We’re turning a corner in the way we shop for and consume goods. Many of us are rolling up our sleeves and hitting the web, becoming self-certified chemist-sleuth hybrids, memorizing the definition and meaning behind BPA, PFOA, GMOs, BHA, BHT, carrageenan (and many more) to identify and avoid them in food and household items and to also join the conversation about their implications. And clean eating and living go beyond simply boycotting the bad stuff; it’s about making choices that improve our health and well-being. So with all that in mind, the Clean Eating staff decided it was time to introduce a “Clean Living” column and we’re kicking it off with an aluminum-free deodorant you can easily make at home by hotforfoodblog.com blogger Lauren Toyota. Let us know what other DIY cleaning or beauty products you’d like to see featured by posting on Facebook or tweeting me @aliciarewega. In other consumer-centric news, welcome to our first-ever Budget Issue! This time of year is often quite pricey with the return to school and extracurricular activities, so we’ve created a special super savings section packed with weekday meals for $2.50, grab-and-go breakfasts, lunches, smoothies and snacks, and kids’ meals that Mom and Dad will love too. No matter how busy you are this fall, we’re here to make sure you’re eating clean!
– Alicia Rewega, Editor-in-Chief
TAKE IT TO GO
Perfect for kids in school or working parents, these grab-and-go meals keep an eye on cost while putting flavor and nutrition in the spotlight. Think: Crunchy Thai Black Rice Salad, Quinoa Crunch Yogurt Parfaits and more, all ringing in at under $3.25 a plate.
This collection of wholesome, nutritious kid-friendly recipes will cost you around $2.50 per serving – a small price to pay for the satisfaction of seeing your little ones eat Tex-Mex Quinoa Bake, Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding and Crispy Fish Sandwiches.
ANCIENT GRAIN REVIVAL
Ancient grains often contain more protein, vitamins and minerals than their modern-day counterparts and are non-genetically modified (non-GMO). Dishes such as Butternut Squash & Barley Risotto Balls and Millet-Stuffed Turkey Breast breathe new life into age-old grains.
- Apple Pie with Pecan Oat Topping
- Cheese Blintzes
- Grilled Asparagus Salad
- Thai Rice Noodle Salad
- DIY deodorant
- Your Autumn Farmers’ Market Guide
- 3-Cheese Stuffed Shells with Red Pepper Sauce
- Portable Vietnamese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Pomegranate Molasses