Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The #1 thing you should change in your pantry

Cooking oil might be one of the most important things to get right in your pantry.

Did you know that popular cooking oils made with canola, corn, and soybean oil go through an INSANE amount of processing with chemical solvents, steamers, neutralizers, de-waxers, bleach and deodorizers before they end up in the bottle?

During processing, almost all cooking oils (like Mazola and Crisco brands) are extracted with the neurotoxin hexane – the corn, soybeans, or canola is literally bathed in it!

We're constantly being persuaded to believe oils like canola are healthy, thanks in part to the work of the industry funded groups such as the Canola Council and the Corn Refiners Association. In reality, these oils cause inflammation in the body, leading to weight gain and disease. No thanks!

After researching which oils are healthiest for my body and the environment, I always keep Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil well stocked in my house (even before they became a sponsor of

Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is expeller cold-pressed, unrefined and never deodorized or bleached. It tolerates cooking temps up to about 350 degrees, so it's great for most baking and medium-high heat sautéing.

If you haven't tried coconut oil before, I have some tips for adding it to your diet and even how use it around the house! But before I get into that, let me tell you about a very special deal just in time for the holiday season.

As I'm a partner of Nutiva, they are offering deeply discounted prices for the Food Babe Army. The prices below are only available while supplies last or until Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5pm EST.

These large gallon sizes of oil will last you a while and will save you big bucks, they are equivalent in size to over eight 15oz. jars. Don't worry about it going to waste though! Look at all the ways you can use coconut oil...

  1. Sauté fresh vegetables
  2. Blend into smoothies
  3. Bake cookies
  4. Pop popcorn on the stove
  5. Use as vegan sub for butter in most recipes
  6. Stir it into your coffee
  7. Whip into a salad dressing
  8. Make my new recipe Vegetarian Pad Thai (It's better than take out!)
  9. Season cast iron pans
  10. Skin moisturizer
  11. Lip balm
  12. Makeup remover
  13. Baby lotion
  14. Shave cream
  15. Blend with nut pulp to make a body scrub
  16. Oil pulling (as a mouthwash for your teeth)
  17. Furniture polish
  18. Massage oil
  19. Deep hair conditioner
  20. Mix with baking soda to make toothpaste

If you haven't tried Nutiva's Red Palm Oil yet, they are also offering (a very limited quantity of) 1 gallon tubs Nutiva Red Palm Oil for $39.99 (regular price $43.80)

Red Palm Oil has a light buttery flavor that is delicious on popcorn, sautéing vegetables, in soups and hummus, and smothering over sweet potatoes!  When you see the ingredient "palm oil" on a product, I typically would tell you to avoid it at all costs. That's because most palm oil production comes from Southeast Asia where it is causing large-scale deforestation, killing animals and destroying the habitat for orangutans and Sumatran tigers – which may both become extinct soon. It's disgusting that Big Food keeps using cheap palm oil in their products just so they can save a few bucks.

That being said - Nutiva's Organic Unrefined Red Palm Oil is completely different than the "palm oil" that you'll find in heavily processed products made by companies like Kraft. Nutiva's red palm is grown on small, organic family farms in Ecuador and is habitat-friendly and orangutan-safe. Not only is it certified organic, non-GMO and fair trade, but they partnered with Natural Habitats to ensure that the growing and harvesting process does not result in deforestation or habitat destruction.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to replace some of the toxic cooking oils and household products in your home with natural alternatives, and to give these two oils a try.

Remember this offer is only available for the next 48 hours or until they run out!

Get your gallon sized Coconut Oil & Red Palm Oil tubs here. (They make pretty awesome gifts for the holidays too!)



P.S. Nutiva is also throwing in a free sample of Nutiva Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with every order! This is just a little treat for the Food Babe Army – so enjoy!

P.P.S. In other news, I'm doing a LIVE Pregnancy Q&A on Facebook at 5pm EST today and will be in the Boston area on Saturday for the Natural Living Expo - Would love to see you!






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