Sides are where you can get the most creative with dinner. That’s probably why they’re the best part of the meal. They can be dressed up or down depending on the mood and motivation and can easily be tweaked to fit any diet or round out any main dish.
We may be smack in the middle of a pandemic — many of us confined to our homes and missing our friends and family members — but the truth is, we can still find things to be happy about and grateful for.
If cauliflower rice and cauliflower gnocchi didn’t convince you that there’s nothing cauliflower can’t do, we’d like to introduce you to braised cauliflower puttanesca.
I tend to choose my snacks based on what texture I am craving. If it’s something creamy that’s on my brain, I’ll grab some Greek yogurt. Or if I am feeling like something soft, I’ll make myself a jammy egg. Often, though, what I crave is something crunchy.
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.
While I love taking the time on a lazy Sunday to make and slowly simmer my own marinara sauce, I fully support the convenience of the jarred stuff. You’ve got an almost-instant dinner when you toss it with cooked pasta (something I ate a whole lot of growing up), but that’s really just skimming the surface.
The thing is: food has to be delicious. It seems obvious, but sometimes that message gets lost in all the chatter about nutrients and eating styles. It. Has. To. Taste. Amazing.
A rice salad with fresh veggies, herbs and lemon vinaigrette—it’s a total crowd pleaser. Make one that’s even more delicious and healthier with your secret weapon: RightRice.
Whether you’re grilling, tossing, sautéing or baking your favorite summer dishes—or all of the above—you can give them a serious upgrade by using top-quality extra virgin olive oil.
Nothing gets in the way of enjoying the spring weather like a cold, and yet it’s so common to get sick at this transitional time of year. Here are a few steps that will help you stay well while you wait for the days to warm up.
Picture this: You’ve had a great weekend, fun and relaxing, and you’re feeling fine. Then, as soon as the sun sets on Sunday, anxiety begins to creep in. Next thing you know, you’re stressed out and worried because you’re thinking of everything you have to do this week, and it isn’t even Monday yet.
It’s no secret that travel can be a dirty, unclean and unhealthy experience. The reality is that we do our best to not think about what’s in that recycled air on planes.
Mixed drinks and healthy habits don’t, well, mix—or do they? While you probably already avoid going overboard with booze, there are some simple ways to upgrade your cocktails to make them better for you.
Brain fog can show up as small annoyances like losing your keys, as embarrassing gaffes like forgetting your neighbor’s name. And sometimes it shows up in more serious ways like screwing up at work, forgetting to pick your kid up from an after-school activity.
New Year’s resolution season is waning, and we’re starting to notice even our most die-hard friends loosening up on the goals a bit. One debate we all seem to have is whether it’s necessary to give up drinking completely in order to stay fit.
So, when’s the last time you cleaned out your freezer? We mean, really cleaned it out. Was “Uptown Funk” at the top of the charts? Yeah, us too.
You try to eat organic as often as you can—we’re right there with you. One of the reasons, no doubt, is to avoid pesticides and herbicides.
When it comes to smoothie bowls, we want Clark Kent and Superman—that is, we want it to taste indulgent, but we also want it to have inflammation-fighting superpowers. Registered dietician Jenna Gorham swooped in to the rescue with this Coconut Turmeric Smoothie.
It’s only part way through December and we’re already feeling it—that drag from too many holiday cookies and sweet cocktails. What’s getting us through? Knowing that come January 1, we can start cleaning up our diets, especially reducing sugar consumption.
When you have skin issues, whether minor or serious,—or you’re just not looking as fresh and glowy as you want to—it can really zap your confidence. Before turning to harsh approaches, we sought out tried-and-true natural ways to look amazing. Warning: Side effects may include more energy and boosted immunity.
With family visits and office parties and pies on top of pies, the holidays require an extra helping of sleep. That means taking a nap—or two—when you need it. Because ICYMI, the holiday season is also napping season.
What to eat, drink, and do for cold-weather wellness.
When the temperatures drop, it’s tempting to hole up at home, curl up on the couch with some “comfort” foods and hibernate with Netflix until spring comes around (right? Is it just us?). Since you can’t do that all the time, here are some simple ways to help you stay well until the days grow longer again.
