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Peanut butter berry yogurt parfaits
April 29, 2019

The Dairy Dilemma: Fat Free vs Full Fat?

While low-fat or fat-free dairy may seem like the obvious choice for a healthy diet, the truth is a bit more complicated. In fact, despite what you may have grown up hearing, consuming full-fat dairy products can actually help you lose weight. So before you reach for the fat-free option, consider the nutritional differences. Read more
Cold brew iced coffee
April 22, 2019

Can I Have Coffee While Fasting?

Here’s the good news: You don’t have to break the caffeine habit while you’re fasting. But what you put in your coffee can change the results of your fast. Before you start your fast, read on: Here’s the skinny on fasting and coffee. Read more
Cranberry Almond quinoa cereal or oatmeal
April 15, 2019

What Is the Glycemic Index? Your Guide to a Slow-Carb Diet

You may have heard of the benefits of a low-carb diet, but what about a slow-carb diet? Not all carbs are created equal. Some metabolize quickly, leaving you tired and hungry; others take their time, helping you feel full and energetic for longer. Read more
Drink lemon water hydration
April 08, 2019

Drink This, Not That: Easy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks

Sodas, sports beverages, fruit juices, lattes--sugary drinks are everywhere, and they’re responsible for nearly half of our daily intake of added sugars. Not only do these added sugars contain no nutritional value, they can also slow weight loss and increase risk for numerous health issues. Swap them out for these easy alternatives to sugary drinks, and you could cut your added sugar consumption down to a healthy level. Why cut down on added sugars? Why are added sugars so bad for you? You may h... Read more
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March 25, 2019

Diabetes Alert Day: Take the Prediabetes Risk Test in 60 Seconds

84 million people in the United States are at risk for type 2 diabetes--that’s 1 in every 3 adults. Find out today if you’re one of them. Read more
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March 11, 2019

How to Find an Accountability Buddy

We’ve talked before about how internal motivation is key to maintaining long-term health and fitness goals, but sometimes our own resolve falls short. Having an accountability buddy for those times can keep you on track. Read more
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March 04, 2019

How to Stay Hydrated While Traveling

It can be hard to maintain healthy habits while traveling, and staying hydrated is certainly one of them. Whether hopping on a flight for a business trip for going on a two-week vacation, any change in your routine will likely affect your water intake. Dehydration can also worsen the effects of jet lag, making it harder for you to adjust to a time change. Read more
Doughnut sugar craving
February 25, 2019

The Science Behind Sugar Cravings: 4 Reasons We Seek Sweets

It often seems like sugar cravings can pop up at any time. Maybe it’s 4:00pm at work and you’re hitting a wall, or you just finished a hard workout, or you’re curled up on the couch watching Food Network, and suddenly you’re dreaming of ice cream, or brownies, or a fruit smoothie, or any number of other sugary snacks. 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
Probiotics and supplements
January 14, 2019

Your One-Stop Intro to Probiotics: What They Are, Why They Help, and Where to Get Them

This post is brought to you by New Chapter, which uses non-GMO whole-food ingredients to formulate vitamins and supplements that unlock each nutrient’s unique benefits. 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
Instant Pot Dinner
December 27, 2018

How to Use an Instant Pot: Our Guide to Getting Started

You may have heard a friend rave about how much they love their Instant Pot and how much time it saves them in the kitchen. Maybe you’ve scored one as a holiday gift after seeing it on that Black Friday sale. But how does this popular appliance work and what can it do? Read more
Kitchen island cabinets gadgets
December 10, 2018

The 10 Best Kitchen Tools that Actually Save You Time (and Money!)

