Sunday, December 9, 2012

Monday Mantra: A Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: I will give my friends and family the gift of health this year

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Hot chocolate, caroling, snowball fights, lights...and insanity in the form of mad dashes to the stores for last minutes gifts, large electric bills from your Griswold like decorations, and a lot of delicious and not so healthy treats. While I can't help you with your electric bill, I can give you some suggestions for the healthy treats and eats and even a little bit of the present shopping.

I'm sure you've heard that it's not safe to cook with those Teflon coated pans, but you also hate using anything else because the eggs/sauces/everything-cooking-related sticks to the pan and you have to soak it or scrub it or kill yourself cleaning it for twice the amount of time it took you to make it. 

I have good news.

Toss those other horrible pans out the window and give yourself the gift of these super awesome ceramic cooking pans: WearEver Pure Living Nonstick Scratch Resistant Ceramic Coating PTFE-Free and PFOA-Free Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set
I just got these babies recently and they are A-MAZE-ING. Each one is dishwasher safe, non-toxic, cooks up a mean storm, and is the easiest thing to clean I've ever owned. They're safe and efficient, free of all of those awful chemicals that have given cooking pans a bad rap. The best part is...they're very cost friendly! I purchased the set you see above for only $60 and have used it non-stop ever since. Get this, you can even put them in the broiler and they're recyclable! I repeat: A-MAZE-ING!

As for the treats, how about the gift of deliciousness and health via these two amazing cookbooks:

I've known Chef Rachel for several years now, taken all of her cuisine classes, and spent countless hours in my own kitchen cooking from her books. I am never disappointed by her recipes. Never. In fact, I often feel like a whole new, healthier person after I've eaten one of her meals in class or made something at home from her book. The recipes truly improve the way you feel- inside and out. Her recipes are always my go-to ones for parties, family get together's, dinner, lunch, breakfast, dessert, fourth get the idea. 

The Garden of Eating has recipes for every single one of those meals, plus tips and tricks for healthier eating, how to store your fruits and veggies, and what to look for when grocery shopping. The Ice Dream Cookbook not only has a gazillion recipes for delicious home made ice cream, but it has recipes for cookies, brownies (the chocolate chip blondies are my favorite), graham crackers, etc. And all of them - in both cookbooks - are gluten free! Woo to the hoo, my friends. Woo to the hoo!

Here's the one and only pictures. For those of you visual people like me, pictures are helpful. Please don't let this stop you from trying out these cookbooks. I guarantee you will love them as much as I do.

Need some other ideas? How about gift cards for those health nut friends of yours to their favorite food stores, like Whole Foods or Sprouts? I, personally, could spend an entire day at Whole Foods looking around. I guarantee you they'll love them. 

This year, give the gift of health. To your loved ones and yourself. You all deserve to be your best and these items will help get you on your way to just that- being the best, healthiest you.

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Sara said...

Hi Chantelle -- I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there's so much misinformation out there about the Teflon® brand, I'm not surprised that you are concerned. I'm a representative of DuPont and hope you'll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

In repeated tests, cookware with DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings outperformed ceramics and lasted 7 times longer than ceramic-coated pans. That’s 7 times more waste in a landfill, more energy used, more CO2 emissions and 7 times more packaging, based on a DuPont lifecycle analysis done in 2011.

Regulatory agencies have affirmed that nonstick coatings made with PTFE are safe for their intended use in cookware. Teflon® nonstick coatings for cookware are based on PTFE and safe for their intended use.

For more information, please visit

I appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Sara.

Chantelle Says said...

Hi Sara,

I appreciate your comments and always look forward to new points of view. I'm still a big fan of these ceramic pots and pans for my own personal reasons, but appreciate you providing additional details for my readers to consider.