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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals + Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Check out some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you don’t want to miss out on, and the ultimate 2018 healthy holiday gift guide, where you can find something for anyone special in your life!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are HERE, and I’m so excited to share some discounts and promos with you guys. I love a good deal just as anyone else, so I do a lot of holiday shopping and just regular shopping for myself during this time.

Hope you take advantage of these awesome deals, and check back often since I’ll keep updating these deals until Cyber Monday!

Black Friday Deals

Food/Cooking

  1. $5 off on Korean Paleo cookbook with code: NOVBOOK18. My book will be released on December 11th, and now is the perfect time to preorder it! Make sure to save your order confirmation since I’ll be having preorder gifts real soon.
  2. FREE bacon for life with your ButcherBox subscription.  Butcherbox delivers 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door, and shipping is always free. Each month, ButcherBox curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. Go check out all the delicious selections.
  3. My favorite bone broth company, Bare Bones, is having a “buy more, save more” deal until 11/30. Their broth varieties are super high quality (organic, grass fed, and pasture raised) and I use them in cooking often. Here’s their current deal: Buy 2 pouches for 15% off, buy 5 pouches for 20% off, 9 pouches for 25% off, and 12+ pouches for 30% off. Stock up on these now and freeze them until you are ready to use them!
  4. BIG SAVINGS on the Instant PotIf you’ve been waiting to get your hands on this amazing electronic pressure cooker, now is the time! This 6-qt smart Instant Pot with WiFi is only $89.95 (down from $149.95) which is a $60 saving just for today. Not only is it a pressure cooker, it’s also a steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and you can even make cakes and casseroles in them. I use mine pretty much everyday, and I have a bunch of  Instant Pot recipes on this blog as well!
  5. Get 14% off + FREE SHIPPING on 8 cartons of high-quality, organic Pique TeaPique tea is one of my favorite tea companies (I’m obsessed with their matcha and here’s why), because their tea crystals are organic, packed with antioxidants (12x than other teas), and also triple screened for toxins, pesticides, and molds. Their limited edition holiday bundle of teas contain 8 flavor cartons and a glass cup, and it makes a perfect gift for the tea lover!

Health/Nutrition

  1. 35% off ALL Perfect Brand products + 10% off with my code: GREATGRANDMA10 (45% total!). This is an amazing deal and opportunity to stock up on some the highest quality supplements out there! Some of my favorite supplements from them include their grass-fed gelatin for making yummy gummy snacks, their grass-fed collagen to put a scoop in my matcha every morning for better skin, hair, and nails, and their desiccated liver capsules for a bit of nutrient boost and liver detox. Don’t forget to use my code GREATGRANDMA10 for that extra 10% discount on top of the 35%!
  2. 25% off ALL Everlywell at-home health tests with code: CYBEREverlywell is a company that makes various health tests that you can take in the comfort of your own home. I took their food sensitivity test before and wrote a blog post about it, and I recently also took their women’s health test which I will share my experience about as well soon. These tests aren’t always affordable for everyone so now is a great time to take advantage of them!

Safer Skincare

  1. 15% off your entire Beautycounter order + FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50! My favorite safer skincare company is having a sale until Cyber Monday (11/26) and this is super rare for them. Make sure to stock up on makeup, skin care, something for kids and babies, and some gorgeous holiday sets that you can give out as gifts! They have some of best products that seriously changed my skin for the better.
  2. Primally Pureone of my favorite safer skincare companies is having an insane BUY ONE, GET ONE deal on 3 of their kits! These make great gifts, and I’ll be stocking up on them as well: 
    • Starter Kit – the most popular products in one kit, including a deodorant of your choice and the Everything Spray!
    • Spa Kit – the perfect kit for a spa treatment, with a dry brush, body oil, sea soak, and flower bath
    • Baby Kit – all natural baby products that are safe and gentle for sensitive skin
  3. 45% off on grass fed collagen. I already mentioned this above, but Perfect Supplements’ grass fed collagen has done wonders for my skin, hair, and nails. My hair and nails have never been so strong and grown so fast. You just dissolve a scoop in to your morning coffee or matcha, and you can’t even taste it at all! Make sure to use my code GREATGRANDMA10 for a total of 45% discount, and check out their travel packets as well!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2018

My healthy holiday gift guide is here! As I do every year, I tried to include almost everyone on your list and within various budgets, and these are some of the items that I truly love. I hope you’ll get some fun ideas from this holiday gift guide!

