How 9 Philly Nutrition Pros Prep for a Healthy Week

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I always have grand plans for myself on the weekend: I’m going to go to yoga. Twice. I’m going to take my dog for a long, much-deserved walk. I’m going to plan my meals for the week and buy all the groceries I need to make them, and I’m going to make a giant batch of soup that I’ll take for my lunch all week long.

And then Saturday morning rolls around and I realize that sitting on my couch in my PJs sloooowly sipping my coffee is a much better idea. And it is—until Monday rolls around and I’m all, “Crap! I have nothing to eat!” When will I ever learn?

I’m guessing I’m not alone in this: More often than not, many of us have grand visions for how we’ll prep for a healthy week on the weekends, except we hardly ever get around to actually doing it. Friends, we need so inspiration—and fast.

I thought it would be enlightening to ask a few Philly nutrition gurus how they manage to keep all their ducks in a row, to glean a few of their best tips and tricks. And guess what? Their answers really surprised me.

Here’s what they told me.

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What to Eat This Week: One-Bowl Dinners

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As a child, I was that ridiculously annoying picky eater who demanded all my food be served on separate plates. And if anyone dared to bring me a plate with a hint of dressing/gravy/spice on it, you better believe, a hunger-strike would commence. Thankfully, for me and everyone who’s ever had to cook for me, this behavior ceased around the age of 16 (embarrassingly late in life, I know) and I discovered the joy that is the one-bowl meal.

The one bowl-dinner is, simply put, a bunch of ingredients thrown in a bowl and mixed together. It’s delicious, efficient and — best of all — easy. And nothing says weeknight dinner like an easy recipe, am I right? Which is why, this week, we’ve got five protein packed one-bowl recipes you’re sure to love. And you’ll love the short and sweet one-bowl clean-up, too.

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Study: The Happiest Couples Sleep Really, Really Close Together

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I’ve never been a big bedtime spooner, and luckily for me, my husband isn’t, either. My sister, on the other hand, is one of those all-up-in-your-grill sleeping partners; she says she and her husband spoon all night, ever night, and have even somehow managed to sync up their tossing and turning: If one person rolls, the other rolls, too.

According to a new study, she must have a really, really happy marriage because it found that couples who sleep so close together that they touch are also the happiest. Researchers at University of Hertfordshire in England found that 94 percent of couples who sleep so that they’re touching reported being “happy” with their relationship, while only 66 percent of people who don’t touch could say the same thing.

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Broad Street Run Training Playlist: Ode to Boy Bands

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Don’t try to act like you don’t secretly love boy bands. Even if you’re not into the current iterations (see: One Direction), I am positive you know every single word to at least one Backstreet Boys song or one N’SYNC jam or even—going way back, here—a Jackson 5 tune.

So stream this week’s playlist with a smile on your face. And please feel free to belt out all the words you know while you run. I certainly won’t judge.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Edition

Cheesecake at Vedge // Photo via Facebook

Cheesecake at Vedge // Photo via Facebook

*Welcome to our new 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!

Once you find your favorite restaurant dish, you never, ever forget it. And upon discovering the amazing creation you’ve stumbled upon, you’re usually tempted to tell anyone and everyone who will listen, because they simply canNOT miss the trip to mouth-heaven that your new favorite dish provides. But aside from posting a “Man, the Curry Tofu Wrap at HipCityVeg is bangin’!’” Facebook status, there’s not a whole lot you can do to get the word out on your favorite Philly restaurant dishes. And this is where our new series, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly, comes in.

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Everyone Rejoice: Shoppist Says Sneakers Are Chic

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We have a web meeting every morning here at Philly Mag HQ, during which the editors of our eight (awesome, amazing) blogs get together to go over our lineups for the day ahead. So imagine my glee when Shoppist editor Emily Goulet told the group that she was doing a post on how sneakers are the new stilettos because tennis shoes, of all things, are suddenly the hot new accessory in fashion. I think I audibly WAHOOOOED at the news.

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Apparently, Hipsters Are Very Healthy Eaters, According to This HuffPo List

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I didn’t know there was such a thing as “hipster foods,” but maybe I’m just not cool enough. On the latest list from Huffington Post, 22 foods are called out as “the most hipster foods on the planet,” said in typical mocking-with-eye-roll tone of voice that usually accompanies any list with the word hipster attached to it.

And while the Huffington Post admits the list is “all in good fun,” what I find funny/interesting/noteworthy is the fact that, according to this list, hipsters must be very healthy eaters. Go hipsters! Maybe we should all aim to be more like you.

Here’s a sampling of what HuffPo considers to be “hipster food,” and why we should maybe all just become hipsters already. (Note: By this metric, I’m guessing at least 90 percent of Be Well readers would be classified as hipsters.)

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