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What is the best non stick cookware that is non toxic?

What is the best non stick cookware that is non toxic?

There are so many non toxic cookware options out there.  Which is great because that means we can pick out what works best for us and our cooking needs.  However, I find a lot of people want to know what the best non toxic cookware option is that is non stick.  Having a non-stick option in your cupboards is so handy when you want to make certain dishes and I am going to share with you my favorites!

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

What toxins are lurking in traditional non-stick cookware?

Non-stick cookware may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it's easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. Teflon is the brand name of the chemical, non stick coating and it contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It's a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it's non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant. It basically is a cook's dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it's releasing every time you cook with it!

Scary enough, 95% of non-stick pots and pans are made with Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).  (1)

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) in the 1950's, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8, to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues.  I dive in deep in my Non Toxic Cookware post and share everything you need to know about Teflon and why it is a MUST to avoid.  Check out the post here! 

 

My Top Picks For Non Stick, Non Toxic Cookware

 

Caraway Cookware

 

 

This is easily my #1 pick for anyone that wants a non toxic, non stick cookware set.  Caraway Cookware is such an easy transition for anyone looking to swap their traditional cookware. You won't miss your old toxic cookware at all with Caraway!  It's so easy to use and it's completely nonstick.  I haven't had any issues with food sticking to the ceramic pots or pans at all.  Even my husband was so impressed with the performance.  He couldn't get over how easy it was to use.  I've made ground beef, sausage, chicken, eggs, quesadillas, vegetable stir fry's and more.  I love the small fry pan for cooking eggs or quick one person meals.  The Sauce Pan I've used so much for sauces, oatmeal and pasta.  The Sauté Pan is great for cooking larger one pot meals, meat and stir fry's and the Dutch Oven is great for soups, chili, whole chickens and broth.  I really have used them all for different things and they work so well.

Another point I wanted to make is that Caraway Cookware doesn't feel quite as heavy as some other ceramic cookware I've had in the past.  They are sturdy but not too heavy.  I like being able to still lift the pan with one arm if I need too.  As with any ceramic cookware you want to make sure you use wooden, or silicone utensils on the pans, no stainless steel to prevent scratching.  

I have been so happy with Caraway Cookware and the overall performance of their ceramic pots and pans.  Often you find a cookware and you love how it looks but not how it performs- Caraway does it all.  From the sleek design, to the amazing even cooking, easy cleanup and effortless storage- Caraway makes it easy to switch to nontoxic cookware without thinking twice!  Check out Caraway Cookware here.

 

 

The Always Pan

 

 

This is the newest ceramic cookware pan to me. The Always pan is so unique compared to anything else I've used in the past. It does so much and only requires one pan!

The Always Pan is coated in a non-toxic, ceramic non-stick coating.  That means no PFOA, PTFE, GenX chemicals or any other toxic chemicals for that matter!  Since it is tested to the standard of ceramic coating that means that NO heavy metals are able to pass through it.  Our Place takes it a step further and tests it to the standards of polymeric coating (this is a thin layered coating that provides superior adherence and protection from corrosion).  These standards mean that NOTHING can pass through their ceramic coating and that makes it the safest non-stick coating available!

Initially I wasn't even going to review The Always Pan as I had read where people were talking about it having lead.  I looked into it further and read Lead Safe Mama's full review on The Always Pan and how she had found traces of lead and several other heavy metals in it.  You can read about her findings here.  She wasn't able to determine if the trace amounts were in the actual coating or if they were in the substrate of the pan.  Meaning, once the coating wear's off you are left with the substrate.  Although they were in the safe range and technically at very low levels, she still had detected lead.  I think this is important for people to know and be aware of when making the best decision for them and their family.

Ok, now time to actually share what I thought of The Always Pan.  I really loved it!  It definitely lives up to the hype in my opinion.  It can do it all, from sauté, steam, boil, sear, fry- everything.  The goal of The Always Pan is to replace 8 pieces of cookware- so it makes cooking simpler.  It comes with a stainless steel steamer basket, a beachwood spatula, and a pourable spout.  It's also much lighter than a traditional ceramic pan coming in at 3lbs.  It's higher sides on the pan make it unique to other pans and easier cooking.  There really isn't anything I disliked about it- other than the lead findings!  😉  It works great for steaming veggies, cooking meat, tortillas- anything.  I think this would be a great addition for someone who hasn't made the switch over to nontoxic cookware or if you want to incorporate this into your overall nontoxic cookware options to try.  Check out The Always Pan here!

