Organic. The word makes us feel bright, shiny and healthy, right? If you’re anything like us, it can also give you heart palpitations just thinking of all those pennies adding up to dollars and all those dollars….oh my! We are (reluctant) penny pinching people, so the thought of spending twice as much on a pound of organic strawberries as you would on the regular ole strawberries that got us this far makes us cringe. BUT, then there are those three little faces in the cart (or hiding under the bananas or hussling the guy at the bakery for one more cookie). As parents, we want nothing but the best for our family. So, there we stand in produce with two packages of strawberries and a battle raging in our heads! Have you been there?!
Here’s what we decided to do at our house. We knew we wouldn’t be able to switch over to a completely organic kitchen all at once. But we can start with one thing, and for us that thing is produce. Once we get the hang of that we’ll move on to meat, then eggs and dairy and so on until we feel like we’ve made the changes necessary for our family. We aren’t claiming to be health experts here. We just want to share our journey with you.
We have always heard that there are some fruits and vegetables that you don’t need to splurge on for the organic option. Those being anything that have a hard peel or rind like bananas, citrus, or melon. After a little bit of research we came up with two lists: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen are those fruits and vegetables that generally require the most pesticides. The Clean Fifteen are those that require the least or are the easiest to get rid of.
The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen
A little side note…we recognize that anything we buy organic is better for the earth and benefits the farmers who grow the beautiful food we eat. And to them, we say “thank you” for respecting what we’ve been given and for providing us with this option. Again, this is just what our family has decided to start out with. We welcome any and all suggestions and wisdom that you have for us.
Do you buy organic? If so, did you go cold turkey or switch over gradually like us? Do you know where to find the best deals on organic produce? If you don’t buy organic, why not? What are your main hold ups on buying organic food?