Everyone loves a good cooking gadget, but the number of options in the average kitchen section of a store can be a little ridiculous. You may find yourself asking, “Do I need a taco holder? An egg slicer? A corn kernel stripper?” While these tools may seem like a great idea in the store, they may turn out to take more time to clean than they save you in prep. Read more
Winter cranberries and pinecones board
November 19, 2018

How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

The holidays are a notorious time for weight gain. Whatever routine you had for healthy eating and exercise, it’s out the window once your nights and weekends are filled with family reunions, festive work parties, and holiday shopping. The added stress and fatigue don’t help your motivation either, so it’s easy for the number on the scale to climb steadily upward if you’re not careful. Read more
Bacon and brussels sprout hash
November 12, 2018

Low Carb Thanksgiving Sides: Healthy Alternatives for Holiday Favorites

At Thanksgiving, we tend to eat our carbs with a side of even more carbs: buttered rolls, mashed potatoes, and stuffing all topped with gravy. If you’re watching your carbohydrate intake, you’ll want to re-evaluate what constitutes a “staple” of the Thanksgiving spread. Read more
Cashews snack
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
Fruits and vegetables ingredients prep
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
High altitude coffee cup
October 15, 2018

Recipe Adjustments for High Altitude: How to Cook and Bake Anything

It may not be fair to our friends in the Denver or Mexico City, but it’s true: Most recipes are designed for cooking at sea level. Once you hit 3,000 feet of altitude or above, you’ll need to make some adjustments to compensate for the change in air pressure. Read more
Bell pepper pesto poppers keto appetizer
October 08, 2018

9 Easy Keto Appetizers for Entertaining

Entertaining doesn’t have to be hard just because you’re on a keto diet. The traditional finger sandwiches, pigs-in-a-blanket, and puff pastry bites may be out, but you can still whip up some crowd pleasers that are low-carb, moderate protein, and high fat to align with a keto diet. Read more
Pumpkin protein pancakes
September 30, 2018

Recipe Contest Winners Revealed: Our Top Fall Dishes

The votes are in! We put out the call for your top simple back-to-school dishes for fall and you delivered! We had over a hundred submissions, and tested and tasted them to come up with a winner ... or in this case, two winners! Ginger-soy poached salmon with cabbage slaw Read more
Stephanie's Weight Loss Journey
September 04, 2018

Healthier Together: Stephanie's Weight Loss Journey

In Healthier Together, we get to know some of the PlateJoy users who are on a weight loss journey. They share some of their healthy eating strategies, challenges, favorite meals, and their #1 piece of advice for others who are on the same path. Read on! 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
PlateJoy logo sunrise meditation
August 12, 2018

Best Apps for Meditation and Mindfulness

We’ve talked before about how mindfulness can change your brain and improves your health, but actually practicing it in our everyday lives takes discipline. Thankfully, there’s an app for everything--in the case of mindfulness and meditation apps, there are several! 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
Cookies snack
July 30, 2018

How to Stop Stress Eating: 4 Strategies to Conquer Emotional Eating

Stress eating, or emotional eating, is such a common issue that we all know its signature remedy: comfort food. Those sugary, salty, creamy or crunchy foods make us “feel better” when we’ve had a stressful day or are going through a rough time. Yet this tendency to eat when stressed never seems to actually make us feel better in the long term, and instead can lead to guilt and weight gain in the short-term. Read more
Turkish style tofu scramble breakfast
July 16, 2018

High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren’t Eggs)

If you’re looking for high-protein breakfast ideas, most people will tell you to just add eggs. Sure, there are countless ways to prepare them: scrambled, fried, boiled, omelette. But assuming you're not Gaston, you're probably going to crave a little more variety. Thankfully there are plenty of other great options when you need your protein fix. Read more
Running weight loss motivation tired
July 09, 2018

Keeping the Progress Going: What to Do When Motivation Fades

We all know what it feels like to hit a wall while trying to achieve a goal. Maybe things started out great, but suddenly you’re not seeing results and your motivation has waned. Without that internal willpower you had at the beginning, every day is a struggle. Read more
Picnic party
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
Coconut fruit bar snack
June 25, 2018

How to Throw a Low Carb Fourth of July Party

The Fourth of July is around the corner, and that means outdoor barbecues. If you're going low carb this year, you’ll want to avoid the traditional potato salad, baked beans, hamburger buns and endless trays of patriotic, sugary desserts. This doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great party, though. With just a few small changes, you can whip up a full low carb, low sugar Fourth of July menu to satisfy all your cravings. 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
Exercise in a hotel room pushup
May 02, 2018

How to Make an Exercise Routine in a Hotel Room

It’s hard to maintain good exercise habits while traveling. Maybe your normal exercise routine includes group fitness classes, hand weights, or just a large open space--all things you likely won’t have access to on the road. Read more
Almond butter fudge snack
April 30, 2018

