Your Healthier 2012: Jared’s Tips, Week 5

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This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1week 2, week 3 and week 4 — and read this week’s tips below.

  1. Eat more veggies. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Vegetables are the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie food available. Make an effort this week to include some kind of veggie at every meal. Try leafy greens like kale and swiss chard and brightly colored veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes and beets. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 1.27.12

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Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:

  • Sundance buzz for film about hunger: The people who brought you “Food, Inc.” debut “Finding North,” a film about the hunger crisis in the U.S.
  • Good news for school lunch: USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama unveil new nutrition standards for school meals. Health advocates give three cheers.
  • Whither the mackerel?: What the fate of the mackerel reveals about the larger over-fishing crisis. (“This is the last of the buffaloes,” says oceanographer Daniel Pauly.)
  • Oil matters: A study finds that all fried foods aren’t created equal — the oil you use makes a big difference.
  • Urban farming 101: A new book, The Essential Urban Farmer, covers everything you need to know for grow-your-own city living.

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Photo by Flickr user Elizabeth Beers

Your Healthier 2012: Tips from Jared, Week 4

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This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1week 2 and week 3 and read this week’s tips below.

1. Skip Meat One Day a Week
Part of becoming healthier is learning what works best for your body, and that means experimenting to some extent with different ways of eating. Some people thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet, while others need animal proteins. Starting this week, make it a habit to try going meat-free one day a week for a couple months, and write down how you feel. What’s your mood like? Your energy level? Do you feel heavy in your body, or light? Learn about the Meatless Monday campaign, and find healthy vegetarian restaurants in NYC and LA with our Restaurant Finder.

2. Go Nuts
Experiment with having a handful of unsalted, organic nuts as a snack throughout the day. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 1.20.11

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Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:

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Photo by Flickr user Adam Smith

Recipe Makeover: Food Network’s Potato-Leek Soup with Bacon

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How do chefs make the best of winter?  For me, shorter days and colder nights mean warm, creamy soups. This week’s recipe makeover of the Food Network’s Potato-Leek Soup with Bacon uses better-for-you local and seasonal ingredients like onions, garlic and cumin that not only taste great, but also boost your immune system — perfect for cold and flu season.

  • Swap the butter and bacon grease — both high in saturated fat — for organic extra-virgin olive oil, organic extra-virgin coconut oil or organic ghee from grass-fed cows. Cultures around the world use these culinary heavyweightsfor their beautifying and health-giving properties (think radiant skin, slim waistline and strong immune system).(If eliminating bacon from a recipe feels sacreligious, consider using nitrate-free bacon from pasture-raised pigs.  Love that buttery taste? Look for butter made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows. Our second choice? Organic butter.
  • Add a teaspoon of organic ground cumin while the onions and leeks are cooking to bring some spice to the sweeter flavors of the sweet potatoes.  Cumin is a particularly useful spice at this time of year as it helps fight viral infections like the common cold. Continue reading

Your Healthier 2012: Tips from Jared, Week 3

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This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1 and week 2, and read this week’s tips below.

1. Eat More Veggies. So often, we think eating healthier means restricting ourselves in some way. What if you flipped that idea around, and focused this week on adding something, instead of taking something away? Vegetables are the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie food available. Try eating more of them at every meal and see how you feel.

2. Eat Better Meat. If you’re a carnivore, this week, try making a conscious effort to choose meat that’s antibiotic- and hormone-free, and that comes from animals that were grass-fed. Here’s one reason why: Continue reading

iPhone App and More Big News From Clean Plates

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We briefly interrupt this blog with some news from Clean Plates HQ…

We’re proud to announce the launch of our first-ever iPhone app. Download it here and use it to find healthy and delicious eating options on the go, from fast food to fine dining. Let us know what you think!

But that’s not all. Clean Plates Los Angeles hit bookshelves last week, chock full of restaurant reviews for carnivores, vegans, gluten-free eaters and everyone in between. Angelenos, pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble and other shops around town, as well as online at Amazon.com or cleanplates.com.

Last but not least, you may have noticed that our website looks different. If you didn’t notice… take a look around! New features include:

And this is just the beginning. In the year ahead, we’re expanding our coverage to additional cities and have a lot more in store online. What features would you like to see us add? What cities, people and stories would you like to see us cover?

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Recipe Makeover: Mario Batali’s Lasagne Bolognese

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Who can possibly resist an indulgent and gooey piece of Lasagne Bolognese, especially when the recipe hails from celebrity chef Mario Batali’s acclaimed Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village (which just so happens to be Clean Plates Approved)?  Pair it with a nice, rich red wine — such as a Chianti or Sangiovese — and you’ve got dinner made in heaven. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 1.13.12

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It’s Friday the 13th! Appropriately enough, there were some downright scary headlines in the news this week, including a story from The Atlantic about the very real dangers of genetically modified food.

On the bright side, the FDA issued new restrictions for the use of antibiotics in livestock. (Let’s hope the meat in this Congressman’s suitcase is antibiotic-free!)

It turns out we’re eating less meat, Mark Bittman reports in The New York TimesContinue reading

How Aware Are You of Your Own Body?

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Our focus here at Clean Plates is on healthy eating, but clearly, there’s more to living a healthy life than eating well.  How you spend your time, and who you spend it with, for example, affects your mental and physical health just as much as that kale smoothie or free-range burger. And of course, physical activity is a huge part of the equation.

We often hear about benefits of exercise like burning calories, building strength and flexibility and the mood-boosting effects of endorphin release. What we don’t always hear about is the power of physical activity to help us develop physiological awareness — in other words, awareness of our own bodies. Continue reading