I’ll be the first to admit that I’m bad about washing my produce. If I rinse an apple before biting down, it’s a special occasion. I’m usually in such a rush, pacing around my kitchen like a mad woman, rummaging through my chaotic pantry and running downstairs to purchase something last minute.
Actually, whenever Lu asks me to grab him a piece of fruit from the fridge, he always goes “Rinse it first!” because he knows I most likely won’t.
When the founder of the Wild Mint Shop, Hannah, reached out to me, I knew it was a sign that it was about time I incorporated some non-toxic cleaning products into my kitchen.
Before I get into it, first, let’s talk about how small of a world it is. Hannah isn’t just a random business owner – I went to Wake Forest University with her! Even though I hadn’t talked to her since college, it was such a nice message to get from a young entrepreneur like myself (we both graduated 2009), passionate about healthy, clean living.
Of course, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her and bring Wild Mint Shop in front of you guys – it’s totally up our alley! Here’s their mission statement:
Wild Mint, we are dedicated to providing the best non-toxic and eco-friendly products to help you build a healthier lifestyle and environment. We are continually learning, growing, and making sure we are as up-to-date as possible on research about harmful chemicals, new products, and green practices. We want to make change easier and hope to portray that no matter how big or small the changes you make in your life are, you are making a difference!
That’s a mission I can support. Hannah has so many great resources on the site, such as information about the types of toxic chemicals, tips and tricks on how to avoid said chemicals, and even some simple, healthy recipes.
Actually, Hannah sent me some of her produce wash to use and I’ve been using it nonstop. It’s got a clean scent and it seems to rinse off the residue on veggies better than just using water – I tried it on my collard greens from the farmer’s market and it got all the dirt off quickly and easily.
If you’d like to purchase the Better Life brand produce wash that I now use, click here. At the bottom of this post, you’ll see that Wild Mint’s offering Inspiralized readers a 10% off discount code, so use it!
Most importantly, I used it to wash off my zucchinis for this delicious mint pesto pasta recipe. After more requests for summer-friendly cold pasta dishes, I’ve really been working on easy, no-sweat-required recipes that are full of fresh flavor. Plus, everything tastes better with creamy, soft, fluffy goat cheese.
So, thanks to Hannah for reaching out and introducing me to a site full of non-toxic products I can incorporate into my hectic everyday and sleep a little more soundly.
Not sure what to get? Hannah recommends:
- Glass water bottles
- Reusable snack and sandwich bags
- Insulated food containers
- Glass food storage containers
Wild Mint Exclusive Discount Code
Hannah from Wild Mint Shop is also offering us an exclusive discount code – 10% off! Enter “ALI” as a promotional code on checkout to redeem the discount.
Nutritional Information and Recipe
Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese
- 2 medium zucchinis Blade C
- ½ cup snow peas
- 1/2 cup diced scallions
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese 2-3oz
- For the pesto:
- 2 tablespoon minced mint leaves
- 1/2 small avocado peeled, insides cubed
- 1/2-1 teaspoon minced garlic
- zest of 1 small lemon
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all of the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor and pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust, if necessary.
- In a large mixing bowl, place in the zucchini noodles, snap peas and scallions. Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss to combine thoroughly.
- Divide the noodle mixture into two bowls and top each equally with goat cheese.