The Checkup: Slimmed-Down Drink Swaps That Cut Major Calories

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• Cocktails and sweetened coffee drinks are known for being loaded with empty calories, but they are involved in so many social gatherings that we can’t (and certainly don’t want to) completely avoid them. But what we can do is opt for sips we can feel better about. That’s where these smart swaps come in: For one, instead of your usual morning chai latte, you can add a little milk and sugar to a brewed chai tea to save a whopping — wait for it — 135 calories. [Women’s Health]
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15 Places to Pick Your Own Peaches Near Philly

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If there’s one thing better than a farm-fresh peach, it’s a farm-fresh peach you picked yourself! Here, 15 farms and orchards in Philly and South Jersey where you can pick your own peaches and nectarines — and sometimes other fruits and veggies, too! It’s a fun, outdoorsy, rewarding activity for all ages, so hop to it while they’re still in season (which is typically until mid-September). One thing to do before you head out, though: call ahead; availability is subject to change at all of the farms. Read more »

How Seven Philly-Born Celebrities Stay Fit

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For celebs who are in the spotlight constantly, keeping in shape is practically part of their job. So it’s no surprise that many of the stars we adore are as fit as it comes. These seven Philadelphia born-and-bred celebrities — from Kevin Hart to P!nk to Will Smith and more — are definitely fit and, call us nosy, but I’m sure we’re not alone in wanting to know how they do it. So we shamelessly dug up their wellness routines to inspire, inform, and entertain you. Check them out below.  Read more »

Wait — Should We All Be Refrigerating Our Tomatoes After All?

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We’ve heard time and time again that refrigerating tomatoes is akin to pairing caviar with Kraft American singles. In other words, its a giant no-no. Food experts warn that putting your tomatoes in the fridge ruins the flavor and texture — and no one wants a flavorless, mealy Caprese salad, right? Their solution? Don’t refrigerate them, duh.

Writer Daniel Gritzer over at Serious Eats decided to test this theory and he writes about his findings in a post titled “Why You Should Refrigerate Tomatoes and Ignore Anyone Who Tells You Otherwise.” Turns out, after putting the fridge-versus-countertop debate to the test all summer long, he found that actually, the tomatoes he put in the fridge fared better, both in taste and in texture, than those left on his counter.

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The Checkup: This Is the Best Way to Catch Your Breath Mid-Workout

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• Finally, the mystery has been solved! When you’re trying to catch your breath mid-workout, your best bet is not to put your hands over your head like many think, but to bend forward at the waist and put your hands on your knees, a new study shows. Why should you care? Well, catching your breath efficiently between sets means you’re able to tackle the next set just as hard as the last, making for a more effective workout. [Men’s Health]

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25 Make-Ahead Healthy Breakfasts for On-the-Go Mornings

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Here at Be Well Philly, we’re definitely not strangers to hectic, busy mornings. Whether you accidentally overslept or are running late for a super-early meeting, sometimes there just isn’t enough time to cook yourself the satisfying, nutritious breakfast your body deserves. So, instead of skipping breakfast, be proactive and prepare your morning fuel the night before! You can kill two birds with one stone: unwind and relax before bedtime and save yourself time (and stress) in the morning.

To help you out, we found 25 healthy breakfasts worth trying, all of which can be made the night before and are portable for those on-the-go mornings. From overnight mason jar oats to breakfast burritos and egg muffins, there’s a quick, healthy breakfast for all of your busy mornings, below. Read more »

5 Ways to Be Healthier Today That Require Zero Effort

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We live in a world where people wear Snuggies, spend a good chunk of their lives watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix and willingly give the majority of their disposable income to GrubHub. My point? Everyone is lazy sometimes. And if today happens to be a lazy day for you, here: Five ways to be a little bit healthier without trying too hard. Seriously, these tips require no effort.

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How I Ate Pastries Every Day on a Trip to France and Didn’t Gain Any Weight

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If you’re at all concerned about watching your weight, traveling is typically a danger zone: You eat out for every meal, you might not have great access to fruits and vegetables and, oftentimes, you aren’t able to keep up with your normal exercise routine. So when I found out I was going to be in France for nine days this summer with my family, of course I was thrilled, but at the the same time, alarm bells started going off in my head. I’m very health-conscious but, at the same time, enjoying food is so important to me. I face this to-indulge-or-not-to-indulge dilemma enough at home in Philly, so I wondered, How would I ever be able to truly enjoy the famously decadent French cuisine without packing on pounds?

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The Checkup: Bulletproof Water Is the New Bulletproof Coffee

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• The creator of Bulletproof Coffee — coffee spiked with butter and coconut oil to give you a serious, fat-filled boost of energy — just rolled out his next energy-boosting invention: FATwater. It’s the same idea as Bulletproof Coffee: The water is spiked with a triple-distilled coconut oil to deliver a quick, healthy-fat-filled energy boost for a few hundred calories less than Bulletproof Coffee. We might just have to try this one, too. [Well + Good]

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Fresh, Local Produce All Winter Long: Your 2015 Fall and Winter CSA Guide

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A sample of a winter share from Greensgrow Farms | Photo via Facebook

If you missed the boat for a summer community-supported agriculture program (CSA), now’s your chance to get in on the farm-fresh veggie game: Believe it or not, it’s already time to start signing up fall and winter CSAs.

In case you aren’t familiar, a CSA usually works like this: You buy a share of a farm’s harvest and, in return, you get a weekly or biweekly delivery of fresh produce that you grab at the nearest pick-up site. Most of the farms we’ve listed below sell a pre-paid share for the whole season, but a couple are offering a flexible pay-as-you-go option where you can choose which weeks you want a share. If you want in, sign up now so you don’t miss out on your fresh sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and kale! Read more »

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