Make: Guilt-Free, Low-Calorie Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Photo by Becca Boyd

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Photo by Becca Boyd

The other day, my mom bought my kids a donut from Wawa. I had a bite. And I might’ve swooned a little. Newsflash (that you probably already know): Unhealthy food can be really, seriously delicious. And it can be hard to navigate the food scene when healthy food is often just, well, less appetizing. Besides, light beer pairs best with pizza and nachos.

If you, too, have trouble drooling over healthy food, I have just the recipe for you. This recipe is what I eat when I’m hungry and tired of portion control. Lean chicken in a sauce with just the right amount of fat, tossed with broccoli slaw (the storebought stuff you buy in a bag, which you could pretty much eat buckets of without feeling bad). Then, instead of serving the salty/sweet/spicy umami-rich (thank you, fish sauce) concoction over rice or in a tortilla, it’s wrapped in tender butter lettuce leaves.

It’s addicting in very real way — and not in the way people say kale chips are addicting. Like, in the way people say Wawa donuts are addicting. And you won’t feel bad about digging in. Read more »

Why Runners Are Upset About the Philadelphia Marathon Course Changes 

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Back in April, the Philadelphia Marathon announced that they’d be making some big changes to the November race this year: For one, Jim Marino, race director for the Broad Street Run, would be coming on as race director for the Philadelphia Marathon. Two, the half marathon and the full marathon would be held on different days — the former on Saturday and the latter on Sunday — as opposed to running concurrently, as they have in past years. And three, both distances would see some course changes.

Back then, they outlined the race changes in a press release, saying the most notable change to the full marathon would be the nixing of the out-and-back portion on East Falls Bridge. They outlined some serious changes to the half marathon course—long story short: significantly less time spent in Center City, more time spent in Fairmount Park—but there were no maps of the courses available then. Well, now there are. The race recently posted the map for the full marathon course (here) and the half marathon course (here)—and runners have quite a bit to say.

Runners have been chatting about the changes, primarily the changes to the half marathon course (the marathon course is mostly untouched, and many people are actually very happy about the fact that the East Falls Bridge portion was cut), over in the Facebook group Run215. Reading through the comments, there seem to be two main issues upsetting runners when it comes to the half marathon course changes. Read more »

The Checkup: The Unexpected Food That’s Packed With Post-Workout Powers

• Sometimes, when my family eats out, a plate will be garnished with a flower and my mom will swallow it right down with the rest of her meal. “Mom, it’s for decoration, you don’t eat it … ” we all say. But perhaps she’s onto something. (Mom’s are always right, aren’t they?) Perhaps flowers are more than a beautiful decoration. According to science, edible flowers offer a whole host of health benefits including some serious post-workout anti-inflammatory powers. [Runner’s World] Read more »

7 Science-Backed Reasons to Exercise That Have Zero to Do With Weight Loss

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ferrantraite/iStock.com

Sometimes, you need motivation aside from the promise of fitting into your skinny jeans to get your off your couch, outside of your pleasantly air-conditioned apartment, and exercising. If you’ve been at a loss to find any reasons (we’ve all been there), not to worry: We’ve got plenty for you.

We’ve rounded seven science-backed reasons to get off the couch and get moving—none of which have to do with weight loss—from the oh-so-wonderful runner’s high to the promise of a better night’s rest to improved skin to better sex and more. Read up, then get moving!  Read more »

The Checkup: The Gym Machines You Should Stop Wasting Your Time On

• Choosing a gym machine over free weights can seem like the logical choice when pumping iron at the gym. Why would you want to venture into the unknown dumbbell territory when you could stick to an exercise you are absolutely, 100-percent sure you are doing correctly? (Shoutout to those little illustrations on the side of the machines!) But turns out, these particular gym machines are wastes of time, according to fitness pros. [SELF]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Sculpt Your Upper Body in 8 Moves

This workout is going to target your upper body in just eight moves. To complete the workout you are going to work with four pairs of exercises, doing each pair for the assigned number of reps five times through before moving on to the next pair.

And to all you speed demons out there: This workout is not cardio-based, so make sure you focus on using good form and the appropriate weight so that each set is a challenge, rather than powering through it as fast as you can.

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Hotel Palomar Now Has Happy Hour Yoga (With Free Wine!) Every Monday

Yoga at Hotel Monaco | Photo via Paul Gelsobello

Yoga at Kimpton Hotel | Photo by Paul Gelsobello

So it seems the folks over at Kimpton Hotels can’t get enough of giving us cheap fitness and we are not complaining. You may remember a few weeks ago when Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco held a day full of $7 fitness classes to benefit Back on My Feet Philadelphia. Well now, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse has partnered with Philly Yoga Factory to create a weekly yoga program they called Asanas and Aperitifs. And it’s basically the happiest happy hour ever.  Read more »

Why You Should Stop Buying This Sauce at the Store and Start Making It at Home

Ever since I was a little kid, every summer, my mom has made a habit of making her famous pesto sauce using basil from her garden. And every year, my sisters and I practically beg her to make enough so that we can freeze it and use it all year long. Obviously, we realize that we could just run to Costco or Trader Joe’s and grab a jar of pesto, and in desperate times, we have. But no store-bought sauce has ever compared to my mom’s fresh, nutty, creamy, homemade pesto sauce. I put it on everything: pizza, pasta, salads, chicken, bread, crackers, sandwiches, wraps — everything. It’s that freakin’ delicious.

So the other day, when my dad came home from doing some shopping at a local produce stand and told me that one of the farmers who worked there was making pesto sauce out of kale, I was a bit confused. Kale pesto? I’d only ever enjoyed the mouthwatering goodness of the basil stuff. I was intrigued, and thanks to my friend, the Internet, I discovered that the word pesto is derived from the Italian word “pestato” or “pestare”which just means to crush or pound, usually in reference to garlic and some kind of herbs—not limited to just basil!— in olive oil. This got me thinking: what other kinds of pesto are out there? The answer? Lots. Read more »

What Are the Best Workout Songs for Grueling Sweat Sessions?

If you were hoping the weather gods would have some mercy on us all and turn the temperature down a few notches, we’re right there with you. But alas, with the forecast calling for temps in the high 80s and 90s all week, it appears that’s just not going to happen (sigh.)

And we all know, when it’s so toasty you’re drenched as soon as you step outside, motivating yourself to voluntarily sweat can be a real struggle. If you’re anything like us, you end up relying on the motivating powers of a good workout playlist. So we want to know: What are your go-to songs to push you to the finish line of the sweatiest, most-grueling workouts ever? For the good of your fellow fit humans, tell us! Once we hear back from you, we’ll put together the ultimate summertime workout playlist, complete with all of your favorites (plus a few of our own, of course), on Spotify.

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