I know you have all heard about “organic”, and maybe you think “it’s too expensive if I were to have to buy all organic produce”.  Well, here is a short list to help guide you to which fruits and veggies are most important to buy organic.

The Dirty 12:

Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and kale.

I personally would add sweet corn to this organic list!!  Really a Baker’s Dozen 13 🙂

The Clean 15: (14)

Onions, pineapple, avocado, sweet peas, mangos, papaya, grapefruit, mushrooms, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, and sweet potatoes.

I know it isn’t always feasible to buy organic, so do it when you can. You can also wash all fruits and veggies in a vinegar and water bath if for no other reason, to rid it of fruit flies, even bananas.  I have found that when buying organic bananas, they tend to last longer.  Something else I do is buy one ripe bunch and one green bunch, that way I am done with the ripe ones when the green ones become ripe and I always have bananas.  If I find myself with brown bananas, I peel them and put them in a Ziploc and freeze them for muffins, pancakes, shakes, smoothies, and to make “ice cream”.  Have you ever made a “healthy ice cream sandwich”?  Take a ripe banana and mix it with peanut butter or almond butter and place the mixture between graham crackers and freeze.  Yum! 


Here is a picture of strawberries on the their way into the freezer.  Buy organic in season, and freeze for later!!



Happy Buying, Healthy Eating, #raisehealthykids