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Essential Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

Find all the essential ingredients for Korean Paleo cooking to make the most delicious and bold flavored dishes in the cookbook, Korean Paleo.

Necessary Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

Hi friends! If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen that my very first cookbook, Korean Paleo, is finally published and out in the world! It’s pretty much all I’ve been talking about and I’m so excited to share my favorite recipes I grew up with you guys.

While all the recipes are 100% grain free, gluten free, and made with real food, there are several special ingredients for Korean cooking that give this cuisine its wonderfully bold and umami flavor. You may not be familiar with all the ingredients, and some you may not even have heard of before, so I thought I would go through some of the necessary staple items to stock up on so you can cook from the book with ease.

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Before I start, I encourage you to have an open mind when cooking any cuisine that’s new to you. You may feel uncomfortable about handling certain ingredients, but keep in mind that they are what give the wonderful taste to so many traditional dishes and these cooking methods have been passed down from generation to generation!

Avoiding Processed Ingredients in Korean Cooking

Cooking Korean Paleo is slightly different than just Korean. There are some minor substitutions to make so the dishes are grain free and gluten free.

While traditional Korean cooking is quite healthy and anti-inflammatory with various fermentation methods, many sauces and condiments these days are made with wheat flour, corn, high fructose corn syrup, and shady preservatives to cut down on time and cost.

So while the ingredients that I used in Korean Paleo are shortcut-free, they are so much healthier, cleaner, and won’t give you digestive issues if you have food sensitivities!

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Essential Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

You can find most of these ingredients if you have an Asian or Korean market near you. But in case you don’t, I am including links to where you can purchase them online! No matter where you are, I love that we all have relatively easy access to so many unique flavors with online shopping.

You can find a detailed list of all the special ingredients on pages 185-187 of the cookbook in the section called “Stocking Up Your Korean Paleo Kitchen.”

Condiments

Apple cider vinegar (or coconut vinegar): Koreans usually use rice vinegar in their cooking, which I give the option to use in the cookbook. Rice vinegar is actually quite harmless, but if you are ultra sensitive to grains, the 2 types of grain free vinegars that most resemble the slightly sweet taste are apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar.

Coconut aminos: If you’ve been cooking paleo for a while, you probably have coconut aminos in the kitchen! It’s an amazing soy sauce substitute that’s made from the sap of the coconut and has a slightly sweeter flavor than soy sauce (used in SO many Korean dishes) without grains or gluten.

Paleo Doenjang on page 177 of Korean Paleo

Doenjang: This is a Korean version of miso paste. While Japanese miso paste is usually fermented with another grain other than soybeans, a true, authentic doenjang only uses soybeans and salt. The process of making doenjang is quite labor intensive so it’s extremely difficult to find a clean version (the only ones I found are this one and this one). Feel free to purchase them if you can consume fermented soy. But if not, I have a 100% grain free version on page 177 of the cookbook that tastes a lot like the real deal!

Fish sauce: High quality, fermented fish sauce is packed with umami and adds such an amazing flavor to so many dishes in the cookbook. The ingredients should just be fish and salt, with no other fillers or sugars. The only brand I recommend that’s high in quality with an amazing taste is Red Boat.

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Gochugaru: Since many Korean dishes have some level of spiciness to them, gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes, are used quite often and this is something you definitely have around if you are making Korean food often. There are two types of gochugaru: coarse flakes and fine powder. You can use coarse flakes in most Korean cooking to add flavor to dishes. The fine powder version is used to make gochujang in the cookbook, spicy and slightly sweet red chili paste that’s also ubiquitous in Korean cooking.

Gochujang: A thick and sticky red chili paste used in marinades, soups and stews, sauces and more, gochujang is made with fine gochugaru, glutinous rice, and some kind of sweetener. This is one of the higher quality ones I’ve seen, but for a truly grain free version that tastes just like the real deal, you can make your own on page 174 of the cookbook.

