Organic Labor Day Sales 2020 is here! Who’s ready to save some money?! I know I am! I’ve got the pulse when it comes to organic beauty sales, organic living sales and more. This is the time to save since most companies don’t offer sales again until Black Friday/Cyber Monday! So hop on the deals now.
Whether you’re searching for an organic pillow, organic sheet set, maybe a new natural beauty foundation or just want to start stocking up on organic beauty for the holidays, there’s something for everyone. The organic Labor Day sales 2020 edition is off the hook with sales galore!
I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal. Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!
*Oh and P.S. if you need help, or aren’t sure on color, etc- send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org- I would LOVE to help a friend out!
Some of my favorites in organic beauty on sale for Labor Day 2020 this week!
Credo Beauty is your one stop shop for all things organic beauty! It has it all. From natural deodorants, natural makeup, organic skincare, natural hair products and more. They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty! I’m beyond excited to share their Labor Day promo with you!! Love getting Tata Harper from Credo. Love their Clarifying Mask. Also, love that they carry Goop- I get their Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo there. Also, if you’ve followed me you know I love Kosas lipsticks and Credo carries them too!
*For every $125 purchase, you get a a FREE 7 Piece Gift Set! No code needed. Starts now and ends when supplies run out.
*They are offering 15% off site-wide use code: LaborDay2020. (Cannot be combined with any other promotions. Brands excluded include May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter, Josh Rosebrook, and Kypris). Starts Sept. 2- Sept. 8th.
Detox Market is one of the first green beauty stores to launch back in the day. They carry an assortment of natural beauty brands from all over. I love getting Lily Lolo from Detox, love their bronzer in Miami Beach and their mascara, also Agent Nateur Deodorant in Holi Rose.
*15% off orders over $200 use code: DETOX15, 10% off orders over $150 use code: DETOX10. STARTS 9/5-97.
This is your one stop shop for all of clean living and organic beauty! Pharmaca has it all. From organic baby products, natural supplements, organic home products and more. Always offering sales and Labor Day is no different. I love snagging inika organic beauty products there, W3ll People, and Juice Beauty.
*20% off entire order using code: LABORDAY- STARTS 9/4.
This is one of those organic beauty skincare lines I fell for years ago! They offer clean and effective products that really make your skin sing. I also love that they’re budget friendly! Love their Luna rose and honey cleansing mask and Lavender Cacao Body Polish.
*They haven’t announced their promo but I’ll keep you posted!
This is another natural beauty store that offers a ton of organic beauty brands. From natural makeup to organic skincare products and natural hair products. I love their soap collections– the reusable bottles look so chic, and you can get Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator there too- the best!
*They haven’t announced their promo but I’ll keep you posted.
This is one of the very first skincare lines I used in clean beauty and fell hard for! All of Leahlani’s creations are made in Kaui, Hawaii. Some favorites are the Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Kokoleka Mask.
*15% off Beauty Oils (Serums + Elxirs) using the code: BEAUTY15. Starts Thursday 9/3 – Thursday 9/10.
They have it all when it comes to natural beauty products! They offer a bi-monthly box that delivers amazing clean beauty products. I’m always discovering new brands. I also love that it’s one of the more budget friendly clean beauty boxes- a great way to save money on some stellar natural beauty!
*They’re offering 20% off site wide + free shipping using code: SEEYASUMMER.
I’ve tested out several different mattresses in the past but I kept getting asked the same question. Is there a budget friendly organic mattress option? Well, I searched and found My Green Mattress. It is not only squeaky clean when it comes to their ingredients and sourcing but also easy on the wallet! Basically, I struck gold. Read my full review here!
*$225 off any Natural Escape Mattress, $150 off any Hope, Kiwi, or Pure Echo Mattress, 20% off all crib mattresses and accessories.
Now you might be wondering what a Chilipad is, or an Ooler Sleep System. Allow me to explain. It is a topper that goes underneath your sheets, and on top of your mattress to deliver cooling temperatures to your body. It is a thermal delivery system that uses a water-based hydronic pad that keeps you cool at night so you can have better sleep. They have the original Chilipad and the Ooler Sleep System. The Ooler Sleep System includes all that the Chilipad offers but some added functions. You fill a tank with water and it runs it through the pad delivering cooling temperatures with it. Before I get into the Ooler Chilipad review I wanted to share a few more things with you about the sleep systems. I got one for my hubs for his birthday and he’s obsessed! He’s never had better sleep before! Read my full review here!