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References:

  1. Muenter, Olivia. (Jan 14 2021).  3 Ways Using Nontoxic Cookware Can Change Your Home.  Caraway Home.  Retrieved from: https://www.carawayhome.com/blogs/news/3-ways-using-non-toxic-cookware-can-change-your-home

 

How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

My Nontoxic Cookware post has been one of my most read posts on the blog and I know many of you are making the switch to detox out your cookware!  Unfortunately, I think it's easy to feel a little intimidated when it comes to cooking with some of the nontoxic options that are out there as you do have to change how you cook.  Specifically, using waterless cookware can be so different than what you are currently using to cook with. No worries…I am going to share all the tips and tricks for cooking with waterless cookware – specifically one of my favorite non toxic cookware brands 360 Waterless Cookware – so you can feel confident in investing in this awesome brand for your family!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

What is waterless cookware?

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 they're 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 this brand in my full review here.  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!

 

 

Benefits of Waterless Cookware

Waterless cookware has definite benefits to its use.  First, and most importantly to me, is that by cooking without adding water and at a lower heat, this cooking style is able to maintain and protect the nutrients in the food.  If we are going to do the work to invest in organic vegetables, grass fed and finished meat, etc we want all those amazing nutrients in the foods to be available to our bodies when we eat them.  And with waterless cookware, they are more readily available than traditional cooking methods! (1)  Secondly, it requires no added oil, butter, etc.  Some say this is healthier due to less calories or fat being added into your food.  If it’s the right kind of fat that doesn’t bother me, but for some this may matter!  Thirdly, cooking with waterless cookware is more energy efficient.  Only low heat is used and some brands even work by sealing in the heat and turning off the stovetop once a certain level is reached.  Lastly, and certainly not least, when it comes to 360 Cookware, this is a true nontoxic cookware option.  No worries about crazy chemicals leaching into your food!  And they are so serious about being green, sustainable and eco-friendly. (2)

 

Waterless Cookware Methods 

The directions for waterless cookware that I am going to share will be specific to the 360 Cookware, as it can vary slightly from brand to brand. Simply follow the directions below and you will know you will have nutrient dense, flavorful food made with nontoxic cookware!

  1. You will need to choose the right size pot or pan to use.  It will need to be at least ⅔ full of the food you are cooking.
  2. Use the correct size burner.  The burner should be approximately the same size as the diameter of the bottom of the pan you are using.
  3. Place the food in the correct size pan (that has been pre-heated) and place the cover on (the pre-heat is so important).
  4. After approximately 3-5 minutes you will note vapor coming out from beneath the cover.  At this point you will spin the cover and turn the burner to the low heat setting.  If the cover spins freely this is how you will know that the vapor seal has formed.  After a few minutes you will no longer note the vapor escaping beneath the lid and therefore the appropriate cooking temperature has been reached. 
  5. Only remove the cover at the end of the cooking time to check that what you are cooking is done.  If it isn't done you will need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water and return the heat setting to medium.  You will then repeat step #4.  

 

 

Seems simple enough!  But I will say that it will take a couple tries to figure out your settings on your stovetop.  I will also share some tips and tricks I have picked up along the way that will make your waterless cookware so much easier to use!

  1. Fresh fruits and veggies have enough moisture in them naturally that you won't need to add any further water.  This definitely seems so strange, but it's true!  What you will want to do is put the fruit/veggie in the appropriate sized pot.  Cover it in water, and then pour the water back off.  That small amount of moisture will be enough for most.  Meats will also typically only require their own juices to cook in.  Only add oils/fats if the recipe requires it.
  2. 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.
  3. When cooking using 360 Cookware if you note that vapor continues to escape the pot (in Step #2 from above), you have a heat setting too high and you will need to reduce the heat  
  4. Also, when cooking and checking for the vapor seal, if the cover doesn't spin freely and is locked in place that tells you the heat setting is too low and you will need to the raise the heat so the lid will loosen.
  5. Avoid lifting the cover when cooking as this will let the heat and moisture out.
  6. While these pans are very durable, you will still want to take great care of them so they will last you for years to come!
    • Do not clean with Chlorine Bleach, rather use water and a non abrasive stainless steel cleaner to make a paste (can be as simple as using baking soda as the cleaner).  
    • Avoid hitting the the rims of the cookware with metal kitchen utensils.
    • Do not cut or chop in the pan.
    • Don't allow undissolved salt to remain in the pan for longer periods.
    • Don't allow acidic or seasoned food to remain in the pan for long periods.

