Amanda is a ACE-certified personal trainer, INN-certified health coach, and CrossFit Level 1 trainer. When she's not writing or working out, she's coaching CrossFit classes, hiking and exploring nature, or relaxing with a good book.

    Everything You Need to Know About the Ubiquitous Additive Xanthan Gum

    By Amanda Capritto / October 11, 2021 /

    Ever wonder about that mysterious ingredient xanthan gum? Why is it in so many gluten-free baked goods, along with sauces and dressings? What does it do? Is it healthy? We’ve broken it down for you.

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    This Gluten-Free Flour Blend is Our Favorite

    By Amanda Capritto / October 11, 2021 /

    Tired of all those separate bags of gluten-free flour in your pantry. Our Clean Plates pick takes care of that, in just one bag of an all-purpose gluten-free baking blend.

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    Trader Joe’s Nut Selection Is Amazing — Here Are Our New Faves

    By Amanda Capritto / September 20, 2021 /

    There’s always another excuse to buy something awesome at Trader Joe’s, right? Their nuts selection can’t really be beaten. See what our favorites are so you’re prepared for your next TJ’s run.

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    Healthy Peanut Butter Recipe: Satay Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce

    10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes That’ll Make You Rethink This Classic Ingredient

    By Amanda Capritto / September 8, 2021 /

    Nut butters get a lot of love from us, but peanut butter still has the number one spot in our hearts. These sweet and savory recipes show why peanut butter is still the nut butter to beat.

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    The Super-Simple Hack That Makes the Creamiest Mac and Cheese

    By Amanda Capritto / August 30, 2021 /

    If you’ve ever wondered how to get the creamiest mac and cheese without adding more cheese, milk, or cream, we’ve got the answer.

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    This Mushroom Soup Is Creamy, Dreamy, and Dairy-Free

    By Amanda Capritto / August 29, 2021 /

    We truly can’t get enough of this soup — and we know you’ll feel the same way after just one slurp. Here’s why.

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    These IKEA-Style Swedish Meatballs in Gravy Are 100% Vegetarian (and 100% Delicious)

    By Amanda Capritto / August 29, 2021 /

    Blogger Feed Me Phoebe took IKEA’s legendary Swedish meatballs and reinvented them with mushrooms and lentils and a to-die-for plant-based gravy. Excuse us while we swoon.

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    8 Recipes to Make After Apple Picking (Besides Pie)

    By Amanda Capritto / August 25, 2021 /

    Wondering what to do with all those apples after apple picking, or just looking for an excuse to make lots of apple things? These recipes offer some delicious inspiration.

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    9 Quick & Easy Back-to-School Dinners Your Kids Will Actually Want to Eat

    By Amanda Capritto / August 23, 2021 /

    Quick and easy dinners are always in high demand, but never so much as during back-to-school season, when routines are topsy-turvy. These healthy meals can be on the table in a half an hour—and your kids will love them!

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    8 Healthy and Decadent Desserts We Love From Instagram

    By Amanda Capritto / August 17, 2021 /

    Go ahead and drool over these desserts we found on Instagram — and know that with these sweet treats you can have your cake and feel good too.

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    The Healthy Snacks I *Always* Buy at Target (and They’re All $6 or Less)

    By Amanda Capritto / August 16, 2021 /

    Here are the healthy snacks at Target you’ll always find in my cart, from organic string cheese to protein mini-bars.

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    5 Delicious Ways to Turn a Box of Chicken Broth into Dinner

    By Amanda Capritto / August 9, 2021 /

    With a box of chicken broth — or some you’ve made yourself and frozen at home — you always have the beginnings of a healthy meal.

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    These Latinx-Owned Food Brands Are Clean Plates Approved

    By Amanda Capritto / August 7, 2021 /

    From companies offering grain-free tortillas and Peruvian hot sauces to super-fresh coffee beans and CBD-infused chocolates, here are seven Latinx-owned food brands you’ll fall in love with. 

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    This Sleep Powder Tastes Like Hot Cocoa and Delivers Sweet Dreams

    By Amanda Capritto / July 30, 2021 /

    We tried Beam Organics Dream powder to see if it could bring us a sound night of slumber.

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    These Oatmeal Recipes (Like Chocolate-y Baked Oats) Are Anything But Boring

    By Amanda Capritto / July 29, 2021 /

    These recipes highlight oats, which bring us oh-so-many benefits in the morning (hello, fiber!), but do so in some of the most unexpected and delicious ways.

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    The Viral TikTok Pasta That’s Not Worth It (and What to Make Instead)

    By Amanda Capritto / July 18, 2021 /

    Air fryer pasta chips are trending on TikTok and Instagram, but are they actually good? Here’s our honest opinion.

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    Tired Mid-Workout? Here’s What to Eat & Drink to Improve Your Stamina

    By Amanda Capritto / July 17, 2021 /

    Knowing what to eat and drink before your workout can help improve your stamina — so that you feel great from start to finish. 

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    We Tried a Bunch of Sparkling Water and Found the Best Ones

    By Amanda Capritto / July 14, 2021 /

    We tried a handful of widely-available seltzers to find the best of the bunch. Here’s what we liked (and what we didn’t). 

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    The Best Healthy Frozen Treats to Get at the Grocery Store

    By Amanda Capritto / July 7, 2021 /

    We shopped around and found a whole bunch of better-for-you-but-still-tasty frozen desserts you can feel good about eating any time of day, even breakfast.

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    3 Super-Simple Ways to Cook Radishes

    By Amanda Capritto / June 25, 2021 /

    Radishes come in so many colors, sizes, and degrees of peppery taste, we just want to snatch them all up: Peppery black radishes, beautiful watermelon radishes, colorful Easter egg radishes, cool, and crispy daikons, and stubby French fingerlings. But, what should you do with your radish haul?

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    We’re Drooling Over These Sweet & Savory Honey Recipes

    By Amanda Capritto / June 1, 2021 /

    If you’re just stirring it into your tea or swirling it into yogurt, you haven’t fully explored honey’s full potential. Honey adds a depth of floral sweetness to everything from honey-sweetened strawberry jam to 5-minute coleslaw.

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    We’re Obsessed with These No-Soak Dried Beans

    By Amanda Capritto / May 19, 2021 /

    For superior flavor and texture, dried beans are the way to go. But which dried beans? We’re recently obsessed with these super-fresh, super-flavorful beans — no soaking required.

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    What’s the Difference Between Keto and Low-Carb?

    By Amanda Capritto / May 12, 2021 /

    The keto diet and other low-carb diets revolve around the same basic idea: Reduce carbohydrate intake to lose weight and improve health. So what’s the difference and which one is right for you? Read on to find out.

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    From Rosemary-Garlic Steak to the *Perfect* Strawberry Tart, Here’s What to Cook This May

    By Amanda Capritto / April 27, 2021 /

    With the arrival of May, we’re looking for reasons to get outside and eat outside. Here’s how we’ll be filling our plates. Hint: It involves lots of grilled foods and the most divine strawberry tart, that happens to be vegan and gluten-free.

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