1. Raw veggie bread
Triple your daily veggie intake by making raw veggie bread in the dehydrator. Essentially you puree up a bunch of veggies, mix in the right ratio of fats and nuts, pour it on dehydrator trays, let it run overnight and BAM! You’ve got yourself a nutrient dense wrap made of raw veggies that you can sub for crackers, sandwich bread, wraps, burger buns, pizza crust, taco shells and more! And guess what, these taste amazing too. I’ve even got my 7 year old eating raw onion bread. Life changing!
The catch is, you gotta get Real Food Lab’s ebook to make it work. She guides you through step-by-step on what to do with a 5 minute video tutorial that will have you at pro-status in no time. This ebook/course includes over 70 recipes! I’m telling you; LIFE CHANGING. More about how veggie bread has rocked my world here.
2. Oat, hemp, vanilla, cinnamon milk
How many times have you opened up your fridge only to realize, Crap I’m out of milk!!! Happens to me at least once a week. Well, Almond Cow has turned tragedy into opportunity. This gadget allows you to whip up your own concoction of nut/seed/oat milk in less that a minute! And clean up is breeze.
Most nuts you have to soak in advance to make but if you go for an oat-based blend for example – you can have it fresh in an instant. Not to mention homemade nut and seed milks are free from all the additives that come with store brands like; evaporated can syrup, natural flavors, tricalcium phosphate, gellan gum, dipotassium phosphate, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin D2, d-alpha tocopherol and more. I can’t get enough of my Almond Cow!
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3. Blended coffee
The first thing I missed when I started going more natural was my lattes. I mean nothing beats that warm cup of frothy goodness radiating through your hands and fingers and warming your belly. Until I discovered blended coffee that is! Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your hot coffee, blend and watch the magic happen. In 30 seconds, it turns a black flat into a frothy, creamy, delicious blend of how-did-I-ever-live-without-you!? I doctor mine up by adding maple syrup, adaptogens, spices and more. I mean it’s so good, it takes temptation for Starbucks off the table which is huge for me! Check it all out and get the recipe here.
I also love doing the same thing with bone broth to create a savory, frothy, nourishing bone broth latte. Don’t knock it till you try it!
4. Uncle Harry’s Peppermint Toothpaste
Nothing gets my goat more than feeling like I need a mint 5 minutes after I brush my teeth. Can I get a witness?! So many natural toothpastes out there just miss the mark with actually being strong enough to work.
Not Uncle Harry’s! Firey, fresh and STRONG, Uncle Harry’s clay based toothpaste will kick bad breath to the curb in a hot second. And if you need more, follow it up with the strongest natural mouth wash and you will be good to go! I’ve had some people say Uncle Harry’s is too strong for them so consider yourself warned – ha! My husband loves both of these too. For more natural oral care that works check out my Amazon Shop here!
5. The plushest nontoxic mattress topper
This year I went from a good night sleep to I HEAR ANGLES SINGING after one night with the My Green Mattress Latex Topper. GUYS. This topper is no joke. I said to my husband, How can we spend THOUSANDS on an incredible mattress and get a good night sleep but then spend $300 more and take our experience from a 7 to a 10!? It’s been 6 months now and I can’t stop talking about it. It’s so good, I bought one for my parents too – best money I spent all year. Some people have said it’s too soft for them so if soft and plush is what you are going for, this is your answer! Check it our here!
Code TOG$125 will save you $125 on any twin mattress or bigger at My Green Mattress.
6. Clear skin!
Where do I even begin. This line took my skin from drab, oily/combo with hormonal breakouts to even, clear, bright and glowing in just three weeks. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. True Botanicals Clear Line even beat out Proactiv+ in third party trials – no joke! So if you are looking for a natural swap to help with acne or you want something that will balance what is going on with your skin, this is it! You can also read more about my experience with True Botanical’s Clear Line here. I would recommend starting with:
Code LISATRUE20 will save first timers $20 off their purchase of $40+.
P.S. Their brand new Moisture Lock Over Night Mask is rocking my world! One word: hydration!!!
7. Clean water on the go
This little portable filter is a GAME CHANGER! It fits inside your water bottle and filters out 97% of fluoride, nitrite, nitrate, chlorine, 92.4% trans-1, 2-Dichloroethene and benzene, and 99% of metals like arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, mercury and more. It even filters 99.97% of e.coli. Each pod can filter up to 264 gallons of water and is a life saver for traveling, road trips, hotels, kid’s school water bottles and let’s face it, pretty much everyday on the go. One of my favorite finds of 2018.
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8. Milo nontoxic cookware
Milo is all of that French flare with none of the price tag. This cast iron cookware isn’t just another pretty face. It’s actually enameled in glass which creates a naturally nontoxic cooking surface.
Lots of traditional nonstick cookware has a chemical coating that works temporarily. These coatings have a fixed count of “releases” where the food can come off of it without sticking and these types of coatings come off over time into our food. But that won’t happen with Milo. “It’s kind of the same thing as eating out of glass Tupperware,” says Milo.