Optimal gut health—it’s the holy grail of wellness. Sure, you could take a regular probiotic and eat some salad and hope for the best or you can give yourself a true health boost with a daily dose of 31 organic fruits, veggies, and herbal extracts, paired with probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes, in a convenient, great-tasting powder created according to science by one of the world’s leading experts on gut health.
You work hard to eat clean whenever possible—we see you. Harder still: Finding clean, organic wine at your local grocery or liquor store.
Sleep: It’s so crucial to good health, affecting everything from immunity to appetite, mood, beauty, libido and more. We all need it to live a healthy life, and yet so many of us don’t the 7 to 9 hours per night recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
Autumn is here—and though we always love the changing leaves and cooler weather, we also dread the start of cold and flu season.
It seems so simple—one of the pillars of good health is to drink plenty of good-quality water. But the fact is, even if you have a filter at home, you’re probably not getting the level of cleanliness that you think you are. If you have one of those filter pitchers you picked up at the drugstore, it’s time for a serious upgrade.
When you think “protein,” we’re guessing what pops into your mind is fish, a burger, beans, tofu. Definitely not dessert, right?
That cool breeze you feel means autumn is coming—and though we love sweater weather and changing leaves as much as anyone, we always get that “uh oh” feeling as cold and flu season approaches.
Are you too clean? That probably isn’t a question you think about much. But yes, you actually can be.
As essential as we all know it is to drink plenty of water every day, it can be easy to forget, especially when you’re caught up in your busy day. But with a little foresight, and some simple hacks, kicking up your daily water intake becomes much easier.
It’s important to try to eat healthy and reduce sugar and have lots of vegetables… but, ice cream. It is just so hard to resist ice cream. #thestruggleisreal
Sleep: It’s absolutely essential to good health and quality of life. People who get consistent, good-quality sleep are at lower risk for everything from colds and flu to obesity and other chronic diseases.
Staying hydrated – it’s one of the top tenets of good health. You work out, you eat right, you manage stress, and you hydrate. You got this, right?
You know it’s important to stay hydrated—but are you aware of all the many reasons why? Turns out it’s not just a matter of keeping thirst at bay and being able to kill it in your indoor cycling class.
If we told you there’s a kind of noodle that’s versatile, filling, rich in fiber, organic, vegan, gluten free, paleo, keto, soy free and even kosher, you’d think it was a miracle, wouldn’t you?
Just when we thought we could not love coffee more, along came cold brew to rock our worlds. It’s smoother and less acidic than the traditional stuff, and it tastes. So. Good. Perfect for a hot day (and hey, for many of us, for any day).
I know sugar is not my friend—and usually I’m pretty good about keeping it in check. But despite my best intentions, sometimes my intake creeps up on me (#thestruggleisreal).
Some people are morning people, others are night owls—we are snack time people. Mid-morning, late afternoon—if it’s snack time, count us in.
You’ve heard a zillion times that staying hydrated is crucial to good health (we heard you, Mom!). If that isn’t enough motivation for you, here’s another reason: Hydration is key to looking your best.
Here’s what we want in a skincare line: It has to be quick and easy to use (who has time for long, complicated beauty routines, #amiright?). It should be made from organic ingredients. It should work great and make us look and feel gorgeous. And it should be truly clean, natural and made sustainably. Is that so much to ask?
One thing we always hear from friends and family is that it’s so expensive to buy healthy food, green cleaning products, etc. Plus, it’s also a hassle trying to find truly great products among the sea of ones that claim to be good for you, but still have questionable ingredients.
So there are plenty of 21- and 30-day plans and challenges out there designed to clean up your eating or get you doing a full set of push-ups on your toes. But what about a plan that addresses all of your health goals at once?
Olive oil—it’s one of the healthiest fats on the planet, the backbone of the celebrated Mediterranean diet. But it’s also been the cause of controversy over authenticity—that is, it can be hard to know what’s truly good-quality olive oil, no matter what the price tag.
We see you there at the BBQ, being so careful, loading up on the vegetables, avoiding the gloopy “salads,” going light (or skipping) the alcohol. Then, you top your bunless burger with some condiments, and suddenly you’ve inadvertently added hidden sugar and other undesirable ingredients to your plate. And all you wanted was a little ketchup.