*You can save $200 off a sleep system set with code: 3dayweekend -Ends 9/14.
This is the water filter we use in our house and love! We actually just upgraded to the Royal Berkey. We realized we needed more water! Especially with a third baby on the way. I can’t recommend it enough. It even filters out fluoride if you get the fluoride filter. Can’t beat that!
*They haven’t announced their promo but I’ll keep you posted.
These sheets are what luxury is made of! They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton. The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification. These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin! They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look. They also have 3 different sheet sets. You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.
*They are offering 25% off using code: SUMMER. Starts now- no specific end date.
They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA. It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom! When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful. Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love their Kapok Pillows for my kids and my husband and I love their shredded latex pillows for ourselves.
*They are offering 20% off using coupon code: GGG. Starts now- Sept. 6th.
I love West Elm for their organic quality products, but also their sustainability and fair trade practices. I’ve purchased my all wood bed frame from them, and many bedding items. Check out my blog I did on detoxing your bedding here. They offer so many great organic bedding options- from sheets, blankets and duvet covers.
*They have all the sales listed right on their website.
Today I’m sharing all about Purity Coffee on the blog. I have been drinking this coffee since the start of 2020 and I’m not about to stop anytime soon! As a fellow coffee lover I never knew coffee was such a complex topic. When I found out about organic coffee I started to buy only organic. Then I soon realized that there was so much more to the equation than just buying organic coffee. Purity coffee is true to the name- so pure. They take it to the next level when it comes to sourcing only the best of the best. In today’s post I’m going to share what makes purity coffee so unique.
*This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post.
To help you understand how special Purity Coffee is, your must first understand a little more about the coffee industry in general.
Anyone else look forward to their morning cup of coffee like I do?!
On average 2.25 billion cups of coffee are enjoyed everyday!
It’s clear to see that coffee is kind of a big deal. People like their coffee! According to the National Coffee Association, The coffee industry represents 1.6% of total gross domestic product within the United States. That’s over $225 billion in revenue! Coffee is the second most traded commodity, coming in first is crude oil. You could say that coffee is something us humans want!
Coffee farms alone employ over 25 million people alone. There are two types of coffee beans that are grown mainly. Arabica and Robusta. Most coffee is Arabica, however some instant coffee is Robusta. Arabica has more flavor profile than Robusta.
Why Is Fair Trade Important?
Fair Trade is something very important when it comes to coffee. Fair trade ensures the workers and farmers are paid a decent wage, taken care of in good living conditions and the farmers have a direct relationship to the coffee importer. When you purchase fair trade coffee you know that not only the farmer is well supported but also their environment and community. I love the fair trade model because it really helps support communities around the world through empowering them to better their communities and not just passing out aid. They are able to create a positive impact for years to come on their environment. Always make sure you look for the Fair Trade symbol on coffee before buying.
Why Is It Important to Have Organic Coffee?
Organic Coffee is one of the most important things to consider when buying coffee. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world! Not only are pesticides from non-organic coffee bad for you but also for the environment where they’re grown. As they’re sprayed the chemicals go into the air and soak into the soil affecting the water streams. This affects the whole community surrounding the coffee farms. It becomes a much larger issue than just growing coffee beans.
Since we know most people consume not one cup, but two or three cups of coffee per day, the overall pesticide load adds up. Creating a recipe for for toxic build up in the body. I always say it’s not the thing you do once that’s going to make or break you but the things you do repeatedly. In this case, organic coffee becomes something that must be considered when consuming it daily.
Here Are Some Certifications To Consider When Looking For Organic Coffee
Rainforest Alliance Certified- This may not be certified organic but it does help to preserve the overall biodiversity of the coffee, sustainable living conditions, business practices and consumer relationships. It works with the natural ecosystem so harsh chemicals don’t have to be used.
Bird Friendly- This is another certification that you can be sure is also checking for pesticide residue. This seal was created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Bird Friendly is the strictest of third party standards for the environmental. The certifying body requires that you first meet the organic standard requirements and then that they meet requirements for forests habitat for birds and other animals.
Demeter is a Biodynamic Farm Standard basically ensures that there is no interfering with the natural farming practice from start to finished product.
Utz is another one that is similar to Rainforest Alliance. It’s not necessarily organic but it does work with natural ecosystem so harsh chemicals are not used.
Now I want to move onto why Purity Coffee is so unique and how it offers so much more than just organic coffee.
Purity Coffee offers decaf coffee that is Swiss Water Processed.
