Used in Aryuvedic medicine for centuries, ashwagandha is a relative new comer to the western wellness scene. But it’s making up for lost time: These days, no adaptogen is more popular. But what is it, what is it good for, and should you take it? Here’s what you need to know.
There is one “secret,” hiding in plain sight, that will make a huge difference.
Whether you’re doing Whole30 or not, these healthy bottled salad dressings make for fast, easy, and delicious weeknight meals.
Allow us to introduce you to your new BFF: frozen grass-fed burger patties. They are becoming more and more of a thing and we are here for it. Here’s what to know, how to cook them, and our favorite brands.
Chicken wings don’t have to be deep-friend to be delicious. We found 10 healthier recipes that are super-simple, super-tasty, and super-crispy.
Burgers and hot dogs are great on the grill, but vegetables enjoy just as prominent a place on our grates. Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian or just looking for summer grilling inspiration, here are some meat-free grilling recipes to light your fire.
With spring fully sprung and cookout season upon us, we tested out several brands of hot dogs to bring you the healthiest, tastiest ones.
It’s safe to say that turmeric has been (and still is) having a moment. If you’ve been wondering what all the hype is about, here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of turmeric — and how to get more of it into your diet.
Aside from the obvious convenience, online meat shopping means access to meat from smaller, more sustainable farms and to cuts that may not be readily available in your area. We’ve rounded up our favorites places to shop for meat online — just in time for summer.
Because chocolate is, ahem, a health food, and I write about healthy food, I make it my business to try all the chocolate, so I can report back to you what’s good. (You’re welcome.) And these new healthy chocolate bars are really, really good.
These easy appetizers and finger foods call for just a few ingredients and take 10 minutes to throw together, making them perfect for impromptu gatherings.
Have you started to, oh-so-tentatively, think about travel again? Us, too. And it’s exciting! And maybe also a tiny bit overwhelming? Here are 3 healthy travel tips that will help you maintain your sanity and have as much fun as possible.
One thing most low carb breads have in common? They tend to be pricier than traditional loaves. We put several brands to the test: We toasted them, we made sandwiches, we fried up eggs in a hole, and more to bring you the brands most worthy of your hard-earned dough.
Too often high protein snacks are… less than tasty. Or they’re full of preservatives and other unnecessary additives like sugar and salt. We sorted through a sea of snacks to bring you some surprisingly delicious finds, from chewy, flavorful grass-fed meat sticks to super-creamy cottage cheese.
Imagine checking your friend’s Insta, and finding that she and a whole group of your friends had an amazing night out… without you. Maybe it was a simple oversight that you weren’t on the group email, maybe there’s something else going on—either way, it hurts.
You could probably use an hour or two to relax every day, right? Over here in the real world, we feel lucky when we get 10 minutes. There’s good news, though: That’s actually plenty of time. Here are some good ways to chill out when the clock is ticking. (Hint: Scrolling social media isn’t on the list).
I eat a lot of high-quality animal products, and I’ve never enjoyed better health. I almost never get colds, I sleep well, I’m building and maintaining lean muscle and I’m annoyingly energetic. And I’m in my late 40s, a time when many of my peers are gaining weight, feeling exhausted, seeing the beginnings of chronic illness.
The secret to a healthier 2021? Skip the big resolutions in favor of small changes that yield big gains. Here are 25 tiny ideas.
This year, with celebrations hard to come by, the post-holiday blues feels even bluer. Here are a few smart tips for a cheerier outlook.
Instead of punishing yourself with black and white thinking, set resolutions that will help you feel stronger, healthier and more energetic.
I never really understood the appeal of sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top. No judgement if you love it, but personally, I’d rather save the really sweet stuff for dessert.
It’s been a year full of unprecedented this and uncertain that. As Thanksgiving approaches, most of us are wondering what this year is going to look like. The one thing we can count on: It’s definitely not going to be a typical holiday season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Thanksgiving.
Staying hydrated is one of the pillars of good health, one of those things you’re probably focusing on doing every day or have on your list of top health goals. But staying hydrated isn’t always as simple as just drinking more water, especially if you’re active.
My story of childhood is not all that different from other Gen-X-ers: I was a latchkey kid, and my single working mom expected my brother and me to manage a lot for ourselves. Packaged snacks and heated-up frozen food eaten in front of the TV were very common in our house.
All of us here at Clean Plates love reading, watching and listening to as much as we can around health and wellness—it’s what we do. But even for us, the sheer volume of information can feel like drinking from a firehose.
