The Checkup: What You Should Be Topping Every Salad With (But Aren’t) 

• I’ve waxed poetic about the benefits of hemp seeds many a time, but they’re not the only seed worth throwing on your salads: flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which blend in with just about any mix of ingredients — all offer tons of benefits, like high fiber counts, zinc, magnesium and protein. So get to sprinklin’, people! [Prevention]

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Bryn & Dane’s Plans to Open 100 New Locations Over the Next 5 Years  

Image courtesy Bryn & Dane's

Image courtesy Bryn & Dane’s

When I told Bryn Davis, founder of the the Plymouth Meeting-based healthy fast-food chain Bryn & Dane’s, that opening 100 franchise locations in various regions around the country over the next five years sounded like quite the undertaking, he replied, “We’ve always been 3,000 or bust.” Meaning the company’s end goal is to eventually have 3,000 (!!) outposts — at least — serving up menu items like create-your-own chia pudding bowls and banana wraps. So when you take that into consideration, 100 is nothin’. (Reminder to self: Get Davis to give me a Confidence 101 lesson.)

So, where’d that 100 number come from? Well, the company recently announced that they’ve teamed up with Dan Rowe, a franchise guru credited with helping turn chains like Five Guys and Qdoba into household names, to open a minimum of 100 Bryn & Dane’s locations around the country over the next five years. Davis tells us they’re looking at markets like Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida to start.

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The Checkup: How Much Water Should You Really Drink Every Day?

• According to registered dietitian Amy Shapiro, the eight-glasses-a-day rule is alright — but it’s probably not accurate when it comes to how much water you should actually be drinking in a day. She says to instead multiply your weight by two-thirds and boom: That’s around how many ounces of water you should be downing a day — and it’s probably over 64. [Bon Appétit]

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This Philly Spot Just Landed on List of 10 Most “Healthyish” Restaurants in America

High Street on Market | Photo via Facebook

High Street on Market | Photo via Facebook

When I think of Old City’s High Street on Market, I mostly think of bread. So. Much. Bread. Freshly baked and begging to be stuffed into my face. (Buckwheat Cherry, you are never not on my mind.)

This thought of stuffing bread into my face with reckless abandon does not necessarily line up with actions usually associated with being healthy.

But a closer look at the menu, which boasts items like house-made ginger yogurt, grilled broccoli salad and brown rice fettuccine, shows that the spot, which gets a whole lot of praise for its pastries and oh-so-glutenous (see what I did there?) options, should — somewhat unexpectedly — be on your short list of places to go when in search of a healthy(ish) meal. And if you’re not already convinced, Healthyish, Bon Appetit’s new health-focused outlet, just put High Street on Market on its list of the 10 Most Healthyish Restaurants in America.

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Psst: There’s a New Wellness Fest Coming to Fishtown This Spring 

Good Festival founders Kate and Jessica | Photo courtesy Jessica Baumgardner

Good Festival founders Kate and Jessica | Photo courtesy Jessica Baumgardner

Wellness fiends, take note: Local healthy-eating gurus Jess Baumgardner (you might know her from Instagram, where she resides as @healthcoachphilly) and Kate Van Horn (again, you healthy eaters out there have probably spotted her on Instagram at @she_be_kale_in_it) have teamed up to create Philly a wellness fest called the GOOD Festival, coming up at Fishtown’s Skybox Events on Saturday, April 22nd.

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3 Philly Openings Healthy Foodies Need to Know About Now

Avocado toast at the Juice Merchant | Photo courtesy the Juice Merchant

Avocado toast at the Juice Merchant | Photo by Marci Prester 

Because you can never have enough healthy-eating options: Three much-loved Philly healthy-eating joints are expanding in the coming months. First is Snap Kitchen, opening its ninth (!!) Philly-area location this weekend, then Fuel, opening it’s fourth location next week, and then the Juice Merchant, which will open its second location in March. Take note of all that will be going down at the openings for the new spots below, then plan your meals accordingly.

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The Checkup: The Case for Embracing the Six-Hour Workday

• Go ahead and email this post to your boss with the subject line “Hint, hint”: Swedish companies experimenting with the six-hour workday have found that workers are more efficient, more productive (!!) and happier than when they worked eight-hour days, all of which leads to better outcomes for employees (hello, mental health) and — probably what your boss cares about a teensy bit more — the business. [Fast Company]

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