We had such a great response to our part one blog series looking at the hidden toxins you may be putting IN your body. We left you with some healthier alternatives to help you reduce your exposure. The post had us all brainstorming, sharing and discussing what we do in our own homes that help keep our toxin consumption to a minimum. We were so excited about our new learnings that we thought "why not share this with everyone?!" So here you are. These are some of our favourite brands, products and places we shop that will help you get through this modern day chemical maze.
1. Additive free foods. For a lot of us this is particularly hard to find alternatives in the snack department, as it's so easy to grab a packet of something and run out the door. Try these instead:
- You have probably heard of bliss/energy/protein balls and have been handed several DIY recipes, but what if you don't have the time or creativity? Funch has made it so much easier. All you need to do is add one or two ingredients and you are done.
- If you want the most delicious nuts and seeds, try 2die4. Based in Byron Bay, these guys have a wide range to choose from single types, mixed, paleo and tamari. Yum!
- Botanical Cuisine, a Melbourne company, has nailed the market of raw, vegan, preservative free dips that are perfect for veggie sticks. Some of their dips can also be used as a dressing, spread or added to scrambled eggs!
2. Clean cooking with perfluorochemical free cookware.
- Le Creuset has a massive range of cookware from pots, pans and bakeware in a variety of materials.
- If you are after a slow cooker for soups, stews or bone broths try this one by Breville.
3. Glass containers and jars to store and reheat food.
- Buying things in jars mean you have jars to re-use for storage. Looking in our pantries, we all laughed about the over-abundance of glass jars we have in our homes!
- Alternatively, IKEA and Kmart have affordable options.
4. To avoid trans fat you need to throw out the margarine and anything called a 'vegetable spread', think Nuttelex and Flora. Store bought and packaged baked goods are also hidden sources. Alternative products include:
- Butter from Organic Dairy Farmers as it is certified organic and supports local farmers. Other alternatives for spreads we love are avocado, Spiral's unhulled tahini, or Artisana's deliciously creamy cashew butter.
- For those times you want to treat yourself, get inspired by one of the many margarine free recipes by The Healthy Chef!
5. Healthy cooking oils we are a fan of:
- SOL Ghee is made from 100% certified organic unsalted butter from Australian and New Zealand grass fed cows.
- Coconut oil options are endless! You want to buy the least modified oil, look for these words on the packaging: certified organic, virgin, extra-virgin or unrefined, unbleached, expeller, centrifuge or cold pressed. We also prefer glass packaging to avoid BPA. Brands that tick all these boxes include Loving Earth and Niugini Organics.
6. Our go-to fish and sea vegetable products are:
- This Fish is a health and environmentally conscious brand. They are organic and use sustainable source for their products.
- Power Super Foods have a great range organic sea vegetables including dulse, wakame and nori.
- If you like making your own sushi Gold Mine have excellent nori sheets!
7. The best organic whole food stores in Melbourne. They are stockists for so many of the products we have mentioned.
- Visit Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, this is an amazing, certified organic, family owned business located in Balwyn. Known in the area as a friendly, affordable, one stop shop destination.
- Terra Madre Organics is a local favourite and organic institution, known for its huge bulk range at bulk prices.
- Wild Things in Fitzroy values everything we do; community, local, organics and the environment.
- Looking for a great water filter? Southern Cross Pottery have filters of all shapes and sizes to remove some of the nasties in your water. Waters Co Bio Mineral offer great compact, portable water filter jugs too.
If have any products, shops and brands you passionate about we would love you to share it with us!