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Best Blenders – 2021 Review

Best Blenders – 2021 Review

I am so excited to share with you my Best Blenders Review!  I am sharing all about the best blenders today.  It can feel like a big investment when purchasing a blender so you want to make sure you consider a few things before purchasing. I am going to share with you what I think are the most important considerations to make before choosing your blender. I have also compiled reviews by my friends and family who have used each of these blenders for years. They are sharing the ins and outs of the blender as well as what they like and they don't like about it.  

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I've been wanting to do a proper blender review for you for a while.  As a fellow smoothie lover, a good blender is a necessity in my kitchen!  If you have one that works well it really can make life so much easier.  I find smoothies for me are an easy way to get in a nutrient dense meal in minutes!  I have a whole smoothie post I did on what I put in my smoothies and why here, plus recipes!

I realized though that blenders can be used for SO many things and really are a game changing kitchen gadget when making real, nutrient dense food.  

As you'll read below I have a lot of experience with several blender brands and know friends and family who have tried several others as well.  I thought what a great resource for my community to share and help do the research for you!  My hope is that you'll find your favorite blender and one that works in your budget.  

If it's anything I've learned in my years of testing out different kinds of blenders it's that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get a good blender!  In fact my favorite is around $100!

Nutrient dense food is so much easier with the right blender

 

Before you purchase a blender you will want to consider a few things to help you narrow down which blender will work best for you.  This can be different from person to person.  Obviously what I may love, may not be best for you.  Here are my top considerations before purchasing your blender!

 

1) Size

When looking at different blenders you need to consider the size of not only the blender pitcher but also the entire blender.  This is important because depending on what you have available for storage in your home this may make or break your choice.  If you want to leave the blender on the countertop, will the height allow it to fit under your cupboards?  If you plan to put it away in a cupboard between uses, what available space do you have and will the blender fit?

2) Capacity

Different blenders allow for different capacities for their blender pitchers.  If you plan to only use it for single serve, it may not be wise to splurge on a typically more costly full size blender.  But if you have a family or make larger quantities at one time, you may want a larger pitcher size.  An even better option for some is a blender that can come with both options!

3) Accessories Included

Like I mentioned above, you may want more then just the standard blender.  Different brands come with different accessories.  This can include single serve cups and a separate food processor amongst others.  Decide what you need and stick with that.  You will have less extra ‘stuff' to find a storage spot for! 

4)  Price 

Just like most things in life, price needs to be a considering factor when deciding on the blender that you will purchase.  Price can vary immensely.  But the great thing is that even the more budget friendly blenders can function quite well!  You can save money by not purchasing extra accessories too if they aren't needed.  

5) Ease of Use

Again depending on what you are going to use your blender for you may need very little as far as different speeds and settings go.  If one blender looks too complicated, pick a different one that is more streamlined.  Along with ease of use, I would consider if it looks like it will be easily cleaned up.  Specifically, being able to remove the blade to get it clean helps so much and it takes so much less time too!

6) Power

The power of your blender will be measured in watts.  Higher watts equals more power.  Again, depending on what you plan to use your blender for you may not need to purchase the blender with the most power, however you want to make sure you have enough.      

I have tested many blenders to find my favorites!

 

Best Overall Blender – Ninja

My top pick for Best Overall Blender is the Ninja.  The Ninja has so much to offer!  From choices of accessories, to high power to super easy to clean, I really think the Ninja has it all.  Not to mention all of this and you can get it for an affordable price!

Ninja Blender Reviews

Suzi's Brother Matt and sister in law Ama's Review- My brother Dr. Wholeness and his wife have the Ninja Blender that they have been very satisfied with!  It is easy to clean, and they use it nearly everyday.  My brother is a Naturopathic Physician and is constantly using it for smoothies and healthy vegan ice cream recipes.  You could say it gets well loved! They also had a Vitamix for years but have since become avid Ninja fans because it works just as good for them and is so much less expensive than a Vitamix.  So much so, that my brother asked for a Ninja for his birthday!  They find the power in the blender is just as powerful as the Vitamix.  They typically make smoothies, dressings and ice cream with it.  They love the single serve option and the option to use the large pitcher too.

Gurl Gone Green Team Member Becky's Review- I have had my Ninja blender for nearly 5 years.  Mine came with the full sized blender, 2 individual cups and a food processor.  I initially wanted this blender as a means to make pureed baby food for my youngest.  I had used a smaller, cheaper blender to make purees for my first child and that didn't hold up at all!  I have been very happy with this blender overall.  However, initially when Suzi asked me what I thought about my Ninja I told her I wasn't sure I was satisfied because lately it was leaving some chunks of fruit or ice in my smoothies and not blending them completely.  After looking into it I was able to purchase a new blade for just $30.  Since replacing the blade (it has been 5 years so I don't think that is unreasonable!) my smoothies are so smooth and creamy again.  I love that my blender is functioning like new and I didn't have to spend much.  I don't really use the individual cups often but I do like that I have the option if I wanted to.  We love to use our food processor for fresh salsa in the summers and it is the only food processor we have.  The use of the blender is also super simple and easy.  My kids like to help make smoothies and it literally takes the push of 2 buttons, which makes them happy to be involved:)  Clean up is so easy since the blade comes out.  I just make sure to rinse immediately so nothing gets dried on.  I definitely recommend the blender overall!