Saewoojeot: With this one, I really want to emphasize you to keep an open mind. Saewoojeot is basically tiny shrimp that’s been salted and fermented and it adds a ton of flavor to dishes, much like fish sauce. It should have just 2 ingredients: shrimp and salt. I couldn’t find anywhere online where you can order it, but you can easily find clean versions at Asian markets. If you don’t have access to these markets, just substitute saewoojeot with fish sauce in your cooking! This is what it looks like:

Essential Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

Other Special Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

Dried Anchovies: Called myeolchi in Korean, dried anchovies are used in so many different ways in Korean cooking and they come all different sizes as well. The kind you need to cook from Korean Paleo is  the large dried ones, which are used to make stock for soups and stews. It adds such a unique depth of flavor, and many soups and stews wouldn’t taste the same without it. While it may look a little freaky if you’ve never handled it before, you actually don’t eat it whole in my recipes, and it’s just simmered in stock for flavoring then discarded afterwards.

Essential Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

Seaweed: There are actually 3 different types of seaweed used Korean Paleo so it can be a bit confusing. Here’s how I label each in the cookbook, and what they are referring to so you can choose the correct kind in the recipes:

  • TwiGak (Sweet Fried Kelp Chips) on page 167 of Korean Paleo

    Dried kelp (or dashima in Korean and kombu in Japanese): These are thick and flat large sheets of seaweed that come in a big rectangle in various sizes. They are not easily bendable and you have to cut them with kitchen shears to break them up. A large piece of it is used to a delicious and flavorful stock by simmering it in water with spices and dried anchovies. I also have a delicious and crunchy snack called TwiGak (Sweet Fried Kelp Chips) on page 167 of the cookbook!

  • Dried seaweed (or mareun miyeok in Korean and wakame in Japanese): This is a different type of seaweed than kelp. While kelp is thick and flat, mareun miyeok is thin and stringy and comes shriveled up. You soak it in water before using it and it’ll expand in size and soften. You then using it to make soups like Miyeok Guk (Seaweed Soup) on page 67 or in side dishes like Miyeok Muchim (Seaweed Salad) on page 122 of the cookbook.
  • Dry unseasoned seaweed sheets (or gim in Korean or nori  in Japanese): This is probably the type of seaweed you may be the most familiar with. The roasted and flavored versions that are cut into mini rectangles are quite popular these days as seaweed snacks (I have a homemade version on page 129 of the cookbook!), but they can be used for various recipes as seasoning, for Korean sushi (page 15 of the cookbook, and more. You can purchase these online.

Kimchi: Probably the most popular and famous Korean food of all, kimchi is eaten alone or can be used in so many different recipes. Be cautious when you purchase kimchi from a store. Many of them are thickened with rice or wheat flour, and sometimes contain questionable sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and MSG as well. Your best best is to make it at home using clean ingredients. I have a delicious quick kimchi recipe on page 173 of the cookbook that’s flavorful and packed with probiotics. If you don’t want to make your own, you can try this brand.

Nigari for tofu making: You need these special salt flakes to make just one recipe from my cookbook, paleo Hemp Tofu on page 181. While it’s not necessary if you are not a fan of tofu, tofu is used quite often in Korean cooking and it was one of my proudest moments to be able to make tofu without soy or any grains. Nigari is used to firm and solidify the tofu and this is the cleanest version I found that works really for my recipe. And don’t forget to grab this tofu mold which is the exact one I used to make my paleo tofu!

Grab Your Copy of Korean Paleo!

I hope this list of ingredients for Korean paleo cooking was helpful for you to start cooking from my book! I know you may not be familiar with some of these ingredients, but purchasing them and trying them out in various recipes is the quickest way for you to get over your fear of using them and you’ll be familiarized with them in no time. I think you’ll love all the different and interesting textures and flavors that they impart.

Essential Ingredients for Korean Paleo Cooking

If you have any questions about the ingredients or the cookbook, leave me a comment below! I’m happy to answer any of your questions. And if you end up cooking up from Korean Paleo, please share on social media with the hashtag #KoreanPaleoCookbook!

