6 Things You Should Be Eating This Fall And Winter, According To Lehigh Valley Nutritionists

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

There’s certainly a nip in the air, and at least for us, that triggers cravings for everything from hot chocolate to mac and cheese to big old cinnamon buns. All things that, unfortunately, are low in nutrients, high in calories, and cause mood-wrecking blood sugar spikes and dips (we fully support them in moderation, though, especially hot chocolate with a splash of Bailey’s). 

So during a season with minimal sunlight in which we’re all feeling pretty blah in general, save for the holiday giddiness, you might want to take it easy on these seasonal comfort foods. 

But what exactly should you eat?

“As the seasons change, your body changes too. Eating nutrient rich, fresh, and local foods is a great way prepare for colder weather, revitalize your body, and promote well-being,” says Dr. Kristen Bentson, owner of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition in Bethlehem.

Turns out, even though there’s less of a variety than summer, there’s still plenty of fresh, seasonal fruit and veggie picks to choose from that are brimming with nutrients that benefit both physical and mental health. 

We asked Bentson, along with Gina Hassick, registered dietitian and owner Easton-based Eat Well with Gina, to share their top foods for nourishing the mind and body as the mercury drops.

1. Clementines

All citrus is in season, but clementines gain points with us since their so easy to peel. And Bentson loves them too: “Clementines may look little, but they are power packed with nutrients. They’re a great source of cancer-kicking limonoids, immune-boosting vitamin C, and inflammation fighting zeaxanthin,” she says. 

Get your fix: Bentson loves combining clementines and mixed raw nuts for a simple and fast go-to snack. You can add slices of clementine to a fresh salad too.

2. Winter Greens

We get it, salads might not be your go-to in winter, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up seasonal greens like kale, swiss chard, and spinach. “Greens provide quality nutrients, like magnesium, iron, and B vitamins, that help curb cravings, energize, and improve metabolic and brain health,” says Hassick. “They also have a calming effect on the body.” 

Get your fix: Greens can be easily incorporated into smoothies and salads, sautéd in olive oil for a side dish, or mixed into a soup, suggests Hassick. Don't feel like making your own smoothie or salad? Hit up a healthy local eatery like Greenmouth. “I love enjoying a nutrient packed lunch or smoothie while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere,” she says. “Places like this nourish your mind and body not only through the foods they provide, but also their environment.”

3. Beets

“Beets get their color from betalains, a pigment which is known to reduce inflammation and support the body’s detox system,” says Bentson. “But be sure not to overcook your beets. To preserve delicate nutrients, keep roasting time under one hour.”

Get your fix: “Nothing beats lightly roasted beets,” says Bentson, who recommends sourcing local beets from Bechdolt Orchards in Hellertown. Here at Live Well, we roasting our beets along with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts for a nutrient-packed trifecta of winter veggies. 

4. Whole Grains

Skip the mac and cheese and opt for some whole grain goodness. “Whole grains like brown rice, oats, and quinoa provide fiber, protein and essential amino acids that our mind and body need to stay healthy,” says Hassick. “Whole grains can help provide steady long-lasting energy, keeping blood sugars more steady through out the day therefore reducing cravings.”

Get your fix: Try a grain bowl! Start with a whole grain base like quinoa, then add some goodies like sautéed kale, sliced apple, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted root veggies, and chicken, then finish everything off with a warm vinaigrette. 

5. Winter Squash

Squash is one of those food we gagged on as a kid, but can’t get enough of as adults. And that change of heart, it turns out, is awesome for our health. “Squash also pairs perfectly with seasonal flavors like cinnamon and ginger. Plus, it's great source of vitamin A and even contains some omega-3 fatty acids,” says Bentson. 

Get your fix: When the weather gets cold, nothing is better than a warm bowl of butternut squash soup. Bentson recommends trying out her creamy Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

6. Parsnips

It’s time to get on board with this underutilized root veggie! “If you like carrots, you'll love it's close relative, the parsnip,” says Bentson. “This uniquely white root vegetable is rich in B vitamins, iron, calcium, and potassium.”

Get your fix: Try them mashed with potatoes, raw in a salad or roasted with onions, garlic, carrots, and Brussels sprouts, suggests Bentson.


 

14 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY (11/13 - 11/19)

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by Siobhan DeRemer

We're here again highlighting healthy, fun, and wellness-friendly events happening all around the Lehigh Valley this week! Mark your calendars and check back here each week for even more options; as always, let us know if we missed something or you'd like to add to this list each week.

MONDAY

Spirits & Wellness with Body Elite at Triple Sun Spirits (7pm - 9pm/ $15)
Join the trainers and experts from Body Elite in Allentown (if you didn't make the Open House last week or you want even more info!), a health club centered on wellness and health education in addition to fitness. They're pairing a short training session with the small-batch mixology of Triple Sun Spirits. Come find out what BE is all about and enjoy local spirits. More info and sign up here.

As we've mentioned on other Monday lists, if you want to start your week of with a little mindfulness and yoga, head to the Yoga Loft at 6:30pm with Melanie Smith Yoga for a $16 drop-in class from their Empowered in Practice series.

TUESDAY

It's Health-Forward Tuesday in the LV this week. The three events we found are centered around your health questions, wellness solutions, and natural remedies for health concerns.

Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Season (1pm - 3pm/ $30) 
Join Certified Aromatherapist,The Aroma Girl, Suzanne Stout, at Beleno Healing Center for 2 hours of learning how essential oils can help you breathe easier this winter. Bonus: you get to create and take home your own aromatherapy! More info and tickets here.

Answers to Your Thyroid Questions (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
One of our founders battles with a thyroid disease, and she’ll be the first to tell you: there are a LOT of questions. Here’s a free way to get some of yours answered at Kirshner Health Solutions in Allentown! More info and tickets here.

Intestinal Hyperpermeability "Leaky Gut" Class (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
Join Herbalist Cheryl Karcher at Nature's Way in Easton as she explains how important the intestinal health is to the entire body, combating chronic health issues and how to improve and heal your gut. Event is free, but registration is required. More info here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Living Wednesday at Easton Public Market (2pm - 3pm/ Free)
Easton Public Market has healthy recipes and options on the top of their list and this event every third Wednesday of each month helps you put eating well at the top of your list, too. This free event includes Nutritionists Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak from Easton Hospital for tips, techniques, and recipes with your health as the focus. The healthy cooking demos and recipes focus on delicious and nutritious foods with health benefits for you and your family. More info here.

Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center Grand Re-Opening (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
One of our favorite massage and wellness centers in the area has expanded to three floors of services and they are having an Open House to thank those who have made it possible! Enjoy a complimentary chair massage, cocktail, foot soaks, and food by Corked on Main Street in Bethlehem to celebrate this local wellness success. More info here.

THURSDAY

Wine'd Down Workshop at Banana Factory: Succulent Wall Hanging (6:30pm - 9pm/ $55)
Create a succulent-inspired wall hanging using wool, fabric, and yarn to weave a beautiful, impossible-to-kill (our favorite part!) piece of artwork for yourhome or to give as a gift. Teaching Artist Mallory Zondag will lead the class, and a voucher for a glass of wine or beer will be provided to students to get the creative juices flowing! All materials are included. This class is for students aged 21 and older. More info here.

FRIDAY

Grand Opening of Cafe Frais in Allentown (8am - 8pm/ Free)
The chefs behind the Tre Locally Sources food truck have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allentown and their grand opening promises to be a yummy one. Highlighting local ingredients and fresh brunch/lunch ideas, this place seems like it'll be on our list of favorites soon! More info here

SATURDAY

Saturday Sample Sale at Essence of Health (11am - 2pm/ Free)
We love a good try-before-you-buy situation. Sip some traditional Ayurvedic beverages or some delicious bone broth while you learn more about what Essence of Health in Easton has to offer! More info here.

