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The Surprising Supplement That Boosts Your Workout Recovery

By Kiersten Hickman / January 24, 2023 / Comments Off on The Surprising Supplement That Boosts Your Workout Recovery

When it comes to workout recovery, we know there are a lot of solutions out there to build and repair your muscles after a strenuous sweat sesh. Tart cherry juice is known to benefit muscle recovery by reducing inflammation. Protein powder — whether blended up into a shake or baked into a muffin — helps…

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This Is the Most Effective Diet for Living Longer, Says New Report

By Kiersten Hickman / January 3, 2023 / Comments Off on This Is the Most Effective Diet for Living Longer, Says New Report

At this point, there are a few things that have become a bit obvious when it comes to dieting: fad diets aren’t great for our health, and speedy weight loss doesn’t last. While the idea of a “quick fix” diet seems enticing, promising that you’ll drop a particular number of pounds in a matter of…

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16 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Dry January That Don’t Actually Suck

By Kiersten Hickman / December 29, 2022 / Comments Off on 16 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Dry January That Don’t Actually Suck

Six months ago, I decided to stop drinking. I made the decision for my health and well-being, and after six months of not choosing to pour myself a glass of wine at the end of each day, I found many aspects of my life immensely improved. I sleep better, I’m clear-minded, my skin is clear,…

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31 Healthy Soup Recipes For Every Day This Month

By Kiersten Hickman / December 28, 2022 / Comments Off on 31 Healthy Soup Recipes For Every Day This Month

When the winter hits, all I want to eat is soup. Creamy soup, broth soup, hearty stews — all of it. It’s the perfect cozy meal for a blustery winter day, especially when it’s paired with a crusty slice of homemade sourdough bread. So why not celebrate the start of the new year with 31…

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work for Everyone, Says Expert

By Kiersten Hickman / December 27, 2022 / Comments Off on Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work for Everyone, Says Expert

If you simply search the word “habits” on Amazon, you’ll come across 60,000 different results — most of them coming from books. The practice of habit formation has become quite popular over the years, with a lot of research pointing to habit forming as a solution for actually seeing success in terms of one’s health,…

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17 Best Healthy Freezer Essentials To Have On Hand

By Kiersten Hickman / December 24, 2022 / Comments Off on 17 Best Healthy Freezer Essentials To Have On Hand

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve spent the last year eating through the freezer aisle at my grocery store. No, I didn’t eat everything — that would certainly take longer than a year. Instead, I was on a hunt to find the best healthy freezer essentials to have on hand. I tasted a lot…

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7 Tips for a Longer Life, Says Famous Blue Zones Researcher

By Kiersten Hickman / December 23, 2022 / Comments Off on 7 Tips for a Longer Life, Says Famous Blue Zones Researcher

Who wouldn’t want to live a long, happy life? While there are certainly a number of factors that play into one’s life expectancy (like genetics and environment), a significant amount of research does prove that your lifestyle is a massive contributing factor for adding years to your life — and some of the healthiest regions…

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The 7 Top Recipe Trends Our Readers Loved This Year

By Kiersten Hickman / December 16, 2022 / Comments Off on The 7 Top Recipe Trends Our Readers Loved This Year

We had some hungry readers in 2022. Obviously hungry for delicious meals, but here at Clean Plates our readers had a particular hunger for all things healthy, fresh, and convenient. Between easy weeknight meals to using the freshest seasonal produce—as well as a few go-to healthy pantry staples—the Clean Plates community wanted the very best…

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6 Cookbooks You’ll Actually Want To Cook Through This Year

By Kiersten Hickman / December 9, 2022 / Comments Off on 6 Cookbooks You’ll Actually Want To Cook Through This Year

Do you ever find yourself buying a cookbook, cooking through maybe one or two recipes, then never touching it again? I admit it’s one of my pet peeves as a home cook—and something I try to avoid. Why spend the money on a cookbook if I know I’m never actually going to use it? This,…

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Forget Calories! Here’s Why Diet Quality Matters More, Study Says

By Kiersten Hickman / December 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Forget Calories! Here’s Why Diet Quality Matters More, Study Says

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, what’s better—quality, or quantity? The age-old debate continues to be a heated one in the health and wellness industry, with experts debating whether focusing on calories or focusing on the quality of foods matters for long-term health. Although some experts might say that counting calories is more…

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Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency This Winter With These 4 Key Steps

By Kiersten Hickman / December 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency This Winter With These 4 Key Steps

The sunshine vitamin is easy to obtain during the warmer months, but what exactly do you do when going outside isn’t exactly a pleasant option? Especially when a recent study found that vitamin D deficiency can actually lead to premature death. The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers at the…

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Why Drinking Water Is Important for Your Gut Health, Says Expert

By Kiersten Hickman / November 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Why Drinking Water Is Important for Your Gut Health, Says Expert

Water is essential for a healthy life. Not only does it help with hydrating your skin, regulating your body temperature, maintaining blood pressure, detoxing your body, and other important bodily functions, but getting enough fluid intake is also connected to the makeup of your gut microbiome. Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of…

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The Ultimate Grazing Board Perfect for Any Type of Gathering

By Kiersten Hickman / November 3, 2022 / Comments Off on The Ultimate Grazing Board Perfect for Any Type of Gathering

