Can’t step away from the chocolate, chips, or cheese? Before you go down the shame spiral, know that it isn’t simply a lack of willpower. There are physiological reasons why we get hooked on certain foods, and understanding them can help us stop the cycle.
Cleansing doesn’t have to mean multiple days of nothing but juice or some other austere plan. Here are 10 detoxifying foods to incorporate into your routine for a kinder, gentler refresh. How many are a part of your diet?
We recently scoured the frozen foods aisle to find the cleanest veggie burgers out there, from the classic brands that have been around for ages to the new kids on the block. Then we put them to the test to find out which ones best satisfied our cravings. Here’s how it went.
Everyone wants a gorgeous head full of healthy hair. In reality, dry, dull, brittle, or breaking hair, and even hair loss, are fairly common. Though we don’t control our genes, fortunately, we are in charge of what we eat. Here are some of the foods experts recommend for beautifying and strengthening your locks.
This spice-rack staple balances blood sugar, boosts energy, and reduces inflammation. Here’s why (and how) you should add it to basically everything.
Many of us grew up with the idea that fat is the enemy. And, after decades of directives to minimize our dietary fat intake, it can be difficult to change our attitudes and our behaviors. But experts now agree: Fat is essential for good health. So, if you’re still ordering skinny lattes and egg-white omelets, it’s time to reset your thinking.
An R.D. explains which foods (not drinks!) can keep you quenched. Here are 4 water-free ways to improve hydration.
If you’ve ever noticed the word “iodized” on your box of table salt and wondered what it meant, you’re about to find out.
Ancient remedies are squarely in vogue, with bone broth, essential oils, cupping and others enjoying plenty of press and celebrity Instagram love. Add honey to this group of cool, must-have, grandma-approved items, which humans have been utilizing for millennia.
If the notion of vegan food still conjures images of plain quinoa and kale, get ready for Vegan: The Cookbook. In it, French chef Jean-Christian Jury offers an encyclopedic global tour of plant-based cuisine, with nearly 500 recipes from 150 countries.
The rash blooming across her nose was not the only sign something was amiss inside Phoebe Lapine’s body, but it was the one that looked back at her in the bathroom mirror. Between the rash, muscle pain, hot and cold flashes, and crushing fatigue, Lapine was fed up with feeling bad.
Turmeric, matcha, bone broth—when the healthy-food crowd decides it’s interested in a trendy food, you suddenly see it everywhere. Right now, maca is having a moment, popping up in everything from protein powders and snack bars to drinks and popcorn.
Wellness experts are seriously buzzing over marijuana (sorry). If you’ve been wondering whether this is yet another passing trend, or if pot is here to stay among athletes, yogis and other wellness influencers, read on: We spoke to experts immersed in the convergence of health and cannabis and got the lowdown.
Zoodles get all the Instagram love, but you can make noodles out of lots of vegetables—and you don’t even need an expensive spiralizer. A regular vegetable peeler or julienne peeler can help you create lovely noodle-esque strands of vegetables that are enjoyable raw or very lightly cooked, full of nutrients and free of empty carbs.
When you open a can of chickpeas to make hummus, do you discard the liquid that drains off? Sure, who doesn’t? Turns out that liquid has a name, aquafaba—and a pretty strong social media following, too.
Burgers, corn on the cob, asparagus, chicken skewers, eggplant—grilling is one of the best parts of summer. Before you fire up the grill for your next cookout, consider the potential health and environmental impacts, including carcinogens in burned meat, greenhouse gas emissions from the grill and chemical additives in charcoal.
In the nutrition world sometimes less is more—and this is certainly true about microgreens. They look like tiny versions of familiar vegetables and herbs like radishes, arugula, basil and kale—and they are, but don’t let their cuteness fool you: Microgreens also pack big flavor and nutrition.
Perhaps more than any physical feature, your skin certainly puts your best face forward. But any wise woman knows as you age, your visage needs a different kind of attention.
Control the sugar and flavor with these four favorite, wholesome granola recipes.
We all know work, exercise and sleep can be affected both positively and negatively by caffeine. So when’s the best time to drink it? We’ve got the answers.
If mushrooms are an afterthought, it’s time to shine a spotlight on these healthy yummy fungi.
