Monday Morning TL;DR: This Place Is Making Garbage Ice Cream (For Charity)

So here we are again. Another Monday morning, the start to another week. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’d like to know more about the Whole Foods/Amazon deal, the etiquette of European food fights, that Japanese restaurant that makes you fish for your dinner, or the changing menus at Panda Express.

But let’s start with something that we can all agree is awesome: Ice cream. Here’s how Salt & Straw, a Portland-based “ice cream laboratory” (eye roll…), is making new ice cream flavors out of garbage.

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Shoppers Rejoice: Instacart Will Bring You Same-Day Delivery From Giant

$114.99 in groceries from Instacart. Photograph by Jason Varney

Instacart, the San Fransisco-based on-demand grocery delivery service, has announced that it will be expanding its services in Philadelphia, with a new Giant Food Stores partnership. 

Giant operates 184 grocery stores throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, with a strong presence in the Greater Philadelphia area. Instacart promises to deliver your groceries from the chain within the hour for a delivery fee of $7.99, and it’s fee is just $5.99 for deliveries made in two hours or more, including those that are scheduled.

Instacart first arrived in Philly in February of 2014, and has established partnerships with a variety of vendors, including Whole Foods and Reading Terminal Market. Back in early 2016, Philadelphians were dismayed when the service stopped delivering alcohol in the city, but Instacart is confident that its Giant partnership can win them a larger customer base in the area.

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The Checkup: How to Choose the Best Beer for Your Waistline 

• Because warm weather means barbecue season has arrived, and with barbecue season comes beer: Here, a registered dietitian dishes on the quick trick to estimate the calories in any given bottle of beer (multiply the alcohol percentage by two, then multiply that by the ounces of beer), plus the best beers to reach for if you’re watching your weight. [Women’s Health]

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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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Whole Foods Is Offering an Insane Deal on Beauty Products This Friday 

This year's Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

This year’s Beauty Bag | Photo via Whole Foods Market

Whenever I go to Whole Foods, I peruse the beauty aisle in the same way I peruse the Lululemon website. That is, with very little intention of purchasing anything unless it’s on sale, because a face moisturizer that costs the same as a week’s worth of Sweetgreen salads (lookin’ at you, Dr. Hauschka) — no matter how lovely and Goop-appropriate the packaging — just does not fit into my budget. And this, my friends, is why Whole Foods Market’s Beauty Bags, a piece of their annual Beauty Week celebrations, are like a gift dropped from the heavens. In said bag, you get 11 popular beauty products from the aisles of Whole Foods for — wait for it — 18 bucks.

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What Philly Fitness Trainers Buy at Whole Foods

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Whole Foods | Photo by Adjua Fisher

I’m just going to say it: Whole Foods is kind of a weird place to me. It’s a little bit intimidating with all of its trendy healthy foods. Some I’ve never even heard of, let alone know how to cook or cut into (I haven’t even mastered cutting mangos, so don’t you dare confront me with a jack fruit. Am I alone? … Help!). But they do have the Chao Vegan Cheese Slices I love, so I have popped in a few times to pick up some of that goodness.

I have not yet visited the new, beautiful and heath-foodie-friendly Whole Foods location on Pennsylvania Avenue (the shame!). But don’t worry, it’s on my to-do list for this weekend (really!). And now I have a cheat sheet of sorts for my first trip (and so do you!): Here, we got a slew of Philly personal trainers to dish on what they throw in their carts at Whole Foods. Their answers: 15 mostly healthy, must-try foods, from $3 frozen samosas to nori sheets you can sub in for wraps, and more. So grab some paper and a pencil because your grocery list is about to get a little bit longer. (Psst: If you’re headed to Trader Joe’s this weekend, we’ve got Philly fitness pro-approved buys for TJ’s here.)  Read more »

The Checkup: Ah-ha! This Is the Best Day to Find Markdowns at Whole Foods 

• Interesting! Whole Foods food editor Molly Siegler spilled some insider sale intel to the folks over at POPSUGAR, and turns out Wednesdays — the day when Whole Foods’ sale cycle turns over — is the best day to shop the aisles for markdowns, with the chance of finding twice as many sales at once. Say whaaat? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: The Easiest Brown-Bag Lunch Ever (Bonus: It’s Under 400 Calories)

• Meal prepping is like a Monday morning in that most people dread it. But setting yourself up to have healthy lunches throughout the week doesn’t have to be a huge pain. Case in point: This four-ingredient brown-bag lunch of a chicken salad-stuffed avocado, which rings in under 400 calories. I suggest adding hemp seeds to ramp up the filling factor, and BOOM: You’ve got yourself filling lunches for the week with little to no effort. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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