Is It Healthy To Fry Food? Deep Fryers and Great Grocery Deals…

Several have asked how I fry my Pumpkin Donuts.  A skillet with about a 1/2 inch of hot oil works great, and that’s how I used to fry food.  But Matt and the boys got me this Oster Deep Fat Fryer a couple Christmases ago and I LOVE it.  This makes the process of frying donuts, chicken nuggets, French fries, etc. so much easier!

Is it Healthy to Eat Fried Food

The question everyone wants to know is:  Aren’t fried foods unhealthy?

My very happy response to that questions is this:  If you fry your food in Palm Shortening or Coconut Oil, your fried foods will be healthy!  The reason?  Palm Shortening and Coconut Oil are digestible, nourishing, and stable fats.  This means that they can be heated to extreme temperatures without becoming rancid or without turning into trans fats.  #happydance #bringonthehomemadefrenchfries

Other oils – in particular bottled vegetable oils and canola oil – aren’t beneficial to our health in the first place.  When they are heated to the high temperatures required for frying, they begin to go berserk because they aren’t stable enough to handle the heat.  When heated for frying, they become rancid or oxidized, then they create free radicals that attack our cells.  This can eventually lead to many health problems and diseases.  #nothanks  #blech  #stickwithcoconutoil

Olive oil is a healthy fat, but it becomes unstable at about 450° so it isn’t always a great choice for deep-frying food.  I do use olive oil to lightly stir fry veggies in a skillet.

I’m so grateful for healthy frying options, because fried food tastes crazy good!  Obviously, we need to balance the good fats and fried food with plenty of fruits and vegetables.  After all, God created our bodies to function best by eating a wide variety of nutrients.  But for the record, fried green beans, fried zucchini, fried mushrooms, and fried asparagus are fantastic.  #bestofbothworlds

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts with Glaze

Now for some big fat healthy deals around the web:

I typically recommend my favorite Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions because it is such fantastic quality.  In case you’d like to try a smaller container of this shortening (Tropical Traditions only carries gallon buckets or larger), you may want to try Spectrum brand, which comes in a 24 ounce tub.

Right now, iHerb is carrying Spectrum Palm Shortening for just $6.34 a tub.  Even better?  You get free shipping at iHerb when your order is over $20.  AND, if you’re a new customer and click through this iHerb referral link, you’ll get $10 off your order of $40 or more.  (Or use my referral number at checkout, BID487)  Sweet deal!

spectrum palm shortening
While you’re at iHerb getting your $10 off and free shipping, I suggest picking up other ingredients you might need for baking this fall and winter.  They carry my favorite brand of sucanat, Rapunzel Whole Cane Sugar.  I often also get Enjoy Life Soy Free Chocolate Chips and Now Foods Cocoa Powder at iHerb.  Yay for fun baking!  Have fun with your $10 of free grocery money!

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I recommend expeller pressed or refined coconut oil for frying as these varieties are flavorless and odorless.  Amazon is carrying BetterBody Foods Organic Refined Oil for just $10.60 for a 15 ounce jar.  There are only a few in stock, so hopefully you can grab one before they run out!

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Amazon is running a great deal on a Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set.  It’s only $63.99, down from $150.00.  This is a GREAT deal if you can swing it.  Cast iron is a fantastic, healthy alternative to Teflon.  You can use palm shortening or coconut oil to season your cast iron.

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Universal Housewares is also offering a great deal on cast iron.  Get this 3-piece skillet set for just $24.99, down from $50.00.

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What are your favorite fried foods?  Have you switched to palm or coconut oil for frying?  It’s a delicious change for the better!

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5 Ways To Save Money While Becoming Healthier

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Remember how my healthy living journey started?

A decade ago, clipping and using coupons was one of my favorite hobbies.  I got Hamburger Helper for 33¢ a box, Windex for 49¢, and cans of green beans for a dime.  Cheap or free – that’s what I looked for when purchasing the food we ate, the cleaning products we used, and the tissues that wiped our noses.  I was the Coupon Queen, and I rocked that job.

Then, our fourth baby was born with chronic eczema.  Suddenly our poptart-filled lives needed to change drastically.

