I can’t believe tomorrow is December. Does anyone else feel like April, May and June lasted approximately 12 years but October and November were a week long? It’s been a weird year!Read More »
Let’s talk oral care, shall we??
I few weeks back, I shared with you the Bite mouthwash tabs which I really love. I use them everyday and they are such a great addition to my evening routine.
But, I was holding back on sharing the toothpaste bits with you. I know that’s kind of weird but I guess I see mouthwash as sort of a bonus point to your oral care routine. Your dentist never asks “So, how often do you use mouthwash?” They always ask about how often you brush your teeth and floss.
So, before I shared with you the toothpaste bits, I really wanted to make sure they checked out. I wanted to see my dentist first and see if they could tell I had made any switches. And guess what? They couldn’t tell and I was completely cavity free! Thank the Lord because I have had far too many cavities in my life!
Let’s get into it then! Bite is a female-owned small business created by Lindsay McCormick who was looking to reduce the plastic and harsh chemicals that come with traditional toothpaste. You might have seen her on Shark Tank, where she DIDN’T take the offers presented to her. Turns out she didn’t seem to need the offers because it seems like Bite is kind of killing it now!
You know when I review a product, I always like to start with packaging and true to their word, Bite arrived in plastic-free packaging- a recyclable cardboard box, paper tape and brown paper wrapping. The container is glass with an aluminum lid- both which are recyclable, if needed. The appeal of Bite, though, is instead of having to continuously purchase and ship glass containers, you can order refills. The refill pouches are also plastic-free, home compostable, and made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) managed forests.
To further help the environment, they do NOT offer overnight or rush shipping as that increased their carbon footprint, which I found super interesting. More about that here.
I chose to start with the small bottle of 62 bits to try them out first. If you do that, you will get a second glass jar that holds the full 248 bits when you upgrade your order. Keep the smaller bottle, it’s great for traveling!
I use the Mint bits. They are made without fluoride but Bite has recently introduced nHAp, which is a fluoride alternative that is supposed to be less toxic, reduce sensitivity and help build back enamel. As someone who had been using Sensodyne for years per a recommendation from my dentist, I can say for certainty that this does help with teeth sensitivity. I haven’t had any problems since switching to these bits, which I’ll be honest, I was worried about.
In terms of taste and texture, I like the flavor of the mint bits. I think it’s quite similar to traditional toothpaste. If you don’t like mint, they do offer a berry flavor, as well as seasonal flavors. So far, I have seen them release watermelon and champagne. You do have to order those separately as opposed to the subscription, though.
Texture-wise, this is bit different from traditional toothpaste. I use an electric toothbrush and that does mean the bits don’t foam up as much as traditional toothpaste. I know that electric toothbrushes aren’t common in the low-waste community, though. As someone who has had more than her fair share of cavities, it’s the one oral care item I haven’t been able to quit. Despite foam reduction, my teeth do still feel clean after use. If you use a traditional toothbrush like the Bite Bamboo toothbrush (which I use when I travel and I do like!), the bits do foam up better and it is similar to traditional toothpaste.
With that all said, I actually really like the Bite bits. Previous to these, the only solid toothpaste I had tried was the Lush Miles of Smiles which I hated. I can’t remember why but I didn’t even make it through my sample. I think they tasted weird, if I remember correctly, but don’t quote me on that cause it has been a while. The Bite bits are easy to use (just bite, wet your toothbrush and brush), they taste good and they really seem to practice what they preach in term of sustainability.
I like to follow the toothpaste bits with the Bite mouthwash to really leave my mouth fresh. Review of that can be found here.
When I was planning for my recent Disney trip, I knew a new backpack was a must. I had a cheap Target backpack kicking around from my 2015 trip but it was very well loved and had gotten dingy with multiple bike rides and had more than a few holes showing. Of course, I’m not quite ready to throw it out yet but it’s definitely been downgraded.