Right now is the perfect time to start making pour over coffee. Here’s why: You don’t need a ton of equipment, what you do need doesn’t take up much space, it’s inexpensive, it’s quick and easy, and it makes fantastic coffee. Boom.
Working from home (or being out of work), trying to homeschool kids, caring for at-risk parents—managing stress right now is more of a challenge than ever. When things got to be too much pre-COVID, we would turn to the occasional mental health day to help us calm down and reset. But right now, it’s difficult if not impossible to do that.
If there’s an “it” buzzword that’s emerged in the heath world in the last couple of years, it’s mindfulness. We’re encouraged to practice it all the time, since its purported benefits include reducing stress, improving concentration, boosting immunity and even protecting our genes in a way that may enhance longevity.
Among the many changes to all of our lives as we shelter at home is the closure of gyms and boutique fitness places. Whether you never missed a SoulCycle class, banged out Barry’s Bootcamp or got your yoga on on the reg, it’s all on hold. Plus, our daily non-workout movements—commuting, walking around the office, running errands—are curtailed as well.
If you’re reading this, you already know how important eating well is for good health. As Dr. Mark Hyman puts it, “Food is literally the most powerful medicine you have available to control your health.” That’s always true—but right now, as we’re all trying to protect ourselves and our families from a global pandemic, eating healthy feels even more urgent.
Giving someone a box of chocolates is classic for Valentine’s Day… but these days, with a zillion different dietary styles, preferences, allergies and so much more, the simple act of giving a gift can feel pretty fraught.
Bella and Edward, Harry and Sally, Romeo and Juliet—some things just go together. The same is true for foods.
Maybe you were on vacation, maybe you had a big deadline, a work trip, a sick child. Maybe you just couldn’t get yourself to the gym. It happens. Here’s solid expert advice for what to do now.
Are your mornings as hectic as ours? We bet they are — and since you can’t decide to not get dressed or brush your teeth, often when something has to go, it’s breakfast.
Panera Bread—so often the solution whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast on the go or a lunchtime option that has something for everyone. Now, don’t think just because they have “bread” in the name you won’t be able to make healthy choices. We asked experts for their tips on how to order like a champ.
Picture this: You’re at the gorgeous, serene Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires. You’re doing yoga. You’re meditating. You’re getting ayurvedic massages. And, of course, you’re eating amazing, nourishing spa food. You feel peaceful and powerful.
We ask ourselves tons of questions about how to support our health every day. What should I eat for breakfast? Should I go to yoga or boot camp? Should I try a meditation app?
We try to stay positive and see the good in the world, we really do. But sometimes it feels like tragedies pile up, like there’s just so much bad news all the time. Then, when an especially big thing happens, it’s too much.
There are roughly a zillion healthy cookbooks hitting the market every day, and it’s part of our job at Clean Plates to sift through them and bring you some of the best.
We’ll be the first to admit that some mornings are insane. From the second your alarm goes off, it’s game on. Work out, shower, figure out what to wear—and multiply that by 100 if you have to get kids out the door. No wonder feeding yourself something healthy and delicious often falls by the wayside.
Weekday lunches can be such a hassle. Whether you rush to throw things together in the morning, you get through a plate of last night’s leftovers, or you spend your hard-earned cash on takeout that always seems to disappoint, the midday meal is never as healthy, tasty, or enjoyable as we want it to be.
When it comes to our relationship to food, the status is: It’s complicated. Food can be nourishing, comforting, energizing, an expression of love, a way to gather loved ones together. It can also be the source of anxiety, stress, and self-hatred.
Imagine a massive convention center filled with booth after booth of healthy products, milling around with fellow health-obsessed people, tasting, trying, and generally geeking out over wellness.
Granola is one of those foods that seems healthy, but often isn’t. Store-bought granolas tend to be loaded with sugar and seriously lacking in other nutrients. Luckily, there are some great-tasting low sugar granolas out there. Grab a spoon and read on.
Remember being a kid, and having those long, hot days at camp, when you got a sweet, drippy ice pop to help you cool off? You’re about to enjoy that feeling again—minus the excess sugar, artificial dye that turned your mouth purple (fun as a kid, not cute as an adult), and sickly sweet flavor.
You’re going to eat it anyway, so why not choose brands that infuse your favorite treat with health-boosting superfoods?
Some crafty food artisans have infused healthy dark chocolate with turmeric, coconut, reishi, maca and other superfoods. Discover which ones, and how to get them.