Go Organic Without Breaking the Bank! (Part II)

by Beth Montgomery on September 6, 2011

in Frugal Cooking, Tips & Basics

The following is a guest post from Elizabeth Blessing. If you  missed it, you  may also read Go Organic Without Breaking the Bank (Part I).

As you make your transition to organic foods, you can start by narrowing down organic splurges to a few of the wallet-friendly essentials:

Unfortunately, due to cost and availability, organic food is not an option for every family. But there are ways to consume organic products on a budget. The Environmental Working Group put together a ranked list of the 49 most purchased produce items, based on laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pesticide Testing Program. If you can’t buy organic all the time, this list lets consumers know what foods are the safest and which should be avoided. Below is a list of the “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15.”  Visit www.ewg.org to view the entire list.

Dirty Dozen:  Buy these organic:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15:  Lowest in Pesticides

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

You’re already on your way to organic (and financial) bliss! Check out even more healthy eating tips from Green B.E.A.N. Delivery before your next grocery shopping adventure.

About the Author: Elizabeth Blessing, co-owner and chief nutritionist for Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
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