In my search, I stumbled across Day Owl backpacks.Read More »
Let’s start by saying that I never intended to take so much time away from the blog as I have. I was really enjoying the posts I was doing in October and had a few more planned for while I was away. But, vacation happened. And then, election happened. And here we are mid-November and I’m just getting back into the swing of things.
If you follow my instagram, you saw at the end of October that I ended up going to Disney World with a friend. This isn’t a traveling during COVID post so I’ll get into that another time. Instead, I wanted to tackle some tips and tricks for staying Low Waste at Disneyworld.Read More »
So in this week’s low waste seasonal swaps, I’m introducing my favorite low waste snack- popcorn! Back in my old apartment, my roommate and I had a designated popcorn pot that lived on the stove. That’s how serious we took our popcorn.Read More »
Let’s get into your bathroom and talk about cotton swabs, shall we?Read More »
This week’s meal prep is a little bit different. I’m going on a much needed trip in 1 week and needed to clean out my fridge so I decided to challenge myself to #shopmypantry and #shopmyfridge. I wanted to see what I could make without going grocery shopping.
After all, I’d rather spend that grocery shopping money on meals on my trip!Read More »
Another meal prep, another excuse to make a bunch of pumpkin recipes! Will I ever get sick of making pumpkin items? Probably not! At least this week I also included some butternut squash into the mix.
First up, breakfast- I made these Savory Pumpkin Cornbread Waffles. I am pumped that I FINALLY got to pull out my cornmeal from the Plimouth Grist Mill. My mom, grandma and I stopped there a few weeks back on our way to the Cape. Like everything else, the Mill has been impacted due to COVID so we wanted to give a local attraction some love, socially-distanced and safely, of course! The cornmeal I bought was milled right on site on their 200 year old mill, which is powered by water.
The recipe was ok, with only the subtlest pumpkin taste so heads up to that if you are looking for a punch of pumpkin. I topped it with mashed avocado and a fried egg, though you could also do hard boiled if you are meal prepping this. To reheat it, I just popped it in the toaster.
Lunch was the Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup with some home made sourdough bread. I really liked that this was a crockpot recipe. I don’t utilize the crockpot nearly enough and I think it can help speed things up during meal prep if I use it right. I also like that this had split pea and lentils, both which are really good vegetarian protein sources and ones I don’t utilize nearly enough. Or at all, to be honest. My one suggestion for this is, the recipe called for 1 cup of parsley. I found that to be WAY too much. I’d cut back on that or simply use the parsley as a garnish.
(I’m not sure why this is the only post I have of this soup but Pinch of Yum have some beautiful pictures to go along with her soup! Definitely check out the original post)
Dessert this week was mini muffins from Tone It Up. I really like mini muffins as a treat because they are insanely easy and are a good base. I can eat them plain, I can top them with a little peanut butter or apple butter if I’m getting bored with the flavor, I can add chocolate chips to half the batter if I want to change it up. They are really versatile. This week, I made these snickerdoodle version and topped it with pumpkin pie spice. To keep it zero waste, I attempted to use my bulk vegan protein. As you can see, they came out really flat! Each protein powder acts a little different so if you have a favorite, give yours a try. I’ve found a good zero waste chocolate protein powder which I will review soon but I’m still searching for vanilla, clearly.
Also, I occasionally topped these mini muffins with Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter, inspired by this recipe. I don’t use artifical sweeteners so I replaced the stevia with vanilla extract. Good luck not eating it out of a jar!
What are you meal prepping this week?
Last week, I kicked off October with a homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and my answer to a Pumpkin Muffin from Dunkin. I wanted to show you that you can enjoy seasonal treats without having to sacrifice your low waste ideals or shelling out $5 for a cup of coffee.
This week, I’m continuing the series by making my own Hocus Pocus cookies.Read More »
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Meal Prep Monday! I’ve been laying low and working on content and getting excited for October, of course!
Now that it’s October, we can start pulling out the soups and stews and pumpkin everything, which I’m pretty excited for.Read More »