Suzi's Review- I recently bought a Ninja Blender at Costco and let's just say I've fallen hard for it!  I had heard rave reviews from so many people.  The final straw was my brother and sister in law saying how much they liked it even over their Vitamix- hello!  I have had a Blendtec for nearly seven years and while I have loved it, I was starting to have issues with cleaning the single serve cup.  I will go more in detail on that in the Blendtec review below.  I finally caved and bought a Ninja!  It was normally $129.99 at Costco but it was on sale for $99.99!  The blender came with 2 single serve cups and a large pitcher.  I love so many features about it!  First, it suctions to the counter, so you don't have to worry about your blender moving around- it stays put.  I also love how the large pitcher's blade is removable, makes it easy to clean.  The blade also goes all the way up to the top of the lid, totally different compared to most blender blades that stay just at the bottom.  The two to go cups are awesome too!  They really make whipping up sauces, or smoothies so easy.  I love that one of the to go cups has a built in tamper, making it easy to achieve thicker smoothie bowls.  I still can't believe that the blender was only $100!  Such a steal for an amazing kitchen gadget that literally can be used for so many things!  Check out Ninja here! 

So many good blender options!

 

Best Budget Blender – NutriBullet

I wanted to offer a budget option for a blender because I don't want cost to deter anyone from adding a blender into their kitchen.  The Nutribullet has been a great addition for my hubs so he can get his smoothie in at work.  Super convenient, cost effective and functional!

Nutribullet Blender Review

Suzi's Review- I never considered myself a blender novice but I think I am!  My husband had been wanting to take a blender to his work to blend up his smoothies.  He does intermittent fasting and doesn't eat until 10.  He makes his smoothie at home in the single serve cups and then brings it to work, sticks it in the fridge and then blends it when he's ready to eat.  I wanted to find a relatively inexpensive blender since it was just going to be used for blending smoothies.  I read about Nutribullet online and then discovered they had them at Costco!  For $100 you get the Blender base, large pitcher and two single serve to go cups.  The reviews were pretty great, so I snagged one up for him.  I was impressed too that it had a tamp for the large pitcher as well.  Really makes it nice when you are making an extra thick smoothie or bowl and have lots of frozen fruit.  

The base also suctions to the counter making it nice when you blend.  My hubs has loved it!  I've had him bring it home several times to test out making different things as well.  It's easy to clean and really has a lot of power overall.  If you're deciding between this and the Ninja I would still go with the Ninja personally!  The Ninja is normally $30 more but like I said Costco was having a sale on it and so it was the same price as the Nutribullet.  However, I've checked Nutribullet's website and they are having a Father's Day sale right now.  For all orders of $100 or more you can save $20 off!  They even have some smaller options if you just want a single serve blender.  Check out Nutribullet here!

I have had my Blendtec blender for almost 7 years

 

Best High Speed Blender – Blendtec & KitchenAid

Simply put a high speed blender is typically just more powerful than other blenders. The motors have more horsepower and the blades are stronger. Unfortunately they also come with a higher price tag.  If you are a serious smoothie lover, like making your own nut butters or homemade flours then you could definitely consider on of these blenders!

KitchenAid Pro Blender Review

Lisa/This Organic Girl Review- My friend Lisa from This Organic Girl has had her KitchenAid Pro Blender for 4 years.  In the 4 years of having this blender she rates her satisfaction with it as neutral. She typically makes smoothies, soups and coffee with her blender.  She loves that the size is quite large and it can hold a lot.  It is also a ‘beast' at blending.  However, over this same time she has noted some things she isn't loving about it.  It has started to leak at the bottom.  Which after I looked around at other reviews I found other people saying this and it looks like this isn't an uncommon complaint.  One review I found stated they had to tighten it before every use.  Lisa said that she thinks it could be easily fixed, but wasn't sure how to do it.  She also finds that this blender is good for large batches of an item, but if you want to do smaller batches/single serve type mixing the base is so wide that the blade sits above ingredients (this applies to less than a cup or two).  Check out the KitchenAid Blender here!

Blendtec Blender Review

Suzi's Review- As I mentioned earlier, I've had my Blendtec for almost 7 years.  I originally bought the Total Blender Classic Blender and then 2 years ago graduated to the Designer 725.  I have loved both of the blenders.  I got the Designer 725 because I wanted to use a single cup on it and not just the large pitcher.  It also had more power with some more options on the display menu.  With the first Blendtec Blender Classic I used the Twister jar the most.  It's smaller and really was perfect for making single serve smoothies or dressings, pesto- really any sauce.  I also loved it because it made nut butter so easily!  I used to make my own nut butter a ton- then I had 3 kids! 🙂 It's nice because you can use the Twister Jar on any of the Blendtec Blender Bases and the Blendtec GO cup– the single serve cup.  I don't think the Designer 725 has that much more to offer personally compared to the Total Blender Classic, other than the ability to offer more options on the LED screen, a higher watt overall at 1,800 and a slightly quieter noise level when blending.  It does have an 8 year warranty whereas the Classic only has 2 years.  The Classic also only offers 1,560 watts for power.  I didn't notice a huge difference in performance though overall.  I guess if it's worth paying another $300 for the extras then it would be great but if not then stick with the classic.  The one more pro I would say about the 725 Blendtec Blender is you can pretty much put the blender on and leave compared to the Total Blender Classic.  However, it's still not as great as the Ninja, since the Ninja has a suction base and doesn't move at all!