Recipe of the Week: Almond Butter Fudge

Sometimes, late on a weeknight, I get an overwhelming urge to make dessert. There's something so satisfying about, at the end of an hour, having a physical product to show for your work (plus making the entire house smell delicious in the process). But there's a problem: Now I have 2 dozen cookies and no one else is around to eat them but me. 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
Hawaiian steak stirfry with rice
April 11, 2018

How to Conquer a Weight Loss Plateau

Weight loss plateaus are an inevitable part of every weight loss journey: When you first start exercising and eating right, the pounds come off easily, but as time goes by the number on the scale stops shrinking. You’ve maintained your healthy habits, but it’s no longer enough to help you continue losing weight. What gives? Read more
Crustless asparagus and mozzarella quiche
April 02, 2018

Recipe of the Week: Crustless Asparagus and Mozzarella Quiche

We're in prime asparagus season, so make some brunch plans: It's time to quiche! This low carb and keto-friendly option says goodbye to the carbs by getting rid of the pie shell - which makes it even easier to throw together on a Sunday morning. Read more
Shopping bag farmers market
March 19, 2018

How to Pick the Best Produce: An Easy Guide

Spring and summer bring plenty of options for fresh local produce, which is great news for your body and your wallet. In-season produce tastes better simply because it’s fresher. Plus, when things grow in abundance and don’t need to be shipped from warmer climates, they’re usually cheaper, too. Read more
Interval training fitness tracker
March 05, 2018

Here's How to Create Your Own High Intensity Interval Training Workout

High-intensity interval training: it might sound like an intimidating name (Intense? I'm not ready for intense!). But besides being a great way to burn calories, build muscle, and gain endurance, it’s actually a great option if you’re short on time or just new to working out. (In fact, studies even suggest that it works better for amateur exercisers than serious athletes. Win!) Read more
PlateJoy diabetes prevention
February 22, 2018

PlateJoy's New Program Helps Users Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes Through Personalized Nutrition

1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes (that’s over 90 million people). But most of these people won’t do anything to stop it—because 90% of them don’t even know they’re at risk. Read more
Raw chocolate maple pecan fudge
February 07, 2018

4 Valentine's Day Gifts Better Than Chocolate

Besides Halloween, Valentine's Day is the most sugar-centric holiday of the year. Between the candy hearts and the chocolate samplers, it's hard to get out of February 14th without a massive sugar rush. So what do you do for your sweetheart when you're trying to cut down on the sweets? 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
Supplements in hands
January 24, 2018

New Diet? Here's What Supplements You Need to Consider

Contributed by Jamie Stephens NTP, Lead Practitioner at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Chicago, Ill.  So you’re trying to eat healthy or avoid certain foods—if you're not getting some foods in your diet, it can lead to nutrient deficiencies down the line. That’s where supplements can help. They’re a great way to fill in for the nutrients necessary for optimal functioning of your body. Supplements have also become more important as farming practices have changed over the last century. Our soil ... Read more
Vitamins in your diet
January 16, 2018

How to Get Vitamins in Your Diet: What to Eat and Why It Matters

This post is brought to you by Tula, which uses probiotics and superfoods to boost the health of your skin, the same way they do for your body. Get 20% their skincare and beauty products through 2/28 with the code PLATEJOY. Read more
Chicken and rice bowls with guacamole
January 09, 2018

How to Make an Elimination Diet Plan

New Years Day: widely recognized for its hangovers, its masses of confetti and its promises to start something new. To be different than last year. To change. Read more
Lemon curd chia pudding
January 02, 2018

Our One-Day Cleanse Menu: How to Reset the Easy Way

Post-holidays, you may find yourself wishing for a little reset. With all of our December celebrations, we can take in more sugar, dairy, wheat and alcohol than we might normally, causing our bodies to feel sluggish, inflamed and just generally a little off (albeit probably pretty happy about all of those Christmas cookies). Read more
Chocolate chip cookies
December 11, 2017

Baking with Alternative Sweeteners: 8 Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

