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September 12, 2019

8 Essential Tips to Organize Your Kitchen and Reduce Food Waste

Marie Kondo your kitchen and learn about our tips for organizing your refridgerator and pantry! We’re talking about how to meal plan, grocery shop, and organize your kitchen to reduce food waste and save you time and money. Read more
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August 28, 2019

8 Household Items That Will Kickstart Your Meal Planning

From the Instant Pot to the Magic Bullet, here is a list of our favorite household appliances that will help kickstart your healthy meal planning. Read more
How to Meal Prep Protein Edition
January 22, 2019

How to Meal Prep: Protein Edition

Protein should be a core part of every meal, because it boosts your metabolism, reduces cravings, and builds muscle. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to whip up a protein-filled meal on a weeknight, though. But if you prepare your proteins in advance, you can transform a quick pasta or salad into a proper meal with little-to-no added effort. Read more
BLT Breakfast Wraps
January 08, 2019

Best 10-Minute Whole30 Lunches

When you commit to the Whole30 diet, you’re promising your body a well-deserved detox from any foods that might be causing you more harm than good. But pulling off 30 days of clean eating doesn’t just happen. When you cut out sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes, you’ll need to do a little extra meal planning to make sure you stick it out (and aren’t stuck eating scrambled eggs for every meal!). Read more
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November 05, 2018

Healthy Road Trip Snacks: Our Guide to Clean Eating on the Road

If you’re trying to eat healthy on the road, you probably don’t want to rely on what’s available in the gas stations and convenience stores along the way. Skip the aisles full of processed, prepackaged foods and make yourself a kit full of nutritious munchies before hitting the road. Read more
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October 22, 2018

Best Ingredients to Meal Prep: 9 Key Things to Make in Advance

Meal prep doesn’t always involve cooking entire meals to store for later. Sometimes it’s simply about preparing key ingredients you can use to toss together a work lunch or weeknight meal in no time. Once you nail down the best ingredients to meal prep, you’ll be able to make your favorite dishes in a snap, any night of the week. Read more
Breakfast bento with peanut butter rollups and grapes
August 20, 2018

Easy Lunchbox Ideas for Back-to-School

Meal prepping your own lunch is hard enough. But with the school year swiftly approaching, what do you make for the even pickier eaters in the house? It’s time to start thinking about back-to-school meal prep! Read more
Pesto spinach artichoke bake batch meal
August 06, 2018

How to Make a Whole Day of Healthy Meals Under $10

Take a quick walk through the health food section of a supermarket and you might come to the conclusion that the healthier the food, the more expensive it is to prepare. But while some healthy ingredients can be pretty pricey, there are plenty of nutritious dishes that can still be prepared on a budget. Once you stock up on a few core ingredients, you’ll find that cooking healthy meals can actually be extremely cost-effective! Read more
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July 02, 2018

How to Make the Perfect Summer Picnic Menu

When planning the perfect picnic, creating a menu is the break-or-break moment. It’s a no-go to take something that requires reheating or could be super messy. If you don’t plan ahead, you might end up with soggy sandwiches, wilted salads, and melted desserts. Read more
Chicken arugula and farro salad
May 14, 2018

Meal Planning for Arthritis: What to Eat, What to Avoid

We all know that you eat can affect how you feel, but this principle is amplified for those with arthritis. In its many forms, arthritis causes uncomfortable inflammation of the joints. Certain inflammatory foods can increase this pain, whereas others are known to soothe it. Read more
Watermelon granita
April 23, 2018

Your Menu for a Low Carb, Low Sugar Cinco de Mayo

Looking to enjoy a fun Cinco de Mayo party with friends but worried about watching your carbs and sugars? You’re not alone. It seems like most Mexican favorites rely on carb-filled tortillas, chips, or rice: nachos, tacos, burritos, fajitas, Mexican rice. Desserts like tres leches cake and even your favorite Mexican mixed drink, the margarita, are traditionally full of sugar. Read more
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January 31, 2018

Keto for Beginners: Our One-Day Ketogenic Meal Plan

So you've decided to go keto. Maybe you've read about the weight loss benefits or the research on ketosis and blood sugar. But now that you've made the commitment ... where do you start? Read more
Quinoa and golden beet salad with feta
April 18, 2017

How to Create a Meal Plan for Fertility

When you’re trying to boost your fertility, you’re probably keenly aware of what’s going on inside your body. But are you thinking about what’s going into it? Read more
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February 20, 2017