The biggest issue I had overall with the Blendtec Blender is the Blendtec GO single serve cup.  It was SO hard to clean and it just got annoying.  There is a red rubber ring around the base of the Blendtec GO cup and it was always coming out and impossible to keep clean.  I've soaked it in everything I can think of, scrubbed it with a bristle pad, run it through the dishwasher and it still has black crud stuck to it.  This is why I eventually broke down and bought the Ninja.  I didn't want to use the single serve cup anymore and since that was what I used the most, I ended up not using my blender.  I wish somehow they would fix the rubber seal.  Check out Blendtec Blenders here!

An immersion blender is so convenient!

 

Best Immersion Blender – Cuisinart

You can add convenience to your kitchen with an immersion blender.  These are smaller in size when compared to a countertop blender and can easily blend within a pot, jar or bowl.  This makes clean up a breeze! 

Cuisinart Immersion Blender Review

Suzi's Review- I can't recommend getting an immersion blender enough!  It works so well at pureeing soups, sauces, making homemade whip cream- it does so much.  It's so easy to remove the handle and easily clean too.  I use this at least once a week in my kitchen for something.  They are close to $40 too and really can make a huge difference in the kitchen when cooking.  I wanted to include an immersion blender in my blender reviews too since often you don't want to pour hot liquids in a plastic pitcher and blend.  Instead an immersion blender comes in so handy because you can easily just stick it right into the pot and blend that way and it's stainless steel and not plastic. A total worthwhile kitchen investment in my opinion!  Get one here.

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Smoothies For Glowing Skin

Smoothies For Glowing Skin

Excited to share my smoothies for glowing skin with you!  I often get asked a lot about products for the skin, but do you know that there are so many other ways to support your skin then just what you put on it?  Products are great and I love them- clearly!  But there are other ways to level up your skincare other than just using products.  One of the best ways I know how is through the foods you eat!  YES- food affects your skin so much.  I often have people ask me what my secret is to glowing skin.  My answer?  Real, nutrient dense food!  Think about it, when you eat real nutrient dense food you are giving your body living food.  When you eat living food, your skin is going to look alive.  When you're eating a lot of packaged dead food your skin is not going to be getting all those living nutrients.

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Sharing my favorite smoothie recipes for glowing skin.

Today I wanted to share some smoothies for glowing skin.  Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get a variety of nutrients in your diet, yet don't take a ton of time.  They give you living ingredients that help to promote vibrant glowing skin.  You don't need complicated ingredients but just simple nutrient dense foods to make an ordinary smoothie power packed.  

Often people think of smoothies as sugar bombs, and they can definitely be that.  However, they don't have to be!  My smoothie recipes use a combination of real food ingredients and a combination of fat, fiber, veggies and protein to give your body a balanced smoothie.  Instead of having a huge sugar spike post smoothie, you will feel satisfied and not on a blood sugar roller coaster.  Plus, you'll be giving your skin all the skin loving ingredients for a glowing complexion! 

I want to share some real food ingredients that give your skin all the nutrients it needs to really get it glowing!  

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Real food ingredients that nourish your body form the inside out!

Smoothie Ingredients For Glowing Skin:

  • Chia Seeds- These mighty little seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids which have been known to help with acne, help with sun damaged skin, hydrate skin, lower inflammation and increase overall suppleness.  Not only that, they're also loaded with fiber which helps to control blood sugar, helps with digestion, feeds your good gut bacteria and keeps you relgular if you know what I mean. 🙂  When your body is able to release the toxins through consistent bowel movements your skin will show it through glowing skin!  Plus, they're full of antioxidants that help clean up free radical damage.  That's why I call these seeds mighty seeds!
  • Flaxseeds- Another great source of fiber and from what I just said on chia seeds, super important for helping to detox the body.  Also, a great source of Omega-3's, also a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are so important for overall skin health.  They help to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur from the environment such as sun exposure, pollution, and chemicals. They can really take a toll on your skin.  Antioxidants come in and neutralize the free radicals.  
  • Hemp Seeds- Promotes healthy skin cell growth, helps lower skin inflammation and helps with digestive health.  Also, rich in GLA's which are the building blocks for prostaglandins- hormone like chemicals, that help with body temperature, muscles and inflammation.  
  • Sweet Potato- High in beta carotene which is rich in Vitamin A.  Vitamin A is a big antioxidant!  Also, magnesium and iron are found in sweet potatoes, as well as Vitamin E which has been known to help heal scars, hydrate the skin, improve skin texture and fight free radical damage. 
  • Spinach- Also rich in Vitamin A.  It contains Vitamin C too which helps with collagen synthesis- ever heard of eating greens for glowing skin?  It's a real thing!  
  • Kale- Full of antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Quercetin.  A great detoxifier, kale is perfect for helping to keep skin clear and vibrant, by pushing out inflammatory offenders. It also helps to improve cell turnover and increase overall skin hydration.
  • Avocado- This fruit is known for being full of healthy fats.  These nourish the skin and give lasting plumpness and hydration.  They are also full of antioxidants like Vitamin E and Glutathione.  
  • Coconut Oil- Full of antioxidants and healthy fats.  It also helps reduce inflammation, and moisturize the skin. 
  • Nut & Seed Butters- These are full of healthy fats, minerals like selenium that helps protect your skin, and help to regulate blood sugar spikes when eaten with fruits or high sugar foods.  
  • Blueberries- Full of antioxidants that help to repair the skin.  Also, help with texture of the skin, and give a more even skin tone.  They help with broken capillaries too.  These are definitely a superfood for your skin!
  • Strawberries- Full of Vitamin C, and an antioxidant called ellagic acid that helps to prevent collagen from breaking down- hello!  They also help to clear out excessive oil.  So your skin doesn't build up extra sebum.  Also, great for lightening hyperpigmentation on the skin.
  • Banana- Rich source of Vitamins A, C, and potassium.  