Now you might be wondering what makes Purity Coffee different. Well first you must understand that from the start, Purity Coffee is interested in maximizing the health benefits of coffee for the consumer. That is their goal! I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard of a company doing that. No detail is spared when it comes to the making of Purity Coffee. From the bean selection process, to how the coffee is packaged, no corners are cut in making the very healthiest cup of coffee.
They select only the finest grade organic green coffee beans, then laboratory test them to ensure they meet their standards.
Then when it comes to roasting they customize each roast for each set of green coffee beans so it minimizes toxins and maximizes health benefits.
The last step is making sure it stays as fresh as the day it was packaged with Purity’s packaging standards.
Cheers to the best cup of coffee.
We estimate less than 1% off the coffees worldwide fit our standards. -Purity Coffee
Health Profile- this is the health profile below Purity Coffee uses to ensure the right beans are chosen to roast:
1st Step- Purity Coffee is organic. The first criteria it must meet is that the bean is organic. This is a non-negotiable to Purity Coffee.
2nd Step- Near Zero Defects. Each season Purity Coffee selects Arabica beans from around the world and lab tests them to see which beans meet their strict standards. When you normally purchase coffee like this you might see specialty grade, but with Purity Coffee that is where they began when it comes to choosing defect free beans. The reason Purity Coffee is so adament about this process is to ensure the overall health profile of the bean is there. Often defect coffee beans can contain toxins like Ochratoxin A, or an uneven roast profile, which can lead to unwanted PAHs.
3rd Step- Mold & Mycotoxin Free. The third step in the process is to ensure there is no mold in the beans or mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are a byproduct of mold. Purity Coffee tests after the roasting process to make sure there is no mold present.
4th Step- Sustainable Coffee. Purity Coffee not only wants their coffee to be the best but also for the environment in which it is grown and the people who grow it.
5th Step- Purity Coffee Tastes Amazing. This is what sold me! I mean if your coffee cup doesn’t taste good then you’re not going to want to drink it. They have testers that continually test their coffee to make sure it’s up to their flavor profile.
Purity Coffee’s Pocket Purity’s are changing the coffee game!
Purity Roasting Protocol- This takes roasting coffee to the next level.
After choosing the coffee beans they then test them to get the highest in antioxidant compounds, and lowest in asparagines (a precursor to acrylamide. They also make sure the beans have no mycotoxins in them. Then they select a specific roasting process for those beans. This in the end gives you the healthiest beans possible. They are very meticulous with the roasting process as under roasting can produce acrylamide- not healthy for us. But with Purity Coffee they’ve learned how to roast so that acrylamide is greatly reduced. Over roasting has it’s own set of problems too. Over roasting can lead to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), these at times can be carcinogenic. Purity has figured out when to end the roasting cycle to help avoid PAHs from being produced. As you can see there is so much more to the roasting process than you might think. Purity’s goal is to make the healthiest cup of coffee and they definitely live up to it!
Once it’s roasted Purity then packages the roasted coffee beans meticulously to ensure they’re as fresh as the day they were roasted. They only use green coffee beans that have been properly stored for 15 months. Any longer and they can go stale. Then they make sure the coffee is packaged appropriately and delivered to the consumer right away. 15 days is when coffee starts to go bad and lose it’s health benefits.
And you thought you were just drinking a cup of coffee!
Purity Coffee was even lab tested against other coffee companies and the results were amazing! Check it out here.
We have analyzed over 100 different coffees representing 46 different brands. Purity was found to be 65% higher in antioxidants, on average, than all of the other organic coffee brands that were tested. Furthermore, Purity ranked the absolute highest in antioxidant levels out of all the coffees tested, while also being free of mold and mycotoxins. -Purity Coffee
I can’t stress it enough, no other coffee company is doing what Purity Coffee is doing! They are maximizing the overall health benefits of the coffee.
Purity Coffee is available in 5 lb. bags.
What They Offer
Purity Coffee offers coffee in several different ways.
You can get whole bean coffee in 12 oz bags or 5 lbs. bags.
I get the decaf blend on a regular basis since I don’t handle caffeine well. It’s literally the best decaf coffee I’ve ever had! The flavor is rich and not muddled down like many decaf coffees I’ve tried. I’m obsessed! It tastes great as hot coffee and iced. I use the beans in my espresso machine, but I’ve also done it with my Chemex and loved the flavor of the coffee from it as well.
