dietitians dish on their favorite healthy food-truck finds and prove you don’t have to avoid the food truck to have a nutrient-packed lunch. Read more »

The Checkup: The Genius Way to Slash Calories Next Time You Make Guacamole

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• This is pure genius, people. The way to cut calories in your guacamole? For every cup of avocado you use, use a cup of peas that are blended smooth. You won’t be able to taste the difference, and you can feel way better about not sticking to one serving. Because who ever sticks to one serving of guac? No one. The answer is no one. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Expert Advice: You’re Only As Strong As Your Weakest Muscle Group

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If you’re a regular gym goer, it’s easy to get stuck in the habit of thinking about each muscle in isolation, and working them that way. But this approach causes muscle imbalances: When demands placed on one muscle are too heavy to bear, another less suitable muscle will take over to support the weight. In some situations, the opposing muscle compensates and becomes stronger than its counterpart, meanwhile your weaker muscles remain weak.

One way to prevent muscle imbalances — and get better results when you work out while also preventing long-term injury — is to think of the body as a system with complementary muscle groups. And complementary muscles are often involved in the same movements so it makes sense to work them together.

But before you try that, it’s important to know the muscle groups that are often weaker. These are some of the most common areas of muscle weakness. Check them out, and take note. After all, you’re only as strong as your weakest muscle group.

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Good News for Juice Junkies: The Juice Merchant Is Open

juice merchantHey, Manyank juice junkies: Remember when we told you way back in November that a new juice shop would be coming your way? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that The Juice Merchant — a cafe serving up tons of fresh-pressed raw juices along with smoothies, wraps, seasonal salads and more —  has officially opened its doors on Manayunk’s Main Street (4330 Main Street to be exact).

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Dear Indego Riders, Please Don’t Give Philly Cyclists a Bad Rap

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First, before you all go full-on caps on me in the comments section, screaming at me for trying to take down a resource that is great for the city, let me say: I love Indego. I have been super excited for the arrival of Philly’s bike share for years now, and now that it’s here, I think it’s a great addition to the city for both everyone who lives here and for folks who come to visit. So let’s be clear: My beef is not with Indego. My beef is with reckless Indego riders.

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