As you can see by the ingredient list, these real foods help provide the skin antioxidants, healthy fats, Omega's and minerals to really nourish your body from the inside out.  When it comes to smoothies, it's important to keep your smoothies full of the four components I listed above, fat, fiber, protein and veggies.  Let me explain why having these 4 are so important.

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Love using the Blendtec GO blender for whipping up smoothies quickly and easily!

Fat- Healthy fats keep you full longer and help to balance blood sugar overall.  It's important to have fats with fruit so your blood sugar doesn't spike quickly.  

Fiber- This is also important for helping to regulate blood sugar, it also helps with digestion.  

Protein- This is going to help keep you full longer and is going to make the smoothie a complete meal instead of a high carb snack.  Adding a protein powder to your smoothie is essential.  

My favorite clean protein powder is Activ Whey Protein Powder.  The protein powder comes in a vanilla or chocolate.  Instead of cow’s whey, it’s a goat’s whey.  It makes smoothies taste SO good!  I always add 1 serving.

*Protein Tip- Always blend all your smoothie ingredients first and then add your protein last.  If you add it with all the other ingredients and blend it for a while it will expand, causing the smoothie to get huge and may cause you to have an upset stomach.  Throw it in after everything is blended so you only have to blend it for a few seconds.

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Active Whey is my go to protein powder for my smoothies!

Healthy Protein Powder Options-

*I also have a podcast with my naturopath on protein powders and what to look for here.

Below I'm going to share some of my favorite smoothies for glowing skin with you!  These are tried and true and are so simple. The best way to find a smoothie that you love is to experiment.  The more you can try different foods, the more you're going to see which smoothies you love and keep you satisfied.  That is one of the complaints I get the most from people, they tell me they're hungry a couple hours later after drinking a smoothie.  I get it.  I used to be too!  The key is making sure you're including enough fat and protein to help keep you feeling full.  If you find you're still hungry after a smoothie, add more protein next time, or more fat.  The recipes below are just simple smoothie recipes to get you started.  

Just remember to always include the ratio of fat, fiber, veggies and protein to really make your smoothie a balanced meal.  

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Love my Blendtec Blender Designer Series 725!

I love my Blendtec Blender!  I've been using the Blendtec Designer Series Blender 725 for years and love it!  I use it every single day.  They came out with a GO jar over a year ago and I can't stop using it.  It's my go to for making smoothies quickly and easily.  The GO is a on the go blender cup that not only blends everything but then let's you take it with you.  You fill the jar with all your smoothie ingredients, put it on the Blendtec base and then hit the smoothie button.  It blends it all up and you don't have to sit there with your hand on the blender- SO easy!  Then you can take the lid off the smoothie cup and take it with you wherever you go.  GENIUS.

I also have the Blendtec Twister Jar and the full size Blender Jar too.  I love using these for larger batched smoothies too and just about everything else you can think of.  I can't recommend investing in a high speed blender enough!  It's a kitchen gadget you will use for years and years.  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN for 25% off.

Smoothies For Glowing Skin

All these smoothies are made using fat, fiber, veggies and protein.  I like to use frozen veggies and fruit because it makes my smoothie consistency thicker- which I love!  But you don't need to use frozen.  If you find your smoothie is hard to blend just add more liquid.  

 

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Banana Spinach Smoothie:

8-10 oz of Coconut Milk, Water or Nut Milk Of Choice depending on how thick you want your smoothie.

1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach

1/2 Banana(frozen if you want a thicker smoothie)

1 Tbls. Chia Seeds

1 Tbls. Nut Butter

 

 

 

 

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Blueberry Sweet Potato Smoothie:(This smoothie is the sweetest of them all)

8-10 oz. of Coconut Milk, Water or Nut Milk Of Choice depending on how thick you want your smoothie.

1/2 Cup Cooked Sweet Potato

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1 Tbls. Chia Seeds

1 Tbls. Coconut Oil

 

 

 

 

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Strawberry Kale Smoothie:(My favorite smoothie combo)

8-10 oz. of Coconut Milk, Water or Nut Milk Of Choice depending on how thick you want your smoothie.

1/2 Cup Strawberries(I prefer frozen for a creamier consistency.  If you get the Costco Organic Strawberries I use 3 frozen for this smoothie)

1/2 Cup Frozen Kale

1 Tbls. Flaxseed

1/2 Cup of Avocado(I use the frozen Avocado from Costco but you can use regular avocado)

Happy Smoothie making!  I hope these smoothies for glowing skin make your life a little easier and your body more nutrient dense!

 

What's your go to smoothies recipe?

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Sharing the best smoothies for glowing skin!