Sweet cravings—we don’t have to tell you how powerful they can be. It’s bad enough we’re surrounded by sweets all day, from the office cupcake party to the restaurant dessert menu (jeez, even seemingly healthy food products are a minefield); the taste of sugar makes us crave more and we feel powerless against the draw of sugar.
Warm weather means cookouts, and we are so ready. What we’re not ready for: That slump that comes from over-indulging at mealtime.
Cannabis is enjoying a reputation renaissance Olivia Pope would envy, becoming a darling of wellness pros, yogis and health aficionados. But the fact is, not everyone wants to get high. And some of us live in states where it remains illegal. So what’s a wellness seeker to do?
It’s almost cookout season, which also makes it swimsuit season, plus the time of year you most want to have tons of energy to play outside and enjoy the sunshine. Luckily, with a few simple strategies, you can get your grill on and still look and feel amazing.
Stash the can opener and back away from the MSG-laced soups of the past.
Sleep. You need it. You want it. You feel so much better when you get it. Why is it so important? Along with giving you enough energy to power through your day, sleep is necessary for the body to detox and repair itself.
It doesn’t take much convincing to get us to brew a cup of coffee in the morning. The taste, the fragrance—even the ritual of heating up the water is as much a part of our mornings as getting dressed and brushing our teeth (but way more fun).
Spring is here (finally!), and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to get outside and play. Whether you’re hitting the outdoor workouts hard or enjoying an after-dinner stroll, the fresh air just feels amazing.
You want the best-quality grass-fed beef, heritage pork and pastured chicken for you and your family. In a perfect world, you would find a fantastic butcher who offered a wide array of cuts, sourced from small farms where the animals were raised humanely and never given antibiotics or hormones.
You want to be your sharpest, have the most energy, reach your goals—who doesn’t? Although there’s always a stream of gimmicks claiming to get you to peak performance in every aspect of your life, the truth is, the one that’s been proven to work time and time again is: Hydration.
It’s not that strange to crave sweets at certain times—we’re looking at you, 4 p.m. energy slump—but sometimes that desire for a treat seems to come out of nowhere.
As a Clean Plates reader, you know it’s important to eat clean food to avoid potentially harmful chemicals. And since you also know how important hydration is, no doubt you’re knocking back plenty of water every day.
You know eating lots of plant-based whole foods is the best route to good health, energy and looking your best. One reason why is your body’s acid-alkaline balance (pH).
Cold and flu season, winter blues, energy slumps—this season brings with it a ton of hassles.
If your New Year’s resolution to cook more healthy meals is hanging by a thread (or a distant memory), listen up: You can do it, without going crazy spending hours shopping and chopping.
There’s no end of complicated diets, juice fasts and other plans promising to help you feel your best. But sometimes the simplest approach is the recipe for success.
Staying warm, avoiding colds and flu, maintaining fitness—winter brings with it a host of health issues. One that can be among the most challenging: Keeping skin hydrated and healthy.
If you follow health news, you already know how important gut health is. Everything from mood, energy levels and even our immunity can be linked to the bacteria and fungi found in our guts.
It’s the New Year, and if you’re like us, you made some resolutions around your health. Whether you’re determined to work out more, eat better, dial in sleep or all of the above, good for you. One of ours: Upgrade our skincare routine.
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.
Are you passionate about wellness and helping others? This holiday season, give yourself an amazing gift—an exciting new career as a health coach.
You feed your children the healthiest food you can (hey, they tried broccoli once, right?), and give them a multivitamin to fill in the rest. Now take it to the next level with a chewable probiotic specially designed to boost your kiddos’ gut health.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated when it’s hot out, but winter brings with it plenty of reasons to keep on sipping.
It’s hard enough to motivate to get to the gym when you have the fatigue, cramps, and other symptoms from your period. Add fiddling with tampons or pads to the equation, and who wouldn’t rather just curl up on the couch?
Brain fog, lightheadedness, dry skin, dry eyes, fatigue, irritability, headache—you could have any or all of these after a long day in front of the computer at work. But actually these are all signs of dehydration, which is no joke.
So. Many. Snacks. Sometimes it feels like you need a PhD in nutrition just to pick a good, healthy one. Ready for a shortcut?
