The Checkup: Why You Should Eat Dinner At Least This Many Hours Before Bed 

• If your usual post-work routine involves you getting home after the gym around 8:45 p.m., shoveling a plate of food into your mouth, washing your face, then rolling into bed, that’s probably not doing your digestion any favors. According to gastroenterologist Joseph Murray, in order to give your stomach time to break down food, you should avoid eating a big meal for at least three hours before bed. (If you’re currently saying “Oops,” I’m with you.) [Men’s Health]

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Taste Test: We Tried Starbucks’ New Avocado Spread

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Here in Be Well Philly Land, avocado is life (see our Instagram for proof). So, when we caught wind of an organic avocado spread landing at Starbucks, we knew we had to try it … for the sake of our readers, of course. Now, we have tasted the lime-y, jalapeño-y organic avocado spread that you can buy from Starbucks and put on anything you damn well please. Below, our thorough analysis. Read more »

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Delivery

*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!

Ahhhhhh, delivery. The ultimate savior on nights when you straight up don’t have time to cook, let alone go to the store to get items to cook — or for when you just want to curl up on the couch with your love (your dog, duh) and watch movies, unbothered by annoying tasks like cleaning dishes. And — I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way — doesn’t delivery just taste better than food untainted with the taste of your own effort?

One of the cool things about living in Philly is that delivery here is much more than just pizza. And with services like Caviar and GrubHub, we can get food from basically any restaurant in the city (and the suburbs) delivered right to our door. The side garden salad — “no cheese or croutons, with oil and vinegar instead of ranch, please!” — vegan delivery destiny is no more. Nowadays, I have to fight the urge to get Dizengoff delivered on the reg.

Now, you may even need help narrowing your vegan delivery options. That’s where this post comes in: We asked five Philly vegan foodies to spill on the best vegan delivery food they’ve ever had in Philly. Check out the list below for vegan delivery dishes (including a bangin’ breakfast sandwich!) that definitely won’t disappoint.  Read more »

9 Awesome Vegan Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar

vegan beauty productsWhen it comes to the vegan lifestyle, it doesn’t have to stop at the food you consume. Without getting too deep into the disturbing realities of animal testing and byproduct usage in the beauty industry, we’ll just say this: the situation is not all lipgloss and sparkles for the animals involved. For people who believe in animal rights enough to stop eating animal byproducts altogether, it only makes sense to extend that same care into your beauty routine. We talked with Philly beauty experts to find out their go-to vegan beauty products — ones that are cruelty-free and really work.  Read more »

10 Breadless Sandwich Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Make (No, Really!)

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Fact: Breadless sandwiches are all over Pinterest — and some of them are actually completely drool-worthy! (Trust us: We were surprised, too.) From sandwiches stuffed between everything from sweet potato waffles (!!) to cauliflower crust, these 10 recipes are proof that you can enjoy a hearty sandwich, sans bread, while upping the nutrient-packed veggies involved. Plus, these recipes will challenge you to get your creativity on in the kitchen (because anyone can stuff turkey between two slices of bread, can’t they?). Look out, Food Network! Read more »

Confessions of a Vegan: 8 Questions I’m Really (Really!) Tired of Being Asked

So in my time as a vegan (a little over two years now), I think I must have been asked just about every question in the book. And, as my fellow herbivores know, answering these plant-eating questions is somewhat of an art form. You want to be understanding and informative, but not condescending. But for some reason, people really like to come at vegans — so it can be hard to remain patient and kind.

Here, you’ll find some of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently — and honestly am just tired of answering — about my dietary choices, complete with answers.  Read more »

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes You Need to Make This Winter

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A friend once told me that when she orders a cocktail, she wants to be taken care of by it. I know, it sounds weird, but I get what she was saying because that’s exactly how I feel about food: I want my meal — any meal of the day, really — to comfort me like a warm blanket.

So, being the comfort-food lover I am, when people find out that I’m vegan and ask what I miss most, they’re often shocked when I don’t say cheese. But the thing is, I still eat creamy and “cheesy” comfort foods all the time, just made from 100-percent plant-based ingredients. So, if you’ve recently vowed to go animal product-free, but are missing your favorite cozy comfort foods like mac and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to go without: Below, 10 vegan comfort food recipes that will satisfy all your cozy food cravings — sans animal anything.

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