3.2.1 Challenge: Registration Open for Yoga Class/Obstacle Course/Vineyard Race (With Wine Tasting!)

Run the Vineyards | Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Run the Vineyards | Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

The always popular Run the Vineyards 3.2.1 Challenge is back this year, with two dates for your choosing. The event, which combines a yoga class, obstacle course, two-mile run and wine tasting, will happen twice, on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th.  Read more »

Run Through Philly Parks to Yards Brewing Company This Sunday

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

This Sunday, the Fairmount Park Conservancy is teaming up with Yards Brewing Company for a free five-mile run that sounds just lovely: The run will meet at 11:15 a.m. at Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets and will take runners through four of William Penn’s original parks, Franklin Square, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square and Logan Circle.

I repeat: Lovely, right? Read more »

How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookies?

The Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing, bringing tons of tasty treats that test how strong your willpower truly is. The siren song of the Do-si-dos coming from the pantry has led many to the bottom of an empty box in record time, baffled and slightly afraid of their own appetite.

But we would never tell you to ditch Girl Scout Cookies completely. I’m pretty sure that’s been scientifically proven to damage the soul. But seeing how many calories just a couple of these cookies can pack might make you think twice before going elbow deep into a box of Samoas — just sayin’. Read more »

The Scientific Explanation for Resting Bitch Face 

When I first moved to Philly, a kid I’d gone to high school with invited me to the birthday party of one his frat brothers at a Chinese restaurant, where, I kid you not, dozens of Penn students were playing Pat the Bag with red wine … in a restaurant. After about 10 minutes there, the kid I’d gone to high school with said to me, “You know, I thought you were a bitch in high school, but you’re actually really nice.” Then, and this is not a joke, the birthday boy puked red wine all over himself — at the dinner table.

It was the worst in so many ways.

But I have to admit, I wasn’t surprised by the “bitch” comment, as bizarre as it was for him to say. People have always mistaken my neutral face for the face of someone who is pissed off or annoyed or a number of other negative adjectives when, really, that’s just how my face falls. I’m not in bad company (well, depending on who you ask, I guess): resting bitch face can be seen on the likes of Kanye West and Kristin Stewart, to name just a few famous people afflicted.

And now we know why: As the Washington Post reports, a couple of behavioral researchers at Noldus Information Technology have discovered why, when you think your face is just neutral, other people register it as bitchy. Read more »

Ice Cream for All: Ben & Jerry’s Announces 4 Vegan Ice Cream Flavors 

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy Chunky Monkey | Image courtesy Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy Chunky Monkey | Image courtesy Ben & Jerry’s

Back in October of 2014, we told you guys about a Change.org petition begging Ben & Jerry’s to please, please, pretty please start churning out some non-dairy ice creams. And now, 28,000 signatures later, TIME reports that Ben & Jerry’s will be bringing four vegan ice cream flavors to the masses starting this month. Read more »

Yes, Please: How to Get Free Sweetgreen Tonight

Sweetgreen's seasonal Bento Bowl | Photo via Instagram

Sweetgreen’s seasonal Bento Bowl | Photo via Instagram

Listen up, ladies: If you’re already thinking about the sad, leftover enchiladas you’re going to microwave for dinner tonight, stop. Just stop. Why? Because tonight, City Fit Girls is hosting a three-mile run to Sweetgreen’s University City location (3925 Walnut Street), rain or shine, and everyone who pounds the pavement gets to end their run with — wait for it — a free salad at Sweetgreen. (If Oprah is currently in your head screaming “You get a salad! And YOU get a salad!” I’m right there with you.) Read more »

The Checkup: WTF Is Cloud Bread? (And Should You Be Eating It?)

• It has come to my attention (thanks for keeping me hip, Pinterest) that people are trading in their store-bought baguettes for something called cloud bread, a make-at-home, grain-free bread replacement made with eggs and cream cheese, among other ingredients. It sounds … weird. But if the hype is to be believed, it makes a worthy low-carb bread substitute for folks following grain-free diets. [Women’s Health] Read more »

Make This: Spiced Coconut Granola

Coconut Spiced Granola | Photo by Becca Boyd

Coconut Spiced Granola | Photo by Becca Boyd

Granola: A favorite of hikers — and, well, just about everyone else — everywhere. And we might not all be hiking mountains in the middle of winter (just spectacularly high heaps of snow), but if you’re on the Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt breakfast squad with me, you are probably hankering for a bit of crunch.

But wait! Put the overpriced bag of unnecessarily sugary, store-bought granola down. Purchased granola is a rip-off for your waistline as well as your wallet because it’s just so dang easy to make yourself. Plus, when you make it at home, you control the sweetener, the fat, and the add-ins, which pays off. This recipe yields a big batch, so put half in a Ziploc gallon bag and freeze until needed. Read more »

The Magic of Miss Rachel’s Pantry: The Vegan Dinner I Haven’t Stopped Thinking About for Months

The communal table at Miss Rachel's Pantry | Photo via Facebook

The communal table at Miss Rachel’s Pantry | Photo via Facebook

If I’ve seemed at all distracted for the past couple months, that’s because I have been — by mushroom bacon. Mushroom bacon bits, actually. On a Saturday night back in December, I sat down to dinner at the 12-person table at South Philly vegan eatery Miss Rachel’s Pantry, and she served up some vegan scallops — king oyster mushrooms cut about one-inch thick and cooked, magically, in a way that imitated the texture of scallops — topped with mushroom bacon bits. My friend — the kind of person who orders a side of sausage and mac and cheese at Honey’s at 10 in the morning on a Sunday, i.e. someone who wouldn’t rank vegan food as high on her priorities list — exclaimed, and I quote, “This actually tastes just like bacon. ACTUALLY.” I haven’t stopped thinking about that mushroom bacon since. Read more »

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