Parents: Are you already sick of playing the back-to-school snack tug-of-war with your kids, where they want a treat and you want them to eat something with good nutrition and no added sugar?
What’s the first thing you notice in someone with great beauty? A healthy glow. If you want one, grab yourself some WelleCo SUPER ELIXIR, stat.
Get your greens. Eat the rainbow. Take probiotics. Incorporate sea vegetables. Try some adaptogens. There are so many things we’re supposed to be incorporating into our diets every day, it sometimes feels impossible to keep up.
Who says kids are the only ones who get to go back to school? If you’re passionate about health, are always in the know about the latest wellness trends, cruise the aisles of health-food stores just for fun, and love helping others, you may be on your way to an exciting new career as a health coach.
Shopping for healthy products should be a calm experience, where you get to peruse a big selection of good-for-you products at your leisure, find everything you need easily and pay a reasonable amount at checkout. But it never is, is it?
Are you the go-to person with friends, family and coworkers for healthy eating and lifestyle tips? Do you read about wellness or cruise the aisles of health-food stores just for fun? Now you can turn that passion into a career, and make your living inspiring others to live well and feel their best. With the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s one-year online program, you’ll explore more than 100 dietary theories, learn about wellness beyond food, and get training and resources to start your own successful coaching business from such renowned experts as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mark Hyman and Arianna Huffington. It’s amazing that from the comfort of your own home you’ll not only improve your own health and that of your family but also make a career out of helping others to improve theirs. Want to learn more? Sign up for the free, online sample class to get a taste of IIN and an introduction to the field of health coaching. Ready to enroll? The Institute is offering Clean Plates readers a big enrollment discount if you mention Clean Plates or our founder Jared Koch; call (877) 780-5750 to receive it. Classes begin July 17. Try your sample class today!
If you’re like us, you’re finding that summer doesn’t provide relief from the crazed morning routine of racing to work, a spin class, or getting the kids ready for camp. With no a.m. time, a hot kitchen, and the desire to look great in our bathing suits, we need something quick that tastes great, keeps us energized and helps us look our best. Turns out, all we need is a morning smoothie powered up with WelleCo’s plant-based SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein. With a hefty 19 grams of organic protein from sprouted brown rice and peas (bonus: the combo gives you all 9 essential amino acids), this nourishing powder reduces bloating, boosts metabolism, stops sugar cravings and will help keep you full and satisfied. THE SUPER ELIXIR has a unique Doctor-created formula which includes whole-food ingredients you won’t usually find in your average protein powder: Pre and probiotics for improved digestion and no more bloating All B vitamins, which help balance everything from mood, weight, digestion and heart health Dandelion helps remove toxins from the liver Anti-aging warriors acai & pomegranate for antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals Rosehip, which is a concentrated source of vitamins C that builds healthy tissues, collagen and a strong immunity Leucine for muscle repair and phenalanine for fat burning Plus, along with all the health-boosting benefits, it actually tastes delicious. Try adding THE SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein in Raw Peruvian Cacao or Australian Vanilla not just to a smoothie, but a smoothie bowl, energy ball, or chia pudding—or do what company co-founder Elle Macpherson does, and simply blend some into almond milk with a frozen banana and some berries for breakfast. Now’s the perfect time to try THE SUPER ELIXIR Nourishing Protein: Clean Plates’ readers will receive free shipping.* Just use code CLEANSUMMER at checkout. After all, you deserve to take 1 minute to blend up some fat-burning energy before you race out the door. Get lean and energized now! *Free shipping on all orders over $50 from Welleco.com; offer available one per customer until July 15, 2017. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
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.
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.”
Can’t travel the world this summer but still want to experience the culinary delights of Mexico, Italy, Korea, and beyond? Think of Green Chef as your global guide to all things delicious and embark on an adventure in your own kitchen. Green Chef, the leading organic meal kit service, delivers prepped, high-quality, USDA-certified organic ingredients with easy, quick recipes from all over the world. The menu changes each week, whether you choose paleo, vegan, vegetarian, or one of their many other meal plans. You could be dining on meals like Korean Shrimp Noodle Bowl with Sautéed Veggies, Mexican Sweet Potato Nachos with Black Beans & Red Cabbage, and Peruvian Piri Piri Chicken with Rice and Coconut-Collard Greens. With flexible delivery, eco-friendly packaging, organic and sustainable ingredients, and affordable pricing—plus, Clean Plates readers will get $50 off their first order—there’s no reason why this can’t be the Ultimate Staycation Summer, thanks to Green Chef and that little patch of beach calling your name.