Winter holidays mean endless dessert tables, treats showing up at the office and a sometimes overwhelming urge to bake. So what do you do when you’ve been cutting back on sugar until now? If you're an expert on your alternative sweeteners, a sugar hangover hardly seems worth it when you’ve gone much of the year being mindful of what you take in. Read more
Lamb chops with dijon mustard crust holiday
December 04, 2017

Easy Holiday Dinner Recipes: Wow Your Guests in Under 10 Ingredients

The holidays are all about good cheer, good gift and good food ... but often we stress so much about the food part that the good cheer can seem hard to find. Read more
Thanksgiving meal plan roundup
November 21, 2017

The PlateJoy Thanksgiving Roundup: Keto, Vegan, Paleo, & More

Stuck on how to make Thanksgiving dinner while still sticking to your healthy eating goals? We've got you covered. Read more
Christina lunchboxes
November 20, 2017

Christina's Pre-Year Resolution: Day 10

Here’s the truth: when I started this challenge, I wanted to lose weight. But I was also worried about something else. Specifically: $$$ Read more
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November 17, 2017

Christina's Pre-Year Resolution: Day 7

If you’ve been following along, I’m now 6 days into my healthy eating challenge and I’ll be honest … it’s taking all my willpower not to buy the dark chocolate peanut butter cups at Trader Joe's and eat the entire 99 cent bag (what a steal) while watching outtakes from The Office (if you’ve never done this, I highly recommend it -- the Office part, not the candy part). Read more
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November 15, 2017

Christina's Pre-Years Resolution: Day 4

Okay, so earlier this week I created my first meal plan for my Pre-Years Resolution challenge. I set it up to be Paleo+Clean Eating with no added sugars. (Here’s the recap.) Read more
Workout girl stretching
November 13, 2017

7 Ways to Find Free Workouts Near Me: A Guide to Get Active for Cheap

If you’re a regular runner or stream workout videos on YouTube, you already know that you can get a good workout in without paying a dime. But sometimes it’s cold or rainy or you just need a coach’s motivating words to get yourself in gear. Read more
Christina and Gretchen screenshot
November 12, 2017

Christina's Pre-Years Resolution: Day 1

10 years ago I lost 50 pounds. I fought so hard and managed to keep it all off … until this year. Read more
Creamy pumpkin coconut bisque
November 06, 2017

A Keto Thanksgiving: Our Favorite Recipes Roundup

Thanksgiving is all about gathering with family, celebrating the harvest… and eating a notoriously carb-heavy meal. What’s a ketogenic eater to do on one of the most food-centric holidays of all? Read more
Coconut shortbread cookies
October 30, 2017

What's the Best Artificial Sweetener?: Your Guide to Alternative Sugars

If you’ve ever binged on a box of cookies or a big bag of Halloween candy, you already know that our off-switch for sweet things is particularly weak. Turns out there’s a biological reason behind our binging: To our cave people ancestors, sugar indicated high-nutrient, high-energy foods, providing easy-to-use energy to speed up our flight from a lynx or prolong our hours of hunting and gathering.   Read more
Black bean and feta-burrito
October 23, 2017

One Recipe, Many Ways: Cooking for Different Dietary Needs

Mom eats fish. Dad eats red meat. Kelly will eat dairy and eggs, but no meat or fish. Ryan is vegan. Jasper eats everything. Read more
Chocolate hazelnut truffle squares
October 16, 2017

Halloween Without Candy: How to Have a Sugar-Free Holiday

Between parties, costume parades and a night of trick-or-treating, a sugar overload seems almost inevitable around Halloween. While your kids may welcome the excuse to go treat-crazy for a couple of weeks, if you’re considering the impact of your diet on your health, it’s a great time to have a chat about sugar, its effects and how we can indulge without making ourselves unwell. Read more
Blueberry French toast muffins vegan
October 10, 2017

Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipe Roundup: 12 of Our Favorites

“Kid-friendly vegan recipes” might make you think hemp nuggets and carrot popsicles. But think about how many traditional kid-friendly foods are plant-based to begin with: fruit salad, cereal, PB&J sandwiches, pasta and tomato sauce, soup, burritos ... and many more are easy to convert to plant-based with a few easy tweaks. Read more
Sun-dried tomato and parmesan zucchini noodles
October 02, 2017

