The Downside of Drowning Your Food in Sriracha (You Know You Do It)

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For some, Sriracha — particularly Huy Fong’s take on the hot sauce — is to a meal what breathing is to life. It’s essential. Impossible to live without. A pure necessity. In my house, we go through bottles of Sriracha (like, the oversized bottles designed for mass consumption) like some people go through milk. But a recent piece on the Huffington Post made me think twice about drowning everything from eggs to peanut butter sandwiches (really) in the spicy red sauce.

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Philly Fitness Lovers: You Need to Bookmark This 21-Day Calendar

Ciclo, where Lululemon will be hosting a free early-morning class. | Photo courtesy Mina Carroll

Ciclo, where Lululemon will be hosting a free early-morning class. | Photo courtesy Mina Carroll

Going to go ahead and say I told you so: A few weeks ago, we told you guys you were going to want to start paying attention to the free fitness happenings being organized by the folks over at Lululemon’s new Fishtown outpost. But in case you didn’t take that suggestion to heart, we thought we’d bring their truly awesome January lineup of events to your attention: Over the course of 21 days, which kicked off this Monday, they have a free event of some form or another — from hot yoga classes to Spin sessions to resolution mural workshops and more — on the roster, with events going down at the Frankford Avenue store or at studios in the Fishtown ‘hood. Uhhhhhhh, yes, please!

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The Checkup: Hooray! Philly’s Bike Lanes to Get Serious Upgrade 

• Well, this is exciting: Yesterday, funding boosts for 51 transportation projects across Pennsylvania were announced. Included on the list: $250,000 to the City of Philadelphia for flexible delineator posts to create 27 miles of protected bikes lanes in Philly (YASSS). Looks like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s map of a magical Philadelphia with 30 miles of protected bike lanes might come in handy soon! Also on that list for funding? Nearly $1 million to add 16 Indego stations. It’s a good day for cyclists, eh? [Philly.com]

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MAKE: The Guilt-Free Muffins Guaranteed to Make Your Mornings Glorious

Morning Glory Muffins | Photo by Becca Boyd

Morning Glory Muffins | Photo by Becca Boyd

It really doesn’t get better for me than muffins, for several reasons: they bake all at once, they’re portable, they can be healthy, and both the kids and the adults in the house can happily (and healthfully) partake. What’s not to love?

These muffins are my take on Morning Glory Muffins, which have become pretty common, though they originated in the ’70’s in a Nantucket restaurant. From my laundry list of ingredients here you will see they’re sort of an “everything but the kitchen sink” combination but the general flavor is simply wintry, what with all that cinnamon.

Using whole-wheat flour and coconut oil means I can feel good about giving it to my kids for breakfast, and though there is some sugar (1/2 c. brown sugar) as well as sweetness from the coconut, remember: It’s divided up into 24 muffins. Hold on I’ll do the math — okay, that’s one teaspoon of brown sugar per muffin. Not bad. Carrots and apples provide more sweetness along with fiber (and great texture). Happy baking!

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Lithe Method Founder Lauren Boggi Declares Bankruptcy

Photo by Jessica Hawkes Webster

Photo by Jessica Hawkes Webster

Devotees of the insanely popular fitness cult Lithe Method and its unnervingly cheery leader, Lauren Boggi, were horrified recently when Boggi announced that, thanks to a messy legal dispute, Lithe was no more.

As Boggi told clients in a late-December email, the landlord of Lithe Method’s never-opened New York outpost had obtained a $400,000-plus judgment against her and reportedly seized her bank accounts and assets. Well, the situation has only grown bleaker: Boggi has declared personal bankruptcy.  Read more »

Why Alcohol Makes You Poop (And How to Avoid a Bathroom-Filled Morning After)

A little over a year ago, we asked this question: Why does running make you poop? (Here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re never afraid to ask the truly tough questions.) So naturally, we were intrigued when we saw a post on Thrillist delving into a similar subject: the question of why a boozy night leads to a morning filled with trips to the bathroom.

Gross? Maybe. But admit it: You can probably relate.

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How Your Brain Tricks You Into Spending More Than You Need to When Trying to Eat Healthy

The only thing worse than waiting in an hours-long line for brunch, only to be served a plate of eggs topped with a meal-ruining orange slice (tell me: WHO wants citrus on their eggs?!) is going to the grocery store and leaving with a cardiac episode-causing balance in your bank account because you just had to buy the fancy quinoa and the fancy organic honey and the fancy sourdough bread. And by fancy, I mean expensive.

Hey, it happens to the best of us. And as the Washington Post reports, you may be able to blame your preference for budget-breaking items at Whole Foods on a brain glitch. It seems, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, we pretty much always — often wrongly — assume that the more expensive an item is, the healthier it is. And of course, if you’re going to eat quinoa salad for lunch EVERY damn day, you want it to be the healthiest quinoa, right? Right. So you reach for the most expensive bag.

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