The Insanely Easy 15-Minute Dessert to Try This Holiday Season

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

When it comes to dessert, I’m a bit of a traditionalist (i.e. I don’t want bacon in my cookies, thank you very much), and what’s more traditional this time of a year than an apple pie? While I could attempt a low-fat or gluten-free pie crust to impress you, I’m sure I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a recipe that tastes as good as the real deal, and that just doesn’t work for me.

So in the vein of my crust-less pumpkin pie from last month, I decided that the most sensible route would be to forge on with the elemental ingredients; after all, the velvety smooth, sweet and tender filling in an apple pie is the best part. Agreed?

This dessert is quick and easy enough for a weekday after-school snack but elegant enough for company. Experiment with different spices or purchase some cinnamon gelato to really up the ante. Best part? You’re just 15 minutes away from this new, lightened up classic.

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What to Eat This Week: Mouthwatering Winter Salads

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This is the week it starts: holiday parties, holiday happy hours, holiday everything imaginable. And while I love me a good party, the bazillion hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails that come along with this season’s social calendar can leave anyone feeling, well, a bit heavy. That’s where these salads come in: On your off days, give yourself a break from the pigs-in-a-blanket fare with these light salads loaded with good-for-you winter veggies like squash, kale, beets and more. Happy, well, tossing!

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Discuss: What’s the Best Salad Bar Item at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods salad bar goodies | Photo via Flickr user 10outofsomething.

Whole Foods salad bar goodies | Photo via Flickr user 10outofsomething.

If you’ve ever found yourself standing frozen in front of the Whole Foods salad bar for 10 minutes straight, debating whether or not to ladle a scoop of never-before-tried Mediterranean chik’n salad into your cardboard to-go container, you are not alone. As we all know, trying a new item at the Whole Foods salad bar can be hit-or-miss: Sometimes, it’s the greatest $3 you’ve ever spent (thank you, seaweed salad!), and sometimes it’s a $3 scoop of sad, sad regret. Which is why we’re asking you: What’s your all-time favorite item at the Whole Foods cold salad bar? This way, the next time we brave the salad bar aisle, we can all try something new and know, prior to scooping, that it’s the bomb dot com.

I’ll go first. Whole Foods just so happens to be my happy place, so I’ve tried just about every vegetarian item their salad bar has to offer, and I’d say my favorite thus far is the seaweed salad I mentioned above: It tastes awesome piled onto a salad with tofu and spinach, or on it’s own, plus it’s cheaper than the seaweed salad sold at their sushi bar (and tastes better!). Now, your turn. Ready, set, comment!

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Snack Attack: 5 Healthiest Food Finds at Starbucks

protein box lead 2Having a Starbucks on every corner could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. If you ask me, it’s the former. And no, it’s not because you get to have their oh-so-cute cake pops at your fingertips at all times. It’s because having a Starbucks on every corner makes staying fueled easy when you’re on the go.

Now, don’t get me wrong: Eating whole, unprocessed foods that you whip up in your own kitchen with a hefty dash of love is obviously always the best option when it comes to your health. But hey, life throws us curve balls and crazy schedules, and sometimes you can’t help but catch yourself feeling hungry with no homemade snack to tide you over. So for those holy-crap-I’m-hungry moments away from home (we all have ‘em), I’ve handpicked my top five healthy food options Starbucks has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute breakfast or an on-the-go dinner, or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth, I’ve got you covered.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Holiday Gifts for Healthy Foodies

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We’ve all got a healthy foodie in our life: They call you crying when their food processor breaks, they jump with joy when they spot an organic cocktail on a bar menu, and they probably made their own mayonnaise the last time they invited you over for lunch. To help you find the perfect gift for the healthy foodie in your life, we enlisted Philly blogger Sherrie Scaglione Castellano, who writes all about being a healthy foodie over on her blog With Food + Love. Here, her top five picks for holiday gifts for the healthy foodies on your gift list.

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What to Eat This Week: Healthy Homemade Takeout Dinners

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I recently discovered that I can order Buddakan to my doorstep with GrubHub’s assistance and, let me just say, it is a problem. And I’m not the only one cursed with an out-of-control delivery addiction: The other day, I was reading this piece on The Cut, where women dished on the stupidest things they waste money on. Spoiler alert: They pretty much all named the delivery service Seamless as their money suck of choice. Now, raise your hand if you’re in the same boat. Yeah, I thought so.

Not to fear, though, friends: We’ve got just the recipes to quell your delivery addiction—and they’re healthier than delivery, too! Here, a week’s worth of recipes for takeout favorites like fried rice, pizza, Indian and more. Next time your stomach starts to growl, just reach for this list instead of the phone.

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Philadelphia International Airport Ranked Among Healthiest Airports in the Country

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I have never thought of the Philadelphia International Airport as a healthy-food destination. I always eat before heading to the airport, but if my flight gets delayed and my stomach starts to growl, I usually see it as an excuse to eat my one Cinnabon of the year because, well, what good healthy vegetarian eats are there? A decent amount, apparently: PHL was just ranked among the healthiest airports for nutritious food options in the nation by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, coming in at 11th place out of 19 airports that made the cut.

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