Confession: I am not 100% all natural everything 100% of the time. My philosophy? It’s all about making healthy choices as much as possible, and working towards making those healthy choices more often. Baby steps. They all end up adding up into something big over time. My goal isn’t perfection, and I don’t like judging people and where they’re at in their journey. Because believe me, 1 year ago I was a very different person!
One thing I’ve been looking into recently is how to better store our food so we aren’t leaching chemicals into the organic foods we just spent our hard earned $$ on. Enter in: Hannah from the Wild Mint Shop. Hannah knows her stuff when it comes to healthy, toxin-free ways of storing your food. I am thrilled to have her as a guest poster today on Whole Fork. And yes, this is a longer post than what you normally find here, but FILLED with great info. Plus there’s a giveaway and even a coupon code exclusively for Whole Fork readers! Which I know you’ll want to use because hello? how cute are these containers?!
Now YOU can start to fill your cupboard with some fun toxin-free ways to store your food! Take it away Hannah!
xo ~ Tiffany
Hello everyone! My name is Hannah and I’m so excited to be guest posting today! I can’t remember for the life of me how I came across Tiffany’s blog, but I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with her drool-worthy Instagram photos. Because of our shared passions for healthy, whole foods and doing our best to live healthy and happy lives, I knew we had to connect. In addition to healthy eating, my passion also lies in living a toxin-free life and sharing my knowledge and positive experiences with others…And that’s why my mom and I founded our company, Wild Mint Shop, in 2011.
At WildMintShop.com, I’ve been able to share information on toxic chemicals found in everyday products, and provide a place for everyone to find safer alternatives. I’m a big believer in doing your due diligence and deciding on what works for yourself and your family. Everyone’s capabilities and priorities are different in the steps they can take to reduce exposure to unnecessary chemicals, but I believe that every small step matters and Wild Mint’s goal is to serve as a resource in the process!
Tiffany’s recipes are so creative and nutritious, and I’m sure that lots of you want to take that deliciousness on-the-go sometimes. So today I wanted to talk about the very exciting topic of reusable, toxin-free food containers (at least, I think it’s exciting!).
I don’t know about you, but I used to struggle with a cabinet full of worn, slightly warped and sometimes discolored plastic food containers. Do you ever notice how they absorb the colors and smells of your last meal? EW. Or melt if they’ve been left in the car too long? YIKES. Once I became aware of the presence of Bisphenol-A and other chemicals in most plastics, I knew I had to pitch the plastic in our home and make the switch to great, safer alternatives!
Finding the perfect food containers to pack healthy lunches and snacks for you and your family can get a little overwhelming. It can even feel like a foreign art form at times, especially when it comes to determining which containers are food-safe, easy to open, lightweight, and so on. But, I’m here to help!
Stainless Steel Food Containers. Stainless steel is such a fantastic material to use throughout your kitchen because it isn’t made with BPA or the industrial chemical polyvinyl chloride found in most hard plastics. It’s also sanitary, durable, easy to clean and great for keeping foods cold or hot if you use an insulated container. If you have a picky eater, the divided containers will keep food separate from each other and prevent sogginess. And the stackable containers in this video are fun and compact for kids.
Glass Food Storage Containers. I also strongly recommend glass containers because it is non-toxic and food-safe, so you can heat up that yummy Whole Fork paleo pulled pork and not have to worry about any chemicals leaching into your meal. Plus, I’m convinced that everything just tastes better in glass—so clean and fresh! We have a variety of sizes of glass containers on our site, but for kids I would recommend the lighter weight options that weigh one pound or less, such as the Wean Green or Anchor Hocking. In the picture shown here, I’ve packed some fresh cut fruit in my Lifefactory 2 cup container, which weighs about a pound).
Reusable Sandwich Bags. Last but not least, I wanted to point out the great benefits of using reusable cloth bags instead of plastic baggies for foods. Plastic bags are usually used once or twice before being tossed away, and with the accumulation of plastic pollution on our planet, I’m always looking for ways to reduce my use of disposable plastics. So, reusable bags are a great alternative, especially with all the cute designs and convenient sizes available. Use them for sandwiches, fruit, crackers, you name it! Then with a simple wipe down on the inside, it’s good to go the next day and over and over.
I hope that this helps in your search for safer food container alternatives. And remember, it takes time to make a big change like this, so don’t feel pressured to start from scratch right away. Do it all at your own pace, we’ll be here to help you along the way! Just email me (Hannah) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Last but not least, we’d also like to announce a GIVEAWAY!
- Follow @wholefork and @wildmintshop over on instagram (your account must be public, so we can check if you’re following!)
- Like the @wholefork post on Instagram.
- Tag atleast 1 friend in the Instagram post.
- For extra entries tag more friends! 1 friend tag per comment.
- For another extra entry repost this picture, listing @wholefork and #wholeforkgiveaway in the comment.
And don’t worry, even if you don’t win, we’re offering a special COUPON code exclusively for Whole Fork readers for 15% off your entire purchase. It will be valid through 4/5/15. Simply use the code “FORK” during checkout.
From Tiffany ~ Thank you Hannah for all the info you provided. I am so excited to start my own toxin-free collection of food storage containers!