My husband has done the medium roast and dark roast and is a fan of both. He will do the Chemex typically, and sometimes uses the espresso machine to make espresso shots. He also has tried the Pocket Purity- the newest release from Purity Coffee. These coffee sachets are everything for those on the go and traveling. They are essentially like a tea bag but filled with coffee instead. You put it in a cup, add hot water and then let it seep for 3-4 minutes. My husband loves these and so does my mom! I would try them but they don’t have a decaf option yet in them- hopefully in the future. We are going on vacation in a few days and I’m taking them for my husband. So many times you want a good cup of coffee but don’t have access to it. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of a good cup of coffee with Purity Coffee’s sachets!
I add a little Aroy-D Coconut Milk to my coffee. Whether it’s iced or hot. It’s the best! It doesn’t contain any additives, and is super creamy. If you’re looking for a substitute for a non-dairy creamy, look no further. Check it out here.
As you can see I’m pretty much obsessed with all things Purity Coffee! This isn’t just a coffee company. They are literally changing the coffee industry and adding health benefits to a coffee cup every morning. I’m so excited to see what other products they continue to offer- I’ll be first in line!
Sharing my Ooler Chilipad review today! I’ve been so excited to share this with you! I actually got an Ooler Sleep System for my husband for his 40th birthday. He had no idea I was going to give him it- so it was that much sweeter. 🙂
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Now you might be wondering what a Chilipad is, or an Ooler Sleep System. Allow me to explain. It is a topper that goes underneath your sheets, and on top of your mattress to deliver cooling temperatures to your body. It is a thermal delivery system that uses a water-based hydronic pad that keeps you cool at night so you can have better sleep. They have the original Chilipad and the Ooler Sleep System. The Ooler Sleep System includes all that the Chilipad offers but some added functions. You fill a tank with water and it runs it through the pad delivering cooling temperatures with it. Before I get into the Ooler Chilipad review I wanted to share a few more things with you about the sleep systems.
Some features that the Ooler has that the Chilipad doesn’t are:
Ooler Sleep System comes with an app, so you are able to control your sleep through the app.
The system also auto cleans with the built-in UV light.
You’re also able to have the pad gently wake you up by with it’s ability to use warm-awake.
It also has a variable fan speed for white noice control.
Low profile to store under the bed.
Since sleep is so important for overall health and to restore our body at night, I knew I wanted to get my husband an Ooler Chilipad! It just seemed like the best option, especially since it auto cleans by itself and was controlled by an app- my husband is a tech guy so I knew this would be music to his ears. I also liked that it had the ability to gently wake him up by having it get warm.
He has always had an issue with being too warm at night. He would wake up in sweats and just never get restful sleep. Everyone always jokes are house is an iceberg when they visit because he likes it very cold when he sleeps. Needless to say I always add blankets to my side.
I had first heard about the Chilipad from Katie from the Wellness Mama. She had raved about it and then a holistic dermatologist I had interviewed for the podcast several years ago had mentioned that it would be her top recommendation for health in general- which I thought was a pretty big compliment to Chilipad. So I started to look into them this past year because my hubs wasn’t sleeping great still. His 40th birthday was coming up too and I knew that I wanted to get him something that would be big! I started to check out the Chili Technology website and see what they had. I also spoke with a representative to get a feel for the products and see which one would be best for my husband. They were so helpful!
The Ooler system fits nicely underneath the bed.
Ooler Chilipad Review
I was so excited to share my Ooler Chilipad review with you! Well, I should say my husband’s review. In a nutshell he has never had better sleep than he has with the Ooler! He constantly tells me it’s the best gift he’s ever received, besides his children. 🙂 He was actually monitoring his sleep before with an app to see when he was getting restful deep sleep. Overall, his deep sleep was so little. He hardly had any great sleep. Once he started using the Ooler Chilipad his sleep completely changed. He now has more deep restful sleep and doesn’t wake up multiple times of the night. He’s not sweating anymore or feeling exhausted when he wakes up.
To say he’s obsessed would be an understatement! He LOVES his Ooler! One feature he likes is the ability to have it wake you up with warm temperatures. He says it slowly wakes him up, instead of being woken up abruptly by an alarm. He sets the temperature to rise at a certain time in the morning, so it gently wakes him up. He also sets the temperature at night before he gets into bed through an app on his phone. This feature is only available with the Ooler sleep system. The Ooler also fits nicely under our bed so it’s not just hanging out randomly outside our bed. The Chilipad is a little bulkier from what I’ve read. It has a subtle hum to it, but it doesn’t bother my husband or I. With the Ooler you do get a variable fan speed option for white noise control.
