The Checkup: Are You Better Off Drinking a Juice or a Smoothie?

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

Selection of colorful smoothies, rustic wood background, copy space

• I feel like I’ve said this a billion times only to have the weather gods turn their backs on me, but here goes: It’s FINALLY warm outside. This means juice bars are probably in your near future, so here’s a question: Is it better to reach for a smoothie or a juice? A dietitian weighs in. [Health] Read more »

Mark Your Calendar: Sip-N-Glo’s Free Juice Day Is Next Week

Juice from Sip-N-Glo | Photo via Facebook

Juice from Sip-N-Glo | Photo via Facebook

Time to add another birthday to your calendar: Sip-N-Glo, juice shop beloved by all, is turning three next week — and unlike most birthday parties you’ve been to, you’ll be the one receiving the gifts. To celebrate another year, the juicery is hosting their annual free juice day on Wednesday, May 11th, serving up 10-ounce pours of two fan favorites: Radiant Glo (So. Much. Yum.) and Pineapple Charcoal Lemon-Aid (you might remember this guy from “The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Juice Edition“). So go ahead, mark your calendars.
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The Checkup: The Recipe Every Bacon Addict Should Keep in Their Back Pocket

Veggie bacon — so, bacon made from fruits and veggies like mushrooms, eggplant and coconut — is all the rage on Philly’s healthier-leaning restaurant menus, from South Philly’s Rachel’s Pantry to Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe. Here, how to make your own veggie bacon at home. (Because we’re pretty sure no dietitian would be cool with you eating real bacon at every meal, but veggie bacon might be another story.) [BuzzFeed] Read more »

Why This Longtime Pharmacist Made the Jump to the Juice Business

Doc Bakers Farmulations juice | Photo via Instagram

Doc Bakers Farmulations juice | Photo via Instagram

One of Doc Bakers Farmulations’ popular juices around this time of year is the pollenSHIELD, made with organic mango, orange, blueberry, cherry and raspberry. Why is it called the pollenSHIELD, you ask? Well, as Angelo Greco, owner and juicer at the Doylestown juice and plant-based food spot, explains, all of these fruits help to lower histamine levels in the body. “If you’re exposed to something that gives you a histamine response, there’s a threshold where you’ll begin to sneeze and so on,” he says. So, the idea is, ingesting these foods that lower your histamine levels lowers the chances of you reaching that threshold when you step outside your door and are confronted with a pollen-filled breeze.

And good news for everyone who is rubbing their eyes as we speak: The shop, which has been open since 2013, recently began delivering their concoctions to Philly. Read more »

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Juice Edition 

Photo via Facebook | The Juice Philly

Photo via Facebook | The Juice Philly

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

My weather app tells me that the temperature outside at this very moment is a balmy 76 degrees, and you know what that means? That means juice season has officially arrived, friends! As you probably know, nothing ruins juice season quite like paying upward of $8 for a drink only to find that it tastes like straight-up grass mixed with beet-flavored detergent. So, to help make sure your juice season goes smoothly, we asked some of our favorite folks from the Philly fitness world (you know how fitness folks love their juice) to dish on their absolute favorite juices around the city.

It’s safe to say there are a few clear stand-outs: The Juice Philly gets lots of love on this list, for both juices and juice blends (which have a more smoothie-like consistency), and Stripp’d Juice’s Jala at Ya Boy is clear winner in the green juice arena. Now, go ahead and bookmark this list, and refer to it the next time you’re thirsty. Read more »

Towners Juicery Now Has All-Day Happy Hours Twice a Week

Towners' juice fridge | Photo via Instagram

Towners’ juice fridge | Photo via Instagram

Uhhhhhh, can all juice shops start doing this, please? Towners Juicery, at 1255 East Palmer Street in Fishtown, announced on their Instagram that they’ll be doing twice-weekly all-day happy hours on Mondays and Thursdays. There’s no alcohol involved, but there are some pretty big price cuts on juice. Juice addicts, rejoice! Read more »

The Checkup: How to Make a Wine Smoothie — Yes, a Wine Smoothie

• “Wine slushies?” you ask? Yes: This is a fruity drink that people apparently consume come warm weather. And many of the recipes only call for two ingredients: wine and frozen fruit. So, wine slushies are basically spiked smoothies, meaning wine smoothies are pretty much health food. (I’m joking. Sort of.) If you’re not cringing at the thought, the folks over at Shape have plenty of recipes for you to try. [Shape]

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The Local Green Juice Designed to Turn Veggie Haters Into Veggie Lovers

Juice Dr. juices | Photo via Instagram

Juice Dr. juices | Photo via Instagram

“It tastes like apple juice filtered through turf” and “It hurts my soul” are just a few of the responses I got when I asked vehement vegetable haters to, despite their disdain for all things green and from the ground, try green juice. I’m not a complete monster, though — there was a legitimate reason for the taste test. I asked them to try the green juices, all three from Ardmore-based delivery juice company Juice Dr., to see what the vegetable averse thought of the juices, designed to woo even the biggest of veggie haters into a healthier — green-juice filled, obviously — lifestyle.
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