  1. FOR THE ADVENTUROUS COOK – Korean Paleo ($21.99): Shameless self plug here! My cookbook, Korean Paleo, is coming out on December 11th, and it makes a perfect gift for Korean food lovers enjoy bold flavors. It has 80 recipes that are mix of traditional, modern, and fusion Korean recipes, and make sure to save your order confirmation email because I’ll be having an awesome preorder gift as well.
  2. FOR THE FOODIE – Spoon and Chopstick Sets ($20.99): Great for gifting alone or with my Korean Paleo cookbook! Everyone needs a spoon and chopstick set at home, especially for Asian takeout, or even better, cooking Asian food at home. This set is stylish and fun, and makes a great gift.
  3. FOR THE SKIN CARE FANATIC – Beautycounter’s Instant Awakening Trio ($89): This holiday set is my favorite and has everything you need to look awake and refreshed. It comes with the Overnight Resurfacing Peel (my favorite and you can read more about it here), as well as Instant Glow Illuminating Cream and Eye Revive Cooling Masks (so cooling and great for depuffing).
  4. FOR THE ATHLETE OR THOSE ALWAYS ON THE GO – Healthy Human Water Bottle ($12.99-$34.99) & Stainless Steel Straws ($14.99): Healthy Human products are the best. Their bottles and tumblers are stainless steel, vacuum insulated, and are free of phthalates and BPA. And I love their their stainless steel reusable straws that come in a pouch so you can carry them to your favorite coffeeshop! You can actually get 10% off anything in their Amazon store with my code: GRANDMA10.
  5. FOR THE HOST/HOSTESS – Meat & Cheese Board ($59.99): Don’t show up empty handed to a holiday party. This cheese board is the perfect size for a gathering and also has shelves with a cutlery set! Better yet, bring some cheese, meats, crackers, and fruits with this board for a complete gift.
  6. FOR THE TEA LOVER – Pique Tea Matcha ($58): After trying out various matcha brands, Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha is one of my favorites. They are extremely high quality, taste amazing, and are quadruple toxin screened for: heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, toxic molds, and radioactive isotopes. If the recipient loves other teas as well, you can get them the limited edition holiday tea set that comes with a glass cup!
  7. FOR THE ZEN PAL – Essential Oils Diffuser ($21.99): I love essential oil diffusers that double as a humidifier, especially in this dry California climate. This one is affordable, stylish, and has ambient lighting in 7 different colors. Diffuse some lavender oil in it at night for a better night’s sleep!
  8. FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENT – Immersion Blender ($69.95): The immersion blender is one of my favorite kitchen tools and I use it everyday to make my matcha latte. I also use it to blend soups, make smoothies, dressing, and mayonnaise. College students will love it for their quick meals, and the cleanup is always a breeze!
  9. FOR THE MAKEUP LOVER – Beautycounter’s First Light Highlighter Palette ($49): It’s tricky to get people makeup since you never know what color or shade is right for them. Luckily, this highlighter palette is for all skin tones and it comes in 3 different shades! If you are like me and you love looking dewy and glowing even if you didn’t get enough sleep last night, then this highlighter palette will help you do just that and it’s one of the products I use everyday.
  10. FOR THE COFFEE SNOB – Chemex Coffee Maker ($36.95-$45.12): As someone who has tried all the different ways to to brew coffee, Chemex is my absolute favorite way and makes the best tasting coffee as well! It’s made with nonporous glass that won’t absorb odors or chemicals residues and watching the coffee drip in it is so therapeutic. If you want to complete this gift, make sure to purchase the filters as well.
  11. FOR THE BUSY COOK – Instant Pot ($99.95-$159.95): I’ve included this in last year’s holiday gift guide but I’m going to include it again, because it’s my absolute favorite kitchen tool! It does everything that the slow cooker can do in the fraction of the time, and also functions as a rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sterilizer, and you can even make cakes in it! Make sure to check out all my Instant Pot recipes to see all the things you can make with it and get some ideas.
  12. FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS – GreenPan Set ($58.75): After cast iron skillets, GreenPan products are my favorite stovetop cookware that’s free of harmful chemicals or heavy metals, even if you accidentally overheat it or scratch the surface. They are ceramic and non stick, and they are lighter in weight than cast iron skillets so they are easy to use as well.
  13. FOR THE CANDLE LOVER – Homemade Beeswax Candles: There are so many harmful toxins and chemicals in store bought candles and I like to avoid them at all cost. Instead, making beeswax candles at home is easy, fun, and they actually purify the air! You can even customize the scent by using your favorite essential oils and they make such a great, healthy gift.
  14. FOR MEN WHO LOVE TO TRAVEL – Beautycounter’s Counterman Gift Set ($45): I always find it difficult to find gifts for men, but thankfully this kit contains safe products for him without harmful ingredients, along with a dopp kit to put them in. There’s a daily exfoliating cleanser, smoothing shaving cream, cooling aftershave tonic, and an oil free face lotion and they truly smell so good, I want to use them myself. This set sold out last year so don’t wait to get it!
  15. FOR THE PLANT LOVER – Plants ($2-$50) – As a plant lover myself, I always welcome more plants as gifts as they purify the air and instantly brighten up a space. The price varies widely depending on the variety but for easy growing and flexible lighting, I recommend: pothos, succulents, money tree, snake plants, cacti, and aloe. If you want to splurge and get some beautiful and leafy kinds, my favorite are fig leaf tree and monstera. You can always search for mom-and-pop nurseries around you to look for deals or even look on eBay, instead of paying more at places like Home Depot!