 

Trust me, once you get the hang of waterless cookware you will love it!  You can check out all of 360 Waterless Cookware here.  Share with me below, what do you think of cooking with waterless cookware?

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References:

  1. Mori, Mari;  Atsumi Hamada; Hideki Mori; Yukio Yamori & Kinsuke Tsuda. (2012). Effects of cooking using multi-ply cookware on absorption of potassium and vitamins: a randomized double-blind placebo control study.  International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition, 63 (5): 530-536.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3411121/
  2. Why 360 Cookware?  (n.d.) 360 Waterless Cookware.  Retrieved from: https://www.360cookware.com/pages/why-360-cookware

 

My Top Natural and Organic Products at Target

My Top Natural and Organic Products at Target

Sharing my top natural and organic products at Target! I am often asked what natural products can be found and accessed more easily than ordering on-line.  Of course if you love Target as much as I do, then you know you can find affordable and clean products there!  I decided it was time I put together my Top 10 Natural Products that you can pick up at your local Target store.  Even better, I have created a shopping list you can take with you that includes 100+ Natural/Clean Finds at Target.  With this list in hand, you can feel confident you are buying only the best for you and your family!

 

What is Target Clean?

Target Clean is used as a standard for products that don’t include certain toxic chemicals in their formulations. An icon is used to represent the products that meet these standards and can be found on-line and in store.   

Target Clean Icon.

Based on what category you are shopping in (beauty, cleaning products, household essentials, baby, etc) the excluded chemicals will vary.  Specifically with beauty, the following chemicals won’t be included in those products that are considered Target Clean:

  • Propyl-parabens
  • Butyl-parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde-donors
  • nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs)
  • Oxybenzone
  • SLES
  • retinyl palmitate
  • Hydroquinone
  • Triclosan
  • Triclocarban
  • BHA
  • BHT

While I love that Target is making an effort to inform the consumer, don’t just blindly follow this standard.  Just because a product fits Target's standards doesn't mean it will meet yours!  That's why I am sharing my top 10 must have natural and clean living finds at Target below.  But hold on, I didn’t stop there.  I also made a whole shopping guide for you so you know EXACTLY what you want to purchase (or stay away from) to support your natural living lifestyle.  I include in this guide natural and clean products in Beauty, Baby, Food, Kitchen, Feminine Products and Household.  I even made up a wallet sized shopping guide so you can easily keep this available for your shopping trip!

 

You can get my Natural Target Shopping Guide BELOW!





 

Fave natural beauty mascara!

1) Honest Beauty Extreme Length 2-in-1 Mascara and Lash Primer 

If you have been around for any sort of time you shouldn’t be surprised to find this mascara at the top of my list.   This is hands down my favorite natural mascara in clean beauty currently.  I know that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara.  Plus, it's super budget friendly! You will not regret picking up this mascara! Get it here.

 

W3ll People makeup!

2) W3LL People Makeup

W3ll People was one of the first green beauty brands on the scene years ago.  It makes me so happy to see a brand like this in Target.  They have 35+ EWG-verified products.  W3LL People is committed to the highest standard for ingredients, health and safety.  They are also on a mission to be “easily accessible to all, ensuring more people have the ability to choose clean and be well.” (1)  And with access to their products every time you go to Target, they are hitting their mission out of the park!

I have featured so many of their products on my blog.  Check out their concealer in my Best Natural Beauty Concealers.  Their eyeshadow palettes I love and have written about in multiple blog posts.  They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors.  I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them.  Sometimes I'm feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up. It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to take you from day to night.  PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly!  You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $19.99 at Target!  I also reviewed their mascara in my Natural Mascara Guide And these are just a few of their products available at Target.  You can also get tinted moisturizer, foundation stick, pressed powder foundation, stick blush, lipstick and the list goes on!  Check out W3ll People Makeup products here.

 

This is our favorite natural diaper rash cream!

3) Honest Diaper Rash Cream 

I find it essential to choose only the best for my babies.  Especially when applying a product directly on their sensitive skin. Unfortunately many conventional diaper rash creams can contain some less than stellar ingredients not limited to:

  • Fragrance
  • Petrolatum
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Dimethicone
  • BHA
  • Methyparaben

Honest Diaper Rash Cream I have found to be so good.  When my babies have needed it, it really soothes rashes and redness.  Plus, there are times when you run out and need it ASAP.  You may not have time to place an order on-line, so this can be picked up at your local Target.  Get it here!

 

OEKO-TEX Blankets at Target!

