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.
You booked your flight, found a hotel, got a dog sitter, and packed your bags. You’re all ready for your big trip, right?
Even the healthiest and most moderately-minded among us have those moments when we go a little overboard (ahem, Thanksgiving). Whether it was the quantity, quality or both, the next day, you feel the pain…bloating, fatigue, indigestion, irritability.
There’s definitely something special about the holidays, no matter which ones you celebrate. People just seem happier, more loving, and more generous. Not to mention the cooler, crisper weather puts a pep in everyone’s step.
We asked experts for their best tips on avoiding this most sugary of seasons without being a total Grinch. Here’s what they had to say.
It’s one thing to like coffee, and have a cup every morning as a habit. But for some among us, that cup of coffee is more than just a pick-me-up—it’s a way of life, a sustaining lifeblood that one simply can’t survive without.
Christmas morning, New Year’s Day, and the whole holiday week in between—maybe you have a houseful of guests or family in from out of town. No matter what your particular situation, one thing is a given: Everyone wakes up hungry.
Shop in your pajamas, spend as much (or as little) as you want, and get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Sound too good to be true? One word: Subscription. Whether your mom/brother/boyfriend/boss is into coffee, vegan snacks, grass-fed meat or anything else, there’s a subscription that’s perfect for them.
Secret Santas, grab bags, stocking stuffers—there are all kinds of reasons why under-$10 gifts are clutch. But you don’t want to give anything lame, even at a low price point. So we tracked down some easy on the wallet but still awesomely useful items perfect for the healthy cooks in your life.
Even for the healthiest among us, it’s easy to fall into the anything-goes-during-the-holidays trap. We think the most successful holiday season involves balancing indulgence and enjoyment with keeping up our healthy habits, so we don’t find ourselves on January 1 thinking, “What just happened?”
Your mom taught you to never show up to a party or as an overnight guest without a gift (right?). Nothing is more personal, thoughtful and classy than a beautifully presented homemade gift. But what to make, especially during the rush-rush holiday season?
Rich foods, late nights, family anxieties—ah, the holidays. Though the parties and travel can be fun, let’s face it, this season can be rough on your belly.
If you’re used to spending all day in the kitchen slaving over your holiday sides, get ready to meet your new best friend: A healthy, luscious, crowd-pleasing dish that tastes amazing, makes your kitchen smell incredible and is ready in—wait for it—30 minutes.
Delicious, affordable, and organic/sustainable, these wines are perfect for the holidays
Instead of giving—or getting—another food and drink hangover, follow these simple tips for a healthy, happy party
You’ve woken with more holiday hangovers than you can count. How can you start the new year off right? You’re in luck—we’ve got the answers.
Sample International Delicacies with Try the World
A sweet honey tart made with Israeli dates, an indulgent dip made with Italian truffles, an airy soufflé made with English lemon curd—don’t these sound like insanely delicious additions to your holiday table? If you want to get your hands on these recipes and the internationally sourced, sustainable ingredients used to make them, then you should sign up for Try the World, a monthly gourmet food subscription box service that lets your taste buds travel the globe. Each month, Try the World introduces you to the flavors of a new country with a selection of delicacies curated by notable chefs and culinary experts, ranging in price from $19 to $39 a month. Each item in the box is sourced from small, family-owned companies and artisans who use traditional production methods and sustainable growing practices. You’ll also get a guide that tells the story behind each product, plus recipes to make with the items. Plus, if you sign up now, you will receive 20 percent off all gift and signature boxes. Choose from the Snack Box of mouthwatering snacks, the Pantry Box of pantry staples or the Signature Box—an array of ingredients to cook with, snacks and drinks. You might whip up tapas with the Spain Box, meatballs and dumplings with the Sweden Box or Steak au Poivre with the France Box. This month, Try the World has collaborated with Michelin Guides to bring you the Special Edition Holiday Box filled with eight incredible holiday foods from around the world, including the aforementioned Italian truffle sauce, British lemon curd and Israeli date spread, plus creamy toffees from South Africa, spiced bread baking mix from France, buttery pineapple cakes from Taiwan and more. The recipes are curated by chef Thomas Raquel of New York’s Le Bernardin. Sign up for Try the World today—Clean Plates readers get 20% off all gifts and signature boxes using the code CLEANPLATES20—and prepare to jet set from your table, while avoiding the headaches of holiday travel.
Juicy and piled mile-high, these better-for-you burgers should inspire you to turn the grill on now
Few foods speak more of summer than a big, fat, juicy burger. The quest for fire really intensifies when we see these decadent beauties on Instagram. Here are 12 of our favorites, all from home cooks. They are healthier than the typical fast-food version, made with grass-fed beef, or lean meats, poultry, fish or veggies. Pair them with some grilled veggies, a heaping side of mixed greens, and a cold cocktail or glass of rose, and you’ve got the perfect summer feast. Black Bean & Beet Burger with Beet Cashew Dressing Instagram: @werealljustpineapples Caprese Chicken Burger Instagram: @reciperunner Salmon Burger with Lemon Dill Sauce Instagram: @jessica_gavin Grillable Veggie Burger Instagram: @minimalistbaker Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers with Mozzarella Instagram: @thelemonbowl Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Balsamic Mayo Instagram: @foxvalleyfoodie Heirloom Tomato Bun Burger Instagram: @lilsipper Lentil Walnut Burger Instagram: @veganricha Maple Dijon Tofu Burger Instagram: @crazyvegankitchen Roasted Beet Burgers with Crispy Kale & Tahini Sauce Instagram: @shelikes.food BBB (black Beluga lentils, Beets and Black garlic) burger Instagram: @ritaserano
Got extra guests coming, or need to whip up a dish in a hurry? Check out these fast recipe videos for the holidays or any time!
Visit With Love, From Brooklyn this holiday season
With Love, From Brooklyn is an online shop started by Culinary Institute of America grad Dara Furlow that’s offering some great gift ideas this holiday season.