But for me, I personally love this product not just because it’s a safer option but because of the PRICE! Who says cute, clean cookware has to cost an arm and a leg!? Not Milo! Their skillet is $65 and their dutch oven is just $75! Talk about the perfect housewarming gift or wedding gift!
9. Veggie cubes
Never throw out another rotted veggie again. Take your produce, before it goes bad, and blend it down in the food processor or blender (add a little water if needed) and pour it into these trays and freeze.
Great to have on hand for smoothies, sauces, pesto, soups and more. Never be without the convince of fresh ever again! You can even do this with fruits too and then bag up combos for ready-to-make smoothies.
I personally love mixing mango cubes and kale cubes with some acai, brazil nuts, almond milk and chia seeds. HEAVEN ON EARTH!
10. Plants that filter the air + are super hard to kill
I would know because I always forget to water my plants and I’ve had these ones for years and they are still thriving! Plus keeping indoor house plants is a great way to naturally filter indoor air from contaminants, pollutants and toxins. And these three are fool proof!
Aloe is great to have on hand for cuts, burns and scrapes plus it also filters for formaldehyde. And if you have a juicer….just sayin’!
Snake Plant filters for benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. You can forget to water them for weeks and no one would ever know.
Spider Plants remove formaldehyde and xylene and are almost impossible to kill. Plus they send off shoots called spiderettes which you can germinate to produce more spider plants!
11. Whiter teeth
This gem takes oral health to the next level. My teeth have never felt so clean and I swear it helps to whiten them too. People often ask me what I use to whiten my teeth and I’m like; nothing! I think it’s my Sonicare! Thats how good it cleans my teeth. (Did I mention I’m a wine and coffee drinker too!?) I’ve tried a bunch of natural, bamboo, recycled options too but nothing compares. NOTHING! This is the third one I’ve owned and my husband has this pink one – ha!
12. A nontoxic deodorant that works
Let’s be honest. This is a big one. Some people are lucky in life and don’t need to wear deodorant. Other people are living in ignorant bliss with dry pits and aluminum clogged pores. But for those of us who know and are trying to make healthy choices around deodorant – IT AIN’T EASY! Failed attempts = slinking out of meetings, standing far away from the crowd and NOT raising your hand because you are definitely NOT SURE.
After trying and testing and trying again. These are the top three I recommend that work for me. Three different price points – something for everyone.
- Agent Nateur holi (Rose) No.4 deo – And only the holi rose. This blend is incredible, it goes on smooth, it works and it’s scented just right. I mean, legit makes me smell like roses. $26 – Read my full review.
- type A The Minimalist – Comes in a squeeze tube, goes on thin, easy and smooth and keeps the stink away. You can sometimes get it for as low as $10 on Amazon.
- Schmidts – This is the only deodorant my husband still stands by. Two things I love about this brand; they have a baking soda free version for those with sensitive pits and they are also affordable. You can sometimes find them at TJ Maxx or Marshals for as low as $3.99. I like Coconut Pineapple.
13. Clean hair
Can I get an amen!? The first thing to go when I started going natural was my clean hair! It’s true! I just couldn’t live like that and as the ball of grease accumulating at the nape of my neck grew bigger and bigger, I was about to go back to my Pantene Pro-V when I came across True Botanicals Nourishing Hydrating Shampoo! This shampoo actually cleans my hair, leaves it feeling light and bouncy, smelling fresh and feeling GOOD! Read more about my experience here AND LISATRUE20 will save first-timers! Shop here!
14. Miele Vacuum
This vacuum, designed to meet allergy needs, is Steph’s recommendation and after watching her demo on how it works, I just had to include it. This German company has been around since 1899. And this vacuum is made for allergy sufferers specifically. It captures 99.9% of all particulates. The bags are strong and sturdy and not paper which can leach particles and debris. It’s also has a HEPPA filter that you need to replace every year. It’s super compact, light weight, easy to carry around. It’s expensive but for people with allergies it’s worth it. Air quality in your home is #1 and this will help get you there. This vac will last you 10 years.
15. Natural wine delivery
Okay I lied, THIS is actually my favorite natural find of 2018. Conventional wine can be adulterated with fining materials, defoamers, added sugar, Mega Purple….the grapes can be forced irrigated and sprayed with Glyphosate and fermented with GMO yeast…I mean the list goes on and on.
Not to be discouraged, Dry Farm Wines delivers natural (clean) wine to your door that has been lab tested for alcohol % and vetted for it’s purity.
This is some of the best wine I’ve ever had in my entire life and I’m like a kid on Christmas Day every time I come home and see a delivery at my door! Check them out here and get an additional bottle for just a penny!
