Frugal Grocer, the series, has been on hiatus for the past few weeks and will be for one more week. All this racing has made grocery shopping a joke lately. Trips to the store have resulted in $25 grocery bills because of the out-of-town trip (San Juan and Oklahoma) or family in town race weekend (RnR Dallas.) I have been making meals as evidenced by Polenta Fries and Sausage from two nights ago. By the way I took that same recipe and made Polenta Hash with Eggs and Tempeh Bacon (thanks Crabby Misty and Donna for their inspiration.)
Instead today I am going to focus our attention to an article from Food Matters that discusses the dirty dozen and clean 15 items for your grocery shopping experience. I find that there is a belief that eating healthy means jumping from McDonald’s and Taco Bell into Grass-Fed Beef and all organic produce. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Healthy eating habits means that you stop eating food that is minus nutritional value and start eating foods that are high in nutritional value. Those items can be steak or chicken, but also include plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains and not all of them need to be organic.
The following list is posted on the Food Matters website but was created by the Environmental Working Group.
As quoted from the website:
“You can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce, according to EWG calculations.”
80% of your pesticide consumption can be lowered by avoiding the dirty dozen? That is incredible and can also fit into a Frugal Grocer’s budget because it is only 12 items and not your entire shopping list.
It amazes me, why I don’t know, that celery is at the top of this list. There are a few items on the Dirty Dozen that I almost never buy and that is potatoes and cherries. Of course I always but apples, spinach, strawberries and blueberries (only in season) and will make sure that those are organic from this point on.
On the Clean 15 side there are a few that surprised me and I would have thought would be heavy on the pesticides. For example the sweet potato. I would have thought for sure that was heavily sprayed with pesticides. Good thing for me it is not because I love sweet potatoes. I also have onions, avocado, asparagus and brussels sprouts (cabbage) weekly and it makes me smile to know those are on the clean 15 side.
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