LV Vegan s'MAC DOWN (2pm - 5pm / Free)
12 local LV vegan chefs are here to fulfill your mac & cheese needs! Open to the public, you can try the local takes on this comfort food, vote for your favorite, and see what other restaurants in the area have for vegan options, too. More info here

SUNDAY

Paddle Board Yoga at Allentown YMCA (1:30pm - 2:30pm/ Free)
Fall may have finally arrived in the Lehigh Valley, but you can close your eyes and pretend you’re on a warm, still lake during this paddle board yoga class. And thanks to Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, this class is free to anyone affected by cancer. Get more info and register here

Yoga and Brunch at the Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / Cost: $18)
Is this the best Sunday ever?! I think so. Join Easton Yoga and Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for the ultimate #selfcareSunday! More info here

Pints & Poses Yoga at the Brewery (10am - 11am/ $20)
This month’s Pints & Poses event will be held at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher! $20 gets you a great yoga class, a beer cocktail, and snacks—what more could you ask for? Grab your mat and get tickets here.

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

Local Spirits Highlight: Triple Sun Spirits

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by Siobhan DeRemer

Late fall is officially here in the Lehigh Valley (my flannel is out in full form) and that's the signal to move the outdoor wine and beer drinking inside, or at least to your closest fire pit. And what better to throw in your glass as you warm up than a pour of some local booze? The Valley has a number to choose from, but we're throwing a spotlight on our friends at Triple Sun Spirits.

Paired with the mind and passion of former brewer Kristofer Kwant, the spirits at Triple Sun are created in-house with an authentic small-batch style, giving them character and utilizing an environmentally friendly process. Kwant's got his sights set on providing the Valley with not only top-notch artisanal spirits, but also a community business that involves other local makers in its process. So far, Triple Sun has partnered with Hardball Cider and Weyerbacher, with more to come in the future. Their location is also a hotspot in Emmaus, situated right next to Yergey Brewing Company, and host to delicious local food trucks and events of all kinds (including one of our favorites: Yoga Happy Hour). 

You can currently grab their Caribbean-style rum (light, dark, and golden), gin, apple brandy, corn whiskey, and stouted whiskey directly at the distillery, by ordering online, checking out some of the local establishments that serve Triple Sun spirits (House & Barn and Hardball Cider on Main are just a few), or browsing your local Wine & Spirits. The distillery also has a cocktail menu to rival some of the best bars in the area and it changes with the seasons. One of our favorites is apple brandy hot cider and since bourbon is on the schedule to be released in September 2018, we'll be back to try an Old Fashioned or ask for it neat and enjoy all the unadulterated flavors. 

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For more info, to plan a visit, or to see what events are coming up, visit Triple Sun's site and follow them on social media (Instagram, Facebook). If you make a visit and love everything you drink and see, consider picking up some holiday gifts to share the Triple Sun love with friends and family.

The genius mixologists at this Emmaus distillery are jumping on the fall bandwagon and providing us with a recipe for their Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour. The name and directions are as basic as they come—not to mention delicious! Pick up a bottle of their gin and try it out.

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Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour

2 oz Triple Sun Spirits Co. gin
Juice from half a lemon
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
0.5 oz Monin Pumpkin Spice syrup
Dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters
Pumpkin spices and rosemary, for garnish

Put first 5 ingredients in ice and shake for 1 minute; pour through strainer into coup glass. Then, garnish with pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove) and a sprig of rosemary.

 

11 Things To Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (11/6 - 11/12)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

You know the drill! We've got some kick ass wellness related events for you to add to your calendar. Lots of awesome food stuff this week. Holler if we missed something!

MONDAY

Paint Your Own Broth Bowl at CoreLife Eatery in Allentown (6:30-8pm/ Cost: $35)
We chat about bone broth all the time here at Live Well, so we’re super pumped that Paint of Mind gives you the chance to not only try CoreLife’s housemade broth, but paint your own broth bowl too! Trust us, it’s yummy; we were just there last week! Cost includes painting party, broth bowl, and dinner. More info here.

TUESDAY

Wild Fox Farm Pop Up at 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus (5:30-7:30pm)
Want to learn more about a local sustainable farm that produces some seriously delicious meats and veggies? Head to 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus this Tuesday to nosh on some awesome food and learn about their winter CSA (yep, we said winter!). More info here

WEDNESDAY

Eat Your Science with Alton Brown at The State Theatre in Easton (7-9pm/ $55)
If you’re a food nerd like us, chances are you love Alton Brown. So grab your tickets for Eat Your Science, featuring songs, ridiculous puppets, and wild culinary demonstrations. It’s kid-friendly, but definitely not just for kids. Get tickets here

THURSDAY

Body Elite Open House in Allentown (5-8pm/ Free)
Come out and learn more about Body Elite, a personal training and massage destination right in across from Dorney Park in Allentown. They’re teaming up with other health-minded local businesses (Mind of the Athlete, Priority Physical Therapy, and Comprehensive Chiropractic)
to host a VIP open house complete with wellness checks and clinics. Register here

The Suppers Program at Trout Creek Healing Collective in Allentown (6:30-8:30pm/ Cost varies)
The Trout Creek Healing Collective is a collective of holistic practitioners, organic farmers, neighbors and friends that come together to put their shared values into practice. And every so often, they host Suppers, a cook-it-yourself community dinner for anyone who wants more vibrant health. Recipes include nearly all whole food ingredients (no milled grains or refined sugars up in here!), and only costs what the ingredients cost, which is usually around $8 to $12. Register here. 

FRIDAY

Importance of Sustainable Farming Talk at Nature’s Way in Easton (6-7pm/ Free)
Want to learn more about sustainable agriculture and the farming techniques that are used to protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare? Head to Nature’s Way for a talk with Rich DiFebo from Harvest Home Meats, which produces 100% grass-fed beef. More info here

Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo (5:30pm-10pm / Cost varies)
The Zoo’s light presentation of just about 1 million (energy conserving) lights kicks off this Friday and goes through December 21st. The fourth year promises a ton of fun and wonder (and animal visits) for kids and adults so you can get your 10k steps in through the nighttime labyrinth. More info and ticket information here.

SATURDAY

Balancing the Mind with Ayurveda at Easton Yoga (11-12:30pm/ $30)
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India, but there are so many interesting ways you can apply its principles to modern life. In this interactive lecture, you’ll find out your dosha (kind of like your Ayurvedic personality type), learn what foods and activities nourish your specific dosha, and practice a type of relaxing breathwork called pranayama. Sign up here

Turkey Tips & Tricks at Easton Public Market (11am-1pm / Free)
First time hosting Thanksgiving? Get your turkey plan in line for the upcoming holidays with the help of the experts at the Easton Public Market so you can stress less about the big day and devote more energy to what really matters: giving thanks...and, you know, eating. More info here

SUNDAY

Yoga Under the Sphere at Nurture Nature Center in Easton (12-1:15pm/ $15 cash only)
To experience yoga like never before, try this all-levels yoga class that takes place under the amazing sphere inside the Nurture Nature Center in downtown Easton. Come bask in the glow of the Earth while you work on your Downward-Facing Dog. More info here

Yoga at the Brewery at Lost Tavern Brewing in Hellertown (10:30am-11:30am / Cost: $20)
Or, if you’re the boozy yoga type, maybe this event’s more your style. Tickets include an hour class, a pint of your choice, and a 30 minute window after the class to relax and enjoy the taproom prior to the doors opening for business at noon. More info here

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

It finally feels like fall in the Lehigh Valley, and that calls for good food, proper Fests, and warm comfort. This week is bringing you all of that, plus three (!) race opportunities on Sunday. We're totally going to need at least one of those after all this Halloween candy! Cheers to another week full of ways to live well.

11 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/23 – 10/29)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

It's a spooky week ahead and it'll be even spookier if you miss out on any of these awesome events happening right in our backyards! We've got glow-filled rides, scuba adventures, and even a chance to strap on some roller skates. Mark your calendars and fill your week with fun on top of fright! 

MONDAY

Walk-In Reiki Mini Sessions at Beleno Healing Center (4pm - 7pm/ $25)
Have you always wanted to check out what Reiki is all about but never had the time? Come swing by Beleno and learn about what this healing practice can bring to you (or, if you’re a seasoned enjoyer of Reiki, come on in and get 15 minutes just for you). This is the final evening of these mini sessions for the season so start your week with some relaxation before the holiday prep really kicks off. More info here.

Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6pm - 8pm/ $15)
Get your flow on to start your week and then enjoy a delicious crafted cocktail from Triple Sun’s quality spirits. Ticket includes mat and block rental and a class taught by Jennifer Rhoades. Grab your (half price!) admission and more info here.

TUESDAY

Glow Rides at ND Wheelhouse (various times/ $10 drop-in)
Get your glow on for Halloween at ND Wheelhouse’s glow rides this week! Black lights, glow sticks, and glow paint will be on display during the Tuesday & Thursday 6pm classes and Saturday 9:15 & Sunday 9am. Grab your neon gear and reserve your bike here.

WEDNESDAY

Halloween Story Time at the Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem (10:30am - 11:30am/ Free)
Come decked out in your favorite costume at this event geared toward PreK and younger children. The themed story time will end with a costume parade around the shop. A perfect way to get younger kids ready for the spooky season! More info here.

Skate Away Your Stress at Bethlehem Skateaway (6pm - 8:30pm/ Cost varies)
Send your kids (or friends) out onto the rink and enjoy a massage/aromatherapy session! Chair massage sessions are being offered at 10-15 lengths for $1/minute. Grab your skates and come relax before the trick-or-treating insanity starts. More info here.

THURSDAY

Massage Happy Hour at Sleepy Cat Urban Winery (5pm - 7pm/ Free)
Who else is psyched about this new massage happy hour trend?? I know we are. Not much is more relaxing than a good massage...except maybe a glass of wine! Sleepy Cat Urban Winery in the West End/Theater District of Allentown is offering their happy hour deals with a side of muscle-relaxing massage from the experts at Elements Massage. Try one of their 20+ wines and wind down your week. More info here.

FRIDAY

Essential Oils 101 at Greenmouth, Easton (5pm - 6:30pm/ Free)
Are you interested in how essential oils can fit into your life and why they’re so great and easy to use? Check out this happy hour information session complete with giveaways (and delicious Greenmouth goodies!). More info here.

SATURDAY

Ayurveda 101 at Easton Yoga (11am-2pm/ $50-60)
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system designed to get your body and spirit in line and improve your health and well-being. Come find out more about this ancient practice and the unique needs it can fulfill for you in this comprehensive workshop offered by Easton Yoga. To sign up and find out more about pricing, go here.

Halloween Scuba Weekend at Dutch Springs
Come dive this weekend in honor of Halloween and you can compete in an underwater pumpkin carving contest or learn how to survive the zombie onslaught at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem. You must be certified, but these classes count toward your Master Scuba Diver rating! Times vary, so check for more info here or contact Dutch Springs directly.

SUNDAY

Pints for Paws at Lost Tavern Brewing (12pm - 4pm/ Free)
Pups and great local beer in fall weather? Sign us up! Bring your furry friend and meet other (adoptable!) at this event benefitting The Center of Animal Health and Welfare of Easton. Grab a delicious pint and just try not to adopt all the sweet animals that you see! More info here.

Wisdom Workshop at West End Yoga (1pm - 3pm/ $25)
Philosophy and yoga collide in this workshop with a gentle practice included. Come discuss the spiritual teachings behind the physical practice of yoga. This Sunday’s program is titled “Who Am I? Exploring Consciousness and Ego.” Check out other programs this fall and book your spot here.

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

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11 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/16 - 10/22)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Guys, this week is pretty awesome: We've got a kick ass drumming workout, a food truck fest, haunted ghost tours, running races, healthy cooking demos, and a lot more. Check out our weekly curated events list and mark your freakin' calendars. You won't be disappointed. 

MONDAY

Live Music at Playa Bowls in Bethlehem (4 - 7pm/ Free)
Have you checked out Bethlehem’s newest and trendiest destination for healthy eats? If not, get your butt to Playa Bowls, home of some magnificently kick-ass smoothie bowls, on Monday night and listen to some sweet acoustic tunes from musical guest John Rodden. More info here

TUESDAY

Guided Nature Walk in Easton (9am - 12pm/ Free, registration required) 
Got the day off from work? Or want just want to play hookie? Then we’ve got just the thing: A guided nature walk through the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Easton, where you’ll search for birds, flowers, butterflies, and other autumn wonders. Register here.

Sip and Sculpt Party at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 9:30pm / $45)
If you can't possibly go to another paint and sip party, Glossy Stones is taking over the Bethlehem Brew Works for a new kind of inebriated craft time. If you're conjuring up images of Ghost, don't worry—you'll be using air dry clay to craft ornaments, trinkets, or whatever your creative side(or favorite Pinterest board) can think of. $45 gets you all your supplies, instruction, personalized kit, goodie bag, appetizers, and a complimentary beverage. Get your tickets here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Cooking Demo by Two Local Nutritionists at Easton Public Market (2 - 3pm/ Free)
This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to eat healthier and reduce their intake of refined carbs. Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak, nutritionists from Easton Hospital, will offer tips and techniques for packing healthy lunches, and recipes for low calorie/low carb lunch options, including apple chicken salad lettuce wraps. YUM! More info here

THURSDAY

Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck at Hop Hill Brewing in Bethlehem (5 - 8:30pm/ Free)
Have you been to Hop Hill? It’s an awesome tasting room (with giant Jenga!) that’s just a little bit off the beaten path, but totally worth a visit. Especially this Thursday, since Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck, a new-ish food truck focused on (you guessed it) seasonal-inspired cuisine that is regionally grown and raised. We can get behind that! More info here

FRIDAY

Haunted Walking Tours in Easton and Bethlehem (Times and prices vary)
Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well do something a little on the spooky side this week (and hike up that step count while you’re at it!). That’s why we fully support a haunted walking tour. Lucky for you, there are loads of options: the 14th Annual Haunted Easton Walking Tour on Friday night from 8pm-9pm, and loads of options this week in Bethlehem from the Moravian Book Shop starting at 6pm. More info on Easton tours here, and Bethlehem tours here.
 

Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival (All weekend) 
The Runner’s World Half and Festival kicks off tonight and features loads of races (5k, 10k, half marathon, kids races, dog races, and more) and festivities. Best part? There’s still time to register! Registration information here.

SATURDAY

Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival at Coca Cola Park (12pm - 10pm/ $35)
Helloooo! This is were ⅔ of the Live Well Lehigh Valley crew will be this Saturday. Want to join us? Buy your ticket NOW. We’ll be sipping on local wines and ciders, and noshing on some delicious food truck fare, and jamming out to the musical stylings of Tim Harakal (swoon!). Buy tickets here
 

Free Mini Consultations with Herbalist at Nature’s Way in Easton (1pm - 3pm/ Free) 
How cool is this? Every Saturday, you can head to Nature’s Way (an amazing health food and supplement store) for a quick consultation with herbalist Cheryl Karcher to see what natural remedies might suit your lifestyle. More info here

SUNDAY

Pound and Pour at Allentown Brewworks (2 - 2:45pm/ $20)
This Sunday, you can experience POUND, an alternative group fitness class inspired by drumming, at Brewworks. By using lightly weighted drumsticks while completing cardio and strength exercises, this workout transforms drumming into an intense and insanely fun exercise. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool (see pic above) AND you get a free beer after the class. What more could you want? More info on how to register here….we advise you do so ASAP.  
 

Easton Food Truck Festival (12 - 6pm/ Free) 
YASSS! What’s better than a crap load of food trucks in one place? Literally nothing….well, maybe if it was a food truck and puppy fest, but we’ll settle for this. The invite promises lot's of delicious food, drinks, craft beer, and live music. We’re sold. More info here
 

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)
Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

 

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

12 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/9 - 10/15)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

You know the drill by now! Here's our curated list of awesome events in the LV this week. We've got everything from boozy yoga and nature hikes to volunteer projects and FREE bacon happy hours (yassss). Enjoy!

MONDAY

Nothing crazy going on today. So chill out and meditate, read a book, or do something else that makes you happy. 

