Welcome to the awards issue! It’s our 5th annual and biggest to date with 140 winners across 20 categories, and I’m so excited to present them to you.
Culling 140 winning products is delicious and exciting fun, but it’s a beast of a job when you’re sifting through hundreds of products and narrowing down the selection to only those that meet a very stringent criteria (see page 59 for our tough-to-meet guidelines and all the trailblazing winners that did).
It brings the entire CE team so much joy to be able to recognize the healthiest products on shelves now across every imaginable category, which we’re hoping makes life a little easier for you when you’re faced with dueling brands at the store. It also thrills me to know that these brands are paving the way for others to follow in their noble quest to clean up an industry and be more transparent with their processes and ingredients so that you can feed your family and pets, clean your home and care for your body with reassurance that your choices are safe and nutritious.
Also in the spirit of simplification, we’ve got five-ingredient meals by recipe creator Abigail Wolfe that you’ve got to taste to believe. They’re pure magic and incredibly easy, much like our five cheap and cheerful weeknight dinners you can enjoy for $70 for the whole workweek (that works out to be $3.50 a plate!).
Of course, you’re not always in a hurry. We know you enjoy the process of cooking, so we’re offering up some refreshingly adventurous Thai street food recipes from world wanderer and recipe producer Ivy Manning (see page 48). And before we totally usher in spring, enjoy a few last Sundays of comfort food with three nutrientdense and inventive takes on classic pot pie (page 20).
Have a delicious and soul-satisfying month and we’ll see you next! Write to us! We’re listening. CEeditorial@aimmedia.com The soul of clean eating is consuming food the way nature delivered it, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach
to food and its preparation, leading to an
improved life – one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day – three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean
protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables,
and a complex carbohydrate with each meal.
This keeps your body energized and burning
calories efficiently all day long.
Choose organic whenever possible. If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen ( ewg.org/ foodnews) your organic priorities.
Drink at least two liters of water a day, preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic;
we’re friends of the environment here! Limit
your alcohol intake to one glass of antioxidant-
rich red wine a day.
Get label savvy. Clean foods contain short ingredient lists. Any product with a long
ingredient list is human-made and not
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
Know thy enemies. Steer clear of anything containing trans fats, anything fried or
anything high in sugar. Avoid preservatives,
color additives and toxic binders, stabilizers,
emulsifiers and fat replacers.
Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids, or EFAs) every day.
Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.
Reduce your carbon footprint. Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on
your wallet and our environment.
Shop with a conscience. Consume humanely raised, local meats and ocean-friendly seafood. Visit seachoice.org for a printable pamphlet.
Practice mindful eating. Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored.
Enjoy every bite.
Take it to go. Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats
on the go.
Make it a family affair. Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved
ones. Improve the quality of your family’s
life along with your own.