We all know that leftover soups, casseroles, and baked goods are made for the freezer, but there are plenty of other foods you can freeze. Avocados, for starters. (Yes, really!)
Whether you’re getting the kids to school, racing to work or a Barre class, you’ll love these superfood-filled breakfast bowls from clean eating influencers.
We’ve got a new secret weapon to looking and feeling radiant and glowing; it’s Nourish + Bloom’s Whole Food Shake Powder and Vegan Protein Snack Bar.
Watch one second of this video and you’ll be pumped to make these addictive energy balls—filled with blueberries, almonds, and seeds.
Sprouted Routes blogger Liz Moody’s beautiful book has “healthy, nourishing ice pops that fill you with energy and nutrients and make you absolutely glow.”
Back away from the “maple-flavored pancake syrup”—the real stuff has actual health benefits and makes a fantastic ingredient in baking, sauces and more.
There are many reasons to cook with your loved one. Marge & Homer and Gloria & Jay demonstrate just a few of them.
Veggie maven Deborah Madison gives us this beautiful asparagus and arugula dish from her new book In My Kitchen (published by Ten Speed Press).
We know that the reality of cooking with your kids (mess, tantrums, eye-rolling) can be a lot less dreamy than the fantasy (in which you’re totally patient and your kids are super-neat and into it). But it turns out, as we pointed out in our #ILoveToCook: Why The Family That Cooks Together Stays Together, there are significant reasons why it’s worth the potential hassle and extra cleanup time. Marcia Brady and Roseanne will explain more.
Keep your pooch at peak fitness with these natural foods for puppies, older dogs, big, small and overweight dogs.
Not having quality cooking and eating time together has palpable, real-life negative consequences on kids. Cooking together can be a fun and easy way to give your children the tools for a healthy, well-rounded diet.
BIOHM is the first and only probiotic addressing the whole microbiome of bacteria and fungi. Having a healthy gut is key to maintaining a healthy body weight. When nutrition alone isn’t enough, BIOHM is a quick and simple way to obtain essential probiotics.
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An unsung mineral, a magnesium deficiency can result in migraines and brain fog, muscle cramps and migraines. Here’s what to eat and what to take.
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We’ve all been there, in the middle of a meeting or responding to emails at your desk, when your stomach starts to growl. If you’re unprepared, you may end up at the vending machine or reaching for the donuts in the office kitchen–neither of which will leave you feeling tip-top and ready to tackle the afternoon. We gathered some of our favorite healthy, energizing snacks–both packaged and homemade–to stash in your desk. So the next time the munchies hit mid-meeting, you can smash them with something tasty and good for you that will keep you kicking butt all day. BARS Look for ones that include only whole-food ingredients, like unsweetened fruit, nuts and spices. Avoid anything with added sugar (which may go under an alias) or ingredients you don’t recognize. (A good question to ask: Would you eat all of the ingredients individually? If not, put it back.) Buy it: Larabar and Thunderbird offer lots of flavors DIY it: Make your own Almond Butter Snack Bars ENERGY BITES These are simple to make and easy to eat (no wonder the term is tagged so much on Instagram). With only a few ingredients and no oven required, you can roll up a tasty homemade snack in seconds. They’re especially convenient because you can just grab one to take the edge off, or have two or more if you need a more substantial snack. Buy it: Navitas Power Snacks (we love the cacao-goji, and the blueberry-hemp) DIY it: Try our recipe for chocolate, pumpkin, and peanut butter energy balls DARK CHOCOLATE Satisfy your sweet tooth, reap the health benefits, and get an energy boost with a few squares of dark chocolate. This is not a free pass to hit the vending machine; be sure to choose very dark bars (at least 70%) that are free of refined sugar and artificial ingredients. Buy it: Try Hu, Fruition, or Eating Evolved NUTS AND NUT BUTTER With plenty of good fat, fiber and protein to keep you satisfied, nuts are a fantastic snack. Keep pre-portioned servings from your favorite bag of nuts in your desk drawer. If you’re feeling fancy, add in a couple of small chunks of dark chocolate. Or grab a packet or spoonful of nut butter, and have it on its own, with a piece of fruit or slathered on a rice cake. Look for all-natural varieties, free of partially hydrogenated oils and other additives. Buy it: Try Nuts.com’s Roasted Mixed Nuts with 50% less salt; Justin’s nut butter squeeze