Do You Really Need to Eat Organic? Plus 3 Money-Saving Tips.

Organic is so trendy. You hear that word everywhere and see it as you shop for groceries and its even creeping up in restaurant menus. All for good reason too, organic is simply better for you. Better for your family. Better for the world. But, it's also more expensive.

Organic: adj. org-an-ic 

of food : grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals

: of, relating to, or obtained from living things

The EWG (Environment Working Group) just released its updated 2015 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides. This useful guide lays out what they coin:

  • "The Dirty Dozen" Produce you should ALWAYS buy organic because these fruits and veggies are heavily sprayed with a toxic cocktail of chemicals
  • "Clean Fifteen" Produce that is SAFE to buy conventional and save money on

    Sign up for the EWG's email here to download their handy printable Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists here to take shopping with you.

Since money is often the major reason that hinders people from cleaning up their diet, I'd like to give you a few tips that can save you some big bucks on organics:

Pick fresh berries at your local farm. Support local, support your health.

Pick fresh berries at your local farm. Support local, support your health.

  1. Shop at your local farmer's markets or join a CSA. Most of your local farmers grow crops without the use of pesticides but cannot afford the organic accreditation. Get to know them, find out how they grow their goods and support your community by buying local. I can promise your fruits and veggies are going to taste way better than if you got them from the store. 
  2. Shop at the specialty stores. This one may surprise you, but as a girl who enjoys grocery shopping and hits up {sometimes!} 3 in one day I can promise you that Trader Joe's (especially Trader Joe's), Whole Foods, Earth Fare and the like have the lowest prices on organic fruits and veggies. For some reason stores like Publix and Bi-Lo jack up the prices ridiculously high for organic produce... maybe because there is not as big of a demand for it at their stores. I am not entirely sure, but take my word for it. 
  3. Buy frozen. I LOVE having a freezer full of organic fruits and veggies. Not only are they cheaper (seriously, you can buy them at a fraction of the cost of fresh) and amazing for all my smoothie creations, but they're also packaged at the peak of freshness and the freezing locks in that freshness. It's also perfect to keep them stocked for nights when you're running behind and need a quick dinner. You know, like always... You can easily sautee some veggies in a hurry for a nice stir fry or throw them in some veggie broth with a bit of spice, tomatoes and beans for a quick and easy dinner. 

Also take this into consideration... Invest in your health now and save money on sickness bills later. It's so important to take your health seriously. Do you really need that new designer handbag? Or $200 pair of jeans? Fruits and veggies look so good on you! xoxo

How's it going on the 2nd week of the veggie heavy challenge? Have you made the pesto yet? Any posts you'd like to see from me?