TUESDAY

LV Style Insider Happy Hour (5:30pm - 7:30pm/ Free)
Mix and mingle with LV locals and nosh on some free h’ourdourves at Centro. Great event for anyone who’s been meaning to network more (because it usually kind of sucks, amiright?). Bonus: You might get your pic taken by Lehigh Valley Style! More info here

WEDNESDAY

Starry Night at Paint and Party (6:30pm - 8:30pm/ $30)
Tonight, the pros at Paint and Party in Allentown will walk you through creating your very own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. No experience necessary. Just grab your gal (or guy) pals and a bottle of vino and get ready to embrace your creative side. Sign up here

Free Bacon Happy Hour at Two Rivers (4pm - 7pm/ Free)
Here at LWLV, we’re firm believers that bacon can be part of a healthy diet (we just balance it out with lots of Brussels sprouts and kale and kombucha). So, we’re pretty pumped that every Wednesday Two Rivers offers $1 off all drafts, ½ price bar appetizers, and FREE motherlovin’ bacon. More info here

THURSDAY

Monocacy Park Stream Restoration Progress & Planting (4pm - 5pm/ Free)
Itching to be of service? Join Wildlands Conservancy in Monocacy Park for an afternoon of planting wildflower plugs and learning more about the native plantings scheduled for next spring. Register here

Harnessing The Power Of The New Moon (6:30pm - 7:30pm/ $15)
Need to harness some good vibes? Join Jamie Hamod, energy intuitive and guide, at The Loving Piece in Easton for a night of learning how to use the power of the New Moon to set intentions and manifest goals. Don’t knock it til you try it. More info here

FRIDAY

Fall Fest at Palmer Nursery (3pm - 9pm Fri, 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun/ Free)
Grab the fam and head out to Easton for Palmer Nursery’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring live music, food vendors, games, and contests. Feed their resident goats, rabbits, and fish while you’re there. We freakin’ love goats. More info here.

SATURDAY

Steel Fitness Premier Fit Fest Open House (7am - 5pm/ Free)
Get a free workout in for a good cause this Saturday! Steel Fitness in Allentown will be holding its first open house allowing non-members to workout, sample classes, and take a swim in their pools or dip in the hot tub. The gym will also be hosting the Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley Run-a-Thon to help more LV girls have access to this after school program that emphasizes health and fitness. More info here

Dinner with Friends Wild Fox Farm at House and Barn (7pm / $65 with drinks, $50 without)
Want to get your hands on some local farm-to-table fare? One of our fave local restaurants, House & Barn,  will be serving up Wild Fox Farm goodness alongside some amazing drink pairings for a night that’s sure to be absolutely delicious. More info here

Stroll Along Bushkill with Get Out Lehigh Valley (10am - 12pm/ Free)
We love a good nature walk. Join Get Out Lehigh Valley for a 2.5 mile walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 13th Street and the old Simon Silk Mill to 3rd Street at the base of Lafayette College in Easton. More info here.

Poses for Puerto Rico at Lehigh Valley Yoga (1pm + 2:30pm/ Cost: $20 donation)
This Saturday, you have two opportunities to join Lehigh Valley yoga for a calming yoga and meditation class that benefits hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. More info here

SUNDAY

Pints and Poses at Weyerbacher (10am - 11am/ $20)
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Amber Campbell in front of the brewhouse for a yoga flow followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here

Emmaus Night Out at Yergey and Triple Sun (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
Hey Emmaus locals! Come out and meet your neighbors at Yergey Brewing and Triple Sun, sip on beer and cocktail specials, and nosh on some awesome food from Licensed to Grill. Bonus: There will be Oktoberfest-themed specials, like wild boar sausage, 1/2 lb beef Franken-"footer" (nope, we have no idea what that is), sautéed cabbage and noodles, and more. More info here.
 

 


 

15 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/2 - 10/8)

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By Siobhan Deremer

Did you dive into fall last weekend by checking out Jack-O-Lantern lane, picking pumpkins at one of the Valley's farms, or tasting some of the fall sangria at Sleepy Cat? Well, this week brings even more fun fall activities to try! Here are some highlights:

MONDAY

First Monday at 99 Bottles (5pm – 7pm/ Free)

Celebrate the First Monday of October in downtown Allentown at 99 Bottles' special happy hour event. Network with Lehigh Valley professionals and enjoy local drinks and food! RSVP and more info here.

I Pink I Can with Lehigh Valley Health Network (5pm – 7pm/ Free)

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lehigh Valley Health Network is holding their free program covering topics in women's health with resource stations on breast health, cancer services, and many more. For those who can't make it to the Cedar Crest location, the program will be simulcast to other locations around the Valley. Sign up here.

TUESDAY

Core Life and Emmaus Run Inn Group Run (6pm - 8pm/ Free)

If you haven't checked out CoreLife in the Hamilton Crossings yet, what better way to get a taste than as running fuel? Get your group run on with the Run Inn in Emmaus and then try an amazing grain bowl or beverage from CoreLife. RSVP and more info here.

Yoga Tuesdays with Easton Yoga (12:30pm – 1:20pm/ Cost varies; check site for more info)

Come relax, recharge, and find some afternoon Zen with the Easton Yoga teachers in the galleries at the Allentown Art Museum each Tuesday through December 19. The best part is if you sign up for four sessions, you'll get a fifth one free! Prices vary (and are very reasonable; especially if you're a Museum member) and kids are welcome. More info here.

WEDNESDAY

Bakery Class at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub (6:30pm – 8pm/ Cost: $20)

Every first Wednesday of the month until the end of the year, the traditional Irish bakers at McCarthy's will walk you through a delicious recipe. This month it's Cranberry White Chocolate scones (our mouths are watering already!). Class sizes are limited to 10 so sign up early! Register and more info about upcoming classes here.

Farm Incubator Tour at The Seed Farm (3pm – 5pm/ Free)

Are you an up-and-coming farmer/gardener looking to explore more agricultural opportunities? Get a tour of the Seed Farm in Emmaus and see if sustainable farming is in your future. Network with other farmers in the area and find out about what other events are coming up through the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Preregister and find more info here

THURSDAY

Meet the Therapy Dogs at Easton Public Library (7pm – 8:30pm/ Free)

Have you been wondering about whether your pup has what it takes to be a therapy dog? Or perhaps you're just interested in how animal assistance benefits others (or could benefit you)—or maybe you just want to pet some super friendly dog friends! Either way, come meet the dogs of the Lehigh Valley K-9 Therapy Group and get some daily fluff therapy! More info here.

Free Will Beer Dinner at Wegmans Allentown (6:30pm – 8:30pm/ Cost: $40)

If you've been wanting to check out the brews this Perkasie brewery has to offer (their Kragle IPA is one of our faves), you'll just have to make the trip to west Allentown for this chance! Paired with the delicious food at Wegmans, Free Will is featuring some of their favorite flagships and even a new beer for those attending. Reserve seats at the Catering Desk in Wegmans Allentown and find more info here.

FRIDAY

Raise Your Spirits Painting Party (6:30pm - 9pm/ Cost: $10)

Come and enjoy some local spirits from Kilimanjaro Distillery while you flex your artist muscle decorating growlers, mugs, or goblets. All supplies included! Be sure to try one of our favorites, Xplorer Apple Pie Moonshine; perfect for the fall season! More info here.

Hip Hop Open Mic at Coffee House Without Limits (7pm – 9pm/ Free)

Have you wanted to debut your material but haven't found the right venue? Let Coffee House be your perfect spot. Come listen to some local talent, share a rhyme or two, and enjoy some freshly brewed java. (Also, DON'T miss their cat-themed poetry night coming up on 10/13!). 

Fall Art Show in Emmaus (6pm – 10pm/ Free)

Triple Sun Spirits in Emmaus has teamed up with King Koffee and Yergey Brewing to showcase works from some of the Lehigh Valley's best local artists. Put your art on the wall or come grab a cocktail or a beer and find that perfect piece for right above your couch or mantel. Friday is the kickoff meet and greet and art will be displayed throughout the winter season. More info here.