packs or Artisana Organics nut butter squeeze packs DIY it: Feeling adventurous? Whirl up your own nut butter SEEDS To take a break from nuts, but still crunch your way to lots of protein, fiber and minerals, try seeds. Pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, squash–all have health benefits and taste great. Buy it: Go Raw Sprouted Seeds DIY it: The next time you cook a winter or spaghetti squash, don’t throw away the seeds. Instead, rinse and dry thoroughly before tossing with oil and your favorite spices. Roast at 325ºF for about 20 minutes or until toasted, stirring a couple of times during baking time. Divide into individual portions and keep in sealed containers. YOGURT Keep this in the office fridge, not your desk drawer, of course. Look for plain, whole-milk yogurt (ideally organic and grass fed), and mix in your own chopped fruit, nuts or a a drizzle of honey. You get protein, satiating fat and a shot of gut-healthy probiotics. Buy it: Maple Hill, Stonyfield 100% Grassfed and Organic Valley Grassmilk DIY it: It’s easier than you think to make your own homemade yogurt EDAMAME Filled with fiber, protein and iron, these soybeans make a filling snack. Be sure to buy organic, which is non-GMO, or that the label specifies non-GMO, as most soybeans are genetically modified. Buy it: Seapoint Farms Roasted Edamame (in flavors like Spicy Wasabi and Sea Salt) DIY it: Make a batch, divide into single servings and keep in your desk drawer HUMMUS With plenty of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron and other nutrients, it’s no wonder creamy, delicious hummus is a favorite snack choice. Buy it: Wild Garden Hummus with Gluten-Free Quinoa Crisps DIY it: It’s easy to whip up a batch of Golden Garlic Hummus BETH
Delicious, affordable, and organic/sustainable, these wines are perfect for the holidays
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Why plant proteins rock, which are the best and how to get the most from them. Plant-based proteins can be a great way to eat a variety of nutrients, plus they typically cook faster, making weeknight dinners easy.
Sprightly with caramelized onions and grapefruit, this salad will make a perfect meal with a sprouted grain bread, or a great side salad.
A mix of ingredients lightly drizzled in a tahini dressing equals a bowlful of goodness
A tamari-maple syrup dressing enhances the saltiness of the sardines and the piquant fennel, all supporting spinach and avocado.
A salmon bowl that trumps all others, with chickpeas, feta, radish and lettuce. With a great balance of fiber, omega-3s, and calcium, this salad will certainly be a staple.
Grass-fed steaks with goat cheese and broccoli make a hearty dinner any time of year.
If cold sesame or peanut noodles are part of your usual comfort food rotation, this dish is a great take-out fake-out. Soba noodles are traditionally made from buckwheat, which, contrary to its name, is a gluten-free flour that’s rich in protein and fiber.
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This powerhouse beauty treatment heals, moisturizes, balances skin’s pH and delivers anti-aging benefits.
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Eat like Tom Brady and Bob Harper; why it pays to be an Early Bird; and heart-healthy foods to load up on.
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Healthy and delicious make-ahead sweet-potato muffins will take away the what’s-for-breakfast stress.
In this week’s health news, which diet alleviates depression and why going gluten-free can be dangerous.
Harley Pasternak, who helps keep Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian fit, debunks common workout myths.
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Go from kitchen disaster to kitchen hero! The secret? Dinner delivery kits. Here’s why, plus, we reveal a favorite.
This week we learn about the first genetically modified apple to hit stores, poison in our food wrappers, and what “certified humane” means on our meat.
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Dr. Dan Benardot scores with these nutritional game plans for the Super Bowl bound team.
Saffron is the secret ingredient in this sweet potato salad.
A chef’s month without sugar, dairy, and grains, plus how to make Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.
What happens when a chef gives up nearly everything she loves to eat for an entire month? Follow her surprisingly delicious journey.
Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil made this power bowl of spicy avocado, sweet potatoes and avocados.
Love bacon, ice cream and sugar? These simple substitutes stave off those cravings
Crave bacon, sugar, or potato chips? Make a few healthy swaps for a healthier diet, with less junk to zap your energy and more nutrients to boost your well-being.
