The Checkup: The 10 Best Sunscreens (And the Ones You Should Throw Away)

• Every year, the Environmental Working Group puts out its much-anticipated ranking of the best sunscreens. Making the list of best sunscreens this year are picks like Beautycounter Protect All Over Suncreen, Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, All Good Sport Sunscreen, and more. When it comes to red flags, know that sunscreens with common ingredients like vitamin A and oxybenzone are both no-nos in the EWG’s book. [Well + Good]
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The Checkup: Are You Better Off Drinking a Juice or a Smoothie?

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

• I feel like I’ve said this a billion times only to have the weather gods turn their backs on me, but here goes: It’s FINALLY warm outside. This means juice bars are probably in your near future, so here’s a question: Is it better to reach for a smoothie or a juice? A dietitian weighs in. [Health] Read more »

The Checkup: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Skipping Breakfast

• If you’ve been shamed by your mother and your significant other and your barista for skipping the most important meal of the day (who is hungry before the sun rises?!) for years now, rejoice while reading this argument from pediatrics professor Aaron E. Carroll, who says, really, “breakfast has no mystical powers.” So if you’re never hungry, don’t worry too much about skipping it. [The New York Times] Read more »

New No-Frills, Budget-Conscious Produce Shop Coming to Fishtown 

Photos via Instagram | @riverwardsproduce

Photos via Instagram | @riverwardsproduce

A few weeks back, I was reading a piece on Grub Street about what customers can expect from Whole Foods’ cheaper new spinoff store, 365, geared toward millennials. In it, they pointed out that produce at 365 won’t be sold out of the faux-rustic barrels you usually find at Whole Foods, but rather, produce will be sold “straight out of the boxes and crates in which it is delivered” in order to keep overhead costs lower and prices down. And while we don’t know when we’ll be getting a 365 here in Philly, what I can tell you is that a produce shop with a similar philosophy of setting aside the frills to keep the prices of fruits and veggies lower for customers will be setting up shop in Fishtown this summer. We’ll take it! Read more »

The Checkup: The Nutrition Label Change Everyone Is Talking About

• The Internet has been chattering away about the FDA’s new changes to nutrition labels since Friday, with most of the talk revolving around the addition of an “added sugar” line. Some (hi, First Lady Michelle Obama) see it as a win, while others (looking at you, sugar industry) see it as an upset. (We’re in the former camp, because anything that means less ingredient deciphering — and therefore more time for sample eating — in the grocery store aisles is a win, right?) [The New York Times] Read more »

Recipe: The Protein-Packed Pancakes You Should Definitely Make

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

Protein-Packed Gluten-Free Pancakes | Photo by Becca Boyd

When my husband began eating gluten-free, pancakes were one of his saddest farewells. Breakfast for dinner is a staple in our house and pancakes are hard to beat. I tried a few mixes and fell hard for Trader Joe’s gluten-free pumpkin pancakes — alas, it’s a seasonal item.

But making your own is always a good bet, so I got to work in the kitchen. I wanted a pancake that was naturally sans gluten, low enough in calories that I could partake, and filled with enough protein to keep us satiated. Well, my friends, I have found it. And the best part? This pancake mix is made, start to finish, in your blender. Read more »

The Checkup: These Are the Best Cities for Fitness in America (No, Philly Did Not Make the Cut)

• Looks like D.C. is kicking our butt when it comes to the fitness game. The District was just ranked the fittest city in the country for the third year in a row by the American Fitness Index, followed by Minneapolis in second place and Denver in third. Philly came down much further on the list at number 24. Let’s work on that, shall we? [Huffington Post]
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