 

Waterless Cookware

Waterless Cookware

I'm so excited to finally be sharing my full review on 360 waterless cookware!  I have a whole post dedicated to nontoxic cookware and it still remains one of my most popular posts on my website.  I'll be adding in 360 soon to the nontoxic cookware post, but wanted to share first here all the details on the company and what to expect from 360 cookware.  

First, I must share that my friend Steph Duford from @stephdufordlifestyle turned me on to the cookware.  She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to natural living in all its forms!  I'll be sharing her full experience using the cookware too below.  I thought it would be nice to have two opinions.  When she recommends something I know it's going to be gold because she only loves the best of the best and truly does her research so well.  

Shop all of 360 Cookware here and use coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% OFF!

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional cookware, allow me to share some facts with you.  It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it's an important one!  

I'm sure you've either used nonstick pots or pans or conventional stainless steel.  These pans may make it easy to cook your food with but unfortunately they carry dangerous toxic exposure as well!  Conventional cookware usually contains toxic chemicals called Perfluorooctanoic(PFOA) or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or the stainless steel is a combination of scrap metal that contains heavy metals.  

When living out a natural lifestyle one of the foundations is cooking your food.  It's no secret that when you cook your own food, you're getting more nourishment  then when eating out.  However, if the cookware we constantly use is leaching out harmful toxins we may be doing ourselves a disservice.  As I mentioned earlier it's the toxic load over time that really adds up.  These chemicals are literally getting into the food we're eating and then absorbed by our bodies.

Which brings me back to 360 and why it's one of the nontoxic cookware options I love.  It is the best when it comes to a clean stainless steel cookware option!

One of the reasons why I love 360 so much is that it is made in the USA in West Bend, WI.  

It's become a family business that started with the owner's father being turned on to waterless cookware after returning from the Vietnam War.  He then started to sell it for more than 30 years.  The operation got outsourced more and more to Asia.  The owner's son realized he wanted to continue waterless cookware and keep bringing it to the American people, so he created 360 Cookware.  He had realized how unique it was, from the flavor it produced in food that had been cooked in it, to the nutrients it kept intact.  The cool part is that they kept many of the workers that had been laid off from the previous company and hired them to work at 360 Cookware.  These trained workers encompassed more than 450 years of experience in the manufacturing of waterless cookware!  Since 2004 360 Cookware has been making waterless cookware that stands the test of time and serves families everyday as they use them to feed their families.  

I was so moved by the story of 360 Cookware.  I love supporting family businesses and people that are truly creating products that are safe for people and the environment!  

So now you might be wondering, what is waterless cookware?  

Allow me to explain.  Waterless cookware uses a technology called Vapor Technology to cook your food at lower temperatures.  When you cook your food at lower temperatures you are not only increasing the flavors but protecting all the nutrients in the food.  Yielding higher nutrients in your cooked food once their done. Not only does it heat your food at lower temperatures but it also does it quicker!  Yes, in this case you can have the best of both worlds.  You are cooking the food in it's own juices so you don't need the added oils, butters, etc like you would with other cookware.  

The lids of 360 Cookware are specially designed to create a Vapor Seal that encapsulates the heat and moves it around the food to cook it.  Instead of overcooked, low nutrient food, with bland taste, you are left with nutrient dense flavorful food!  I can attest to the magic of waterless cookware after using 360 cookware myself- more on that in my full review below.  If you prefer to cook as you always have you can still do that with 360 cookware too!  You don't have to use the waterless cookware method but once you learn it you won't want to go back!

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This 6 quart pot from 360 cookware has been on heavy rotation in my cookware arsenal!

Now, I've always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food.  I wasn't so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I'm convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it's surgical grade stainless steel!  My friend Steph brought this to my attention.  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it's also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they're sourcing the product and how it's being made.  360 doesn't spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you've looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn't the truth.  More layers isn't better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you're cooking your food in!  

One of the best things about 360 Cookware is the fact that it's cookware you will have for a lifetime.  You can literally pass these pots and pans down to your grandchildren.  Once you invest in them, you'll have them forever!  They are heirloom quality and made to last.  I love this because so often you have to buy so many sets of pots and pans, not with 360 Cookware- they hold up and last.  They believe so much in their product that they offer a lifetime warranty- pretty amazing!  

As you can see, 360 doesn't miss details.  They're super into them, which I love!  They even have a well done FAQ's page on their website that is sure to answer any question you may have about the cookware.  

 

Waterless cookware

This 360 cookware is made of USA made pure stainless steel.

 

My Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware

Ok, onto to my experience using 360 Cookware.  I had never used waterless cookware in the past.  This was my first time using this method and being introduced to it.  As I said earlier, my friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle is the one who turned me on to 360 Cookware.  I'm forever grateful!  I've never owned such a nice cookware set and I can tell you the difference is like none other.  

They are so well made and feel so sturdy.  I have the 3.5 Quart Saucepan, the 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker, and the Stainless Steel 8.5 in. Fry Pan.  Needless to say after using them I want to add more to my collection!  

 

Waterless cookware

This 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot has been such an amazing multi-use product! I love the versatility.

