Your Search Ends Here: 15 Places to Get Vegan Ice Cream in Philly

Vedge Restaurant|Photo via Facebook

Vedge Restaurant | Photo via Facebook

Ice cream is simply a must this time of year. You just can’t get quite the same cold, creamy satisfaction from anything else. And why should vegan eaters have to miss out on that? Thankfully, in Philly, you definitely don’t have to. We’ve rounded up 15 eateries in the Philly area where you can grab a scoop of dairy-free vegan ice cream. And given that this week’s forecast is looking hot, hot, hot, we’re guessing you’re going to want to try out some of these treats pronto.  Read more »

What’s Your Favorite Veggie Cheesesteak in Philly?

HipCityVeg's Philly Steak | Photo via Facebook

HipCityVeg’s Philly Steak | Photo via Facebook

Philly is the land of cheesesteaks, and not just meaty ones: A veggie cheesesteak of some sort can be found on pretty much every menu, whether it’s a Mexican restaurant (Hi, Cantina’s vegan cheesesteak burrito), a bar, or a true-blue cheesesteak shop (though, this is more rare).

But knowing which of these is actually a good veggie cheesesteak and which would be better left off the menu is a whole lot harder than finding one. So, since you guys had such strong opinions about Philly’s veggie burgers, we figured we’d get you to help us weed out the veggie cheesesteaks worth skipping and ask: What’s your favorite meat-free, veggie cheesesteak in Philly? Tell us in the comments section below!

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The Checkup: One Really Good Reason to Shower at Night Instead of in the Morning

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• If you are one of the many sleep-deprived people on the planet (you’re far from alone), you might want to try skipping the morning shower session and taking a warm shower at night instead. Why? Before we go to sleep, our body temperature cools, but most of us don’t actually make it to bed during this process so our body ends up cooling too much, and this out-of-whack temp disrupts our sleep. A warm shower helps to prolong the pre-sleep cooling process, leading to better shut-eye. [Huffington Post]

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Satisfy Your Ice Cream Craving: Where to Get Banana Whips in and Around Philly

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If you’ve never tried a banana whip, you’re missing out. It’s frozen banana whipped into a custard-like consistency that can satisfy any sweet tooth — especially with the right mix-ins. Think: peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut shavings. Mmmmm. Delicious, cool and creamy, it’s a dessert that can easily stand in for a scoop of ice cream — and it’s made entirely from a perfectly heathy whole fruit! Talk about a guilt-free (and dairy-free, and gluten-free) dessert.

Lucky for us, the Philly area boasts plenty of eateries where you can find this treat, and we included a few spots down the Shore, too, to cover all bases. Read up, then go get your banana whip on.

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9 Weekly Podcasts for Every Type of Health Nut

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I’ll say it right off the bat: I’m a big fan of the podcast. It’s like a free on-demand radio show you can listen to while driving your kids around, on your morning commute, or, my personal favorite, while running. Listening is a great way to stay up-to-date on whatever interests you. And whatever your interest, there’s a podcast talking about it. For the fit foodies among you who haven’t tapped into the podcast scene, here: a podcast to satisfy every type of heath nut. They’re all free to subscribe and air a new episode every week. Enjoy!

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Packing Lunch Made Easy: 20 No-Cook Lunches Under 400 Calories

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Pb & J on whole wheat every day was cool in third grade, but I need a little more variety in my lunch these days. I could go out to HipCityVeg and Honeygrow every day, but that would put a strain on my wallet. And honestly, I don’t have the time or resolve to cook my own lunch every single day. But as I recently discovered, you don’t need an oven and a ton of elbow grease to prepare healthy, tasty, not boring lunches. That’s where these recipes come in.

These 20 recipes should take you through the next month of work lunches, and not a single one of them involves cooking. And because most meats need to be cooked, most of these recipes are vegetarian-friendly. Better yet? They’re all under 400 calories, nutritious, and satisfying, so you and your waistline can relax until dinnertime.

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Where Is the Best Vegan Ice Cream in Philly?

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On a very, very hot week last summer, we provided you guys with a rundown of eight places to get your hands on a scoop of vegan ice cream around Philly, and you guys went bananas. And a few of you chimed in with your favorite picks around town, too! So this year, on this muggy, perfect-for-ice-cream day, we figured we’d ask you, trusty Be Well Philly readers: Where can a gal or guy grab the hands-down best scoop of vegan ice cream in the Philly area?

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The Checkup: Why You Should Be Eating Banana Peels — Seriously!

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• For many of us, it’s a complete no-brainer to get rid of the peel when you eat a banana, but in some cultures, that’s a complete waste of perfectly edible — not to mention nutrient-packed — food. Banana peels are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin B, antioxidants and fiber, and they can be cooked stir-fry style (for a green-pepper like crunch) or blended into smoothies right along with the sweet fruit itself. Whooo knew? [Eat Clean] Read more »

The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Healthy Food-Truck Finds

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

*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!

Like many cities, our city has a love affair with food trucks. They’re quick, convenient, reasonable, and can showcase some of the trendiest cuisine around. While often guaranteed to be tasty, many food-truck offerings are definitely not guaranteed to be a paragon of health and nutrition. I personally realized this two weeks ago at The Food Trust’s Night Market Callowhill. I was surrounded by a ton of Philly’s food trucks, overwhelmed by mouthwatering choices but starved (pun intended) for something I could be sure was figure-friendly.

Inspired by that experience, I went on the hunt for the most delicious healthy food-truck items in Philly, and who better to consult than some of our local health-minded, food-loving registered dietitians? Below, Philly dietitians dish on their favorite healthy food-truck finds and prove you don’t have to avoid the food truck to have a nutrient-packed lunch. Read more »

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