Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. This Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide is great for a friend or family member who is a health & wellness enthusiast. It’s also a great time to stock up on a new kitchen gadget or other food & wellness products that you may be able to find on sale during the holiday time.

My Food & Wellness Holiday Gift Guide includes some of my favorite kitchen gadgets as well as some more sustainable and nontoxic products. This list includes a variety of items, both big and small. It also covers a wide price range and gift items are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

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Non-toxic Swaps to Make in Your Kitchen

We interact with toxins everyday, sometimes in not so obvious places, like our own homes. Toxins, such as plastic, can disrupt the endocrine system and have consequences on our hormones.

To reduce toxins, you can make cleaner choices with the products that you use everyday. This can be anything from the tupperware you have in your kitchen to the bar of soap in your bathroom. If you are just starting to make cleaner product swaps, it can be really overwhelming to determine where to start. I personally like to start with the products that I use the most and replace them with cleaner alternatives. For everything else, I just replace the product with a cleaner alternative as the product runs out and needs to be replaced anyway. I find that this approach makes the process less overwhelming and more budget-friendly.

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Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats

Meet my latest breakfast obsession – Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats! I was inspired by my Pina Colada smoothie bowl to make this overnight oats combo and it is SO. GOOD. The pineapple and coconut combination tastes so refreshing and delicious! It is the perfect overnight oats combo for the summer. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and is so simple to make!

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Nontoxic Deodorant

I started the transition to cleaner home and body products about a year ago.  I wrote a blog post about my transition, why I decided to switch to cleaner products, and some of the products that have worked well for me here.  To be honest, this was a pretty daunting process for two reasons: 1) because there are soo many products that we use daily that contain harmful chemicals and 2) it is such a challenge to find products that are actually clean. Several products are labeled “organic,” or “natural,” however these labels do not necessarily mean that the particular product does not contain harmful ingredients. Additionally, just because the product is sold at natural store doesn’t mean that it’s completely clean either.

In order to make the transition to clean products more manageable (from a time and budget standpoint), I started with the products that I needed to replenish. That way I was replacing products that I needed to replace anyway, but with cleaner alternatives. Next, I researched which products were actually clean. To determine this, I found the Think Dirty and EWG Healthy Living apps most useful.  It took some trial and error, but I was able to find certain brands that both worked and I trusted (I mentioned a few of these brands on my previous blog post).

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Chocolate Chip Tahini Balls

Coming at you with another recipe to repurpose almond pulp! If you are unfamiliar, almond pulp is what is leftover part of the almond when you make your own almond milk. If you haven’t yet seen it, check out my  previous post on how to make almond milk.  Making your own almond milk is very simple, avoids the use of thickeners and preservatives found in store bought almond milk, and tastes delicious! It also reduces waste by not purchasing store bought almond milk in single-use containers.

Repurposing almond pulp reduces food waste by using all of the almond when making almond milk. When I first started making my own almond milk, I had no idea what to do with the leftover almond pulp. Now that I’ve been making almond milk for some time, I’ve found several easy, delicious, and healthy ways to repurpose nut pulp! For more idea, check out my tab of nut pulp recipes.

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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk 2

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I feel my best when I eat fresh, real foods and minimize my consumption of processed foods. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is very simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.

I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds.

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Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Almond Milk

I recently posted about homemade almond milk and all of the benefits to making your own almond. If you missed it, check it out at the link here.

Homemade almond milk is a very clean milk alternative and it’s also very easy to make. By itself, it does taste very plain (it tastes like almonds), as it should because it is only made with 2 ingredients- almonds and filtered water. However, for a little more flavor you can sweeten the almond milk (the natural way!). This recipe sweetens the almond milk with fresh dates and cinnamon.

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How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is such a staple in my kitchen. I use it in my morning matcha lattes, my smoothie bowls, and oatmeal. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that I LOVE smoothie bowls! However, I’ve noticed that store bought almond milks contain a ton of ingredients, including fillers and preservatives. I wanted to make my own almond milk. It’s something that I have been wanting to do for a while and it was seriously so easy! The craziest part? It actually tastes like almonds.

The most basic almond milk is made with only 2 ingredients- almonds and water. You can also add additional ingredients such as dates and cinnamon to sweeten and flavor the almond milk (see recipe for Date Sweetened Almond Milk), but in this post I will just include the most basic almond milk recipe.

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6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Non-Toxic Living

Toxins are everywhere. They are in our water, in our food, our kitchen, our home products, etc. We are surrounded by toxins and interact with them on a daily basis. With all of the different places we are exposed to toxins, it can be overwhelming to determine where to even start to alleviate our interactions with them. Below are a few simple hacks that can be used to get started on a journey towards Non-Toxic Living.

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