Low Carb Diet Swaps: What to Use for Bread, Rice, Pasta & More

Picture the inside aisles of a grocery store. You’ll find canned vegetables, some sauces, perhaps a freezer aisle with dairy products and desserts. The rest of those shelves are taken up with grain-based options. Picture it again: see all those tortillas, taco shells, crackers and cookies? There’s a reason these products take up so much space: they sell. Nearly a quarter of the average American’s daily calories comes from grain-based carbohydrates: bread, rice, pasta and the packaged foods you’r... Read more
Lemon curd chia pudding
September 25, 2017

Egg-Free Keto Breakfast Roundup: 8 Favorites from Around the Web

While eggs are a delicious source of protein, B Vitamins and filling fat, it’s easy to grow tired of them when your keto plan seems to revolve around eating them every morning (and sometimes every evening). Read more
Fitbit exercise yoga mat
September 05, 2017

Does a Fitbit Improve Your Health?: Studying the Benefits of Fitness Trackers

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Sunset lake meditation
August 28, 2017

7 Studies Showing How Meditation Changes Your Brain & Body

Meditation practice has existed for over 5000 years, possibly dating back to 3000 B.C. or even earlier. (Written record only goes back to 4000 B.C., so meditation might even pre-date writing!) Many cultures and religions have a version of meditation that brings humans from the material world closer to the spiritual world. Read more
Yogurt and berry breakfast tarts with granola
August 21, 2017

How to Be a Sugar Detective: Finding Hidden Sugar in Foods

According to the US Department of Health, added sugars make up about 13% of the average American’s diet each day. This works out to about 270 calories, or roughly half a meal of added sugar alone! Read more
Group running together exercise
August 14, 2017

Find Time for Fitness: 6 Ways to Fit Exercise in a Busy Lifestyle

We’ve all been there: we have every intention of getting up early to go to the gym, but a late night gets in the way. Those lunchtime plans to hit the gym are swallowed up by a conference call that goes too long. And after work? Forget it. You’re exhausted: a workout sounds nearly impossible. Read more
Alarm clock sleep
August 07, 2017

3 Ways Not Getting Enough Sleep Affects Your Health

Do you love sleep? We sure do. But all too often, a busy schedule and dozens of commitments every day means we’re not sleeping as much – or as well – as we could be. And beyond just feeling rested and energized, not getting enough sleep affects your health in other critical ways. Read more
Restaurant ordering and eating at table
July 10, 2017

How to Create an Outdoor Kitchen “Feel”

Our guest post today is from Havenly, which pairs you with interior designers and decorators that match your unique space + style. Read on for ways to create your own summer outdoor kitchen!  Read more
Summer recipe contest 2017
July 07, 2017

Our Top Dishes for Summer: PlateJoy Recipe Contest Winners

The votes are in: We're excited to announce the winners of this year's PlateJoy summer recipe contest! Read more
Table group sharing a meal
May 29, 2017

Meal Kits vs Meal Planning: We Weigh the Pros and Cons

The number of companies offering to measure, pack and ship pre-made meal kits to your home seems to grow every week. Meal kits deliver a box of ingredients to your door, that typically make three dinners for two, for around $10/meal.  Read more
Bento with meatballs buffalo sauce and veggies keto
May 22, 2017

Keto on the Go: Our Favorite Ketogenic Lunch Box Ideas

Standard lunch fare like sandwiches, burgers and fries aren’t exactly part of a ketogenic diet, which switches the body’s primary source of fuel from carbohydrates to fat. When the body is running on fat for fuel, it’s more able to access and use up its own stored fat: a process called ketosis. (Check out our interview with Dr. Colin Champ for more questions on going keto.) Read more
Easy bentos infographic
May 15, 2017

National Bento Day: 4-Ingredient Meals for Any Hour

We're 5 months into 2017, and chances are your New Years Resolution to eat healthier is but a distant memory. Who has time to eat better on this crazy schedule, amirite? Read more
Breakfast bento with chicken sausage, egg and avocado
May 08, 2017

Low FODMAP Reintroduction Plan: How and Why to Add Foods Back

If you’re having digestive trouble (like bloating, constipation and abdominal pain), you might have considered a low-FODMAP diet. So it can be a bit confusing to hear that one of the reasons to try reintroducing FODMAPS is to improve digestion. Read more
Macadamia almond cake
May 01, 2017

