Folks, we all know vegetables are good (especially with butter) and good for you! But did you know there are lists out there to help us out with which ones are highest in pesticides? Well you do now!
Today we are going to look at a brief overview of them and some tips!
Some quick tidbits on the Dirty Dozen:
- Try to buy ALL leafy greens Organic. If this is too spendy (I totally get that), there are great ways to invest in eating more! For Goodness Sake sells greens powders which are super concentrated and will deliver those nutrients if you don’t have time to make a salad/ or just don’t have the funds to buy organic spinach all the time. (see Tip # 3 too!)
- If you do end up buying non-organic produce, wash with Himalayan Salt. First off, it’s a great source of trace minerals (hello, energy!) but secondly it removes a ton of the pesticide residue. This is hugely important for gut health.
- A great way to buy veggies on a budget is to get frozen. My family and I do this all the time! FGS offers frozen fruits and veggies. Looking for a particular frozen fruit or veggie? Ask! We’d be happy to order it for you.
Some quick tidbits on the Clean Fifteen:
- I put an Asterix next to Corn, because this is a grain that has just been so genetically modified, that is is EXTREMELY hard to find any that doesn’t have any crossbreeding with GMO seeds, even if it is unintentional. This also makes it that much harder to digest. That being said, it is SO fun to have a corn on the cob in the summer at a family barbecue, and For Goodness Sake is really great at finding local and organic sweet corn in the summer time. If this is something that you love, and look forward to, indulge in it! Food is connected to memories, and pleasure and happiness. It is a gift.
- Any cruciferous vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, etc.) are great hormone balancers (perfect for that time of the month, and menopause) but if you sprinkle mustard seed powder on them during cooking, it will extract tons more nutrients! Love that. I know I need all the help I can get.
- For thicker skinned fruits and veggies (oranges, avocados, melons) or for ones where you aren’t eating the skin (sometimes sweet potatoes), it is okay to buy non-organic! Just be sure you rinse with Himalayan Salt so that when the knife cuts through it doesn’t contaminate the flesh on the inside.
We make a lot of veggies medleys at home— it is an easy way to get a bunch of different nutrients into ourselves as well as our kids. Here are some examples below of what a normal dinner would look like:
Last tidbit! REMEMBER TO BUY LOCAL WHEN YOU CAN. We are so blessed to live in an area where we have LOADS of farmer’s markets. Another great way to to save is to buy veggies in bulk! Where can you get bulk, local, and economical veggies? Be sure to check back here next week for a big announcement…FGS will be offering something we never have before! 😉
Let’s make it happen people. We can do this! To your health!