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.
Weekday lunches shouldn’t be difficult or unhealthy, check out these tips for a successful and mindful work-day meal.
Look younger With Elle Macpherson’s favorite plant-based protein. This protein will keep you looking and feeling good both inside and out.
Filling our refrigerator and pantry from bed proved to as easy as ordering a movie on Netflix. Here’s why.
Why Jet.com is our new go-to resource for stocking up our picnic baskets, pantries and refrigerators.
The Body gives us her secret to looking and feeling so good.
Got a #snackattack? Swap out candy, cookies and chips for more nutrient-dense treats from certified-organic Made In Nature.
Go from kitchen disaster to kitchen hero! The secret? Dinner delivery kits. Here’s why, plus, we reveal a favorite.
Green Chef is an organic meal-kit service that delivers all you need to make healthy, home-cooked dishes that impress.
A chef’s month without sugar, dairy, and grains, plus how to make Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.
Thrive Market, an online marketplace that curates and sells the best healthy and organic products at wholesale prices, is giving a free jar of Avocado Mayo when you sign-up.
What happens when a chef gives up nearly everything she loves to eat for an entire month? Follow her surprisingly delicious journey.
Walker offers delicious recipes free of grains, dairy, and gluten but full of flavor
Customize Your Home Cooking with PlateJoy
Meal planning and grocery shopping for your healthy diet can be time-consuming and stressful—especially in the frenzy of the holiday season. We could all use some helpful elves at the grocery store and in the kitchen right about now. PlateJoy offers a solution—a personalized, on-demand meal-plan service that’s tailored to your unique dietary needs, taste preferences and busy schedule. Each week, you’ll receive simple, healthy and totally delicious recipes and shopping lists customized to your specified diet, whether it be vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, Ketogenic, gluten-free, Low FODMAP or anything else. And, if you enroll by 12/31/16, you’ll get $10 off your membership with code CLEANPLATES. What sets PlateJoy apart from similar services is their attention to dietary detail. Paleo but don’t like avocados? Vegetarian but hate tofu? No problem. Take PlateJoy’s 3-minute quiz to design a bespoke shopping list for meals that fit your specific palate. Print your list or use the free app to shop easily on your phone or tablet. The “smart” shopping list even remembers what you already have in your pantry. Strapped for shopping time? Opt for same-day grocery delivery from one of their partner stores in your area. The custom recipes fit your cooking time constraints, too, with options as fast as 20 minutes from kitchen to table. Mouthwatering dinner selections run the gamut from Eqyptian red lentil soup to sausage and kale spaghetti squash bowls, with options for breakfast, lunch, snacks and desserts as well. Recipe portions are perfectly scaled to each member of your family, and you can even sync your account with your Fitbit or Jawbone to easily stick to your nutritional goals. Try PlateJoy today to get $10 off your membership with code CLEANPLATES, and start receiving some culinary comfort and joy!
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.
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.
Ever wish you could calculate the nutrients and calories in the food you make at home? You’re in luck.
Food labels are an essential guide that help you track what calories, fats, protein and nutrients you are eating. But what about when you’re cooking at home? A glug of oil here, a slug of flour there, and suddenly you’re eating a salad that has the same nutritional value as a Big Mac. In a world where you can carefully calculate and calibrate every macronutrient in the processed food you buy, you’re pretty much flying blind when it comes to cooking in your own kitchen. That’s where the magic of Edamam’s Nutrition Wizard comes in handy. The site is easy to use—simply paste the recipe into the wizard, select the number of servings, press enter and you’ve got the full nutritional breakdown of your homemade meal. It counts calories, carbs, and protein and up to 25 nutrients, from zinc to vitamin B6. It also offers healthy substitutions and instantly assesses whether a recipe is appropriate for those keeping a paleo, vegan, low-sodium, or gluten-free diet. As any person who has attempted to calculate carbs while keeping keto knows, that alone is worth the price of admission. The best part? You can save and print the recipes and their analysis. Edamam Nutrition Wizard is like a magic wand, enabling you to track and calculate your homemade food—all for a low monthly fee. If you act now, Edamam is offering 50% off with the code CLNPLTS. Join up today to be an even smarter cook!