We recognized right away that we could no longer use regular (cheap) laundry detergents as they caused major break-outs for Malachi.  Anytime a spray cleaner was used, he would be even more miserable.  Before he was a year old, we realized that everything we brought into our home – from food to cleaning supplies to medicine – needed to be changed.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Granola - Less Than $1 Per Serving

I’m thankful for the kick-start we received so that our whole family could become healthier, but it really was quite a difficult and discouraging time full of question marks.

A loving friend who knew I was trying to find better foods and cleaning supplies for my family handed me her health food co-op catalog.  She said it helped her family save money.  Excitedly, I started skimming the pages.

With one glance, I was soooo disappointed!  These were the best prices to be found on healthy food and household products?  Seriously?  I was used to paying pennies for our food and cleaners.  And what even was half of that stuff they listed in there?  Kimchi, kombucha, coconut milk?  Weird…and expensive.

Well, here we are, a million and a half life lessons and experiences later.  Thankfully, I’ve learned the importance of investing in nourishing foods and non-toxic household items for our better health.  I’ve also learned many new ways to save money – the healthy way.  Isn’t God cool?  He always provides what we need – from finances to information to ideas to support.

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie – Less Than $1 Per Serving

I still have a lot to learn.  I don’t always practice these money saving methods perfectly.  But I do my best to save money and be healthy at the same time.  I’ll continue to share the great deals I find and the tips I come across.  I know this journey can be hard, and I want to encourage you in any way I can!

The Healthy Living Bundle I’ve been talking about so much this week?  That’s probably the very best deal available anywhere I could find to share with you.  Nine years into this healthy living journey, I am learning so much by reading each piece of information included.  I love that I don’t have to become an expert on everything – I can just learn from others who know more than I.  The bundle is a fantastic investment to save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars as you journey on toward healthier living.  If you can swing it, get it.  You won’t regret it.

You’ll want to be sure and check out our
entire section of real food meals for $1 per plate!

Here are five of my favorite ways to save money while striving for good health:

1.  Make it Homemade

You already know this about me, so I’ll just briefly say – it saves our family hundreds of dollars every month when I make most of our simple meals from scratch.  Here are some of the highest money-saving foods I make:

Beyond food, I’ve found that it saves a lot of money to make our own cleaning supplies (see #2 below).   I’m also very interested in learning to make bars of soap.  That would save loads of money!  I’ve skimmed the Natural Soap Making eBook in the bundle and can’t wait to really dig in.

Natural Soap Making Cold Process Basics & Recipes

2.  Skip it Altogether

While I used to have a specific cleaning product for every single cleaning need on the planet, I’ve found that it’s not necessary at all.  Do I really need to spray chemicals from a can onto my dusting cloth before wiping down my furniture?  Um…who knew a bit of water would work just as well if not better?  (sometimes I amaze myself)

I use a great All-Purpose Cleaner from Tropical Traditions for tougher jobs.  Otherwise, simple household items like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are completely healthy, inexpensive, and pretty much amazing.  A great way to save money is to make your own household cleaners (see #1 above).  I’ve loved learning great recipes and tips for this in the five books included in the Healthy Living Bundle that will save me even more cash.

DIY Natural Household Cleaners

3.  Think Outside the Box

What if the way we’ve always done things isn’t necessarily the only way to do it?  What if doing something different might be healthier and save money too?  It’s hard to think outside the box sometimes – especially if anything outside of our norm seems foreign to us.  But on your healthy living journey, you’ll find it’s great to save money by exploring new ideas.

For instance, I used to run my kids to the medical clinic for every sniffle or bump.  The costs really added up, but what’s a mom to do?  I am so thankful for what I’ve learned the past few years about treating my family at home when possible.  Doctors and clinics are there for a reason, and we certainly use them when we need to.  But home remedies, essential oils (I’m just digging into these and LOVE what I’m learning!), natural options for keeping on top of illnesses - these are keeping us healthier and saving us hundreds of dollars too.

Lavender at Lake Balaton,Hungary

This eCourse is one of the most popular items in the bundle,
so I wanted to be sure and highlight it.  It’s an amazing resource.

4.  Plan Ahead

While it isn’t possible to see into the future, there are a few constants in life we can prepare for.  For instance:

  • You will always need toilet paper and laundry detergent.
  • We all need to eat three times a day.
  • Christmas is always December 25.