SATURDAY

Fall Yoga on the Farm (10am - 1pm/ Free)

Let the Rodale Institute's gorgeous 333 acres help you find your center with this 1-hour yoga sessionfollowed by a stroll around the farm and meditation to get you ready to start fall with a clear mind. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register and get more info here.

Bethlehem Harvest Festival (11am - 8pm/ Free)

If you're still missing the bustle of Musikfest and Celtic Classic, have no fear! Downtown Bethlehem has you covered for the fall with their Harvest Festival along Main Street. Vendors, family events (petting zoo and pumpkin painting for kids), and live music are free (food is available, too), but if you want to get in on the specific soup, wine, or beer tastings, you'll need a passport which you can grab in advance here

SUNDAY

Yoga Under the Sphere (12pm - 1:15pm/ Cost: $15)

Running three more times before the end of 2017 (Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10), this all-levels yoga class takes place under the amazing sphere inside the Nuture Nature Center in downtown Easton. Come bask in the glow of the Earth while you work on your Downward-Facing Dog. More info here.

Arts, Crafts, and Drafts at Weyerbacher (12:30pm/ Cost: $30)

Arts, Crafts & Drafts is a unique art experience looking to tap into your creative side. Instructors will encourage participants to push their boundaries, unleashing the artist brewing inside them. Classes are for all levels and are designed to quench your thirst for a creative adventure! More info and tickets here.

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14 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (9/25 – 10/1)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Happy Fall, Lehigh Valley! We hope your weekend was amazing at Hardball Cider, Barre3 in the Park, and experiencing some SUP Yoga or one of the other super fun events we mentioned last week. In addition to this week's events, if you're just looking to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the cooler weather, check out our post about the best walking/running trails in the LV right here.

Now that it's officially fall (the weather will catch up eventually, right??), the Valley is exploding with awesome outdoor events to get you ready for falling leaves and cooler temps. Here are some to try this week:

MONDAY

Happy Hour Yoga at Triple Sun Spirits (6 pm - 8 pm/ Cost: $15)

One of our favorite local distilleries is offering a great deal of a 1-hour yoga session complete with yoga mat/block rental and access to their amazing cocktail list to celebrate after you've stretched yourself out. The dates for the Groupon are Monday, 9/25 and another opportunity is Monday 10/23 as well. Sign up here

In-House Pet Chiropractic Services at The Dining Dog (3pm – 6pm / Cost: $45)

Does your pup have chronic hip or back pain issues? Then this is the spot for you. Every Monday, the Dining Dog & Friends pairs up with All Points Equine LLC to bring chiropractic services out of the vet's office. While you're there, be sure to check out their great selection of food, treats, and specialty items! More info here.

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: Harnessed to Hope, which is a rescue organization for northern breed dogs).  And of course, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

Jack-O-Lantern Lane at the Da Vinci Science Center (various times; check museum hours)

Spanning until November 5, check out the lights and spooky faces in this walk-through Halloween exhibit for all ages. Come see the 50+ sculpted pumpkins and learn about energy use in the process. For more info and to check museum hours, check things out here.

WEDNESDAY

$5 Yoga Flow Wednesdays at West End Yoga (6pm - 7pm/ Cost: $5)

This is the last week to stop in at West End Yoga for their $5 Yoga Flow taught by recent yoga graduate instructors. This level 2 class teaches some new sequences and might be just what you need to get back into your practice. No need to preregister, but find more info here.

Make a Fall Container Workshop at Palmer Nursery (6pm - 7pm/ Cost: $20)

If crafts are the sign that fall is here for you, look no further than Palmer Nursery in Easton. Bring a bit of the autumn season to your home. More info and registration info here.

THURSDAY

Fall Sangria Releases at Sleepy Cat Urban Winery (various times / Cost: Free)

'Tis the season for pumpkin and spices and Sleepy Cat Urban Winery is ready to release their newest fall flavors. The little winery in the middle of the city is just steps away from the 19th Street Theater District so stop by after a show at the Civic Theatre or before dinner downtown! More info here.   

Pub Run with ASICS at Emmaus Run Inn (6pm – 9pm / Cost: Free)

The well-known running resource shop in Emmaus has teamed up with Funk Brewing Company and ASICS to create a pub crawl/run around town, complete with a growler! Special fills along the way and a chance to test out ASICS gear. RSVP and more info here.

FRIDAY

Allentown ArtsFest (runs daily until October 1 / Cost: Free)

Perhaps one of the biggest arts festivals in the Lehigh Valley, Cedar Beach in Allentown comes alive this weekend with local music, artist exhibits, vendors, kids activities (including a skate park), local food and beer, and even more. Come support local art and see what the LV art scene has to offer. More info here

SATURDAY

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga Mysore at Lehigh Valley Yoga (11am - 1 pm/ Cost: $25)

Lehigh Valley Yoga is the Valley's only studio with Traditional Ashtanga classes. This 2-hour workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the Ashtanga (Mysore) practice with all materials included. You will also get access to an exclusive $30 unlimited pass to keep your practice going. Sign up here

Pumpkin and Produce Picking Around the Valley

The season is just right for pumpkins, apples, corn mazes, kids' outdoor fun, and even more at the Lehigh Valley's various farms. Check out our post here for more info on farms and be sure to check out their sites and hours before visiting.

SUNDAY

Guided Horseback Rides Through Jacobsburg State Park (12pm – 5pm / Cost: $50 per rider)

Throughout October and November, Quarter K Ranch offers 1-hour rides through scenic Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth. See how fall has changed the streams, woods, and fields with just 2-6 other riders on this nature-filled short retreat. More info here

Yoga at Allentown Arts Park (12pm – 4pm / Cost: Free)

As part of the Allentown Art Museum's Fall Festival, test your yoga skills with the teachers from Easton Yoga with kids yoga at the Arts Park until 2:30pm and then yoga is open for all ages until 4pm. Be sure to visit the Allentown Art Museum as well for new exhibits, including the International Children's Film Festival. More info here

Hops 4 Hope at Lost Tavern Brewing (10am – 8pm / Cost: $10)

Come enjoy the second annual music and beer festival with food, great beer, and games all to benefit Penn's State's THON efforts against pediatric cancer (100% of profits will go toward charity). More info here.

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10 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (9/18 – 9/24)

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BY STEPHANIE ECKELKAMP

Happy Monday, Lehigh Valley! We hope you had an amazing weekend chock-full of awesomeness and had time to stop by the West End World of Food Festival, a Barre3 community class, the organic apple festival, or one of the other kick-ass happenings we highlighted in last week's post. 

But if not, no worries! We've curated another killer lineup of just-as-awesome, wellness-oriented events this week that you don't want to miss. Enjoy: 

MONDAY

SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (6:30 pm - 8 pm/ Cost: $40)

Summer's coming to a close, so there are only a handful of options left to get out on the water with Miss Melanie Yoga and try out stand up paddle board yoga. No experience or board necessary! What better way to spice up an otherwise mundane Monday? Sign up here

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: Powell House, which provides hospice/long-term care for aging or sickly dogs).  And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

WEDNESDAY

Painting at Wild Fox Farm (7pm - 9 pm/ Cost: $18)

Everyone needs a creative release to feel their happiest. And we've got just the thing: Wild Fox Farm has partnered with Paintsome Pottery for a mason jar painting night so you can create some cute seasonal decor on the cheap. Price includes all your supplies. Sign up here.

Open Mic Night at Hardball Cider (7pm - 9 pm/ Cost: Free)

This is the first night of a weekly open mic offered in Hardball's awesome spot on Main Street in Bethlehem. Come try their ciders, new food, enjoy some local talent, and maybe even get yourself on stage and perform a bit. More info here.

THURSDAY

Massage Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: Free)

Not to play favorites, but we're really, really excited about this. I mean, what could be better than sipping on a cocktail made from locally distilled spirits and then getting a free chair massage? Might just be the official recipe for happiness. Bonus: YergFest 2017 is taking place the next door down, so you can hit up both events at once. More info here.    