Five of our favorite healthy food bloggers spread some magic with Arla Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is feeling a little confined. Yes, it’s the perfect companion to a morning bagel. But cream cheese can do so much more!
Easy, Affordable Health Testing at Home with EverlyWell
Are you eating clean and staying active but still don’t feel at your peak? Then you’re going to want to check out EverlyWell—a new, easy and affordable way to gain more knowledge about your body with health testing done at home. Conditions like food sensitivities, Vitamin D deficiency and hormone imbalances are fairly common, but identifying them can mean costly and time-consuming visits to multiple doctors and labs. Not with EverlyWell, which provides expert, convenient at-home health testing ordered by you—for hundreds of dollars less than conventional lab testing. And, Clean Plates readers get 15% off their first order! Here’s how it works. First, you choose from a wide array of lab tests that focus on Sleep & Stress, Fertility, Thyroid Function, Inflammation & Vitamin D, Food Sensitivities, Metabolism and more, all starting at $79. Your test kit arrives to your door in three days. Collect a sample in the comfort of your own home—no going to dingy labs!—and then send it off to a leading laboratory for analysis. The highly accurate results are reviewed by a board-certified physician and available online in a few days. Unlike most lab reports, EverlyWell’s beautifully designed, easy-to-read results are actually understandable. You’ll get crucial intel on your body that might otherwise have a too-hefty price tag. Many specialty tests crucial to health management and chronic illness prevention are not covered by insurance. EverlyWell’s accessible prices empower you to get the information you need to make the best decisions about your health. Try EverlyWell today to get your health on track, and save 15% through the end of November with code CLEAN15. * Due to regulatory reasons, EverlyWell is not able to ship kits to NY, NJ, RI, MD.
Try Home Chef with three free meals
Do you love the idea of meal delivery services but feel like they don’t offer enough choices and flexibility for your picky palate and busy schedule? Then it’s time to be a box boss. With Home Chef, you’ll get more than just farm-fresh, perfectly portioned, sustainably sourced ingredients and delicious recipes delivered to your doorstep—you’ll get to call the shots on what you want to eat, how much of it and when it arrives. Better yet, Clean Plates readers can try out Home Chef with three free meals today and be entered to win a month’s worth of meals! Each week, Home Chef offers 13 different menu items to choose from, including gluten-free, vegetarian, soy-free and nut-free options. Butternut squash tarte tatin with arugula or turkey meatballs with green beans and cranberry sauce are recent choices. Plus, you can order breakfast selections, fruit baskets and fresh smoothies. And it’s easy to change your meal delivery day, skip a week or pause your account anytime. At just $9.95 per serving, Home Chef charges less-than diner prices for four-star meals. Try three meals for free and you’ll be entered to win a free month of Home Chef! Act now—the winner will be chosen November 11. CLAIM YOUR THREE FREE MEALS NOW!
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.
New fall menus and family-style dinners from Green Chef
Autumn has officially arrived, which means the light-and-easy cooking of summer is giving way to the heartier tastes of fall. Hankering for warm stews and roasted root veggies but don’t have time for the slower cooking they require? Then it’s time to “fall” for Green Chef. This organic meal kit service delivers the recipes and ingredients you need to whip up healthy, delicious seasonal dishes like Italian lentil stew with carrots and green beans, herb-roasted chicken with almond- and grape-studded couscous, and fall harvest salad with buckwheat and root vegetables—all in about 30 minutes. And the great news is, as a Clean Plates reader, you’ll get $50 off your first order! Green Chef is like a farmers market on your doorstep every week: You’ll receive the best of the season’s bounty without having to spend time on shopping. With the variety of menus that fit every palate and diet—including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo—you won’t have to worry about meal planning, either. Plus, each meal kit comes with pre-made sauces and pre-chopped vegetables, which eliminates prep time. All in all, you’ll spend more time kicking back at the table and less time getting your meal there. That’s especially awesome if you have a family or are feeding a group of friends. Green Chef has just introduced a new menu of family-style dinners that feed four—the perfect way to gather everyone for a cozy, home-cooked fall meal. Try Green Chef today to snag your $50 discount and savor the autumnal harvest!
