• Meditation can be a hard sell, but one thing that’s sure to get plenty of people to close their eyes and follow their breath is the promise of better sex, which is exactly what meditation guru Emily Fletcher says is just one of the many benefits you can expect from the practice. Here, a five-minute meditation routine she says will improve your time between the sheets. [Well + Good] Read more »
• You know that scene in Sex and the City, when Carrie reveals that she finally (finally!) went number two at Big’s house? Well, here’s why you should always just do it instead of holding it in — whether you’re at your boyfriend’s house or at work or wherever else it’s awkward. Turns out, habitually waiting it out can really screw with your insides. [Greatist] Read more »
I’m sure you’re a really accomplished individual, but get ready to feel bad about yourself: Two 12-year-old healthy food bloggers — twins, actually — from Princeton, New Jersey will be competing on Chopped Junior Tuesday, December 29th. But that’s not the part that will make you feel bad about your life — I mean, Chopped Junior is for kids, so of course 12-year-olds are competing on the show. This is the part that will make you feel bad: The twins are already successful entrepreneurs with a shake-and-bake kale chip product sold at Acme, ShopRite and Whole Foods. Again, they are twelve years old. They are who I want to be when I grow up, and I am grown up, and they are not. Insert every single sobbing emoji here. Read more »
• Anyone invested in their overall fitness knows that cardio is a crucial element of any exercise regimen. I happen to be a fan of running, but not all of us are. And even if you are a die-hard runner, sometimes these ninety-degree July days just aren’t ideal for pounding it out under the sun. Looking to get your heart rate up without going for a jog? These nine circuits are short, efficient, cardio-packed calorie burners. [BuzzFeed]
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• When Be Well editor Emily confessed that she actually hates kale, lots of you nodded in agreement (and cold-pressed juice companies everywhere shook their heads disapprovingly). So for all you kale haters out there, here: 10 greens that score higher on the health scale than kale. You can thank us later. [Huffington Post]
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There was an audible gasp at our morning web meeting today when I admitted aloud that I, Emily Leaman, health and fitness editor of Philadelphia magazine, absolutely, positively, patently hate kale.
I’ll give you a minute to recover from your shock.
Here’s the thing: I feel like I’ve given kale a pretty good shake, but no matter how I dice it (or, more accurately, how I prepare it) I just can’t seem to get behind it. It tastes bitter and earthy to me, and there is absolutely nothing pleasant about chomping away at something that tastes like sour dirt. Honestly every time I eat it, I can’t fathom how other people choke it down so easily. And voluntarily.
Happy hour just got a little bit healthier, thanks to Lolita’s new Green Garden Margarita: A margarita made with a puree of kale, spinach and basil, limonada, ginger, agave and, of course, tequila. Otherwise known as The Boozy Green Juice of Your Dreams.
The 13th street restaurant, which re-opens its doors today after months of renovation and revamping their menu, will be slinging a few other concoctions you won’t feel too guilty about drinking, too, like the Beetarita — a margarita made with beet root juice, green apple and ginger. Who knew drinking tequila could feel so — dare I say it? — healthy.
I didn’t know there was such a thing as “hipster foods,” but maybe I’m just not cool enough. On the latest list from Huffington Post, 22 foods are called out as “the most hipster foods on the planet,” said in typical mocking-with-eye-roll tone of voice that usually accompanies any list with the word hipster attached to it.
And while the Huffington Post admits the list is “all in good fun,” what I find funny/interesting/noteworthy is the fact that, according to this list, hipsters must be very healthy eaters. Go hipsters! Maybe we should all aim to be more like you.
Here’s a sampling of what HuffPo considers to be “hipster food,” and why we should maybe all just become hipsters already. (Note: By this metric, I’m guessing at least 90 percent of Be Well readers would be classified as hipsters.)
Today is National Kale Day. Or, at least, it will be if enough people sign this petition.
In an effort to decrease the obesity epidemic, Dr. Drew Ramsey and “Skinny Chef” Jennifer Iserloh founded the organization Team Kale. According to the website, the organization “provides tools, resources and community so that every American has access to this incredibly nutritious, inexpensive whole food, but can also learn ways to cook and grow it.”
And, with type 2 diabetes in the lead as the fastest-spreading medical condition of our time (at the rate it’s going, the disease will affect one in three people worldwide by 2020), you can see why these guys are so passionate about the nutrient-dense leafy green.
So, in support of Team Kale creating a national day of recognition that won’t give us a hangover (I have yet to recover from National Margarita Day 2013), we’ve found some totally awesome recipes showcasing everyone’s favorite superfood. Don’t tell quinoa I said that.