FRIDAY

South Mountain Equinox Night Hike (7 pm – 8 pm/ Cost: $5)

What better way to close out a hectic week than with a gorgeous sunset hike through South Mountain Preserve to celebrate the equinox and changing of the seasons? At the very least, it's a way to burn some calories before you hit the bar. Because life's all about balance, right? Sign up here

Sweat 'n Sip Happy Hour at ND Wheelhouse (6 pm – 7 pm/ Cost: $10)

Want something a little more invigorating to get your weekend started? How about a killer nightclub-inspired spin class (yes, we've taken one and there are indeed strobe lights) followed by some fabulous wine and healthy nibbles to recharge. And believe us, you will freakin' earn those nibbles. Reserve your spot here.

SATURDAY

SUP Yoga at Spruce Run Reservoir with Miss Melanie Yoga (2:30 pm - 4 pm/ Cost: $40)

If you missed the Monday class, this is really one of your last chances to challenge your balance and step out of your comfort zone with SUP yoga. And if it's a hot day, you can "accidentally" fall in. Sign up here

SUNDAY

Barre3 in the Park (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)

Another free outdoor Barre3 community class? Yes, this is real life! Bonus: This one's located in the gorgeous Rose Garden at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a friend who wants to SWEAT. Arrive around 8:30 am to register. More info here

Yoga on the Patio at CoreLife Eatery (9:30 am - 10:30 am)

Got the pre-Monday blues? Counter that shit with a calming outdoor yoga class led by a Steel Fitness Premier instructor followed by some nutritious eats. All registered participants will receive 50% off their meal at CoreLife Eatery after the class, a 7-day pass to Steel Fitness (score! we love this place), and be entered in the drawing for a basket of goodies. Register here

 

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13 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (9/11 - 9/17)

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By: Stephanie Eckelkamp

How many of you just had an awesome weekend? You went to an outdoor yoga class, took a night club inspired spinning class at ND Wheelhouse, checked out Hardball Cider's new tasting room, or even hit up Brew at the Zoo.

Or maybe the weekend caught you by surprise. You had no idea what awesome events were going on in your area, and you kind of just let it get filled up with random errands and Netflix. It's cool, happens to the best of us. But it doesn't have to. 

That's why Live Well Lehigh Valley is starting weekly events roundups, highlighting a curated list of LV events focused on fitness, food, and general mental and physical wellness. There's a little something for everyone!  

MONDAY

Downtown Allentown Restaurant Week (now - 9/16)

If you’ve been meaning to hit up downtown Allentown to check out the mouthwatering meals and drinks from trendy spots like The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Grain, Centro, Bell Hall, The Dime, and Queen City BBQ—there’s no better time than now! Restaurant week runs today through Saturday Sept. 16th and features gourmet prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $40 for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Here, check out the list of participating restaurants and their pricing.

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: The American Bulldog Rescue).  And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

WEDNESDAY

Bethlehem Food Co-op Main Street Mingle (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Whether you're thinking of joining the Bethlehem Food Co-op or not, this event located at the Main Street Commons is an awesome way to get to know some wellness-minded LV locals and explore a few Bethlehem-based businesses. Brew Works will be offering beer tastings, Franklin Hill Vineyards will supply the wine, there will be some delicious appetizers from Social Still, and you'll get to tour a few of Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room's spaces. Bonus: free chair massages from Rockin' Good Health! More info here

THURSDAY

Barre3 at The House and Barn (5:45 pm – 6:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Want to hang out with us this week? Chances are at least one of the three Live Well ladies will be getting our sweat on at the free Barre3 community class at House and Barn in Emmaus. Snacks and sips to follow. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and (if you’re anything like me) a sizeable sweat towel. More info here.

Outdoor Yoga at Allentown ArtsWalk + After Party at Queen City BBQ (6pm – 7pm/ Cost: $8)

If barre workouts aren’t your jam, here’s another kick-ass way to spend your Thursday night. Really, what’s better than a little outdoor yoga in the crisp almost-fall air followed by happy hour specials and some amazing pulled pork? Nothing, absolutely nothing. More info here.

FRIDAY

BYOB Painting Class at Paint on Main (6:45pm – 8:45 pm/ Cost: $35)

Skip happy hour and tap into your artistic side—with a little help from your good friend pinot noir—at Paint on Main in Emmaus. Bonus: No experience is needed! Local artists will guide you step by step to create your masterpiece. Check out upcoming classes and sign up here.

SATURDAY

Organic Apple Festival at Rodale Institute (10 am – 4 pm/ Cost: $10 for parking)

Pick organic apples at the Rodale Institute, shop from a variety of organic vendors, enjoy organic food and beverages, listen to live music, and hop on a wagon for a tour of the property. And if you’re into running, be sure to sign up for the An Apple a Day 5k, which takes place at 9 am. More info on the festival here.  

Snip N Sip Flower Arranging at Easton Public Market (10am – 11pm/ Cost: $40)

We’re pumped about this new flower arranging class (with refreshments!) at Easton Public Market in which you get to create a beautiful bouquet of hydrangea, red roses, orange roses, yellow roses, mint leaves, chili peppers, and more. Bonus: Creating something with your hands requires you to be mindful and in the moment—serving as a form of meditation. More info here.

West End World of Food Festival (11 am – 10 pm/ Cost: Free)

Located at 19th and Liberty Streets in Allentown, the 3rd annual West End World of Food Festival has something for everyone – music, crafts, childrens’ activities, beer, wine and, of course, a wide variety of food to enjoy. Fingers crossed that Hai Street Kitchen, makers of the ridiculously amazing sushi burrito, will be in attendance again this year. More info here.   

SUNDAY

Barre3 at the Library (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)

If you missed Thursday’s free Barre3 class, there’s another chance to get in on all the muscle-quivering action at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Be sure to bring your own mat! More info here.

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 am – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)

Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

Run Brunch at Union & Finch (9:30 am/ Cost: Free)

If you run to eat, join Run Happy Lehigh Valley for their monthly run brunch! Meet at Union and Finch in Allentown, run (or walk) 1.5 miles out and back, then return to U&F for some delicious food and beverages. Runners of all speeds welcome. More info here.

Yoga at Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts (9:30 am – 10:45 am/ Cost: Free)

If you’re planning to attend the Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts and all of its amazingness (food trucks, libations, stilt performers, hands-on workshops, and loads of local art), you might as well hit up the free yoga class in Scott Park. Bring your own mat. More info here.

 

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This Kick-Ass October Race is Still Open for Registration

By Heather Mayer Irvine

The Lehigh Valley is home to hundreds of miles trails (including the 165-mile long Delaware and Lehigh Canal Trail) and dozens of parks, with no shortage of local races, ranging from mile fun runs to full marathons. 

Runner's World magazine (based in Emmaus) will host its sixth annual Runner's World Half Marathon Festival in Bethlehem on October 20-22. It's currently open for registration and early-bird prices are good until August 30. Not ready to run 13.1 miles just yet? Runner's World has you covered with other running events that weekend, including kids races, a 3.8 trail run, 1-mile dog run, and a 5K and 10K. 

The weekend is full of non-running events as well, including seminars with the editors and experts, and a pasta dinner. Check out all the details here

 
 

6 Summer Events That Combine Fitness, Booze, And Awesome Food In The Lehigh Valley

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by Stephanie Eckelkamp

Sure, we all love how we feel after a great workout, but sometimes getting our butts out of bed and into gym clothes requires a little extra motivation. And if that motivation includes a strong cocktail or some killer farm fresh food, then you bet your ass we’ll be squeezing into our most flattering yoga pants faster than you can say mimosa. 

Lucky for all of us, local Lehigh Valley businesses have fully embraced trend of combining fitness classes (think: yoga, barre, crossfit) and a stiff drink, beer, or tasty nibbles. Squats and sangria, anyone? Burpees and beer? Pigeon and pinot grigio? I could go on...

Here, we’ve rounded up some awesome ways to detox and retox that are happening soon.