6 Most Common Food Allergies (and What to Substitute)

An estimated 15 million people live with food allergies in the US—that’s 15 million people who are hyper-conscious of what comes into their mouths (and what has come in contact with that food before they eat it). Read more
Whole wheat waffles with blueberries and walnuts
April 24, 2017

Seasonal Snapshot: What Is in Season in May

Ah, spring—finally time for sun, blue sky and ... superfoods? 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
Man running intermittent fasting
April 11, 2017

Intermittent Fasting: What the Science Says

When you think “diet,” you probably think about a change in what you eat, not when you eat. But intermittent fasting, an approach to food intake that limits how much and when you consume calories, has gained traction in the health and wellness sphere in the last couple of years as a way to lose weight, prevent disease and potentially even increase longevity. Read more
Kids helping in the kitchen
April 03, 2017

How to Feed Picky Eaters: 3 Experts Debunk the Myths

At some point or another, most kids are picky. They are looking to assert some control in their tiny world where the big people put them in car seats, choose their clothes and create their schedule. Read more
Slow cooker chicken bacon and potato stew
March 27, 2017

How to Adapt Recipes for Instant Pot in 5 Simple Steps

You already know how to adapt recipes for a slow cooker. But how can you get more use out of the appliance of the moment: the instant pot? Read more
Harissa lentil stew
March 20, 2017

How to Adapt Recipes for a Slow Cooker

Besides meal planning, there are few other things that make weeknight meals as stress-free as a slow cooker. Tossing ingredients in and coming home 8 hours later to a fully cooked meal is something of a miracle. Read more
Buffalo chicken tacos
March 13, 2017

Low FODMAP Brands: How to Buy Everything from Broth to Pasta Sauce

Knowing what’s going into your body and reading ingredient labels are always good ideas, particularly if you have a food allergy or intolerance. If you’re one of the 45 million people who are sensitive to carbohydrates, being aware of what’s in your food can mean the difference between a happy eating experience and digestive chaos. Read more
Maple-bacon breakfast sausage with fried egg
March 06, 2017

What to Know Before Starting a Low FODMAP Diet Plan

If you suffer from some post-meal tummy trouble (bloating, constipation, gas or abdominal pain) after eating a plant-heavy meal, a Low FODMAP diet plan might be the solution. Hold on, you say. What’s a FODMAP? FODMAP is an acronym for the group of saccharide-containing molecules that can be poorly digested. The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides (fructans, galacto oligosaccharides), Disaccharides (lactose), Monosaccharides (fructose) and Polyols (artificial sweeteners). Read more
Workout girl stretching
February 27, 2017

8 Tips to Staying on Track with Weight Loss

You’ve made a commitment to yourself to eat well, move more and take care of your body. Good for you! It can be a big step to take, and can feel challenging, but sticking to your intentions and staying on track with weight loss can be made a lot easier with a few simple strategies, regardless of your healthy eating plan, your motivations or your resources. Read more
PlateJoy grocery bag kitchen ingredients prep
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
Paleo coconut brownies
February 13, 2017

Ingredients for Romance: Simple Valentine's Day Menu Ideas

February 14th is nearly upon us, and whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s an excellent excuse to make dinnertime extra special. Read more
Ingredients prep board nuts and seeds
February 07, 2017

8 Kitchen Hacks You Have to Try

We’ve all been there: seemingly endless hours shelling pistachios, painstakingly fishing tiny pieces of eggshell out of a frying pan, destroying a clove of garlic while you attempt to wrestle it out of its skin. Read more
Lentil and tomato soup
January 31, 2017

A Whole30 Reintroduction Plan: How to Add Back New Foods

At the end of the Whole30 protocol, you might know that there is a period of reintroduction. (In fact, you may have been looking forward to it since you began Whole30!) You’ve spent a significant amount of time avoiding sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and processed foods: surely the reintroduction will be the best part. Read more
No-bake sweet potato pie
January 24, 2017

The Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup: 10 Favorite Recipes for Batch Cooking

