The Checkup: Trying to Lose Weight? Do These 6 Things Before Lunch 

• Earlier, I saw a headline that read something along the lines of “20 Things to Do to Have a Healthy Night.” I thought to myself, twenty things to do just so I can go to bed? Pass. But six things — six things seems manageable enough. And if you’re trying to lose weight, checking these six tasks off your to-do list in the hours leading up to lunch is a simple way to up your weight-loss game. [Men’s Health]

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Yippee! Sweetgreen’s 5th Philly-Area Location Opens This Month 

Photo courtesy Sweetgreen

Photo courtesy Sweetgreen

Mall days are mentally exhausting thanks to the endless choices that need to be made throughout: Should I buy the clog/sandal shoes that could be cute or could make me look like someone’s great-great-great aunt? Or should I not? Should I use my credit card to buy said clog/sandal shoes? Or should I be a responsible human and cut my credit card up right then and there? Should I allow a stranger to massage my head with a weird tool they’re trying to sell me? Or should I run away as fast as humanly possibly?

And now there’s another decision to add to the list, at least if you’re going to King of Prussia Mall: To eat Shake Shack or Sweetgreen? I foresee this decision sucking up a lot of my brain power.

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Observation: Stripp’d Juice Is Turning Into a Healthy Eater’s Dream Brunch Spot

Matcha Bowl at Stripp'd Juice

Matcha Bowl at Stripp’d Juice

BREAKING NEWS, people: This morning, I hoofed it over to Old City’s Stripp’d Juice to try their new Matcha Bowl, an acai bowl-like creation that’s made with a base of kiwi, banana, spinach and matcha, then topped with three of whichever of their “superfoods” you’re in the mood for that day. Think: goji berries, cacao nibs, shaved fresh coconut, almond butter and so on. And before you interrupt me to ask if it was the bomb dot com, the answer is heck yes.

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The Checkup: The New Trader Joe’s Items to Throw In Your Shopping Cart

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Trader Joe’s lovers, rejoice! The store’s got some sweet new items on its shelves, including Hass avocado oil for a pretty cheap $8.99 (Spectrum’s will run you $12.99 for a bottle half the size), vegetable spring rolls loaded with goodies like kale and edamame, and sweetened dried orange slices — because we all need dessert. Now you know what to keep your eyes peeled for when you’re waiting in the wrap-around-the-store line this weekend. [Real Simple]

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My Top 5: Ways to Sneak Skin-Clearing Fermented Foods Into My Diet

Back in the winter of 2015, we chatted with Jolene Hart, Philly-based beauty and health coach and author of Eat Pretty (and the forthcoming Eat Pretty Every Day!), about the best foods to fill your plate with for glowing skin. One of the items on the list: Fermented foods.

And if you haven’t been getting your fill, you may want to start, like, now. Here’s why: Fermented foods help to build up the healthy bacteria in your gut which helps your body absorb nutrients and improves the function of your digestive system. Why does that matter? Well, as Hart tells us, “The skin is a mirror of our digestive health. The balance of good and bad ‘bugs’ in our digestive tract influences the way we react to certain foods, how well we break down and assimilate their nutrition, and how efficiently we eliminate waste. If you’re not eliminating well through your digestive tract, your skin has to pitch which can lead to blemishes or uneven skin texture.”

Crazy how everything is connected, right? But that’s not all. As Hart explains, “It’s not just our skin that’s influenced by our digestive health; our weight, moods, and immunity are all deeply impacted by the population of organisms living in and on our bodies.” This is why Hart is all about consuming some sort of probiotic-packed fermented food every day. Below, she shares her top five ways to sneak them into her diet. Take note!

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The Checkup: The Simple Trick Dietitians Swear By to Avoid Overeating 

• Raise your hand if, come lunchtime, you’re ready to shovel your entire tupperware of quinoa salad into your face in one forkful? Same. But dietitians suggest you take a different approach to ensure you don’t feel uncomfortably full and bloated for the next few hours: Halfway through your meal, take a 10-minute break. Then, after your body has had a bit of time to start digesting your meal, decide whether you are still hungry for the rest. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Calling All Philly Vegans: Here Are Your Sunday Plans 

The time has come, vegan friends: This Sunday, the first-ever Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables Fest (S.E.E.D. for short), is taking over the new event space at SugarHouse Casino and loading it with tons of vegan food, beer and drink samples, along with a vegan-friendly marketplace.

Meaning: The first full-blown Philly food and drink festival where you don’t have to ask “Is this vegan?” at every single table you dare to take a sample from is going down this weekend. Say it with us: Hallelujah!

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The Checkup: The Magical Avocado Time Machine That Puts an End to Brown Guacamole 

• Today’s genius invention we wish we’d thought of ourselves: The Avocado Time Machine. As you probably know, the flesh of an avocado starts to brown after you cut into it, which makes keeping guacamole around pretty difficult. But an Australian company has created what they call the Avocado Time Machine, a machine that switches off the enzymes that lead to browning, halting the process for 10 days. Sadly, the machine is giant and not designed for at-home use (more for large companies), but we’ll just be over here keeping our fingers crossed that the Easy-Bake Oven-like version of the machine is on its way. [Fast Company]

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