Planning for what I know will be needed saves my sanity and keeps us from spending money we don’t need to spend.  Making meal plans each week has saved me so much money!  You can see all my weekly menu plans here.

MEALS ePlanner

Purchasing Christmas gifts throughout the year when I see something on sale saves loads of money – which has nothing to do with a healthier lifestyle, except that it keeps me from becoming crazy, so it totally counts.  Buying cases of toilet paper online so that I never run out is a life saver and money saver too.  Which leads me to…

5.  Use Online Resources

I continue to be amazed about the awesome deals I find online.  Not only am I saving money on the items themselves, I’m saving all kinds of gas money and travel time.  I love that I can shop at my convenience, and save time by having items shipped (usually, for free) to my door.

I always try to share great online deals with you here when I find them.  You’ll find a button on my sidebar for our Amazon Deals page, which I update regularly with all the 20% off plus coupon deals I find at Amazon.  Huge savings there!

Tropical Traditions runs free shipping deals every few weeks, along with sale prices.  WHICH, this weekend happens to be a free shipping special AND they finally are offering a 40% discount on their Organic Palm Shortening at the same time!!!!!  I’m so excited about this, I bought two gallon-sized buckets!  Get a great deal on palm shortening and free shipping too!  (Plus get a free coconut oil book if you are a new customer and shop through my referral link here.)  Use the code 12914 for free shipping to apply.

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Phew, this is a long post.  If you’ve stuck with me this long, you’re in for a treat!  MadeOn is offering one of you a $25 Gift Certificate to spend in their shop!

MadeOn is one of my very favorite online resources.  I use their BeeSilk Hard Lotion all the time.  Their products are completely safe and wonderful for the skin.

You may have noticed that every single one of us who purchases the Healthy Living Bundle gets a FREE package from MadeOn worth $16.50.  This freebie along with the other natural living freebies (like herbal remedies from Trilight Health and yogurt starter from Cultures For Health - woot!) make the bundle worth the purchase a million times over.  The bundle will only be around for three more days.

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This is why it’s extra sweet that MadeOn is giving away an bonus $25 gift certificate here!  Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.  (Subscribers, click over to the post on my blog to leave a comment for a chance to enter.)  I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, September 17.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!

Share with us – what are your best tips for saving money on your healthy living journey?

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1/2 Gallon Organic Maple Syrup As Low As $31.62, Plus a $5 Coupon for Brown Rice

I was super excited to find that we can get a 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of Hidden Springs Maple Organic Vermont Maple Syrup for as low as $31.62 if you have Amazon Prime/Mom and purchase at least 4 other items with subscribe and save within a month’s time.  (Read more here about how subscribe and save works so well for me!)  Be sure to click over to the Grade B Organic option to see this price.

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Also, I found a great deal on 4 – 32 ounce containers of Texamati Brown Rice.  With Amazon Prime/Mom and 4 other subscribe and save items, and the $5.00 coupon they are offering, you can get this case of rice for just $15.22!

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Want to see more great Amazon Deals?  Check out our Amazon Deals Page which I update frequently as I find awesome prices on healthy, whole food ingredients!

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Saving Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

Here are a few fun deals I found to bless your healthy homemaking efforts!

~  This maple syrup price is amazing!!  Get a quart of Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup for as low as $14.39 with Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom.

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~ Clip this 20% off coupon at Amazon and You can get a case of 24 cans of Roland Organic Coconut Milk for as low as $1.67 per can with Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom.

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~ This 10-Piece Pyrex Storage Set is just $17.98 at Amazon.  I use this set all the time for leftovers, and to keep prepared sliced vegetables handy for meals and snacks.

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~  You can get a 2 ounce bottle of Now Foods Better Stevia for just $1.00 at iHerb!  They offer free shipping on orders of $20 or more.  Plus, if you are a new customer with iHerb, you can enter the code BID487 to receive $10 off your $40+ order.  (I always use stevia to sweeten whipped cream.)  Read this post to learn ideas of great ingredients to buy at iHerb.

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~ Get up to 49% off Seventh Generation feminine products.  Plus get $10 off your $30 order!  Read more about this deal here.

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Get Ready For the Holidays With These Great Deals

For many of us, when we think of holidays, we think of food!  Here are some great sale prices I found around the web this weekend:

~  FREE SHIPPING at Tropical Traditions!  Right now you can get two 16 ounce jars of their Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for $19.95.   Use the code 131511 at check-out to receive free shipping.

