The Dietitian’s Guide to Hacking Happy Hour (And Avoiding Pitfalls)

When you think of dietitians, you might think we all steer clear of alcohol at all costs. I am here to tell you, that is not the case. We, too, are human and like enjoying a drink here and there with our friends. And — while many of us are guilty of doing keg stands and nursing horrible hangovers the next day (we all have our moments, right?) — for the most part, we try to drink responsibly and with health in mind.

My point: You don’t have to skip out on happy hour all the time to be healthy. To help you hack your happy hours so that they won’t put a huge dent in your healthy lifestyle, I chatted with some of my fellow dietitian friends to ask them what they reach for at happy hour. Here, your dietitian-backed guide to a healthier happy hour. (And while you’re at it, take note of these Philly happy hour spots for healthy eaters!)

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Sweet! $5 Yoga, HIIT, Barre and Zumba Classes at Hotel Monaco

Yoga at last year's Resolution Rx event | Photo by Joe Longo

Yoga at last year’s Resolution Rx event | Photo by Joe Longo

If on January 1st, you vowed that 2017 would be the year you become the next Jillian Michaels, and now — a mere 16 days in — you’ve already fallen off the workout wagon, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is here to swoop in and save you from self-sabotage. On Sunday, January 29th, the hotel is hosting their third annual Resolution Rx event to keep you on track, with tons of $5 fitness classes from studios around the city, mini massages and acupuncture (!!) and healthy grub.

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Meet Slush Puppie, This week’s Adoptable Running Dog 

LOOK at that face!

LOOK at that face!

Ummmmmm, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the undeniable cuteness of this week’s adoptable running pup? His name is Slush Puppie (yes, with an i and an e), and he’s not yet a year old, so he’s new to the running game. That said, the Monster Milers are confident he’ll make for a great running partner once he grows up a little bit. Learn more about him below.

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Two Runners Robbed on the Schuylkill River Trail in the Middle of the Night 

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

A heads up for all our runner friends: Two runners were robbed on the Schuylkill River Trail in the wee hours of Friday morning, 6abc reports. According to 6abc, the runners — a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man — were running along the trail near Walnut Street around 12:30 a.m. when a male suspect robbed them at gunpoint and made off with their phones and wallets. The victims were physically unharmed. Police are still looking for the suspect.

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Chef Rich Landau’s Top Tips for Upping Your Healthy-Cooking Game

You might call Rich Landau, the chef behind Philly’s always-packed vegetable-focused restaurants Vedge and V Street, along with the new vegan fast-food concept Wiz Kid, the ultimate expert when it comes to vegetables. But still, even when you make a living by transforming vegetables, eating all your veggies can be a struggle. “I laugh when people think I’m sitting in a garden eating kale and bean sprouts. I’m a junk-food junkie like the rest of us,” Landau says.

That said, Landau, a devoted plant-based eater, does know a whole lot more than most of us when it comes to veggies, specifically how to most easily get them from dirt into face in a healthy, delicious way. In fact, he’s featured in CuriosityStream’s just-released four-part series “Prescription Nutrition,” demonstrating how to hone your plant-based meal-making skills here.

In search of ways to improve our healthy-eating game (’tis the season, right?), earlier this week we chatted with Landau to get his top — realistic! — tips for becoming a pro at healthy, veggie-filled home-cooking. The running theme throughout them all? Submit to your laziness. Check out what he had to say below.

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18 Secret Gems at Trader Joe’s That Philly Fitness Trainers Swear By

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

I want to love Trader Joe’s with my whole heart — I really do. But I can’t, because every single time I walk into the store, I’m instantly so overwhelmed by the line snaking all the way into the produce section that I jump in line immediately, then grab whatever I can reach as I make my way toward the register. It’s like, regardless of season, there is always an impending blizzard at Trader Joe’s.

It’s not exactly an enjoyable shopping experience.

But I can’t knock the line too much, because this panicked, shopping-in-the-line method is how I discovered my favorite item at Trader Joe’s: the salt and pepper pistachios. These are found on the back wall of Philly’s Trader Joe’s at 21st and Market Street, and they are life-changing. They make for the perfect snack any time of day, and because they’re so flavorful, a handful is really enough to satisfy a snack craving. I’ve told just about everyone I’ve come into contact with over the past four months about them, and they have all thanked me.

And this discovery leads me to believe that, despite the fact that I often leave Trader Joe’s with a jumble of mismatched foods chosen solely because they were in arm’s reach, the store is filled with plenty of healthy gems. So instead of calmly perusing the aisles of the store to discover them myself (I’m confident this will never happen), I asked a slew of Philly fitness trainers to share their favorite finds at Trader Joe’s with me. And boy, did they come through. Below, 18 awesome food finds at Trader Joe’s — from to-go guacamole to steamed lentils to spicy mango — according to Philly fitness trainers. Now, I know what to look for from the line — and so do you!

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Giant Yoga/Running/Meditation Fest Wanderlust 108 Coming Back to Philly  

Wanderlust 108 Philly | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Wanderlust 108 Philly | Photo by Adjua Fisher

This day is proving to be on the bad side. Case in point here. But we’ve found a sliver of sunshine on this otherwise gloomy day: The folks at Wanderlust 108, the awesome yoga/running/meditation fest that took over the Navy Yard back in October, just clued us into the fact that the fest will, in fact, be coming back to Philly, for the second time, in 2017.

Say it with me: YASSSSSS.

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