A head of broccoli sliced lengthwise is transformed into gorgeous green “steaks” with which the salmon is roasted—all together in one pan for easy cleanup. As you are slicing the broccoli, save any florets that fall away for a stir-fry or salad—or simply eat them as a snack dipped in a little Dump Ranch dressing.
Got some turning soft in your fruit basket? You'll never ignore them again once you learn how pears keep you at peak perfection
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Who says the perfect holiday treat demands a grocery list as long as Santa’s scroll of names? Let these simple four-ingredient recipes steal the scene at at your next fête
There’s a myth that good food—especially food that’s good for you—costs a fortune and demands as many hours at the stove as it does specialty ingredients. But sometimes, we swear, all it takes is four simple ingredients. These holiday recipes prove 2 + 2 = party perfection. Cranberry Pear Parfait Photo Credit: Leah Johnson Got some leftover cranberry sauce in the freezer from Thanksgiving? Combine with organic plain or vanilla yogurt for a delicious treat on its own, or make it the crowning glory of a parfait. Layer diced pears (Anjou, Bartlett or Bosc) at the bottom of a parfait glass, tumbler, or Mason jar, top with cranberry yogurt, and granola. It makes a perfect breakfast treat, especially during the holidays when your gut benefits from yogurt’s probiotics and fiber-rich pears. Roasted Pecans with Rosemary, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Photo Credit: Leah Johnson A fast hors d’oeuvre that pairs well with cocktails, mocktails, and just about everything else, these pecans roast for 12 minutes, then get tossed while still warm with olive oil, rosemary and sea salt. Wrap them in cellophane and tie with a red ribbon bow for a fast and inexpensive present. It’s also a thoughtful gift of good health—they’re packed with vitamins E and B. Raw Cacao Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate is usually synonymous with cloyingly sweet cocoa and wafts of artificially-flavored whipped cream. Our wholesome hot chocolate is made from grass-fed milk, raw cacao, maple syrup and fine sea salt. Stir together until just hot and serve up cozy mugs on Christmas or Hannukkah night for sweet dreams. Cream Cheese Medjool Dates with Rosemary and Jalapeno Stuffed dates may be classic, but this twist on the original will knock your stockings off. Spread Arla Cream Cheese on halved Medjool dates; top with fresh rosemary and cut the sweetness with spice via a sliver of jalapeño. Total time? Two minutes.
Cream cheese and dates are a near-perfect pairing but they’re even better with the addition of spicy jalapeño and fragrant rosemary.
A real-food cleanse that fixes your gut, tames mood swings, boosts energy and makes you feel like a champ
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In case you haven’t walked down a supermarket aisle recently, protein is everywhere — and we’re not just talking about the meat counter. There are powders marketed to gym goers and bars marketed to busy moms, protein-packed chips and cereals, grains and grain-free granolas. And it seems we want all of it. But is all this protein good for our health? Read on to find out.
The season's best produce is packed with flavor and bursting with nutrients
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4 comfort food snacks and appetizers get a healthy makeover
With the holidays just weeks away, we’re busier than ever, likely feeling a bit stressed and not eating as cleanly as we would like. During these times, we’re more inclined to turn to our favorite comforting snacks and apps but they are often loaded with saturated fat, calories and sugary carbs to say nothing of artificial flavors, preservatives and additives. In our weekly Like That? Love This ! series, we’ve given better-for-you alternatives for comfort food entrees, desserts and breakfasts. This week we’re providing healthier, superfood versions of classic finger foods that you can easily serve at this weekend’s football party, an upcoming holiday spread, or even just whip up for the 3 p.m. hangries. They are simple to make and simply delicious. Smoked Salmon Phyllo Cups One of the most popular crudites, smoked salmon and cream cheese on toast, is a light bite that goes well with just about everything. We’ve enlivened the classic by replacing the bread with crispy light phyllo, adding a heaping dollop of all-natural Arla Cream Cheese (a sponsor of the Like That? Love This! series) and topping it with a thin slice of Omega-3 rich salmon. The Smoked Salmon Phyllo Cups are elegant enough to serve at a