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Lithe Method

Lauren Boggi created the Lithe Method in 2005 with the intentions of breaking workout boredom boundaries. She used her background as a cheerleader, dancer, and Pilates instructor to create her unique Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting® technique. Lauren has exploded onto the fitness scene in the Philadelphia area with Lithe. There are currently three Lithe studio locations that all have full schedules. She has …

Greenbelly

This casual eatery offers the traditional lunchtime staples of salad, pizza, and Panini sandwiches and features the option of creating your own salad or choosing from their large variety of specialty salads. The restaurant focuses on creating environmentally friendly food, and all packaging is made from 100% compostable corn. The restaurant has a gluten free menu that indicates which of …

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park is truly a natural oasis in the midst of a large city. This beautiful park has the ability to make you feel like you are miles away from civilization even though Center City is just a few miles away! The park is a popular destination for trail runners and mountain bikers alike. Views of the Wissahickon Creek …

Ben Franklin Parkway

The Ben Franklin Parkway connects the northwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia to Center City and is heavily utilized. Famous sites such as the art museum, Logan Circle, and the library are found along the parkway, making it a popular thoroughfare. The Parkway has a dedicated bike lane that runs its length and also has concrete multi-use paths on both sides of …

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, offering a huge variety of foods from local vendors. Visitors to the market can buy almost any type of food they can dream of, from meats grown by Amish farmers to vegetables and freshly baked cookies. The prices at the market are very reasonable because patrons are buying directly …

Mi Lah Vegetarian

Although billed as vegetarian cuisine, this highly-rated restaurant in Center City is actually entirely vegan. Mi Lah focuses on using organic ingredients from local farms in all of its recipes instead of heavy sauces and condiments. Foods from a variety of Asian countries are served, including the house specialty, which is a Vietnamese hoagie made with tofu.  Other options include …

Pure Fare

One of many restaurants to catch on to the pre-prepared healthy foods trend, Pure Fare is a 100% gluten-free café with two locations in Philadelphia that uses organic and local ingredients in all of its meals. Premade sandwiches, salads, and entrees are available in a variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. I tried the Fall Chopped Salad and …

Agno Grill

Agno Grill offers a create-your-own Mediterranean dining experience with delicious, healthy choices. The entire menu is gluten-free, so those with gluten intolerances and allergies have plenty of options! Extensive vegetarian and vegan options are available as well. Patrons can create a bowl, wrap, or salad and choose from falafel, chicken, steak, grilled vegetables, or tuna as their protein. The large …

Fuel

Just a short walk from the subway and city center (and with two other locations in Philadelphia), Fuel specializes in healthy, organic meals made with local ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant was recently voted “Best Healthy Menu 2012” in Best of Philadelphia, and all menu items have their nutritional information listed, including calories and Weight Watchers Points Plus. Daily specials …

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