 

6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker

I love how this pot can go from the slow cooker to an oven or on the stove.  It's so versatile!  I can cook a whole chicken in this, a roast, a large batch of chili or bean soup and it all comes out wonderful.  The flavor of the meat is unlike any other.  It's multi-use function really makes this one of my more loved pieces because it can do all the things. As fall and winter comes I can see myself cooking so many soups in this too!  It's been a game changer for me.  It really has actually eliminated other pots that I used to use and created more of a minimalist effect to my cooking- because I only want to use this!  I have a family of 5(one being a baby) but this has been perfect for our family.  If you have a smaller family you may want to check out the 4 quart and if you have a larger family the 8 quart may be perfect for you!  I've seared meat in the pot, then added in my veggies and the rest of the ingredients and put it on the slow cooker- trust me when I say you'll use this!

3.5 Quart Saucepan

 What doesn't this saucepan do?!  But really.  I can cook veggies in here, meat of any kind, from ground beef, sausage, chicken legs, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and steaks.  This is a well loved pan.  I would say this is a quick way to make dinner fast and tasty!  I'll have some meat that's been dethawed and then I'll add it to the pan and within 15 minutes or less I have the tastiest dinner!  The flavor of the meat is unreal.  Ask my hubs!  The chicken flavor is unlike anything I've made before and I literally don't use any oil!  It's just the waterless cookware technology at work.  The veggies don't taste mushy or overdone but so much more fresh and vibrant.  I love knowing my foods nutrients aren't being diluted by water I've added.  This pan is also great for stir fry's too!  I keep trying new things all the time with it.

8.5 in. Fry Pan

 This little guy is perfect for frying eggs, reheating something quick, or if I'm just fixing something for myself or my husband.  It's such a great size and easy to handle.  There is a learning curve with frying eggs or scrambled eggs when using it.  I learned to heat it on low, around 3, wait a few minutes until it's well heated.  Add a little oil.  I prefer avocado oil or ghee, then add the eggs in the oil.  The trick really is to not overheat, which you will hear often when reading more about waterless cookware and cooking with it.  Slow and steady wins the race- especially when it comes to cooking eggs.  As with anything be patient, you'll get the hang of it!  

Waterless cookware

The 360 Cookware 3.5 quart stainless steel sauté pan does just about everything when it comes to cooking!

 

How To Cook With 360 Waterless Cookware

There is a slight learning curve to cooking with waterless cookware as I mentioned.  But once you learn it, it's so easy!  I found the instruction guide that comes with the cookware so helpful and also their how to videos on their website.  One of the biggest things is to make sure your pan is pre-heated before adding the food.  You don't need your pan to be hotter than low to medium heat.  I find a lot of people turn the heat on high and that is what causes things to burn, lose flavor and nutrition.  You'll be surprised even with the low heat how quickly your food actually cooks!  Once you have your pan set to low/medium for 3-5 minutes then you can test the pan to see if it's hot enough by dropping some water in the pan.  If it splatters it's not hot enough, but if the drops of water bead up and dance across the pan you know it's hot enough.  Once your pan is hot enough you'll add your food.  Then add your lid and wait for the steam to escape the lid, then you spin the lid to activate the vapor technology.  The guide they give you is so helpful in knowing how long to cook things at first and then as you get used to it you will remember how long it takes the next time.  There were a few things I added water to when cooking some vegetables and steak but it is very minimal.  As with anything the more you use it, the more you learn!  

The biggest thing I've noticed and my husband has noticed is the flavor profile in all of our food. It has gone way up!  Also, how quickly it cooks items and the versatility of the pans.  I'm hooked!

Shop all of 360 Cookware here and use code: gurlgonegreen20 to save 20% OFF!

 

waterless cookware

My beautiful friend Steph Duford is a health guru and does her research!

 

My Friend Steph Duford's Experience Using 360 Waterless Cookware

As I mentioned my friend Steph Duford is the one who introduced me to 360 Cookware.  I wanted you to hear her experience because she is so well versed in the product and living a truly holistic and natural lifestyle.  I look to her so often when researching products because she does such thorough research herself.  I knew when she loved 360 Cookware that it was something special.  I wanted you to hear a little of her story so you can understand why her endorsement of 360 Cookware means so much!

Steph Duford is from Wisconsin.  Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 7-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many.  Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies.  He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.

One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

 

waterless cookware

Steph prides herself on using products that her great grandmother would have used- 360 Cookware is just that.

 

Her Thoughts On 360 Waterless Cookware-

During this time of quarantine, many of us are cooking and eating more from home.  Have you given much thought about your cookware?  Is it non-toxic and of the highest quality or is it leaching chemicals into your food?  I chased down the rabbit hole of researching cookware for a full year before landing on what I can confidently say I feel like is the safest product that out preforms the rest on the market.  But wait, it gets better, 100% USA manufactured with 100% USA T-304 surgical stainless steel (the same surgeons use for medical procedures).  Prior to my research I thought “stainless steel” was stainless steel.  We had All-Clad stainless cookware and I thought it was the best but what I didn't know is that many commercial “stainless” pots and pans are made from a variety of scrap metal from over seas. There are other T-304 waterless cookware companies on the market but none in which finish their cookware with a dry sanding technique (no chemicals involved) to make them shine rather than chemical polishes that transfer to food. This means 360 is a green factory and has no chemical waste, no smoke stacks, and no employees wearing masks. 360 cookware offers a lifetime warranty and is the heirloom cookware you purchase once and hand down for generations to come!

I wasn't expecting this but it was a welcome surprise how our food tastes very different and alive!  