splashy holiday party but easy enough to whip up when hunger strikes. Chili Cheese Nachos We all love gooey cheesy nachos, but we don’t love traditional nachos’ high saturated fat, high sodium and sometimes its artificial yellow dye. But that doesn’t mean we should ban nachos from our lives—after all, what is life without an occasional cheesy chip? Angela Liddon’s super healthy cashew, potato, and carrot “cheese” sauce has both good taste and good nutrition. She serves it on her Chili Cheese Nachos, brimming with lentils, red beans, jalapenos and nutritional superstar apple-cider vinegar. A perfect potluck recipe, few dishes will be scarfed up faster at a party. Smashed Avocado Toasts Photo Credit: Leah Johnson The “It” snack of 2016, avocado toast became a snacking staple due to its filling and flavorful profile to say nothing of its high nutritional heart-healthy benefits. We like our amped up version, Smashed Avocado Toast, for its spicy wasabi paste bite and watercress garnish. (And double up on the cress—it’s a true superfood with cancer-fighting phytonutrients.) This super snack will keep you satisfied and sated during even the busiest days. Baked Coconut Crab Dip Crab dips are a retro treat, a sweet, meaty, sometimes cheesy appetizer that was a go-to party food for decades—and due to its hearty, delicious taste, it’s back amongst the foodie cognoscenti. We’ve given it a Brazilian twist and added toasted coconut, coconut oil and coconut water to significantly up its heart-healthy nutrition quotient. Serve the Baked Coconut Crab Dip with plantain chips for a more exotic and authentic flavor. Click here to see the others in the Like That? Love This! series.
The answer will astound you! Here's what to do to counterbalance the sugariest day of the year
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A juicy tagine in roast mini pumpkins with chia-coconut brownies makes for a spirited dinner
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A beloved comfort food meal gets a delicious makeover
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A 20-minute feast packed with as much flavor as nutrients
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Packed with flavor, fiber and creamy flavor, pumpkin stars in this fall menu
Long the hallowed harbinger of Halloween, the noble pumpkin has broken out into a social media star in its own right: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, aka “fall’s official beverage,” came back on the market yesterday, news announced on the P.S.L.’s Twitter page, which garnered more than 114,000 followers. Starbucks isn’t alone on jumping on the pumpkin haywagon. According to Forbes.com, in 2015 “annual sales of pumpkin-flavored food, drinks and novelties were at more than $500 million.” Maybe this year pumpkin will “break the internet.” It makes sense pumpkin is so popular: Its mellow creaminess and pleasing color help contribute to its popularity. Plus, it’s good for you, packed with fiber, blood-pressure-lowering potassium, antioxidant beta-carotene, and cell-enriching vitamin A. Charlie Brown was right, it is a great pumpkin. So make this menu to celebrate the orange orb. Or, everytime Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton insult each other during Sunday’s second Presidential debate, take a sip of the Pumpkin Flip Cocktail. #DrinkingGameAlert The Great Pumpkin Menu The Pumpkin Flip Cocktail Pumpkin Hummus Petite Savory Stuffed Pumpkins Pumpkin Spice Pudding Step 1: Combine all of the pudding ingredients in a blender, and blend for 1 minute on high. Pour into parfait glasses and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare and then roast the pumpkins for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the inside flesh is fork tender. Step 3: Meantime, make the wild rice according to package directions. Step 4: Add the remaining ingredients to the wild rice, spoon into the pumpkins and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Step 5: Blend all ingredients for the hummus, transfer to a bowl and top with pumpkin seeds. Step 6: Whip up the cocktail. Step 7: Plate, serve, eat, love. #IEatClean Click here for more Weekend Menu Hack Recipes.
The nutrition expert's no-nonsense, science-based, truly painless path to a healthy weight
No matter how convincing a diet “guru” is these days, you don’t have to look far to find another shouting just as loudly with the opposite information. For those of us who just want to look and feel good, it can be difficult to know what—and whom—to believe.
This broccoli salad is best eaten the day of but the good news is you won’t be able to stop yourself from eating the entire thing!
