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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Chicago has had a very wet Spring, like much of the U.S. Hiking in boggy muddy land is not as easy as hiking on dry land. Sitting inside and waiting for Summer to arrive can be frustrating. While we are waiting for Summer to warm up, it is a good time to start planning some hikes and getting yourself ready for warmer weather. Or venture out and brave the elements now!

Waterfal Glen

Waterfall Glen

Backpacker magazine recently posted lists of great local hikes in major cities around the U.S. They have a few good suggestions for Chicagoans in an article entitled Chicago’s Best Local Hikes.

Keep in mind that some of the best trails in the Chicago area at and near Waterfall Glen are lined with limestone (gravel), not dirt. So although they may be wet, the trails there won’t be as muddy! The trails also make mountain biking a bit more adventurous (versus biking a paved trail like at Tinley Park.)

If you want to brave muddy trails between Spring showers, Outdorky has some great tips for hiking in mud here. And SunValleymag.com has some additional tips of Spring hikes in muddy terrain Sun Valley Mud hike tips.

What are your favorite trails to hike this Spring? Share your thoughts in our comments section

 

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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

For those that are interested in fresh juice or a fresh smoothly with wholesome healthy ingredients, check out the new Pressed Juice Bar at Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park!

Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park, New Pressed Juice Bar

Whole Foods Market-Lincoln Park, New Pressed Juice Bar

I recall when most Whole Foods markets, and other stores, had juice bars…then over time they disappeared. The only way to buy fresh juice has been at a select restaurants. Then in the past few years, the availability of fresh bottled juices has expanded, from Odwalla to Naked to Suja and more. Some people miss the convenience and freshness of in store juice and smoothies! Whole Foods has responded to that demand.

Fresh pressed juice..and smoothies, too!

Fresh pressed juice..and smoothies, too!

Recently inside the giant Whole Foods Market at 1550 N Kingsbury,  the new juice bar also sells BluePrint Juices. According to Whole Foods website, these juices were created for juice cleansing. They pack each bottle is packed with raw, organic fruit and vegetable juices made with a special hydraulic juice press.

Fresh from the grocery aisles to the juice bar to you!

Fresh from the grocery aisles to the juice bar to you!

 

Why Pressed Juice Over Any Other Kind of Juice?

A  centrifugal juicer is one in which the blade spins around at a very high-speed which produces heat and can destroy some nutrients. A juice press operates at a slower speed and causes less oxidation. The juice press also uses pressure instead of heat to kill harmful bacteria in a process called “high-pressure pascalization,” or high-pressure processing (HPP). This is an alternative form of pasteurization. According to Whole Foods’ Blog, HPP maintains a high percentage of the juice’s minerals and nutrients. This increases the shelf life of the juice so that it can remain fresh and nutritional for several weeks.

Pressed juice that has pasteurized via HPP  can be shipped without fear of spoilage. This has allowed more of us to be able to buy  nutrient-dense, pressed organic juice!

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