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WHAT iT iS: A vegan meal-kit delivery service overseen by renowned chef Mark Bittman ($68 for three meals for two; www.thepurplecarrot.com).
WHY WE lOVE iT: It’s perfect for those who enjoy cooking and eating whole foods, but hate to shop and menu-plan. Pre¬measured ingredients—that are GMO-free, local, organic and seasonal—and easy-to-follow recipe instructions are delivered right to your door. We sampled veggie chili made with tempeh and a spinach risotto with roasted chickpeas, and were impressed with the gourmet factor.
JUST BE AWARE… Although the dishes are quick to whip up—about 45 minutes or less—most require more than one pot and/or cooking method, so expect some cleanup.
WHAT iT iS: A flat monthly fee ($79-$125, depending on the city; www.classpass.com) grants you access to some of the hottest workout classes in town—like Reformer, Tower and mat classes at reputable studios, plus yoga, barre, boxing, cycling, martial arts, even “gym time.” Although you’re only permitted to take three classes per studio each month, there’s so much variety that you probably won’t even notice.
WHY WE lOVE İT: Available in 39 cities (and counting) in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, the app makes searching and booking classes a breeze; you can find out if the studio has a shower or parking at the touch of a button, plus what to expect from the class, what to wear and when to arrive. And did we mention that you can cancel the service after the month is up, sans penalty?
JUST BE AWARE. If you just want to do Pilates, or want to do it often on a not-so-flexible schedule, you’re better off sticking with your favorite studio.
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