A fall menu so comforting, it's like wearing a Snuggie
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A light fall menu that showcases the best of the season
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Poached fish and sautéed zucchini are deliciously satisfying and satisfyingly healthy
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Eating less and exercising more aren't the only steps you can take to lose weight and stay fit
By Sarah Sarway There are few things in this world as misunderstood as the human metabolism (other than the Kardashians’ rise to fame, but that’s a topic for another post). In short, your metabolism is responsible for breaking down all those avocado toasts, fruit smoothies, and grilled veggies you eat into energy to help power you through the day. The speed at which your body does this depends on your BMR, or basal metabolic rate. The lower your BMR, the slower your body will convert calories into energy, which can ultimately lead to weight gain. Most people think that their BMR can’t be adjusted, encouraging them to “cheat the system” by cutting calories, skipping meals, or overdoing it in the gym. But that is totally not the case. Turns out, there’s a lot you can do (other than exercising and calorie-cutting) to accelerate your metabolism, helping you lose weight and stay fit. We asked Beth Warren MS, RDN, CDN, author of Living Real Life With Real Food, to help clear up some of the basic misconceptions about basal metabolic rate. Here are her five tips for optimal metabolic health, including what you can do to help boost your metabolism—today. 1. Eating more fat won’t make you fat. Good news, guacamole lovers! “Foods with great sources of fat give your body the fuel they need to run more efficiently,” says Warren, recommending foods rich in healthy fats, like almonds, walnuts, and avocados. 2. Lay off the processed junk. “Choosing heavily processed foods, such as processed meats, does not give your body the quality nutrients it needs for your body to use efficiently, slowing down your metabolism,” she says. Swap out that ham sandwich for a grilled chicken lettuce wrap. You’ll nix unwanted chemicals from your food and help your metabolism run smoothly. 3. Never, ever skip lunch. “Oftentimes, people are afraid to eat too much, thinking they will gain weight, but eating too little throughout the day does not give your body enough energy to burn, slowing down your metabolism.” Warren recommends eating breakfast 1 hour after waking up, and then eating small meals every 3 to 4 hours throughout the day. 4. Get moving! Walking from the subway station to your office cubicle may not count, but that doesn’t mean you have to go to extremes to reap the benefits of fitness on a busy schedule (see: people who do 40 crunches, 20 jumping jacks, and a three-minute plank between conference calls). “About thirty minutes of moderate activity is enough,” she says. 5. Don’t skimp on sleep “Sleep is a time for your body to clean its internal engine,” says Warren. “If you don’t sleep enough, cortisol, the stress hormone, increases, putting your body in a “storage” mode instead of a “burn” mode, which means your metabolism is slower as well.” Feeling pumped up and ready to take control of your metabolism? Start with these tips for adding more healthy nuts into your diet.
This isn't your grandmother's eggplant parmesan—it's better!
Cheesy goodness smothered in garlicky tomato sauce. That is the stuff our eggplant dreams are made of. But, our beloved old school version was always breaded and fried…
Energy-building tips for the catwalk (or the conference room) from a Fashion Week insider
As the style world’s movers and shakers can attest, New York Fashion Week, happening right now, requires some serious hustle. Think of running a competitive race in heels over a course made of cobblestones and broken sidewalks…oh, and you’re not allowed to look up from your phone until you reach the finish line. Vanessa Packer, founder and nutritionist at modelFIT, a fitness boutique founded in February 2014 on the Bowery in Manhattan, knows the pressures of Fashion Week from the inside as a former stylist. Whether you’re racing from catwalk to catwalk in New York, or from conference room to conference room far from the Fashion Week crowds, Packer has some smart fuel-and-fitness tips for surviving—and loving—the grind. Clean Plates: You were a fashion stylist before you started ModelFit, so you know the grueling nature of the business for models, editors, stylists, buyers, and the A list who watch it all. Can you give us some suggestions for a power-packed breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack that the fashion crowd should adopt for this week and every week? Vanessa Packer: In my experience, keeping meals light during the day sustains energy throughout the day. I like to begin the day with lots of water, preferably warm water and lemon when I first wake up. Having a green juice or smoothie for breakfast is a perfect start to the day. A large leafy green salad with colorful vegetables for lunch and then having a properly combined meal for dinner. Keep fruit handy, so it’s available for a snack on the go. This way of eating from light to heavy through the day will also keep digestion at its most optimal, which also aids in sustained energy. CP: As an integrative nutritionist who believes in mindful