Meet the Local Guy Who Forages for Food for a Living

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Photo by Cory J. Popp

Imagine taking a walk through the woods and leaving with a bounty of edible fruits and veggies. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, for one Philly man, this is an everyday reality. David Siller is a local professional forager. Yep, a professional forager. Every day, Siller heads just outside the city to pick wild produce and flowers, which he sells to local restaurants, like Fork and Monk’s Cafe.  Read more »

Just How Bad For You Is The Cheescake Factory, Really?

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The Cheesecake Factory is just one of those restaurants: You assume it’s bad for you, but its larger-than-life cheesecake slices are just so darn good that you’d really rather not know how bad. Ignorance is bliss, right? So if you’ve been anxiously awaiting your chance to open that dictionary-like menu at the soon-to-come Center City location, I’m sorry to bring you this heart-wrenching news: The Center for Science in the Public Interest just released their annual Xtreme Eating awards, a list of nine outrageously bad-for-you meals at chain restaurants throughout the country, and the Cheesecake Factory took three out of the nine spots.

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7 Healthy Make-Ahead Lunches to Eat All Week Long

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When it comes to lunch, I always have super-healthy goals. I’m going to wake up early to make a giant salad to take with me, or stir-fry some veggies the night before. But when I’m curled up on the couch at the end of a long day or hitting snooze for the third time, all of those plans go right out the window, and I end up shoving a sandwich into my bag or getting takeout at work instead.

Cue make-ahead meals. Whip up a big batch of one of the recipes below on Sunday night, separate it into containers, and bam—lunch for the week. All you have to do is grab-and-go on your way out the door. Even better? All of the recipes will taste just as good on Friday as they did on Monday.

You might be thinking, “Why in the world would I want to waste my Sunday night putting things in Tupperware when I could be doing anything else?” And believe me, I’m with you on that one. But think of it this way: An hour or two of preparation saves you money on takeout, adds precious minutes of sleep-time in the morning, and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll have delicious and healthy meals at your fingertips all week. Totally worth it, right? Read more »

Make: Toasted Pita and Tomato Salad with Chicken and Feta

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

I’m always on the look out for creative salad ideas because, in my opinion, there’s no tastier way to get your day’s requirement of veggies. I’ve eaten fattoush before, which is essentially the Lebanese cousin of the Italian panzanella. It’s a tomato and vegetable salad that contains a crunchy, bready ingredient.

Our featured recipe this week is a healthier play on fattoush; you get what you expect from the pita and feta cheese, but the mixed greens, light dressing and protein-packed chicken turns this salad into a healthy, happy and, most important, easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

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11 Store-Bought Foods That Taste Better Homemade

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Photo via Tori Avey

As any healthy eater knows, shopping for nutritious food isn’t exactly cheap. But what if I told you, you could make your favorite grocery store staples at home? Not only will they taste better than those store brands, they’re better for you; knowing exactly what goes into your food means no sneaky ingredients. Healthy and cheap? Time to break out the mixing bowls and get cooking!

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10 Healthiest Road-Trip Snacks at Wawa

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A few weeks back, as my hubby and I were headed down the Shore, we made our ritual pitstop at a Wawa in the middle of New Jersey (That one at the end of 55? Where 47 and 347 split? Anyone?) for a few pick-me-up road trip snacks.

Chris scurried off to get his haul while I stood in the middle of the store looking around blankly. It occurred to me, not for the first time: What in the world can I eat here that won’t leave me with heaps of guilt afterwards? “I need to do a post on this,” I said, actually out loud, to no one in particular.

And so here we are, two weeks later, with the completed post in question. It came together thusly: I called my pal Jessica Procini, a Philly-based health coach whom you may have met at Be Well Philly Boot Camp. She was the one who wrote that awesome What to Get in Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Aisle post earlier this year, so I knew she’d be up for another food-shopping project. Last Friday, she and I trotted off to the 17th and Arch Street Wawa location to see what we could find.

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