Wild Mint's No-Can-Ber Challenge and Earth Balance Giveaway
With Halloween decorations down and costumes boxed up for next year, it’s time to pawn off that extra candy to make room for all those comfort foods that make November so delicious! And I don’t know if you agree, but as soon as October is over, all I can think about is pumpkin-everything, homemade cranberry-sauce, casseroles and our second annual “No-Can-Ber” challenge!
The inspiration behind the “No-can-ber” challenge came in 2012 when my family made a New Year’s resolution to avoid canned foods. This goal was not only attainable (unlike how most New Year’s resolutions end up) but would also allow us to experiment with more healthy recipes and avoid exposure to the toxic chemical BPA, found in most canned food lining (learn more here). After 10 successful months of eating can-free and realizing how easy (and fun!) it is, we wanted to share our experience with others. So in November (when many people turn to canned food recipes), we announced our first “No-can-ber” challenge and shared can-free recipes from our own kitchen and the kitchen’s of our loyal fans!
Our goal with “No-Can-Ber” is to highlight the invaluable health benefits of going totally can-free with meals. While fresh and frozen foods also provide more nutrients than canned and processed ones, we wanted people to know that there is also another, powerful reason to go can-free: bisphenol-A (or BPA). The chemical BPA, which can leach into people’s food or drink and disrupt hormones in the body, is present in the epoxy lining of many metal food cans. And although BPA is found in various other sources in the environment (including in certain types of plastic items and cash register receipts), a new study by the Breast Cancer Fund shows canned food as a major route to human BPA exposure. Perhaps the most startling information presented by the Breast Cancer Fund report is the affect BPA exposure can have on a fetus within the first 11 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy (around the time many women are just finding out they are pregnant). During this time period, a fetus exposed to BPA in their mother’s womb can suffer developmental damage that may not show up for years, or even decades, later. Since fetal development is especially sensitive to fluctuations of estrogen and estrogen-like compounds like BPA, the chemical could spark changes in the fetus that may lead to disease in adulthood.
This year, we are starting things off a little differently, and making it even more exciting! Along with weekly postings of can-free recipes, we’ve partnered with one of our favorite vegan, non-GMO food companies, Earth Balance® starting November 6. Everything Earth Balance® makes is extremely tasty on its own as well as great for baking and cooking dishes from scratch, especially during the holiday season. If you haven’t tried their delicious buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters, soymilks, coconut spreads, or MindfulMayo™ Dressing and Sandwich Spreads, then get ready for a giveaway that will have you craving Earth Balance® every day!
If you want to join our “No-Can-Ber” Challenge, leave a comment below and let us know! And to follow our “No-Can-Ber” month, check back often on our Recipe page, look for recipe shares on our Facebook page, and follow #NoCanBer and @WildMintShop on Twitter. We are also looking for your recipe submissions to help everyone find more great can-free dishes. Just send your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org or share it on our Facebook page.
~ Hannah, CEO at Wild Mint
And now for the giveaway which will be open November 6 …
One lucky winner will receive:
1) 15 VIP coupons valid for any Earth Balance® product
2) A $20 Wild Mint e-gift card (perfect for finding toxin-free storage for all those delicious can-free meals!)
Enter below for your chance to win!
About Wild Mint:
Wild Mint is dedicated to helping people live eco friendly, healthy and non-toxic lifestyles. Started by a mother of 6 in her quest to find safe alternatives to toxin-laden products, the company shares invaluable knowledge and resources on their website, www.WildMintShop.com. On a mission to positively influence people’s lives, Wild Mint is a one-stop source for trusted information and safer, more environmentally friendly products.