Food

A Step by Step Guide to Easy Stovetop Popcorn

Trust us, those microwave bags are NOT good for you

Popcorn is basically the perfect snack for any time of the day. No judgement here if you've ever had it for breakfast or even twice in one day! But if you've been microwaving popcorn bags, may we suggest an easy healthier alternative? Stovetop popcorn is not as scary as it seems and is super easy to make. Plus, you can control how much butter and salt you add or try a dozen other fun topping ideas.

Have you ever wondered how a paper bag that is filled with buttery popcorn doesn't break apart or leak any oil? It turns out that the bags are coated in basically a Teflon-esque substance. And unfortunately, that means your popcorn has traces of these PFAS chemicals on them too. PFAS (otherwise known around here as pretty freaking awful stuff) has been linked to all sorts of health problems from cancers all the way down to reproductive and developmental difficulties. But fear not, you don't have to give up your popcorn habit. We have a step by step guide to making stovetop popcorn, as well as a list of fun toppings suggestions to try out. Give it a try!

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Food

Say No to Non-Stick Without Saying No to Eggs!

Why the extra effort to cook without non-stick is worth it

Ugh, and there it goes, your non-stick pan just can't survive another round of frying up your favorite eggs for brunch. You've avoided this for as long as you can, but you just can't put it off any longer. Yup, you have to go shopping for pots and pans. If the thought of choosing between the seemingly hundreds of different brands promising different things scares you, we get it! I mean, who wants to try and figure out the difference between non-toxic and toxic cooking pans between running errands and going grocery shopping? We're here to help you cut down on your shopping time and anxiety!

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Do You Really Need that New Raincoat?

It sounds good and the price is right, but the chemicals might not be

Little sucks more than being caught in the rain. So, why are we suggesting you hold off on getting a new raincoat? The answer may surprise you. It has to do with what makes the coat itself waterproof. Often for coats to be impervious to water the outer layer is covered in a chemical that belongs to a family of chemicals we at Because Health affectionately call pretty freaking awful stuff - the technical term is PFAS.

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You know when you have a girl's night and open that extra bottle of wine you had stashed away for a rainy day and someone's had just a liiiitttlllee too much to drink. Or maybe your kid's favorite Sunday morning routine is to bump into you causing your coffee to spill all over just as you sat down relax. We all know what it feels like, the dread of watching that spilled liquid inching towards your brand new white carpet or couch. You might have even tried to prevent this feeling from disasters like this by preemptively purchasing stain-resistant furniture (a.k.a. performance fabrics). BUT, let's be real, when fabrics are treated with a stain-resistant finish, what's in that finish is a whole lot of chemicals that you might not want in your home.

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Food

So What's the Deal with Non-stick Baking Pans?

Why you might really need to go on a shopping-spree

Nonstick pans may be great, trust me, I'm a long-time baker who craves those perfectly sculpted sides of cakes and a hassle-free removal of muffins from the tin, but increasing evidence from research is showing that maybe we should ditch the non-stick pans for a safer alternative. Here are some of our favorite baking pans, what they're best used for, and a few great tips and tricks to keep you and the kiddos safe when indulging in those late-night brownies. If you are looking for new bakeware, check out our roundup of some of our favorite baking essentials.

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What Should Be on Your Pantry Shelves Instead of Cans and Bags

Hint: the items can be found in the same grocery aisles

Having some staples in the pantry is always a good idea. But, instead of the typical cans and bags, we have some suggestions for healthier and safer shelf stable options. We recommend glass containers and cartons whenever possible. Cartons are those shiny papery boxes that most broths come in now. As you stroll the aisles, you will notice a lot more options starting to come in these boxes.

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Maybe you've heard of different organizations doing something called biomonitoring. Maybe you have been biomonitored but aren't sure what it means. Or, maybe you have been worried about your own amount of contact with certain chemicals and Googled how to get it checked. Well, we talked to Dr. Megan Latshaw, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to figure out what it is, how it works, and what the benefits are.

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If you haven't heard yet, bulk bins are awesome! They have so many options, things are surprisingly cheap, and they give you a great reason to use all of those trendy mason jars you have been collecting for the last 5 years.

Seriously, I have seen all of these zero waste people talking about the wonders of bulk bins for a while, but I finally decided to give it a go. And you know what, it was kind of fun. I realized there are some surprisingly great options in the bulk bins. Like chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, all sorts of nuts, and like 8 different options for rice (who knew there were so many). I had a list for the week, and I decided to see how much of it I could get in the bulk bins. Besides the veggies and tomato sauce, I could get pretty much everything there.

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