nutrition, what are the biggest mistakes you see people making who are striving to be model-fit? Too few calories? Too many liquid calories? What does modelFIT mean to you? VP: modelFIT is mindful nutrition meets mindful exercise. We try to encourage people to listen to their body. We believe in moving and eating with purpose on purpose. Counting calories, checking the scale, extreme cleansing are such out of date approaches to dieting. The whole concept of dieting is actually out of date, because it implies a short term, quick fix solution through a mode of eating. What we at modelFIT try to educate our clients on is wholesome nutrition and lifestyle change, found through concepts such as proper food combination, eating whole foods, eating colorful foods, eating with the season, choosing organic and local ingredients over conventional. Most of all creating a foundation of health that feels right to you, the individual, because no one way of eating, or moving, or living, works for every body. Embracing what you need and listening to that without judgement is an effective way toward getting on the path of long lasting sustainable health. CP: Given Fashion Week happens mainly in the relatively nutritionally barren area of the West 30s, where would you recommend the A List eat in between shows? Which restaurants would you think Clean Plates readers would like? VP: Depends on the area (Lincoln Center vs. the shows @ Milk in the Meatpacking) but you can always pop into Sweetgreen (311 Amsterdam Ave) and know you’re getting great quality when you’re on the go. Peacefood Cafe is also good and consistent for a sit down. I’m also a fan of packing healthy snacks like Sakara Life’s Clean Boutique items (their watermelon jerky is delicious) so you’re never left starving.
A delicious and healthy no labor menu for Labor Day weekend
The unofficial end of summer is here and with it the dreams, the parties, the grill outs, the sunburns, the long lines at the airport and the crowded highways—these are all but memories now or rather Instagram memories….
Cool down and chill out with this late summer menu
Here are some quick menu hacks with chicken and veggies to get lunch or dinner on the table in super quick and super cool ways.
While the heat is on, do-ahead dishes are the answer to your prayers
Swiss Chard Frittata with Turmeric and Purple Potatoes with Avocado Oil & Fresh Herbs are healthy, delicious and easy to make ahead.
A cool no-fuss feast for late summer
We know what you’re thinking: It’s hot. You’re sick of watching what you eat so you can look great in that swimsuit or Athleta yoga pant.
Delicious frozen meals that combine nutrition and speed
Getting dinner on the table can sometimes feel like competing in an Olympic race: You want to speed to the finish line without neglecting the nutrition you need to really go the distance.
Get your cookie on with this raw, gluten-free version from Rachel Mansfield
Today we gather to appreciate the chocolate chip cookie. When we first learned the dessert staple has a day of its own, we had to find a Clean Plates-approved way to celebrate.
Why heat up the kitchen when you can make brunch all on the grill?
This week you likely laughed and cried and were bored and angry, all while watching the Republican and Democratic conventions and drowning yourself in buckets of blueberries. (Hopefully you also got inspired to go check out these excellent Philadelphia and Cleveland restaurants.) So this weekend you’re no doubt ready to hit a festival, a golf course, a yoga mat, a beach or an air-conditioned bedroom, so you can zone out. But how do you relax if you’ve got people coming over and they need to be fed? Who wants to turn on an oven during our tiresome “heat dome?” We at Clean Plates have you covered. Our grilled brunch menu hits all the right bases—garden fresh, simple, healthy and oh-so tasty. It’s done in about 10 minutes, and gives you the requisite protein and antioxidants to Netflix and chill. Make the recipes and upload a photo to Instagram or Pinterest with the tag #cleanplates. We’ll choose our favorite and that person will win a free Clean Plates Cookbook. Height of Summer Weekend Menu Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Grilled Poached Eggs Grilled Asparagus and Broccolini Step 1: Add a stainless steel skillet to one side of the grill. Preheat the grill to 400°F. Step 2: Bring a full kettle to a boil. Add the boiling water to the pan and add the salt and vinegar. Step 3: Add the eggs to the boiling water. Step 4: Toss the asparagus and broccolini in a bowl with the oil, salt and pepper. Step 5: Place the veggies on the other side of the grill. Step 6: After 3 minutes, turn the veggies over. Step 7: Whip up the smoothie in a blender and pour into cups. Step 8: Plate the asparagus and broccolini onto 4 individual plates. Step 9: Top each plate with a poached egg. Step 10: Put food in mouth. #Yum
Peak Performance: Attain it with her easy-to-follow rules
Unless you spend three and a half hours a day doing hardcore athletic training, you probably think you have little in common with Olympiad Cammile Adams…
It's hot, hot, hot outside so chill out with this chilled ceviche and grilled gluten-free "lasagna"
While you’re busy pondering the next moves between the Kimye vs. Taylor Swift Snapchat/Twitter feud, and the heat is on blast outside, you’ll want something chill and chilled.