The Ooler comes with a system like this that sits underneath your bed and then attaches by tubes to the pad.
I was asking my husband for any thoughts on the Ooler and he said just get it! It’s a life changer. It really is. For someone who hasn’t had quality sleep for years, the Ooler is worth every penny. You can get a system that covers your entire bed, or just one side depending on what you want or need. I just bought my hubs a twin size version for our king bed. If I ever want one, I can always get a twin size for my side of the bed.
When it comes down to it, the Ooler is more advanced when it comes to features overall. Maybe that doesn’t appeal to you though and all you want is the Chilipad– which is great as well! The Chilipad is a little less expensive than the Ooler too. They also have a product now called a ChiliBLANKET. It’s the world’s first hydro-cooled weighted blanket. Pairing this with an Ooler or a Chilipad would definitely up your total sleep experience for sure!
Another thing I love about the product is the fact you can have a 90 day sleep trial for it. So if for any reason you aren’t completely satisfied with it after 90 days you can return it for a full refund! Pretty legit.
I hope this Ooler Chilipad review helped you when looking at the Ooler and Chilipad! Sleep is such an important part of living out a healthy lifestyle and if you’re not getting quality sleep it can affect so many areas of our lives. I wanted to highlight a book called Sleep Smarter that shares so much research into why sleep is so vital to overall health. It’s by Shawn Stevenson. I highly recommend you read it! It really opened my eyes to how powerful a good night’s sleep is for our bodies.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Active Whey is my go to protein powder for my smoothies!
Healthy Protein Powder Options-
Active Whey Protein Powder (goat’s whey) Read my full blog post on why I love this protein, how it’s non allergenic, anti-inflammatory and helps with digestion. I never feel bloated after taking this protein! Also read why it’s important to know where your protein comes from.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware! I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post. It’s crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware. It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!
So What’s In The Average Pot or Pan?
Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional non-stick 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!
Non-stick cookware or even many stainless steel 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. It has been trademarked as Teflon and contains the chemical 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 cooks dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it’s releasing every time you cook with it!
A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and it’s claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances was debunked by research stating that in fact, Teflon did know that it releases harmful fumes for a very long time and can cause illness. Read the full article here.
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. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body. It is present in the air, and water. Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (McGarvey)
It has been suggested that there is a significant dose response relationship between PFOA levels and ADHD.
This substance is not something you want to be cooking with! Research shows that it takes only 5 minutes for a pan to heat up to 750 degrees. Once heated it then releases toxic gases. Not only that but as soon as the pan is scratched it also releases toxins into your food. Even birds are affected by the chemicals at the lowest temperatures, completely dying. (EWG)
As you probably know, most people aren’t cooking with low temperatures but exceedingly high temperatures! Creating a recipe for toxic chemicals to be released into the air.
The thing is Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) isn’t just found in cookware but in SO many other products. So the accumulative affect is great. From irons, microwave popcorn bags, floss, baking cookware, curling irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas, waffle makers, rice cookers- just to name a few. There are so many safe alternatives to these products that will help keep you and your family safe from this ingredient. One of them is making the switch to safe cookware!
So What Is Safe?
There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware! I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it. These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won’t carry the toxic burden.
This was 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 figure it out. I really love the Lodge cast iron pans. They’re easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon. They’re also budget friendly! I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron. 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. Also, 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. 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. 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. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.
While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much. The one thing I don’t like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can’t use soap on it. I don’t always feel it gets as clean. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then. I’ve been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!
The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I’ve used!
I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware! It is 360 Cookware! I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here. 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! 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! Can’t recommend 360 Cookware enough! Check out my full review of 360 Cookware here.
Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.
I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here. Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek but they perform so well too. They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food. They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings. They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food. The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon. As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.
People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that. It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time. As I like to say- you get what you pay for!
Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality. Very durable and stain resistant. I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations. It really continues to look as good as the day I got it! Something I really love about the cookware. It’s also very easy to clean. All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well. Check out my full review here!
While I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall after years of working with it. There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it. It is different than both stainless steel and cast iron. From the glaze on the cookware to the core it’s made with 100% ceramic. Ceramic is awesome because it’s completely inert- meaning it won’t leach any harmful toxins. All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here. It heats very evenly. You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it’s very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures. It’s easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water. You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to. The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium. Since it’s so great at heat conduction you don’t need or want to crank the heat up to high. Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning. It’s best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it’s heated. I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil. Don’t add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it’s heated up or it will cause foods to stick. I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser. It’s nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with. Xtrema
Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.