Sweet by Nature infuses water with natural sweetness
We all know that the healthiest way to hydrate is by drinking ample amounts of water—it quenches without calories, aids digestion and promotes clear skin. But does the thought of guzzling glass after glass of plain-old water leave you cross-eyed with boredom? If you’re trying to ditch soda and sugary drinks but feel stuck in the plain-water doldrums, then it’s time to enliven your water with Sweet by Nature organic herbal enhancers. Each serving of Sweet by Nature contains just two ingredients: naturally sweet organic honeybush extract and organic flavors like coconut, lemon and mango—with absolutely no sugars or artificial sweeteners. Stir Sweet by Nature into a glass of water, and you’ll skip out on empty soda calories while giving your taste buds the sweetness they crave. But we know what you’re thinking—what’s honeybush extract? This indigenous South African herb is typically enjoyed as a tea that’s naturally caffeine free, low in tannins and high in antioxidants and essential minerals. Sweet by Nature’s sustainably sourced, hand-harvested honeybush extract will infuse your water with a distinctive amber color, subtle honey flavor and sweet aroma. Between the honeybush and the delicate fruit flavors, you won’t miss soda’s sugar or high fructose corn syrup one bit. Pop the convenient Sweet by Nature sticks into your purse, briefcase or knapsack along with your water bottle for a burst of refreshing flavor on the go. Try Sweet by Nature and revolutionize your hydration game today!
Score a Free Jar of Raw Honey from Thrive Market
When it comes to honey, we’re not shy about our preferences: We like it raw. It’s packed with natural enzymes and nutrients that can help heal cuts and scrapes, boost immunity and soothe sore throats, all without spiking blood sugar like crazy. If you want to get your paws on the sticky-sweet stuff but have sticker shock at most prices, then you’re going to want to snag a free jar of Really Raw Honey from Thrive Market. This straight-from-the-hive organic honey is totally unprocessed, so it has a creamy texture, contains bits of honeycomb and pollen and smells deliciously of wildflowers. It tastes like you’ve just collected honey from a hive. Giving away free honey is just one way that Thrive Market can save you money. This enormous online marketplace specializes in selling the nation’s best healthy and organic products. They carry goods to fit every dietary preference, from vegan to gluten-free to Paleo, at prices up to 50 percent below retail and with free delivery to your doorstep. That can add up to thousands of dollars a year in savings. You’ll find your favorite and most trusted brands like Amy’s soups, Cascadian Farm cereals and Bob’s Red Mill grains. And—since they’re always adding new products to the lineup—you’ll have a chance to make fresh discoveries, too, like Alter Eco chocolate truffles and Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo. The carefully curated and ethically sourced offerings even include non-toxic cleaning supplies and organic health-and-beauty products. Whether you slather the honey on toast or onto your skin, this is an offer too sweet to pass up—so try Thrive Market today!
Cook like a master chef with Sun Basket organic meal kits
Fast, fresh, healthy and tasty: We’re pretty sure that’s the minimum of what you’re looking for in a weekday home-cooked meal. But what if you could have the maximum—all of that along with a truly gourmet sensibility? Sun Basket is a new, organic meal kit service that delivers everything you need to make distinctive-to-the-max dinners and breakfasts in no time flat. The inventive recipes are developed by chef Justine Kelly, the former head chef of the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Slanted Door in San Francisco, and an Iron Chef alum. With her culinary guidance and the finest farm fresh organic ingredients, you’ll cook like an epicurean pro in 30 minutes or less. Each week, you choose three scrumptious recipes (for two or four people) from the menu of nutritionist-approved dishes, with options for special diets including vegetarian, Paleo and gluten-free. The easy-to-follow recipes are all over the map, literally, from Provence-style salade Niçoise with salmon and roasted new potatoes to Southeast Asian-inspired gingered turkey meatballs in lemongrass broth to south-of-the-border chipotle chilaquiles with black beans. You’ll discover new and unusual ingredients along the way like Bhutanese red rice, Sardinian fregola pasta and coconut aminos. But the foundation of each meal is the hand-selected organic produce from the chef’s favorite farms, as well as grass-fed, pastured meats and sustainable seafood from trusted farmers and ranchers. All of the ingredients arrive at your door pre-measured to cut down on prep and clean-up time. Try Sun Basket today to maximize the flavor, ease and fun of healthy, home-cooked meals! P.S.: A special gift to new customers: Three free meals with their first purchase!