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My Experience With Everlywell Women’s Health Test

Read my honest review of Everlywell Women’s Health Test, and how I applied the results to improve my PMS symptoms, anxiety, sleep, and other hormonal health issues!

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Hey friends! So many of you appreciated my review of Everlywell’s at-home Food Sensitivity Test, and the results from it were so helpful in me pinpointing exactly what was causing my symptoms and alleviating them with an elimination diet.

To further improve my health after some recent issues I’ve been dealing with, I thought it would be wise to take another test to see how my hormones were doing. I ended up taking the Women’s Health Test and I want to share my experience with you, in case you were curious about doing something similar.

Why I Chose Everlywell Women’s Health Test

If you’ve been following me along on the blog for a while, you know I’ve gone through several hormonal health issues in the past and it’s one of the reasons why I’m so careful about the food I eat and the products I use on my skin. I had a long period recovering from adrenal fatigue, suffering from stress-induced hypothyroidism for a few years, and not having my period for several years after I went off of hormonal birth control.

I’ve been slowly recovering for the past several years by taking extra caution to take care of my health, but there are still some issues that linger that seem to be hormone-related, like:

  • not sleeping well at night,
  • being super sensitive to stress,
  • intolerance to cold at all times,
  • painful menstrual cramps,
  • anxiety,
  • and being easily fatigued.

It was time for me to tackle these issues and see where I currently stand, and the hormones measured by Everlywell Women’s Health Test seemed to be the ones that would be the most helpful to know. With the positive experience I had with Everlywell taking the Food Sensitivity Test, I decided to try out the Women’s Health Test as well.

Test Process

Everlywell does a really great job of making their at-home tests easy to take with simple step-by-step instructions, as well as a video tutorial, to help guide you through the entire process. Once you order the test through their website, you get it in in the mail and the kit has everything you need, as well as a prepaid shipping label to send it back to their lab.

The first thing you do is to register your kit online so you can receive updates about your shipping and test results. Then, I had to collect 2 blood samples and 4 saliva samples within 18 days of my cycle. I actually couldn’t take the test for a few weeks after receiving it because you have to wait until day 3 or 4 of your menstrual cycle to take the first blood collection. Here is the schedule for the samples you take:

  • Day 3-4 of menstrual cycle: take first blood sample
  • Day 19-21 of menstrual cycle: take 2nd blood sample + 4 saliva samples (in the morning, at noon before lunch, before dinner, and before bed)

Taking the blood sample

Everlywell Women's Health Test

The blood samples were actually easier for me to take because I’m not afraid of needles and I’ve gone through the same process with the Food Sensitivity Test. They provide alcohol swabs, a few lancets, bandaids, and a blood collection card that you have to fill with your blood samples. You pierce the end f your finger with the lancet provided and fill 6 circles on the collection card, and that’s it.

Taking the saliva sample

I found it a bit more challenging to provide saliva samples, especially the first sample of the day which you have to collect in the largest tube within 30 minutes of waking up before food and water. I honestly didn’t feel like I had enough saliva to fill up the large tube first thing in the morning so it was a bit of an effort for me. The samples for the rest of the day were a bit easier because the tubes were smaller and my mouth wasn’t as dry as it had been in the morning.

Once you label the tubes, you can keep them in the freezer until you ship them out. When you have all the samples collected, you fill out a form that they provide. You input your personal information on the form and then you ship it out, along with all the samples, in the prepaid envelope that they provide. They then reach out to you once the results are ready.

The Results

I couldn’t believe it but my results were ready just 2 days after the lab received my samples!

The Everlywell Women’s Health Test measure 11 different hormones that are known to be instrumental in women’s health:

    • Cortisol

For the women’s reproductive system, as well as our overall health, to be functioning properly, all these hormones need to work together in a harmonious balance.