One of the biggest changes people notice when taking on a program like Whole30 is that you’re cooking at home for almost every meal. While the planning and prep portion can take a bit of getting used to (it’s worth it, we promise!), there are some ways to simplify your transition to cooking more and eating cleaner. Read more
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January 17, 2017

Good Eating: Caraway Oat Granola Bars + More from Good Eggs

Ready to kickstart your resolutions? We’re partnering with Good Eggs, the real, local, sustainable, friendly, farmer-sourced, middleman-nixed, same-day delivered, simplest way eat well at home, all week long. Read more
Sugar-free chocolate shakes
January 10, 2017

How to Use Dates as a Sweetener: Our Date Paste Recipe for Syrup, Smoothies & More

Cutting down your refined sugar intake can be a Herculean feat. Refined sugar is often added to most processed food products (including innocuous items like crackers and yogurt) and can be hard to dodge when it comes to restaurant meals, juices and sauces. Read more
Breakfast salad with salmon
January 05, 2017

Whole30 Breakfast Ideas: Favorites from Around the Web

Breakfast can be tricky enough on a regular morning when you’re pressed for time. Trying to come up with a month of Whole30 breakfast ideas is a whole other animal: navigating food labels, endless sugary grain products and recipes too complicated for 7:00am can be a recipe (pun intended) for throwing your hands in the air and screaming, “I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER EGG AGAIN”. 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
PlateJoy Gift Cards 2016
December 13, 2016

They're Here! Healthy Gift Cards from PlateJoy

Know someone who wants to eat better? Who could use a little more time in the day? Who never wants to hear "What's for dinner" ever again? Read more
Herb salad with tuna avocado and radishes
December 05, 2016

What to Do With Leftover Herbs: Our Favorite Ways to Use Them Up

A recipe calls for just a few teaspoons of cilantro or a single sprig of parsley. You bought a whole bunch. What now? Read more
Rick and Julia cooking in the kitchen
November 28, 2016

Simplify the Cooking Clean-Up: 6 Kitchen Cleaning Tips to Save Time

You’ve crafted a beautiful meal packed with delicious ingredients. You’ve plated, served and enjoyed your creation. You feel satisfied and – admittedly – quite proud of yourself. 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
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
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 for 2017. 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
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
PJ Cobb salad protein
September 12, 2016

How to Eat Enough Protein: 5 Quick Protein Sources

The human body is a pretty amazing thing: It naturally produces many of the proteins we need to form the tissues that keep us thriving – so why do we need to worry about how to eat enough protein? Read more
Quick Thai red curry beef with cauliflower rice
September 06, 2016

Cooking for Athletes: How to Fuel Your Body for Exercise

Based in San Francisco, Anja Lee is not only a French- and California-trained chef and cooking instructor; she also provides the fuel for some of the top athletic teams in the world, including the Cleveland Cavaliers (helping bring them to victory in 2016 National Championships). We got a sneak peek into how she creates menus for athletes. Read more
Soft tacos with cabbage and mushroom saute
August 22, 2016

Sodium Swaps: What to Avoid in Low Sodium Diet Recipes

Sodium is found in nearly every food we consume. It’s naturally occurring in many plants and is added to nearly every packaged or processed food as a preservative or flavor enhancer. Read more
Southwestern squash salad
July 18, 2016

How to Start a Healthy Eating Challenge at Work

Healthy eating can be infinitely harder when the people around you aren’t in a similar mindset. It’s much harder to say no to the cookies in the kitchen – even if you don’t really want them – when everyone around you is partaking. Read more
Soba noodle stirfry with green beans and egg
June 22, 2016

Cooking with Healthy Oils: Know Your Smoke Points

Finding the right oil for whatever dish you’re making is not only key to making it taste amazing, it’s also key to keeping it healthy and safe. Read more
Roasted vegetable stack with lemon hummus
June 13, 2016

5 Surprising Benefits of Going Vegan

Not one diet works for everyone. Our nutritional needs differ based on our genetics, our environment, our lifestyle, the demands of our jobs and hobbies, our age and other underlying health concerns. Read more
Minestrone soup
June 06, 2016

