The Checkup: The Nutrition Label Change Everyone Is Talking About

• The Internet has been chattering away about the FDA’s new changes to nutrition labels since Friday, with most of the talk revolving around the addition of an “added sugar” line. Some (hi, First Lady Michelle Obama) see it as a win, while others (looking at you, sugar industry) see it as an upset. (We’re in the former camp, because anything that means less ingredient deciphering — and therefore more time for sample eating — in the grocery store aisles is a win, right?) [The New York Times] Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: A Workout You Can Knock Out in Under 30 Minutes

This Week’s Workout: The 29-Minute Challenge

The Breakdown

Total time commitment: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness factor: This workout went by quickly and wasn’t too hard, but we were a touch sore in our shoulders and calves the next day.
Overall grade (out of 5): 3.5. If you’re looking for a quick workout that isn’t too tough, this is for you! Read more »

Recipe: The Protein-Packed Pancakes You Should Definitely Make

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

When my husband began eating gluten-free, pancakes were one of his saddest farewells. Breakfast for dinner is a staple in our house and pancakes are hard to beat. I tried a few mixes and fell hard for Trader Joe’s gluten-free pumpkin pancakes — alas, it’s a seasonal item.

But making your own is always a good bet, so I got to work in the kitchen. I wanted a pancake that was naturally sans gluten, low enough in calories that I could partake, and filled with enough protein to keep us satiated. Well, my friends, I have found it. And the best part? This pancake mix is made, start to finish, in your blender. Read more »

#NightShiftPHL Details: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Free Run for Night Owls 

#NightShiftPHL | Photo via Facebook

#NightShiftPHL | Photo via Facebook

If you thought you were going to spend Sunday night sitting around in an Aztec Clay Mask mask while eating a serving of the giant quinoa salad you made for the week and watching “Lemonade” for the trillionth time (can you tell this is how I spent last Sunday night?), think again: The lovely organizers of #NightShiftPHL — the free occasional pop-up night runs for the night owls amongst us put on by Jon Lyons of Run215 and Suzanne Allaire of the November Project — just let us know the next #NightShiftPHL will be going down this coming Sunday night. Read more »

Big News: Wanderlust 108 Date and Location Announced for Philly

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo via Wanderlust

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo courtesy Wanderlust

We’ve got some big news, guys. Like, sure-to-get-you-giddy-with-excitement BIG news. Here it goes: Wanderlust 108, the giant festival that combines yoga, running, meditation and music (plus a kombucha bar!), just announced exactly when and where they’ll be setting up in Philly this fall. Can I get a drumroll, please? The fest will be coming to the Navy Yard on Saturday, October 8th. Eeeeeee! Read more »

An Open Letter to the Giant Slip ’N Slide That Almost Came to Philly  

Slide the City | Photo via Facebook

Slide the City | Photo via Facebook

Dear Slide the City,

Let me start by saying, now that it seems clear you won’t be setting up your giant Slip ’N Slide in Philly this summer, I am forced once again to completely reimagine my marriage proposal. Thanks a lot.

Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, there were a few things I could count on every summer: Rita’s Water Ice paired with soft pretzels, Eagles Training Camp, summer barbecues with vaguely racist comments about the WOW skating rink on the Boulevard from second cousins who believed the sun revolved around Mayfair and that God was a Teamster.

And, of course, Slip ’N Slides, with their questionable safety precautions and lax supervision that made them somehow all the more enticing. Sure, they tended to look like a giant roll of trash bags you were pretty sure even Costco didn’t sell, but they were so much fun. A Slip ’N Slide is the only attraction on which I can remember tearing a medically significant hole in my tailbone and jumping up to run back up the hill and try it again. Read more »

The Checkup: These Are the Best Cities for Fitness in America (No, Philly Did Not Make the Cut)

• Looks like D.C. is kicking our butt when it comes to the fitness game. The District was just ranked the fittest city in the country for the third year in a row by the American Fitness Index, followed by Minneapolis in second place and Denver in third. Philly came down much further on the list at number 24. Let’s work on that, shall we? [Huffington Post]
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