Snap Kitchen’s Newest Philly-Area Location Opens This Weekend 

Snap Kitchen's Strawberry Chocolate Pistachio Parfait | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen’s Strawberry Chocolate Pistachio Parfait | Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

At this point, Snap Kitchen has been in Philly for about three months, opening four locations so far: one in Old City, one right down the street from Whole Foods Callowhill, one in Rittenhouse and one in Malvern. And considering a Snap Kitchen juice bottle seems to be the new trendy accessory of choice for healthy eaters around Philly, I think it’s safe to say the Austin, Texas-based company has won us over. So good news for all the Snap Kitchen fans out there: Come this weekend, you’ll have one more location to get your Snap Kitchen fix. On Saturday, April 30th, Snap Kitchen is opening its fifth Philly-area location, this one at 775 Lancaster Avenue in Villanova. Read more »

The Checkup: Does It Really Matter If Protein Powder Is Expired?

• After a disgusting experience with expired milk at the age of nine that’s stuck with me ever since, I am a crazy person when it comes to expiration dates. But according to a professor of food science at Penn State, you don’t have to be too afraid of expired protein powder spoiling, though it does lose some of its power. [Men’s Health] Read more »

The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

The Checkup: How Your GrubHub Addiction Could Be Good for You — Really!

• In amazing news from the world of science: A new study found that when we order food through a digital platform, we are less likely to make unhealthy choices, as opposed to when we order directly from a human. So if you eat out all the time anyway (which, let’s face it, a lot of us do), you might as well take the talk-free, healthier route and order through GrubHub. And don’t you dare feel guilty about it! [Science of Us]
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The Checkup: How You Should Be Washing Your Hands (You’re Definitely Doing It Wrong) 

• If you’ve been slapping some soap on your hands, rubbing them together for a few seconds, rinsing, and calling that a good wash, we’ve got news for you: A new study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology says you should actually be using this 43-second, six-move — yes, it’s a LOT to remember — method to effectively get rid of germs when washing your hands. [Women’s Health]
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The Checkup: You Can Stop Drinking Skim Milk Now, New Study Says (Hallelujah!) 

• True story: When I was in elementary school, I would go to one of my friend’s houses and drink, like, six glasses of whole milk in a single playdate. I’m sure her parents hated me, but my house was a skim-milk-only kind of house, and we all know skim milk leaves a lot to be desired. So good news for everyone who’s been drinking it forever: You can stop now. A new study of over 3,000 adults found that those who consumed more full-fat dairy were, surprisingly, 46 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who ate less of it. [Real Simple] Read more »

Why Would Anyone Want to Live in a World Where Online Grocery Shopping Rules? 

I have a neighbor who gets his groceries delivered by AmazonFresh every week, and what confuses me more than the fact that, week after week, he lets the insulated grocery bags sit on his stoop — in plain view, just begging to be stolen by a hungry passerby — for hours, is the fact that he doesn’t go to the store to buy his food.

For me, my weekly grocery-shopping session is like therapy: whether I go to Whole Foods or Greensgrow’s farm stand or Trader Joe’s or Acme, in that hour-or-so of time, all that matters is which variety of hummus I want — so many options! — and which bunch of spinach looks like it will actually last through Thursday, and whether or not I’m going to treat myself to an overpriced kombucha that week. Generally, the biggest, most upsetting problem that I’m faced with during hour is the discovery that there are no ripe avocados available. It’s wonderful. I would never want to give that weekly, blissful, problem-free hour up. Which is why a recent article on Bloomberg nearly caused me break down into tears. Read more »

The Checkup: Have You Ever Peed Your Pants During a Race? (Be Honest)

•  Author and runner Jen A. Miller highlights an interesting dilemma over on The New York Times: Where to go to the bathroom, as a lady, on longs runs and during races. She then goes on to tell a story of a runner who couldn’t get to a porta potty at the Philadelphia Marathon, so she just peed her pants — on purpose — and ran on. And I’ve talked to other runners who’ve admitted to, ahem, relieving themselves without stopping during a race, mostly because they just didn’t want to stop. So, my question: How common is this? (No judgment. I mean, okay, maybe a little judgment — but not much.) [The New York Times]
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Bummer: Philly VegFest Isn’t Happening This Year (But It’s Not All Bad News)

Philly VegFest 2015 | Photo via Facebook

Philly VegFest 2015 | Photo via Facebook

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering when Philly VegFest would announce the date for this year’s festival. After all, Be Well Philly readers are always VERY excited to know when the full day of all-vegan everything — with food, shopping and music — is going to go down. And then, last week, I saw some sad news: Philly VegFest posted a note on their Facebook page saying the event would not be happening this year. Womp, womp. See the note below.
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