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~ Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips at Vitacost  are on sale - buy one get one half off.  So, you can get two packages for a total of $6.14, which makes the packages just $3.07 each.  AND, read here about how you can get $10 off a $30 Vitacost order!

~  If you go through a lot of coconut flour, you’ll want to stock up with this Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour at Amazon.  Get 25 pounds for just $52.98!

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Olive Nation has a super nice selection of chocolates that work great for making holiday treats.  I just got a variety of chocolates from them, and I’m excited to see what I can come up with!  Olive Nation offers us all 10% off our orders when we use the code home at check-out.

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Save Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

~ Get a 3-pound bag of Nutiva Coconut Flour for just $14.25.  Here’s a great Coconut Flour Muffin recipe we love:

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Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup is just $17.99 for a quart.  Great price!

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~ If you want to sample L’BRI facial products, you can do that by clicking here.  Then click on the box that says “Free Samples.”  Choose your sample kit, and pay only shipping costs.  Be sure to enter the giveaway for a great L’BRI package here.

L'BRI Skincare Set

 

 

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Save Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

~ I like keeping Stretch Island Fruit Leather on hand for fun snacks when we’re on the run.  I don’t have access to them at any of my local stores, so I was excited to find a 48-count variety pack at Amazon for just $20.35.

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~  Here’s a great price for Anythony’s Almond Flour.  Just $36.99 for a five pound bag.

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~ Remember that Lincoln Log Deal I shared earlier this week?  The price is still great, only $25.95 for the Classis Edition Set (86 pieces).  I also found that you can get the Shady Pine Homestead (102 pieces) for just $29.99.  These prices are not likely to last long.

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Saving Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

Here are some great online deals for you!

~ I use this 14-piece Pyrex set all the time for leftovers.  LOVE it!  It’s on sale now at Amazon for just $16.85 with free shipping.  This is a great deal!

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~ MadeOn, my favorite source for non-toxic lotion, has a couple of great deals going on right now.  Use code “lavender” to try out the new lavender goat milk soap with $1.00 off.  Plus, this month, every do-it-yourself lotion making kit offers a free essential oil add-on (a vial of 1/8 tsp of essential oil). Choose from peppermint, cedarwood or lavender.

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~ Vitacost is still offering their 54 ounce tub of Organic Coconut Oil for just $16.99.   Here’s how to save even more:

  • If you spend at least $25 on Vitacost brand products you get free shipping.
  • If you are a new customer with Vitacost, you can sign up through my referral link in this post and receive a $10 certificate to spend on any order $30 or more.

~   Hidden Springs Vermont Maple Syrup price is still set at just $37 for a half gallon with free shipping.  Or get the organic variety for just $38.  Where I am from and with the shopping options I have available, that is a stock up price!

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~ Just a reminder that if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you may want to give it a try.  My readers gave it rave reviews!  Click here to sign up for a free trial to see how you like it.  That maple syrup could be on your doorstep in two days!

 

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Saving Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

Just a couple of quick, but great deals for you this weekend!

~ The awesome price at Vitacost for Organic Coconut Oil keeps going up and down.  Right now it has gone back DOWN!  Lowest price they’ll likely ever offer, only $16.99 for a 54 ounce tub, plus additional discounts - go grab it while you can!  (There was no ending date on their site this time.  It just says while supplies last.)  Read all the details about this deal here.

~  Katie at Kitchen Stewardship is offering her Family Camping Handbook kindle book for FREE this weekend!  It’s a great real food resource for camping.

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Saving Money Online ~ Healthy Deals

~ Tropical Traditions is offering a 10% discount through Monday, August 26 when you use the code 126813 at checkout.  In addition, their Palm Shortening is on sale at 40% off!

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~ MadeOn is offering free shipping, through Saturday, August 24 only.  Use the code backtoschool for free shipping to apply.

~ Earn $10 in Amazon credit when your friends sign up for Amazon Mom through your personal referral link!  Amazon Mom gives you free two day shipping, plus 20% off diapers and other great discounts.  I started using Amazon Mom recently and while I don’t need the diapers, I am enjoying some of the other perks (free shipping especially!).

And speaking of diapers, if you sign up through my referral link, for a limited time you’ll be eligible for $25 off select diapers.

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