For me and my friends, it’s not officially a party unless a grazing board is involved. Whenever we decide to gather—whether it be for a big party or simply to watch a movie on a Friday night—we always have to get a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and dips in front of us. Otherwise, well,…

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This Is the Best Way To Cook a Turkey This Thanksgiving

By Kiersten Hickman / November 1, 2022 / Comments Off on This Is the Best Way To Cook a Turkey This Thanksgiving

The world was completely turned on its axis during 2020, and so were our usual Thanksgiving plans. While I typically attended a massive Thanksgiving hosted by my parents, during a year of social distancing and forced solitude, I was assigned the task of hosting a small Thanksgiving for my immediate family. This, of course, meant…

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Lettuce Prices May Get Massively Expensive at the Store—Here’s Why

By Kiersten Hickman / October 31, 2022 / Comments Off on Lettuce Prices May Get Massively Expensive at the Store—Here’s Why

The price of your go-to lettuce has likely increased, and no, it’s not just due to inflation. Although inflation has cost a 61% rise in price for romaine lettuce due to farmers predicting demand, prices will also take a toll due to a devastating virus that is taking hold of lettuce crops and creating a massive…

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Why You Should Cook a Bronze Turkey This Thanksgiving, Says Farmer

By Kiersten Hickman / October 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Why You Should Cook a Bronze Turkey This Thanksgiving, Says Farmer

Yes, it’s true — you can buy different color turkeys. With the most popular turkey-eating holiday rolling around, it’s important to keep in mind the type of bird you buy for the big event. Turkeys sold at the grocery store are typically broad-breasted white turkeys, also known just as white turkeys. Sure, these turkeys are…

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9 No-Oven Thanksgiving Recipes To Cook While Turkey Is Roasting

By Kiersten Hickman / October 17, 2022 / Comments Off on 9 No-Oven Thanksgiving Recipes To Cook While Turkey Is Roasting

Working with a small oven this Thanksgiving? If you’re in charge of cooking this year and don’t find yourself with a ton of space to make all of those classic turkey-day classics, don’t fret, we have an easy guide for no-oven Thanksgiving recipes for you to use. By using your stovetop or other nifty appliances…

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This Surprising Vegetable Has More Potassium Than a Banana

By Kiersten Hickman / October 4, 2022 / Comments Off on This Surprising Vegetable Has More Potassium Than a Banana

The banana may get all of the credit when it comes to being a potassium-rich food, but truthfully, there is an underdog that is generally unrecognized for its potassium benefits — even though it takes up a majority of the produce aisle at your grocery store. The underdog? It’s the humble potato! That’s right — potatoes…

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The 8 Best Gut Healthy Foods To Eat, Says Gastroenterologist

By Kiersten Hickman / October 3, 2022 / Comments Off on The 8 Best Gut Healthy Foods To Eat, Says Gastroenterologist

Did you know your digestive tract contains more bacteria than there are stars in the Milky Way? The gut microbiome — the microbes that exist within your intestines — plays a powerful role in your overall health. The microbiome is in charge of stimulating the immune system, breaking down toxic compounds, and synthesizing vitamins and…

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9 Healthy Fall Desserts We Can’t Wait to Bake This Season

By Kiersten Hickman / September 27, 2022 / Comments Off on 9 Healthy Fall Desserts We Can’t Wait to Bake This Season

As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to turn, it really can only mean one thing — it’s time to get those ovens going. The idea of turning on the oven certainly isn’t a sweet one during those hot summer months, but in the fall, the game is certainly on. Especially when you…

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6 Expert-Approved Tricks for Handling Your Stress

By Kiersten Hickman / September 26, 2022 / Comments Off on 6 Expert-Approved Tricks for Handling Your Stress

Having stressors in our lives sometimes feels inevitable. Between managing busy schedules, juggling lots of tasks, and navigating difficult social situations, life certainly knows how to throw a few stressful curveballs. Nevertheless, when we’re not handling stress in our lives, it can cause a myriad of health issues that affect both our mental and physical…

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5 Expert Tips for Cooking Quick & Healthy Weeknight Meals

By Kiersten Hickman / September 22, 2022 / Comments Off on 5 Expert Tips for Cooking Quick & Healthy Weeknight Meals

Sometimes cooking healthier meals isn’t always the most convenient; especially when a frozen meal or a drive-thru run is a lot more accommodating for a busy schedule. While these can be easy weeknight solutions once in a while, they don’t always offer the most nutritious choices for our health. But is it even possible to…

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Here’s How Soda Really Affects Your Body, Says Dietitian

By Kiersten Hickman / September 21, 2022 / Comments Off on Here’s How Soda Really Affects Your Body, Says Dietitian

Can drinking soda really be that bad for you? Unfortunately, the news still isn’t good. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar intake for Americans. 63% of adults aged 18 and older report drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (meaning drinks sweetened with added sugars such as…

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How to Buy the Best Mattress for a Better Night’s Sleep

By Kiersten Hickman / September 16, 2022 / Comments Off on How to Buy the Best Mattress for a Better Night’s Sleep

Waking up every day feeling groggy after a terrible night’s sleep? Your mattress may be to blame.

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