 

1) Sunday Morning Sweat: CrossFit at Weyerbacher
When: Sundays, June 25th, July 23rd, and August 20th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Price: $10

Join South Mountain CrossFit instructors for a fun and interactive intro to CrossFit followed by a nice, cold 12 oz glass of the best recovery drink we can think of: beer! Haven’t mastered the art of the deadlift or the burpee? That’s fine. This event is perfectly suitable for CrossFit newbies. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here

2) Barre3 in the Vineyard
When: Sundays, July 2nd and August 6th, 9am
Where: Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery
Price: Free

Grab your yoga mat and a friend and join Barre3 instructors for a complementary sweat session followed by delicious mimosas and food by BlendLife Food Truck. No need to register; just show up! Want more details? Click here for the July event and here for the August event.

3) Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits
When: Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm
Where: Triple Sun Spirits
Price: $20

Work got you feeling blah? Grab a fellow disgruntled coworker and bust through the mid-week blues with an invigorating yoga flow followed by a hand made Triple Sun Spirits cocktail. To purchase tickets, click here

4) Farm Food Flow
When: Saturdays, July 15th and August 19th, 5-8pm
Where: Kreeky Tree Farm
Price: $75

Join yoga instructors Melanie Smith and Britt Tag for an outdoor vinyasa yoga class at Kreeky Tree Farm followed by a cooking demo and tasting with ingredients grown/raised on site by owners Allan Schanbacher and Chris Gangi. Bonus: You get to hang out with loads of cute farm animals while you’re there, including goats, donkeys, horses, chickens, and ducks. To enroll, email kreekytreefarm@gmail.com or call 610-442-2719. Click here for more details. 

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5) Yoga + Brunch with Greenmouth Table and Easton Yoga
When: Sunday, July 16th, 8am
Where: Easton Public Market
Price: $18

Join Alicia Rambo Wozniak of Easton Yoga and Sarah Hinsch of Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for a healthy and delicious start to your Sunday. Alicia will guide a one-hour gentle morning flow to wake your body up and Sarah will prepare a nutritious breakfast to enjoy at the end of class. To register, click here

6) Pints and Poses: Yoga at Weyerbacher Brewery
When: Sunday, July 16th, August 6th, 10am
Where: Weyerbacher Brewery
Price: $20

Grab a mat and join guest instructor Stephanie Riggs in front of the brewhouse for a fun, adventurous sequence linking basic and advanced yoga poses, followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here

Got an event we should add? Holler at us below and we'll be sure to include it!

Local Gym Spotlight: Steel Fitness Premier

By Siobhan DeRemer

I have a confession: Gyms aren’t always my jam. I only started embracing the idea of strength training semi-recently (within the last few years) and though I feel like I read something every day about how good it is, especially for women over 30, it’s not my go-to for a workout.

You see us post all the time on our Instagram about barre and yoga classes, but today, I’m here to throw you a curveball. The Lehigh Valley has some great gyms that are locally owned and when Steel Fitness contacted LWLV to check out their facilities (they've got Steel Fitness Premier in Allentown and Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem), I figured I should bite the bullet and suppress my disdain for grunting bros doing deadlifts (a fitness move I've now come to really love!) in front of a mirror. At least for a few weeks. 

I’ve been trying to get in my 30 minutes of daily movement since the beginning of the year, and though I’ve slacked a bit on this promise, I figured a gym membership might keep me motivated and perhaps even more energized. I was a semi-devoted member of Planet Fitness back in the day so I thought I knew what to expect (the bros), but I was given a lesson in full-service gym membership almost immediately.


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The Facilities
There are great facilities if you’re a solo fitness enthusiast (weight room, cardio equipment, pool, indoor running track) and some kick-ass group classes and personal training opportunities if you need a little extra push to get on that TRX or pick up a kettlebell. I never had to wait for an elliptical or even a set of weights I needed. The locker rooms were enormous and provided locking storage, hair dryers, and decent shower facilities. Though it wasn’t something I utilized, the childcare facility seemed like it would allow you to focus on your workout while your little one is given a chance to move, too. The steam rooms and sauna don’t hurt either!

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The Classes
What’s great about Steel Fitness Premier is that you have tons of options to choose from. I took a few of the barre classes, and while I’m still a barre3 girl at heart it was great to jump into a slightly less intense barre class with people of all ages and then follow that up with a quick run on the treadmill afterward for some extra cardio. I know the yoga and Pulse X classes are super popular there, too, and would be on my list when I return. (Check out their class schedule here.)
 

Personal Training
So let’s get to my absolute favorite part of my time at Steel Fitness. Sarah Campbell, my personal trainer for all of 3 sessions, was the best. Not only did she whip me into shape with some killer workout suggestions and take me through them with just the amount of drive and motivation I needed, I wanted her to be my BFF.

This is Sarah. She will kick your ass—in the best way possible.

This is Sarah. She will kick your ass—in the best way possible.

In the midst of my squats, kettlebell swings, and my ungodly quest for the ability to do more than 3 push-ups in a row (someday!!), we would chat about local LV weekend activities and how to integrate my workouts into an outdoor setting come summer and how to do things at home. I am no stranger to gyms even though they’re not my favorite, but Sarah really allowed me to feel confident about striding up to the TRX straps and getting a workout in. Of course, it helps that she’s a super confident redheaded female somewhat like me.

I’ve been focusing on my yoga practice, barre classes, and getting outdoors more lately, but hands down, I’d return to Steel Fitness in a heartbeat to have Sarah push a kettlebell back at me.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a great local gym with a competent staff, fun class opportunities, and some sweet (but kick-ass) personal trainers, and minimal bro sightings, then give Steel Fitness a visit.
They have locations in both Allentown and Bethlehem.

Not in the position to splurge on a membership? We recommend dropping in for the day. A day pass is just $17 and grants you all-day access to their classes, the pool, gym equipment, the track, and more.

Check with Steel Fitness for full membership options. They’re a great local option to help you find your gym confidence (or get it back like I did) and keep you accountable in the process. Lehigh Valley Gym Nerds unite!

Got a favorite Lehigh Valley gym? Tell us why it's worth checking out in the comments below!

5 Things That Happened When I Floated In A Tub Infused With 1,000 Pounds Of Epsom Salts

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Me and my goofy grin after 90 minutes of floating therapy at Metta Relaxation Co. in Bethlehem, Pa. 

Me and my goofy grin after 90 minutes of floating therapy at Metta Relaxation Co. in Bethlehem, Pa. 

It’s pitch black, I can’t hear a sound, and I’m naked and alone, floating on by back in an extra-large tub. In fact, I’m really floating—I couldn’t sink if I tried. That’s because the tub is filled with water that’s been mixed with about 1,000 pounds of epsom salts, making my body more buoyant than it would be in the Dead Sea. 

No, this isn’t a weird form of torture (I actually paid to do this). It’s called floating therapy, and what I’m lying in is a sensory deprivation tank. It’s a service that’s becoming increasingly popular at spas in big cities, so when I heard that it was available at Metta Relaxation Co in Bethlehem, I was pretty pumped. Not only because I’ve heard floating is relaxing AF, but because some people say it mimics the effects of an acid trip….and really, what health-minded person with no intention of EVER doing acid wouldn’t find that intriguing?

The purpose of the tank (shown at right) and the room in general is to eliminate all senses: The room is sound-proof and, once you turn the lights off, light-proof; you float, thanks to the salt, so all of the pressure is taken off of your body, allowing you to fully relax; and finally, the water in the tank and the air in the room are heated to precise temperatures meant to eliminate your ability to feel where the water ends and air begins. 

As someone who deals with stress and anxiety (and who's distracted after about a minute every time she tries to meditate), the idea of total and complete (and somewhat forced) relaxation sounded pretty great. But what’s it actually like? Here are 5 things I experienced...

Within seconds, I learned a hard lesson
For the love of God, don’t shave before you float! The water in the tank feels pretty damn great temperature-wise, but because there’s so much salt in there, any small cut or nick on your skin screams when it comes into contact with it. And because I generally do a bit of a hack job with my shaving routine, there was some major stinging in the first few minutes (which did eventually subside) even though I’d shaved a fully 24 hours before. Give it a couple days to be safe.