Be a dinner hero with these organic meal kits
To get a healthy, home-cooked weeknight dinner on the table, you practically need superhuman powers: You must plan, shop, chop and cook faster than a speeding bullet. If time pressure is your kryptonite, then rescue yourself from the ticking clock and be a dinner hero with Green Chef, whose USDA-certified organic meal kits make it possible to enjoy delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals in an average of 30 minutes. That’s 50 percent faster than any other meal kit service out there! Green Chef saves you precious time by liberating you from all the prep. Every ingredient you need for three delectable dinners per week is delivered right to your doorstep pre-chopped, measured and ready to cook. By eliminating all the prep stress, Green Chef makes mealtime purely fun and creative. The restaurant-quality recipes with photos are super easy to follow, and plating instructions help you serve like a pro. So…what’s for dinner? There are tempting choices to fit every diet, from Paleo teriyaki steak wraps and gluten-free apricot-glazed chicken to vegetarian creamy corn farro risotto and vegan artichoke “crab” cakes. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, date night, family dinner or even an intimate dinner party, be prepared to wow yourself and everyone else around the table. And with the high-quality organic, non-GMO ingredients, you can be confident you’ll be eating healthy. Green Chef‘s service is also super flexible; there’s never any commitment. You can switch between meal plans and menus as often as you like and skip weeks or cancel anytime you want. The menu selections change weekly, so you’ll never fall into a dinner rut again. Clean Plates readers get a special bonus: 4 meals for free with their first order. What could be a better way to celebrate the end of summer? Sign up today.
Snack Smart with this monthly subscription service while donating to hunger-relief organizations
There are a few times in life when you can score a win-win: Adopting a loving dog from a shelter or learning carpentry skills while building a house for a veteran are two that come to mind. We just discovered a new one: joining Love With Food. This California-based company serves up smart snacks shipped right to your door. When you sign up for a subscription of just $7.99 a month, you receive a bountiful box of better-for-you snacks every four weeks; they select all-natural and/or organic items with no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings or colorings. (There are also gluten-free options.) Plus, you receive new offerings that you might not find at the grocery store. But, the ultimate win-win is that for every box sent, a meal is donated to feed hungry children in America. To date, Love With Food has donated more than one million meals to food banks connected with Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network . Help end childhood hunger by snacking smart and doing good! For one week starting today until Tuesday, August 23rd, Love With Food is offering Clean Plates readers a special sale of 15% off on all subscription plans. Sign up today.
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 the most out of your veggies with these tips from NYC's leading health-focused culinary school
Peels, rinds, stems, ends, tops: No matter how you slice it, preparing vegetables can leave you with a lot of undesirable bits. But before you rush to throw that “waste” into the garbage or compost, keep in mind that one cook’s trash is another cook’s treasure.
Quench your thirst with organic Harmless Harvest coconut water
After having fun in the hot summer sun, don’t you wish you could dive into the center of a cool coconut and lap up all the good hydration of the water within?
Farm To Peoples Quinciple box delivers local ingredients to your home
With Quinciple, a weekly subscription box service, the best of the farmers’ market is delivered straight to your doorstep.
Spice up dinner with Sun Basket's farm-fresh organic ingredients and recipes
Sun Basket is a service that delivers farm-fresh, certified organic and sustainable ingredients, along with a sense of culinary adventure in the form of easy-to-prepare recipes, right to your doorstep!
...and more healthy staples for less from Thrive Market
If your coconut oil lust rivals ours, you’re going to want to grab this chance to snag a free jar of organic virgin coconut oil from Thrive Market.
Delicious, simple-to-prepare, plant-based meals at your doorstep
Green Chef—the popular organic meal kit delivery service—has added mouthwatering plant-based options to their menu, so now eating a healthy diet is easier than ever.