I got my results via email, and was able to look at them through the Everlywell online portal that you can access when you register your kit. You also have the the option to download the PDF version that you can print out to look over and/or share with your doctor. Here’s what it looked like at a glance:

Just from looking at the color code next to each hormone, I was fairly within the normal range for most the most part. I was actually thrilled to see that my cortisol was at a normal range throughout the day, because I’ve had blood sugar issues in the past which now seem to have normalized. I was also very happy about my thyroid numbers (free T3, free T4, TSH, and TPO antibodies) being well within the normal range, because I suffered from hypothyroidism for a little over a year during my worst days of adrenal fatigue

However, the red dot next to Estradiol and yellow dot next to Progesterone/Estradiol Ratio gave me pause, although I wasn’t surprised by them.

I knew that because of my past of chronic stress and how sensitive I am to stress still, that my estrogen levels would be higher than normal. Estrodiol is one of the 4 main estrogens occurring in women and it is the most predominant one. Estrogen dominance is a common health issue in the modern world because of everyday stressors, environmental toxins, and the harmful chemicals prevalent in the personal care products we use.

Here’s what showed when I clicked on each of these hormones:

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Beyond these explanations, Everlywell gave some basic tips to regain my hormonal health like making changes to my diet, and more importantly for me, managing my stress. It’s something I struggle with the most so I wasn’t surprised to see this recommendation:

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While the rest of the hormones were within the normal range, I still looked them over to see if they were within the high or low ranges of normal just to make sure. Thankfully, my levels looked really good for the rest.

In addition to the practical recommendations, Everlywell also suggested various articles that I may want to check out about different hormonal health conditions like thyroid disorders, testosterone levels in women, PCOS, and more, which I found interesting and helpful. Even if they didn’t directly apply to me, I loved learning a bit more about various conditions and it also kept me aware of how I can keep my hormones healthy and happy.

Lifestyle Changes I Made Since the Test

After learning that I am estrogen dominant from the Everlywell Women’s Health Test, I decided to take further action to help regulate my hormones. It became clear to me that my stress level was a huge contributor to a variety of health issues I was dealing with.

Here are some actions I’ve taken to reduce stress in my life:

  • Meditation at the end of the day for 10 minutes.
  • Trying to journal everyday. Writing down my thoughts like what’s giving me anxiety and what I’m thankful for each day has been such a game changer.
  • Working smarter. Instead of trying to multitasking or doing all the things at once, I’ve been better about breaking up my tasks and doing one thing at a time. I’ve also been putting away my phone when I work so I’m not distracted by social media and notifications.
  • Giving myself weekends. It’s difficult as a business owner and as someone with a type A personality to stop working when you have free time. This one is still hard for me, but I’ve been trying to put work aside and give myself time to do nothing when I need it.
  • Cleaning up my personal care products. I started doing this a long time ago and I’m so glad that I did. Turning to safer brands like Beautycounter who make amazing products without harmful chemicals that disrupt our hormones has been the best decision.
  • Taking chaste tree supplements. Chaste tree supplements are amazing for PMS symptoms, estrogen dominance, and hormonal imbalance. I’ve been taking this one for about 2 weeks now, and I’m excited to report that my latest period cramps and pain have been significantly diminished! I plan to keep taking it for 3 months. Please consult with your doctor before taking this, especially if you are taking exogenous hormones.

Take the Test Yourself!

If you are having hormonal issues like menstrual cramps, irregular periods, low sex drive, hair loss, infertility, depression, and/or insomnia, Everlywell Women’s Health Test is an easy-to-use and comprehensive test that lets you get a snapshot of your hormonal health by testing out the levels of your various hormones. The test is easy to take with well written instructions to help you guide you through the process.

I’m honestly so glad I was able to take this test and see how my hormonal health was doing. I knew that I needed to take action because I was going through several symptoms which I mentioned earlier in this post, but I didn’t know exactly what was wrong with me and what I specifically needed to do to improve my health. The test has been such a great tool, and I plan to take it again in the future to see if and how much my numbers improve.

Ready to take the test yourself?

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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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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.