“Snap, crackle, pop” went my joints
I can’t emphasize how cool it is to float so damn effortlessly. You can fully relax your body, even your heavy noggin’, and you’re fully supported. The owners of the spa recommended doing some stretches in the tank, so I did, and was pleasantly weirded out to hear a ripple of back cracks and minor popping in my neck, shoulders, and hips. All totally normal, as my body was in a completely weightless state and adjusting to a pressure-free setting for the first time.

I thought a lot about death
Thankfully the session was 90 minutes, because I could not stop my mind from racing for the first 30. I was concentrating too much on what I “should” be feeling, which is anything but relaxing, and I was also thinking a lot about death, for a couple of reasons. For one, my grandfather had died very recently, and two, I kept thinking “this is what death must feel like.” I mean, really, when else are you going to lose all of your senses except when you’re dead? Once I got that thought process out of my system, I started to relax. 

Things got a little trippy
One crazy thing about being in a completely light-proof room is that there’s absolutely no difference between what you see when your eyes are open versus when they’re closed. This fascinated me at first, so I kept blinking. I also started to see some neon purple outlines of moving shapes. The more I concentrated on them, the more active they seemed to get. So, while it was kind of cool, I eventually had to tune them out and focus on something else, like my breathing, so I could calm down. 

I FINALLY relaxed
I’d say I got about 20 solid minutes of being completely and utterly relaxed in a meditative state like I’ve never experienced. I felt warm, comforted, and completely pain free, so I focused on those good sensations and eventually my mind was pretty damn blank (in a good way) despite the fact that I was awake. As with regular meditation, I can see how the more you float, the better you get at reaping the mental benefits from it. So, I’d definitely be up for trying it again. 

For more information on floating and other spa services (like reflexology) that Metta Relaxation Co. offers, check out their website.  

Volunteering Spotlight: Furry Friends

By Siobhan DeRemer

There’s nothing like overindulgence at the holidays (or perhaps knowing so many at the holidays that need our help) that makes me want to get out and see what impact I can make in the community. Of course, our help is needed throughout the year, so we are planning to highlight local institutions each month that are very much in need of volunteers and people willing to commit their time to making the Lehigh Valley a sweeter place to live for all. Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution to get yourself out of the house more and meet people in this area? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to start volunteering but just need local info. That’s why we’re here!

For the month of March, we start with a cause near and very dear to all our of hearts here: our animal companions. Since March brings us National Puppy Day on March 23rd, Love Your Pet Day was back on February 20, and Pet Day (April 11) and Pet Month (May) aren’t too far off, we want to highlight some organizations in the Lehigh Valley that need your help and give you some amazing chances to help your favorite four-legged friends.

Since we know many of you have kids and would love to bring them along to your volunteer time or want a fun way to give your kids a way to volunteer in the area, we’ve marked and mentioned those organizations that are kid-friendly below. Check out the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley for more animal-friendly options in your area. And be sure to check back here for more volunteering chances each month!

**Watch for animal shelter and rescue opportunities in the future, but if you want to check some local ones out soon, check out the Sanctuary at Haafsville and the Center for Animal Health & Welfare.**

Gress Mountain Ranch (Kid-Friendly)

The 15 acres here in Orefield are 100% volunteer run and provide a home to a number of animals providing therapy, animal and environmental education, and training for all those in need. The alpaca, goats, horses, cats, and dogs here are always happy to see eager volunteers (and even interns) for groundskeeping and animal care. Be sure to check when you call as some activities may be better than others for kids.

Equi-Librium

This therapeutic horse farm in Nazareth, one of only 7 accredited centers in Pennsylvania, provides accessible therapy to individuals with behavioral, emotional, and health-based needs. Volunteers may assist with therapy sessions, care for horses, or even provide office and grounds assistance. No prior horse experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be 14 years or older. Check out training dates here and fill out a form to get involved.

Lehigh Valley Zoo

The Lehigh Valley’s biggest animal sanctuary is always looking for volunteers to help manage the 200,000 annual visitors to the Zoo. You can spend time next to the otters and the penguins while also educating and guiding visitors. Great for groups/families with older kids, too. Fill out the interest form here and get started! For smaller kids who may not be able to volunteer in person, you can adopt one of the LV Zoo animals and donate to the conservation and education efforts of the Zoo (and get an adorable plush and certificate to boot!).

Pleasure of Your Company

For those who can’t own a dog but are in need of their companionship and joy, the therapy dogs from POYC are there to help. Volunteers and their pups must undergo a small evaluation and test for temperament and behavior (mostly for the dogs, but it helps if you’re friendly, too!) and provide visits to improve the quality of life of those at nursing homes, schools, libraries, and hospitals. If you have a dog you think fits the bill, check out how you can start helping others with his or her furry love.

Tails of Valor (Kid-Friendly options)

You can volunteer in a number of ways for this group based in Coopersburg that raises and trains puppies to assist veterans with PTSD and physical disabilities. Help a service member return to civilian life by becoming a puppy raiser, providing a foster home, trainer, or community educator. Get your family involved by teaching kids the valuable ways training a service animal can be helpful to the community and especially the military community.

Horses 4 Hope

For friends willing to travel just over the border into NJ, this horse farm, formerly located in Bangor, has many volunteer opportunities for maintenance, fundraising, sidewalking with horses and clients during therapy sessions, and even instructor options for experienced horse lovers.

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center (Older Kid-Friendly)

A bit farther to the west in New Ringgold (about 40 minutes northwest of Allentown), this horse therapy center is looking for teenagers and adults to help clients with sidewalking and those with a bit more experience can be trained to work with clients and handle the horses (and ponies!) during sessions.

Flint Hill Farm (Kid-Friendly)

This educational center and working farm in Coopersburg provides living arrangements for those who wish to learn to farm or have a personal agricultural experience. In addition to needing volunteers for carpentry, tours, gardening, and office work, there are many opportunities for milking goats and cows and tending to gathering eggs. Suitable for families and individuals.

 

Meet The Baker Who's Turning Lehigh Valley's Carb-Fearing Health Nuts Into Bread Lovers

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

In part 1 of a two-part video series, John Glagola (aka The Wayfare Baker) shows us around his kitchen, discusses the health perks of his bread, and talks about his process of making long-fermented sourdough.

I thought I could live without bread....I once bragged about going a year-plus without the fluffy sliced stuff (#Paleo), never accepting toast with my diner scrambled eggs, and thinking that lettuce wraps were a perfectly acceptable vessel for my organic turkey breast. 

That is, until I met John Glagola (aka The Wayfare Baker). Turns out, I just hadn't yet experienced real bread.

When you talk to Glagola, it's clear why his bread is so freakin' delicious: He's an artist. Never will you find him combining store-bought flour, yeast, and water to make a cheap and easy loaf. Instead, he likes to kick it old school....like old-world sourdough old school.

Glagola, who started The Wayfare Baker about a year ago, honed his bread-making craft with literally the best of the best in the United States: Richard Bourdon of Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Massachusetts, a guy who's so badass he made an appearance in Michael Pollan's Netflix documentary series Cooked to talk about his European style, natural sourdough bread-baking style, which goes back thousands of years (way before the days of preservative-laden Wonder Bread) and requires milling your own flour from fresh, local grains.  

Sourdough isn't a flavor of bread (contrary to popular belief), but a style of bread-making, which can be applied to breads of nearly any flavor or loaf shape. And it's how all bread used to be made before we went and messed with a process that didn't need messing with in the first place.

Each of Glagola's breads are made with a combination of freshly milled grains from local PA farms that he then combines with a naturally fermented sourdough starter culture. Before baking, the dough is allowed to ferment 24-48 hours, which creates an amazing depth of flavor and helps break down a component of grains known as phytic acid, thereby making it easier to digest than some conventionally produced breads. 

Check out our video above to learn more about Glagola's process. Then be sure to pick up a loaf at a local Lehigh Valley farmers' market or one of these 8 retail locations!