The Checkup: The Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie Bars You Need to Make

And more healthy reads to make your weekend awesome.

• ‘Tis the season for pumpkin pie — but it doesn’t have to a super sugar-filled guilty pleasure. These vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie bars (hellooo, portion control) are sweetened with dates instead of sugar and get a protein boost from pumpkin spice protein powder (who knew that was a thing?). We say make ’em this weekend and enjoy — guilt-free! [POPSUGAR Fitness]

J. Crew is launching an activewear line this month and it is very J. Crew. Think: ALL the nautical stripes and polka dots one collection can handle while still, somehow, not feeling over-the-top stripy and polka dot-y. It’s a fine line, people, and they’ve mastered it. [Well + Good]

• Looking for a no-equipment workout you can knock out anywhere? Look no further than this plank challenge. [Fitness]

• Meet your tearjerker for the day, Tommy Tucker, one of the finalists for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Men’s Health Guy competition. [Men’s Health]

• We can’t all get up to New York to gorge on vegan eats at the popular vegan spot By Chloe, buttttt that doesn’t mean you can’t make owner and chef Chloe Coscarelli’s eats at home. A few of Coscarelli’s favorite vegan recipes (including a strawberry milkshake!) here. [Self]

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