Make Smarter Choices By Using The New Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce!

With the obesity epidemic on the rise, many consumers today are concerned and are wondering what they can do to improve their health. Over the years, a lot of people have got in the habit of eating out several times a week or more. Thankfully, some people are discovering that a healthier choice is to make more home cooked meals. Eating at home allows you to choose healthier ingredients, as well as serve more properly proportioned meals. Meal-prep doesn’t have to be complicated either and starts with a list of wholesome ingredients that you can easily have on hand.

In my upcoming book, I talk a little about making smarter choices when out grocery shopping. If you stock your refrigerator and pantry with healthful, whole foods, the more apt you are to eat better. Look for plenty of whole foods when you are out shopping, especially good quality fruits and vegetables, if possible. Organic produce is always your best bet, as it grown without pesticides and harsh chemicals. If you are price conscious, conventional produce is fine and a much better option than filling your grocery cart with chips, crackers, soda pop and other junk foods.

If you are concerned about pesticides in produce, you might want visit the website for the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They offer a Pesticides in Produce list, which you can download for free. The guide provides information on which types of produce are the most heavily sprayed with chemicals.

They also offer another list, which outlines 15 different types of produce that are considered “clean” and safe, as they aren’t heavily sprayed.

The EWG just recently updated their lists, so I wanted to pass them along.

Here is the new 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce from the EWG:

Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6.  Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11.  Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

Clean 15

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage Asparagus
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

 

Are You Going Green?

Most people know that going green is good for the environment and can help make the world a better place, but did you know that going green is also good for your health? That’s right! Greens are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E & K, which are good for our bodies.

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They also provide a host of other benefits such as improved circulation, blood purification, improved liver and kidney functioning, a strengthened immune system, and more.  Greens however, are the most common missing food for most people. While many people these days may have a salad for lunch, or add one to their dinner, we should really be including greens into our diets at every meal we eat to get enough of their healthful and beneficial nutrients.

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Although many people do eat greens and other vegetables, most people are definitely not including them at every meal. How about you? Where can you add in more greens? Maybe it is lunch time, or dinner, or perhaps an afternoon snack? How about breakfast? That one hits home and used to be problem for me, but over the last couple years I made some adjustments and now eat greens and vegetables pretty much every morning.

Adding in greens to your diet does not have to be complicated. It can be as easy as adding a little spinach, or kale to a smoothie, making some green juice, or adding some spinach, kale or chopped vegetables to your morning eggs, etc. You can also add greens into a stir fry,  chow mein, spaghetti and more. There are many ways to add more greens to our diets. All it takes is a little brainstorming, thinking ahead a little, and shopping, so you have what you need on hand.

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Here are some Popular greens you can include in a variety of food dishes:

  1. Spinach
  2. Kale
  3. Collards
  4. Swiss Chard
  5. Cabbage
  6. Arugula
  7. Romaine lettuce
  8. Radicchio

When we choose whole foods that contain the nutrients our bodies were made to thrive upon, we naturally feel better, so what is holding you back from making healthier choices? Go ahead and go green! Your body will thank you.

Thanks for reading!

Barb