Buy This, Not That: How to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Grocery shopping: an integral part of cooking at home, but often an errand that can take a huge chunk out of your budget (if you're not careful). You have to eat and you’d rather not spend your whole paycheck to do it, so how do you approach the grocery store to get the most bite for your food dollar? Read more
Whole30 shopping list
December 27, 2016

Meal Planning 101: Your Whole30 Shopping List

If you're starting a Whole30 as part of your New Year's resolution, making good decisions at the grocery store is the first step to putting you on path to success. Avoiding sugar and processed food--not to mention gluten and dairy--is much easier when you have a kitchen stocked with delicious, natural ingredients ready to go. Read more
Kids helping in the kitchen
November 14, 2016

Cooking with Kids: 5 Ways to Include Younger Kitchen Helpers

Cooking with kids can be a valuable way to introduce them to new foods, help them overcome picky eater syndrome and set them up for a lifetime of healthy habits. Plus, it's a great way to spend some quality time together and unwind after a long day of work (and homework). Read more
Freezer bag veggies meal prep
October 17, 2016

Healthy Freezer Meal Prep: The Dos and Don'ts

When it comes to saving time and money with meal planning, perhaps no one thing is more effective than planning ahead and freezing. A couple of hours in the kitchen and a few batches of your favorite go-to’s will make for quick, nutritious meals whenever you need them. Plus, cooking in batches tends to more cost effective, saving you panicked trips for takeout when you realize there’s no groceries in the house. Read more
Rick and Julia cooking in the kitchen
October 10, 2016

Why Cooking at Home Should Be One of Your Resolutions This Year

You may already have a few resolutions in mind. Perhaps they’re related to your health, your stress level, being good to the people around you or taking care of the planet. You might be looking to break old habits or develop positive new ones, or maybe even learn something new. Read more
Chopping girl kitchen prep
October 10, 2016

5 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen

Cooking at home is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. It allows you to be in control of what comes into your system – including additives like sugar, salt and processed oils - and means you can be particular about the balance of ingredients to find the optimal recipe for your body’s unique needs. Read more
Breakfast bento with English muffin
September 26, 2016

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

Let’s face it: when we were in school, lunchtime was always our favorite class. Besides being a welcome break, a healthy lunch also fuels kids for the rest of the day.  An afternoon of learning is way more challenging with a system full of sugar and processed food. Read more
Chinese chickpea salad
September 19, 2016

Build a Better Lunchbox: Healthy, Portable Lunch Ideas for Work

It’s that time of year again, when summer’s calmness is overtaken by the hustle and bustle of going back to work. Luckily, healthy mealtime doesn’t need to be swallowed up in the craziness of post-summer life… especially that oh-so-necessary midday break we like to call lunch. Read more
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April 18, 2016

How to Create an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Plan

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to trauma or injury. It is meant to protect tissue in the short-term while the body heals—and in this situation, it’s a positive! We run into trouble when the body is in a constant state of inflammation, which is often the result of diet and lifestyle choices. Read more
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April 11, 2016

Meal Planning for Toddlers: 4 Ground Rules for Picky Eaters

Contributor Kale Samela, MS, RD, CSP, is a pediatric nutritionist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She is the author of Give Peas a Chance: The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler. Read more
Spinach salad with grapes and goat cheese
April 04, 2016

Going Gluten Free? Our Guide to Get Started

The idea of embarking on an entirely gluten-free diet can inspire fear in the hearts of any carb-lover: No bread? What about cheese and crackers? Pasta? The very thought might make the benefits of this way of eating—improved digestion, better mental clarity, healthy body weight, clearer skin—seem inconsequential. Who cares about a healthy glow when you can’t have your favorite childhood cereal? Read more
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March 09, 2016

Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas: A Field Guide

Of all the questions we get on PlateJoy, one of the most common is, "Can someone PLEASE help me get over my lunch rut?" Healthy lunch ideas can be a challenge because they have to satisfy the basics: Read more
December 10, 2015

How to Create an IBS Diet Plan

Making an IBS diet plan can seem daunting. With all the foods in the world, how do I know which are causing your symptoms? And how do I start eating without them? Read more
October 23, 2015

Master the Grocery Store: 4 Ways to Save Time Grocery Shopping

How much time do you spend grocery shopping? According to a recent American Time Use Survey, you probably average 41 minutes in the store every week—more of a 10K than a sprint. But it doesn't have to be that way. Read more

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