The Checkup: Starbucks Has Finally Caved to Your Avocado Toast Obsession 

• BREAKING NEWS: Starbucks now slings a packaged avocado spread that you can put on anything and everything, from a bagel to make your own avocado toast to the feta egg wrap to, well, whatever else you want avocado on. (Everything? Okay then.) That said, it looks kind of weird in that it’s dark green and appears watery in photos, so maaaaybe don’t get too excited until you actually try it. [Eater]

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It’s That Time Again: How to Get a Free Tree for Your Yard

Are you, much like myself, trying to get into gardening this spring? Well, here, we have a great resource to help you get the wheels turning on your growth goals. TreePhilly is a program that offers young trees to Philadelphia residents to plant in their yards — for free! — in hopes of boosting the city’s tree count. As an added bonus: There are some serious health benefits to having more trees in your life. Read more »

Bookmark This: The Philly Fitness Lover’s Ultimate Spring Bucket List

Despite our recent complete immersion in snow and ice with Stella, or maybe because of it, we are now excited about the start of spring more than ever. There are a slew of new healthy eateries popping up around the city, and we can’t wait to go explore trails, try out new spring races, and generally be outside without our fingers feeling like they are about to freeze off. To expand on this excitement, we chatted with 17 Philly fitness pros to find out what’s on their spring fitness bucket lists once the city thaws out. Soak up some inspiration for your own must-do list below.

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YES: Yoga on the Pier Adds Even More Free Fitness to Its 2017 Lineup

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

There are two things that signal to me that spring really is a comin’: 1) People preemptively donning shorts to go to brunch in 38-degree weather and 2) the announcement of when Yoga on the Pier will start up again. And we, my friends, have spotted both of these signs in the past few days. (Dear fellow humans of the world, please — I beg you — put on a pair of pants. There is SNOW on the ground.)

So, about Yoga on the Pier: In case you aren’t familiar with what it is, Yoga on the Pier is the beloved free yoga series (though donations are always very much welcome and appreciated) held at Race Street Pier in the warmer months, helmed by local yoga instructor Malik Wilson and made possible by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The views of the Ben Franklin Bridge from savasana are amazing. You can bring your (well-behaved) dog. You can bring your kid. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. And this year, they’ve added even MORE programming than they offered last year.

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The Checkup: 10 Common Food Mistakes Even Devoted Healthy Eaters Make

• Who knew you aren’t supposed to down your vitamins at the same time you chug your morning coffee? Not me. (Turns out, caffeine screws with the absorption of certain vitamins.) And who knew that you’re supposed rinse canned beans because they are covered — like completely drenched — in sodium? Not me. (Rinsing the beans knocks almost half of it off.) And another thing: Did you know that not all yogurt is probiotic-packed? Here, 10 nutrition mistakes that even healthy people fall victim to. [Washington Post]

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This Is How We Wish Every Monday Morning Started

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

You know what’s better than pressing snooze on a Monday morning? Rolling out of bed to go punch stuff. More specifically, rolling out of bed to go punch a heavy bag at Rittenhouse’s CKO Kickboxing. And you know what’s even BETTER than that? Punching things at CKO Kickboxing and then getting your savasana on at the neighboring CorePower Yoga. And that’s exactly how our morning starting at our Be Well Philly Underground Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana event today, alongside a crew of dedicated Be Well Philly Undergrounders who will officially serve as our Monday early-morning workout motivation heroes from here on out.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: A Total-Body Circuit Workout That Never Gets Boring

This workout consists of three different circuits, each composed of four different exercises. Your objective? To complete each circuit four times as quickly as you can.

For each circuit you’ll need a different piece of equipment: a bosu ball, a jump rope and a kettlebell. (If you don’t have a kettlebell, you can simply sub in a weight.) And with all these switch-ups, it’s pretty hard to get bored.

Okay, you ready? Go!

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Philly Runner Maps Route for the Ultimate Rita’s Run

It’s the first day of spring, and — more importantly — it’s free water ice day at Rita’s. They’ll be doling out free water ice until 9 p.m. tonight, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you’ll want to take note of this running route created by Dan Kyle and posted to the Run215 Facebook group. With the post, Kyle said, “First day of Spring means free water ice at Rita’s and free ice cream at Dairy Queen! Here, I made a handy running route so you can hit all the locations. You’re welcome, Run215’ers.” What a good samaritan, are we right?

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16 Philly Fitness and Foodie Openings to Be Excited About Now

Photo courtesy Solidcore

Photo courtesy Solidcore

If you’ve grown bored of your usual sweaty haunts — and your usual post-workout grab-and-go meals, too — do note: There are plenty of new spots for you to write down on your bucket list. Here, we’ve rounded up 16 fitness and healthy foodie openings in Philly to be excited about now, from boutique fitness studios and juice shops that just opened their doors, to soon-to-open produce markets, Megaformer studios and jaw drop-inducing fitness clubs. Here’s to switching it up!

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