Healthy eating should be about more than just healthy ingredients! While there are many different specific diets, most definitions of healthy eating involve choosing fresh, nutrient-dense whole foods that provide maximal nutritional benefits. Refined grains, sugar, vegetable oils, and other unhealthy ingredients are left off the plate. But if healthy ingredients become contaminated with harmful chemicals, are they really healthy? It is time for healthy eating to incorporate more than just ingredients. Healthy eating should also include how the food is packaged and what materials the food comes into contact with while it is being processed, cooked, and stored.
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Endless Ideas for Healthy Homemade Popsicles (No Recipe Needed!)

A refreshing family friendly treat, without added food colorings, cane sugar, or plastic packaging.

Popsicles are such a fun treat for adults and kids whenever it gets hot outside! We put together a fun graphic where you can make your own recipe for a healthy homemade popsicle, using whatever you have on hand. We make all sorts of popsicles from leftover fruit, veggies, juices that we have laying around. It's a great way to use up that half of a banana or browning avocado that your kid didn't eat. And instead of becoming food waste (which is a huge contributor to climate change), it gets new life as an amazing treat. We like these silicone or stainless steel popsicle molds, cause they are super durable and we generally try to avoid plastics and food. Making your own popsicles is a great way to have fun, while being non-toxic. Many store bought popsicles contain load of cane sugar, food colorings, other additives, and plastic packaging. So pick one up a popsicle mold, choose a combination of tasty ingredients, blend, freeze, and enjoy!

In case you need some ideas to get started, here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Fudge: Cocoa powder, avocado (or banana), coconut milk, and honey/maple syrup

Watermelon Strawberry Mint: Watermelon, Strawberries, Coconut water, and Mint

Spinach Blueberry Yogurt: Spinach, Blueberry, Banana, and Yogurt

Creamy Zucchini Pineapple: Zucchini, Pineapple, and Coconut milk

*A special tip on mixing colors. Mixing leafy greens with red or orange fruits/veggies (like carrot juice or strawberries) makes for a pretty brown popsicle. It will still taste good, but might not look as appetizing!


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Here are our favorite well-reviewed picks that pass the fried egg test. We've updated our roundup to include some perfect pans for simple weekday stir-fries. And if cast iron is a bit heavy for you, check out the carbon steel options, which tend to be lighter. All of these pans will last a lifetime! a) Calphalon Stainless Steel Fry Pan b) Debuyer Carbon Steel Mineral B Frying Pan c) Joyce Chen Uncoated Carbon Steel Wok d) Lodge Cast Iron Skillet e) Lodge Carbon Steel f) Staub Perfect Pan g) Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet h) Victoria Cast Iron Skillet i) The Ringer (perfect for cleaning these pans) Links to these pans in the link in bio.

That means more cooking. With all that cooking, you are going to want to make sure you have some great cookware - meaning pans. While nonstick pans may sound like a good thing, the chemicals used to make that magical nonstick coating aren't very good for you or the world. Instead, pick up some of these great alternatives to nonstick pans. We love them all!

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