The Checkup: How to Fill Up on Protein Without Ever Grilling a Piece of Chicken Again 

• We KNOW you’ve seen the #mealprep photos of tupperware container after tupperware container neatly packed with pieces of grilled chicken breast nestled next to steamed vegetables. And if that looks absolutely terrible to you (we’re with you), the good news is — neeeewsflash — grilled chicken is not the only source of protein out there. Here, 25 chicken-less recipes that each boast at least 20 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy! [Greatist]

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The Checkup: The Science-Backed Trick to Cut a Cold’s Life Span Short

• Colds are the WORST. And I — a human who will catch a cold from anyone within a three-mile radius who has even an inkling of the sniffles — am all for tricks to end a cold as quickly as possible. (Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have a job.) And apparently, according to a new meta-anaylsis, zinc lozenges may shorten the life of a seven-day cold by THREE whole days. Costco, here I come. [Men’s Health]

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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 »

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 »

Hangover Helpers: 5 Philly Juices to Reach for After a Rough Night

The Juice's Pineapple Mint blend | Photo via Instagram

The Juice’s Pineapple Mint blend | Photo via Instagram

While hitting the bars around Philly can make for a great night, it doesn’t usually make for a great morning after, especially when your liver’s personal thank you note comes in the form of a pounding headache and a mouth as dry as the Sahara. Obviously, to prevent this, you probably shouldn’t down an entire pitcher of margaritas this Thirsty Thursday. That said, sometimes it happens. So, to help you recover from the aftermath, we’ve rounded up five Philly juices designed specifically to help you forget about the one or two … or five shots of Fireball you downed the night before. Read more »

5 Healthier Alternatives to Satisfy Your Cravings for a Shamrock Shake

BRYN and DANE'S Shamrock Smoothie via Facebook

Bryn and Dane’s Shamrock Smoothie | Photo via Facebook

March is in full swing, which means McDonald’s is back with its minty, vanilla-y Shamrock Shake that seems to bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard. The hugely popular shake is known for its great flavor, but people tend to forget how unhealthy it drink really is. It packs 530 calories and 15 grams of fat — and that’s just for a small. Yikes. I get that this may be your favorite treat that you only get one mont out of the year, but there are plenty of other shakes and smoothies out there that not only taste great, but won’t cause you to completely derail a week of healthy eating.

Below, five healthy, minty, green alternatives to the Shamrock Shake that you can find around Philly.  Read more »

Smoothie Fanatics, Rejoice! Multiple Jamba Juices to Open Around Philly This Year

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Shutterstock

Remember the good ol’ days, back when Whole Foods was Fresh Fields and many of the stores had Jamba Juice counters? At some point, those Jamba Juices disappeared, leaving many of us wondering if we’d ever see Jamba Juice again, but fret no longer: According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, local franchisee Andreana Chryssos is bringing the California-based smoothie chain to the Philly area with a vengeance, with multiple stores set to open this year.

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Smoothie Lovers, Rejoice: New Robeks Opens at Suburban Square Today

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Photo via Facebook

Remember last September, when Robeks, otherwise known as smoothie heaven, opened its first Philly outpost at 11th and Chestnut and you guys went completely cuckoo for acai bowls? Well, prepare to go nuts again: Today, the smoothie and juice chain opened its second Philly-area store, this one at 32 Parking Plaza in Ardmore’s Suburban Square.
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Awesome: HipCityVeg Is Celebrating Its Birthday By Giving Away Free Groothies Today

groothieI just trekked over to HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse for lunch, and when I got there, I found out that it’s their third birthday (Happy birthday! Thanks for bringing the Curry Tofu Wrap into the world!). And to celebrate, they’re giving away giant (and I mean giant) samples of their signature green smoothie, brilliantly named the Groothie, to everyone who stops in for food.  Read more »

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