That’s all, guys! Leave a comment below if you have any questions. As I mentioned in the beginning, I’ll be updating the Black Friday deals as they change throughout the week, so check back often. I hope you enjoy the deals and the holiday gift guide, and have a wonderful holiday season!

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Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Combine your 2 favorite pie toppings together with this paleo pumpkin pecan pie! It’s guaranteed to please all your holiday dinner guests. 
Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie

It’s holiday season, but more importantly, it’s pie season! There’s always a debate on Thanksgiving about which pie to make and which pie is better, but let me settle that for you by combining my two favorite pies together with this paleo pumpkin pecan pie.

Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie Recipe

I usually tend to reach for pumpkin pie first, but I do love the crunchy texture of pecan pie as well. In this recipe, pumpkin pie filling is layered under the pecan pie filling, and the result is so ridiculously delicious and satisfying.

It has the smooth velvety pumpkin on the bottom and the sweet and nutty pecan halves on the top, all on top of a flaky paleo pie crust that’s a winner every time.

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Keep the Crust from Burning

Since there’s a double layer to this paleo pumpkin pecan pie, it does take longer to cook than other pies. Because of this, the crust could darken and burn while cooking, so I do recommend that you cover the crust with aluminum foil. Also, for the last 20 minutes of baking time, you’ll need to bake the whole thing covered so the filling can cook through and the pecan topping won’t turn blacka.

Make It Ahead of Time

Since holiday hosting can be stressful and overwhelming, this paleo pumpkin pecan pie will be a dessert that’ll make your life a bit easier because it can be made 3 days in advance! Honestly, when I’m hosting Thanksgiving, the last thing I wanna think about is how I can fit another dish in the oven. Having things like this pie that I can make or prep ahead of time is always welcome.

What’s your favorite pie? I think this one might be my new favorite, and I’ll be making it over and over again every year!

Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 373 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Combine your 2 favorite pie toppings together with this paleo pumpkin pecan pie! It's guaranteed to please all your holiday dinner guests. 

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Ingredients

Pie Crust

Pumpkin Filling

Pecan Layer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 9-inch pie pan.

  2. Place all ingredients for the crust, except egg, to the food processor and pulse until crumbly.

  3. Pulse in the egg until a dough forms.

  4. Press the dough into the greased pie pan. 

  5. Use a fork to lightly pierce the dough all over the surface to prevent it from puffing up.

  6. Bake for 10 minutes. 

  7. Let it cool for 5 minutes.

  8. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the pumpkin filling. 

  9. Pour into the cooled pie crust and spread out evenly.

  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the pecan layer, EXCEPT pecans. 

  11. Stir in pecans.

  12. Spoon the pecan layer over the pumpkin evenly.

  13. Cover the crust with aluminum foil, then, bake for 60 minutes.

  14. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 more minutes. 

  15. Let it cool 15 minutes then serve right away, or you can store cooled Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 65.3%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs + Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Learn how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs that’s perfect and easy to peel every time, plus 3 simple and healthy snack ideas you can make with them!

I love my deviled eggs (case in point: pickle deviled eggs, bacon ranch deviled eggs, and beet deviled eggs). However, sometimes I’m lazy and I don’t feel like dealing with mashing the yolks and putting them back in the whites. So I’ve been snacking on these super duper easy egg snacks that are Whole30 and keto-friendly, and not only are they super yummy, they are really pretty to serve over the holidays!

Watch a Quick Video of These Hard Boiled Egg Snacks

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

To make your life even easier, I highly recommend making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! Not only is it quick and simple to do, the eggs come out consistently perfect every time. Best of all, somehow the eggs are so easy to peel without the shell sticking to the whites. I don’t think I’ll ever make hard boiled eggs any other way.

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Cook Time Variations

For this specific recipe, I decided to leave the yolks slightly soft in the center since I’m not making deviled eggs.I love soft yolks in general and this texture pairs so well with the various toppings I used in the hard boiled egg snacks especially well.

However, if you prefer true hard boiled eggs without any softness, make sure to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 5 minutes instead of quick releasing like I did. This will help the yolk cook more so you can achieve your desired result.

Get Creative with Your Toppings

After you make the Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, it’s time to make hard boiled egg snacks! I provided 3 of my favorite topping combinations that I’ve been enjoying, but of course, you can get creative and make your own topping combos as well.

I think I’ll be serving these snacks over the holidays as an appetizer while we wait for the turkey or ham to cook. Not only are they super tasty and full of healthy fats, they pop with color on the table making it so festive for special occasions!

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs + Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pressurizing time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Author: Jean Choi

Learn how to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs that's perfect and easy to peel every time, plus 3 simple and healthy snack ideas you can make with them!

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Ingredients

Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs

  • 1 cup water
  • 2-12 eggs
  • Ice bath

Mustard Salmon Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Smoked salmon cut into small pieces
  • Fresh dill

Prosciutto Mayo Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Paleo mayonnaise
  • Prosciutto sliced cut into small pieces
  • Pickles cut into small chunks

Bacon Ranch Eggs

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Ranch dressing
  • Bacon bits
  • Radish cut into small pieces

Instructions

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Pour water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water.

  2. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet.

  3. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing.

  4. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath.

  5. Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure.*

  6. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let it cool for at least 5 minutes. 

  7. Peel the eggs when you are ready to eat them. They should be peel easily!

Hard Boiled Egg Snacks 3 Ways

  1. Slice the hard boiled eggs in half. 

  2. Top each half with the ingredients listed for each egg snack. The amount depends on your taste preference!

  3. You can store hard boiled eggs and egg snacks in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

Recipe Notes

*This quick release method will make hard boiled eggs that are slightly soft in the center, which are better to make the 3 snack recipes. For full hard boiled eggs, naturally release pressure for 5 minutes before opening the lid. 

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