low carb breads

The Best-Tasting Low-Carb Breads

By Beth Lipton / March 14, 2021 /

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.

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high protein snacks

These New High-Protein Grocery-Store Snacks Are Surprisingly Tasty

By Beth Lipton / February 23, 2021 /

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. 

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relieve stress

The Free, 1-Minute Way to Relieve Stress

By Beth Lipton / February 16, 2021 /

This technique seems too easy, too accessible to really work, but it actually does. It works so well that it’s even used by the military to help soldiers stay calm in stressful situations.

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feeling left out

6 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Left Out

By Beth Lipton / February 15, 2021 /

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.

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Trader Joe’s Has the Best Cheap Coffee

By Beth Lipton / February 4, 2021 /

Ignore the coffee snobs and try this delicious, dark brew.

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5 Ways to Chill Out When You Only Have 10 Minutes

By Beth Lipton / January 20, 2021 /

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).

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red meat

I Eat a Lot of Red Meat and I’ve Never Felt Healthier

By Beth Lipton / January 12, 2021 /

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.

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Winter stew

6 Warming & Filling Stews for Chilly Nights

By Beth Lipton / January 4, 2021 /

It’s January, which means it’s officially stew season. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a hearty meal in a bowl that warms you from the inside out.

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post-holiday blues

The Post-Holiday Blues Are Real — Here’s What to Do

By Beth Lipton / December 31, 2020 /

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.

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Frozen vegetables

How to Make Frozen Vegetables Taste Phenomenal

By Beth Lipton / December 29, 2020 /

Frozen veggies are a freezer staple. They’re healthy and cheap and they can taste just as great as fresh veggies if you know how to cook them. Here’s how to make your frozen vegetables taste phenomenal.

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healthy kitchen

These New Year’s Resolutions Have Nothing to Do with Weight Loss

By Beth Lipton / December 24, 2020 /

Instead of punishing yourself with black and white thinking, set resolutions that will help you feel stronger, healthier and more energetic.

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Gifts that give back

3 Food Gifts That Give Back (for $15 or Less)

By Beth Lipton / November 26, 2020 /

Your friend or loved one gets a really nice gift, you do something good for the world, and you experience the physical and mental health benefits of kindness. Win-win-win.

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Sweet potato sides

5 Healthy Sweet Potato Sides, Hold the Marshmallows

By Beth Lipton / November 17, 2020 /

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.

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Thanksgiving with friends

How To Have a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving This Year

By Beth Lipton / November 6, 2020 /

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.

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What Are Electrolytes and Why Should I Care?

By Beth Lipton / July 8, 2020 /

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.

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Childhood comfort foods

Craving Childhood Comfort Foods? Here Are the Healthier Versions to Try Today

By Beth Lipton / July 3, 2020 /

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.

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The Clean Plates Team Shares the Podcasts We’re Listening to Nonstop

By Beth Lipton / June 21, 2020 /

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.

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Frozen cauliflower

The Best Thing You Can Do with Frozen Cauliflower

By Beth Lipton / May 29, 2020 /

So, you stocked up on frozen veggies at the start of sheltering in place — but now it’s 8, 9, 10 weeks later (or 2 years, who even knows anymore?) and you want your freezer back. We’re with you.

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Pour-over coffee

This Is a Great Time to Start Making Pour Over Coffee

By Beth Lipton / April 16, 2020 /

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.

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Mental health moments

No Way to Take A Mental Health Day? Try These Mental Health Moments

By Beth Lipton / April 13, 2020 /

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.

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Why (and How) to Practice Mindfulness Right Now

By Beth Lipton / April 8, 2020 /

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.

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Gyms closed

How to Move Now That Gyms Are Closed

By Beth Lipton / April 6, 2020 /

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.

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Immune system

Everyday Foods That Support a Healthy Immune System

By Beth Lipton / March 22, 2020 /

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.

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Valetine's Day

How to Give Anyone (on Any Diet) a Sweet Treat on Valentine’s Day

By Beth Lipton / February 13, 2020 /

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.

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