There has been a lot of confusion I’ve noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware. It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel. This enamel is a type of glass. It is completely safe. There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported. A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset. Their cookware is made in France. One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it’s differences. Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly. Also, porcelain enamel won’t leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will. Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces. Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it’s seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time. For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind. For stubborn stains or food that’s stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight. *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too. It’s great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews. I would stick with Le Creuset. To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative. The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside. Also, I’m a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!
Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.
This is a great nontoxic cookware budget friendly option that’s available almost anywhere cookware is sold. One of the most common glass cookware is called Anchor Hockings. It is inert, meaning it doesn’t add or take away from the food. I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them. I use them for both casseroles and special desserts. I also have a round glass dish with a lid that’s great for soups or stews that I use a lot. For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too. *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options. I really love Anchor Hockings because it’s made in the U.S.!Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!
This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn’t contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.
When it comes to nontoxic cookware and baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too. For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies. Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel. Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you’re still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper. I love this brand that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals. I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes. You can also get stainless steel muffin trays. Another option I haven’t talked about is stone cookware. They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans. I personally haven’t used them. I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can’t use soap or get them wet. They’re also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free. *When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first. As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too. I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners.
I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners. However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe. I had read a lot of information saying there just isn’t enough research out there yet and I agree. Until more long term studies come out, I’m going to stick with using silicone when food isn’t heated or cooked.
I’ve personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most! I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things. I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left. With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.
I do think it’s important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great. Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!
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Excited to share my full review of Caraway Nontoxic Cookware Ceramic Pots. This nontoxic cookware option is a new find for me and one I was so pumped to get my hands on and test out! They launched in the fall of 2019, so they’re not even a year old. I was intrigued to say the least of their ceramic pots after having tried so many others in the past, I knew there must be something special about this line and there is.
Let me introduce you to the newest wave of ceramic cookware- Caraway!
Let me first share a little information on Caraway Cookware ceramic pots and pans and what makes them so special. They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food. They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings. They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating. The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon. As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.
People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that. It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time. As I like to say- you get what you pay for!
Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality. Very durable and stain resistant. I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations. It really continues to look as good as the day I got it! Something I really love about the cookware. It’s also very easy to clean. All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.
Caraway Cookware comes packaged so well in a recycled cardboard with zero plastics.
The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots and Pans Collection
The Caraway Cookware Ceramic Pots comes in 4 cookware options.
Fry Pan(10.5 in.)
Sauce Pan(3 Quart)
Saute Pan(4.5 Quart)
Dutch Oven(6.5 Quart)
You can buy them as a set for $395 or you can shop them individually. Buying them as a set saves you $65. The set really is the perfect wedding or shower gift in my opinion. It would be all the essentials to get you started in the kitchen. The Caraway Cookwareceramic pots comes in 5 colors. Cream, Gray, Terracotta, Sage and Navy. They all look very modern and sleek. I have the gray ceramic pots collection. The first thing everyone says when they see them is how good they look with my kitchen! I couldn’t agree more. They definitely look very sharp.
Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.
Caraway Cookware is such an easy transition for anyone looking to swap their cookware from traditional non-stick to a nontoxic non-stick option. You won’t miss your old toxic cookware at all with Caraway! It’s so easy to use. 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.
I love the hanging canvas lid holder too! Such a great way to organize the lids. The Sauté Pan, Sauce Pan and the Dutch Oven all come with lids. Something I love! They even have a small venting hole in each lid. The hanging canvas comes with two suctions. I put it on the side of my fridge and it works great! So easy to get to the lids. They also come with magnetic modular pan racks that help keep your ceramic pots and pans organized in your cabinet. They really have thought of everything!
The lids come in a hanging canvas that you can hang inside a cabinet for easy storage.
They also work for any type of stovetop. Whether you have gas or electric or even induction- Caraway Cookware will work!
Another point I wanted to make is that they don’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!
Caraway Cookware comes with interlocking magnetic storage shelves for easy storage in cabinets.
I also applaud Caraway Cookware for it’s ethical manufacturing. They go the extra mile to ensure that their employees are paid fairly, with benefits, safe, treated well and work regular hours. Their ethics also carry over into their environmental practices too. Their shipments are shipped out in recycled cardboard without any plastic. They also use biodegradable cork trivets as well and low impact print dyes.