16. Pastured, grass fed and organic meat delivered to your door
Waseda Farms is a family owned operation in Bailey’s Harbor, WI. Steph has been buying her meat there for the past 4 years. Supporting an operation like this verses a big box store ensures supporting small farming operations, animal welfare, and premium, healthy meats for you and your family. They are not only 100% grass-fed/pastured but also certified USDA Organic! Very few farms meet both of these marks, it’s typically one but not the other. For example organic chicken that is not pastured or grass-fed beef that is not organic. The quality and taste are unparalleled. Best of all…now available in a meat box and can be shipped anywhere in the United States!!
The Waseda Box can accommodate up to 30 lbs of meat ranging from beef, bison, Berkshire pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb. Choose a pre packaged combo or create a personal order. Ask to be put on an automatic shipping schedule or opt for one-time shipping. All orders need to be placed Monday – Wednesday 8am-2pm Central time because it will ship 1 day air and arrive to you frozen. This guarantees it will not be sitting in a warehouse and be delivered to you in great condition. Call (920) 632-7271 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org to place order.
Mention “thisorganicgirl” and receive 1LB. ground beef for FREE!
17. Wheatgrass Shots!
Start cranking out your own organic wheat grass shots with this gem. The nutrient density of our fruits and veggie is declining and it’s taking more and more intake to support our bodies with what they need. Enter wheatgrass! Wheatgrass is an excellent source of many different vitamins and minerals – especially A,C,E, iron, magnesium, calcium and amino acids. It’s also been associated with many health benifits including decreased inflammation, lower cholesterol and better blood sugar control. One study showed it may even help kill cancer cells. Links to this and more studies here.
Grabbing wheatgrass shots out at a juice bar can add up but grab a bag of organic wheatgrass from your local grocer for a few bucks and this juicer and you will be set for the week!
18. The most natural birth control
I started using Lady Comp 8 years ago as a tool to get pregnant. And I did. It was crazy because through this machine and charting my basal temps I actually KNEW I was pregnant the day I got pregnant. I know. IT’S AWESOME.
This tool works by tracking basal temps to record, determine and eventually predict when you are ovulating. It’s easy to use too. You just put the temp stick in your mouth in the morning before you get up or move – leave it there for about 30 seconds and that’s it! After a few cycles it will be able to tell you every morning with a 99.3% accuracy rate if you could get pregnant that day or not. This compared to condoms being 85-98% effective according to Planned Parenthood is a pretty good deal.
This form of natural family planning is by far the least invasive. It doesn’t include hormone therapy like with the pill or hormone controlled IUDs. There is also no threat of heavy metal toxicity which can be a risk with non-hormonal copper IUDs. And there is no surgery involved.
There are several of these types of monitors on the market and I’m sure others are good as well. I just went over the top when we decided to get pregnant thinking the more money I spent, the better chance I would have at getting pregnant. Which was just me trying to control my experience…as always. (And all my fellow enneagram type 1s nod their heads.)
What can’t it do!? Prized as the immune system of the hive, propolis has incredible germ-fighting properties and contains over 300 beneficial vitamins, minerals and compounds making it nature’s ultimate defender. Bees make several things like honey, pollen, royal jelly and…propolis. The bees line their hive with propolis to keep the hive sterile. They even make a propolis door mat with it for the bees to use when they first enter the hive. And if a mouse or rodent happens to breach the hive, the bees can kill it by stinging it but they can’t remove it. So to keep it from decaying and contaminating the hive, the bees cover the dead animal in propolis to preserve it from breaking down.
We use this throat spray ALL THE TIME. It’s great as a natural daily supplement and to boost immunity but it’s also healing and soothing when the kids have a sore throat. Also great to spray on cuts and scrapes – it’s not sticky and no stinging! Check it out here!
20. The only all-purpose cleaner you will ever need
I discovered Force of Nature this past year and haven’t looked back. It turns salt, water and vinegar into a powerful disinfectant that is strong enough to clean and disinfect every room in the house but safe enough to clean a baby’s pacifier with too!
Force of Nature uses electricity to turn salt, water & vinegar into a multi-purpose cleaner, deodorizer & EPA registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs, including Salmonella, Norovirus, Listeria, STAPH, MRSA, Pseudomonas & Influenza A.
There are a lot of nontoxic cleaners on the market but not all of them are disinfectants. And none of them are as simple and as effective as this! The best part? Buy a kit to start and refills are less than $1 each! More on how this works including before and after pics here!
21. A Cup
I know, I KNOW! I held on to the idea of not using a period cup for a long time because it just seemed….well…GROSS! But then I don’t know what happened…I turned 40 and maturity set in? Using a cup is really a no brainer when you break it down; less environmental waste, more sustainable, you only have to empty it 2x a day and can actually sleep through the night without worry that you are ruining your organic bed sheets…..it’s cheaper!
I tried a couple different brands and settled on Saalt. It’s flexible, soft and comfortable comfortable. Honestly? I still carry tampons around in my car and my bag just in case but I’ll never go back! NEVER!
What’s something that’s rocked your natural world!?
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