The vapor technology keeps nutrients in food vs. escaping through steam and over cooking.  Making the end result more nutrient dense food.  I'm able to achieve the perfect l'dente every time.  People ask me why choose stainless steel over other nontoxic cookware options?  For me I stick with product my great grandma would have used.  These are heirloom pieces that will last you a lifetime!  I have stainless steel bowls from my grandma that were given to me as she passed away and they are still in perfect condition.  You know something is good when it still looks great after 50 years.  I also love that they are manufactured right in Wisconsin and are a “green factory” that has great nontoxic air quality for their employees.  There is no landfill this will end up in- you will have it for a lifetime!  

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I couldn't agree more with my friend Steph!  It truly is a remarkable company and product!  I can't recommend checking them out enough- you won't be sorry. Shop all of 360 here and use the coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% off!!  

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waterless cookware

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Natural Living Product Faves

Natural Living Product Faves

In today's newest video I'm sharing some of my favorite natural living product faves!  These are tried and true products that have really been awesome for helping me decrease toxins in my everyday life. When you stop and think about all the toxins your exposed to in your everyday life it really starts to add up.  By making simple swaps here and there you're able to really eliminate so much toxic buildup.  It's easy to forget about the products you use everyday, but these are the ones that can have such a big impact because of their repeated use!  

This video is all about sharing products that I use literally on the daily and why they work so well for me.  I'm sharing my favorite natural toothpaste, natural laundry soap, lead free mugs, organic coffee and so much more.  I'm always on the hunt to find products that truly perform and these products do just that!  I hope you enjoy watching and learning about some of my favorite everyday natural living product faves.  I want to hear some of your product faves- leave me comment below.

 

Watch my Natural Living Product Faves video here!

 

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Natural Product faves

Sharing my favorite natural living products in my newest video.

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Sharing my top Memorial Day Sales with you in clean beauty and natural living!  Everything from organic mattresses, to organic pillows, natural beauty products and water filters- I've got the pulse.

Keep checking back to get all the details as some will unveil throughout the weekend.

I mean some of these Memorial Day sales are just too good to pass up- so you want to make sure you hop on them before it’s too late!  

 

Memorial Day Sales 2020

Sharing all the sales happening in natural beauty and living for Memorial Day!

 

Clean Beauty

 

BEAUTYCOUNTER

Beautycounter has some strict standards when it comes to safer products.  They have everything from natural skincare, clean makeup and hair products.  They even have a baby/kid’s line.  Their new tinted sunscreens are taking the clean beauty world by storm!  If you’ve been wanting a tint to your skin but also protecting it- then look no further.  I love their Lip Sheers, Eyebrow Gel, Blushes, Bronzer and Volume and Shape Shampoo.  What’s even better is they offer a 60 day money back guarantee on products.  So if you try it and don’t like- no worries!  They're offering The Good Clean Sun Event- Choose a FREE full size Summer Skin Essential when you spend $125 site wide.  Shop all of Beautycounter here!  

 

Aillea

This natural beauty superstore is filled with all the clean beauty!  They’re offering 15% off site wide from May 21-25.  Use code: MEM2020.  Excludes Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, Kypris Beauty and Vintner’s Daughter, cannot be combined with other AILLEA offers.  Shop all of Aillea Beauty here!

 

Alpyn Beauty

Slightly obsessed with this brand!  Can't get enough of their line-filling eye balm, Survival Serum and Melt Moisturizer.  These products deliver!  They're offering my readers 20% off.  Use coupon code: GONEGREEN.  Shop Alpyn Beauty here! 

 

Credo Beauty

You can basically get all your heart could desire in green beauty at Credo!  From Josh Rosebrook, OSEA, Maya Chia, Goop and more.  It’s like one big clean beauty store- they have it all. They’ll be offering free shipping May 21-25 with code: MDW2020.  Shop Credo Beauty here!

 

Detox Market

Another mega clean beauty store is Detox Market.  They have all the “IT” brands.  From Ilia, Osmia Organics, Rahua, W3ll People and more.  They’re offering 10% off on orders $100+ with code DETOX10, and 15% off on orders $150+ with code DETOX15   Shop Detox Market here!

 

Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes is your natural monthly beauty box delivered right to your front door.  They always offer the best of the best! From natural skincare, natural makeup discoveries and clean hair products.  For Memorial Day they’re offering Shop Like A Member (15% off) with code SUNSHINE. Beauty Heroes members will save an additional 5%- no code necessary.  *As always, Josh Rosebrook products are excluded from all promotional discounts. Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

Integrity Botanicals

This is another hot spot for all things clean beauty!  They have natural makeup, natural skincare and more.  From Ursa Major, Alima Pure, Agent Nateur and more.  They’re offering 15% off orders $100 or more.  When you checkout enter code: MDAY15, not valid in combination with any other code or offer. Brand exclusions apply: May Lindstrom, Kypris, Vintner’s Daughter, La Bella Figura.  Ends Monday 5/25 at 11:59pm PST.  Shop Integrity Botanicals here!

 

OSEA

I love OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser, their Hyaluronic Sea Serum and Sea Vitamin Boost.  So many favorites!  Their salt scrub is also great!  They’re offering a FREE Mini Body Trio with purchase of $125 or more. Starts Thursday and ends Monday.  Shop OSEA here!