4) OEKO-TEX Blankets and Throw Pillows

I’ve gotten so many blankets and throws from Target and even bedspreads!  They have so many OEKO-TEX options.  OEKO-TEX is the world's leading textile processing authority for organic fibers.  The certification is the toughest organic textile standard because it goes far beyond verifying just the organic farming process.  It also includes every step of manufacturing and ensures there is no child or slave labor. And, it means the final product was made using pure and clean standards so you can have peace of mind when purchasing anything with this label.  I know when I buy OEKO-TEX blankets and throw pillows at Target not only am I getting a great quality product, but I am also getting it at a great price!  Get the blankets here and the throw pillows here!

 

5) Threshold Organic Cotton Sheets

That’s right…even Target has options for 100% cotton sheets that meet the highest standards for organic textiles!  This means a really great budget option for those that want better quality bed sheets, but aren’t wanting to fork out the price tag that can come with some of the more luxury options.  Target has 100% cotton sheets that are Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified and GOTS certified. Love that organic cotton sheets are so easily accessible and even priced right!  I even included them in my blog post Organic Cotton Sheets.  We've had a set for years and love them.Get them here!

 

Genexa's Allergy Care.

6) Genexa Products

I have definitely fallen for this clean medicine brand as of lately and I love that it can be found at Target. What makes Genexa stand apart is that, unlike other medicine brands, their inactive ingredients are actually clean and therefore don’t come with potential unwanted side effects themselves.  Inactive ingredients are the ingredients in the medicine that determine taste, texture and stability.  From their Kid’s Allergy products to their Kid’s Pain and Fever, they offer so many great options when it comes to medicine but without the artificial additives.  They also offer homeopathic remedies for those that are looking for something more like that!  Read all about Genexa in my recent blog post.  Check out the Genexa products here!

 

Love my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet!

7) Lodge Cast Iron Pan

This is the cast iron pan I have and love.  It was actually the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that's one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you've worked with it you can definitely figure it out. Plus, Lodge Cast Iron is so budget friendly too!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless.  A couple tips when using cast iron: 

  1.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  
  2. Make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you're unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it's basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  
  3. I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that's been made on the cast iron.  
  4. Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it's actually not.  You don't want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water, allow it to dry and rub in a cooking oil. 

So inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about crazy chemicals leaching into your food.   Check out my Best Non Toxic Cookware posts for all the details on the Lodge Cast Iron Pan and my other favorite non toxic cookware options!  Check it out here.

 

8) Vital Farms Pastured Eggs

I just love that I can find good quality eggs so easily.  And, we love these eggs!  You can tell a huge difference in the quality of a pastured egg the minute you break it open.  The yolk is so orange and vibrant!  And if you aren’t sure why you might want to spend a little more and purchase eggs from pastured hens, a study from Pennsylvania University showed that:

“pastured eggs contained 38% more Vitamin A, two times as much Vitamin E, more than two times the omega-3 fatty acids, less than half the Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio compared to non pastured eggs” (2)

Check out Vital Farms Pastured Eggs here!

 

Love these clean salad dressings from Primal Kitchen!

9) Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings

If you haven’t heard of Primal Kitchen, let me tell you a bit about them.  This brand started with a goal of creating the world’s best-tasting, real-food pantry staples, starting with a mayonnaise made with avocado oil.  Have you ever looked at a label for a salad dressing or mayonnaise?!  They are stocked full of inflammatory oils.  So to say I was so excited when I saw these there not too long ago is an understatement.  We always have these on hand.  I love the Ranch and Caesar.  They have super clean ingredients and NO inflammatory oils like canola oil or sunflower oil.  What a better option to top that healthy salad or for your kiddos to dip their carrots in;)  Check out the dressings here!

 

10) Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

I love this oil and always keep it on hand because it’s cold pressed and naturally refined- meaning there are no chemicals or solvents used in the process. It has a high smoke point too which makes it great for cooking (up to 500 degrees!).  And if you haven’t used avocado oil before, it has a neutral flavor profile so you can easily use it for so many different things  From high-heat sautéing and flame grilling, to dressing your salad, grains and pasta salads it is so diverse and so easy to get when you know you can pick it up on your next Target run!  Check it out here.


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References:

  1. W3LL People About Page (2021).  Retrieved from: https://www.w3llpeople.com/about.html
  2. Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens.  (n.d.) American Pastured Poultry Producers Association.  Retrieved from: https://apppa.org/page-18107

 

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.  

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

Suzi (Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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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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.  

 

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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!  

 

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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!  

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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! You can read all of my tips & tricks to cooking with 360 Waterless Cookware here.

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!

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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.

 

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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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