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Best of 2011: Good Food

milkThe week leading up to the New Year is always a time of reflection. You’ve cleared the stressful holiday hurdles and the fun of New Year’s Eve is all that’s left.

It’s also a time of year when every publication churns out their best-of lists so that editors can unplug and take a freaking vacation. And we’re no different.

Over this next week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite stories in each category—Good Sweat, Good Looks, Good Escapes, Good Advice, and Good Food.

Plus our picks for the Fridge Look Books that made us smile, laugh, or change our diets, and the most intriguing Wellness Wires of the year.

Here are our top five, in no particular order. Let us know if we missed your favorite! Happy Holidays from Well+Good. See you in 2012!

1. Why protein for women: It’s not just for bodybuilders anymore
Is the muscle-builder of meatheads good for women who just want some protein on the fly? We talked to three New York City wellness experts to get their take.

Eric Helms
Eric Helms, founder of Juice Generation, is one of the driving forces behind the juice boom

2. China Study cheat sheet: 10 things you need to know
We bet you still haven’t read the ground-breaking nutrition book. So, because of its incredible implications for your health, we read it for you. You’re welcome.

3. Milk alternatives: A primer
Can’t swallow cow’s milk? We present the pros, cons, and nutrition facts for each type of milk alternative—from plant-based hemp, soy and coconut to goat and sheep.

4. New York City’s healthiest burgers
Healthy types now have their pick of better-for-you burgers at hot spots across the city. We wrecked a lot of napkins to find the standouts. Here are the seven best.

5. Juice: A booming industry
Some economic news to sip on: The business of juice has never been better.