Oil-Free Cooking: How to Adapt Your Favorite Recipes

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of oil in your diet, you may worry that you’ll be stuck eating strictly steamed vegetables and plain, poached fish. Sure, they’re healthy, but they’re definitely not interesting and probably won’t motivate you to stick with your oil-free experiment for long. Luckily, there are tons of swaps to make cooking oil-free—or simply with less oil—easy and tasty. Read more
Cilantro lime salmon
May 31, 2016

Going Ketogenic? Benefits and Risks You Should Know

If you’ve spent much time around anyone following an Atkins plan or in strict Paleo circles, you may have heard the terms ‘ketosis’ or ‘ketogenic’. These terms refer - broadly - to a metabolism fueled by fat, as opposed to one fueled by glucose from carbohydrates. Read more
Adapt recipes for the grill
May 23, 2016

How to Adapt Healthy Recipes for the Grill

It’s nearly summer, that hallowed time of year when the grills, tongs and barbecue aprons come out (no parka required). If the thought of cooking al fresco conjures up images of burgers and brats (and your healthy sensibilities start panicking), we have good news: the grill isn’t just for ballpark food! Read more
Pregnancy grocery shopping
April 21, 2016

The Pregnancy Diet Checklist: What to Eat When You're Expecting

A pregnant body needs more of everything: more rest, more hydration, more nutrients and more calories. When it comes to food, every woman’s body responds to pregnancy differently; while some experience intense cravings from the beginning, others experience marked changes in taste preferences, thirst and frequency of meals. 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
Fig date and almond yogurt parfaits
March 21, 2016

Build the Best Vegan Breakfast: Recipe Ideas

Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas? Try our FREE 4-day vegan quickstart meal plan! 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
February 11, 2016

Food Haiku: 5 Love Poems for Valentine's Day

Food, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Or better yet, we'll put our feelings in a poem. Read more
Kale Waldorf Paleo Salad
November 17, 2015

Our Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo Thanksgiving: 4 Recipes for Starters, Sides, Dessert & More

Holiday planning is in full swing at PlateJoy, and we're planning an all-Paleo Thanksgiving this year. See what's on our all gluten-free, dairy-free menu, or check out more options here. * * * Starter: Paleo Kale Waldorf salad (from PlateJoy.com) 15 minutes, Serves 2 Read more
November 04, 2015

Superfood Alert: What Are Chia Seeds?

Have you met the next big superfood? Chia seeds are slated to hit $1 billion in sales in the next 5 years ... but when you first hear the name, your first thought might be "chia pet" rather than "chow down." Read more
October 23, 2015

Master the Grocery Store Sprint: 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
October 06, 2015

3 Tips for Better Burgers, from The Food Lab's J. Kenji López-Alt

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June 05, 2015

PlateJoy + Vint: Fuel Up and Work Out!

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June 03, 2015

PlateJoy + Vint: Fuel Up and Work Out!

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June 01, 2015

PlateJoy + Vint: Fuel Up and Work Out!

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April 24, 2015

Announcing the 2015 PlateJoy Recipe Contest

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March 18, 2015

Refuel, Paleo-Style: Esther Blum's Paleo Post-Workout Shake

What's the best way to refuel after a workout? Nutritionist Esther Blum has has helped her clients get gorgeous and strong by reinstating the simple, high-protein, low-carb diet that our bodies naturally crave. Now meals from her book Cave Women Don't Get Fat are available on PlateJoy, from protein-packed breakfasts to healthy Paleo snacks to fuel an active lifestyle throughout the day.  Read more
January 05, 2015

Take $5 on Us: PlateJoy Coupon Code

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September 04, 2014

Food52 Meals, Delivered: Your Favorite Recipes on PlateJoy

This weekend while you were barbecuing, more exciting things were brewing at PlateJoy! We're thrilled to be teaming up with Food52—one of our favorite food destinations on the web, where we find inspiration and information for everything from steak prep to dinner party setup—to provide overnight ingredient delivery for some of the site's most popular recipes. Read more
July 12, 2014

What Is the Paleo Diet?

Why eat Paleo?  Lower carbohydrate, healthy fats and protein. Read more
June 25, 2014

Deskercise: 5 Ways to Exercise At the Office Without a Standing Desk

When I moved to San Francisco after 5 years in a New York desk job, many of my friends imagined (over several drinks) what my California office would be like. The general consensus: Read more

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