Serve these simply delicious peaches on their own or, for a special occasion, alongside a scoop of Honey Ice Cream. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($17; Running Press) by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.
A little bit of a twist on the flavors and textures of carrot cake, this is a full-flavored, cinnamon-laced bread. Enjoy it as a tea cake or occasional morning treat. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($17; Running Press) by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough.
Ceviche recipes vary from all over South and Central America. Tuna is often used for ceviche in Mexico, and the dish simply flavored with lime, chile, onion and cilantro. Serve the ceviche on leaf lettuce with tortilla chips along side. Pacific Ocean tuna, especially skipjack and albacore, are the most sustainable species. To find all fish sustainable seafood species, go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide.
This gluten-free, all-veggie “lasagna” uses thin slices of marinated raw zucchini instead of pasta to separate its slow-cooked, tender layers of grilled eggplant and grape tomatoes with rich and creamy Burrata. Serve at room temperature as a main course with grilled bread or as an appetizer before a very light dinner.
Our mid July low-cook feast includes grilled chicken, tomato-bean salad and chocolate-avocado pudding
It’s mid July and the only heat in your kitchen should come from you capturing PokeBalls at your stove on Pokemon Go. The last thing you want to do is turn the oven on. So how do you have a delicious, healthy simple feast without breaking a sweat? Turn on the grill, get out the chopping board, open your fridge, and follow Clean Plates new weekly roadmap. Here’s a sophisticated weekend supper, the first in a series, that will keep you and your house cool—all made in 30 minutes or less. We’ve given you a menu hack, providing you 10 simple steps so you can quickly plate dinner and get down to the good stuff—eating. Mid July Weekend Menu The Classic Daiquiri or Tart Cherry Mocktail Grilled Chicken with Ruby Plum Compote Jersey Tomato and Wax Bean Salad Chocolate Avocado Pudding Step 1: Turn the grill on for the chicken. Step 2: Combine the ingredients for the chicken marinade and let sit. Step 3: Toast the pine nuts on the stovetop and add the garlic. Step 4: Meanwhile, boil the water and then cook the beans. Step 5: Reduce down the pomegranate juice and add the plums. Step 6: Grill the chicken. Step 7: Blend the chocolate pudding ingredients and transfer to serving bowls. Step 8: Plate the tomato salad. Plate the chicken. Step 9: Mix up the Classic Daiqiuri or Cherry Mocktail. Step 10: Put food into mouth and say YUMMM.
This simple vegetarian dish began with the idea of a deconstructed pesto: Sliced tomatoes, crisp-tender wax beans and baby arugula take on new meaning when drizzled with excellent olive oil gently infused with young garlic and topped with slivered sweet basil and roasted pine nuts. This pairs well with the Grilled Chicken with Ruby Plum Compote.
Ox restaurant's chefs on the thrill of the grill, their new cookbook, and two of their favorite recipes
Portland is known for many things, from an average of 154 days of rain to its stellar microbreweries to the wished-for Allergy Pride Parade (thanks Portlandia!) but grilling isn’t one of them…
This healthy, hearty vegetarian dinner recipe starring black rice, tempeh, broccoli and kale makes a filling and nutritious meal, with leftovers for lunch. This recipe is from The Clean Plates Cookbook ($20; Running Press) by Jared Koch and Jill Silverman Hough.
This recipe is from Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals ($25; Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Lukas Volger.
Chia jam is a much healthier way to make jam reducing the sugar content drastically. Use some ingredients you have either frozen berries or fresh blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries. You can toss all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend, if you prefer that to hand mashing. However, the jam will be less chunky this way. Feel free to add other flavors to the jam, like fresh herbs (chopped thyme, basil or mint would be nice), or a splash of vanilla extract or balsamic vinegar.