5 Things You Do That Make Your Vegetables Ridiculously Unhealthy

There's broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

There’s broccoli in there, er, somewhere. | Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

First off, kudos to you for eating vegetables. As children, many of us did not appreciate the pile of green or orange stuff our plates. We were always told to eat it, but why on Earth did we have to do such a thing? Experts say it can take up to 10 attempts after a new food is introduced for a child to truly determine whether he loves it or hates it. And because those 10 attempts can be, well, painful for parents to bear (Remember all that dinner table whining? Your parents sure do.), kids’ veggies are often topped with a heap of melted cheese or drowned in a stick of butter in an effort to get the kiddos to lift up their forks. Unfortunately for many of us, those unhealthy veggie habits linger on well into adulthood.

When I travel out on the PGA Tour (yes, my job is pretty awesome), there are some tournaments where the golfers are offered wonderful food selections: the veggies are stir-fried or steamed, and the salad bar is full of freshly picked local produce. However, in some cases, the choices saddle us with weeks of legit detox afterwards: Yeah, there’s a steamer full of vegetables, but it’s corn – swimming in butter. Or, sure, there’s a salad bar, but it’s stocked with full-fat dressing, croutons, iceberg lettuce and bacon bits — and that’s it.

So while the notion of eating your veggies is wonderful, veggies are actually pretty easy to screw up. Here, five ridiculously unhealthy veggie-eating habits that should be limited or halted altogether. Any of them, er, sound familiar?  Read more »

Savor the Summer: Simple Salmon and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Although the market is already showcasing early apples and some pretty stellar butternut squash, my shopping bag will be full of corn and tomatoes till they’re good and gone. These summertime staples are not only delicious, they epitomize what we love most about summer living: that it’s easy.

So in a final salute to summer, let’s stave off the high-heat roasting for at least a few more weeks and soak up the fresh summer flavors while we can. This dish can be served warm, room-temp or cold, and tastes great with my other summertime staple, corn on the cob.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Dishes You Need to Make Before Summer Ends

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My neighbor just handed me three giant summer squashes and a handful of heirloom tomatoes over our backyard fence. She didn’t want them, and I guess I give off please-give-me-your-unwanted-veggie vibes. (Fine with me!) This made me both excited and sad, because right after thinking about all the drool-worthy ways I could whip up the Greensgrow-fresh goods just gifted to me, I realized: Not too long from now, heirloom tomatoes will be nowhere in sight, zucchini and eggplant will be replaced with fall squash and summer will be gone. Depressing, right?

So in an effort to get the most out of summer while we still can, this week, we’ve found five recipes stuffed with our favorite summer produce — eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, and more — that you need to make before the season comes to a close. Happy cooking! Read more »

The Checkup: Pretty Much All Hamburger Meat Has Poop in It, New Report Says

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• If you plan on grilling up a hamburger this weekend, one thing you should know beforehand: A new Consumer Reports investigation found that pretty much all store-bought hamburger meat “contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination.” Yeah, there’s poop in your hamburger meat. But, if you’re going to buy it anyway, you’re better off going with grass-fed. [Mother Jones]
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The Checkup: The Argument for Skipping Salads

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• If your go-to salad is a bowl packed with nutrient-loaded greens like kale along with tofu, legumes and the like, this probably doesn’t apply to you. But for everyone else, picture your favorite salad without the lettuce. Now, does it still look nutritious? Oftentimes, the answer is no. And that’s just one piece of the pie in this food writer’s argument for skipping salads. [Washington Post]
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Nicole Marquis’s New Rittenhouse Spot Will Have You Dreaming of Vegan Tacos

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About an hour ago, a coworker and I were about to duck into HipCityVeg for a quick grab-and-go lunch (clearly I’ve lapsed back into my old, embarrassing ways) when we saw that Nicole Marquis’s new sit-down Rittenhouse eatery, Bar Bombón, located just a few feet away from HipCityVeg, was officially open. And of course, in the name of work, I had to try it. Spoiler alert: This new place might just cure me of my HipCityVeg addiction once and for all.  Read more »

The Checkup: Why Science Says You Should Watch Cat Videos at Work

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• Who needs endless Starbucks soy lattes when you have cat videos? As a new video from the American Chemical Society points out, science shows cat videos can save you from the dreaded afternoon slump: They give you pleasure and temporarily boost your attention to detail. So go ahead, watch one (like this one, perhaps) on your work computer today, guilt-free. [Science of Us]
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What to Eat This Week: Tomatoes, Tomatoes and More Tomatoes

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Around this time of year, I always find myself staring at a mountain of tomatoes that could easily feed a family of seven for two weeks and wondering, How did I get here? What have I done? You see, I have a tendency to go a tiny bit overboard at the farmers’ market during tomato season, and I always find myself scrambling, wondering how I’ll possibly consume them all before they go bad. If you often find yourself drowning in the same tomato-filled boat, here, a few recipes to help you out: Five dinner recipes that are overflowing with sweet, sweet summer tomatoes. (And hey, if these don’t clear your countertop, there’s always tomato sauce!)

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5 Philly Lunch Sandwiches You Won’t Feel Bad About Eating

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Philly is very much a sandwich city: pork roll sandwiches, cheesesteaks, egg and cheese sandwiches from food carts. Sandwiches rule this city. But the best case scenario with most of Philly’s most popular sandwiches is that you eat one and then instantly fall into a food-coma-induced nap before you even have a chance to regret all the damage you’ve just done to your diet. And forget about eating one in the middle of the work day (because food coma, hello). Just forget it.

So, in celebration of National Sandwich Month (big ups to our friends over at Foobooz for letting us know this is a thing that people actually celebrate), we give you this: Five Philly lunch sandwiches that won’t send you into a food coma or a shame spiral and, best of all, won’t give you an ounce of post-meal regret. Check ‘em out below then put them on your must-eat list.

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