Choosing Your Produce Wisely

With warmer weather on its way, many of us are seeing a widening variety of produce at the grocery stores. It is so tempting to grab a container of strawberries or blueberries now that they are more available and less expensive. At the same time, many of us still ask, “Do I have to be buying organic produce all the time? Is it worth the price?”

The impact of glyphosate and pesticides on our planet, our bodies and our food system is a huge ongoing issue for consumers, hands down. But, on a practical level, what does this mean for our shopping habits? Because these additives to the farming process have left much of our food nutrient depleted, it is more important then ever that we consciously choose the plants we eat to be healthy and nutrient dense.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG)is one of my favorite resources to see what vegetables and fruits are most effected by pesticides and antibiotics. They make an easy distinction between the “Dirty Dozen” foods that are most effected by these additives and the “Clean Fifteen” that are least effected and can be eaten relatively safely as either organic or conventional. Beyond produce, they are a wonderful way to find out about the safety of your water, skin care and body products and even the relative safety of common products from the grocery store shelf.

Not sure how to use the seasonal veggies and fruits you are finding? 101 Cookbooks is a great resources for recipes that are seasonally focused. The Golden Beet Hummus is a personal favorite.

Get cooking and enjoy those longer days!