The chia superfood craze has been around for a while—we can’t blame you for loving the tiny, protein-packed and filling seeds—but how many of you still have residual chia in your pantry? If you’re at a loss for what to do with all that chia, try making a summer fruit jam that’s packed with fiber and omega 3’s. By using chia’s natural gelling capabilities instead of relying on added pectin and cooking that’s normally required for jam making, you’ll get a seasonal fruit topping without the work.
As the Mid-Atlantic area director for Shake Shack, Allan Ng is figuratively running all day long, checking in on the operations and the food quality at the local restaurants under his jurisdiction. And as the founder of the Shack Track & Field’s monthly running club, he’s literally running every second Tuesday of the month during the free workout that brings together members of the community for a sweat session that ends with a Shackmeister Ale.
This burger enthusiast is also a big-time biker--he recently completed a 600 mile bike ride to benefit No Kid Hungry--so he balances his love for Shake Shack food with healthy living and plenty of exercise. See how he stays fueled in this record of everything he eats in a day on the job.
Country-music singer Brandi Carlile performs tonight at Wolf Trap, but she'll be sticking around Washington this weekend—in spirit, at least—when her Fight the Fear campaign sponsors a free self-defense workshop Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church on 8th St., Northwest.
The class will be led with local anti-harassment group Defend Yourself, which teaches church groups, students, and corporate audiences skills for stopping harassment, assault, and abuse.
"I believe that every issue that gets us closer to justice and equality is important, and for me, you have to start with the body," says the group's founder, Lauren Taylor. "If you can't feel safe in your own body, it's hard to move forward with anything else."
Taylor promotes the holistic side of self-defense, and recommends six techniques to practice at home.
"Physical defense and physical strikes are only one part of what it is," Taylor says. "We deal with everything from prevention and avoidance, understanding where the risks lie, to lots of things that come under the heading of verbal self-defense, whether that's assertiveness and boundary-setting or de-escalation."
Team spirit is high in this running club/boot camp—a Boston-born grassroots workout that arrived in DC in fall 2013. So is the fitness level: You may find yourself sprinting up the Lincoln Memorial steps. But the “just show up” group—which can number from 150 to 500 people on any given day—welcomes all. Meetups last about an hour and happen four times a week at 5:30 or 6:30 am.
Best New Take: Bethesda Salt Cave
Himalayan rock salt—said to help clear nasal passages and detoxify the body—lines the small “cave” at this spa in the form of boulders, bricks, and a sand-like layer on the ground. During guided yoga nidra meditations, guests lounge in zero-gravity recliners or lie on mats on the cool floor. Afterward, expect to breathe easier and feel relaxed. Sessions start at $35 without a membership. 4709 Montgomery La., Bethesda; 301-312-6377.
Sticking to a vegan diet can be challenging without the right information. Food blogger Angela from The Veracious Vegan has some tips on how to play by the rules and love what you eat.
1. Meat substitutes
Both vegans and vegetarians commit to swearing off meat. For those transitioning to either diet, opting out of a steak dinner or crispy bacon can require an enormous amount of will power. However, there are plenty of vegan meat substitutes available for virtually any product. Angela suggests Field Roast deli slices as a vegan alternative for cold cuts, and Field Roast sausages as an alternative for heavier meat.
Both Field Roast products, which can be found at Whole Foods, come in a wide variety of flavors—for example, smoked tomato deli slices or smoked apple sage sausage.
As I lay face down in a Dupont Circle clinic, I felt my hands start to shake. I was prepped for what was about to happen, but as soon as I felt the acupuncturist’s hands on my back, my body instinctively recoiled. I braced myself. I've never broken a bone in my body—bee stings, bruises, and shots were the closest I've come to real pain.
As I wondered if I would ever leave the building with my dignity intact, acupuncturist Andrei Stoica’s hands were no longer on my back—they had flitted down to my ankles. A near indecipherable pinch, and I felt his fingertips on my wrist. He then began to comb through my hair, lightly pricking the sides and top of my head. By the time he left me alone in the clean, quiet clinic, I realized that there were multiple needles sticking out of my body, and I had barely felt them break the skin at all.
Seconds later, I couldn’t feel a thing.
"You better dip yourself in sunblock from May until September," my dermatologist ordered a few years back after I showed him the mysterious red welts on my legs. They had appeared, stinging like fire ants, while I sat on my front stoop at high noon reading a paperback. It seemed, my doctor said, that as I was advancing in age, my skin was losing its subcutaneous fat and becoming thinner, more fragile, and, as evidenced by the mottled red legs, highly reactive to sunlight.
To someone who’d grown up with a pool in her back yard, spent decades baking on rooftops and in patio chairs, and proudly refused anything with the letters SPF on the label, the news held a cruel poetic justice. Like Ben and Jerry suddenly becoming lactose-intolerant.
Frozen yogurt can be a sugar-loaded, caloric treat, disguised as a healthier option to ice cream. But, with some self-restraint at the toppings bar, a cup of froyo doesn't have to be so bad. Try out some of these satisfying combos for your next health-conscious froyo trip in the DC area.
(Note: a small is equal to 1/2 cup)
The best bang for your buck at the grocery store tends to be in bulk packaging, which can make food shopping for one an excruciating process—especially while being mindful of nutrition. For a household of one, buying in bulk leads to a lot of waste, or a bland diet. Conversely, buying unpackaged items can get expensive quickly. We talked to nutrition consultant Rebecca Scritchfield for tips on efficient grocery shopping.