 

Pharmaca

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I love Pharmaca!  This natural store has it all.  From supplements, natural kid’s products, clean beauty, the list is endless!  And get this- so many name brands from clean beauty and they’re 20% this Memorial Day.  Use code: WEEKEND.  The sale starts Friday and ends Monday.  Don’t miss out on this!  Shop Pharmaca here!  

 

Leahlani Skincare

To have tried a Leahlani product is to love it!  This weekend you can save 20% off their toning mists. Use the code: SPRITZ.  Shop all of Leahlani here!

 

The Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick offers so much when it comes to clean beauty and products for the whole family.  This weekend they’re offering free US shipping on all orders $25 and over- Use code: MEMORIAL(U.S. Orders only).  Plus, receive the Badger Tangerine Breeze Lip Balm, on all orders $50+.  No codes needed.  The Offer starts Wednesday May 20th and runs through Monday, Memorial Day! Shop Choosy Chick here!

 

Clean Living

 

SOL Organics down comforter review

SOL Organics down comforter takes sleeping to the next level.

 

 

My Green Mattress

This is such a great affordable organic mattress option. I have the Natural Escape Mattress and love it!  It’s their most luxurious mattress. My hubs even raves about it.  I love My Green Mattress because they’re a budget friendly organic mattress brand. This weekend you can save $200 off their Natural Escape mattress using code: REMEMBER.  Check out their mattresses here!  Read my full review here!

 

SafeSleeve EMF Protection Phone Case

I have a SafeSleeve phone case for my phone and love it. I feel so much better knowing my phone is blocking EMFs from my body.  It's one simple thing that can make a huge difference.  I also have an iPad case too and it works so well. Check out all the SafeSleeve Cases here!  

 

Berkey

I’ve had the Berkey water filter for many years and I’m super happy with the performance.  It removes bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury, VOCs and toxic chemicals like benzene, chlorine and chromium-6, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and more, to levels higher than 99.99%.  The water sits in a stainless steel container on your counter.  When you buy the Berkey water filter you get the black purification elements with it but you have to buy the fluoride filters separately.  The fluoride filters also filter out arsenic too.  Obviously I would recommend buying the fluoride filters!  I have both and have been happy with their performance.  Check out their website and enter your email to get all the details on their sales!  Get a Berkey here!

 

Almond Cow

This is another gadget that I really thought would be unnecessary but I’ve come to love!  It makes creating nut milk so easy.  When I stopped drinking dairy milk I quickly was thrown into the world of non-dairy milks.  When I realized there wasn’t great options to buy I knew I would need to start making my own.  This makes it so easy!  Just add the nuts and water- push a button and then poof!  You’ve got nut milk!  I can’t recommend it enough.  Use Code: GURLGONEGREEN for $15 off.  Shop Almond Cow here.

 

White Lotus Home

Looking for a nontoxic organic mattress?  Maybe organic pillows?  Well look no further- White Lotus Home is your go to store!  I have their pillows for our whole family and we all love them.  You can choose from so many varieties- kapok, latex, organic cotton and more.  Our personal favorites are the latex and the kapok.  My daughter also has their twin Organic Cotton and Wool Foam Dreamton Mattress.  Free of harsh chemicals and fire retardants.  We love it!  Use coupon code: GGG225 for 25% off your order!  Shop all of White Lotus Home here! 

 

SOL Organics

I love my SOL Organics sheets and comforter.  Sheets are one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals.  When you think of how much you sleep the toxic load adds up.  Getting organic sheets was a must for my family and I.  I also love their down comforters.  It’s filled with 100% Canadian White Down, that’s responsibly grown and harvested.  It is also 100% GOTS cotton down proof.  It has an even fill and is hypoallergenic.  I love how it lays flat and even, something that my last didn’t do.   We have the summer down, since we tend to run warm at night.  Use SPRING for 25% off!  Shop all of SOL Organics here!

See any Memorial Day Sales you’re going to hit up?  Let me know what you’re going to get!

 

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Natural Memorial Day Sales 2020

Sharing all the Memorial Day Sales for 2020 on the blog!

What To Buy At Costco

What To Buy At Costco

Today in my newest video I'm sharing what I buy at Costco!  I've had so many questions asking what I buy at Costco and so I thought I would share my complete haul.  I'm sharing how we shop once a month, what we stock up on and why.  I share how I use the products in our everyday life.  A lot of times it's easy to buy the products, but hard to know exactly how you're going to use them in your everyday life.  This takes the guesswork out of it.  I'm giving you all the details on how I actually use the products.  

Costco is an amazing goldmine for saving money, especially when it comes to organic and healthy food products.  Plus, it saves you time!  Instead of having to go to the store a dozen times you can stock up all in one place.  Costco offers so many great organic products now.  They make buying organic foods so possible.  It can sometimes seem overwhelming when looking at the budget and then the price of organic, but Costco really helps slice the pricing down when it comes to organic.  

 

Watch What I Buy At Costco Here!

 

I even created a special download for you about all about what I buy at Costco!  I'm sharing more products then I did even in the video, plus going in depth on how I use the food.  Giving you some ideas on how to incorporate them into your everyday lives to really make them work for you and your family.  I'll be updating this list the more items I find.

 

Download My Organic Costco List Here!

 

 

 

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What to buy at Costco

Sharing all my favorite organic and healthy food products at Costco.

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

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