The Checkup: The Protein-Packed Dinner Staple You’re Better Off Buying Frozen

• There’s something about the frozen aisle that just feels less fresh than it’s non-frozen counterparts. But as Bon Appetit points out, when it comes to shrimp (a trusty protein-packed dinnertime add-in), unless you saw the boat pull up to the store delivering its catch (okay, that’s a little dramatic — but still), there’s no way of knowing that the shrimp in the case are actually all that fresh. They say you’re better off buying frozen shrimp, since they’ve likely been frozen since they were caught, unlike their “fresh” peers who were likely also frozen but then thawed by the folks at the fish counter and are losing freshness points by the hour. [Bon Appétit]

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How to Bounce Back From Failure (It’s the Opposite of What You Think)

When we fail, we’re often bombarded with Pinterest quotes telling us to stop dwelling on the past and Taylor Swift songs telling us to “shake it off.” But new research from the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making says otherwise. In fact, we should be reflecting on our failures, even though that’s usually the last thing we want to do.

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The Checkup: This 2-Ingredient Sandwich Condiment Packs a Serious Protein Punch

• For when you get tired of your worklunch go-tos (lookin’ at you, standing Sweetgreen order) it might be wise to dive in to the world of protein-packed and fiber-rich chickpeas. Here are five ways to utilize chickpeas in your weekly meal-prep sesh like never before. Our favorite on the list for a lunchtime makeover? Mash up some chickpeas and add a bit of avocado to make a creamy spread for a dreamy protein-filled addition to any sandwich. YUM. [Women’s Health]

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The August Blues Are Real: 10 Outdoor Activities You Need to Tackle Before Summer Ends

Guys, we hate to break it to you, but we’ve only got one month left of summer (the last day of summer is September 22nd). But let’s be real: Summer really comes to a close for many of us around Labor Day. And as Science of Us reports, for some of us, August feels like a full month of the Sunday blues: If summer isn’t your jam, you’re anxiously waiting for the sweaty, long days to end, and if summer is your happy place, you’re getting bummed that this time is coming to a close. Either way, you likely feel guilty about not making the most of the past three months, because if there is any time when using the hashtag #livingmybestlife is acceptable, it’s summertime (and probably involves a floaty swan).

So, to help you avoid wallowing in the August blues, we’ve created a checklist of items that will keep your mind and body busy. Below, 10 activities you need to check off of your summertime bucket list before the season comes to a close.

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I Eliminated This From My Weekend (And I’m Never Going Back) 

You’re about to judge me, and that’s okay. Here’s why: Last weekend, I drove to Asbury Park to have a nice Sunday at the beach with some friends. I have a car phone charger, and — being the phone addict I am — I plugged my phone in before we even made it out of Fishtown. The problem: For whatever reason, my phone, despite being plugged in, wasn’t charging at all for the entire trip.

This messed with my head.

When we got to Asbury Park, I wasn’t thinking about running into delightfully splashy waves. No … I was thinking about how my phone battery was in the teens and, WTF am I going to do without Instagram at the beach all day? Is the beach even worth going to if you can’t post a basic AF story featuring some waves and a Turkish towel?! Honestly?! How will I know what my friends are doing during these five hours if my phone dies?! No, really, these were real thoughts running through my head.

Then, instead of heading straight for the beach, I dragged my fiancé to the Asbury Hotel (a truly lovely place, by the way), and made him and our friends who met us there sit inside with me as I charged my battery to the level I deemed sufficient. Which took kind of a long time because my phone is embarrassingly old and (see above) has trouble charging.

Cue the head shaking. But I’m willing to bet that, because it’s the 21st century, many of you out there are guilty of exhibiting similarly cringe-worthy behavior in the not-too-distant past. Am I right?

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A Scientific Explanation for Why This Wegmans News Makes People So Happy

We may never be able to fully explain why people love Wegmans SO much, but we can put a little science behind why people love this recent Wegmans news so much. Last week, we told you guys that Wegmans and Instacart had expanded their same-day delivery service in the Philly area. Meaning, granted your zip code is within the delivery range (they can’t deliver across state lines, and only deliver in certain areas), you can now shop your favorite grocery store without ever actually, well, going to the store. Needless to say, people were overjoyed at hearing this. And now, as the Atlantic reports, a new study points to why that is. Read more »

How to Not Lose Your Mind When You’re Stuck in Shore Traffic

It’s Fourth of July weekend, people! Which means the inevitable Fourth of July Shore traffic is in many of our very near futures. To make sure you don’t turn into one of these people screaming obscenities out your car window, we asked mindfulness coach and meditation teacher Ali Tomlinson, of In-Power Performance Coaching, for her top tips to stay sane when stuck in Shore traffic.

First step? Submit to the fact that — despite your best intentions and your very early alarm — you will, most likely, get stuck in traffic. Then, read on for the rest of Tomlinson’s tips to deal once you are.
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10 Excuses Not to Use When You Just Don’t Feel Like Hanging Out

A long weekend is upon us, and during long weekends, I like to take at least one full day to do nothing but indulge myself in homebody activities I don’t usually get to enjoy on a regular 48-hour weekend. These activities include but are not limited to watching “My Strange Addiction”-level amounts of Grey’s Anatomy, trying (generally unsuccessfully) to become a person who bakes stuff, like gluten-free, matcha-infused muffins, reading the giant pile of magazines on my kitchen table that I’ve neglected for the past three months, and dancing to a curated playlist made up mostly of Beyoncé and Rihanna music in my bedroom mirror for a minimum of two hours straight. (Even when I’m being a shut-in, I still like to get a workout in.)

And a key part of enjoying these homebody days is this: I’m alone. With no one else to entertain but myself. All. Freakin’. Day. It’s how I recharge and maintain my sanity and I love it OH so much. But inevitably, whenever I’m having such a day, a text from a friend — dropped like a bomb into my schedule of doing, essentially, nothing, nothing and more nothing — asks the question, “Want to get drinks/get brunch/go to the movies/whatever?” And I all of a sudden find myself having to come up with some excuse — well, lie, if we’re being honest — for why I can’t. “Sorry, dancing to Rihanna,” just doesn’t feel like it cuts it.

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The Bullet Journaling Trick That’s Helped Me Stay Sane This Year 

There was a period in recent months when nearly every time I inhaled — so, often — it felt like a troop of butterflies was beating their wings around inside of my stomach. And not in that lovely, oh-my-gosh-I-totally-have-a-crush-on-that-cute-barista way. More in an oh-my-gosh-I-think-I’m-on-the-verge-of-a-panic-attack way.

Now, before you get the wrong idea and assume that this was alarming to me because I am generally a spitting image of Deepak Chopra leading a YouTube meditation video (admirably calm and collected, that is), it’s important to know that this is not entirely unusual for me. I’ve been known to wake up in the middle of the night in a full-blown state of panic. That said, for me to feel constant anxiety during a week when I wasn’t actually consciously worried about anything at all was not normal.

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